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Facebook vs Australien

„Changes to Sharing and Viewing News on Facebook in Australia – In response to Australia’s proposed new Media Bargaining law, Facebook will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content. – The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content. It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter. … In fact, and as we have made clear to the Australian government for many months, the value exchange between Facebook and publishers runs in favor of the publishers – which is the reverse of what the legislation would require the arbitrator to assume. Last year Facebook generated approximately 5.1 billion free referrals to Australian publishers worth an estimated AU$407 million. – For Facebook, the business gain from news is minimal. News makes up less than 4% of the content people see in their News Feed. Journalism is important to a democratic society, which is why we build dedicated, free tools to support news organisations around the world in innovating their content for online audiences. … We were prepared to launch Facebook News in Australia and significantly increase our investments with local publishers, however, we were only prepared to do this with the right rules in place. … Unfortunately, this means people and news organisations in Australia are now restricted from posting news links and sharing or viewing Australian and international news content on Facebook.“


Facebook calls Australia’s bluff – But Google gives in. What’s next? – Yesterday, I wrote that Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code threatened to splinter the internet. On Wednesday morning, the splintering arrived: Google cut a deal with News Corp. that will ensure its services continue to be provided in Australia, and Facebook walked away from the bargaining table and began preventing people from sharing news links from Australian publishers around the world. – I think Facebook basically did the right thing, and Google basically did the wrong thing, even though Google had a much tougher call to make. … I wish Australia would take Facebook’s rejection as a sign it should rethink its approach to media regulation entirely. It could just tax companies based on their revenues, for example.“


JIM-Studie: Jugendliche im Netz

Jugend, Information, Medien – Ergebnisse der JIM-Studie 2020 – Das Jahr 2020 stand ganz im Zeichen der Corona-Pandemie. Auch aus Sicht der Jugendlichen in Deutschland wurde der Alltag auf den Kopf gestellt. Die meisten Freizeitaktivitäten waren entweder gar nicht oder nur eingeschränkt möglich, Schulen und Sportplätze waren über Wochen und Monate geschlossen, und Treffen mit der Peer-Group wurden durch Kontaktbeschränkungen stark limitiert. Das hat sich auch auf die Mediennutzung der Jugendlichen ausgewirkt, die vom Medienpädagogische Forschungsverbund Südwest (mpfs) seit 1998 im Rahmen der Studie Jugend, Information, Medien (JIM) jährlich untersucht wird. Die aktuellen Ergebnisse zeigen, dass die Dynamik der Digitalisierung bei Jugendlichen durch die Corona-Pandemie einen deutlichen Schub erfahren hat. In diesem besonderen Jahr 2020 konnte in vielen Bereichen eine Veränderung bzw. Intensivierung im Mediennutzungsverhalten festgestellt werden. … Die gesteigerte Onlinenutzung geht mit einem Anstieg negativer Erfahrungen mit Mobbing und Hass im Internet einher. So äußerten 2020 mehr Jugendliche als in den vergangenen Jahren, schon einmal mit Hassbotschaften, Fake News, extremen politischen Ansichten oder Verschwörungstheorien im Internet konfrontiert worden zu sein.“


Shopify: $120 Mrd. Marktplatz

Shopify – Shopify’s 2020 results came out today, and much as expected, it reported that consumers spent a total of $120bn on its platform, almost exactly double the figure from 2019. – Amazon’s rather different Marketplace business, which started back in 1999, probably had $275bn of third party GMV in 2020. That means Shopify’s merchant sales were over 40% of Amazon’s. Looking back a bit, Amazon had $130bn of 3P GMV in 2017, so in that sense Shopify is only three years behind. … Shopify isn’t doing what Amazon does – it isn’t competing directly and it wouldn’t fit inside a competition lawyer’s market definition… But it challenges Amazon at a very basic point of leverage by doing something different, but relevant.“

Ben Evans

Chromebooks und Chrome OS

Chromebooks outsold Macs worldwide in 2020, cutting into Windows market share – New numbers show 2020 was the first year that Chromebooks outsold Macs, posting impressive market share gains at the expense of Windows. … This is a big win for Google and a warning for both Apple and Microsoft. … The pandemic is an accelerant of tech trends. Chrome OS has been growing over the past few years so it’s not shocking that it is growing even faster in 2020. The question is: Will that growth continue, and will it come at Windows’ expense? … Until the pandemic, Chrome OS’ success was largely limited to U.S. schools. Demand in 2020 appears to have expanded beyond that small but critical part of the U.S. PC market.“


Waymo One in San Francisco

Waymo begins robo-taxi tests in San Francisco – Waymo today announced that it has begun limited rider testing with employee volunteers in San Francisco to gather feedback and improve its robo-taxi technology. It’s the first expansion of the Alphabet subsidiary’s ride-hailing service beyond the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, where Waymo launched its first commercial driverless taxi service, Waymo One, in December 2018.“