What You Missed: Zuckerberg’s Manifesto, New Labor Secretary, and More

In What You Missed, we round up the best stories for you to read on your evening commute. 

In a 5,800-word manifesto, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg laid out the company’s new mission statement. Moving away from its previous mission to just “connect the world,” Zuckerberg hopes that Facebook will have a hand in making the world better. 

“Across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection,” Zuckerberg wrote on Thursday. So it’s Facebook’s job to “develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.” Read the story from The AP. 

Labor Secretary Pick

R. Alexander Acosta has government experience and would be the first Hispanic member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet. But like many others that Trump has picked for his team, Acosta is not without a scandalous past. Read the story from The Atlantic. 


After Michael Flynn stepped down from the national security adviser role, President Trump chose Vice Admiral Robert Harward to fill the spot. 

Harward said no. Read the story from The AP. 

Oscars Prep

You can watch most of the Oscar-nominated pictures from the comfort of your home. But it’ll cost you. Read the story from The AP. 

What Book You Missed

If it feels like it’s been a long week, unwind over the long weekend with a good story. Alan Mastai’s new book marries the wit and fluency of literary fiction with the thrills of sci-fi. A time-traveling tale that turns the dystopian trope on its head — our version of 2016 is the dystopian one — the book is full of humor and delight as our protagonist tries to get back to the techno-utopia he came from.