Street Fight Daily: Amazon Is On Pace to Forge a Triopoly; Cracks in Mobile Data Ecosystem

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A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…

Amazon Is On Pace to Forge a Triopoly, and the Advertising Industry Is Scared (NBC)
When Jeff Bezos arrives as expected at the Sun Valley conference — the year’s most exclusive meeting of media industry leaders — he’ll know much more about his fellow media moguls than they know about him. Quartz: Amazon is capitalizing on the demise of Toys R Us

Openings and New Hires at Arrivalist, Lotame, Get Five Stars (Street Fight)
Every two weeks, Street Fight rounds up some of the latest hires and new openings in the hyperlocal marketing, tech, and media industries. This week’s roundup includes hires and openings at Yelp, Hootsuite, and dataxu.

Mobile Marketers Struggle With Data Quality Management (eMarketer)
Part of the issue is that as money pours into mobile channels, it becomes difficult to police the data that’s flowing in because fraudsters are eager to take advantage of the surge in in-app ad spend.

Raise Report: Cordial, b8ta, Cerebri AI Secure New Funding (Street Fight)
Every two or three weeks, we round up some of the biggest fundraises taking place in hyperlocal marketing, commerce, and tech. This week’s edition includes funding for Pared, Puppet, Trax, and Airwallex.

Mobile App Usage is Increasing: Here’s How Users Divide Their Time (MediaPost)
The increasing availability of mobile applications is fueling consumer time spent with them. Year-over-year, mobile users have increased the amount of time they spend daily with apps by 11%, the number of sessions by 27%, and the amount of data consumed by nearly 29%.

How Many Internet Users Will Really Opt Out of Personal Targeting? (AdExchanger)
Duncan Arthur: You’d be forgiven for thinking we’re reliving the Y2K bug all over again. Though there were reports of drops in bidding for inventory lacking consent, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ad apocalypse seems broadly to have been averted.

These Are The Challenges That Make It Harder for Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter to Grow (Recode)
A lot of people have written a lot of words about starting and growing companies—but Eugene Wei, an early Amazon employee who later worked at Hulu, Flipboard, and Oculus, noticed that not as many people had written about how companies can keep growing over the long run.

European Parliament Votes Down Controversial Copyright Reforms (VentureBeat)
The vote follows weeks of intensifying protests, with internet companies such as Mozilla and pioneers like Vint Cerf and Sir Tim Berners-Lee speaking out against the EU’s copyright proposals and Wikipedia taking its websites offline in some European countries.

Joe Zappa is the Managing Editor of Street Fight. He has spearheaded the newsroom's editorial operations since 2018. Joe is an ad/martech veteran who has covered the space since 2015. You can contact him at [email protected]