The effectiveness of mobile advertising is still being debated, but media buyers are already going all-in while also increasing their presence on the Web.Mobile ad spending grew 180 percent to top $4 billion in 2012, according to the latest estimates from digital marketing research firm eMarketer. At the same time, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PwC US report Internet ad revenues totaled $9.3 billion for the third quarter.See Also: AAM Data: Mobile and Digital Monetization Expected to Rise On the mobile side, eMarketer highlights this year’s exponential growth as an outlier–the expected growth rate for 2013 is a comparatively meager 77 percent, and it slows from there–but predicts the market will surpass $20 billion by 2016.Google is still the mobile-ad king with more than $2.1 billion in revenue and 57 percent market share, but others are closing the gap.Facebook–who only began offering mobile-specific advertising via “Sponsored Stories” mid-way through this year–was the second-largest seller with an expected haul of $339 million for 2012. Mobile earnings estimates for the social giant were as low as $45 million earlier this year. Facebook had no reported mobile ad earnings in 2011.Twitter, also showing no mobile ad revenue in 2011, was this year’s fourth-largest earner with $135 million.Internet Ad Revenues Grow 18 Percent in Q3While mobile was exploding, Internet ad spending continued its steady climb through the third quarter.The sector grew 18 percent year-over-year and 6 percent from the second quarter to reach $9.3 billion.”Sustained growth in internet ad revenue despite economic head winds is a testament to the value marketers get from using digital media,” says Sherrill Mane, SVP of research, analytics and measurement for IAB, in a statement. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!
The federal government’s chief auditor has recommended Congress consider developing legislation to beef up consumers’ internet data privacy protections. much like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The recommendation was included in a 56-page report (PDF) issued Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, the government agency that provides auditing, evaluation and investigative services for Congress. The report was prepared at the request two years ago by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has scheduled a hearing to discuss the subject for Feb. 26.”Since I requested this report, the need for comprehensive data privacy and security legislation at the federal level has only become more apparent,” Pallone said in a statement. “From the Cambridge Analytica scandal to the unauthorized disclosures of real-time location data, consumers’ privacy is being violated online and offline in alarming and dangerous ways.” In making its recommendation, the GAO cited Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, saying the episode was just one of many recent internet privacy incidents in which users’ personal data may have been improperly disclosed. The GAO suggests giving the Federal Trade Commission more authority over internet privacy enforcement but also raised concerns about the commission’s enforcement abilities. Noting that the FTC is already the de facto authority over internet privacy in the US, the GAO found that the FTC filed 101 internet privacy enforcement actions in the past decade. Nearly all of those cases resulted in settlement agreements, and in most cases, no fines were issued because the FTC lacked the authority in those cases. “Recent developments regarding Internet privacy suggest that this is an appropriate time for Congress to consider comprehensive Internet privacy legislation,” the GAO report said. “Although FTC has been addressing Internet privacy through its unfair and deceptive practices authority, among other statutes, and other agencies have been addressing this issue using industry-specific statutes, there is no comprehensive federal privacy statute with specific standards.”The report was issued a day before news emerged that the FTC and Facebook were negotiating a multibillion-dollar fine to settle an investigation into the social network’s privacy practices. The exact amount hasn’t been determined, but it would be the largest fine ever imposed by the agency.The FTC began investigating Facebook last year after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy linked to the Trump presidential campaign, improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million Facebook users. The agency is looking into whether Facebook’s actions violated a 2011 agreement with the government in which it pledged to improve its privacy practices. Facebook has said it didn’t violate the consent decree. Creating a US internet privacy law like the GDPR has won some support from tech leaders. Apple CEO Tim Cook has praised the effective data privacy regulation and said he supports a “comprehensive federal data privacy law” in the US.”It is up to us, including my home country, to follow your lead,” he told the European Parliament in October. 3 Tags Tech Industry Security Comments Share your voice Privacy
