Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 413 words, a 2 minute read.
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50 states and territories (not a typo!) are opening antitrust probes to determine whether Google's online dominance is limiting competition in online advertising.
Why it matters: The move by the states and territories represents a new, wide-ranging front in the government-led assault on Google's power, Axios Managing Editor Scott Rosenberg writes.
The big picture: Big Tech is a target-rich environment for politicians. Conservatives claim they face discrimination by the platforms, and liberals claim the platforms' algorithms have elevated fringe conservative voices and conspiracies.
Flashback: "Major investigations of industry titans like AT&T, IBM and Microsoft in the past were marathon endeavors, spanning years, and sometimes decades," the N.Y. Times reminds.
Above: Pope Francis waves as he arrives prior to leading a mass at the Monument of Mary Queen of Peace in Mauritius, part of a 3-nation tour of Indian Ocean African countries hard hit by poverty, conflict and natural disaster.
Below: Female Muslim pilgrims of the Dawoodi Bohra community take part in a Bohra ceremony in Sri Lanka in the run up to Ashura, one of the holiest days in Shiite Islam.
"Winemakers, particularly in newer wine-producing countries like Australia and the U.S., are toning down discussions about tannins and terroir—and trying to outdo each other with wine nests, floating golf holes, climbing walls, petting zoos, strange museums and 35-foot-tall rabbit sculptures," the WSJ reports.