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Weekly News Roundup: Facebook’s Ad Algorithm Problem, The State of Data, The Future of the Long Tail

Facebook's Content Problem Is an Ad Problem, Too Couple fresh dispatches from the “You Can’t Automate Everything” beat: Facebook is catching heat over ads both weird and fraudulent on its platform. The Daily Beast’s Taylor Lorenz published a detailed exploration of the bizarre, impractical products (cat blindfolds? Plastic doodads of…

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Hey Digital Media Doomsayers—Did You Forget About Ad Fraud?

Repent, sinners, because the digital media apocalypse is now upon us. Even outside the trades, the news is awash in talks of corrections; discourses on the failure of advertising and why subscriptions are the only option; and pre-emptive surrenders of souls to the Duopoly. I hear bunker sales are through the roof…

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Weekly News Roundup: FCC Says Down With Net Neutrality, Up With Media Consolidation

Net Neutrality on the Chopping Block Earlier today, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to end net neutrality regulations. If his strategy was to sneak this one out on the wire during a holiday week, to make smaller waves, I'm not sure if that's going to work, because…

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Weekly News Roundup: Ads.txt Catches On (To Some Agencies’ Chagrin), Transparency in the Header, More

Who's This Asking to Get Into Your Ads.txt? Over on Reddit, publishers are reporting they’re receiving loads of emails from senders identifying themselves as reps from some kind of agency or another, demanding their company be added to the publisher’s Ads.txt file or else they’ll stop buying that publisher’s inventory.…

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Online and Offline Aligned: Condé Nast’s Print/Event/Digital Convergence

When you're as focused on digital media as we are at AdMonsters, sometimes it's important to remember the offline world still exists, and it's generating serious money for a lot of publishers who are active in it. If you're coming from the point of view of a media company with…

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Weekly News Roundup: Revamping Units for Better Ad Standards, Google Taps Into Rubicon PMPs, Who Wins in a First-Price Auction

Rebooting Ad Units to Meet Better Ads Standards Google wants (and intends, starting in 2018) to block intrusive ads from the Chrome browser, and it wants to tell you what counts as “intrusive.” Ever since Google made the announcement about which types of ad experiences should expect to be blocked,…

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