Bad Actors Are Taking Advantage Of Genuine Web Infrastructure To Hide The Spread Of Malware

When people join a browser-based video conference call, their top worry is usually whether their hair looks OK. But there’s a bigger concern lurking. WebRTC, the open source technology used by browsers and apps to enable real-time communications over the internet, is being exploited to camouflage the dissemination of malware-infected ads. Programmatic exchanges appear toContinue reading »

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Sizmek’s Bankruptcy Is Changing How The Supply Side Manages DSP Debts

One of the most pressing concerns from Sizmek’s bankruptcy comes from SSPs, which must reconsider how they think about risk and credit with their longtime partners. Brands and agencies often pay DSPs on 90-day or even 120-day cycles. But DSPs pay SSPs between 30 to 60 days. There’s a separate contract between an SSP andContinue reading »

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Walmart’s Ad Tech In-Housing Continues With Deal For Polymorph Labs

Walmart Media Group (WMG), the retailer’s data-driven advertising business, took another step forward with it’s in-house advertising program on Thursday with the acquisition of Polymorph Labs, a San Francisco-based ad tech startup. Walmart did not disclose terms of the deal or how many employees it will add with Polymorph. Polymorph, formerly AdsNative, raised a totalContinue reading »

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Meet Sellers.json: It’s Like Ads.txt, But For The Buy Side

First there was Ads.txt, then there was App-ads.txt. Now there are Sellers.json and OpenRTB SupplyChain Object Specifications. The two new specs, released for public comment by the IAB Tech Lab on Thursday, are both meant to help advertisers get a better understanding of whether the inventory they’re buying is legit and where it’s coming from.Continue reading »

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LiveRamp Gets Into Data Privacy Tech With Acquisition Of Faktor CMP

LiveRamp has acquired the consent management platform (CMP) Faktor, the company said Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But LiveRamp will take on Faktor’s 11-person team in Amsterdam. Faktor was founded in 2017, in the run-up to the European Union’s implementation of GDPR, when publishers reevaluated their data collection and privacy policies. LiveRampContinue reading »

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OAREX Pays Publishers Who Can’t Wait For Late Exchanges

Publishers get paid for their ads 60 days or more after they appear – if exchanges pay on time. That delay forces publishers to keep more cash on their balance sheet. Instead of investing profits to grow their business, they hold onto that cash to cushion late payments. OAREX (Online Advertising Revenue Exchange) is oneContinue reading »

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Inside Alpha Group, Advance Local’s Tech Incubator

It’s a tough time for all publishers, and local publishers especially. To combat those challenges, Advance Local – part of the same media company that owns local pubs like NJ.com and NOLA.com – created a tech incubator in 2015 called Alpha Group, to come up with the next big idea. Founded by one of itsContinue reading »

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How Sizmek Fell, And How It Could Be Sold

Sizmek regained access to its cash this week after Cerberus, the investment firm that owns Sizmek’s debt and now owns its equity, seized its holdings and pushed the company into bankruptcy last Friday. Sizmek has resumed business operations and is covering payroll and employee benefits, after missing the previous pay period. The next two toContinue reading »

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After A Year Of Testing, Albertsons Is Ramping Up Its Ad Platform Business

The US retail chain Albertsons, which also operates grocery brands like Safeway, Acme and Shaw’s, is accelerating investments in the data-driven advertising platform it launched last year for consumer brands carried in stores. The idea is to turn its retail loyalty card programs into an advertising and attribution engine, since those shoppers can be trackedContinue reading »

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Big Brands Take On The Challenge Of Building Their Own DTCs

 Large, established companies such as P&G, Verizon and Kellogg’s are building direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands to compete with the challengers encroaching on their territory. In addition to investing in or acquiring other DTC brands, there are strategic advantages to a company building its own. P&G for instance thinks of buying, building and acquiring brands as aContinue reading »

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