Big Tech greets its new president
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Good morning! This Monday, how the tech industry is reacting to the Biden victory, why conservatives are flocking to Parler and why Tesla is like a restaurant.
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Most people in tech seemed to react to the announcement that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had won the 2020 election in roughly the same way: With a giant sigh of relief, a glass of champagne and a couple nights of long overdue sleep.
Some of the industry's biggest names have been quiet, at least publicly. Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, two men with an awful lot on the line this election season (and who are surely aware that President Trump remains in the White House for now) haven't said much at all. Even Priscilla Chan left Zuckerberg conspicuously out of her statement after the election. No word from Sundar Pichai or Tim Cook either. For the biggest names in Big Tech, silence seems to be a safe move.
Still, plenty of tech leaders did speak up about the election and the path forward. And that included at least a few who are in the Trump administration's crosshairs.
In related news: Here's what a Biden administration means for the tech world. Also, our friends at POLITICO have a good primer on the frontrunners for Biden's cabinet. You might want to get on their calendar sooner rather than later.
As soon as Twitter started fact-checking and hiding President Trump's tweets, the familiar call came out to find a better app. One where everyone can speak their mind without fear of censorship. Or something.
There have been many contenders over the years, from Gab to MeWe, but it looks increasingly like Parler is going to win.
The other app to keep an eye on? Rumble, a video platform positioning itself as a similarly free speech-friendly alternative to YouTube. "Buh-bye big tech, you just made yourselves the next Friendster and Myspace," Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski tweeted over the weekend.
No platform can be crowned the new conversative home, though, until Trump himself shows up. And so far, no dice. But that could change: Trump will lose his "public interest" protections on Twitter in January, The Verge reported, meaning he'll be subject to the same rules as the rest of us. And I think most of us would've been suspended if our timeline looked like his.
Toyota's Akio Toyoda said Tesla is like a kitchen and a chef:
Platforms that don't have huge moderation resources should just embrace the act of blocking content, Stanford's Alex Stamos said:
Joe Lonsdale said he's leaving San Francisco for lots of reasons, but mostly it's about tax:
If you're not campaigning on Facebook, you're not campaigning right, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said:
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Apple's next event is tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT. We're likely to see new Macs powered by Apple's own chips.
Cisco, Tencent, Foxconn, Lyft and others report earnings this week. Keep an eye on Lyft in particular: It's been a huge week for Uber since Prop 22 passed, and we'll likely hear similar things there.
The deadline for a TikTok deal is this Thursday. I can't imagine anyone in the White House is spending much time thinking about TikTok right now, but keep an eye out the next few days.
Nine hours and one minute. That was my average screen time for last week, according to my iPhone. (Up 23%, too.) I'm not alone: Last week was a banner week for staring at screens across the board, I suspect. But I want to know how you did! Send me your Screen Time screenshot from last week, and I'll send a Protocol mug to the highest numbers. If you can beat mine, well, congrats and I'm sorry.
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Correction: This story was updated at 3:34 p.m. ET to correct the spelling of Akio Toyoda's name.