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What Can Blockchain Really Do for Advertising in 2020?

Back in 2018, there was a lot of hype about blockchain saving advertising and Senior Editor Lynne d Johnson was riding the wave—high. Now that the hype is over, there are actually quite a few projects proving every day that blockchain and related technologies like cryptography and permissioned ledgers can…

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Another Big Win for Privacy: Death of Chrome’s User Agent String Signals Alarm For Publishers

While we were all busy lamenting the death of the third-party cookie, we just might have missed another privacy initiative that Google is about to implement. It's a measure to deprecate Chrome's user agent string. The user agent string is a string of metadata sent out by your browser when…

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Bad Ads Took a Dip in Q3, Says Confiant; Bad Actors Be Forewarned

Bad ads are a pretty terrible thing for the entire ad ops ecosystem. By 2025 ad fraud—malvertising redirects and malicious IBV to name a few—will cost advertisers more than $50bn, accounting for 30% share of the overall digital market, so warned The World Federation of Advertisers back in 2016. But…

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