1 big thing: "Big blue app" no more
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.
- "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
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
- Tropical Cyclone Fani is forecast to hit India as a Category 4 or greater storm as this weekend approaches. Details.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cheddar sells for $200 million: Cable provider Altice USA, a relatively unknown, is jumping into the streaming wars. Details.
- 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
The 7 projects coming on Netflix from Barack and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground, as part of a multi-year deal.
- "American Factory": Documentary about a Chinese billionaire who opens a factory at an abandoned General Motors plant in Ohio.
- "Bloom": Drama series focusing on the struggles and accomplishments of women of color after World War II in New York City.
- A feature film adaptation of author David W. Blight's "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom."
- "Overlooked": Scripted anthology series to tell the stories of people's deaths that went unreported by the media.
- "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.
- "Fifth Risk": Nonfiction stories based on the bestseller from author Michael Lewis.
- "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").