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Apple’s data-collection ‘nutrition labels’ for apps will begin appearing next week

Whether marketers like it or not, Apple (and others) are forcing greater transparency on them. Although Apple delayed its “permission to track,” opt-in rules until next year, its “privacy nutrition labels” for app developers go into effect next week on Dec. 8. Information self-reported. First announced at Apple’s WWDC developer event this summer, these data-collection […]

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Marsbot is Foursquare for AirPods

Foursquare began life as a gamified social “check-in” app, which offered helpful tips for others as they competed to become “the mayor” of local venues. It evolved into a local search purveyor but after adoption plateaued and investors grew restless, the company pivoted to location intelligence. And although the Foursquare app continues to exist it’s […]

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Apple IDFA consent: Roughly 60% of consumers open to persuasion to allow tracking

Apple delayed one of iOS 14’s most controversial new privacy features: consumer opt-in permission to track. The rule requires explicit apps to get consent from consumers to access the device’s Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA) and transmit data to third parties. Publishers bracing for impact. The announcement of Apple’s quasi-deprecation of IDFA came during the company’s […]

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Foursquare becomes first company to receive MRC location-data accreditation

As third-party cookies disappear, one of the candidates to replace them is mobile-location data. It can be used to understand real-world customer behavior, purchase intent, brand affinity and as a versatile targeting tool for online and mobile campaigns. But the quality and accuracy of location data has been a contentious issue in the industry for years. Most vendors and […]

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Release Notes: Button’s Reach offers deep linking and app-tracking for affiliate channels

Affiliate marketing channels are in widespread use by retailers, and now Button, a mobile commerce optimization platform, has developed a deep linking and app-tracking capability for affiliate channels through its new product, Reach.  Button integrates with publishers to place calls to action within content, believing, as Button CEO Michael Jaconi has said, that “the internet […]

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Usage of voice has plateaued — for now

Roy Amara’s oft-cited law states, “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” This appears to especially applicable to voice and voice search. While there’s been steady growth in the use of voice and virtual assistants since Siri was introduced more than a decade ago, the market hasn’t been transformed. […]

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Web Vitals come to Google’s Test My Site tool

Google is continuing its emphasis on speed to get site owners to improve their mobile web experiences for users. After rebuilding its Test My Site tool last year, Google has now added speed recommendations aimed at improving user experiences. This includes showing speed metrics that are aligned with the Web Vitals reporting that rolled in […]