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Two years ago, every tech platform was pushing to explain how great their ad tech was ahead of the Q4 holiday season. This year? Crickets.

Why it matters: Amid privacy concerns, tech companies have been less forward about all of the ways they target users online.

  • Case-in-point: A new New York Times investigation shows how dozens of apps collect, analyze and sell users’ anonymous location data to third party companies, although the data is anonymous in theory.

The other side: That hasn't necessarily been the case for TV ad tech giants, who are pushing to find innovative ways to make boring TV ads more relevant.

  • AT&T and Hulu are both planning ad products for their streaming services that will activate when users hit pause on their favorite shows during bathroom or snack breaks, Variety's Brian Steinberg reports.

Go deeper: Americans don't trust tech companies on data privacy

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Breaking down the Tesla obsession

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Tesla is the company of the moment — the prime exemplar of just about any big and important trend that you might care about.

Why it matters: Almost every reader of finance and business news will have at least one strongly-held opinion about Tesla. What you might not realize is just how widely those opinions range, and the degree to which they map onto much broader views of the world.

Gallup: Party preference swings dramatically in favor of Democrats

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Americans' political party preferences have swung sharply from a 2-point Republican advantage in January to an 11-point Democratic advantage in July, according to Gallup's monthly averages of telephone polls in 2020.

The big picture: The dramatic shift is more a product of fewer people identifying as Republican or Republican-leaning (down 8% since January) than gains among those who identify as Democratic or Democratic-leaning (up 5%).

Nancy Pelosi: "I yearn for other Republican presidents"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on President Trump Thursday to exercise "the full power" of the Defense Production Act to meet coronavirus equipment needs and accused him of engaging in a "massive dereliction of duty" by ignoring science during the pandemic.

What she's saying: "I yearn for other Republican presidents," Pelosi said at a press conference. "While we may have disagreed on many points, but at least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our country."