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Snapchat ads unskippable: How to delete (the app)

Snapchat ads unskippable: How to delete (the app)

A new feature on Snapchat makes 6-second advertisements unskippable. They're real, they're here, and they're not going away any time soon. As such, it's time to discuss once again how to delete an app - namely Snapchat. It's actually pretty easy when it comes down to it. If you just want to get rid of notifications, we've got a guide for that too.

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New Switch to iPhone ads play up app safety, portrait prowess

New Switch to iPhone ads play up app safety, portrait prowess

At the height of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear that the company would have never been put in that situation because of it manually curated its apps. That remark, however, also applied to other app markets, particularly Android. Apple has lost not time to use that as the theme of one of its latest ads designed to convince comsumers to switch to an iPhone for peace of mind and clean faces.

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Google plans strict vetting process for addiction center ads

Google plans strict vetting process for addiction center ads

Earlier this year, Google temporarily banned advertisements for drug addiction treatment centers due to "deceptive practices." Now, months later, the company is back with a solution to the problem: it'll review the ads before they're allowed to go live. The ban on addiction center ads will be lifted in July, and company LegitScript will be responsible for vetting the ads before they go live.

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Facebook should be paying you

Facebook should be paying you

Facebook's call records, SMS, and contacts collecting are the headline of the day - but that's old news to you. You knew a long time ago that Facebook was harvesting your data, and you don't care. What would anyone want with your info anyway? You're just an everyday average person, after all, surely there's no reason to worry that Facebook workers would take the time to read your boring old communications and contact list, right?

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Bitcoin price tumbles at Google Ads ban

Bitcoin price tumbles at Google Ads ban

This week Google announced they'd be banning all cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering (ICO) advertisements. This is Google Ads, a system within Google much like Facebook's similar advertisement sales system. Facebook banned cryptocurrency advertisement buys in January of 2018. This block came as part of Google's annual "Bad Ads" report and included several other sorts of advertisements that'll be banned in the near future.

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Ads on the Web: it’s time to make a change

Ads on the Web: it’s time to make a change

Google has just recently implemented a rather hard-handed change in its Chrome web browser that would effectively remove many of the most annoying ads on the Web. Some hail it as a huge step forward in ad control, others bemoan Google’s self-serving interests on the matter. Whichever side you’re on, the controversy around it, plus Google’s industry clout, could very well be the straw that breaks the Web ads camel’s back. Because at the end of the day, neither users nor publishers are happy with today's ads.

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Google Chrome ad filtering crackdown: here’s how it works

Google Chrome ad filtering crackdown: here’s how it works

Google just published a reminder that may have gone slightly unnoticed by most. Starting tomorrow, February 15, Google Chrome will remove all ads on websites that fail to meet the criteria set by the Better Ads Standard from the Coalition for Better Ads. Unless you’ve been keeping tabs on the web advertising industry, you might be shocked at this rather hardline stance. Google, however, had given website owners enough time to clean up their act and, even now, is explaining how all this ad filtering business works.

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Facebook bans bitcoin and other cryptocurrency ads because of scammers

Facebook bans bitcoin and other cryptocurrency ads because of scammers

Facebook has announced a new policy for its advertisement platform: no advertisements promoting bitcoin or any other cryptocurrencies. The company announced the new ad restriction today, explaining that its new ban also applies to ads related to initial coin offerings and binary options. This is done in an effort to protect users from scammers, Facebook says.

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Alcatel apps just went adware on us

Alcatel apps just went adware on us

Alcatel apps for Alcatel phones have just been updated to include advertisements. While previous apps from Alcatel were free, included with the phone, and weren't half bad, several have been updated with advertisements aplenty. One app specifically, the Gallery app, switched developers entirely, and now appears as "Candy Gallery" instead. These aren't apps downloaded of the users own free will, they're the apps that came with Alcatel phones.

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YouTube ads hacked to mine cryptocurrency via visitors’ CPUs

YouTube ads hacked to mine cryptocurrency via visitors’ CPUs

Cryptocurrency has become a hot topic over the last several months, and one of the frustrating trends growing alongside it is the practice of websites secretly using visitors' CPUs through the browser to mine digital currency. While some websites do this intentionally as an alternate method of funding, other times it's invasive ad networks using plugins to take advantage of web users. Earlier this week, YouTube was invaded by the latter.

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Firefox sponsored tiles are returning, this time from Pocket

Firefox sponsored tiles are returning, this time from Pocket

Advertising is the business model of the Web, Mozilla concedes. But the non-profit foundation behind the Firefox web browser has so far been unable to adopt that. It has tried, of course, and got no small amount of backlash because of its standing in the open source and privacy-conscious community. Despite setbacks, it’s trying again, this time with a little help from save-for-later service Pocket. Which, by the way, Mozilla owns since February last year.

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Amazon Moto G5 has a major security flaw [UPDATE]

Amazon Moto G5 has a major security flaw [UPDATE]

There's a bit of a flaw in the Motorola-made Amazon Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. Confirmed by several owners of the device in several different parts of the United States, this flaw is... kind of unbelievable. All one needs to do to bypass lockscreen security is fail their fingerprint sensor test, press the power button, and tap the ad.

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