I'm up early to head down to San Jose for Facebook's F8 conference. Kia and I will both be there (she got up even earlier than I did), and we'll have live coverage in the Axios tech stream.
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum. Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Discovery
Facebook has yet another headache to deal with as it kicks off its F8 developer conference on Tuesday.
What's happening: On Monday, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum announced he was leaving the Facebook-owned messaging company. According to the Washington Post, which broke the story, Koum had reportedly clashed with Facebook executives over issues relating to user privacy.
The context: F8 was already shaping up to be a rather unusual developer conference. At a typical event, a company introduces all kinds of new tools for its developers. In this case, though, Facebook has actually been taking away various capabilities in an effort to make its platform more secure.
What they're saying: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg put the best possible face on Koum's departure.
"I will miss working so closely with you. I'm grateful for everything you've done to help connect the world, and for everything you've taught me, including about encryption and its ability to take power from centralized systems and put it back in people's hands. Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp."
Our thought bubble: Most telling will be Facebook's actions, not Zuckerberg's words. It will be worth watching if Facebook uses encryption in more of its products, or if WhatsApp instead becomes more commercial along the lines of Facebook and Instagram.
The Product (RED) version of the iPhone 8 was introduced in April. Photo: Apple
After skittish comments from several companies that supply iPhone components, everyone is keen to hear what Apple itself has to say about demand, when it issues its financial results later today.
Apple shareholders are also eager to hear promised details on how much money the company plans to return to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks, especially after Apple brings back all its overseas cash.
Here's what Wall Street is expecting on various metrics:
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AT&T spent Monday trying to undermine the foundation of the Justice Department’s case to block its proposed $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, while government lawyers looked to cement their case by destroying the company’s credibility.
The bottom line: The closing arguments set the stage for Judge Richard J. Leon's decision after the more than 6-week-long trial. Whichever way Leon rules is likely to have major implications for the tech, telecom and media industries, as well as the millions of consumers who use their products.
What's next: Leon said he expected to deliver a ruling on June 12, although that date could be moved up if he makes a decision sooner.
Go deeper: David McCabe has more here.
A portion of the newspaper ad opposing the bill. Photo: Human Rights Campaign
Signatories include Airbnb, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Cisco, Comcast, Facebook, Google, HP, Lyft, Microsoft, Oracle, Paypal, Uber and Verizon, to name just a few of the largest.
The context: Members of TechNet, a bipartisan tech industry lobbying group, earlier sent a letter to Kansas lawmakers saying passage of the bill could threaten their ability to invest in the state.
While 96% of U.S. homes have a television, other devices are slowly reaching ubiquity as well, according to Nielsen. Sara Fischer reports:
Meanwhile, media publishers are turning to TV-like video programming to reach their audiences.
I was at the Giants game last night with a friend and I was telling them about After you Login. They asked, "What's tomorrow's?" I said, "Well, if the Sharks win it will be the winning goal. And if the Giants come back to win, it will be that."
With that, here's today's "After you Login" ... the Giants' walk-off hit!
Sadly, the Sharks lost in OT.