This week has been a long month.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Wednesday was CEO Mark Zuckerberg's day with the media, while Thursday was all about COO Sheryl Sandberg. Sandberg did a host of interviews, including Bloomberg, BuzzFeed, the Financial Times and the "The Today Show" (which aired this morning).
What we're hearing: In large part, Sandberg reiterated the themes Zuckerberg hit the day before — we're sorry, we're committed to doing better and, oh yeah, we're sorry. However there were a couple interesting comments:
The bottom line: I think Facebook has settled on its talking points. We can expect to hear a lot of the same next week when Zuckerberg appears before Congress. (I talked more about this on NPR's "Here & Now" on Thursday).
Meanwhile: It wouldn't be 2018 if there weren't also some fresh controversies.
Photo: Kia Kokalitcheva/Axios
San Francisco officials are scrambling to come up with rules for the electric scooters that have taken over the city, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva writes. In the meantime, scooters have started to pile up all over town as multiple startups battle to turn grown adults back into kids.
The scene: Around downtown San Francisco, it’s hard not to spot electric scooters scattered on sidewalks or zipping people down the street. Some are green (LimeBike), some are black and white (Bird), others are black and orange (Spin).
The details: The scooters are typically rented via an app, with rides costing as little as a buck or two. The scooters are "dockless." meaning they can basically be left anywhere, which is exactly the problem. (San Francisco is considering regulations to keep them from being left on sidewalks.)
What people are saying: Many residents are annoyed that these scooters are littering their streets. Some call them a hazard; others simply roll their eyes at the latest tech industry trend turning their city into a lab.
Our take: We’ve seen this before, with the ride-hailing wars a few years ago. Once again, well-funded companies are having their way with a city in need of more transportation options, whose residents tend to embrace new services they can use via their smartphones. It may turn out to be a fad, but at least for now, we can enjoy this venture capital-subsidized convenience.
Go deeper: Curbed has a good explainer, including on all the rules no one is following.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Apple revealed Wednesday that customers looking to buy the company's redesigned high-end desktop will have to wait until 2019, TechCruch reports.
"We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product," Apple senior director Tom Boger told TechCrunch. "It’s not something for this year.”
As TechCrunch points out, it also makes business sense for Apple to let professional customers know there isn't a new high-end desktop model coming. It could lead some to decide they want to get an iMac Pro or other existing model in the meantime.
Reactions: There was a ton of kvetching on Twitter. Here were a few of my favorite takes:
Interesting timing: If a recent Bloomberg report is correct, Apple could begin shifting the Mac to homegrown chips starting in 2020. That raises the possibility the new high-end Mac could end up being a swan song for Intel chips, as Troughton-Smith put it.
Organizations are closing the skills and preparedness gap between hackers and themselves, improving a picture that's all too often painted as grim. That means we — at least those of us in the Western Hemisphere — are getting pretty good at cybersecurity, according to the latest numbers from one of the largest cybersecurity firms, Axios' Joe Uchill reports.
The bottom line: “It’s strange to hear, but things are actually getting better,” said Charles Carmakal, vice president at Mandiant, which released its yearly report yesterday. For all the high profile coverage of massive, often careless breaches, there’s reason to think defenders are outpacing attackers.
Researchers say too many people are taking a pee in Walden Pond, one of several reasons Henry Thoreau's beloved body of water is no longer pristine.