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Facebook provides update on trusted sources initiative

Starting next week, Facebook will begin tests to prioritize news from publications that the community rates as trustworthy. The company surveyed a diverse and representative sample of people using Facebook across the US to gauge their familiarity with, and trust in, various different sources of news. This data will help to inform ranking in News Feed. Facebook will start with the US and plan to roll this out internationally in the future. When the company ranks and make improvements to News Feed, it relies on a set of core values. One of the News Feed values is that the stories should be informative. For informative sources, the company will continue to improve on the work where it began asking people to rank the informativeness of updates in their feed on a scale of one to five. As announced this month, Facebook is making it easier for people to see local news and information in a dedicated section. The company will continue to work on ways to show more local news that is relevant to where people live. It will be working on these efforts for the rest of the year. For the first change in the US next week, publications deemed trustworthy by people using Facebook may see an increase in their distribution. Publications that do not score highly as trusted by the community may see a decrease.

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01/19/18
MSCO
01/19/18
NO CHANGE
Target $215
MSCO
Overweight
Facebook Watch early traction encouraging, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak said he was encouraged, and surprised, by the fact that the firm's survey of Facebook users indicated that 40% use Facebook Watch on a weekly basis and 24% are using it on a daily basis. Watch users also appear to skew younger, which is also a positive, as it speaks to the potential for Watch to become a longer-term habit, said Nowak, who keeps an Overweight rating and $215 price target on Facebook shares.
01/18/18
KEYB
01/18/18
NO CHANGE
KEYB
Cost savings emerge as 'killer app' for artificial intelligence, says KeyBanc
Over the past 35 days, KeyBanc analyst Brent Bracelin hosted meetings at Adobe (ADBE), Autodesk (ADSK), Algorithmia, Cloudera (CLDR), Coupa (COUP), Facebook (FB), Guidewire (GWRE), Netflix (NFLX), NVIDIA (NVDA), Salesforce (CRM), SAP, Synopsys (SNPS), Twilio (TWLO), Tableau (DATA), Talend (TLND), Veeva (VEEV), Workday (WDAY), and Zendesk (ZEN) as part of an AI & Cloud-themed field trip. The analyst notes that cost savings have emerged as the "killer app" for artificial intelligence, and large enterprise interest in migrating back-office apps to cloud has been slow, but is picking up, conversational AI and bot activity is yielding real cost savings. Further, Bracelin sees 2018 as a defining year for enterprise AI applications, and is most impressed by enterprise AI initiatives at Microsoft (MSFT), Zendesk, Guidewire, and Adobe.
01/17/18
COWN
01/17/18
NO CHANGE
COWN
Digital Realty may have signed lease with Facebook, says Cowen
Cowen said Digital Realty (DLR) may have signed a lease with Facebook (FB) for 12MW in Northern Virginia.
01/16/18
01/16/18
UPGRADE
Target $30

Buy
Twitter upgraded to Buy with $30 target at Aegis
As previously reported, Aegis analyst Victor Anthony upgraded Twitter (TWTR) two notches, to Buy from Sell, and set a $30 price target on the stock. Anthony believes 2018 will be an inflection point in owned and operated advertising for Twitter and he sees a return to double-digit growth in that area in 2019. He also sees the potential for improving monthly average user growth, sustained double-digit daily active user growth and thinks the stock could be included in the S&P 500 at some point. Additionally, Anthony sees Facebook's (FB) decision to de-emphasize public content making Twitter a more valuable resource for video and news, making it an even more appealing takeover candidate, he tells investors.

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