Google wants to serve up more ads on mobile. Soon, you’ll see them all over Google’s apps and services, including Gmail, YouTube, the Google app, and others.
Google May 16, 2019
'Play Now.' That’s what you’ll soon be muttering to Spotify if you want to check out the content featured in its voice ads, which are rolling out now for free users in the United States.
Apps/Software May 3, 2019
Google’s latest pilot program for Android TV shows ads without warning, users report. Some have figured out a workaround to get rid of the pesky ads.
Google April 6, 2019
While Google has built its empire on ads, Stadia will have to find another way to make money. According to analysts, an ad-centric business model might not sustain the tech giant's ambitious gaming project.
Google March 24, 2019
Hulu is set to display pause ads, a new ad format which appears a few seconds after a content remains paused. The company hopes that non-disruptive ad formats could make up half of its entire revenue eventually.
Apps/Software February 1, 2019
A Russian startup wants to put ads in space using tiny satellites with reflective sails. The ads would only be visible at night but could be seen from anywhere in the world.
Space January 18, 2019
Capcom has finally pulled sponsored content from ‘Street Fighter V,’ which has received its fair share of backlash. The change is likely temporary as the company finds a new sponsor, however.
Video Games December 28, 2018
'Street Fighter V' will begin displaying ads on stages, costumes, and loading screens beginning Dec. 11. Fortunately, players are free to toggle them off, although others are worried about what Capcom might do next.
Video Games December 10, 2018
Hulu and AT&T are cooking up something that might disrupt the entire advertising industry, at least in the context of video streaming. They’re called pause ads, and they’re pretty much self-explanatory.
Internet December 5, 2018
Chrome 71 will block ads on websites that serve abusive ad experiences. The update is part of Google’s longstanding fight against terrible internet experiences because of ads.
Apps/Software November 6, 2018
Facebook is ready to roll out ads on the WhatsApp messaging service. The company plans to put them in Status, which rolled out just last year.
Apps/Software November 2, 2018
Expect to see playable ads in your news feed soon. The company is now rolling out its own playable ads platform to advertisers, which will allow users to try out a video game before downloading.
Internet August 2, 2018
Facebook is testing augmented reality advertisements on the News Feed, starting with Michael Kors sunglasses. The ads will allow user to try on the products using the smartphone's camera, similar to how filters work.
Apps/Software July 11, 2018
You’re about to like Feed less. A Google spokesperson confirmed that ads are appearing in Feed as part of a test, and it’s not clear whether this will be widely implemented going forward.
Google May 25, 2018
Google's ad-blocking feature for Chrome is a good thing for the average user, some ad-reliant websites, and advertisers. However, some question the way the company implemented things.
Internet February 19, 2018
The Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones program offers Amazon Prime subscribers significant discounts on Android smartphones in exchange for lockscreen ads. Amazon is now removing the annoying feature, but with a catch.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 7, 2018
Hackers hijacked YouTube ads to exploit users' CPUs for cryptocurrency mining, but YouTube addressed the issue. The company says it blocked the malicious ads and removed the attackers from its platform.
Google January 29, 2018
Google updated its tools to provide users with more control over the ads that they don't want to see as they browse the internet. Among the ads being targeted with the new options are the annoying reminder ads.
Google January 25, 2018
Google promised Chrome would get a native ad blocker 'in early 2018.' Now it has announced that it'll roll out the built-in feature that keeps bad advertisements at bay this Feb. 15.
Google December 20, 2017
Ever experienced websites redirecting you to ads? Well, they might not ever occur again on Chrome. Google is introducing several new protections that will make browsing a more pleasant experience, including blocking websites that redirect users.
Google November 9, 2017
Twitter is making some progress in terms of policing content. The social network has introduced significant changes to its ads policy, which aims to improve how it discloses political ads, who’s paying for them, and who they’re targeting.
Internet October 25, 2017
Google is now the latest company from Silicon Valley who might have had a hand in influencing the 2016 election. It has discovered that Russian operatives bought ads and used Google’s many platforms to distribute them.
Google October 10, 2017
Facebook has announced that it will start showing ads on the Messenger home screen. The move, which comes directly from beta tests performed in Thailand and Australia, is a way to make the platform profitable.
