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Last Week in DigitalJoshua Lowcock publishes a weekly email newsletter for his colleagues summarizing the latest news in digital media, marketing and technology of the week. The email newsletter has been published for over 3 years. The Last Week in Digital Media blog has an archive of most old newsletters.

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2020.01.17 Last Week in Digital Media

Welcome to another Last Week in Digital Media, here’s all the news you may have missed and it’s a big news week so this is an extra-long newsletter. GENERAL Google’s Chrome browser announced a plan to stop supporting 3rd party cookies within 2 years. This news had an impact across the industry. AdTech share prices fell, the ANA/4A’s released a joint statement calling out the risks and asking for the change to be delayed and further consultation and until there’s a workable alternative to cookies. CNBC has a good perspective from analysts on what it means both for the businesses ...
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The 3R’s of Digital

This article was originally published on MediaPost, January 17, 2020. As we enter a new year and with CES now behind us, I have been reflecting on what trends in digital and technology will shape the decade ahead. After some thought, I landed on 3 Rs -- Rights, Responsibility, and Regulation -- as what will define the future of our industry. 1. Rights.  People are and will become increasingly better informed about their digital rights, and will demand that these rights be respected and protected. There will be multiple drivers of this, including a desire for people to know that they won’t ...
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2020.01.10 Last Week in Digital Media

Hello Welcome to your Last Week in Digital Media, here’s the news you may have missed: GENERAL CES 2020 has wrapped up. For a full summary, I encourage you to check out the IPG Media Lab. My take is a key trend across the event was the emergence of smart health and wellness products particularly around air quality, better-informed diet eating habits, and technology to assist in the quality of life as people age. with the National Retail Federation (NRF) show in New York this coming week, Microsoft pre-announced some new eCommerce focused offerings including how they plan to leverage ...
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Customer Review: New Verizon G3100 WiFi 6 Mesh Router (2020)

Disclaimer. I am not affiliated with Verizon and this is my personal experience. I also don't have any affiliate links or ads, so I'm not making money by sharing this with you. I am not paid by Verizon and bought the G3100 outright myself. So if you found this helpful and want to say thanks why not buy me a coffee!  This review of the Verizon G3100 may update as my experience changes (or they update the firmware). Background I have been a Verizon FiOS Customer even since the switch from Spectrum (back when it was Time Warner Cable). I ...
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2020.01.04 Last Week in Digital Media

Hello I hope you had a good holiday and welcome back to the 4th year of Last Week in Digital Media. A lot of people across the industry will be heading off to CES which will dominate the news cycle, so I’m getting a head start to both share my thoughts about the year ahead and some of the news you may have missed while the newsletter was on break. EDITORIAL As we enter a new year, I have been reflecting on what trends will define digital media and the decade ahead. After some thought, I landed on “3 R’s ...
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2019.12.06 Last Week in Digital Media

Hello Welcome back after the Thanksgiving break, this week Last Week in Digital Media includes two weeks of news, here’s what you may have missed: EXECUTIVE MOVEMENTS Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, announced in a tweet that he plans to spend 3-6 months of 2020 in Africa. The news received mixed reaction mainly given concerns about what this means for twitter actively policing the 2020 US Election. Separately, over at Alphabet (aka Google) founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced they were stepping back from the company (still majority shareholders) and that Sundar Pichai will take over Alphabet. There’s a lot ...
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2019.11.22 Last Week in Digital Media

Hey! Here’s your last week in digital media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL Google is making its Google Maps product more social by introducing something called Local Guides. In select cities (Bangkok, Delhi, London, Mexico City, New York, Osaka, San Francisco, São Paulo, and Tokyo) you will be able to virtually follow Local Guides with their recommendations surfaced to you in Google Maps. a good piece of investigative journalism by the FT claims that Facebook’s user growth is only 7% p.a. after adjusting for fake accounts. It’s a good reminder to always check that audience estimates ...
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2019.11.15 Last Week in Digital Media

Hello Here’s your last week in digital media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL Apple’s VR hardware and AR glasses may arrive in 2022/23 according to numerous reports. Putting Apple, Facebook, and Snap in a race to be the first to bring true AR glasses to the public. how fast is your client’s website? Google is exploring “speed badging” websites i.e. labeling sites that load slowly. Initially, the labeling will only occur in the Chrome browser. Back in 2014, Google moved to prioritize mobile-friendly sites in search results, so this may be a sign that Google soon ...
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