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Facebook says there’s an easy way to break up the advertising walled gardens — but it needs brands to speak up first

“Dozens of digital players including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Snap feed web and mobile data into Nielsen’s DAR system” writes Lauren Johnson for businessinsider.com. Advertisers often complain about social platforms’ “walled gardens” that limit the amount of data that they’re willing to share.Facebook and Google in particular wield powerful targeting and measurement data but keep it within their own walls for privacy and competitive reasons.Facebook and Google get beat up a lot by advertisers for not sharing data with them while controlling the bulk of digital ad budgets. Source: businessinsider.com

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India wants social media platforms to remove content it deems ‘unlawful’

“If the amendments are approved, platforms like Facebook and Twitter would be required to censor content that the Indian government deems inappropriate, potentially affecting how content is served outside Indian borders” writes Jan Est for theverge.com. If the new rules are approved, platforms would have to introduce new tools to automatically flag content that the Indian government has already deemed illegal. Source: theverge.com

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Microsoft tells users to switch to iOS or Android as Windows Phone set for obsoletion

“How do you feel about Microsoft formally urging any remaining users to switch platforms?” reports 9to5mac.com. However, Microsoft’s recommendation to customers comes under the section “What should Windows 10 Mobile customers do now?” With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. Source: 9to5mac.com

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FUR TEST: Retailers Ordered To Ensure ‘Faux Fur’ Isn’t Actually Real

“It said platforms should work with marketplace sellers to educate them on how to tell real fur from faux fur” writes Rachel Moss for huffingtonpost.com. The Enforcement Notice provides guidance for retailers on how to tell the difference between animal fur and faux fur and how to prevent misleading claims (with some tips that are also helpful for consumers). 1. Source: huffingtonpost.com

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Roku has added Alex Jones’ InfoWars as a channel, six months after Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Spotify, and others banned it from their platforms

“Even though these platforms banned Infowars, other pages and contributors to the network have appeared on the sites since the bans” writes Kerry Flynn for digiday.com. One user said they would go back to their Apple TV. Roku adding Infowars comes six months after platforms banned Alex Jones.One tweet from @DanielMadison78 asked, “Hey @Roku, what’s with you adding Infowars to your platform?” In a now-deleted tweet, Roku’s support account replied with a link to the channel. Source: digiday.com

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Russian Parliament to Implement Crypto Regulations in February

“The Russian government is also planning to make changes to its civil code which will include the addition of cryptocurrency regulations” writes David Kimberley for financemagnates.com. According to Aksakov, the rules will be put in place alongside new regulations governing investment and crowd funding platforms.Back in May of 2018, he submitted a bill to the Russian parliament that laid out some fairly simple standards that could be used to govern the cryptocurrency market.Alongside that particular definition, the laws set out in the bill also made a distinction between utility tokens…

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Blockchain-Powered Prediction Platforms: Governance and Uses Beyond Gimmick Markets & Death Pools

“Meanwhile, blockchain-powered prediction markets are doing just fine in their primary capacity as platforms for betting on outcomes of future events” writes Kirill Bryanov for cointelegraph.com. In addition to on-chain community governance, there are things happening off-chain, too, that may serve as checks to potential abuse of prediction markets’ infrastructure.Despite the fact that these two controversies look quite distinct on the face, they are manifestations of the same deficiencies intrinsic to the nature of decentralized prediction markets.Prediction markets, as well as other blockchain-based idea marketplaces, may — and probably should…

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How Pizza Could Save The World

“The platform creates a thriving pizza economy, producers, vendors, pizza makers, customers, experts, and even reviewers” reports fastcompany.com. The pizza platform allows customization for whatever you, your family, or your community wants.The pizza platform is a truly open system that enables millions of independent creators as well as large producers.The answer may lie in a new form of platform, societal platforms, civic- and community-driven toolkits that empower people and cultures. Source: fastcompany.com

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Colorado Considers Bill Giving Cryptocurrencies Limited Exemptions From Securities Laws

“A new bill to exempt cryptocurrencies from some securities laws is currently under consideration by the Colorado Senate, documents released on Jan. 4 confirm” writes William Suberg for cointelegraph.com. A bipartisan effort sponsored at Senate level by Republican Jack Tate and Democrat Steve Fenberg, the “Colorado Digital Token Act” aims to offer limited extra freedoms for cryptocurrencies and traders.The move comes as local regulators crack down on illegitimate offerings in the industry in a bid to formalize the local landscape. “The bill provides limited exemptions from the securities registration and…

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