🍿📺 Good Tuesday morning. When I woke up in the wee hours, the top trending N.Y. Times story was an interview with "Avengers: Endgame" screenwriters, and four of the next five stories were about "Game of Thrones."
Facebook continues to make mountains of money, serve more users than ever before, and plan bold new moves, Axios' Scott Rosenberg (who wrote that headline), Sara Fischer and Ina Fried report.
The big picture: Facebook is summoning developers worldwide this week to its annual F8 developers' conference in San Jose after reporting strong quarterly results last week — even with the announcement of a $3 billion set-aside to cover an anticipated record federal penalty over user privacy violations.
Reality check: The onslaught of bad press has taken a toll on Facebook's reputation, according to a recent Axios Harris poll. But it hasn't sparked any kind of mass exodus from the social network.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg has never been more fully in control of the company:
N.Y. Times' David Brooks:
I wonder if we’ve fully grasped how fear pervades our society and sets the emotional tone for our politics. When historians define this era they may well see it above all else as a time defined by fear.
The era began on Sept. 11, 2001, a moment when a nation that had once seemed invulnerable suddenly felt tremendously unsafe. In the years since, the shootings have been a series of bloody strikes out of the blue.
It's been an era when politicians rise by stoking fear.
What's new: "The Trump administration is pushing to issue an order that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization," the N.Y. Times reports.
Full package posts later today.
Joi Ito, director of MIT Media Lab and one of the world's experts on the internet, talks with the legendary Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and partner at Greylock, on today's Masters of Scale podcast.
Hoffman says to Ito: "You had one of the early celebrity blogs, by which you would report who you were meeting, and what you were doing, and what you were saying. It's a little like what today’s Instagram or YouTube could be like."
Nathan Heller visits Indiana for Vogue:
In person, Buttigieg’s style is amiable and controlled. He speaks, like a newscaster, in lucid paragraphs, with a solid baritone and boxed-in decorum. He seems to live in white shirts and pressed slacks — it's his dress even now, around the house — and wears his hair in the same tame coif as Mike Pence ...
Showing me into a living room where books on display range from Thomas Piketty’s 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' to 'Peanuts: A Golden Celebration,' he takes a seat in front of a huge resource-and-mineral map of Afghanistan.
A burl-wood chessboard sits beside a folded-over copy of The New Yorker; most other surfaces, including the dining-room table in the other room, are piled with work papers and the castoffs of a busy life.
The home is one of the nicest in the city and serves as a reminder of South Bend's distance from the coasts: The mortgage payment, according to Buttigieg, is about $450 a month.
2020 campaign websites, color palettes and logos are more colorful and dynamic than ever before — a reflection of the digital era, and the pressure on candidates to stand out in a massive field, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Younger candidates are going bold:
Why it matters: "In the past, ... red, white and blue have always been safe," says acclaimed graphic designer Michael Bierut, who created the infamous "H" logo for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
President Trump crossed the 10,000 mark for false and misleading claims during his presidency, according to the Washington Post Fact Checker.
The velocity is escalating, per The Post:
"In the first 100 days, Trump averaged less than five [false] claims a day."
Student protesters occupied the Phi Psi fraternity house at Swarthmore College (in suburban Philly), demanding that the school permanently ban the group, which is not affiliated with a national organization.
"The streets of South L.A. were marked and divided by gang warfare when 'Boyz n the Hood' arrived in America’s movie houses," the L.A. Times' Sonaiya Kelley writes.
Yesterday, "13 days after suffering a stroke, Singleton died after being removed from life support."
MIT pranksters transformed the school's signature Great Dome on Saturday night with a giant cloth version of Captain America’s shield, in celebration of "Avengers: Endgame," the Boston Globe's Alejandro Serrano reports:
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