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Instagram Sells Ads for Banned Services: TechCrunch Investigation

What can Facebook and friends do to regain public trust? Banning services that sell fake followers is a good start, as Facebook-owned Instagram did not long ago. But selling ads to companies that violate the ban is an even better way to make things worse. Sure enough, TechCrunch found that’s exactly what’s been happening. Raise your hand if you’re surprised. I thought so.

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Online Video Fuels Rise in Over-the-Air TV

January 21, 2019

Hi, it’s Jamie, your faithful Department of the Obvious Intern. We’ve been having a slow year so I’m helping our Department of Counter-Intuitive Results. Lots of fun over there and they have better snacks. One hot item: Internet video has led to a rise in over-the-air TV viewing. Nielsen found that people who don’t want to pay for cable have discovered they can get their local broadcasts for free with this thing called an “antenna”. It’s like wi-fi without a router. Amazing!

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Purchase Decision Network Gives Marketers Access to Shopping List Data

January 17, 2019

Maybe you thought the ads in that free shopping list app paid for the service? Don’t be silly. Purchase Decision Network, which captures lists from more than 50 million monthly shoppers, is now selling the contents through Kiip, Kochava and LiveRamp to use on other networks. Creeped out that marketers can send ads based on your shopping list? Feel better knowing that PDN won’t tell them your name?

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Meltwater Combines with Microsoft to Create an Integrated Communication Insights Solution

February 20, 2024

Meltwater, a provider of media, social and consumer intelligence, announced it is partnering with Microsoft on an integrated communications insights solution. The partnership will integrate the data from Meltwater’s listening tools with Microsoft’s AI-driven capability to deliver data “as dialogue.” Microsoft will use Meltwater as its provider of global intelligence, while Meltwater has made a multi-year commitment to Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform.

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