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Data: HarrisX online survey of 2,000 U.S. adults age 18 and over, May 4-5, 2018; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Americans are split on whether they should be be concerned about consolidation in the tech, media and telecom sectors, according to a new HarrisX survey.

Why it matters: The findings come as a number of controversial deals — from AT&T's purchase of Time Warner to T-Mobile's combination with Sprint — are poised to transform the companies consumers use to access the internet.

The details:

  • Many members of the public don't yet have an opinion of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. 59% said they were waiting to learn more to determine their position on the deal.
  • 22% said they supported it, and 20% said they opposed it.

Methodology: HarrisX, a market research firm, talked with 2,000 adults in the United States on May 4 and 5. That was after T-Mobile and Sprint announced their merger.

Go deeper: Axios' Sara Fischer on media merger mayhem.

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University of Michigan reaches $490M settlement in sex abuse case

Jon Vaughn, a former University of Michigan and NFL football player, speaks at a press conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., in June 2021. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The University of Michigan on Wednesday reached a $490 million settlement with over a thousand survivors who allege that they were sexually assaulted by a former physician in the school's athletic department.

Driving the news: "It's been a long and challenging journey and these survivors have refused to remain silent," attorney Parker Stinar said Wednesday.

3 hours ago - Technology

3D printing's next act: big metal objects

Chief Scientist Andy Bayramian makes modifications to the laser system on Seurat's 3D metal printer. Photo courtesy of Seurat Technologies.

A new metal 3D printing technology could revolutionize the way large industrial products like planes and cars are made, reducing the cost and carbon footprint of mass manufacturing.

Why it matters: 3D printing — also called additive manufacturing — has been used since the 1980s to make small plastic parts and prototypes. Metal printing is newer, and the challenge has been figuring out how to make things like large car parts faster and cheaper than traditional methods.

Rising rates may hammer the stock market

Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

Stocks are much more vulnerable to interest rate swings than they used to be.

Why it matters: A sharp rise in rates in early 2022 is the key reason the stock market is off to an ugly start. And with the Federal Reserve making noise about trying to keep inflation in check, rates could go higher.