Yesterday at the keynote for Facebook's F8 developer conference, several important Facebook leaders took the stage to announce new additions to the product. But it was CEO Mark Zuckerberg's statements that deserve the most attention.
It's been a rough couple of years for Facebook. Scandal after scandal, leak after leak and break after crime, it has not been much for the network that was not good bad . Facebook has compromised user data and has broken user confidence time after time ̵1; and Zuck says it's time for a change.
CEO took the scene yesterday with a background that reads "The future is private". He discussed how the company had failed its users recently, but a change of privacy comes. And not just in how Facebook works, but in how the company itself runs. This effort makes a dramatic change in Facebook and its apps, like Instagram and WhatsApp.
But they will fight an uphill-he said so much on the stage. "I understand that many people don't think we're serious about this," he says, "I realize we don't have a good reputation for integrity, to put it lightly." However, the result is whether or not, and Facebook's more integrity-focused shifts come slowly. Instead of just pushing changes out the door, it seems that the company is taking a more systematic approach, something that is crucial to running a good, secure network.
The Facebook approach seems to be simple but multifaceted. The network itself will be focused, with groups and events playing a crucial role and the news flow taking the back seat. Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger will be unified for a multi-platform encrypted messaging system. We hope that the real change comes on the back end, of course, where privacy really lies. With the people who will protect our data.
Until that moment, we can approach this "new Facebook" with healthy skepticism. The network has a lot to prove, and now is the time to prove it.
In related news, here's a look at everything else Facebook announced yesterday.
- Facebook Messenger comes to Mac and Windows: Dedicated apps are coming. [VentureBeat]
- Facebook dating expands: Facebook data service rolls out to 14 new countries, as well as getting a new "Secret Crush" feature to let users know who is in them. [CNET]
- Instagram gets a new designed camera: The camera gets a cover and dedicated purchase codes will let users buy things directly from the app. [The Verge]
- Instagram starts hiding in Canada: More focus on content and less on popularity. I like it. [Engadget]
- Prime Video comes to Facebook Portal: You will soon be able to watch movies at Portal. [The Streamable]
- The portal also comes to areas outside the US: It is expected to be shipped this fall. [Engadget]
And in non-Facebook related news, Apple can't follow the demand for AirPods. A recently updated Windows update causes problems for Chrome, Google is talking Android TV stuff and more.
- AirPods is obviously super cool: Tim Cook called AirPods a "cultural phenomenon" and said Apple is struggling to stick to demand. I can guarantee that-the set I ordered has been on backorder with no record date in sight. Oof. [9to5Mac]
- A Windows update hammers Chromium: A new security update for Windows 10 causes major performance issues for Chromium, but one action is coming. [ZDNet]
- Google reminded us that Android TV is available: The company says that news hardware comes along with a redesigned Play Store. The bad news is that it's probably too little, too late. [9to5Google]
- Google announces "CallJoy" for small businesses: It's like the automated systems we all hate to handle when all we want to do is talk to a real person, but for all companies instead of just those who can fork over the money for that. Good.
- Ingress gets real (kind of): Before Pokemon Go was Ingress. Now it comes to Netflix in a new animated series. [Android Police]
It was very cool sciencey news yesterday as a space rock that strikes the moon and nanotubes that can clean your teeth – but it was a special one who is dear to my heart: a drone delivered a kidney to a transplant patient for the first time .
People die while waiting for organs every day, and the waiting list for people who need kidneys is the longest of all organs. Having the ability to deliver organs for transplantation via the drone can save crucial time between removing organs from the donor body and entering the recipient, not only saving more lives but also allowing the transplanted organ to be longer. The time from removal to transplantation is crucial for transplanted organs, so drone delivery is an exciting breakthrough to reduce this time. It is fantastic. ! [Engadget]