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Amazon Echo teams with Jack Donaghy and Dan Marino for Super Bowl

Amazon Echo teams with Jack Donaghy and Dan Marino for Super Bowl

What better way to get in the mood for massive amounts of cash being thrown at advertisements than to bring Alec Baldwin onboard with your Super Bowl ad? Amazon knows this. They know good and well that the world sees Baldwin now as 30 Rock's Jackie-D. Dan Marino is here too, since he is football. In the video you're about to see, they use the Amazon Echo to ask a question.

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Amazon pulls ads after plastering NYC subway with Nazi imagery

Amazon pulls ads after plastering NYC subway with Nazi imagery

If you've visited Amazon's website in recent days, you may have been briefly caught off guard by the advertisements for alternate-history series “The Man in the High Castle.” If you've visited a New York City subway recently, though, you were probably doubly surprised to find Nazi imagery plastered all over seats, walls, and more. The images were part of an ad campaign for Amazon's show, a campaign the company has decided to pull.

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Twitter Moments, now with a side dish of advertisements

Twitter Moments, now with a side dish of advertisements

Twitter introduced a new feature call “Moments” on October 6, and now, less than a month later, the service has announced that it will be adding advertisements to Moments. They’ll be called “Promoted Moments”, and they’ll kick off starting tomorrow with ads for the movie Creed. These Promoted Moments are akin to Promoted Tweets, and are the latest way by which Twitter is looking to get advertisers on board with its platform.

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Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

The Internet’s collective move against Flash — the frequently vulnerable software that increasingly has more downsides than up — just gained a big new ally: Amazon. The Internet retailer announced this week that it will soon stop accepting Flash advertisements, making it the latest company to gravitate away from Adobe's longstanding and much-maligned software. This announcement follows news earlier this month that Yahoo’s advertisements were used to spread malware that, ultimately, used vulnerable versions of Flash for success.

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Netflix users reclaim 140 hours others spend watching TV ads

Netflix users reclaim 140 hours others spend watching TV ads

Discussions of cord-cutting usually touch on the financial and less-limited aspects of eschewing traditional television. The latter of those two talking points are less relevant today as networks embrace on-demand and live streaming, but there's another aspect of ditching cable that, well, cable can't compete with: the lack of advertisements. Some video streaming services like Hulu still have commercials, but others like Netflix don't, and those who use Netflix are regaining a significant number of hours otherwise spent watching TV commercials.

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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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Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo was recently hit by hackers who used its advertisements to deliver malware to an unspecified number of visitors on several of its own websites, it has been revealed. The malware campaign carried on for a full 7-day week before Yahoo, having been alerted by the researchers who discovered it, took it down. Yahoo says it is investigating the matter, and though it has not revealed how many people were affected, it said through a spokesperson that the initial reports "grossly misrepresented" the scale of the attack.

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Comcast frowns at Sling TV, rejects anti-cable ads

Comcast frowns at Sling TV, rejects anti-cable ads

Sling TV was arguably the brightest light in cable-cutters' eyes, at least when it launched earlier this year. The service is an Internet-only online live TV streaming service from Dish Network, and it -- despite some hiccups -- has largely enjoyed success. The service works by breaking content up into packages: there's one core package that costs $20/month, and additional packages priced at $5/month (with a couple exceptions) that aggregates similar channels. The service is everything cable isn't, and now its provoking has earned a reaction.

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Snapchat adds tap to view feature and more

Snapchat adds tap to view feature and more

Snapchat has updated its mobile app, and with the update comes a change to a commonly used feature: opening snaps and stories. In the past you had to press and hold the screen to view these things — with the update, though, you can just tap to view instead. It might not seem like much, but all that holding was taking up precious milliseconds, and if you’re a frequent Snapchat user the difference will add up. That’s not the biggest feature among the changes, though.

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Comcast tipped in agreement to acquire Visible World

Comcast tipped in agreement to acquire Visible World

A source has cropped up claiming that Comcast has entered into an agreement to acquire Visible World, a television advertisement targeting firm — something that, if the deal becomes official, will boost Comcast’s advertising efforts. Visible World is based out of New York and is a firm that opens up avenues for marketers to hawk products to more relevant audiences based on data acquired from their set-top boxes and more. Such could usher in more targeted advertisements on Comcast's cable service.

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Firefox to get more ads via upcoming ‘Suggested Tiles’

Firefox to get more ads via upcoming ‘Suggested Tiles’

Firefox’s previous introduction of in-tab advertisements didn’t go over well with many users, but the outcry apparently wasn’t high enough to reverse things. Today Mozilla announced “Suggested Tiles”, which are advertisements that appear as tiles inside of a new tab. It differs a bit from the previous Directory Tiles (it is said to be a “complement” to them), and works by presenting content from advertisers that are personalized based on the user’s own activity. It is promised the ads are fully "user controlled".

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Spotify’s ads will be tailored to playlists starting May 1

Spotify’s ads will be tailored to playlists starting May 1

Spotify offers an advertisement supported listening option, and as with many other modern services, it seeks to target those advertisements to the users as best as possible. Users can seek out songs, albums and other items on the music streaming service, but they’re also offered playlists. As any music lover knows, the playlist you are listening too often speaks about your mood or mindset, and so it isn’t surprising, then, that Spotify is now offering targeted advertisements based upon them.

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