Coil, Mozilla and Creative Commons Launch $100 Million Grant for the Web to Advance Web Monetization for Creators

Coil, Mozilla and Creative Commons Empower Individual Creators and Monetization Service Providers While Allowing Users to Directly Support Content They Value Coil, Mozilla and Creative Commons tannounced an ambitious $100 million fund that will empower individual creators and monetization service providers while allowing users to directly support content they value. Over the last ten years, the internet has gone from a place rewarding creativity, invention and substance, to one dominated by a few advertising…

Mozilla’s Voice Data Crowdsourcing Project Common Voice Launches in Simplified Chinese Mandarin

Mozilla Is Now Supporting Voice Data Collection in Simplified Chinese Mandarin to Build a Publicly Available Voice Dataset for Everyone to Use Mozilla, the non-profit organization behind the Open Source Firefox browser, is excited to announce that Common Voice, its initiative to crowdsource a large dataset of human voices for use in speech technology, has launched in Simplified Chinese Mandarin. Thanks to Mozilla's communities and our deeply engaged language partners people can now donate their voice. Speech…

HTC VIVE Teams Up With Mozilla And AWS To Bring Dedicated Virtual Reality Web Browser To Market

New Browser Integrates Seamlessly with Amazon Sumerian to Quickly Build and Deploy Websites Within Virtual Reality HTC VIVE, the leader in room-scale Virtual Reality (VR), announced a first of its kind collaboration with Mozilla's Firefox, AWS's Amazon Sumerian, and Fidelity Investments that will enable consumers to bring VR into their everyday life by providing an immersive web browsing experience in VR. Firefox Reality will become Vive's native VR browser, providing a safe and private experience for users. To…

Women Who Tech and Mozilla Announce Winners of Women Startup Challenge Europe

Co-Hosted by the Office of the Mayor of Paris, Grand Prize Goes to Sampson Solutions for Combating Climate Change Europe was at the center of a milestone for women in tech today as nonprofit Women Who Tech and tech giant Mozilla announced the winners of the Women Startup Challenge Europe. Women-led startup finalists from across Europe pitched their ventures before a prestigious panel of tech industry executives and investors on 25 October at Paris's City Hall, co-hosted by the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo. "While…

Convince Mozilla About Risks of AI and Drive Home with $225,000

The Skepticism to Benefits of AI in Public Lives Is Bigger Than Their True Value to Businesses Are we slaves to technology, or just their outcomes? Hard to arrive at a conclusion given the dimensions to which technology has crept into our lives.  AI and Machine Learning are the staple topics to discuss for most marketing and sales teams. We know the extent to which AI has proliferated into our businesses, and maybe in our domestic lives too. We work with, we chat, we sleep to, and at times, dream about innovating…

MarTech Interview with Richard Jones, CMO, Cheetah Digital

"Customers don’t want brands snooping on them and inferring what they like. Brands must adapt to a new, non-invasive way of reaching consumers." Journey into Tech  Hi Richard, tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to take up the role at Cheetah Digital? Before Cheetah Digital, I started my career in Sales. Over time, success in Sales led me to other avenues of business including Marketing and Strategy. Learning from these experiences gave me the background and knowledge I needed to…

Google’s Private Web Browsing Promise Takes Shape; Embrace a “Cookie-free” Economy by 2022

Apple Safari was the first browser to implement ITP. Firefox had also decided to block third-party cookies. Now, Google Chrome is expected to follow these browsers by rendering third-party cookies obsolete.  By 2023, Google Chrome will secure its web browsing technology, banning third-party cookies from accessing user's browsing history. There were speculations last year after Google announced its Privacy Sandbox initiative to develop a set of open standards for enhanced user privacy on the web. Google's monopoly on web…

AdTech Predictions 2020: Where is Premium Programmatic Inventory Management Heading?

As part of our Predictions Series 2020, we spoke to Charmagne Jacobs, VP/Head of Global Marketing and Partnerships at the programmatic-guaranteed platform, Adslot. In this series, Charmagne answered our questions -- talking about everything from third-party cookies to premium programmatic inventory to first-party data. The Rise of SPO Will Force SSPs to Incorporate More Services to Stay Relevant MarTech Series: What will happen to header bidding? What is the future of SSPs? Charmagne: In 2019, header-bidding created…

Uploadcare Closes $1.7 Million in New Funding to Disrupt Content Delivery Market

Co-Led by Vendep Capital and Runa Capital, Who Previously Invested in NGINX, New Funding Round Includes Acquisition of Blinkloader to Fuel Uploadcare's Growth Plans and Product Roadmap Uploadcare, an end-to-end cloud platform disrupting the traditional Content Delivery Network (CDN) market through its Bi-Directional technology, announced that it has secured $1.7 million in new funding. The round is co-led by Runa Capital and Vendep Capital, who will join existing investors Vaizra Capital and LVL1 Group. Proceeds will be…

How the Industry is Changing the Definition (and Expectations) of Transparency

For digital advertisers, transparency is critical. Marketers are increasingly seeking greater confidence and clarity across a convoluted media supply chain. We’ve seen some of the world’s biggest brands, like P&G and Unilever, lead the charge here. Furthermore, as the ecosystem becomes more focused on transparency, the shift is having a profound impact on the programmatic marketplace. According to eMarketer, US advertisers will spend almost $60 billion on programmatic advertising in 2019. That’s nearly 90% of the…

