The Verizon acquisitions of AOL and Yahoo could lead to some powerful new ad tech in the years ahead. The big checkmark didn’t buy these web 1.0 legacies for their millions of remaining email accounts. AOL and Yahoo had robust digital advertising networks and a lot of targetable data. These assets are now part of the biggest mobility company and one of the largest ISP and TV providers in America. It’s not unthinkable that we might see a digital advertising platform evolve at Verizon that competes with the biggest player of them all: Google.

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