News Platforms 

Digital video companies are turning to 24-hour linear feeds to grab more ad dollars. A top Whistle exec breaks down the strategy ahead of its new channel launch.

“More digital-native studios are launching linear streaming channels to get in on the growing share of advertising dollars that are shifting to over-the-top streaming (OTT) platforms” writes Ashley Rodriguez for businessinsider.com. “Quite frankly, the ad dollars are also moving to the OTT platforms …A major broadcast network that sells ads direct on OTT platforms can reach CPMs of $35 or more.Other digital studios have also started programming free-to-air channels on streaming-TV services like The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, and Xumo. Source: businessinsider.com

Read More
News Platforms 

THE RISE OF BANKING-AS-A-SERVICE: The most innovative banks are taking advantage of disruption by inventing a new revenue stream — here’s how incumbents can follow suit

“BaaS platforms enable fintechs and other third parties to connect with banks’ systems via APIs to build banking offerings on top of the providers’ regulated infrastructure” writes Lea Nonninger for businessinsider.com. This means banks that launch BaaS platforms can actually benefit from fintechs entering the finance space, as it turns fintechs into customers rather than just competitors.Fintechs are encroaching on incumbents’ share in the banking game, forcing them to explore new business models — but tech-savvy legacy banks can treat this as an opportunity rather than a threat by moving…

Read More
News Platforms 

Quattro Quattros: How Audi will use 4 different EV platforms

“But when it comes to electric vehicles, Audi is prepared to used four different platforms” writes Andrew Krok for cnet.com. This dedicated EV platform is engineered specifically to accommodate a big ol’ battery nice and low in the body.If you’ve been following VW Group’s EV developments, odds are that you’ve heard of the MEB platform. Source: cnet.com

Read More
News Platforms 

Epic Says Fortnite’s New Matchmaking System Creates ‘Fairer Matches’

“The new matchmaking system, however, accounts for various skill levels across different platforms and control inputs, and groups players of similar skill levels together” writes Alysia Judge for ign.com. “Our goal with the new matchmaking system is to create fairer matches for all of our players, which includes special considerations for each platform.The new matchmaking process disregards what platform you’re playing on, and instead attempts to drop you in with players of similar skill.Epic’s response emphasises that it’s monitoring matches to ensure skill levels on each platform are carefully weighted. Source:…

Read More
News Platforms 

Facebook can be forced to remove content worldwide after landmark EU court ruling

“BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Facebook can be ordered to police and remove illegal content worldwide, Europe’s top court said on Thursday, in a landmark ruling that rights activists say raises concerns some countries could use it to silence critics” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The ruling against Facebook is limited to court orders and doesn’t apply to wider complaints by users alleging that certain content is illegal.UK rights group Article 19 backed Facebook, saying it could lead to social platforms installing automated filters to screen out content.”EU law does not…

Read More
News Platforms 

The trade-offs are agonizing

“Content warning: This post discusses an investigation into the proliferation of child sexual abuse imagery online” writes Casey Newton for theverge.com. Should we compel those platforms to scan user screens periodically and check them against hash lists of known child abuse imagery?. And that’s to say nothing of the other big platforms where child abuse imagery lives.As I wrote earlier this year: Viewed this way, I see the spread of child abuse imagery online as much more of an internet problem than it is a platform problem. Source: theverge.com

Read More
News Platforms 

India tells tech firms to protect user privacy, prevent abuse

“NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Technology firms must protect user privacy and prevent abuse of their platforms, India’s IT minister said on Thursday, speaking as the government draws up a data privacy law and seeks to push companies to store more data locally” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Technology firms have been concerned that the government’s drive to step up measures to boost local data storage will increase investment costs.Federal Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he wanted Indians to have access to more technology platforms but said…

Read More
News Platforms 

Lack of clarity over tax policies for e-commerce platforms hinder investments

“Country Manager at OLX Egypt, Dina Gobran, said that the lack of clarity over tax policies for e-commerce platforms contributes to the disruption of investments earmarked for such activities” writes Shaimaa Al-aees for dailynewssegypt.com. Last month, the Ministry of Finance held a meeting with Facebook representatives in light of the company’s response to the ministry’s call to review the best tax applications related to online services and e-commerce. He explained that this is being completed through the law of e-commerce, which regulates the e-commerce market, which has had a clear…

Read More
News Platforms 

You can buy vapes illegally on eBay — and these senators want the practice to end

“In June, The Verge reported that e-commerce platforms like eBay were littered with e-cigarette listings” writes Makena Kelly for theverge.com. Some of these listings appeared to be authentic, brand-name products like Juul pods, while others were counterfeit.In April 2018, the Food and Drug Administration notified the company that Juul products were being sold on its platform. Source: theverge.com

Read More