MarTech Interview with Allyson Kapin, Co-Founder at Rad Campaign and Founder at Women Who Tech

"The Women Startup Challenge Europe has one core goal — to showcase and fund the best early-stage women-led startups." Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to be part of the tech landscape? I have two key roles. I’m the Co-Founder of the social change web agency Rad Campaign and I’m the Founder of the non-profit Women Who Tech, which we incubate inside of our web agency Rad Campaign. I Co-Founded Rad Campaign to work at the intersection of web and app development and digital strategy to…

AdTech Pro Adam Solomon of Lotame Chats About #DMEXCO 2019

Last week, MarTech company Lotame, was at DMEXCO 2019. At the global event for AdTech innovations and discussions, Lotame announced the launch of Lotame PDX to respond to persistent demands from the market for "increased data trust, transparency, and quality." At the event, we caught up with Lotame's CMO and AdTech Veteran, Adam Solomon. Here is what Adam had to say: What differentiates Lotame PDX from other data exchanges? Today’s privacy-sensitive climate - post-GDPR and pre-CCPA - makes finding the right data…

Nearly Half of Users of Ad Blockers Will Avoid Websites that Target Them With Ads, Creating Challenges for Advertisers

Advertisers State That Data Collection Makes Ads More Helpful for Online Visitors. New Data from Visual Objects Indicates That Highly Targeted Ads Could Negatively Impact Businesses' Potential to Engage with AD-Fatigued Consumers, Though. Nearly half of users of ad blockers (45%) say they would avoid a company's website if that company targeted them with ads, according to a new survey report from portfolio website Visual Objects. Businesses argue that personalization makes ads more useful for potential customers, but…

Truepic Recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum Has Announced Its Selection of the Most Promising Technology Pioneers of 2019. Companies Were Selected for Their Potential to "Transform Their Industries" and "Improve Society for Years to Come." Truepic, the leading photo and video verification platform, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum's "Technology Pioneers." Truepic's patented "Controlled Capture" camera technology, which captures photos and videos whose provenance and contents are verified at the…

Diary Entry from Cannes Lions 2019: Why Everyone Was Talking About ‘Connectivity’

Consumers are more discerning than ever about sharing their data. According to a DoubleVerify study released at Cannes Lions, 71% of consumers share less data with brands today than they did a year ago. Everything from fake news to data scandals from walled gardens like Facebook have compelled audiences to become savvier, smarter and stingier about providing data online. As a result, companies like Apple, Mozilla and Google are prioritizing privacy controls for their browsers. At Cannes Lions, this is something every…

Adobe Collaborates With Amazon to Accelerate Growth for Third-Party Merchants

Magento Commerce Branded Stores for Amazon Sellers Becomes Merchant Solution for Standalone Storefronts Adobe announced Magento Commerce branded stores for Amazon sellers, a new offering available through Magento, part of Adobe Experience Cloud, that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The solution is designed to give sellers a seamless way to grow their business and manage their online presence across Amazon.com and their own storefront. Native integration with Amazon.com merchant tools like Amazon Pay and Fulfillment by…

Singapore AI Company, AIQ, Announces Partnerships in Russia With Publicis Media Russia and VK.com, Russia’s Top Social Media

Over 105 Million Downloads from Partners’ Applications Using AIQ’s Technology to Date AIQ Pte Ltd, the Singapore-based AI startup with proprietary computer vision AI technology that transforms businesses in increasingly mobile-first, online world, announced new partnerships with Publicis Media Russia (global leader in marketing, communication and digital transformation) and Russia’s social media networking giant, VKontakte or VK. Through this collaboration, Publicis Media Russia has added AIQ’s computer vision and video…

GeoEdge Researchers Uncover Hacker Abuse of WebRTC Protocols via Behavioral Analysis

The Real Challenge: WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications) Is a Serverless Communications Protocol, and WebRTC Malvertising Is Only Detectable via Behavioral Analysis. Blacklisting – the Most Frequently Used Method to Block Malicious Ads – Won’t Enable Uncovering or Blocking WebRTC-Based Malvertising Programmatic advertising is facing a new threat: WebRTC malvertising. Security researchers at ad security and verification provider GeoEdge used proprietary behavioral analysis technology and discovered WebRTC malvertising…

W3C and FIDO Alliance Finalize Web Standard for Secure, Passwordless Logins

Major Browsers and Platforms Have Built-In Support for New Web Standard for Easy and Secure Logins via Biometrics, Mobile Devices and FIDO Security Keys The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the FIDO Alliance announced the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) specification is now an official web standard. This advancement is a major step forward in making the web more secure— and usable—for users around the world. W3C’s WebAuthn Recommendation, a core component of the FIDO Alliance’s FIDO2 set of specifications, is a…

Interview with Allyson Kapin, Co-Founder of Rad Campaign and Founder of Women Who Tech

"The Women Startup Challenge Europe has one core goal — to showcase and fund the best early-stage women-led startups." Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to be part of the tech landscape? I have two key roles. I’m the co-founder of the social change web agency Rad Campaign and I’m the founder of the non-profit Women Who Tech, which we incubate inside of our web agency Rad Campaign. I co-founded Rad Campaign to work at the intersection of web and app development and digital strategy to…