Facebook Beats Earnings Expectations The Same Day It Gets Hit With A $5B FTC Fine

Facebook’s stock dipped slightly on Wednesday morning after the Federal Trade Commission formally announced its $5 billion dollar fine over privacy violations. But by the time Facebook reported its second quarter earnings after the bell, the stock has recovered and then some. Facebook is up 3.2% postmarket after beating expectations and raking in the adContinue reading »

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FTC Fines Facebook $5 Billion And Demands Privacy Oversight. Many Feel It’s Not Enough.

It’s a big day for the big blue app. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) formally announced Wednesday it will fine Facebook $5 billion over Cambridge Analytica-related privacy violations and install oversight procedures to prioritize privacy and ensure enforcement at the company. In addition, a more than $100 million fine is expected from the Securities and ExchangeContinue reading »

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All About TikTok: An Advertiser’s Guide To The Fast-Growing Video App

TikTok isn’t developed enough yet to be a fully-fledged contender for ad dollars, but it’s growing like #area51, and advertisers have finally noticed the short-form video app. Roughly 60% of the app’s 26.5 million monthly active users in the US are between 16 and 24, according to a TikTok pitch deck circulated to US adContinue reading »

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Snap Q2 Surprises As Users Embrace AR

Turns out people really like those Snapchat baby face and gender swap filters. The app’s daily active users hit 203 million in Q2, up 8% year over year, and revenue was far better than expected at $388 million, a 48% increase from this time last year, according to the company’s Q2 earnings disclosure. This isContinue reading »

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Dstillery Shuts Down DSP And Becomes A Data Company

How does a smaller DSP survive, as the largest buying platforms command more of the marketplace? For Dstillery, the answer is to become a data company. Dstillery officially shut down its bidder and stopped operating a DSP on July 1. Its focus now is selling custom audience segments through the buyer’s DSP of choice. SinceContinue reading »

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Trade Desk Clashes With Google Over Transparency Initiative

The Trade Desk and Google are locking horns on pending industry specifications designed to bring transparency to programmatic buying. Why? The Trade Desk, rather than Google, is the one throwing its weight around for a change. As one of the originators of the Open RTB SupplyChain object spec, The Trade Desk has been gunning toContinue reading »

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Ad Ops Manager Turned Ad Tech Founder Solves Viewability For Publishers

Optimera increases site viewability solely from a publisher’s point of view. The tech optimizes campaigns toward the most viewable placements in real time – key in an era where buyers demand highly viewable ads, but publishers lack the technology to meet these demands in a way that’s sustainable for their businesses. “The market has failedContinue reading »

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Amazon Emerges As Google Challenger In Advertiser Perceptions SSP Report

Amazon Publisher Services shot up in the rankings in the 2019 Advertiser Perceptions supply-side platform (SSP) report, emerging as a challenger to Google. The survey evaluated 18 exchanges via a poll of 155 sales and ops staffers from sites with at least 3 million monthly uniques. Amazon’s sell-side ad tech business rose from eighth lastContinue reading »

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After Sale To PE Firm, IBM Watson Marketing Rebrands As Acoustic

The TDB company that was formed when IBM sold the bulk of its Watson Marketing portfolio to private equity firm Centerbridge in April finally has a name: Acoustic. Acoustic is starting out with a large stable of clients – around 3,500 – inherited from IBM, and a headcount of 1,100. It’s also hiring, with a particular focusContinue reading »

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Pubstack Raises $2.3 Million For Publisher Analytics

 The French ad-tech company Pubstack said Wednesday it raised $2.3 million in seed funding from two VC firms and a handful of angel investors, including Criteo co-founder Romain Niccoli. Pubstack’s tech is designed to make it easier for publishers to monitor their programmatic partners in real time, and it connects monetization data with what happenedContinue reading »

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