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Layoffs at Vox, Hires at The Atlantic, Ecommerce Success at GQ

This week's news briefs: Vox Media lays off staffers and reins in social video, The Atlantic looks to hire 100 heads, Gothamist/DNAInfo are revived by public radio stations and anonymous backers, GQ's ecommerce efforts deliver strong engagement numbers, and AT&T and Bayer both sign onto a blockchain solution for the…

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LinkedIn Ramps Up Ad Model, P&G Hedges on Programmatic

Is LinkedIn the New Facebook (for Content Distribution)? LinkedIn is reportedly firming up relationships with publishers in the U.S. and the U.K., according to Digiday, and a growing number of publishers are getting more serious about using LinkedIn as a content distribution channel. (They’re not just B2B publishers, either). LinkedIn…

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DSP Hidden Fees, Retargeters and Consent

DSPs Hidden Fees Dragged Into the Light AdExchanger published a lengthy explanation of the infamous hidden fees DSPs sometimes charge. It's common knowledge in the industry that DSPs are often inclined to take a cut off of the transactions they enable, and then add extra fees on top of that.…

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How Is Blockchain Digital Media’s Concern? A Conversation with Ken Brook of MetaX

It's becoming more common to hear industry folks suggest that blockchain holds certain keys for tightening up security in the ad ecosystem--providing verification and reducing fraudulent bot activity. Regardless, it's still common for other media types to respond, with at least a whiff of doubt, "What's blockchain gotta do with…

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