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Ina Fried, author of Login
May 26, 2021 - Technology

Why Satya Nadella isn't moving fast and breaking things

Satya Nadella. Photo: Microsoft

Critics argue that the impact of technology has grown so large that society can't afford for companies to release products just because they can, without fully anticipating issues like privacy and security. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella couldn't agree more.

What they're saying: "Tech is becoming so pervasive in our lives, in our society and our economy, that when it breaks, it’s not just about any one tech breaking or one company breaking," Nadella said in an exclusive interview with Axios. "It impacts us all."

Ina Fried, author of Login
May 26, 2021 - Technology

Exclusive interview: Microsoft's Nadella is through being cool

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios. Photos: Microsoft, Toby Scott/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

If software developers don't see Microsoft as the coolest trillion-dollar tech company out there, CEO Satya Nadella is OK with that, he told Axios in an exclusive interview as Microsoft's annual developer conference kicked off Tuesday.

Driving the news: "My sales pitch to anybody, whether it’s an intern or a college grad joining Microsoft is, hey, if you want to be cool, go join someone else," Nadella said. "If you want to make others cool, join Microsoft."

Epic v. Apple: Judge expresses skepticism of both sides

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

During concluding arguments in Epic v. Apple Monday, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers expressed qualms with both sides, as they posited contrasting views over whether Apple runs its app store in illegal, anti-competitive ways.

Why it matters: Rogers will decide whether Apple needs to change the way it runs its app store.

May 25, 2021 - Technology

D.C. files antitrust lawsuit against Amazon

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Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon, alleging the e-commerce giant's anticompetitive pricing practices result in higher costs for consumers and less choice in the online retail market.

Why it matters: The lawsuit concerns how Amazon negotiates with more than 2 million third-party sellers on the platform, which are crucial to the company's business and end up absorbing fees that Amazon charges to list their merchandise.

Ina Fried, author of Login
May 25, 2021 - Technology

Tech regulations take different paths by party

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

There's broad agreement among leaders of both parties that Big Tech needs to be reined in — but widely different views on how to do it, as two Monday stories illustrated.

The state of play: In Washington, Democrats on a key House committee met with various stakeholders to carefully craft new legislation that might fly with both industry and its critics, Axios' Margaret Harding McGill scooped. Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google all attended.

Media giants face regulatory risk as they expand

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As media and tech companies look for ways to combine and grow their content footprints, regulators are beginning to eye their efforts with skepticism.

The big picture: Big Tech deals "will probably heighten calls for antitrust legislation," says former Justice Department antitrust chief Makan Delrahim.

Scoop: E&C leader talks tech reform with Facebook, Google, Twitter

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The leader of a key House committee discussed legislative proposals on reining in Big Tech content moderation practices with Facebook, Google, Twitter and others Monday, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Lawmakers are working toward making good on their promise to pass new laws to curb tech's power.

Netflix's gaming expansion

"The Witcher," one of Netflix's big video-game based shows. Photo: Netflix/Katalin Vermes

Netflix is planning to get into gaming, possibly with the launch of a suite of downloadable games, as first reported by The Information on Friday and reiterated by Axios sources.

Why it matters: Netflix has more than 200 million subscribers it can reach with games, but plenty of other entertainment juggernauts that have wanted a piece of the gaming market have struggled to grab more than scraps.

The Tribeca film festival adds games

Sable, one of eight games selected for the Tribeca Festival. Screenshot: Shedworks/Raw Fury

The 20-year-old Tribeca Film Festival, traditionally held in downtown New York City, will include eight games as official selections this year.

Why it matters: The video game industry often exudes an inferiority complex as it compares itself to cinema, but this is a case of a film institution veering toward games as an art form.

May 21, 2021 - Technology

Scoop: House antitrust bill aims to boost state AGs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are introducing a bill Friday that would give states more control over which court hears antitrust lawsuits brought against companies, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: This bill would ensure that state AGs — which are suing companies more and more — get home-court advantage by choosing the court to hear the case and ensuring the case stays there.