I still have more to share from my interview with AMD CEO Lisa Su, but there was too much time-sensitive news to get it in today. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime...
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Tuesday’s midterm results will shake up the congressional committees responsible for keeping tabs on the tech industry, setting the stage for new legislation taking direct aim at companies like Google and Facebook.
What's new: Both Democrats who are focused on privacy and conservatives who are suspicious of the platform companies are moving into more prominent positions at a time when Big Tech is a bigger target for concrete regulation than ever before, Axios' David McCabe reports.
In the House, a new era of Democratic leadership has major implications for Silicon Valley and Washington.
In the Senate, a key committee’s leadership is in play and several tech skeptics won seats for the first time.
Yes, but: Congressional committee assignments haven’t been decided yet, so the full picture of who tech will tangle with for the next 2 years hasn’t yet come into view.
What to watch: Expect more frequent hearings, especially on issues such as consumer data practices and market competition issues. While sweeping legislation won't materialize anytime soon, narrow measures uniting concerns from both sides of the aisle could be more feasible.
Meanwhile, Congress also gained a number of members with deeper technical backgrounds.
The map view in Woven lets you see your calendar geographically. Photo: Woven
When he was Facebook's CIO, Tim Campos said he spent a lot of time hearing from executives how frustrating it was to deal with their calendar. So when he left the company in late 2016, he set out to build a better calendar.
Details: Woven, as the company and product are called, is designed to help individuals better manage their time — including work, team and personal calendars — as well as ease the process of finding times to meet up with people.
"My job at Facebook was to make people as productive as possible," Campos tells Axios. "I care a lot about time."
The interface looks like a traditional calendar, but also allows for other ways to view your day, including a map view to schedule meetings in a way that makes geographic sense.
Yes, but: Lots of startups have tried to build a better mousetrap only to find themselves unable to unseat Microsoft and Google. Aware of that, Campos says he made Woven different.
How it works, per Campos: It doesn't replace GSuite or Outlook, but rather works on top of Microsoft's and Google's productivity tools. (The beta version launching today only supports Google's productivity suite, with Office support coming soon.)
As for making money, Campos says there may be some features that are put behind a paywall. In the long term, he sees Woven as an enterprise play, offering analytics and other services to paying business customers.
As I previewed yesterday, Samsung used much of its developer conference keynote on Wednesday to talk about the future of its Bixby AI and to debut a new foldable smartphone it plans to introduce next year. The company also debuted a new phone user interface, called One UI.
Here are a few thoughts on what they showed and what it all means:
My thought bubble: It's good to see hardware experimentation returning to the phone market. I'm not yet sold that the foldable, at least what's possible today, is a winner. That said, I wasn't sold on the first Galaxy Note, and phablets have been a huge success.
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More than 1 million people ditched their cable and satellite TV packages last quarter, the most ever in a quarterly earnings period, according to research firm MoffettNathanson.
Why it matters: Americans are increasingly giving up on expensive cable and satellite TV packages for more affordable services delivered over a broadband connection, per Axios' Sara Fischer.
By the numbers: More than 80% of Pay-TV subscribers in the U.S. come from 4 cable and satellite providers: AT&T, Comcast, Charter and Dish. Those companies together lost 887,000 subscribers this quarter, mostly driven by big losses at Dish and AT&T.
The big picture: There are roughly 120 million TV homes in the U.S., per Nielsen, and about 90 million of them (75%) still pay for traditional TV. But that percentage has been decreasing as more people cut the cord.
Go deeper: Sara has more here.
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