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Pixalate Week in Review: June 3 - 7, 2019

This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.

1. Adweek: Ad tech's bad actors are infiltrating Connected TV

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"Ad tech's bad actors [have] reemerge[d] from the woodwork as demand for programmatic TV outstrips supply," wrote Adweek in a piece examining the state of ad fraud in OTT/CTV.
 

2. Ad tech companies are rolling out OTT/CTV ad fraud tools

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Business Insider reported that "ad-tech companies are racing to keep up with OTT's growing fraud and brand-safety issues," including Pixalate. "Part of the problem is that tracking OTT apps covers more than a dozen app stores, said Amy King, vice president of product marketing at Pixalate," wrote Business Insider. "The firm has specifically focused on solving server-side ad insertion, a process that stitches ads together in content before it plays to remove buffering."

3. New adware — 'BeiTaAd' — found on Android apps

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"Hundreds of apps on the official Google Play Store were recently found to contain a form of adware that rendered devices 'nearly unusable,' experts say," reported Newsweek. "BeiTaAd is a covert plugin that 'forcibly displays ads on the user's lock screen [and] triggers video and audio advertisements even while the phone is asleep,' wrote security intelligence engineer Kristina Balaam. It was discovered to be lurking inside 238 separate mobile applications," Newsweek added.

4. eMarketer ups US display programmatic forecast

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eMarketer has increased its U.S. display programmatic ad spend forecast for 2019. The research outfit now says that "nearly 85% of U.S. display ad spending will be programmatic this year." eMarketer junior analyst Nazmul Islam explains that they increased the forecast because of strong performances from the major walled gardens and Connected TV.  

5. Who is responsible for app-ads.txt adoption?

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"As the industry continues its effort to clean up the supply chain, in-app is next in line to adopt ads.txt," wrote ironSource's Amit Halperin for App Developer Magazine. The article asks: "So who is most likely to take up the mantle of responsibility for pushing the adoption of app-ads.txt?" Possibilities include app developers, the app stores, and ad-monetization platforms — but each option comes with pros and cons.  

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