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Firefox Nightly builds get “sponsored” Directory Tiles

Firefox Nightly builds get “sponsored” Directory Tiles

It seems that, short of a massive revolt, there is no stopping Mozilla from pushing out one of its more controversial new features. Directory Tiles, which will place a few sponsored websites on your Firefox New Tab page, has finally landed on Firefox Nightly version 34, signaling the impending arrival of the feature before the year ends.

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Snapchat tipped to be eyeing more vanishing content

Snapchat tipped to be eyeing more vanishing content

Self-destructing messages? Check. Self-destructing photos? Check. Self-destructing videos? Self-destructing news? Self-destructing ads? Check, check, and check! That is, if this rumored Snapchat Discovery truly takes flight to bring the company an additional source of revenue from brands eager to connect with the service's millions of users.

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Twitter video ads enter beta, are heading to your feed

Twitter video ads enter beta, are heading to your feed

Video advertisements are heading to your Twitter feed, with the company announcing that after months of testing, it is pushing its so-called Promoted Video platform into beta mode. Fortunately, the ads won't auto-play when you scroll past them.

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Qualcomm LTE Direct can serve you battery-friendly ads

Qualcomm LTE Direct can serve you battery-friendly ads

You've probably heard of WiFi Direct, which lets devices connect to each other via WiFi when and where they need to, without the need for a wireless access point like a router. Now Qualcomm is rooting for something similar yet something new. LTE Direct is basically the same except that, as the name would imply, it leverages an LTE network instead. And it's ultimate purpose: to make sure your mobile devices receive location-relevant promotions and information without draining your battery.

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Facebook earnings confirm going mobile was right

Facebook earnings confirm going mobile was right

Facebook released their earnings today, outperforming all expectations. Their staggering uptick wasn’t an fluke, either. In parsing the numbers, it’s clear that Facebook not only gets what everyone has known for some time, they’ve capitalized on it, too.

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Amazon Fire Phone ad hawks Prime to the masses

Amazon Fire Phone ad hawks Prime to the masses

Amazon has released its first advertisement for the Fire Phone, and rather than hawking the handset's 3D novelty or other features, the advertisement focuses on what the Internet retailer has to offer on the digital level: a year-long Prime subscription.

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Old Spice’s latest ad campaign ushers in Mandroid

Old Spice’s latest ad campaign ushers in Mandroid

Old Spice, noteworthy for its odd commercials (particularly those featuring Terry Crews), has rolled out a new ad campaign, this one with a man who isn't quite human. The Mandroid, as he calls himself, is as much wires and hydraulics as he is artificial flesh, awkwardly finding himself in fortunate situations.

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Apple Strength ad focuses on fitness future

Apple Strength ad focuses on fitness future

Apple has aired a new health and fitness-centric television advertisement called "Strength". In the ad, we get a look at the iPhone used in conjunction with a variety of wearable devices during exercise, sports, and general health monitoring, hinting at the company's health ambitions.

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Google Now bucks the ‘app empire’ trend, but will you still use it?

Google Now bucks the ‘app empire’ trend, but will you still use it?

Quick, rattle off everything Google Now does! Unless you’ve been keeping a close eye on all the changes, you likely can’t. The service is adding features at an alarming clip, with recent tweaks like offline cards, hotel info, and parking reminders being among the more useful features we’ve seen added in quite some time. Now is definitely cool, but is it getting it right?

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Pinterest advertisements with artistic flair are incoming

Pinterest advertisements with artistic flair are incoming

After a few years of making it easy to find and share pictures of all sorts, Pinterest, the Internet's scrapbook, will be adding advertisements to the service in the near future. The Wall Street Journal reports the company is aiming to keeps its advertisements in line with what users often encounter on the service, however, which means giving them an artistic flair.

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Xbox Live political advertisement targeting leverages user data

Xbox Live political advertisement targeting leverages user data

Microsoft is using its users' data to target political ads to its roster of gamers, the Washington Post has reported. The company wants targeted ads on multiple of its services, including Xbox Live and MSN, and uses Xbox user information to create profiles on its huge array of gamers.

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Dish tipped in agreement to limit ad skipping with Disney

Dish tipped in agreement to limit ad skipping with Disney

Dish Network's Hopper DVR has drawn sustained criticism and legal battles from networks and broadcasters that want to see it nixed, something the company has seen success against. According to a source that surfaced via the WSJ, however, there could be a shift in how the DVR functions in the future, with a reported Disney agreement involving a temporary disabling of the auto-hop feature for certain shows.

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