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1. A brand new Facebook


Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the first day of Facebook's F8 2019 conference on Wednesday. The two-day event brings together Facebook developers and creators to discuss current and future products. It's also where Facebook unveils its company's goals for the coming year, and in 2019 it focuses on privacy.

(Quick fact: In German, "Zucker" is sugar and Berg is "mountain." Guys, he is Mark Sugarmountain in Germany!)


  • In his keynote address, Zuckerberg confessed by laughing: "I know we don't have the strongest reputation for privacy right now, to put it lightly."
  • Facebook is hit by a string of privacy scandals in the recent past (Wired).
  • But the CEO stated "the future is private," and set out several steps Facebook was making to ensure that its platform delivers it.
  • Facebook will play a "more pro-active role to make sure that all our partners and developers use our services for good" – good to hear.
  • It's also Facebook's technical infrastructure to support the new privacy vision. Again, great to hear, and good luck with it.
  • Furthermore, Facebook noted that it worked on "reduced permanence", ie ways to avoid permanent records of everything people do on the site, and "secure data storage" in the pursuit of greater privacy.

Besides internal changes in the company, Facebook also changes changes in its product portfolio. Some people in terms of privacy, others not so much.

A snapshot of the new white Facebook design for the desktop. Facebook


  • Facebook falls to its classic blue styles. In a new redesign, Facebook will implement a white, more iOS-like color scheme without the typical blue highlights. Facebook's iconic, sleeve, icon, however, will retain its color.
  • With the new design comes a greater emphasis on "communities". This means you & # 39; ll get a redesigned group tab for easier participation, and & # 39; n more personal news feed. (Android Authority). The Android and IOS programs will reflect today's change, while the browser version will be upgraded in the coming months.

Secret admirer:

  • "Secret Crush" is & # 39; n new feature come to Facebook via the Facebook Dating platform it develops (Android Authority). This affects the states later this year.
  • Secret Cross will allow a user to select up to nine Facebook contacts for which they have the hots, thereby notifying users that * someone * is in them. If the user also selects the same person as one of their secret fractions, & # 39; will open a messaging conversation so they can start a dialog. This is an opt-in feature.

Facebook Messenger:

  • Facebook Messenger now gets the end-to-end encryption now, surely a privacy victory. Meanwhile, the company is Rebuild the app to make it faster and lighter (Android Authority).
  • Facebook says it wants it to be the "fastest private communication program on the whole planet." (Was Messenger ever slow?) It also comes with a desktop version this year.


  • Facebook tests a "Hidden Likes" feature for Instagram. This will allow users to disable portions of video or video & # 39; s, keeping the focus away from popularity and back to actual content.
  • However, the uploader will still be able to see the similar score. It is tested in Canada and is likely to roll out elsewhere if it is popular.

Facebook response emojis in a line on a phone.

A watershed moment for Facebook?

  • Facebook wants to regain user confidence and intends to do so with increased privacy measures: sensible!
  • Better still, there seems to be more to this move than visible measures such as printed message coding: it seems to be in the veins of the whole business.
  • But it's usually just nice sentiments and the effort will be hard to find. How will we know if people at Facebook HQ take serious privacy?
  • We may see fewer scandals in the coming months – does it mean that Facebook users are safer or that Facebook gets better at disguising poor practices?
  • Eventually, I can't imagine a time when Facebook won't rely on a form of data collection and distribution, but I hope it will get less worried over time. Don't forget that corporations have used our data for decades, but it doesn't it's always sick (Business News Daily).
  • One thing that got me wrong was, however, Zuckerberg's "future is private". It's not as if privacy has been desirable in the last two or two: it has always been a concern for mankind. Facebook just missed the memo.

For a wider overview of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and AR / VR, watch the highlights here (Facebook Newsroom). Or look at the key in 12 minutes thanks these superheads (The Verge).

2. Alphabet-designated councilor Eric Schmidt will not seek re-election as soon as his term ends on 19 June 2019. Schmidt served as Google CEO from 2001 to 2011 (Android Authority).

3. OnePlus shows off OnePlus 7 Pro camera samples (Android Authority).

4. Moral study estimates more dead than live Facebook users by 2070. Some say its users are already zombies … (LiveScience).

5. BBC describes some of the psychological tricks of airport design. Very interesting and a little scary. "Some airports like Gatwick and Heathrow just tell you which gate to go shopping 25 minutes before departure to maximize shopping time." I wonder if my recent flight delays were just an attempt to nurture another Toblerone purchase from me (BBC).

6. Apple tells lawmakers People will hurt themselves if they try to fix iPhones (Mother).

7. Also on Apple: iPhone sales are still down as service boom (Tom's Guide).

8. Tesla sued for fatal 2018 Model X accident with Autopilot engaged (Engadget).

9. Oculus Rift S and Quest will be launched next month and pre-orders are now open (Game Spot).

10. Valve's Index VR headset will officially cost $ 999, and here's what it's about (The Verge).

11. Microsoft, Slack, Zoom, and the SaaS event (Stratechery). A few thoughts about how Microsoft ("briefly" last week) "became the third American company, after Apple and Amazon, to achieve a market capitalization of more than $ 1 trillion."

12. What is a real fact that looks like a conspiracy theory? (R / askreddit).

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