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•  The Washington Post reports that "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai signaled they are open to testifying to Congress as part of lawmakers’ ongoing antitrust probe into the tech industry."

Amazon CEO-founder Jeff Bezos said earlier this week that he would testify before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly has not yet responded.

The Post writes that "if lawmakers proceed as planned, the hearing could represent the most high-profile, public grilling of the tech industry’s most powerful chief executives, a made-for-television moment that comes as federal agencies continue to probe whether Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google threaten competition, and in the process, harm corporate rivals and consumers."

Like I said yesterday, I'll have the beer and popcorn ready.


•  Got this press release yesterday:

"Northgate González Market, California’s premiere family-owned, Latino themed supermarket chain has announced a strategic partnership with Instacart, the North American leader in online grocery, to deliver grocery items from 36 store locations in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties."

I love this company - I think its stores are some of the best in the country.  I did a FaceTime about it several years ago…

So I simply do not understand why such a differentiated store, with such a specific customer experience offering, would outsource a growing component of its operations in this way, putting its sales data and brand equity at risk.