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UK creates DMU to regulate Big Tech

Big Tech companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook-owner Meta will have to abide by new competition rules laid out by the UK government – or risk facing huge fines. The new Digital Markets Unit (DMU) regulator will be given powers to clamp down on “predatory practices” of some firms. The DMU will also have […]

May 6, 2022

Report: Ad investment by Big Tech at $46.6bn in 2021

A WARC analysis of advertising investment by eight major digital platforms has underlined the importance of ‘Big Tech’ to the health of the global ad economy. Advertising expenditure by Alibaba, Alphabet, Amazon, Baidu, Meta, Microsoft, Netflix and Tencent in 2021 totalled $46.6 billion (€44.11bn), up 49.4 per cent year-on-year, accounting for 6 per cent of […]

May 5, 2022

Report: Digital advertising up 35% in 2021

As digital media consumption continues to grow, advertising dollars are following fast. According to the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report: Full Year 2021 conducted by PwC, all major channels increased significantly compared with a year ago, particularly across digital video (including CTV/OTT), digital audio, social media and search. “We fully expected 2021 to be an […]

April 13, 2022

Forecast: TikTok revenues to surpass Twitter/Snapchat combined

TikTok’s worldwide ad revenues will triple this year and surpass that of two competitors combined, according to Insider Intelligence’s inaugural forecast on TikTok ad revenues. The Chinese-owned social video app will have more than $11 billion (€10bn) in ad revenues in 2022, with more than half coming from the US. Worldwide TikTok’s worldwide ad business […]

April 11, 2022

South Africa sues Facebook

South Africa’s Competition Commission has hit Facebook’s parent, Meta, with alleged “abuse of dominance” and is seeking a hefty fine for Facebook. The Commission, in a statement which included references to Meta subsidiaries WhatsApp and Facebook South Africa, says that it has cited the two companies for prosecution at the Competition Tribunal and would be […]

March 15, 2022By Chris Forrester

Telefónica, Meta set up Metaverse hub in Madrid

Telefónica and Meta (formerly Facebook) have partnered to launch Open2metaver – a Metaverse hub in Madrid – to develop Metaverse networks, services and apps with a global reach. The deal was announced during the Barcelona Mobile World Congress, with Telefónica inviting start-ups and developers “to benefit from (our) open innovation ecosystem as week as from […]

March 2, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Silver Spoon hires Cardetti

Silver Spoon continues to augment its real-time animation and virtual production capabilities with the hiring of new Head of Production, Angela Cardetti. The recent enlistment follows the studio’s expansion of operations to Los Angeles in addition to their New York base. Silver Spoon continues to lead the virtual production industry, supporting broadcast projects like the […]

February 28, 2022

Meta’s Hutton appointed Eleven Non-Executive Director

The Eleven Group has appointed Meta’s Peter Hutton as a Non-Executive Director. As Director of Sports Partnerships at Meta, Hutton is responsible for leading the sports strategy and partnerships worldwide for Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Meta Quest and Portal. His previous experience includes senior executive roles at Eurosport and Fox International, where he ran Europe […]

February 24, 2022

Silver Spoon hires Cardetti

Silver Spoon continues to augment its real-time animation and virtual production capabilities with the hiring of new Head of Production, Angela Cardetti. The recent enlistment follows the studio’s expansion of operations to Los Angeles in addition to their New York base. Silver Spoon continues to lead the virtual production industry, supporting broadcast projects like the […]

February 22, 2022

Research: Online scammers targeting Metaverse gamers

Jamie Woodruff, a leading authorities on cyber security, says that the Metaverse is among the new ways scammers could target the growing number of online gamers in the UK. The warning comes as research from connectivity provider TalkTalk shows that 71 per cent of gamers have been targeted, or know someone who has been targeted, […]

February 8, 2022