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Weekly News Roundup: Discovery Invests in Thrillist’s Parent, Layoffs at BuzzFeed, AppNexus Is In on Ads.txt

Discovery's $40 Million Investment in Thrillist's Parent Company This week it was announced Discovery Communications would be investing $40 million in Group Nine Media, the company that owns Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker. That’s less major than their $100 million investment in Group Nine last year, but still very…

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The Persistence of Malware

The ever-changing digital advertising ecosystem has one constant: Malware. Vigilance is the onus of every publisher. Securing the digital advertising ecosystem is easier said than done. The malware emergency du jour differs—this year’s phishing scams and scroll jacking could have been last year’s mobile redirects and app auto-installs. Meanwhile, users…

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Through a Scanner Frequently: When Malvertisers Evade the Scanners

Earlier in 2017, savvy publishers and platforms started noticing a gnarly new breed of mobile redirects, one that’s particularly evasive to common-practice malware prevention methods. It’s a new page in the standard playbook malvertisers long ago developed to skirt around the watchdogs in the ad ecosystem, one that allows them…

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Transparency Is a Team Sport

For years, we’ve joked that brands don’t care how the digital advertising sausage is made. Their modus operandi seemed along the lines of: Let the agencies and publishers deal with the frustrating minutiae involved in making digital media transactions work.Funny how quickly things change. As increased spend hits digital channels…

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TAG,​ ​You’re​ ​It:​ ​Beyond​ ​TAG​ ​Malware​ ​Scanning​ ​Guidelines

When​ ​the​​ ​​Trustworthy​ ​Accountability​ ​Group​ ​(TAG)​ ​released​ ​its​ best practices​ ​for​ ​malware scanning​​ ​in​ ​October,​ ​anyone​ ​seeking​ ​a​ ​more secure advertising supply chain would have been eager to read through the first-of-its kind, 16-page document. ​In a quest to outline basic malware scanning processes,​TAG​ ​delivered ​plenty​ ​of​ ​suggestions​ ​about​ ​when​…

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