• Facebook Begins Cracking WhatApp's Privacy Walls
    When Facebook gobbled up WhatsApp in 2014, everyone assumed that the social giant would wreck the app by betraying its strict privacy standards. It was thought only a matter of time before Facebook began mining WhatsApp user data for all its worth -- and flooding the app with ads.
  • Google Removes "Mobile-Friendly" Tag in Search Rankings
    Google announced a couple of updates to its mobile search results this week, including downgrading sites that show mobile interstitial ads.
  • Technology, Gadget Brands Top Mobile Direct Response
    This forward-leaning segment captured 24.3% of all ad dollars spent on performance campaigns during the second quarter. Among those campaigns, the most successful have been for apps that offer daily utility to users, such as those that increase photo storage or track stocks.
  • Rio Pulls Off Mostly Positive Olympics Feedback
    Remarkably, considering all the bad press leading up to it, people had mostly good things to say about the XXXI Olympiad. In fact, about 81% of all social mentions were positive.
  • Twitter Finally Adds Quality Filter
    What took you so long, Twitter?! As with so many features that Twitter takes forever to develop, that was my response to a new quality filter that the social giant is rolling out this week.
  • Google Maps Updates Street View
    Google announced on its blog this morning that it had made changes to its Maps JavaScript API to make the mobile experience better for those using it. Changes include smoother rendering, touch support, motion tracking, better controls and cleaner street names, labels and targets.
  • Here Are Some Mobile Ads Consumers Can Actually Stomach
    How do brands get the attention of mobile users? Coupons and promotions are still pretty effective -- and, somewhat surprisingly, young users are more receptive to this type of message. When it comes to clicking on mobile ads, in fact, 19% of millennials say that coupons and promotions are their main motivator, according to Nielsen's latest Connected Device report.
  • Google Aims For Video-Calling Dominance With Duo
    Complicating the respective strategies of Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, Google just unveiled a super-simple 1-to-1 video-calling app dubbed Duo. To use the app, users only need a phone number. That's right -- no separate account is required, and the app doesn't care what mobile operating system you're using.
  • Twitter Invites Brands To Play With #Stickers
    Earlier this summer, I applauded Twitter for adding a virtual #Stickers feature. Letting users stick silly sunglasses, clown faces, and tiaras onto their photos added an element of fun that had been sorely missing from the network. Of course, I'm not the only fan of fun, which many analysts think is the secret to Snapchat's success.
  • Pokemon Go Players Spending Real Money
    Popularity aside, how is Pokemon Go doing financially? Pretty well, according to fresh findings from the pollsters at YouGov. So far, players have spent (wasted?) more than $250 million on coins, eggs, incubators, and other virtual items that help them advance in the game. Specifically, in-app payments surpassed $268 million just five weeks after the game's launch.
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