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Tech & Marketing News from IDG

December 20, 2016



Bloomberg (12/20)

The world’s biggest social network faces fines of up to 1 percent of annual sales for providing "incorrect or misleading information" during the EU’s 2014 review of the WhatsApp takeover. It has until Jan. 31 to respond to the European Commission.


Reuters (12/20)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to boost technology manufacturing in the country through his 'Make in India' initiative. His government in June exempted foreign retailers for three years from a requirement to locally source 30 percent of goods sold in their stores.

CIO (12/19)

BlackBerry CEO John Chen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the opening of the center today in BlackBerry's QNX development facility in Ottawa.As part of its autonomous car development push, BlackBerry's QNX division plans to recruit and hire local software engineers to work on ongoing and emerging engineering projects.

Computerworld (12/19)

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said on Aug. 30 that Apple must pay up to €13 billion ($13.6 billion) in back taxes, plus interest, because opinions given by the Irish tax authorities in 1991 and 2007 constituted illegal state aid.

Network World (12/18), the online learning unit of LinkedIn, has reset passwords for some of its users after it discovered recently that an unauthorized external party had accessed a database containing user data.





Digiday (12/20)

Mainstream media outlets aren’t taking it lying down, with several publishers including Le Monde working tirelessly to reduce the spreading of false and misleading information. Meanwhile yesterday the chairman of Germany’s Social Democratic Party, Thomas Oppermann, called for a new law that would require companies like Facebook to set up an office in the country that would deal with fake news and hate speech at all hours of the day and night.

Adweek (12/19)

The ad industry has become an enabler of this post-truth era. Alongside, above, or below practically every lie that's spread, there's an ad. But it gets worse for advertisers. We have less confidence that those ads are seen or clicked by real people.

Digiday (12/19)

Viewability has been a persistent thorn in the side of digital advertisers and publishers alike. The issue of what constitutes a view, and how to ensure that every ad clears that bar has dogged advertisers across desktop display, video, and most recently, mobile ad formats.

The Drum (12/19)

Sina, which owns live streaming service Yizhibo, reported that the number of live streaming services available in China had grown from 80 in January to almost 1,000 this month. The list of more popular live streaming apps includes Ingkee, Qiqi and Douyu.

Business 2 Community (12/19)

Up until the announcement, the desktop version of webpage’s content was Google’s indexing priority. But now the priority will be mobile-optimized pages. This change has come as a result of the large volume of users that have been migrating to handheld platforms and away from desktops.

CSO Online (12/19)

One such trojan is called Faketoken and its primary functionality is to generate fake login screens for more than 2,000 financial applications in order to steal login credentials. The malicious app also displays phishing pages to steal credit card information, and it can read and send text messages.





MediaPost (12/19)

Revising an earlier estimate that was slightly down, MoffettNathanson Research now says traditional media will slip 5.8% in 2017, following a 0.8% gain in 2016. Overall, when including digital media, U.S. advertising is forecast to see a 2.4% increase in 2017, following a 7.1% improvement this year.



Marketing Land (12/19)

The latest e-commerce report from Pew Research Center offers new data on how shoppers are using their cellphones, and not just for product research but also for purchasing. A survey of almost 4,800 US adults conducted in late 2015 shows that about 80 percent have bought something online.
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