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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 It’s impossible to start this edition of Last Week in Digital Media without acknowledging the riots in Washington DC, and the part digital and social media played in the lead-up, during, and after the event. If you want a summary of the actions taken by the various social platforms, I recommend this article from Axios. If you’re interested in understanding the potential regulatory response, this Washington Post article is worth reading. In more personal news, this year is the 5th-year anniversary of Last Week in Digital Media. Thank you for reading and indulging in this hobby since before newsletters ...
Hello Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all of the news you may have missed: GENERAL TikTok’s December 4th ban passed without incident. There are multiple reports, including a statement from CFIUS that “negotiations are continuing” and won’t seek to enforce the order. That said, also of note is a December 14th court date where the US Government is seeking to appeal a block on the ban. just in time for the holidays, Hulu’s co-viewing offering, Watchparty, is now available to everyone just in time for a social-distancing holiday season. Snapchat has launched Snapchat Spotlight, their TikTok-like experience ...
Hello Welcome to your Last Week in Digital Media. Here’s the news you may have missed: GENERAL twitter’s fleets (their take on disappearing stories) are now available to everyone. There were some small technical issues during the rollout but judging by my twitter feed people are giving them a test. At the moment, there are no advertising opportunities, but brands with twitter accounts can fleet. And if you’re not a fan of someone’s fleets (or fleets in general), it is possible to mute just fleets. Facebook’s New Product Experiment E.gg is now officially available to everyone. The iOS-only app lets ...
Hello As I skipped last week, this is a bumper two-week edition. Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL last week marked the November 12th deadline for the TikTok ban (historical timeline here). During the week, TikTok sought intervention from the courts, claiming no update from the relevant Government departments. By the end of Thursday, the ban was delayed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), “pending further legal developments.” On Friday, CFIUS delayed the ban until November 27th. Or the short version, the TikTok ban is ...
Hello Welcome to your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL rumors of Apple’s launching their own search engine continue to gain momentum, with the FT noting (paywalled) that Apple has been hiring search engineers and Apple’s own web crawler has been more actively seen on websites. There is also a little known change in iOS 14 where Apple uses its own search results when you query on the iPhone home screen. one interesting stat that emerged during the week (presented without comment on the content itself) is that Amazon Prime’s Borat movie ...
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