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While Washington talks about investigating, regulating and maybe even breaking up Big Tech, it is states that are taking action now, as Kim Hart and I report.
Driving the news:
Why it matters: Local governments are more nimble and have higher levels of public trust than Congress, so they have more latitude to get laws passed quickly.
The big picture: State attorneys general have been particularly active under the Trump administration, acting unilaterally to go their own way in some cases, and uniting to fight Washington in others.
At the state level, populist movements on the right and the left may converge on some tech-related issues, such as perceived partisan bias and and business market dominance.
The bottom line: "There's so much change that people don't feel protected from, and the concurrent loss of trust in the establishment," Mehlman says. "So you have a rise of permission-less players who no longer think Washington should be the locus of global leadership."
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The competition among streaming companies is getting intensifying, with rivals blocking competitors from marketing on their TV channels or distributing content on their apps, as Sara Fischer reports.
Why it matters: TV networks, hardware companies and telecom giants control access to some of the biggest audiences for new products, but they want to use that reach to benefit their own streaming offerings and stymie the competition.
Driving the news: Disney is banning Netflix from advertising across its TV networks, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.
Netflix has been involved in several of these disputes, since the streaming giant is considered the incumbent to beat.
Amazon and Disney are also at odds. On Thursday, the Journal reported that Amazon's Fire TV has not yet struck a deal to carry Disney's streaming service Disney+ because Amazon "is pushing for the right to sell a substantial percentage of the ad space on Disney apps."
The big picture: The streaming wars have also caused competitors to rethink their board structures. Last month, Disney CEO Bob Iger resigned from Apple's board, presumably because Disney plans to launch a rival video service.
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As the more and more turn to freelance jobs, there is a growing chasm between the haves and have-nots, Kaveh Waddell reports in Axios Future.
Some freelancers can pull in more than $100 an hour for management consulting, programming or graphic design. Others struggle to make much more than $10 an hour, beholden to "gig work" platforms like Uber or TaskRabbit.
Why it matters: Being one's own boss, with the flexibility it brings, can be lucrative for people who can differentiate themselves from competitors. For the rest, it can be quicksand.
The big picture: Freelance work makes up nearly 5% of U.S. GDP, according to a new study commissioned by Upwork, a site for high-earning freelancers to find jobs. And more people than ever — 28.5 million people, or half the freelance workforce — say it's a long-term plan.
But for those without a rare or standout skill, reality hasn't quite panned out that way.
The bottom line: "Given that being in the traditional workforce typically comes with benefits and protections, I think most workers would be better off being there rather than having to constantly hustle for the next gig," says Ravenelle.
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Injured Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been fined $5,000 for wearing his Apple Watch on the sidelines during a recent game, per ESPN.
Devices that are capable of transmitting voice or data, with the exception of those approved by the league (like coaches' headsets or the Surface tablets), are not allowed.
The winner: Apple, which got a whole lot more than $5,000 worth of free marketing.
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