PubMatic said in a release that its new ad price prediction methodology is now "live." RTB (real-time bidding) bids are now part of the optimization process for publishers according to the release, "Online publishers can now match the optimal ad network or exchange with every single ad impression in real-time with increased precision." Pubmatic calls this "Real-time revenue optimization." There's also an informative, new PubMatic white paper called, "Predicting Ad Network Frequency Capping to Increase Publisher Revenue," that discusses the predictive nature of PubMatic's yield optimzation.
Microsoft's Eric Picard writes in iMedia Connection about four "problems" with online advertising but emphatically states, "I honestly believe that if we (the folks driving this industry) make the right decisions, we will change the face of advertising and, through those changes, have a huge and significant impact on the economy."
Quantcast is helping make convergence a reality as they announced a partnership today with Tivo that will allow cross channel tracking between online and TV. According to the Mediaweek article by Mike Shields, "Comprehensive, cross-platform measurement is still a ways away, given the limitations of TiVo's install base and Quantcast's current coverage. But to start, the companies said they have a sample of 35,000 households from which to draw data-leveraging TiVo's Power Watch ratings service, which boasts of second-by-second program and commercial ratings, along with user data from the 10 million Web sites Quantcast claims to monitor."
Finally, the drum beat of laws surrounding privacy is growing louder and Forbes.com's Andy Greenberg outlines the latest moves in Washington as players on all sides of the debate consider user privacy versus the needs of the internet economy.