"Adopting the too-common practice of reading extra immunity into statutes where it does not belong, courts have relied on policy and purpose arguments to grant sweeping protection to Internet platforms," Thomas wrote.
-- Emily Birnbaum, Protocol
The total amount of internet advertising revenue in the U.S. is expected to decline by 3.4% year-over-year in 2020, PwC is predicting in the latest edition of its Global Entertainment & Media Outlook. That's a massive decline when compared to last year, which saw ad dollars in the U.S. grow by nearly 16% year-over-year.
-- Janko Roettgers, Protocol
"While we are cautiously optimistic that these trends could sustain over time, we are also conscious that operating conditions may remain volatile, and that economic conditions could further deteriorate," Snap Chief Financial Officer Derek Andersen said in his prepared remarks. "For example, advertising demand in Q3 has historically been bolstered by factors that appear unlikely to materialize in the same way they have in prior years, including the back to school season, film release schedules, and the operations of various sports leagues."
-- Max A. Cherney, Barron's
It's been my contention all along that the "boycott Facebook" trend was more about reducing costs ahead of plummeting sales, than the altruistic reasons being fed to investors -- Scrib
Facebook, Google, and others will now have to operate within rules set by the Communist Party of China if they want to stay in Hong Kong. If they do that, they will likely face a backlash back at home among their employees and US lawmakers. If they don’t, they lose out on getting any foothold at all within the biggest online market in the world.
-- Charlotte Jee, MIT Technology Review
Facebook is in the best position to directly benefit from the transition away from third-party cookie data. Facebook can fill the cookie gap by serving as a "digital identity" source. The digital identity will gather the behaviors of users through their embedded login, SDK and mobile application as data sources in lieu of cookie data.
-- Todd Juneau, Forbes
The American Edge Project, which has not yet launched, argues that Silicon Valley is essential for the U.S. economy and the future of free speech.
-- Rebecca Bellan, Forbes
Tierra del Mar is one of the few places on the U.S. West Coast suitable for the cable, which will feature the latest fiber optic technologies. It will link multiple U.S. locations, including Facebook’s huge data center in the central Oregon town of Prineville, with Japan and the Philippines
-- Andrew Selsky, Associated Press
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
Three months later, the results were clear: all the traffic that had previously come from paid links was now coming in through ordinary links. Tadelis had been right all along. Annually, eBay was burning a good $20m on ads targeting the keyword 'eBay'.
-- Jesse Frederik and Maurits Martijn, The Correspondent