Retailers are opening, not closing, physical stores: While the pandemic was a major boon for ecommerce, brick-and-mortar openings suggest retailers don’t expect physical shopping to disappear anytime soon.

Apple’s privacy focus has boosted its ad business: AppTrackingTransparency and iOS 14.5 made the consumer electronics leader millions of dollars.

Klarna implemented a number of changes to make its UK business more transparent and limit consumer BNPL risks.

TD Bank funds robo-advisor and financial advisor hiring push: The bank’s fully automated and hybrid robo-advisors and its plans to triple its headcount of human advisors help it tap into the retail investing boom and build customer loyalty.

The German neobank will pursue growth in established markets and make a push into Eastern Europe. This prioritization clarifies its strategy and is in line with other big challengers.

This year’s holiday shopping season will once again kick off early with consumers motivated to avoid shipping delays and out-of-stock items.

A report from TikTok paints a clearer picture of how consumers shop on social media: The research comes as TikTok and other competitors launch a bevy of new social commerce features.

Disney+ isn’t immune to streaming saturation woes: CEO Bob Chapek warned that the subscriber base would grow slower than expected, a sign that the domestic streaming market is closing up.

Uber Health partners with Papa to break down social determinants of health barriers for seniors: The ride hailing giant is helping Papa’s senior users easily access transportation to minimize social isolation—an overlooked social health factor that's a growing problem and has a big impact on healthcare.

Facebook turns to EU to help develop its metaverse: The company plans to hire 10,000 EU residents in the next five years, with “highly specialized engineers” at the top of its wish list.

On today's episode, we discuss the current state of the so-called "metaverse," what the future of mixed reality could look like, and how marketers are getting involved. We then talk about what the new James Bond film’s opening weekend tells us about the state of the movie theater industry and what kinds of alternative content theaters might feature to stay relevant. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer Briefing director at Insider Intelligence Jeremy Goldman.

This year, a resounding 2.96 billion people worldwide will play digital games, whether via console, computer, or mobile device.

Lawmakers claim the company may have misled them on its policy toward using third-party data to create copycats and give preference to its own products.

Internal Facebook documents appear to contradict claims made by the company around how well its AI tools find and remove harmful content.