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Trump’s information play

The Related Press is out with a deep dive into the app-based information technique of the Trump marketing campaign—and what that technique now means for the lame-duck president. In “Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign,” the AP’s Garance Burke focuses on Phunware, an Austin-based firm that “just lately agreed to pay Uber $4.5 million as a part of a settlement over claims of fraudulent promoting.”

The Trump app constructed by Phunware, because the AP notes, has been pushing out election-related disinformation within the wake of President-elect Joe Biden’s win, and has solicited donations to Trump’s Election Protection Fund.

The Trump app was designed to be a voracious information collector. As the AP’s Burke writes, it …

… allowed employees to watch the actions of his tens of millions of supporters, and provided intimate entry to their social networks. Whereas the marketing campaign could also be winding down, the info technique may be very a lot alive, and the digital particulars the app collected could be put to a number of different makes use of—to fundraise for the president’s future political ventures, stoke Trump’s base, and even construct an viewers for a brand new media empire. The app lets Trump’s group talk straight with the two.8 million individuals who downloaded it—greater than every other app in a U.S. presidential marketing campaign—and in the event that they gave permission, with their whole contact listing as properly.

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Jobless claims in context

The newest grim unemployment information: “Latest initial weekly jobless claims tick up to 742,000,” per NBC Information.

Important context:  Because the Economic Policy Institute’s Heidi Shierholz explains,    

One other 1.1 million individuals utilized for unemployment insurance coverage (UI) advantages final week, together with 742,000 individuals who utilized for normal state UI and 320,000 who utilized for Pandemic Unemployment Help (PUA). The 1.1 million who utilized for UI final week was a rise of 55,000 from the prior week’s figures. Final week was the thirty fifth straight week complete preliminary claims had been larger than the worst week of the Nice Recession.

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Chances are high, your automobile has been taking notes (er, gathering information) on the way you drive—and now Common Motors plans to leverage that data for a brand new product. The automaker will quickly (early 2021) begin providing automobile insurance coverage underneath its OnStar model, and it plans to regulate its charges primarily based on the driving information clients share, as The Wall Street Journal’s Mike Colias reports:

Prospects who join comply with have their driving habits tracked, and those that obey the velocity restrict, keep away from sudden stops and apply different good-driving habits might be rewarded with cheaper charges, GM stated. … As extra new vehicles are offered with built-in web connections, automobile corporations are branching into companies that intention to capitalize on the rising reams of information generated by a car’s onboard computer systems and sensors.

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Getting (im)private

Instagram is giving customers new management over personalised adverts that use third-party information. As Ad Age’s Mike Juang reports, the corporate is …

… rolling out a brand new management that lets customers decide out of personalised adverts from its promoting companions—and will drive entrepreneurs to vary their strategy to the platform. The settings, known as ‘Knowledge from Companions,’ will immediate customers to decide on whether or not the Fb-owned social media platform can use information from companions to serve up extra focused adverts. 

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Roomba vacuums up TV advert stock

We just lately kicked off a daily take a look at entrepreneurs which were betting huge on TV. The topic of as we speak’s close-up, with TV advert spend shared solely with Datacenter Weekly by iSpot.tv, is iRobot, the maker of the robotic vacuum Roomba. To wit:

• iRobot recently has been gearing up for the vacation season, following a relative dearth of TV promoting via a lot of the 12 months. From Oct. 30 via Nov. 12, iRobot racked up practically 1.7 billion TV advert impressions.

• That’s adequate to make iRobot a top-30 TV advertiser (by impressions) over that timeframe.

• Among the many Roomba adverts iRobot has put into heavy rotation on TV: “Unlock a Cleaning Experience Designed Around You.” 

• From Oct. 30 via Nov. 12, 12.6% of iRobot advert impressions (102.4 million) have been served up on HGTV.

Additionally:  Fb votes for TV

Individually, iSpot tells Datacenter Weekly that this business from Fb, plugging its Voting Info Heart, racked up 2 billion TV advert impressions main as much as Election Day—essentially the most of any get-out-the-vote effort by any marketer.

Catastrophe restoration

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Simply briefly

“Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook’s Data Collection,” MacRumors reviews.

“Starting next year, Chrome extensions will show what data they collect from users,” per ZDNet.

“Charities Urged To Stop Sharing Data With Adtech Industry,” Forbes reviews.

“New stats reveal massive NYC exodus amid coronavirus, crime,” per the New York Put up.

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This week’s publication was compiled and written by Simon Dumenco.