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The map view in Woven lets you see your calendar geographically. Photo: Woven

When he was Facebook's chief information officer, Tim Campos said he spent a lot of time hearing from executives how frustrating it was to deal with their calendar. So when he left the company in late 2016, he set out to build a better calendar.

Details: Woven, as the company and product are called, helps individuals better manage their time — including work, team and personal calendars — as well as ease the process of finding times to meet up with people.

  • "My job at Facebook was to make people as productive as possible," Campos tells Axios. "I care a lot about time."
  • The interface looks like a traditional calendar, but also allows for other ways to view your day, including a map view to schedule meetings in a way that makes geographic sense.

Yes, but: Lots of startups have tried to build a better mousetrap only to find themselves unable to unseat Microsoft and Google. Aware of that, Campos says he made Woven different.

How it works, per Campos: It doesn't replace GSuite or Outlook, but rather works on top of Microsoft's and Google's productivity tools. (The beta version launching today only supports Google's productivity suite, with Office support coming soon.)

  • Also, it works well even if only one person is a Woven user. Everyone hates it when someone wants them to sign up with a new service just to set up a meeting.
  • Users can get some of Woven's smarts even without signing up, Campos adds.

As for making money, Campos says there may be some features that are put behind a paywall. In the long term, he sees Woven as an enterprise play, offering analytics and other services to paying business customers.

  • Think: Slack or Dropbox to understand the business model.
  • What Campos doesn't have is big company resources. The startup is just a dozen people and has raised $4.8 million in seed funding.

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Lawmakers call for Israel-Hamas ceasefire amid aerial bombardments

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Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and 28 Senate Democrats on Sunday called for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as fighting continued into the night.

Driving the news: Young, a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, joined panel Chair Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in a bipartisan statement saying: "Israel has the right to defend itself from Hamas' rocket attacks, in a manner proportionate with the threat its citizens are facing.

Bill Gates faces scrutiny over relationship with Microsoft employee, Epstein ties

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Representatives for Bill Gates pushed back on claims Sunday that he left Microsoft's board because of an earlier sexual relationship and against two other reports detailing more extensive ties with Jeffrey Epstein than had previously been reported.

Driving the news: Microsoft said in an emailed statement to Axios that it "received a concern" in 2019 that its co-founder "sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000," but denied a Wall Street Journal report that its board members thought Gates should resign over the matter.

AT&T in talks with Discovery to combine media assets

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AT&T is in talks with media giant Discovery about merging its media assets, like CNN, TBS and TNT, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.

Why it matters: A potential merger could allow AT&T and Discovery to better compete with entertainment giants like Disney and Netflix in the video streaming wars.