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YouTube may have targeted ads later this year

YouTube may have targeted ads later this year

You watch YouTube — everyone does. Whether it be some new product or a funny montage, we all use YouTube on a fairly regular basis. It’s the hosting site many turn to when they launch a product, find something cool, or want to share something potentially viral. The onslaught of Twitter, Facebook, and others like Twitter-owned Vine are having an effect on YouTube. According to The Wall Street Journal, YouTube raked in about $4 billion last year, but there was no profit. The answer might be a new ad system.

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Samsung Smart TV glitch added Pepsi ads to home movies

Samsung Smart TV glitch added Pepsi ads to home movies

Earlier this week, alarms were sounded when Samsung’s privacy policy for their Smart TVs eluded to what amounted to an always-on listening device. In an attempt to drown out the confusion, Samsung changed the language of their policy to clarify. Still, it highlighted that when you’re using voice control for any purpose, your words travel elsewhere, so be careful out there. In the wake of that mini scandal, Samsung has been faced with another. This time, users are finding ads in their locally stored videos — even home movies.

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Google, Amazon, and Microsoft may be paying to sidestep Adblock Plus

Google, Amazon, and Microsoft may be paying to sidestep Adblock Plus

When a massive amount of your income is tied to search, protecting it becomes important. A new report -- citing unnamed sources, from unknown origins -- claims Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have all engaged in paying at least one ad blocking service to whitelist their ads, effectively making it a pay-to-display scenario. Though already in use for smaller advertising companies, the scheme may not be in the best interest of consumers who use Adblock Plus, the service Google and others are alleged to have been paying to display their ads.

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Renegade social site Ello now has ads via YouTube

Renegade social site Ello now has ads via YouTube

Remember Ello? Not until you just read that, I bet. The ‘Facebook killer’ social network was ad-free, and a bit of fun for a week or so. Various brands latched onto it as a new medium to share themselves with the world, with its stripped-down interface and stark indifference to social as we know it. A big selling point for Ello was ads, where none existed. According to the founders, none would, either. Until today, with the rollout of video and music on Ello.

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Tumblr announces Creatrs, an ad network for Tumblr artists

Tumblr announces Creatrs, an ad network for Tumblr artists

Dovetailing into their other advertising initiatives, Yahoo-owned Tumblr is announcing Creatrs, an agency meant to connect Tumblr artists with interested ad agencies. A two-pronged effort, Creatrs will have two distinct moving parts: Network, and an internal cooperative at Tumblr made up of artists. The Network will allow creators to make their artwork available to brands and advertisers, which opens them up to syndication and better exposure. For now, Tumblr is choosing artists for the initiative, but it is likely going to open up to the community at-large.

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YouTube to air its own Super Bowl halftime show

YouTube to air its own Super Bowl halftime show

The Super Bowl is known for its (sometimes) amusing advertisements, and they tend to rake in the viewers -- both during the show and afterward on YouTube, where many go to re-watch their favorite ads and others go to catch the ones they missed. YouTube isn't letting this Super Bowl advertisement lust go to waste this year, and has revealed that it will be offering its own halftime show, which will be starring the service's own top stars. The halftime show will include fake Super Bowl advertisements, and the entire ordeal will be streamed live on the video service during the Super Bowl next month.

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Twitter ‘App Graph’ collects data about other apps you have

Twitter ‘App Graph’ collects data about other apps you have

Twitter, the app, will soon starting looking around your home screen to see which other apps are there. In a blog post, the microblogging platform is announcing App Graph, which is just their way of finding out which apps you have on your phone. Twitter won’t be looking at your messages, or checking on your activity; they just want to know what apps you have on your phone. The reason, admits Twitter, is advertising. The more data they have, the better their ad network becomes.

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Surface Pro 3’s latest ad takes jab at the MacBook Air

Surface Pro 3’s latest ad takes jab at the MacBook Air

Microsoft rolled out its latest ad for the Surface Pro 3 over the weekend, and in it is the same tired theme we've seen before: comparison with an Apple product, in this case a MacBook Air. It's short and sweet at 30 seconds, and focuses on the features offered by the Surface Pro 3 ("...it has got a USB!") while a MacBook Air sits next to it relatively ignored. Festive imagery is sprinkled throughout, no doubt encouraging viewers to grab one for the holiday season.

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Facebook will reduce ‘overly promotional’ ads in News Feed

Facebook will reduce ‘overly promotional’ ads in News Feed

When you log-on to Facebook, it’s likely to check out your news feed. Facebook’s feed is an evolving product, with many changes having been made recently. Now Facebook will tackle promotional content. After surveying “hundreds of thousands” of users about their feelings toward the content they see, Facebook is ready to crack down. Now, we’ll see less “promotional” material in our news feed, even from those sources we already follow. Like always, the goal is to give us content we “care about”.

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Yahoo buys BrightRoll, has largest video ad network

Yahoo buys BrightRoll, has largest video ad network

Yahoo is continuing their shopping spree, this time acquiring a video advertising network. Marissa Mayer and company have announced they’ve purchased BrightRoll for $640 million in cash. It’s an investment in video, one of Yahoo’s four “strategic pillars” as well as a “growth business” for the search-centric company. In announcing the acquisition, Yahoo is also attempting to re-brand what video is, calling is “display 2.0”, and something that can replace banner ads. BrightRoll makes Yahoo the largest video ad platform provider in the US.

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