The New York Times
When Ronan Farrow, the young human rights lawyer with a Hollywood lineage, debuts as an MSNBC host on Monday, he will have some prodigious computing power backing him up.
MSNBC has struck a partnership with Vocativ, a digital news start-up, to provide the new program — “Ronan Farrow Daily” — with up to three taped video segments a week. Vocativ mines the Internet for exclusive news and other content with data-collection software traditionally used by governments and corporations.
Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, said Vocativ’s marriage of big data and conventional reporting was an innovative approach to journalism. “It is an additional tool for us,” he said. “And who knows where it is going to go for the entire NBC News group.”
News organizations are in a mad rush to team with new companies that they hope can give them an edge in finding story leads. In forming alliances, they are also seeking to attract younger viewers who are more likely to get their news from sites like Twitter and Facebook than from the evening news.
BRUSSELS — More than a year ago, the European Union’s top justice official proposed a tough set of measures for protecting the privacy of personal data online. But because of intense lobbying by Silicon Valley companies and other powerful groups in Brussels, several proposals have been softened, no agreement is in sight and governments are openly sparring with one another over how far to go in protecting privacy.
On Thursday, justice ministers from the European Union’s 27 member states agreed to a business-friendly proposal that what companies do with personal data would be scrutinized by regulators only if there were “risks” to individuals, including identity theft or discrimination.
IDG launched its TechNetwork (IDGTN) four years ago, creating a vertical ad network that allowed marketers to cost effectively reach carefully vetted technology sites and blogs beyond IDG’s owned and operated properties. Early last year, IDGTN took another innovative step by embracing the real-time-bidding trend with the rollout of its Tech Media Exchange. With the debut of Tech-Signals in late September, IDGTN is again innovating by using cutting-edge Big Data technologies to offer display advertisers enhanced targeting capabilities coupled with a wide reach across a technology-focused network of 500 direct network sites, 2,000 affiliate sites and additional sites in the exchange.
“We’re bringing site-level targeting to a network-scale audience,” said Pete Longo, CEO of IDGTN. “We are using the depth of knowledge about audiences and technology that comes from IDG and overlaying that on all the inventory that’s available to us. The impressions we have at our disposal are in multiple billions.”
THE campaign to defang the “Do Not Track” movement began late last month.
Do Not Track mechanisms are features on browsers — like Mozilla’s Firefox — that give consumers the option of sending out digital signals asking companies to stop collecting information about their online activities for purposes of targeted advertising.
First came a stern letter from nine members of the House of Representatives to the Federal Trade Commission, questioning its involvement with an international group called the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, which is trying to work out global standards for the don’t-track-me features. The legislators said they were concerned that these options for consumers might restrict “the flow of data at the heart of the Internet’s success.”
NEW YORK, NY-–IDG TechNetwork, the leading provider of advertising solutions for technology marketers, today announced the launch of TechSignals, an industry-leading data marketing solution that empowers advertisers with the insights needed to better identify and anticipate purchase intent.
TechSignals taps audience segmentation data from three major technology media groups within IDG and two major data management platforms to provide a unique “identity” to individual ad impressions, or a Tech Buyer’s “Data DNA.”
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