Epsilon CEO: Buying Conversant [ValueClick] Will Help Connect Cross-Channel Dots – AdAge
Google’s Knowledge Vault has pulled in 1.6 billion facts to date – ( August) New Scientist
LinkedIn on how they plan to use Bizo, which they recently acquired – (August) BI
New Twitter ad features: audience list upload capability, better audience management tools, new supported ID types for creating audiences (mobile ad IDs and phone numbers) Twitter Blog
Apple is doubling down on its attempt to differentiate itself from Apple where they have a true advantage: user privacy – BI
Pando on the dilution of journalism: The slimy rise of the “brand journalist” – Pando
Algos and math– This Is How An Ad Gets Placed In Your Facebook News Feed – Buzzfeed
I typically don’t focus on this type of malware but this was interesting: Copies of malware used by intelligence agencies to spy on journalists – Hacker News
Apple paid Universal and U2 an undisclosed lump sum for the exclusive window to distribute the album free of charge – WSJ
Flipboard fuses interactive mobile ads into its personalized magazines – VentureBeat
Apple going long on consumer privacy because it goes directly at Google’s weakness- Tim Cook Says Apple Has Never Shared Data: “You’re Not Our Product” – Gizmodo
“Missed call” ad units: Why Facebook Is Totally Rethinking Online Ads in Africa and India – WIRED
eBay shares surged at the open, rising as much as $2.39, or 5%, to $53.07, after rumors circulated the company might be in talks with Google about a stake in eBay.
via eBay Rises on Google Speculation; Cantor Defends PayPal Against Apple Pay – Tech Trader Daily – Barrons.com.
Mobile app marketplaces are getting more efficient so very few apps are unassailable
– Tom Tunguz
What we learned during Facebook outage: 16% of traffic could’ve been directly attributable to Facebook – Chartbeat Blog
Slides on best times to post on social media and how to influence virality – Buffer
A look through the data permission requirements of Facebook Messenger’s Android App – Huffpo
Who has the traffic, and to whom do they give it? Mobile shuffled the deck, but it doesn’t alter the problem. — Benedict Evans
Messenger appears to have more spyware type code in it than I’ve seen in products intended specifically for enterprise surveillance
EBay Prepping new mobile ad network to reach the app’s roughly 4.6 million daily visitors – WSJ
The latest version of Firefox’s nightly developmental builds, released Aug. 28, now includes ads that appear in users’ new tab window – Circa
Matt Knox, talks about his early days designing and writing adware for Direct Revenue
Matt Knox’s comments a few years later: “I had feared that I would be stuck in an adware-developer ghetto forever” – y combinator
YouTube Now Offers Fan Funding In Four Countries – Here’s A Look At How It Works – AndroidPolice
Jefferies estimates @YouTube will do $6B in gross revs in 2014 and is worth $26B – $40B or 7-11% of GOOG’s mkt cap. @Pakman (source pdf)
Google AdSense answers multi-screen FAQs – Adsense Blog
Ad agencies and their clients have begun demanding that publishers provide robust, contractual guarantees on ad “viewability” but the new requirements are unrealistic. – The Information
Tumblr has quietly, stealthily altered it’s search engine so that by default if there is any racy content (making it more advertiser friendly?) – Jake Adelstein
YouTube converts more customers than anyone else – Venturebeat
More media attention for personal data lockers (we’ve seen this movie before) – Time
A quote from Apple, via Om Malik: “We are not in the business of collecting your data — @cue #applelive” Twitter
Once Alibaba becomes a tradeable security itself, investors won’t need to buy Yahoo shares so Yahoo stock price is likely to slow – Quartz
More tab dump:
AOL Trying to Rally Online Ad World to Adopt Premium Full Screen Mobile Ads – WSJ
On Dao Nguyen, Buzzfeed’s VP of Growth – Inc.com
With a Big Push From Facebook, Facebook Video Is Booming. Heads Up, YouTube. – Re/code
Microsoft rebrands Bing apps to MSN with iOS and Android versions due soon – The Verge
Background on Front Porch: Firm says its ad product is an “unprecedented ‘eyes on’ communication medium.” – Ars
Marquis-Boire said CloudShield’s work helped pioneer a new generation of “network injection appliances” sold by Gamma and its Italian rival, Hacking Team. Those devices harness malicious software to specialized equipment attached directly to the central switching points of a foreign government’s national Internet grid.
The result: Merely by playing a YouTube video or visiting a Microsoft Live service page, for instance, an unknown number of computers around the world have been implanted with Trojan horses by government security services that siphon their communications and files. Google, which owns YouTube, and Microsoft are racing to close the vulnerability.
U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas – The Washington Post.
Facebook-owned Instagram is making itself more advertising-friendly today with the rollout of a suite of business tools aimed at brands which offer insights and analytics related to their use of the image-sharing network. Included in the suite are tools that show a business’s reach and impressions, as well as engagement, plus the performance of paid ad campaigns.
Instagram Starts Offering Essential Ad Tools At Last | TechCrunch.