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Xbox One Kinect won’t amass advertisement data on users, says Microsoft

Xbox One Kinect won’t amass advertisement data on users, says Microsoft

Over the weekend, Microsoft's Vice President of Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi spoke during a conference via the Association of National Advertisers. His speech, in which he touched on the subject of the Xbox One and advertising, lead to a report in Ad Age stating that the company's gaming console is "like [a] TV that watches you," amassing data for advertisers about users and what happens on their side of the screen. Microsoft denies this.

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Yahoo receives class action lawsuit over email scanning

Yahoo receives class action lawsuit over email scanning

Serving up advertisements can be tricky business, and depending on how it is achieved, could land companies in hot water. Such was the case with Google earlier this year over issues with email scanning, something that had prompted it to say that emails sent to Gmail addresses had no expectation of privacy. Following a judge's ruling that a case against Google could go forward, Yahoo has found itself hit with a lawsuit over similar actions.

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Facebook revamping News Feed advertisements

Facebook revamping News Feed advertisements

All Facebook users are presented with advertisements in their News Feeds, some of which may be relevant or innocuous enough to go relatively unnoticed, but others aren't to users' liking, and Facebook is aiming to help improve this. The social network's Engineering Manager of News Feed Ads Hong Ge has taken to the FB Newsroom today detailing the company's plans to make advertisements more relevant for users.

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Samsung Galaxy Note III event goes global tomorrow: Berlin and NYC at 1PM EST

Samsung Galaxy Note III event goes global tomorrow: Berlin and NYC at 1PM EST

As it's been made abundantly clear by the invitations to the Berlin-based IFA 2013 event and today's Times Square set-up in New York City, Samsung is holding a special event for the likes of the next Galaxy Note. This event has also been teased to contain the first official announcement of Samsung's Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch device aimed at pairing with your smartphone, Galaxy Note, or whatever other Android-based device you've got in your pocket.

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Security firm reveals unauthorized advertisement injections on YouTube

Security firm reveals unauthorized advertisement injections on YouTube

The security firm Spider.io revealed that a California-based company called Sambreel was using its software to inject advertisements on YouTube, according to a report on the company's website. Sambreel's subsidiary Yontoo was responsible for two programs designed to make downloading videos off of YouTube simple, both of which have been pulled after Spider.io revealed its findings.

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T-Mobile calls out AT&T Next again, criticizes Verizon Edge

T-Mobile calls out AT&T Next again, criticizes Verizon Edge

If you recall, the day after AT&T unveiled its Next upgrade plan, which allows users to pay for a device monthly with various terms for upgrading, T-Mobile sent out some vocal statements challenging the program. This spiraled into a sort of back-and-forth bickering betwixt the carriers, each lauding their respective programs, and now T-Mobile has fired off another jab at its competitor, tossing Verizon's recently unveiled Edge plan into the mix.

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Apple pushing for “premium” advertisement-skipping TV service, says sources

Apple pushing for “premium” advertisement-skipping TV service, says sources

Earlier this month, Apple reportedly formed a deal with Time Warner Cable over Apple TV, which we'll be hearing about towards the end of the year, if the sources are correct. Now word has surfaced that Apple is approaching cable networks with ideas of a "premium" service it would offer that allows the users to skip advertisements, something for which Apple would then pay the network.

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Google receives letter from state AGs demanding halt to ads on illegal activity videos

Google receives letter from state AGs demanding halt to ads on illegal activity videos

YouTube is packed full of videos of all sorts, ranging from compilations of other videos to music videos and funny cat clips. On the far side of the spectrum are videos depicting illegal activity and advertisement for illegal substances, such as promotional videos for online pharmacies that sell regulated medication. Advertisements show up alongside these videos, earning Google revenue, and three states have taken issue with this.

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