Online event platform Hopin, once among the hottest of Covid-fueled tech ventures, has sold its core event and session products to RingCentral. Price was not disclosed but is unlikely to have equaled the $1 billion invested in Hopin.
TikTok’s ad revenue, variously estimated at $13.2 billion or $18.0 billion for all of 2023, doesn’t come close to Amazon, let alone Google or Meta. But the company is working to grow it. Its latest effort is a cookieless ad targeting tool called PrivacyGo. It takes a data clean room-type approach with the additional privacy-protecting features.
Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content. But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines. Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results. We’ll see if competitors do the same.