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Ad Revenue Rose After Removing Third-Party Trackers: Brave Study

I know this sounds crazy, but what if all those third-party cookies we’re so worried about losing don’t really make advertising more effective? Privacy-friendly browser Brave and Dutch publisher NPO found just that: ad revenues rose sharply when they switched from people-based to contextual targeting. Without a proper control, we don’t know if the switch to contextual was the real reason for the change, but it’s still an intriguing thought.

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New Customer Data Platform Options Emerge During Pandemic Slowdown: CDP Institute Report

July 28, 2020

The Customer Data Platform industry continued to grow in the first half of 2020, but at a slower pace as cautious buyers absorbed pandemic-related budget cuts and assessed new entries from enterprise software vendors. The CDP Institute’s semi-annual Industry Update found a record number of new vendors entered the industry but that growth in employment and funding was the lowest in two years.

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Google Kills FLoC, Runs Out of Bird Metaphors, Offers Topics API

January 26, 2022

Google has given up on its FLoC cookie-less targeting initiative, which faced insurmountable privacy objections. The replacement, which mercifully does not reference anything bird-related, is Topics API, which will offer three recent interests for each individual based on sites they have recently visited.  The loss in targeting and tracking power is so huge that you wonder if Google is purposely showing what tighter privacy is costing the industry. Or maybe they’re just kneecapping competitors.

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