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Twitter makes its political ad ban official

Twitter makes its political ad ban official The ban on political ads announced by Twitter two weeks ago has come into effect, and the rules are surprisingly simple — perhaps too simple. No political content as they define it may be promoted; Candidates, parties, governments or officials, PACs, and certain political nonprofit […]

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Backed by Serena Williams and Usain Bolt, Let’s Do This raises $15M from EQT

Backed by Serena Williams and Usain Bolt, Let’s Do This raises M from EQT Back in September, endurance events marketplace Let’s Do This (a YC alumni) raised a $5m seed round from a number of US investors, including Olypmic star Usain Bolt and tennis star Serena Williams. As much as I’d like […]

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Ex-Facebook CPO Chris Cox now advises on climate & campaign tech

Ex-Facebook CPO Chris Cox now advises on climate & campaign tech Chris Cox’s motivational speeches were at the heart of Facebook’s new employee orientation. But after 14 years at the social network, the Chief Product Officer left in March amidst an executive shake-up and Facebook’s new plan to prioritize privacy by moving […]

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Sinclair leads $10.3M investment in rideshare advertising startup Octopus

Sinclair leads .3M investment in rideshare advertising startup Octopus Octopus Interactive, a startup bringing an interactive TV and ad experience into Uber and Lyft rides, has raised a $10.3 million funding round led by Sinclair Digital Group. Backseat TVs mixing show snippets and commercials have become a common part of the taxi […]

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Uber is entering the ads business

Uber is entering the ads business Uber will become an ad platform, selling space inside its Eats app to restaurants hoping to lure in more food delivery orders. A recent Uber job listing spotted by TechCrunch seeks an Uber Eats Ads Lead “to lead the team and efforts responsible for creating a […]

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Amperity acquires Custora to improve its customer data platform

Amperity acquires Custora to improve its customer data platform Amperity announced today that it’s acquiring another company in the customer data business, Custora. Amperity co-founder and CEO Kabir Shahani told me that Custora’s technology complements what Amperity is already offering. To illustrate this point, he said that customer data tools fall into […]

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Shopping ads come to YouTube’s home feed and search results

Shopping ads come to YouTube’s home feed and search results There’s a new kind of ad coming to YouTube . Google announced today the launch of Shopping ads on YouTube, which lets brands advertise their products and services right in the YouTube home feed and search results. For example, if a user […]

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Seismic acquires Percolate to expand its marketing tools

Seismic acquires Percolate to expand its marketing tools Seismic is announcing that it’s acquiring Percolate in a deal that it says is combining “two essential pillars of the marketing technology stack.” It sounds like the two companies aren’t direct competitors, but they offer related tools: Seismic helps companies create and manage the […]

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Twitter banning political ads is the right thing to do, so it will be attacked mercilessly

Twitter banning political ads is the right thing to do, so it will be attacked mercilessly Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced abruptly — though the timing was certainly not accidental — that the platform would soon disallow any and all political advertising. This is the right thing to do, but […]

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Zuckerberg defends political ads that will be 0.5% of 2020 revenue

Zuckerberg defends political ads that will be 0.5% of 2020 revenue As Jack Dorsey announced his company Twitter would drop all political ads, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg doubled-down on his policy of refusing to fact check politicians’ ads. “At times of social tension there has often been an urge to pull back on […]

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