Ad Tech

Microsoft to buy AT&T’s Xandr to boost ad tech offer

Microsoft is buying AT&T’s ad-tech business, Xandr, subject to regulators, to boost its connected TV offer. Xandr, named after AT&T founder Alexander Graham Bell, includes both demand and sell-side platforms and an ad server. Microsoft’s Mikhail Parakhin says: “With Xandr’s ...

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Fiona Foy: trust, yes, but verify too in media agency deals

Five years ago, the ANA highlighted the lack of transparency in the media and advertising supply chain in their ground-breaking report. My colleague at Media Marketing Compliance, Stephen Broderick, was part of the group of select advisers that helped put ...

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R/GA CEO Sean Lyons: Christmas parties and the metaverse

Sean Lyons became CEO of R/GA in 2019, when he took over from the agency’s founder, Bob Greenberg. A native New Yorker, Lyons has worked in creative tech since graduating with a degree in painting and electronic media in 1998, ...

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Chris Hogg of Lotame: less is more – why minimising data is the way to stay ahead

The general public is more educated and aware than ever before about data privacy. The combination of data legislation like the EU’s GDPR or Virginia’s recently-passed CDPA, and the industry’s advocacy has helped with this education, but regularly these discussions ...

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WPP’s GroupM strikes voice deal with Say It Now

We’ve had ecommerce, now it’s v-commerce or voice commerce as advertisers prepare to take orders and payments over the wireless – well maybe not the wireless. WPP’s giant GroupM media buying group has confirmed a deal with London-based Say It ...

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WPP dives deeper into ecommerce with Cloud Commerce

There’s little doubt where WPP CEO Mark Read sees the future: ecommerce or commerce as WPP likes to call it (the ‘e’ is clearly so last year.) WPP has bought UK-based Cloud Commerce Group, described as a technology company that ...

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Unesco launches confuse-a-cookie kit with DDB Paris

Unesco is launching The Cookie Factory as part of a campaign against the aforementioned online menaces, aimed at persuading its 193 member states to adopt its Recommendation on the Ethics of AI. That is, stop A1-powered cookies spying on us. ...

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TPS Engage brings crypto-currencies to digital Out of Home

Ad platform TPS Engage says it’s the first company to introduce crypto-currencies into media buying. It will now trade programmatic digital out of Home (DOOH) with Bitcoin and eGold. TPS says its ad platform will allow any advertiser (subject to ...

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