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The techlash is a bust

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After three and a half years, the U.S. backlash against tech's biggest firms has failed to dent or daunt them.

The big picture: Today, Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook are massively richer, more powerful and more determined to push their products and services deeper into our lives than they were in January 2018, when Axios first used the term "techlash."

Apple defends its controlling approach in third week of Epic trial

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During the third week of the Epic-Apple trial, Apple executives have portrayed their company as a benevolent and helpful gatekeeper to iPhone users and app developers.

Why it matters: It's been Apple's turn to present its side in a trial that will determine whether its restrictions on its app store are illegally monopolistic.

Meet the Black developers making your new favorite games

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The Media Indie Exchange is putting Black developers at the forefront with its Black Voices in Gaming Freshman Class, an initiative to highlight developers with games coming out through 2022.

Why it matters: The game industry grapples with diversity across the board, leaving developers who are not cis-gender white men isolated or even alienated from the broader community.

May 20, 2021 - Technology

Snap says it now has 500 million monthly active users

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Snapchat on Thursday debuted a slew of new products and user metrics for things like games and augmented reality lenses that have been built using Snapchat's developer tools.

Why it matters: It's an important milestone in Snapchat's transformation from a social network to a camera company that caters to developers.

May 20, 2021 - Economy & Business

Twitter says anyone can now apply to have a verified account

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Twitter has begun rolling out a new verification process and says moving forward, it will accept and review all public applications for verification on Twitter. 

Why it matters: Executives told press during a briefing Wednesday that for a long time, people have complained that the verification process felt unfair.

Ina Fried, author of Login
May 19, 2021 - Technology

Big Tech wants to talk about products again after a year of criticism

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking Tuesday at Google's I/O developer conference. Photo: Google

If you tuned into to Google's two-hour I/O keynote on Tuesday, you heard about a whole slew of new products, features and technologies under development. You also heard the sound of Big Tech trying to turn the page after a year dominated by criticisms, hearings and investigations.

Why it matters: Innovation is tech's unifying tenet, and conferences like I/O give the industry giants a chance to put their best foot forward, highlighting areas where technology can do things that people alone can't.

Inside Google's "moonshot goal" to rely on carbon-free energy by 2030

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Google is making inroads in its push toward what company officials call its "moonshot goal" of powering itself completely with carbon-free electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week by 2030.

The big picture: At its virtual I/O event Tuesday, Google announced that its climate intelligence computing platform will be able to shift tasks between data centers to maximize the use of renewable energy.

Ina Fried, author of Login
May 18, 2021 - Technology

Google's biggest announcements at I/O

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking at Google I/O 2021. Photo: Google

After scrapping last year's I/O developer conference because of the pandemic, Google used this year's event Tuesday to debut a more personalized version of Android and a big update for wearables, as well as a potential breakthrough in videoconferencing, among other advances.

Why it matters: Beyond showcasing new technologies, events like I/O and Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference serve as a chance to influence where other businesses large and small place their energy and resources.

May 18, 2021 - World

Huawei's cloud services find government buyers

Chinese telecom giant Huawei is finding plenty of government buyers for its cloud services despite growing suspicion of the company, according to new data compiled by the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Reconnecting Asia Project.

The big picture: Middle-income countries without strong civil freedoms are the most common customers for Huawei's cloud and e-government services.

Amazon reportedly in talks to acquire MGM Holdings

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Amazon is reportedly in talks to acquire MGM Holdings, the legendary Hollywood studio, according to The Information. The deal could cost between $7 billion and $10 billion.

Why it matters: This would be Amazon's biggest move yet into entertainment.