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The effort to establish new guidelines for the tech industry, especially on privacy, is starting to move from the theoretical realm into the practical.
Driving the news: Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other DOJ officials met with a number of state attorneys general on Tuesday, while the Senate Commerce Committee is slated to hold a hearing today.
In preparation, several tech companies and industry groups are laying out their own vision for what shape such rules should take. And the Commerce Department also asked the public for its input.
At today's Senate hearing, a group of companies including Apple, Google and AT&T will call for federal privacy legislation, Axios' David McCabe reports. However, their visions for such rules have significant differences.
What we’re hearing:
Amazon and Twitter will also participate in the Senate Commerce Committee hearing, which comes as the panel tries to put together a legislative package on privacy.
The bottom line: The California law has brought companies and policymakers to the table. Now, industry wants to shape whatever national law emerges from that process.
Meanwhile, at the meeting with state regulators, the Justice Department tried — and failed — to direct attention to the issue of an alleged anti-conservative bias, while state attorneys general insisted they are focused on enforcing antitrust and privacy regulations.
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No one ever says "Let's see what's on Google" the way they might say "Let's see what's on Facebook" when they turn on their phones or computers.
The search giant is hoping to change that. On Monday, it announced it will offer a personalized feed of stories, items and links on the Google search home page on all mobile browsers, Axios' Scott Rosenberg writes.
Why it matters: After 20 years of dedication to its minimalist home screen, Google may be ready to embrace the shape of Facebook's News Feed, which holds users longer.
Google's search box invited active engagement — you had to initiate the process. The streams that Facebook's News Feed popularized offer a more passive experience: Just sit back, scroll down, and click when you feel like it.
The details: The new service, Google Discover, has been gestating under the name Google Feed. It already has 800 million monthly users, according to Google.
The background: On a web that was overloading pages with attention-grabbing junk and ads even in 1998 when Google was born, the search engine made a name for itself with its pristine screen. But streams proved more popular.
At Google Discover's launch event on Monday, company execs referred to the new offering as a form of "queryless search" — a kind of content recommendation system that knows what you want before you tell it what you need.
The bottom line: With Discover, Google will test the proposition that a feed based on deep awareness of your individual knowledge needs will serve you better than one based on social network cues and sharing — and that there are better ways to keep up on the news than Facebook.
Go deeper: Read Scott's full story.
Monday's bombshell was that co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were leaving Instagram. Tuesday's revelation was just how unhappy the pair were with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and what they saw as unwanted interference in the site that they had largely run independently even after Facebook's acquisition.
The details: Frustrations, according to multiple reports, ranged from broad issues to small, but irksome slights, such as the removal of a feature that noted when photos posted to Facebook originated from Instagram.
The bottom line: The big issue now for Facebook is to keep other important workers from leaving. Instagram is the key to Facebook's growth right now as usage of its core network has stagnated.
Axois' Dan Primack and I talked about their exit and the impact on Instagram and Facebook in Tuesday's Pro Rata podcast. You can listen here.
Go deeper: Facebook’s messing with Instagram prompted co-founders’ departure (WSJ)
While things went smoothly within the walls of Salesforce's big annual conference, the company's image took a couple of hits on Tuesday.
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