AD-TECH ROUNDUP: Microsoft & LinkedIn, Taboola, Sizmek and More

A summary of the most exciting recent news in advertising technology in the US, US-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.


Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire LinkedIn, the social network for professionals , for US$196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at US$26.2 billion. LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

According to a study released by Comcast, advertising agencies are using Instagram more frequently than Twitter for social media ad campaigns, fueling Twitter’s advertising technology woes.

Digital marketing firm Impact Radius is buying fraud prevention service Forensic, to create the “first trusted system of record” for marketers running digital campaigns.

snapchatSnapchat is launching ads between stories, and has launched a new advertising API (application programming interface) that is key  to monetization.

The Association of National Advertisers’ (ANA) media transparency transport is intensifying the debate over how advertisers and trading desks function, highlighting not-so-transparent practices at agencies.

Mike Villalobos has joined FuelX, a video distribution platform that runs DR video campaigns delivered in 2-4x ROI, as their VP of Sales. FuelX has raised 2.5MM from Angel investors and has worked with companies like HP, and Sun Basket.

Unruly, an ad tech company owned by News Corp, is partnering with AppNexus so that advertisers and publishers can generate premium outstream video campaigns at scale in a “fair and open market.” Clients on AppNexus’s open exchange and private marketplace will be able to access Unruly’s ad placements and UnrulyX, Unruly’s viewable video SSP.

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Beijing-based Spearhead Integrated Marketing Communication Group is aiming to acquire San Francisco-based Smaato, a real-time advertising platform for mobile publishers and app developers, for $148 million, through an M&A fund.

The browser Opera, has launched built-in ad-blocking technology on mobile platforms iOs and Windows Phone.


Taboola, the world’s leading discovery platform, today announced an exclusive partnership with Grupo Estado, one of the largest communication companies in Brazil. The collaboration will see Estadão utilize Taboola Native, a white-labeled native advertising solution that empowers sales teams to directly sell and promote both on-site and off-site sponsored content campaigns.

Sizmek, the open ad management company for multiscreen campaigns, today announced the appointment of Alfredo Sanchez as country manager for Sizmek in Mexico. In this role, Sanchez is responsible for expanding local market business and driving key partnerships in the region.

Ad-tech firm Adform has hired two former Rubicon Project executives to help expand the company’s global reach. Jay Stevens is the company’s first chief revenue officer, and Oliver Whitten will fill the role of chief operating officer, focusing on Latin America and Asia-Pacific.