• Facebook reported strong results for ad revenue in the second quarter of 2014. Mobile advertising was particularly strong, up 30 percent from last year. Mobile ads now account for 62 percent of Facebook’s advertising revenue.
  • A federal district judge in California declined to dismiss a case against Google that alleged that it did not adequately provide for users’ privacy in 2012, when it created a unified privacy policy for its various products such as YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law requiring Internet companies to store all personal data of Russian users at data centers in Russia. This move would make foreign social media sites subject to Russian laws on government access to information and could chill criticism and opposition to the Russian government on such sites.