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Facebook is taking the next step in its effort to create an independent review board to make calls on what content should be allowed on the site.
What's new: It's releasing a report today summarizing the feedback from more than 2 dozen forums and roundtable meetings over the last 5 months.
Our thought bubble: Establishing such an oversight entity is super complicated, and the feedback shows that even experts are split over how to handle the mechanics.
Key takeaways from today's report:
What's next: The company plans to release a final version of the board's charter in August, but wanted people to be aware of the feedback it has gotten.
Zuckerberg also defended Facebook's decision to keep the focus on content issues rather than expand to other topics, so that the effort "doesn't collapse under its own weight."
Meanwhile, in an interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Wednesday, Zuckerberg defended the company's decision to leave up a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but admitted other actions could have been taken sooner.
Go deeper: Facebook's constitutional moment
Waymo is hiring more than a dozen former Anki workers, including co-founder and former CEO Boris Sofman, Axios has learned. The new hires will help lead the Alphabet unit's nascent trucking initiative, Joann Muller reports.
Why it matters: Waymo, a leader in robotaxi development, wants to adapt its self-driving technology to other platforms, including commercial trucks. Hiring Sofman and his all-star engineering team from Anki could accelerate that effort.
Background: Anki was a high-profile consumer robotics startup that came out of Carnegie Mellon University's robotics program. Despite $200 million in funding, the company folded in April, laying off its entire staff after failing to raise additional capital.
Details: Sofman will report to Waymo CTO Dmitri Dolgov and lead Waymo’s commercial truck efforts from San Francisco.
Go deeper: Joann has more here.
Efforts toward a bipartisan privacy bill in the Senate have hit a snag in recent days amid tensions within the Commerce Committee, multiple sources tell Axios' David McCabe.
Why it matters: Talks among 6 panel members are seen as one of the more serious efforts to create a national privacy law that could address consumer concerns about data collection by companies like Google and Facebook.
Yes, but: Sen. Maria Cantwell, the committee's top Democrat, told Chairman Roger Wicker on Tuesday that she wants to negotiate one-on-one on a privacy bill, according to 3 sources familiar with the matter.
What they're saying: "A little bit of a pause button [has] been hit here lately but I think it will get pulled back together," Thune said. "We were going to meet today and that got pushed, but I think it will get back on track."
The bottom line: Getting the consensus necessary to pass a national privacy law, potentially governing countless industries and the data rights of hundreds of millions of people, was already hard. This likely makes it harder.
Go deeper: David has more here.
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Two decades after the Palm Pilot allowed people to beam their contact info to one another, there still isn't a great replacement for the old-fashioned paper business card.
There was an app for that, Bump, that let cellphones physically touch to share info, but Google bought it in 2013 and it faded into in obscurity.
What's new: The founder of CardMunch, venture capitalist Manu Kumar, is giving it another try. His company, HiHello, is using a similar approach to CardMunch: human-verified card scanning.
Arby's really does have the meats. It has developed the notion of a "megetable" — that is, a vegetable made from meat. First up is the "marrot," a carrot made from sous vide-cooked turkey.
It's an interesting, if disturbing, counterpoint to the growing trend of using plant-based proteins to replace meat.