1. Facebook’s Management Mashup
Facebook has decided to change up management responsibilities in a move to improve executive communication and increase user privacy. Facebook chief product officer, Chris Cox, will now oversee Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger; other executives will oversee additional divisions as well. COO, Sheryl Sandberg, and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, will keep their same roles. One interesting management move is David Marcus, the previous head of Messenger. His new mission is to put together a Blockchain team to explore ways to use the digital ledger across Facebook.
2. Android P is Becoming the New iPhone X
Google is implementing some major changes to Android’s new operating system. For those who switched to Android to get away from iPhone’s mainstream culture, you’re about to be converted again. Google has decided to add features to the phone, similar to the iPhone X. One big feature is the ‘dedicated button,’ allowing users to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to navigate through a list of apps displayed horizontally.
Google is also working towards curing nomophobia. For example, the Dashboard will help users understand screen time habits, including how much time is spent on apps, how many times you’ve unlocked your device and letting users set time limits for specific apps.
(Source: Mashable & USA Today)
3. Best Buy Gets a Makeover
Best Buy is rebranding with a new logo, website and will air TV spots later this week, all the while utilizing its 100,000 blue-shirted employees as the stars of their campaign. They are trying to highlight their personalized customer service with a “Let’s talk about what’s personal” dialogue between customer and employee. The logo redesign will be the first in 3 decades. Instead of the giant yellow tag with the words “Best Buy” inside, it’ll be placed more subtly to the side of the brand name.