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Google Pixel 2 ad show the dozen things you can ask it to do

Google Pixel 2 ad show the dozen things you can ask it to do

Given how things are right now, the Google Pixel 2 is definitely in need of some good marketing. Admittedly, this latest, nearly two minute long video ad could do the trick. It’s one thing to extol the features and benefits of a new device. But delivering them in a way that can make you smile is an art in itself. That is what this clip basically does as it gives you the lowdown on the phone’s features in a fast-paced medley of odd people and situations.

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Honest Ads Act wants tech companies to reveal who buys political ads

Honest Ads Act wants tech companies to reveal who buys political ads

Russian-linked online advertisements have snowballed into a new bill called the Honest Ads Act that would force tech companies like Google and Facebook to disclose when political advertisements are bought on their platforms. This disclosure bill was drafted by Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner; soon after Republican Sen. John McCain signed onto it. The bill aims to increase transparency about who is funding online political advertisements and, potentially, revealing what kind of motives may lie behind them.

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Facebook blocks ads from fake news Pages

Facebook blocks ads from fake news Pages

Facebook is blocking advertisements from Pages that dish out fake news, taking away the financial incentives that drive some to create these faux news bits. This is the company's latest effort to rid its service of fake news, whether it's the variety designed to manipulate public opinion or simply garbage that individuals use to rake in ad revenue. The ad-blocking action will only apply against a Page that repeatedly shares such stories, however.

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Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Advertisements on web pages? That's so 2000. Ads in free mobile apps? Becoming a fact of life. But ads in file managers? That's probably pushing it a bit. Yet that is exactly what Microsoft seems to be doing to an increasing degree with File Explorer in Windows 10. No, you don't have to worry about NSFW content suddenly showing up. At the moment, it's just an ad, really nagware, for users to sign up for a premium OneDrive account. But Microsoft's nagware behavior this past years is causing some serious concern among users.

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GameStop taps Playwire to launch in-store television ads

GameStop taps Playwire to launch in-store television ads

GameStop has tapped Playwire Media to bring in-store advertisements to GameStop TV, the media content you find playing on the retail stores' televisions. According to Playwire, the nearly four thousand GameStop stores throughout the United States feature at least one television playing GameStop TV. Thanks to this partnership, Playwire will exclusively provide non-endemic advertising for GameStop TV.

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Facebook’s racial exclusion ad feature prompts concerns

Facebook’s racial exclusion ad feature prompts concerns

Late last week, a report surfaced revealing that Facebook enables advertisers to exclude certain people based on race. With this feature, advertisers can make sure their advertisements are only seen by certain people — only whites, for example — while excluding others including Asians, Hispanics, and African Americans. The feature is available for advertisements that can't legally make those exclusions.

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Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Influencer marketing has been an increasingly contentious issue, with the FTC recently calling out deceptive sponsored social media posts as the first part of a crackdown against them. The commission wants to see more transparency with those posts, but is noticeably quiet on a related issue: influencer marketing targeted specifically at children. As a result, three consumer watchdogs have filed a complaint with the FTC, requesting that it do something about the problem.

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Adblock Plus launches its own ad platform

Adblock Plus launches its own ad platform

It’s either the ultimate irony or a vindication of the ad tech industry., or both. In what almost sounds like an April Fools scheduled wrong, Adblock Plus, one of the most popular names when it comes to, well, ad blocking, has announced its more formal entry into the ad tech market with its brand new Acceptable Ads Platform. In essence, this platform will allow publishers and websites to display ads even on browsers that have Adblock enabled, but only with the ads that Adblock as approved and in locations allowed by Adblock.

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Google’s new pervasive ad tracking is thankfully opt-in

Google’s new pervasive ad tracking is thankfully opt-in

Google isn't exactly popular for its privacy practices, despite official protestations that it is, in fact, pro-privacy. So when the company initiates changes to its ad tracking that includes more of your Internet life, that's not exactly out of the ordinary. What is extraordinary, however, is that Google has made the changes opt-in, which means it is disabled by default and needs an informed and conscientious decision by the user to join in. And even when they do, they're being given fine-grained control on which things they will allow Google to track.

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Google’s mobile image search will soon have shopping ads

Google’s mobile image search will soon have shopping ads

Google is going to add shopping advertisements to its image search, presenting related products to browsers and giving them a way to click-through and buy. The advertisements will show up for users on mobile, with Google saying that this year has seen 34-percent of online purchases happening through mobile devices. Likewise, the company says it has seen the number of mobile shopping searches on its own service jump 30-percent in the past year.

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Swedish tourism lets you call 1 number, talk to random Swedes

Swedish tourism lets you call 1 number, talk to random Swedes

Did you ever get bored and had the urge to talk to a random Swedish number out of the blue? If you've ever had a fantasy that specific and, frankly, odd, then dream no more. Sweden has just answered your prayers. Boasting to be the first country to have its own, official, national phone number, the Swedish government is inviting anyone and everyone outside of Sweden to dial +46 771 793 336 (or +46 771 SWEDEN) and get the chance to talk about anything and everything with a random Swede.

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Facebook Instant Articles is adding video advertisements

Facebook Instant Articles is adding video advertisements

Facebook is going to add video advertisement support to Instant Articles, a platform for publishers that presents articles more quickly to the social network’s users. In addition to the new video advertisements, Instant Articles will also get a new ad unit block on top of the ones already available, something Facebook anticipates will boost ad impressions more than 20-percent.

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