Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads

Google is stopping one of the most controversial advertising formats: ads inside Gmail that scan users’ email contents. The decision didn’t come from Google’s ad team, but from its cloud unit, which is angling to sign up more corporate customers. Alphabet Inc.’s Google Cloud sells a package of office software, …

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Amazon's Whole Foods Buy Is Just the Beginning

Amazon is acquiring Whole Foods Market, snapping up the 465-unit chain for $13.7 billion and dramatically changing the retail landscape yet again. Experts expect the deal to kick off a wave of consolidations and leave grocers, and Walmart, under more pressure to compete. “For Amazon, Whole Foods fulfills, at a …

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China Clamps Down on Webcasting by Weibo and Other Media Firms

China’s broadcasting regulator ordered Weibo Corp. and two other internet media firms to halt video and audio webcasting, accusing them of operating without a license and disseminating opinions potentially harmful to social stability. Weibo logo The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television said services operated by companies …

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The Entertainment Lions Grand Prix Goes to … a Bank

WHAT IT IS: A branded content campaign, “Beyond Money” from Santander Bank and created out of MRM/McCann Spain, earned the Entertainment Lions Grand Prix. The centerpiece of the effort is a sci-fi short film, “Cuanto, Mas All Del Dinero” (“How Much, Beyond Money”), directed by Kike Maillo. It tells the …

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Intel Will Sponsor the Olympics to Showcase Virtual Reality Tech

Intel plans to sponsor the Olympics through 2024 in the company’s latest bid to show off its technology through high-profile sports events. The chipmaker said it will partner with the International Olympic Committee to bring Intel’s technology, such as virtual reality, 360-degree video, artificial intelligence and drones, to enhance the …

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