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Scott Belsky is quietly joining the board of Cheddar, the millennial-focused online broadcast news platform led by former Buzzfeed president Jon Steinberg. Belsky is the founder of Behance (acquired by Adobe) who last fall stepped down as a general partner with VC firm Benchmark, just seven months after taking the job.

Belsky remains a venture partner with Benchmark, and is spending much of his time as executive chairman of a stealthy New York-based Benchmark portfolio company.

The Cheddar role is independent from Benchmark, with Belsky telling Axios that he is fascinated by the eyeball battle between user-generated and professionally-produced live video content (i.e., Periscope types vs. Cheddar types), and that he believes he can help Cheddar on the product side. "Where does UGC live and more professional live content meet in the middle? Does one side win?"

He adds that while Cheddar is initially focusing on financial markets content, he expects it to eventually broaden its topic horizons.

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CES was largely irrelevant this year

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Forced online by the pandemic and overshadowed by the attack on the Capitol, the 2021 edition of CES was mostly an afterthought as media's attention focused elsewhere.

Why it matters: The consumer electronics trade show is the cornerstone event for the Consumer Technology Association and Las Vegas has been the traditional early-January gathering place for the tech industry.

The FBI is tracing a digital trail to Capitol rioters

Illustration: Sarah Grillo

Capitol rioters, eager to share proof of their efforts with other extremists online, have so far left a digital footprint of at least 140,000 images that is making it easier for federal law enforcement officials to capture and arrest them.

The big picture: Law enforcement's use of digital tracing isn't new, and has long been at the center of fierce battles over privacy and civil liberties. The Capitol siege is opening a fresh front in that debate.

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Episode 6: Last stand in Georgia

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Drew Angerer, Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 6: Georgia had not backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 and Donald Trump's defeat in this Deep South stronghold, and his reaction to that loss, would help cost Republicans the U.S. Senate as well. Georgia was Trump's last stand.

On Air Force One, President Trump was in a mood. He had been clear he did not want to return to Georgia, and yet somehow he'd been conscripted into another rally on the night of Jan. 4.