Apr 30, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: "Big blue app" no more

Screenshot: Facebook

The new privacy-oriented Facebook isn't exactly rolling out at light-speed, but based on their recent pronouncements and today's unveiled redesign, you can see where it's going.

The big picture: Facebook's new app looks more like Instagram, dropping the big blue bar and featuring stories right up top.

  • And its ethos feels like WhatsApp, with the promise of the safety of end-to-end encryption for group based chats.
  • "The app isn't even blue any more," Zuckerberg told the crowd today at F8, Facebook's annual developer conference.

What's next:

  • "A few years ago we would probably just have rolled this out," Zuckerberg said today. This time, the company will be moving carefully as it makes these changes, he said — ditching its early motto of "move fast and break things."
  • "We'll be rolling this out later this year" was the most often-repeated phrase in his talk.

The bottom line, Axios tech editor Scott Rosenberg writes: We know Zuckerberg is dead serious about steering the world's largest social network in the direction of private interactions.

  • We don't yet know whether users will trust him to create their "digital living rooms," given the mess he made while building the "digital town square."
Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Rafael Briceno/Getty Images

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó talks to media out of air force base La Carlota in Caracas, Venezuela.

  • Guaidó has taken to the streets to call on the military to rise up and topple President Nicolás Maduro. Go deeper.
2. What you missed
  1. Tropical Cyclone Fani is forecast to hit India as a Category 4 or greater storm as this weekend approaches. Details.
  2. A meeting between Democratic leadership and Trump ended with high hopes that both parties will be able to pass a budget to overhaul infrastructure slated for $2 trillion. Go deeper.
  3. Biden's bump: New polls from CNN, Morning Consult and Quinnipiac suggest Joe Biden received a significant bump among Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters upon entering the race. By the numbers.
  4. Cheddar sells for $200 million: Cable provider Altice USA, a relatively unknown, is jumping into the streaming wars. Details.
  5. Airbnb's new thing: The company recently acquired HotelTonight, a last-minute hotel booking company, and it’s getting into the business of operating hotels itself. Details.
3. 7 Obama things

Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The 7 projects coming on Netflix from Barack and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground, as part of a multi-year deal.

  1. "American Factory": Documentary about a Chinese billionaire who opens a factory at an abandoned General Motors plant in Ohio.
  2. "Bloom": Drama series focusing on the struggles and accomplishments of women of color after World War II in New York City.
  3. A feature film adaptation of author David W. Blight's "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom."
  4. "Overlooked": Scripted anthology series to tell the stories of people's deaths that went unreported by the media.
  5. "Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents": Pre-school series to tell the stories of how food gets on the table from around the world.
  6. "Fifth Risk": Nonfiction stories based on the bestseller from author Michael Lewis.
  7. "Crip Camp": Documentary focused on the stories of disabled teenagers at a summer camp who go on to fight for disability rights.

Editor's note: This post has been corrected to reflect that the 3rd noted project is not yet titled (not named "Higher Ground").

Mike Allen