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California caught the world by surprise last year when it passed the nation’s strongest data privacy law, instantly making Sacramento one of the most important regulators of global tech. As members of the California legislature forged the deal on a defining challenge of the digital age, the internet companies were slow to awaken to the threat, and brought few of their considerable resources to bear.
-- Katy Murphy, Politico

Introducing Facebook News

People want and benefit from personalized experiences on Facebook, but we know there is reporting that transcends individual experience. We want to support both. Today we’re starting to test Facebook News, a dedicated place for news on Facebook, to a subset of people in the US.
-- Campbell Brown and Mona Sarantakos, Facebook

Facebook doesn't curate my news. It curates my mom.

-- Scrib

Amazon’s revenue from advertising has skyrocketed because endemic advertisers (brands that sell products on Amazon and buy ads on Amazon) have grown their Amazon ad budgets significantly over the past two years, and nonendemic advertisers (brands that don’t sell products on Amazon but buy ads using Amazon’s ad stack) are finding value in using Amazon’s rich behavioral and purchase-level data for more granular ad targeting.
-- Forrester's, Forbes

Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships, said: "Our goal with the News tab is to provide a personalized, highly relevant experience ... The majority of stories people will see will appear in the tab via algorithmic selection."
-- Mike Allen, Axios

I've never understood the connection between Facebook and news. I'm sure there is a certain segment of Facebook users that spend the majority of their online time, on the platform, but surely this cannot be the norm. I'm open to seeing what the Facebook algorithm produces, but my guess is that it will produce exactly the same news that every other algorithm produces. There is no value in sameness.

-- Scrib