Wow — was there a lot of news yesterday. And some more already this morning.
Facebook said Wednesday it will be updating its terms of service to make its commitment to user privacy more explicit. Starting today, it's also overhauling its data policy to better define what data it collects and how they use it, as well as making the privacy tools easier to find.
Why it matters: While Facebook says the privacy updates have been in the works for a while, the past two weeks of reckoning around data privacy have put an emphasis on the things Facebook should be doing to make privacy options more transparent and easier for users to understand.
Go deeper: Sara Fischer has more here.
As Jonathan Swan reported this morning, President Trump is more interested in going after Amazon than he is in targeting Facebook.
What we're hearing: Trump has talked about changing Amazon’s tax treatment because he’s worried about the mom-and-pop retailers being put out of business. “He’s wondered aloud if there may be any way to go after Amazon with anti-trust or competition law," said a source who’s spoken to POTUS.
Lyft co-founder John Zimmer. Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Lyft
Lyft is again looking to show itself the ethical leader, if not the biggest player, in the ride-hailing market.
What's happening: Last weekend, it provided free rides to students attending March for Our Lives rallies and, according to co-founder John Zimmer, is trying to figure out how to address issues of racial equality after Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man, was fatally shot by police last week.
“We want to figure out how to use what we do to help effect change,” Zimmer told a group of reporters in Washington yesterday.
Lyft sees this as a moment to highlight "having obvious ethical values" as a ride-hailing company vs. Uber, Alexi McCammond and David McCabe report.
But, but but: Lyft is probably more like Uber than they care to admit. They share a business model and a fixation on autonomous cars and reshaping transportation markets. Zimmer said the recent Uber accident would be an even bigger tragedy if it delayed autonomous vehicles by even one day. "[T]hat could be 100 people's lives that are at risk," he said, referring to human driver accidents.
"Ready Player One," the upcoming Steven Spielberg-directed movie version of the 2011 book by the same name, is hotly anticipated by fans and science fiction enthusiasts.
On Tuesday, Kia Kokalitcheva attended an advance screening hosted by Dolby and Roblox in San Francisco.
Here’s her take:
The movie hits the theaters Thursday.
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson showing her shot at the ANA Inspiring Women in Sports conference. Photo: ANA Inspiration/Kelly Kline
For many Olympic athletes, especially female athletes, a key challenge is the fact that their sport only gets seen once every four years. Social media, though, has helped many to increase the visibility of their sports as well as their individual impact.
Why it matters: Sports can be a platform to encourage girls to pursue their dreams and a keystone for equality well beyond the field of play, but that requires having a steady and lasting voice.
Apple's AirPods look a bit dorky even when worn properly, but they look downright ridiculous when you wear them like Rudy Giuliani does.