Lakshmi’s NTRTwitterRam Gopal Varma aka RGV’s Lakshmi’s NTR started on a good note and made a decent collection at the box office in the premiere shows. It has beaten Suryakantam, Lucifer and Super Deluxe.Ram Gopal Varma’s track records show that he has a very little fan base in the US, but the controversial subject of late legendary actor NT Rama Rao, who had good followership there, had created a lot of hype and curiosity about Lakshmi’s NTR. But the trade pundits were a bit sceptic about its prospects at the box office, as it clashed with new Indian releases Super Deluxe, Suryakantam, Lucifer and Airaa.Weekend Cinema US, which bagged its overseas theatrical rights, announced to premiere the uncensored version of Lakshmi’s NTR in 125 screens in the US on March 28. It tweeted, “#LakshmIsNTR is going to be our biggest release in USA . Theatre list will be out very soon. Grand Usa premieres on 28th March. Uncut & uncensored Version for USA & Canada . No Beeps, No cuts only Action.”This announcement coupled with the hype boosted its advance booking. But then came in a piece of shocking news that High court has stalled its release. However, Weekend Cinema US tweeted, “#LakshmisNTR will be released exactly as per schedule in USA . & all the other countries. Content is already delivered to all the locations! Also enabled in Moviepass in many locations!! Book your tickets now.”Lakshmi’s NTR has received a brilliant opening and collected $84,578 at the US box office in the premiere shows. This number is likely to cross $100,000 when the final figures are revealed. The controversial biopic of NT Rama Rao has become the biggest opener for Ram Gopal Varma in the country. Lucifer, Super Deluxe and SuryakantamCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookLakshmi’s NTR also leads the race in the US business chart for south Indian movies. Mohanlal’s Lucifer (Malayalam) and Vijay Sethupathi’s Super Deluxe (Tamil) have landed in the second and third place, with their collection of $48,731 and $30,437, respectively, at the US box office on Thursday.OverSeasRights, which provides trusted information about US box office collection, tweeted, “#USA BO at 1:15AM EST #LakshmisNTR – $84,578 from 101 Locs #Suryakantam – $5,914 from 49Locs #Lucifer – $48,731 from 28 Locs #Airaa -$868 #SuperDeluxe – $30,437 #HotelMumbai – $146,094.”
Bill placed in US Congress against Jamaat-e-Islami, Shibir. Photo: CollectedA bill has been placed in the US Congress, calling on the Bangladesh government to stop radical organisations including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, who pose threat to the country’s stability and secular democracy, reports BSS.Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana State introduced the bill titled ‘Expressing concern about the threat posed to democracy and the democratic process by theocratic groups operating in Bangladesh’ in the House of Representatives on 20 November, according to the US Congress official website.The House Resolution 1156 has been referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee as per the website.The bill called on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department to halt all partnerships and funding arrangements with groups affiliated radical organisation including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir.Quoting a report of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, it said religious minorities were targeted by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and Islami Chhatra Shibir, during previous elections, as a result of which 495 Hindu homes were damaged, 585 shops were attacked or looted, and 169 temples were vandalised between November 2013 and January 2014.It also referred that Jamaat-e-Islami activists have been involved in recent attacks on religious minorities in Bangladesh.Mentioning that national elections are expected to take place in Bangladesh on 30 December 2018, the bill called on the Bangladesh government to heed the Bangladesh election commission’s request to ensure security for minorities and maintain communal harmony for a peaceful election.The bill acknowledged the victims of the 1971 War of Independence and the spirit of secular democracy on which Bangladesh was founded.The nation of Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971 and established a secular democratic state, the bill mentioned and also noted this freedom was won at the cost of approximately 3 million deaths, more than 10 million displaced, and 200,000 women raped, many at the hands of Islamist militants led by Jamaat-e-Islami.The bill said repeated attacks on religious minorities, expanding religious intolerance, and growing destabilisation caused by radical groups, including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, undermine United States economic and strategic interests in Bangladesh.In a statement, Philadelphia-based think tank, the Middle East Forum (MEF) has welcomed the bill saying “Jamaat-e-Islami is an influential and dangerous Islamist group with a long history of violence.In October last, Bangladesh Election Commission revoked the registration of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, a major ally of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, as a political party in compliance with a High Court order.In August 2013, the High Court declared Jamaat’s registration illegal following a writ petition filed in 2009 by Bangladesh Tariqat Federation’s secretary general Rezaul Haque Chandpuri and 24 others.In the petition, they said Jamaat was a religion-based political party and it did not believe in the independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh.
Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday urged judicial magistrates to act neutrally to gain people’s confidence and ensure a fair election, reports UNB.”You must be free and fair as you are the judges. You’ll have to apply your judicious minds,” said KM Nurul Huda while briefing the judicial magistrates at election office in Agargaon.The CEC asked the magistrates to perform their duties as per the constitution and law.He said, the election commission is accountable to the nation, constitution, political parties and public for holding a fair election.Some 600 magistrates will perform duty from 29 December to 1 January to ensure a fair election atmosphere, Nurul Huda further said.Election commissioner Mahbub Alam said, it is their aim to make sure no candidate goes to the Jatiya Sangsad without confirming their win through votes.Election commissioners Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam, brigadier (retd) Shahadat Hossain and EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed also spoke at the briefing.