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Google unveils AI-driven ad placement with launch of AdSense Auto ads

Despite the fact that more money than ever is being invested in digital advertising, being an ad-supported digital publisher is not easy. And that isn't just because of ad blockers, ad fraud and the countless number of providers, technologies and formats in the ecosystem.

Indeed, even seemingly basic activities such as determining how many ads to display, and which types of ads to display, usually aren't straightforward and the wrong assumptions and decisions can result in significant lost revenues.

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Salon is experimenting with a cryptocurrency mining option for ad blockers

Last year, as the price of Bitcoin skyrocketed, a new phenomenon called cryptojacking emerged.

In it, malicious JavaScript code is inserted into a website and when a user visits the website, the code works to mine cryptocurrency like Bitcoin in the background without users ever knowing that their computers' processing power is being used.

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A day in the life of... a B2B lifecycle marketing specialist

This week's Day in the Life is all about email – MaryBeth McIvor is a Lifecycle Marketing Specialist at Storyblocks, a stock media website.

Here's what she does with her days...

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How publishers in Asia-Pacific are taking on Google and Facebook

Competing with Google and Facebook for ad revenue is a worldwide problem for publishers, but in Asia-Pacific's fragmented media market the situation is even more dire.

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Google brings the popular Stories format to AMP: is it worth using?

Snapchat pioneered them, Instagram copied them, and now the commodification of Stories continues.

On Tuesday, Google announced a story format for AMP, its Accelerated Mobile Pages project that aims to make the web more mobile-friendly, which is currently available as a developer preview.

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Unilever fires a shot across the bow of Google and Facebook, but is it all bark and no bite?

Recent history hasn't been so nice to Google and Facebook.

In the wake of a growing number of scandals involving fake news and high-profile content creators that publish through their platforms, the two digital behemoths have found themselves facing scrutiny and scorn from the public, politicians and advertisers at a level they haven't experienced previously.

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Traffic buying allegations against Newsweek Media Group highlight complexity of the digital ad problem

Ad fraud is a huge problem that has many different components.

While the issue of paid and often fraudulent traffic is a known one, this is typically assumed to be a tactic employed by fly-by-night scammers who set up “fake” websites to serve ads typically sold through programmatic platforms.

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How sports advertisers should react to changing media consumption

On Sunday, advertising's biggest annual event in the U.S., The Super Bowl, took place. 

With 30-second ad spots selling for a cool $5m, the stakes are high for brands that opt to participate. Creating an ad that isn't well-received, or worse, is forgotten, by the more than 100m people who tune in to the Big Game, is a big fear.

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The fake follower economy is beginning to crumble

For years, there has existed an underground market in which individuals and companies buy and sell fake social media followers, along with fake likes and comments. 

These markets are an open secret and while fake accounts obviously violate the rules of popular social platforms like Facebook and Twitter, they have persisted.

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Building the DMP of tomorrow starts with these three tenets of identity

Currently, marketers don’t have a single source of truth about their consumers. Tomorrow, there must be a single place to build consumer profiles with rich attribute data, and provisioned to the systems of engagement where that consumer spends their time.

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Kodak demonstrates why brands should tread carefully with blockchain initiatives

Fueled by the dramatic rise and, more recently, fall in prices of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether, the blockchain is all the buzz.

While some believe that cryptocurrencies are in a bubble the likes of which the world has never before seen, many, including major companies in a variety of industries, also believe that the blockchain technology behind cryptocurrencies has legitimate and meaningful uses that could benefit if not revolutionize the way they do business.

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Snapchat is finally opening itself up to the web

Snapchat's fortunes have declined since the company went public last year.

Facing waning user growth and a full-frontal attack from arch rival Facebook, some have gone so far as to suggest that Snapchat might not be built to last.

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