Google rolls out Facebook News Feed competitor

Google announced Wednesday an overhaul to its mobile search platform that will algorithmically prioritize links that users will see as they scroll through search results, similarly to how Facebook operates.

  • The new "Google Feed," which will rival Facebook's "News Feed," will include more social-like features, like the ability to follow your favorites and a topic filter at the top.
  • Like Facebook, Google says it will provide information from "diverse perspectives," meaning news stories may have multiple viewpoints from a variety of sources that show up in your feed.
  • Why it matters: Google will now more directly compete with Facebook for users' time spent on mobile. This will also change the focus areas consumers will use to receive news on each platform. Whereas Google tends to be a source of more local, state and hard news (business, tech, job postings, etc.), Facebook has owned the entertainment and lifestyle spaces.

What's next

University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets

Xi Jinping. Photo: Noel Celis - Pool/ Getty Images

A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a "national leader."

Why it matters: The case represents a dramatic escalation of the Chinese government's attempts to shut down free speech abroad, and a global expansion of a Chinese police campaign a year ago to track down Twitter users in China who posted content critical of the Chinese government.

Go deeperArrow7 mins ago - World

⚖️ Live updates: Opening arguments begin in Trump impeachment trial

The second day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump will see a full day of opening arguments from Democratic House impeachment managers.

What to watch for: Democrats now have 24 hours — spread out over three days — to take their time to lay out their case against the president's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It'll also allow them to highlight gaps that could be filled out by additional witnesses and documents from the administration.

This post will be updated with new developments as the trial continues.

Go deeperArrowJan 21, 2020 - Politics

Axios Dashboard

Keep up with breaking news throughout the day — sign up for our alerts.