Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes on a relevant challenge each year. For instance, in 2010 he learned Mandarin after China banned FB from its lucrative market. For 2017, Zuckerberg plans to travel to 30 states in the next 12 months.

Why now? To better understand how technology is shifting Americans and the world around them. Zuckerberg said technological innovations have "created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging."

Between the lines: In 2016, a year Zuckerberg describes as a "tumultuous," the social network faced accusations of political bias, inflating marketing metrics, and facilitating the spread of fake news. All three put the spotlight on the Facebook's shortcomings and a global populist movement fueled in part by people taking advantage of Zuckerberg's platform.

Quick take: The proposed trips also stoke speculation Zuckerberg might be plotting a run for political office. Last year it was revealed that he'd pushed his board to let him serve in government without losing control of the company.

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Ford names James Farley as new CEO amid ongoing turnaround effort

James Hackett, left, is retiring as Ford CEO. Jim Farley, right, takes over Oct. 1. Photo: Ford

Ford announced Tuesday that James Farley will take over as its next CEO, replacing James Hackett, 65, who is retiring after three years in the job.

Why it matters: It leaves Farley to complete the company's ongoing turnaround effort. The transition will be that much harder as the industry tries to navigate the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown which shuttered Ford plants for two months on the eve of some of its most important vehicle launches.

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Watch the full "Axios on HBO" interview with President Trump

In this episode of “Axios on HBO”, President Trump discusses his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and much more with National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan.

The interview was filmed on Tuesday, July 28 and aired Monday, Aug. 3 on HBO.

Mergers and acquisitions make a comeback

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A slew of high-profile headlines led by Microsoft's expected acquisition of social media video app TikTok helped bring the Nasdaq to another record high on Monday.

Why it matters: The mergers-and-acquisitions market looks like it's bouncing back, joining the revived credit and equity markets as well as the market for new public companies through IPOs and special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).