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Scoop: Jim Messina aims to shape cryptocurrency future

Cryptocurrency companies are currently operating in a regulatory no man’s land.

Mar 10, 2021 - Technology
Ranking the 5 big suits against Google and Facebook

Facebook stands to lose the most, but Google is more likely to lose, according to antitrust experts.

Dec 18, 2020 - Technology
Big Tech's reckoning on race

The industry also must grapple with the effects, good and bad, on inequality.

Jun 12, 2020 - Technology
Tech giants' life cycles shape their crisis responses

Their ages help determine their responses to the coronavirus, government investigations, and protests against racial inequality.

Jun 11, 2020 - Technology
Sundar Pichai's Alphabet to-do list

The new CEO of Google's parent company inherited a long list of issues in need of tackling.

Dec 17, 2019 - Technology
The sovereign state of Facebook

It's making the kinds of world-shaping decisions that used to be in the hands of governments.

Nov 1, 2019 - Technology

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Big Tech moves in on the creator wars

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Tech giants like Facebook, Spotify and Twitter are racing to build and acquire new tools that will help them compete with smaller upstarts for the attention of individual creators.

Why it matters: The attention economy shifted significantly during the pandemic towards individual creators who make content for niche groups of fans. Now that brands and consumers are catching on, Big Tech firms want in.

"Cyberpunk 2077" returning to PSN on June 21

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Sony will allow "Cyberpunk 2077" to be sold on its online PlayStation store starting June 21, the game's creators at CD Projekt Red said today.

Why it matters: Sales of the buggy would-be blockbuster have been hit hard since Sony delisted the game shortly after its launch.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Jun 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Amazon third-party businesses acquirer Thrasio in talks to go public via SPAC

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Thrasio, a Walpole, Mass.-based acquirer of Amazon third-party private-label businesses, is in talks to go public via Churchill Capital V (NYSE: CCV), a SPAC led by Michael Klein, per Bloomberg. The implied valuation could top $10 billion.

Why it matters: This comes just days after Congress introduced a bipartisan bill that would break apart Amazon's control of its marketplace, thus benefiting the sorts of sellers that Thrasio rolls up.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Jun 14, 2021 - Technology

Israel's new PM Naftali Bennett made his name as a millionaire tech founder

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios. Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images

Naftali Bennett yesterday became prime minister of Israel, succeeding Benjamin Netanyahu, after his power-sharing government survived a vote of confidence.

Why it matters: Bennett becomes Israel's first new prime minister since 2009, and he takes office as Netanyahu stands trial for corruption.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Jun 14, 2021 - Technology

Google expands Workspace to all users

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Google said Monday that it is bringing Workspace, its rebranded G Suite, to all users, including consumers and education customers. With Workspace, Google is trying to better integrate its email, chat and productivity apps.

Why it matters: Google has 3 billion users for its collaboration tools, up from 2 billion a year ago. Workspace is designed to compete with both Microsoft Office and a variety of newer upstart productivity tools.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Jun 11, 2021 - Technology

Amazon rethinks its full-time return to office

Data: Companies, Axios research; Note: Refers to overall policies, exceptions apply; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Amazon on Thursday said it was adjusting its policy on remote work, after earlier indicating it planned to return to an office-first culture as the pandemic eases. Under the new guidance, Amazon says most office workers will need to come in just three days per week, with further leniency possible.

The big picture: Some tech companies, including Twitter and Square, are offering workers the ability to remain fully remote, while even office-centric companies like Apple and Amazon, are recognizing the need for flexibility.

Jun 9, 2021 - Technology

Facebook ad chief Carolyn Everson departs

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Carolyn Everson, Facebook's longtime head of global ad sales, has left the company, Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: Everson led Facebook through years of record ad growth, but also through intense scrutiny around Facebook's role in promoting nefarious content.

Jun 9, 2021 - Technology

Fastly says global internet outage was due to a software bug

A screen displays a holding page of the Gov.UK Government website portal on June 8 after Fastly's internet outage. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Fastly, the popular content delivery network (CDN) hit by a global internet outage Tuesday, chalked the episode up in a blog post Tuesday to a software bug triggered by a customer changing their settings.

The state of play: Fastly's outage caused a slew of popular websites — including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, GitHub, gov.uk, Hulu, HBO Max, PayPal, Vimeo, Shopify — to crash.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Jun 8, 2021 - Technology

Apple updates bring iOS, MacOS closer together

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With Apple's slew of software announcements Monday, what stood out was just how many new features are coming simultaneously across different types of devices.

Why it matters: Apple continues to maintain some distinctions between iOS — the operating system for iPhones and iPads — and the Mac, but more features are being shared across the two.

Developer war brewing over app store commissions

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Rivals circling Apple and Google are courting developers and creators who are growing increasingly frustrated with the fees those tech giants charge in their app stores.

Why it matters: In-app purchases have emerged as a key way for developers looking to make money from their apps, and Apple and Google tightly control the payment mechanism for such transactions.

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