The US’ decision to remove Xiaomi from a government blacklist will increase Xiaomi’s access to US investment and could pave the way for its eventual push into the US smartphone market.

The connected TV giant’s focus on ad revenue and interoperability could give it an advantage over competitors like Amazon and Google in the smart home space.

For the 2021–2022 TV season, US upfront ad spending will bounce back to nearly pre-pandemic levels, if not to its 2018–2019 peak, according to our latest estimates.

A BitPay study found US consumers are increasingly interested in making purchases with cryptos, creating a growth opportunity for payment providers in the space.

Code for Unified ID 2.0 now available: The Trade Desk has committed its code base to the IAB Tech Lab and made UID 2.0 open source—a significant milestone for the identifier.

New metrics for Reels and Instagram Live: Facebook is providing a new set of metrics for Reels and Live as competition for influencer marketing budgets heats up.

Bargain hunters drive strong Q1: TJX and Ross Stores reported strong earnings last week as discount retailers prepare to rapidly expand their brick-and-mortar operations this year.

We forecast that this year, adults in China will spend an average of 3 hours, 16 minutes (3:16) per day on smartphone activities, which we define as excluding calls on the cellular network. Up 25 minutes, or 14.6%, from 2020, this total will vault China to first place in the world for that metric. The US will drop to No. 2, with adults there spending 3:10 on smartphones daily.

For some time now, consumers have been moving toward demanding more frictionless payment methods across online and offline channels. The social distancing and sanitizing practices brought on by the pandemic proved to be the push that encouraged many consumers to try proximity mobile payments (paying for goods using a mobile phone as a physical POS) for the first time. Ecommerce retailers, not to be outdone, are finding ways to improve their transactions as well.

On today's episode, we discuss why Uber is trying to be a one-stop shop and how DoorDash outperformed Uber during the pandemic. We then talk about The New York Times' Q1 subscriber and revenue performance, NBCUniversal's thoughts on regional sports, and what stood out at this year's NewFronts. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer senior forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Eric Haggstrom.

The Series D round gives Figure a $3.2 billion valuation. The fintech is still awaiting the verdict for its Fintech Charter application, which, if successful, will likely push more crypto firms to apply.

HSBC won’t hop on the crypto train: The banking giant’s CEO cited the asset class’s volatility as reason to stay out—a decision that could complicate its customer acquisition efforts.