Apps/Software July 12, 2017
Google has officially announced that it’s going to stop scanning users’ emails for targeted ads but will continue scanning their other online behavior. Here’s how you can opt out of Google’s targeted ads practice.
Google June 24, 2017
Frustrated Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners took to Reddit to complain about gaming-related ads served as push notifications. If you're among those annoyed by such ads, here's how to disable them.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 13, 2017
Owners of Google’s smart speaker, Home, have reported hearing it play ads for 'Beauty and the Beast,' many of which found intrusive. Google, however, says the ads were simply timely content.
Smart Home March 16, 2017
Google, parent company of YouTube, has officially announced that 30-second ads you can’t skip will disappear from the site. The company is now encouraging advertisers to begin exploring shorter formats for ads.
Internet February 17, 2017
Samsung pushed an update earlier this month, forcing ads on its smart TVs. Users are furious about this practice, especially since the only way to fully get rid of the ads is to disconnect from the internet.
Gadgets December 27, 2016
The World Health Organization has released a report that warns parents to protect their kids from pervasive junk food ads on mobile apps. Experts believe stricter regulations must be put in place to prevent ballooning obesity rates.
Healthy Living/Wellness November 7, 2016
Apple announced that search ads will go live on Apple's App Store starting Oct. 5. Apple is offering a business model where developers have utmost control of their campaigns.
Apps/Software September 30, 2016
Eyeo GmbH partners with ComTag to launch the beta version of the new Acceptable Ads platform that works with AdBlock Plus. The new ad tech platform allows publishers to drag and drop ready-made ads into their pages, which will be instantly viewable by ABP users.
Internet September 14, 2016
Facebook's move to block ad blockers on desktop has unsurprisingly made some waves, as the company stepped on some toes on its way to forcing ads. Adblock Plus is obviously against this move, explaining that it's 'anti-user' and 'takes a dark path against user choice.'
Internet August 10, 2016
YouTube announced the integration of its Kids app with its subscription service YouTube Red to provide parents with an ad-free option for their children.
Internet August 3, 2016
Tumblr announced that it's rolling out ads across all of its blogs, enabling bloggers to make some money from their sites. Those who don't want any part of this can opt out.
Internet July 28, 2016
'Pokémon GO' fans might soon have to close some ads that will pop up in their game screen, according to Niantic. The company is considering embedding sponsored locations in the location-based mobile game to boost revenue for retailers.
Video Games July 14, 2016
Google has launched the My Activity tool that tracks a user’s activity on the web. However, with the latest tool users will have more control over the ads they see on their webpages.
Apps/Software June 29, 2016
Teens today idolize and follow A-list music celebrities such as Beyoncé. New research suggests that most of these pop stars endorse food and beverages that may be unhealthy for youngsters.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 7, 2016
Google is changing up Images for mobile, putting up shopping ads on the results page. This gives shoppers on the smartphone or tablet a new and efficient way to check out and buy products.
Internet May 17, 2016
Adblock Plus and Flattr teamed up and took the wraps off Flattr Plus, a tool that'll allow readers to block ads on a website and still support it via donations.
Apps/Software May 4, 2016
Facebook's new Canvas ads allow advertisers to show their products and services on a device's full screen. Canvas is currently limited to mobile phones running on Android and iOS.
Apps/Software February 26, 2016
Facebook Messenger is about to get some ads, as a report from a verified source says that the company will soon let business take advantage of them on the app.
Apps/Software February 19, 2016
Google removed 247 apps from its Google Play Store after finding out that these were infected with ad fraud. The security liability worked through MoPub, the Twitter-owned mobile advertising platform.
Apps/Software February 9, 2016
AdBlock Plus stayed true to its transparency policy and explained how the Acceptable Advertising program works. The company detailed the costs, eligibility and criteria that a website must meet in order to get whitelisted.
Apps/Software December 17, 2015
Snapchat lowers its entry price for ad placement to get more brands to ink a deal, but dropping from $700,000 to $100,000 won't exactly garner many advertisers.
Business November 23, 2015
As the final episodes of 'South Park' slowly comes to fruition, 'Sponsored Content' could be considered one of the best of Season 19. A war is coming, but fans will have to wait until after the next two weeks to see it.
Movies/TV Shows November 20, 2015
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