From Google To Jigsaw: The Jonathan Bellack Exit Interview

After 14 years at Google and DoubleClick, ads vet Jonathan Bellack has joined Alphabet-owned Jigsaw as its first-ever director of product. Google created Jigsaw as a technology incubator with the mission of using technology to make the internet safer. Jigsaw’s projects have protected news organizations from toxic comments, gave readers uncensored access to sites andContinue reading »

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How PadSquad’s High-Impact Ads Survived In The Face Of Header Bidding

Overcoming the banality of a standard banner ad in favor of a custom unit requires a lot of work. Buyers need to work with creative tech companies to build the units, and publishers need to adjust their ad setup to support the unusual formats. When header bidding became the norm, it cut off these companies’Continue reading »

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Facebook Earmarks $300 Million For Local News Initiatives

Facebook will distribute $300 million across multiple local news projects over the next three years to support newsrooms and help publishers create new business models, the platform announced Tuesday. Donations include a $5 million endowment gift to the Pulitzer Center, $6 million for the UK-based Community News Project and a $20 million expansion of Facebook’sContinue reading »

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Amazon’s New Ad-Supported Video Channel Freedive Could Challenge Facebook And Google

Amazon’s release Thursday at CES of a free, ad-supported streaming video channel called IMDB Freedive could provide an opportunity for the digital giant to exhibit its targeting capabilities and pose a real threat to the Facebook-Google duopoly. Freedive is currently available on Amazon Fire devices and through Amazon’s desktop site. With about 50 million FireContinue reading »

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Piano Raises $22 Million To Help Publishers Bring In Non-Ad Revenue

Piano, whose tech and services gives digital publishers a way to supplement their ad revenue, raised $22 million in Series B funding Thursday to expand its offering and help it buy other companies in the space. “There’s all this ad tech out there, but nothing exists to help publishers treat their traffic as readers andContinue reading »

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RTL Group Buys Video Ad Stitching Company Yospace For $33 Million

RTL Group is paying up to $33 million for Yospace, a UK-based server-side ad insertion company. The company will operate independently, but work closely with SpotX, which provides video ad serving and advertising demand to video publishers. “This acquisition will go a long way toward solving issues with programmatic and OTT,” said SpotX CEO MikeContinue reading »

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Verizon Media Renegotiates Ad Sales Deal With Microsoft, Bets Big On Native

Verizon Media – formerly Oath – said Tuesday it has increased the amount of native Microsoft inventory it can sell to include Xbox and Outlook, and other exclusive placements. Verizon declined to say exactly how much native inventory Microsoft lets it sell. Buyers can access the inventory via iOS or by using Oath Ad Platforms’Continue reading »

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Why Music Audience Exchange Brought In A Rolling Stone Exec To Pitch Data-Driven Music Sponsorships

Music Audience Exchange (MAX), a service/tech platform that uses data to pair up-and-coming musical artists with brands, reached into the publishing world to hire Michael Provus as its Chief Revenue Officer late last December. Provus previously held the same title at Wenner Media. MAX connects upstart musicians with brands whose customers listen to the artist’sContinue reading »

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Engine Adds Transparent Fee Option For EMX Exchange

The EMX exchange, operated by the agency holding company Engine, is offering buyers the ability to transact on its exchange with a flat, transparent buy-side fee. The sliding scale model will allow clients, agencies and DSPs to pay more or less depending on volume commitments. So a buyer may decide to spend more on theContinue reading »

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OpenX Lays Off 100 Employees And Pivots To Video

OpenX has laid off 100 staffers, a process that started weeks ago and included a massive round on Tuesday. It will also sunset its ad server by the end of the year. The departing staff includes engineering, product and tech employees, and OpenX will shift those roles to Krakow, Poland, which has strong engineering talentContinue reading »

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