A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…
Zuckerberg Breaks His Silence on the Controversy Surrounding Data Security (Recode)
While not definitively saying yes, Mark Zuckerberg says he’s “open” to testifying before members of Congress regarding Facebook’s recent privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. TechCrunch: Seven scarier questions for Zuckerberg
Survey Finds Few Consumers Using Voice-Assisted Devices to Browse, Make Purchases (Street Fight)
In surveying more than 4,000 global consumers, Episerver found that although nearly 40% own voice-assisted devices, 60% of those consumers never browse on them, and 66% never make purchases on them.
Amazon Customer Shopping Habits Divided by Age, With Some Surprises (MediaPost)
Amazon still has not captured mobile users. Some 67% of survey participants prefer to shop on a desktop computer or laptop, according to survey results released Wednesday. Quartz: Amazon overtakes Alphabet as second-most valuable public company
Will the ‘Sustained Outrage’ of One W. Virginia Newspaper Survive Auction Block’s Hammer? (Street Fight)
Tom Grubisich: The biggest heartbreaker is what happens to those families whose long-held newspapers were dedicated to publishing all the news without fear or favor. This is the story of one of those families, the Chiltons, and their paper, the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail, which the Chiltons owned for 111 years.
Synchrony Is Launching a Content Marketing Platform with CNBC (Digiday)
Synchrony, the 85-year-old issuer of private label retail credit cards, is rebranding from Synchrony Financial and launching television programs, branded content and live events as part of a content marketing push called “State of Pay.”
For Publishers Clearing House, First-Party Data is the Ultimate Prize (AdExchanger)
Most people know Publishers Clearing House (PCH) for marketing magazine subscriptions and million-dollar sweepstakes prizes, but it’s also a bonafide publisher.
EU Proposes Online Turnover Tax for Big Tech Firms (Reuters)
The European Commission proposed rules on Wednesday to make digital companies pay more tax, with U.S. tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon set to foot a large chunk of any bill.
Twitter’s Chief Information Security Officer is Leaving the Company (Verge)
Michael Coates, who joined the company in January 2015, is quitting to start his own company, sources said. Coates announced the move internally about three weeks ago, sources said, but had not announced the move externally.