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YouTube free Hollywood movies come with ads unsurprisingly

YouTube free Hollywood movies come with ads unsurprisingly

YouTube is starting to stream movies for free. No, we don’t mean those “low-production” indie movies or, worse, unauthorized copies of copyrighted films. We’re talking about older, but not too old, classics like “Terminator” and “Rocky”. The video on demand giant has silently been flipping the switch for dozens of its full-length videos in its YouTube Movies catalog. But like with anything on the Internet, you pay the price of free by being interrupted and watching ads.

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Chrome 71 to remove persistent abusive ads

Chrome 71 to remove persistent abusive ads

Ads have almost become a dirty word on the Internet. What should have been, and actually is for some, a legitimate source of revenue, bad behaviors by not a small number of players have tainted that market. Both users and browser makers play a game of cat and mouse against misbehaving and even downright malicious ads and we're in for yet another round. Google has just issued a warning, that starting next month, it will be more aggressively removing all ads on a few sites that still refuse to clean up their act.

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YouTube brings showtime listings to movie trailer ads

YouTube brings showtime listings to movie trailer ads

Google is making it easier for YouTube users to purchase movie tickets. The company has detailed a new ad experience for the platform that allows advertisers to include showtime listings for a movie when presenting its trailer as an advertisement. The company teases other interactive elements for ads, as well, such as enabling the viewer to book a trip from the ad.

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Facebook uses info you never provided to target you with ads

Facebook uses info you never provided to target you with ads

Facebook today confirmed that it was using private phone numbers to target Facebook users with advertisements. Not just any phone number, but the 2FA (2-factor authorization) phone number you give the company in confidence to further strengthen your Facebook login process. In attempting to keep yourself more securely private, you've just opened yourself up to less privacy.

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Xiaomi phones showing ads everywhere, including Settings app

Xiaomi phones showing ads everywhere, including Settings app

Everyone loves to hate ads. Even when they can have benefits, the way they’re being misused has made even the plainest of consumers wary and tired of them. Companies, however, are always finding ways to bend rules and shove ads down their own users’ throats. The latest example comes from the smartphone market with Chinese giant Xiaomi sneaking in ads in all its apps, including, surprisingly, the Android Settings app.

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Google, Mastercard allegedly had an ad-vantageous tracking deal

Google, Mastercard allegedly had an ad-vantageous tracking deal

Google has just recently taken on some heat about how it was handling, or rather misrepresenting, its location tracking options. “No” doesn’t always mean “no”, as far as the turning location tracking off. Privacy advocates, however, may have something bigger to worry about. Because according to sources familiar with the matter, Google and Mastercard inked a deal that could link online ads with what people buy in stores, allowing Google to offer advertisers deeper insight into how effective their digital ads really are.

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10 facts from the Galaxy Note 9 video just leaked

10 facts from the Galaxy Note 9 video just leaked

This morning we're taking a peek at the official Samsung Galaxy Note 9 video seemingly leaked by Samsung itself. This video shows the Galaxy Note 9 in all its very Blue glory, complete with yellow S Pen, and the body of a champion. Up close and personal we're able to see a whole lot of detail we might not have been able to discern in the past with less-official renders - now we're more sure.

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Samsung’s Ingenius shade at iPhones just keeps on coming

Samsung’s Ingenius shade at iPhones just keeps on coming

Samsung’s marketing engine is in full gear with barely two weeks left before its Unpacked event. Considering the sales situation the company is facing this year, a lot hinges on the market success of the Galaxy Note 9. While it has recently published short clips that hint at what’s coming, it is also pushing out more ads to smear its biggest rival. With nothing left to the imagination, it’s an all-out war against the iPhone’s notch and missing microSD slot.

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Snapchat Storytellers making sneakier ads for YOU

Snapchat Storytellers making sneakier ads for YOU

This week the folks at Snapchat responsible for advertisement monetization are pushing "Storytellers" for social media influencers. It's a program which unites advertisers with the social media titans who would sell their products for them for a fee, in a creative way. In other words - sarcastic hooray! It's time for more advertisements that come to Snapchat users in the form of videos they won't realize are advertisements until it's too late!

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Android’s best launcher just jumped the shark

Android’s best launcher just jumped the shark

This week the folks behind Apex Launcher just completely lost their minds. Or they completely lost their minds if you ask their many thousands of users, many of whom just dropped majorly negative reviews on their app on the Google Play app store. This isn't entirely without precedent, but it's a good time for a reminder. When you update your Android launcher, you're going to want to be careful not do erase user settings in the process.

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iPad Pro as laptop: Apple’s new ads show tablet benefits

iPad Pro as laptop: Apple’s new ads show tablet benefits

The iPad is better than ever thanks to the changes brought in iOS 11 joined by the Apple Pencil and smart keyboard. Though it's not anywhere close to replacing the MacBook for those who need a laptop, it is a great substitution for many casual users and comes with many benefits over a notebook. Apple has highlighted those various uses and benefits in a new series of advertisements.

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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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