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President Trump said Thursday he doesn't trust social media companies to "self-correct" their alleged anti-conservative bias, multiple sources tell Axios' David McCabe and Jonathan Swan.
Why it matters: It's another strong signal that Trump would support harsh regulations or antitrust action against social media companies.
The big picture: Conservatives have increasingly been open to regulating tech companies, alleging they suppress content produced by the right.
Yes, but: The charges that anti-conservative bias is programmed into social media algorithms have never been backed up by evidence or reporting, even if tech companies are predominantly staffed by liberal employees in famously blue Silicon Valley.
Meanwhile: There were no representatives of the big social media companies at the Thursday White House meeting, but Trump said he would invite them to a second event later this month, per Reuters.
Tensions over 5G have come to a head within the Trump administration, prompting acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to convene a high-level White House meeting on Thursday, sources tell Axios' Alayna Treene and David McCabe. The goal, they say, was to hammer out policy disputes between government agencies.
What we're hearing: The Thursday morning meeting, led by President Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow, included high-level attendees such as Commerce Department official Earl Comstock and FCC chair Ajit Pai, as well as multiple officials from Defense, State and Education, one source said.
Why it matters: Comstock has been at the center of disagreements over how to repurpose airwaves for commercial 5G services, in addition to being at odds with several officials, particularly Kudlow, on a number of other issues, the sources said.
The intrigue: Repurposing valuable wireless airwaves almost always ends up in a bureaucratic tug of war.
The big picture: The Trump administration has taken steps to help speed up the U.S. rollout of 5G networks to try to stay ahead of China. The FCC has aggressively tried to free up airwaves for commercial 5G use.
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How stressed are consumers about finding the right thing to watch on their streaming services? Well, according to Axios' Sara Fischer, they are stressed enough that many are choosing to watch something they've already seen, revert back to traditional TV or turn the tube off altogether.
Why it matters: As more companies jump into the streaming wars, the choice-overload problem could alienate customers, drive away subscribers and limit the industry's growth.
By the numbers: U.S. adults typically spend a little over 7 minutes searching for something to watch on a streaming service, according to a new report from Nielsen's MediaTech Trender, a quarterly consumer tracking survey focused on emerging technology.
Be smart: Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu that categorize programming by category, not brand, may have a tough time competing with traditional TV for easy choice-making by consumers.
Flashback: Psychologist Barry Schwartz introduced "the paradox of choice" in his 2004 book of that name, finding that a surfeit of options paralyzes people instead of delighting them.
The big picture: Not only is choice difficult within streaming services, but selecting which service to subscribe to is becoming harder, as more and more big entertainment and tech companies start to create their own services.
The bottom line: Stressed-out viewers become less engaged.
A massive Twitter outage on Thursday left social media addicts wondering what to do. I mean, when Facebook or Google are down, you tweet about it. But what do you do when Twitter is down?
The outage also left people itching to make their best jokes. Here were a few of my favorites.
"The outage was due to an internal configuration change, which we're now fixing," Twitter said in a statement.
Go deeper: A bad month for internet outages
It's one thing to have an Xbox in your hotel room. But in one room at this Japanese hotel, you can have a whole life-size flight simulator.