Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel is the guy who media and advertising people obsess over more than anyone not named Mark Zuckerberg. Recode's Kurt Wagner talked with his investors, friends and confidantes to find out how the very private CEO runs his company — which wants to go public sooner than later.
[Kurt Wagner | Recode]
You might have noticed that Recode has had a makeover. For a guide to what's changed (and what's staying the same), Editor in Chief Dan Frommer has got you covered. For more Recode news, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher talk about the redesign and the upcoming Code conference, on the latest Recode Decode podcast.
[Dan Frommer | Recode]
Apple, more than any other company, has the power to make or break a podcast with the traffic it can drive. That's why some big name podcasters are lobbying Apple to give them more listening data, so they can build an ad business. The problem: Apple isn't very interested in the ad business.
[John Herrman | The New York Times]
Austin, Texas voted down Proposition 1 over the weekend, a ballot initiative supported by Lyft and Uber that would have let them set their own regulations, undoing a city ordinance requiring driver fingerprint background checks. Lyft and Uber are now pulling out of Austin because of the loss and threatening to do the same in other markets with similar laws.
[Dawn Chmielewski | Recode]
Comcast has bought Stickyads, a French video advertising startup. The cable giant will roll the company up in its FreeWheel video ad unit as part of a "programmatic" ad push — that is, a push to sell video ads using software.
[Peter Kafka | Recode]
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