Axios coast to coast: Sara Fischer will be interviewing Edelman CEO Richard Edelman and Google SVP and General Counsel Kent Walker tonight in San Francisco (RSVP). Mike Allen will host a lunch conversation tomorrow in D.C. with VP Mike Pence and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (RSVP).
In the meantime, we have lots of news to get to...
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Facebook still finds itself under the microscope while it continues to tweak news-related efforts — simultaneously offering alternative ways to consume news even as it cuts back on the level of journalism featured in the main feed.
"We do need a destination for news on the platform...But the fact that we don't have a destination in breaking news moments is kind of crazy."— Brown to Recode's Peter Kafka and Kurt Wagner.
Shot: Asked what Facebook should be doing, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says "I think they should get back to baby pictures."
Chaser: Guardian US reporter Julia Carrie Wong responds to Wojcicki via Twitter: "glass houses man"
Still, even as Facebook tries to address concerns, more critics of powerful online platforms are still driving the conversation, Sara Fischer and David McCabe report.
Our thought bubble, per Sara: It's not that Facebook doesn't put its business first — after all, it's a publicly traded company. Rather, Facebook is starting to see consumer health and perception as a long-term way of sustaining its business.
A newly discovered malware known as "Olympic Destroyer" was specifically designed to attack the Winter Games, researchers told Axios' Joe Uchill. However, the first batch of investigations have yet to pinpoint the source of the attack.
How it works: Like the name suggests, Destroyer is purely destructive.
Why it matters: Researchers at Cisco's Talos division speculate that, without a backup, tech support would restore the hard drive to a state where the malware is totally wiped. The attacker can then relaunch the same attack over and over again.
Who's behind it: Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at Crowdstrike, notes that Fancy Bear, one of the Russian groups thought to be behind the Democratic National Committee breach, hacked a number of Olympic-affiliated systems in November and December. The malware was compiled in late December. That might hint at Russian involvement.
Joe has more here.
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As he begins the fifth season of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver met with reporters Tuesday and sounded off on President Trump, the state of journalism, and the pending deal that would see HBO parent Time Warner merge with AT&T.
On preserving the line between comedy and journalism: “I’m not a journalist. We have people working on the show who are journalists” to get the facts right.
On whether his show will change if AT&T succeeds in purchasing Time Warner, parent of HBO: “I f***ing hope not. I guess it’s hard to say. I do not anticipate the ground shifting, but if it does, that will be a problem and we will go down screaming."
On how he feels about AT&T’s cellphone service: “I made it pretty clear what I think about that.”
Life360, which specializes in family safety apps for cars and mobile devices, is announcing later today the addition of two women in prominent positions.
Driving the news: Brit & Co. founder Brit Morin is joining its board, while Ariana Hellebuyck has been hired as the company's first VP of marketing.
"Everything they are doing around safety, to protect family members, it is actually creating a new type of (social networking)" Morin tells Axios.
The details: Life360 is one of those companies that has grown to be a pretty significant player, but if you aren't a parent of a young driver, there's a good chance you may not have heard of them.
Telecom and tech companies are mostly pleased with the White House's infrastructure plan, but also note that the proposal doesn't mandate more funding for broadband.
However, Axios' David McCabe points out two items of interest in the proposal:
1. High-speed internet is mentioned as a possible use for funds meant for rural communities and major "transformative" projects.
2. Speeding up the approval process for putting infrastructure on federal lands.
Yes, but: Trump's plan, as it stands, is DOA, as Axios' Jonathan Swan and Caitlin Owens reported on Sunday.
Go deeper: Read the whole infrastructure proposal here.
I could spend hours sharing Olympic highlights (and I do spend hours watching) but if you look at just one today, check out Shaun White's run from snowboard halfpipe qualifications.