A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…
Listen Up! Voice Makes Itself Heard in Delivery of Local News (Street Fight)
“Voice is still in its early innings, but Edison Research data on smart speakers shows that the top things people are calling for is news. That’s enough for me to know that the time to get moving on this is right now,” says Amplifi Media CEO Steve Goldstein.
As Grocery Shopping Evolves, Supermarkets Partner with Meal Kit Services (Street Fight)
By offering meal kit services within their stores, brick-and-mortar chains are disrupting the traditional supermarket model and giving themselves a better chance at competing with giants like Amazon.
Apple’s App Store Privacy Crackdown May Hurt Facebook’s Onavo (Bloomberg)
Onavo gathers information about users’ devices, their location, apps installed on the gadgets, and how people use those apps, what websites they visit, and the amount of data used.
GDPR Leads Some Publishers to Shut Off Open Exchanges (eMarketer)
“We’re taking the overly cautious approach because we don’t make much revenue from the open marketplace. We have a GDPR team that made the decision in order to minimize our risk,” said Jessica Barrett of the Financial Times.
Consumers Globally Keen on Free, Ad-Supported Video Options (MediaPost)
According to a report released Wednesday from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, 67% of consumers globally have streamed live video, and 52% of those consumers say they prefer free, ad-supported options to subscription offerings.
Google Is Using Facebook Fatigue to Woo Publishers (Digiday)
Through mounds of grants, training and in-house expertise, Google’s effect on the publishing business is pervasive, separate from its role as a distributor of content and manager of its digital advertising.
AT&T’s Play Against the Duopoly Hinges on Scaled Addressable TV and Brand Dollars (AdExchanger)
By creating a scaled addressable TV platform to secure brand advertising dollars as well as performance spend, the merged companies could help AT&T stave off Google and Facebook.
Twitter Stock is at a Three-Year High. What’s Going On? (Recode)
Here’s something that few would have predicted last summer: Twitter stock, which has been a relative train wreck for most of the past few years, is suddenly at a three-year high.