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Jun 11, 2019

Axios PM

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1 big thing: The biggest trends online

Two Americas, meet two worlds: In the developed world, citizens are increasingly looking for ways to dial back, while billions elsewhere are still waiting on consistent internet access.

The big picture: The percentage of the global population with internet access has doubled from 24% in 2009 to 51% in 2019, according to the latest annual report by Mary Meeker, Bond Capital managing partner.

  • Less than half the population of India and Nigeria are internet users, and even China's government statistics only claim 58% of residents are online.
  • The Asia Pacific region has 53% of global internet users, Meeker notes, while only 48% of its population are internet users.
  • Africa has 13% of users and 32% penetration.

Meanwhile, in the U.S. of A:

  • 26% of U.S. adults say they're "almost always online," up from 21% three years ago, notes Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva.
  • 63% of U.S. adults tried to limit personal smartphone use in 2018, up from 47% in 2017.
  • But U.S. users still view the internet as a positive for themselves (88%) and society (70%), though both metrics have slightly decreased since 2014.

The bottom line: Most people with smartphones don’t “go online," they just are online, whether they want to be or not. Increasingly, in the developed world, the scarce commodity is finding a place and time where you don’t have access to the internet, Axios' Felix Salmon writes.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. forward Tobin Heath kicks the ball during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match vs. Thailand.

  • The U.S. was leading 12-0 as this newsletter went to the presses.
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2. What you missed
  1. President Trump responded to a report Kim Jong-un's late half brother was a CIA source who met with agency operatives, saying that such an arrangement wouldn't have occurred under his administration. Details.
  2. Nancy Pelosi said the numbers in the Democratic caucus "are not even close" to move forward with impeaching Trump. Video.
  3. Weeks after downplaying the threat of China on the global stage, Joe Biden is calling for action to combat its outpacing of the U.S. in emerging technologies, infrastructure and global influence. Go deeper.
  4. Foxconn says it has the capacity to manufacture Apple products outside of China if U.S.-China trade relations escalate. (Bloomberg)
3. 1 fun thing

A trove of unreleased Radiohead material was stolen by a hacker last week and held for ransom, but the band instead decided to offer it up to fans in support of climate change advocacy group Extinction Rebellion, according to guitarist Jonny Greenwood.

  • It consists of 18 hours of demos for their landmark album "OK Computer" that were stolen from singer Thom Yorke's minidisc archive.
  • Greenwood warns: "Never intended for public consumption ... it's only tangentially interesting. And very, very long."
  • Check it out.

In less fun news: The NYT goes long on "the biggest disaster in the history of the music business ... the story of the 2008 Universal fire," which reportedly destroyed thousands of master recordings for titans of the industry.