Joshua Lowcock writes a regular newsletter called Last Week in Digital Media or as it’s sometimes affectionately called “Joshua Lowcock’s Newsletter”. It is a summary of the week’s news in digital media, marketing, and technology. It is currently closed to new subscribers.
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Hello Welcome to your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL Apple held its developer conference during the week (WWDC), and there was a lot of news in the privacy space, almost worthy of a newsletter in and of itself. I’m going to try and do it justice while keeping it brief. During the developer sessions, Apple previewed plans for iOS 15, many of which take further steps to protect user privacy. iOS 15 privacy updates include: the iOS default Mail app lets users block pixel tracking. Impacting everyone from newsletter writers (hello!) ... Read More
Hello Welcome to your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed. The week's big news was Facebook’s response to the Oversight Board decision on former President Trump’s suspension. The short version is the suspension will now last two (2) years from the date of the original suspension. This doesn’t mean Trump will be allowed back on the platform, as Facebook does provide an allowance for additional review; in their words, “we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded.” Facebook is looking to bring transparency to the “newsworthiness ... Read More
Hello Welcome to Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL Amazon has entered an agreement to buy MGM Studios. The deal, valued at ~US$9B, is subject to regulatory approval. One US Representative has already flagged the acquisition as a concern and urged Congress to stop it. twitter’s subscription service looks like it will be called “twitter blue” and start at US$2.99 per month. Subscriptions unlock colored twitter themes, a reader mode for twitter threads, and twitter collections (for saving and organizing tweets). in other twitter news, twitter is working on reactions to tweets ... Read More
Hello Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed. GENERAL the big news of the week was AT&T and Discovery announcing a US$43B deal to merge their respective media businesses (and AT&T exiting media). The new, yet unnamed entity, will not include the Xandr adtech unit, which will remain within AT&T. The deal is expected to close in 2022. Pinterest Idea Pins have now launched globally. As a reminder, Idea Pins are an update to Pinterest’s Story Pins and offer video, audio, as well as interactive elements. Pinterest claims Idea Pins are more ... Read More
Hello Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed. GENERAL YouTube’s TikTok competitor, YouTube Shorts, now has a US$100MM fund to be shared over the next 12 months, with people who create and share YouTube Shorts content. It works in a similar way to Snap’s Spotlight US$1M a day fund. it looks like twitter’s subscription service may be called “twitter blue” with pricing starting at US$2.99 per month. Subscriptions will unlock additional features, including the often requested edit button. It also seems there will be tiered twitter subscription pricing, that includes a news ... Read More