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July 25, 2017

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Facebook, Google, and Twitter Face Growing Pressure from EU Over User Terms
VentureBeat (7/25)
The companies had first proposed changes to their terms and conditions in March to assuage the regulators’ concerns in March. The sticking points were terms such as those that forced European consumers to seek redress in California, where the companies are based, instead of the consumer’s home country.
 

Iguazio Nabs $33M to Bring Big Data Analytics to IoT, Finance and Other Enterprises
TechCrunch (7/25)
Today, an Israeli startup called Iguazio — which has built an 'edge data' analytics platform targeting IoT, finance and other services that require real-time processing — is announcing that it has raised $33 million in funding to build out its service.
 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Appointed to Alphabet Board of Directors
Forbes (7/24)
Pichai is best known for doubling down on Google's commitment to artificial intelligence, which has led to a long list of improvements for Google's consumer and enterprise services. Pichai becomes the fifth insider to join the Alphabet board, which now has 13 members.
 

Facebook Acquires Source3 to Get Content Creators Paid
TechCrunch (7/24)
Source3 had raised more than $4 million, mostly from a seed round in 2015 led by Contour Venture Partners. Source3 was founded in New York in 2014 originally as a 3D printing rights management company.
 

Alphabet Falls on Concern About Rising Google Traffic Costs
Bloomberg (7/24)
The company reported sales, minus partner payouts, were $20.92 billion, in line with analysts’ consensus forecasts, but below some more bullish expectations. Estimates ranged from $20.55 billion to $21.61 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
 

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IDG
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Industry Perspectives
 
The Rise of AI is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers
Wired (7/25)
“As the tech industry busies itself with building out this brave new artificially intelligent world, it’s hitting a speed bump: Computers aren’t powerful and efficient enough at the specific kind of math needed. While most attention to the AI boom is understandably focused on the latest exploits of algorithms, there’s a less obvious scramble going on to build a new breed of computer chip needed to power our AI future.
 

But Did It Work? Ad Measurement Companies Are Thriving
Digiday (7/25)
The rise of ad measurement companies is best exemplified in the $850 million that Oracle is reportedly paying to purchase Moat. But the demand for ad measurement can also be seen in the fact that ad measurement startups are raising money at a time when venture capital funding in ad tech has dried up. 
 

5 Reasons to Take a Fresh Look Your Security Policy
CSO Online (7/25)
Today’s advanced persistent threats, new business technologies and a younger workforce have prompted security budgets to shift from breach prevention to detection and response. Those same forces have also motivated many organizations to take a fresh look at their security policies and guidelines – and for good reason.
 

Ad Fraud Is Biggest Industry Issue
MediaPost (7/24)
It's especially important to ensure full data transparency from agencies and ad-tech partners. Simple measurement models like reach, clicks, click-through-rates, viewability and other metrics can be modified by untrustworthy parties, so marketers need tips on how to reset measurement metrics in order to fix media quality issues.
 

Bet On Ads.txt Over Blockchain to Solve Ad Verification
Advertising Age (7/24)
Ad verification software has become a big business, with providers helping advertisers identify fraudulent impressions and undesirable ad placement on risky content. However, keeping up with the bad actors was daunting. Whitelisting domains could eliminate the cheap fraud, but it was no match for sophisticated schemes that masked domain addresses.

 
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Consumers Easily Click On Risky Links: Study
MediaPost (7/24)
Almost half of all consumers would click on dangerous links, leaving themselves open to phishing attacks. Yet they would be more careful when dealing with their bank, according to a study by NordVPN, a virtual private network provider.
 

Worldwide SMB IT Spending to Top $676 Billion in 2021, Driven by Software and Services Growth
IDC (7/24)
“'SMB IT spending growth continues to track about two percentage points higher than GDP growth across regions. But beneath that slowly rising tide are faster moving currents that reflect the changing ways SMBs are acquiring and deploying technology,' said Ray Boggs, vice president, SMB Research at IDC.'


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