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

Apple's latest MacBook Pros add new chips

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The new MacBook Pros unveiled Monday don't just feature all-new Apple-designed chips, but also bring back a bunch of much beloved features not found in recent years, including a card slot, MagSafe magnetic power cord and physical function keys.

Why it matters: The return of these features addresses shortcomings that were especially nagging on laptops costing $2,000 and up, though they weren't necessarily deal breakers. Plus, it shows that Apple is willing to listen to customers — eventually.

Lawmakers accuse Amazon of misleading Congress about business practices

Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testifies remotely to the House Antitrust Subcommittee in July 2020. Photo: Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images

The House Antitrust Subcommittee, in a letter released Monday, questioned if Amazon misled or lied to Congress through testimony from the company's top executives — including former CEO Jeff Bezos — regarding its business practices.

Why it matters: Reuters published a report last week detailing how the e-commerce giant's India branch manufactured knockoffs of popular goods and manipulated search results to advertise its own items over the original product.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Oct 17, 2021 - Technology

Intel CEO wants to compete against Apple

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger hasn't given up on the idea of the Mac once again using Intel chips, but he acknowledges it will probably be years before he gets that chance.

  • In the meantime, he is focused on powering Windows machines that give Apple CEO Tim Cook a run for his money.

Why it matters: In getting pushed out of the Mac, Intel not only lost a customer but picked up a new rival.

Oct 16, 2021 - Technology

Tech's troubled history with Asian workers

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Asians make up the majority of Silicon Valley's tech workforce at roughly 57%, according to MarketWatch. Yet they're vastly underrepresented at the leadership level: 27% at Apple, 40% at Google and 25% at Facebook.

The big picture: Many tech leaders like to think the field is "post-race," often pointing to the handful of Asians, mostly East and South Asian men, who occupy prominent executive roles. The reality is far more complicated.

Oct 14, 2021 - Technology

LinkedIn to shut down app in China following censorship controversy

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LinkedIn on Thursday said it will sunset the localized version of its app in China and will instead launch a new job boards app called "InJobs" later this year.

Why it matters: In a statement, the company said it's making these changes because it's facing "a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China."

Oct 14, 2021 - Economy & Business

The staggering ubiquity of iPhones

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A whopping 87% of U.S. teenagers have iPhones, per a new survey of 10,000 young people from investment bank Piper Sandler.

Why it matters: The economy is going mobile as the next generation of consumers shops for clothes, watches TV and meets romantic partners almost exclusively on their phones.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Oct 13, 2021 - Technology

Groups launch "How to Stop Facebook" effort

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

A coalition of nonprofits on Wednesday debuted HowToStopFacebook.org, a fresh push to encourage greater government regulation of the social networking giant aimed at forcing the company to change its business model.

Why it matters: The campaign hopes to take the outrage expressed by legislators over the revelations of whistleblower Frances Haugen and translate it into action.

Google Cloud launches partnerships on climate and sustainability

Google Cloud is partnering with five sustainability-focused companies to offer public and private sector customers new ways of anticipating and reducing their climate risk exposure, among other applications, the company announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: With more climate and sustainability-related data being generated than ever, a premium is being placed on finding ways to gain insights from the firehose of information.

Slain reporter's family asks FTC to take on Facebook over violent video

Andy Parker, father of Alison, speaking at a rally. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The family of slain journalist Alison Parker, who died in 2015, is asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take action against Facebook for not removing a video of her death, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: Facebook has faced mounting widespread scrutiny in recent weeks from lawmakers and the public, initially spurred by whistleblower accounts by former employee Frances Haugen.

Oct 12, 2021 - Podcasts

Social media is having a Big Tobacco moment

Senators at the Facebook hearing last week used an analogy we’ve all heard before — Big Tech is having a Big Tobacco moment. Are the harmful effects of social media sites like Facebook and Instagram that clear cut?

Axios Re:Cap talks with Axios’ chief technology correspondent Ina Fried about how Big Tech compares to Big Tobacco.