Lisa Kaplan / Lawfare:
TheSoul, a Russian web publisher with YouTube channels like 5-Minute Crafts, has the most reach among entertainment groups on YouTube, after Disney, WarnerMedia — What the heck is TheSoul Publishing? I´m still honestly not sure. — Here´s what I do know: Measured in terms of views and subscribers …
Yoko Kubota / Wall Street Journal:
China releases new rules for online content, requiring platforms and app operators to use AI-based moderation; the rules are set to come into effect in March — Government control over online content likely to tighten further following release of comprehensive regulations
A look at the global trade in hacked links, where hackers compromise websites and charge to add links to sites to improve SEO — This August, Molly Stillman logged on to her lifestyle blog to update a few popular old posts, freshening them up so they would continue to attract traffic from Pinterest and search engines.
Madeline Berg / Forbes:
Forbes estimates that the highest paid YouTube star of 2019 is Ryan Kaji, an eight-year-old with 23M subscribers, who has earned $26M this year — Anastasia Radzinskaya is an unlikely media star. Born in southern Russia with cerebral palsy, her doctors feared she would never be able to speak.
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Interviews with current and former staff, sellers, and suppliers on how Amazon dictates and unpredictably changes rules, punishes and threatens businesses — Twenty years ago, Amazon opened its storefront to anyone who wanted to sell something. Then it began demanding more out of them.
Elly Cosgrove / CNBC:
IAC to buy online caregiver marketplace Care.com in a deal valued at nearly $500M; Care.com stock is up 13+% — - IAC´s deal to buy Care.com comes one day after it detailed plans to spin off all of its shares of online dating company Match Group. — Care.com soars more than 13% on the news …
Song Jingli / KrASIA:
Hipac, a Chinese B2B e-commerce platform for mothers and babies, raises $100M Series D led by Anchor Equity Partners — Hangzhou-based B2B e-commerce platform Hipac has closed its USD 100 million Series D financing round led by Anchor Equity Partners, 36Kr reported on Friday. — Hipac was founded in 2015.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Apple opens its bug bounty program to security researchers, publishes eligibility criteria, bounty categories, and report and payout guidelines — Apple opens its previously-closed bug bounty program to all security researchers. — Apple has formally opened its bug bounty program today …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Ghostery releases Ghostery Midnight, a desktop app that includes an ad blocker, tracker protection and monitoring, and a VPN, for $14 per month — Ghostery, a popular privacy- and security-focused browser extension and mobile browser app, has officially launched for desktop users.
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Ad exchange Rubicon Project and Telaria, a yield optimization platform for video publishers, to merge, creating the largest independent programmatic ad platform — The combined sell-side platform will enable transactions on most digital ad formats, including connected TV.