Apple embarks on push to bring more iPhone users into its payments business September 23

The tech giant hopes digital COVID-19 vaccine cards, dynamic CVVs, and expanded acceptance will bring skeptical iPhone owners into its payments ecosystem.

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The UK neobank giant is rolling out stock trading in the US in hopes of capturing the retail trading boom, but existing digital brokers have already scooped up the lion’s share.

While commission-free trading isn’t unique, bundling it with crypto and savings features will increase the time the UK-based neobank’s US customers spend with it.

YouTube is the most popular platform for non-TV video content in the US, with 65% of the country’s short-form video viewers using the service to watch user-generated content, video game livestreams, and the like.

On today's episode, we discuss where augmented reality (AR) lands on the gimmick to utility scale, what AR looks like beyond fashion and beauty, and what the Carolina Panthers' new mixed-reality mascot might mean for marketers. We then talk about what authentic social commerce really means, why Stories never worked out for LinkedIn, and what we expect the reaction to Twitter's Super Follows will be. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer senior analyst at Insider Intelligence Jasmine Enberg.

Twitch’s deal with the National Music Publishers’ Association must be the first of many: The platform will need to ink deals that actually let streamers use copyrighted music in order to fend off competitors and support its growing music community.

Internet users don’t love digital ads, but they don’t hate all formats equally. Consumer surveys have found it’s interruptive ads that frustrate users most: ads that take over the screen, prevent users from reading text, or force them to wait before a video plays, for example.

Retail media has revolutionized the search ad market, where most of the focus still is. But display and video ads that target consumers higher in the funnel are becoming a more important part of the mix, and technological innovation is ushering in new ad products that bring together the best of branding and the best of performance marketing.

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The raise signals a push toward further expansion to fuel platform growth due to the competitive threat of incumbents encroaching on startup turf.