Good morning. It's Friday the 13th.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg sent a clear message to Washington yesterday in her exclusive interview with Axios: She told me Facebook will help investigators looking into Russian election meddling on the platform, but it isn't changing the core values and business plan that have powered the company's growth.
The details, via our subject-matter experts Sara Fischer and David McCabe:
Facebook's problem: The company has said it will take actions to better monitor the platforms' automated ads business by manually reviewing ads that are targeted using political and social behavioral attributes. But those types of ads only make up a tiny fraction of Facebook's entire business, and the company has given no indication that it would make more sweeping changes.
Zeitgeist ... Catching on to the "Tech at war" theme we've been telling you about for months:
One of the key Russian Facebook pages was colored with hot-button words and phrases like "illegal alien," ''Sharia law" and "welfare state," AP's Ryan Nakashima and Larry Fenn find:
Much of the first 267 days of the Trump administration has been noise over action, but he's suddenly making consequential policy moves on three fronts:
Northern California's wildfires have now killed 31 people — making this the deadliest week of wildfires in state history. (AP)
Backlash on Trump's Puerto Rico tweets ("We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"), per WashPost:
"Xi Jinping has more clout than Donald Trump," The Economist writes in its cover editorial. "The world should be wary Do not expect Mr Xi to change China, or the world, for the better":
"Hollywood's dirty secret gets exposed," the L.A. Times' Josh Rottenberg and Amy Kaufman write in a front-pager, saying Weinstein shows sexual harassment is a wider problem ignored too long":
P.S. NYPD, Scotland Yard probe Weinstein: "In London, the Metropolitan police are assessing a sexual abuse allegation made against Weinstein, while ... New York police are carrying out a 'review' looking for new complaints." (The Guardian)
"Indianapolis bucks the trend to become a hotbed for startups," by Axios tech editor Kim Hart in Indy:
"The unlikeliest great drama of the fall ... 'Springsteen on Broadway' [opening night last night] Reveals the Artist, Real and Intense ... The intimacy of a small theater emphasizes the mournful power of Bruce Springsteen's voice and guitar," by N.Y. Times' Jesse Green, co-chief theater critic:
It turns out ... The "handle it myself moment" was scripted, or has become so. The Times critic was writing about a preview, and Variety's critic says the same thing happened last night at the actual opener.