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Situational awareness: More than 1,000 local TV and radio stations are being asked join dozens of local newspapers in a coordinated editorial campaign objecting to President Trump's anti-press rhetoric. The push comes after The New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger said he tried to warn Trump that his language could endanger journalists abroad.
Members of Congress have mentioned major tech companies more than any other type of company over the past decade, according to data compiled by Quorum. Facebook has by far experienced the most mentions, with Google coming in at a distant second.
Why it matters: It's a reflection of lawmakers' recent obsession with technology-related issues that impact most of their constituents — like data privacy, security, smartphone addiction and election integrity.
Congress has mentioned technology more than twice as many times as it's mentioned financial services. By mentions over the past ten years (methodology below):
Facebook has become the most-discussed company, spiking during the Cambridge Analytica scandal that occurred earlier this year. (More below.)
For kicks: Most members of Congress aren't tech experts, although many have policy backgrounds that touch tech issues. There are only 8 engineers in Congress (7 in the House and 1 in the Senate) and 8 software company executives in Congress (6 in the House and 2 in the Senate), per the Congressional Research Service.
Methodology: Mentions include press releases, floor statements, email newsletters and social media.
From June 2008–June 2018, Facebook received more mentions than any other company in a given time period during this year's Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal, per Quorum. That includes financial services companies during their own scandals of account and bonus fraud.
Since then, Facebook also dealt with nearly constant controversy around policing content on the platform, accusations of bias, and its role in political disinformation campaigns.
Go deeper: Social media's new job: content cop.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Big Tech is constantly reassuring the public and policymakers that its technology isn't being used to spy on its users.
Why it matters: Trust issues around technology companies persist in America. According to Pew Research Center, relatively few Americans trust major technology companies to consistently do what is right. And more than half (51%) think they should be regulated more than they are currently
The irony: Most of these companies don't even need to spy on their users, since they are so sophisticated at tracking users' information with their permission.
Yes, but: Many Google smartphone apps store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent them from doing so, per AP's Ryan Nakashima.
NBC is expanding "Stay Tuned," its Gen. Z-focused daily news show on Snapchat to Instagram and YouTube, Axios has learned. The show will air twice daily on Instagram Stories shortly after they post to Snapchat.
Why it matters: NBC's partnership with Snapchat has thus far turned out to be so successful that the network wants to take the show elsewhere.
The big picture: It shows brands can build franchises that resonate with younger audiences on Snapchat and then move them to other networks once they gain steam.
Bustle Digital Group (BDG) will announce today the acquisition of Flavorpill Media Inc., an online publisher and experiential brand focused on events. Terms will not be disclosed.
Why it matters: The acquisition gives BDG an entrance into the large-scale experiential events business, which is a massive growth point for some of BDG's biggest competitors in the millennial, female-focused digital media industry, like Refinery29 and PopSugar.
"This acquisition was made with an eye towards our 2019 growth — in both user engagement and revenue ... We expect to see a substantial increase in paid attendees for our experiential programs to come through Flavorpill."— Bryan Goldberg, founder and CEO, Bustle Digital Group
Experiential events have become tentpole business opportunities for millennial media companies looking to engage consumers directly.
The big picture: Flavorpill is Bustle's latest acquisition of a millennial and women-focused media brand. It acquired fashion designer Rachel Zoe's "The Zoe Report" earlier this year and Elite Daily in 2017, which Goldberg says is outperforming the audience and revenue goals set last year.
The details: The acquisition includes all of Flavorpill’s current staff, including co-founder Sascha Lewis, who will become BDG’s vice president of experiential and president of Flavorpill Media.
What's next? Goldberg says Bustle would like to do at least one more deal this year.
A new forecast from eMarketer predicts that Pandora, the most popular music streaming service in the U.S., will see its U.S. user base decline slightly the next couple of years, while Spotify will see double-digit growth this year and next.
“Pandora’s focus on converting free listeners to subscribers, coupled with much stiffer competition, will keep their overall reach from growing. Meanwhile, Spotify has benefited from being first to market with family plans, offline listening, integrations with other services like Hulu and effective social sharing tools, which have left Pandora to play catch-up.”— Martín Utreras, VP of forecasting, eMarketer
Over the past year, roughly one third of the New York Times' net new digital subscriptions came from its cooking and crosswords subscription products each quarter, not core news products.
Why it matters: Relying on the Trump bump has never been the Times' long-term subscription strategy — lifestyle services is.
What's next? NYT is adding other core lifestyle products to its subscription suite, like parenting.
By the numbers:
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Changes in decades-old broadcasting rules, combined with new types of competition in news and entertainment, are creating a drama-filled free-for-all as local U.S. broadcasters consolidate.
Why it matters: Consolidation will inevitably mean that fewer voices reach more people, but some in the industry argue it's the only way local broadcasting will be able to compete with Big Tech.
The back story: Many local broadcasters cite one key reason for their consolidation — the FCC's landmark decision last year to roll back old regulations that limited the ability of TV companies to own properties in the same market.