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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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This TikTok US Ban summary and timeline was prepared by Joshua Lowcock, drawing on public information. This includes updates from the weekend of September 19th and 20th, where the Whitehouse gave preliminary approval of a proposed TikTok deal. TIKTOK US BAN TIMELINE (9/20) if you're wondering how we got here, it all comes from an August US Presidential Executive Order that sought to ban TikTok (and separately, WeChat). fast forward a few weeks and the sale of TikTok’s US business looked like it was making progress. Oracle confirmed it was the successful party with a Bytedance/TikTok in a very briefly worded ...
Hello Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media. It’s impossible to review the week without putting the TikTok updates first (it’s almost last week in TikTok). Here’s a breakdown of the key TikTok events as they played out during the week and into the weekend: TIKTOK the sale of TikTok’s US business looked like it was making progress. Oracle confirmed it was the successful party with a Bytedance/TikTok in a very briefly worded statement. Microsoft issued a statement that it had not been successful. Meanwhile, Walmart, who had partnered with Microsoft, didn’t give up hope. reports surfaced that Walmart still ...
Hello Here's your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed. GENERAL twitter is making further improvements to the way it gives context to trends, adding headlines, and improved descriptions, so you have more information on why something is trending. Chrome will start blocking 'heavy' ads as of Chrome 85 (available now). A 'heavy' ad is one that uses more the 4Mb of network data or takes 60s of CPU time. There are controls in place to ensure this does discourage specific ad formats, such as video. Instagram is testing a new layout, with dedicated ...
Hello Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL there’s an interesting patent by Spotify that would users create video moments. The full patent application talks about social messaging and seems very TikTok-like. AT&T is rumored to be looking to sell its Xandr adtech business. There are a lot of theories on potential buyers, but given the regulatory oversight of the sector and pandemic impact on advertising, a sale might prove difficult. Google’s new streaming dongle, code-named Sabrina, looks like it will retail for around US$49-$59 and come with a remote. Positioning ...
Hello There wasn’t going to be a newsletter this week, but there was too much TikTok news. So here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed. GENERAL It was a big week in TikTok news: TikTok filed their lawsuit against the Trump Administration, arguing that the company is not a threat to US national security. There is a lengthy blog post by TikTok arguing their case. Kevin Mayer, the ex Disney executive who recently became the CEO of TikTok, resigned after less than 4 months in the job. This is making some see ...
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