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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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Snapchat video ads may get three second delay to stop rapid skips

Snapchat video ads may get three second delay to stop rapid skips

Snapchat is considering a new monetization method that will upset users should it go live: three-second wait times before skipping advertisements. According to sources speaking on the matter, Snapchat is "serious" in its contemplation of the change, which would come close to mirroring the skip-button used on YouTube video advertisements. The reason, according to the sources, is young users' tendency to immediately skip ads.

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Chrome ad blocker goes live in February

Chrome ad blocker goes live in February

Earlier this year, Google announced plans to implement an in-browser ad blocker within Chrome. Those plans were revealed back in June, and at the time, Google said that the ad blocker it was working on would launch sometime in early 2018. Now when know when Google plans to send this ad blocker live, and it turns out that launch is right around the corner.

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Pokemon GO Sprint ads as notifications: Are you kidding me?

Pokemon GO Sprint ads as notifications: Are you kidding me?

Notifications from the Pokemon GO app arrived this week with a promotion from Sprint encouraging phone buys. This was not the first time Niantic sent a notification to users on iPhone and Android devices, but it was the first time they pushed for an outside buy. In this rather blatant advertisement this morning, Niantic promised a reward of in-game currency to users who switched from their current mobile provider to Sprint.

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Wileyfox does an Amazon with Add-X ad-subsidized phones

Wileyfox does an Amazon with Add-X ad-subsidized phones

One of the biggest reasons why US consumers still flock to carriers for their phones is because the upfront price is often too heavy to bear. Some OEMs have setup their own device installment plans in response but Amazon but a unique twist to that. With its Prime Exclusive phones, you pay a lower one-time fee in exchange for always seeing targeted ads on your lockscreen. Now UK phone maker Wileyfox is offering something similar in its new Add-X Range but with a unique twist of its own.

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Google bans apps with lockscreen ads, Amazon phones in question

Google bans apps with lockscreen ads, Amazon phones in question

Like it or not, and many definitely don’t, ads have become part and parcel of the modern digital life. It’s not that ads themselves are bad. In fact, for some, it’s the only way to generate revenue for something they offer for free. What makes ads the villains, however, are the way people have unscrupulously used every trick they can come up with to inconvenience or, worse, mislead users. Google has been cracking down on inappropriate uses of ads on Android, and the latest to get the banhammer are apps that put those ads on phones’ lockscreens.

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Google just outlawed Android’s worst ads

Google just outlawed Android’s worst ads

Google finally put the hammer down on one of the worst sorts of ad-cash models on the whole of Android. The platform was plagued for years by pervasive, inexcusable advertisements appearing on the lockscreen of a locked device. That's no place for an ad - and on devices and in apps that wish to be Google Certified, that's a place where ads will be no longer.

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