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The ‘Infinite Campaign’ Creates Absurdly Specific Twitter Ads Based On Your Supposed Interests

We may be getting used to seeing targeted online ad campaigns based on our browsing history and social media interactions, but what about ads that are literally nothing more than generic statements of what Twitter’s ad-targeting algorithm thinks about us?  [More]

Google Will Stop Scanning The Contents Of Your Gmail Messages To Sell Ads

Google Will Stop Scanning The Contents Of Your Gmail Messages To Sell Ads

If you use one of Google’s many services then you’ve probably come to the realization that the tech company has a lot of your personal information and data, which it uses to sell ads. Now, after years of debate on whether or not it’s okay for Google to read users’ private emails, the tech giant says it will stop scanning Gmail messages, but only for the purpose of personalizing ads. [More]

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Google Rolling Out A Chrome Ad Blocker, Putting Web Publishers On Notice

You know that feeling of relief and serenity that comes with a web-browsing experience free of annoying popups, auto-play video ads, and screen-dominating interstitials? As predicted, Google is planning to launch a new ad blocker on Chrome next year in an effort to clean up the internet. [More]

Hormel Worried People Will Confuse ‘Black Label’ Beggin’ Strips With Its Real Bacon

Hormel Worried People Will Confuse ‘Black Label’ Beggin’ Strips With Its Real Bacon

Hormel makes bacon for human consumption, while Nestlé Purina makes bacon — or Beggin’ Strips — for dogs. The bacon and Beggin’ worlds have generally played nice with each other, but then Purina came out with “Black Label” Beggin’ Strips, which hits too close to home for Hormel. [More]

McDonald’s Pulls Ad Suggesting That Filet-O-Fish Can Cure A Child’s Grief

McDonald’s Pulls Ad Suggesting That Filet-O-Fish Can Cure A Child’s Grief

You know that McDonald’s ad where the fast food chain implies that the best way for a child to get over the loss of a loved one is to scrarf down a square fish patty on a bun? It’s been pulled, for reasons that should be immediately clear if you read that first sentence. [More]

Google Blocks Burger King Whopper Ad From Triggering Google Home

Google Blocks Burger King Whopper Ad From Triggering Google Home

Well, that was quick: Soon after Burger King launched a new ad designed to force any Google Home devices within range to wake up and spit out a list of the Whopper’s ingredients, Google has apparently disabled the functionality that triggers the devices. [More]

Comcast To Discontinue Some Ads That Take Aim At DirecTV

Comcast To Discontinue Some Ads That Take Aim At DirecTV

Seven months after Comcast was warned by an ad watchdog to check itself before wrecking itself when it came to badmouthing DirectTV, the same organization has recommended that the cable behemoth discontinue ads that allegedly exaggerate its rival’s problem with satellite signal interruptions. [More]

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Verizon, AT&T Pull Ads From Google, YouTube After Ads Run Next To Offensive Videos

Days after Google began apologizing to advertisers that stopped running YouTube ads after learning their brands were being featured alongside offensive and hateful videos, Verizon and AT&T say they are also pulling the plug on ads with the tech giant. [More]

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Google Apologizes To McDonald’s, BBC, For Running Their Ads Alongside Offensive YouTube Clips

Google is apologizing to some very big companies that stopped running YouTube ads after learning that their brands were being featured alongside offensive and hateful videos. [More]

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Wegmans Changes Price-Comparison Signs After Costco Complaint

Price-comparison ads at Wegmans will soon be getting a bit of a makeover following an ad watchdog’s suggestion that the grocer modify in-store displays in response to a Costco complaint that the low-cost price comparisons were misleading and false. [More]

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YouTube Does Everyone A Favor, Kills Off 30-Second Unskippable Pre-Roll Ads

You know the moment: You’ve just spent the last few minutes telling your friends how great — nay! — how utterly life-changing this video you watched last night and how they just have to watch it immediately. Your audience primed, you find it on YouTube, hit “Play”… and then everyone is forced to watch a 30-second ad that cannot be skipped. Buzz. Kill. [More]

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Independent Auditors Will Check Facebook Ad Displays Down To The Millisecond

You can’t blame companies that run advertisements on Facebook for being a bit suspicious after the social media platform has acknowledged problems with over-estimating how long users interact with videos and how much time users spend reading Instant Articles and interacting with brand pages. Now the company will submit to an outside audit of that advertising data. [More]

Facebook Testing Ads In ‘Messenger’ App

Facebook Testing Ads In ‘Messenger’ App

The ads, they’re coming for you. Or at least they are if you use Facebook’s Messenger app to communicate with your friends. [More]

Ann Fisher

It’s Impossible To Shut Off The Ads That Make Fake News Stories Profitable

Sometimes the stories are political; other times they’re too intriguing not to share, with tempting pieces of celebrity news. “That can’t possibly be true,” we say when seeing a headline that, say, Hillary Clinton and Yoko Ono have been lovers for years. You click, and advertisements load on the site, benefiting its creators… and the ad networks that profit. [More]

Man Who Made Fake News Sites To Sell “Pure Green Coffee” Must Pay $30M To Customers

Man Who Made Fake News Sites To Sell “Pure Green Coffee” Must Pay $30M To Customers

Two years after the Federal Trade Commission sued the marketers of the “Pure Green Coffee” for using fake news sites and fictional reporters to push the weight-loss supplement, the man behind those companies has been ordered to repay $30 million to customers tricked into buying the product. [More]

Walmart Launches Free Streaming Movie Platform — But Don’t Expect New Releases

Walmart Launches Free Streaming Movie Platform — But Don’t Expect New Releases

Users of Walmart’s streaming video service, Vudu, have been able to pay for TV shows and movies for years. Now, the retailer has launched a companion service that will provide customers with free streaming videos — if you don’t mind commercial interruptions and movies that are a few years old. [More]

Apple’s App Store Now Features Ads

Apple’s App Store Now Features Ads

Next time you search for that gotta-have-it app on Apple’s App Store, you might have to sort through more options than you had anticipated, as the tech company now plans to include ads in search results on its iOS App Store.  [More]

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Ad Watchdog Warns Comcast & Dish To Use Caution When Dissing DirecTV

Pay-TV services might need to be a bit more careful when it comes to the messages they put out into the universe following an ad watchdog’s suggestion that Comcast and Dish revise some of the claims made against competitors in national ads.

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