President Donald Trump speaks alongside New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and team members during a White House ceremony for the 2017 Super Bowl champions. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump picked the New England Patriots to win Sunday's Super Bowl over the Los Angeles Rams in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," saying the team has a "very special owner [Robert Kraft] and coach [Bill Belichick] and certainly ... the greatest quarterback [Tom Brady] of all time."

Details: The president has long been a supporter of the Patriots and is friends with Kraft, Belichick and Brady. The Patriots were the first championship team to visit Trump at the White House when the team won the Super Bowl in 2017. Last year, Trump abruptly disinvited Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles for their ceremonial White House visit after many team members said they would not attend.

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Competitors ready to pounce on TikTok bans

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Growing security and privacy concerns over Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok have given a lift to alternatives like Byte and Dubsmash, which have seen spikes in downloads from smartphone users recently, according to data from SensorTower.

Why it matters: If TikTok's meteoric rise in popularity among U.S. youth gets slowed by rising tensions with China, or ended by a threatened ban by the Trump administration, American teens will still have to get their hits of meme-laden video somewhere.

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U.S. pushes homegrown drone industry amid China battle

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Alarmed at the prospect of relying on Chinese-made drones for public safety and monitoring critical industries, U.S. investors and the federal government are newly backing a domestic drone industry of hardware and software companies.

The big picture: The moves come as the industry continues to be led by DJI, a Chinese hardware maker — and as concerns grow both in China and the U.S. about reliance on the other country's technology.

Exclusive: The N.Y. Times doubles down on TV and film ambitions

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One of the country's oldest and most established media companies is starting to look more like a Hollywood studio than a traditional newspaper.

Driving the news: The New York Times has 10 scripted TV show projects in development, as well as 3 feature documentaries coming out this year and several other documentary projects in development and production, executives tell Axios.