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Twitter brings pre-roll ads to the videos in your timeline

Twitter brings pre-roll ads to the videos in your timeline

Following the news about Twitter's new Moments feature, designed to make the social network more appealing and easier to navigate for new users, the company has announced a new service to make it more appealing for advertisers. Dubbed "Amplify," the program will allow advertisers to have 6-second pre-roll ads play before videos. If that sounds familiar, it's because that the same approach YouTube has adopted.

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Apple pulls iOS 9 ad-blocking apps over privacy threat

Apple pulls iOS 9 ad-blocking apps over privacy threat

Apple has removed a handful of ad-blocking apps for iOS 9 from its App Store over concerns about privacy and potential security breaches. The apps removed were ones that installed root certificates, potentially allowing third-parties to view users' encrypted traffic. This, in turn, could lead to man-in-the-middle attacks, leading to spying or malicious code being injected without users' knowledge. It seems the removed apps' developers may not have had malicious intentions, as Apple has said it's working to have the apps make a return.

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Verizon Supercookie refuses to die, gets help from AOL

Verizon Supercookie refuses to die, gets help from AOL

Perhaps "zombie cookie" is indeed a better name for Verizon's much criticized "supercookie" scheme. The major US carrier received a lot of heat early this year when it was revealed how it used "undeletable" cookies to track users' Internet comings and goings for the purpose of advertising. The furor has died down since Verizon allowed customers to opt out of this kind of tracking. But now it seems that Verizon is ready to earn the public's ire again, revealing that it will combine its users' advertising profile into AOL's ad network.

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Google talks up new Shopping ads YouTube advertising format

Google talks up new Shopping ads YouTube advertising format

YouTube is one of the most popular video streaming sites on the internet. One of the things that people who use YouTube get upset about is any new type of advertising that comes along that might interrupt their viewing experience. Google has announced a new advertising capability that will be coming to YouTube with new ads that can run along with a video called Shopping ads.

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AdBlock browser hits iOS, Android

AdBlock browser hits iOS, Android

The people behind AdBlock Plus, the popular browser extension that, well, blocks ads on webpages, has finally released their AdBlock Browser for both iOS and Android. Following a limited beta test back in May, the full release brings the same experience as the desktop extension to mobile devices, including speed improvements and less tracking. As a browser, AdBlock gives users customization options when it comes to blocking ads, as well improved battery life when browsing the web.

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YouTube forces AdBlock users to watch unskippable video ads [Updated]

YouTube forces AdBlock users to watch unskippable video ads [Updated]

Browser extensions that block website advertisements are becoming very common these days and their use is expected to only grow in the next few years. Some websites that survive on advertising have turned to things like tip jars or even politely asking users to turn off their ad-blockers. Google's YouTube, however, is taking a bit more of a direct approach: users with the AdBlock Plus extension installed are forced to watch video advertisements before the actual content video plays.

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Hulu announces new ad-free streaming tier

Hulu announces new ad-free streaming tier

It looks like the rumor from July has turned out to be true: Hulu has just launched a new tier to its subscription streaming service, giving viewers the option of doing without ads altogether. The new tier will cost an additional $4 per month, which is a pretty fair deal; viewers can stay with the existing $8 per month subscription and see occasional commercial breaks, or pay $12 per month for no ads.

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Chrome will auto-pause select Flash content starting September 1

Chrome will auto-pause select Flash content starting September 1

The battle against Adobe Flash content on the web continues to move forward. Google has just revealed that starting September 1st, its Chrome browser will automatically pause Flash content on web pages. This option has actually been available for some time now for beta users, but Google says it will soon become the standard default setting for all users. The setting works by detecting and pausing Flash content that isn't "central to the webpage," or, in other words, advertisements.

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AT&T caught injecting extra ads on airport WiFi hotspot

AT&T caught injecting extra ads on airport WiFi hotspot

It seems AT&T may be tampering with mobile users' internet traffic for their own benefit on their "free" public WiFi hotspots. The company's hotspot at the Dulles International Airport in Virginia was found to be using ad-injecting code to deliver more advertisements to users while they browse the web. Stanford lawyer and computer scientist Jonathan Mayer made the discovery, detailing the tactic on his blog Web Policy.

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Samsung is pushing Notification Ads to users, too

Samsung is pushing Notification Ads to users, too

Earlier this year it became apparent that HTC was releasing ads disguised as notifications to users - now Samsung may be on the same path. What we're seeing here is a set of notifications that'll pop up in the pull-down notifications and settings menu on an Android device - newer Samsung devices, in this case - that'll link to a Samsung webpage where the items advertised are for sale. Examples here include a Galaxy S6 edge+ ad and a Peel Remote ad - which is slightly separate.

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Study: Ad-blocking software use is rising at breakneck speed

Study: Ad-blocking software use is rising at breakneck speed

AdBlock and apps like it are the bane of ad-supported websites, and an occasional bit of browser extension-based guilt for users. On one hand, no one wants to deal with ads, at least not the poorly utilized ads found on many websites. At the same time, many users recognize that their favorite websites probably depend on those advertisement dollars, and so they may disable AdBlock for certain websites. Many ad-blocking users don’t bother doing the latter, however, and that makes a new report from Adobe and PageFair particularly worrisome for companies.

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HTC sending One users ads disguised as notifications

HTC sending One users ads disguised as notifications

Advertising on the internet is commonly accepted these days, as is ads in things like magazines. But receiving ads on a smartphone, and one that's been fully paid for? Now that's bound to push a few people's buttons. Unfortunately, it's exactly what HTC has done recently, pushing an advertisement in the form of a notification to its One M9, M8, and M7 model phones. To be clear, HTC has never offered its One handset with a price subsidized by ads, similar to Amazon's cheapest Kindle model, thus users are not happy about it.

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