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Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media: TIKTOK - WECHAT BANS it’s impossible to review last week without a look at the Trump Administration Executive Orders seeking a ban of both Bytedance (the parent company of TikTok) and Tencent (the parent company of WeChat). in both instances, the bans are effective 45 days after the Executive Orders, which puts it around September 20th. there are reports that US intelligence services have investigated TikTok and found it not to be a threat to national security. Microsoft has indicated it is seeking to conclude a deal to acquire TikTok by September 15th ...Read More
Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL the big news of the week is the Trump Administration may order Bytedance to sell TikTok, with Microsoft rumored to be interested in acquiring the company. Although a deal is on hold pending clarity on the White House position on a Microsoft-TikTok acquisition. It’s reported TikTok is valued at US$50B. twitter is surveying random users to gauge interest on potential features of a twitter subscription plan. Ideas include custom colors, social listening tools, to an ad-free twitter experience. Facebook’s NPE team has a new ...Read More
Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all of the news you may have missed. GENERAL TikTok has launched a US$200MM creator fund with the money distributed over the coming year to US creators seeking to make a livelihood on TikTok. It’s an important move for the company, as TikTok creators are striking off-platform deals to make money. in other TikTok news, TikTok has inked a deal with music labels. The deal covers both past uses as well as a path for future music licensing. Pandora’s voice ads beta is expanding to more users on an opt-in basis. While ...Read More
Welcome to Last Week in Digital Media, here’s all the news you may have missed: GENERAL It’s impossible to review the week without considering the twitter hack. The hack targeted 130 accounts and promoted a cryptocurrency scam. In response, twitter had to suspend the ability to tweet on verified accounts, locked out certain users, and more. Over 24 hours later, some people were still unable to access their accounts. The FBI and New York State are investigating the hack, and there are letters from a Senator demanding an investigation. Somewhat beating everyone, the New York Times has an interview with ...Read More
In my personal life, I use a Windows ARM Laptop running Chromium Edge. I'm a big fan of Chromium Edge, it's a fast browser and since it syncs with my work laptops (x64) which makes life easier. If you re-install Edge or setup a fresh installation of Windows, you may discover that Edge doesn't show the Bing Daily Image also known as the Image of the Day (IOTD) when you start a new tab. I've worked out why this happens, the good news is you don't need to do anything but wait - so here's the fix. For what it's ...Read More
Hello Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL twitter is reportedly working on a subscription platform, codenamed “Gryphon.” It’s not immediately clear what a subscription would entail. Instagram is swapping doing a test where it’s swapping out the activity tab in the app for Instagram shops. It is a global but limited user test, so you may not personally see it. SiriusXM is reportedly close to a deal to buy the podcast network Stitcher. This wouldn’t be SiriusXM’s first move into podcasting; they acquired the podcast management and analytics platform Simplecast ...Read More
Hi Welcome to Last Week in Digital Media, and for those celebrating, I hope you had a good 4th of July weekend. GENERAL Pinterest released a new report (PDF link) showing holiday searches are both happening now (earlier) and higher than would is typical for this time of year. It seems people want to go big for the holidays. Pinterest is testing a revenue-sharing model with publishers using the feature video ad unit. Tastemade is the first publisher to participate in the trial. Discord is repositioning itself as an app for anyone. Historically popular with gamers for both voice, video, ...Read More
Hello Welcome to your Last Week in Digital Media. GENERAL TikTok is introducing TikTok for Business, a centralized hub to help brands understand how to both understand and advertise on the platform. The TikTok Business site, here, also comes with a call for marketers to make TikTok’s instead of ads. Spotify is testing an interactive podcast ad format called app offers. Still very much in Alpha, the idea is you can redeem an offer within a podcast, and sponsors will also display in the podcast episode information. Apple held its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) during the week. The IPG ...Read More