France fines Google over advertiser suspensions on Google Ads

The Autorité de la Concurrence, the French competition watchdog, this month fined Google for abuse of dominant position in the search advertising market. The Autorité de la concurrence says Googl…

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Reddit links UK-US trade talk leak to Russian influence campaign

Reddit has linked account activity involving the leak and amplification of sensitive UK-US trade talks on its platform during the ongoing UK election campaign to a suspected Russian political influence…

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Native ads more likely to be trusted than social ads in Europe, study finds

Outbrain this month released a new study comparing native vs social. The study found that native ads shown on premium news sites are more likely to be trusted (+44%), clicked…

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European parliament’s NationBuilder contract under investigation by data regulator

Europe’s lead data regulator has issued its first ever sanction of an EU institution — taking enforcement action against the European parliament over its use of US-based digital campaign company,…

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Pegging Libra to just the $ could soothe regulators, a16z says

What if Libra wasn’t backed by a basket of international currencies, but only the dollar? Regulatory pushback to the Facebook-led cryptocurrency Libra has caused major partners — including Visa, Mastercard,…

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New Vector scores $8.5M to plug more users into its open, decentralized messaging Matrix

New Vector, a European startup founded in 2017 by the creators of an open, decentralized communications standard called Matrix to drive adoption and grow an ecosystem around an alternative messaging…

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