I'm back in the Bay, just in time for Samsung's event later this morning. More on that below.
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The era of the geek candidacy is over, reports Axios' David McCabe. For the first time, the ability to understand the impact of technology and explain it to the American voter isn’t something that sets a Democratic presidential aspirant apart — it’s expected.
Why it matters: The debates that drive presidential races — like how to create economic opportunity, protect national security and safeguard democratic institutions — are all being shaped by rapid technological change.
Flashback: For decades, Democratic presidential candidates have stood out by branding themselves as the tech-savvy candidate in the race.
Even early on, debates about technology were proxies for broader societal shifts. Hart said that his 1984 Democratic primary with Walter Mondale "divided the country" around questions of how to deal with changes wrought by technology and globalization.
Now, candidates are all declaring their tech bona fides.
The bottom line: “When everybody’s mom and dad and grandpa can operate a phone and be on social platforms, it’s not a differentiator,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).
Yes, but: Tech issues are rarely at the top of voters’ agendas compared to pocketbook or public safety issues.
Go deeper: David has more here.
There's likely to be little surprise at what Samsung will unpack at its launch later today. The Galaxy S10 lineup and related accessories have already leaked through images, regulatory filings, marketing materials and even a Norwegian TV commercial.
What we know, via the leaks:
What we don't know: There are still some key questions, including how much the various models will sell for and the exact dates they will be available. Plus, the company is also expected to offer more details on the foldable phone concept it previewed last year.
My thought bubble: I'll be paying extra close attention to the expected 5G version of the phone. It may not sell in the biggest numbers, but still offers Samsung a chance to have something that Apple most definitely won't.
Driving the news: Google said Tuesday that it should have disclosed to buyers of its Nest Secure system that the product contained a microphone, albeit one that had not yet been put to any use.
Why it matters: In this day and age, consumers should expect to know the recording capabilities (audio and video) of the devices they buy.
Separately, Google also said it made a mistake yesterday when it took down the TransGriot blog hosted on its Blogspot platform.
A federal judge stayed a lawsuit Tuesday that alleges that the process of awarding a major Pentagon cloud computing contract — which could go to Amazon — is unfair.
The big picture: The lawsuit, filed by Oracle against the Department of Defense, is one portion of a much larger fight over the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, David reports.
What they're saying: "For good cause shown, the court grants the government’s unopposed motion to stay this case while the Department of Defense reconsiders whether possible personal conflicts of interest impacted the integrity of the JEDI Cloud procurement," said Eric G. Bruggink, a judge for the Court of Federal Claims.
U.S. ad dollars spent this year on digital channels, including desktop, mobile, search and social media, will surpass the total spent on non-digital ad channels, like television, out-of-home (billboards), radio, newspapers and magazines, according to a new projection from eMarketer.
Why it matters: 2017 was the first year that digital ad spending passed the television ad spend in the U.S. Now, digital is growing so quickly that it's slated to surpass revenue from all of the old-school mediums that for decades dominated the entertainment landscape, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Be smart: This is not surprising, given that out-of-home ads are the only traditional ad format that has been showing any real sign of growth over the past few years. It's also not unexpected given that many of the older ad mediums are turning digital themselves, albeit slowly.
The bottom line: For the first time this year, the combined share of Google and Facebook's dominance of digital ads will actually drop, despite record revenues. That's because Amazon will continue to grow, eating at the market share.
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