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Apple debuts AirPods ads highlighting Siri and pairing

Apple debuts AirPods ads highlighting Siri and pairing

You'll still be hard-pressed to find Apple's new AirPods in stores anywhere, ever after the holidays, but Cupertino has taken to rolling out a new series of television commercials for the wireless headphones, highlighting and promoting their key features. The ads, which began appearing on TV this weekend, feature the dancer Lil Buck using the AirPods as he walks down the street, making use of Siri and pairing them with an iPhone 7.

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As Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, full screen video ads enter testing

As Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, full screen video ads enter testing

Instagram's Stories feature is still relatively new, but parent company Facebook is wasting no time in monetizing it. Today Instagram announced that full screen video ads will soon play within Stories, and it starts with partnerships with around 30 different businesses. From there, it seems safe to assume that Instagram will expand Stories ads quickly, letting more and more companies run ads.

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Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

We knew they were coming sooner or later, and now ads in Facebook videos seem to be right around the corner. A new report claims that Facebook will soon put mid-roll ads in News Feed videos, splitting the revenue with content creators. This is a big step in Facebook's effort to pull content publishers away from YouTube, though even with ad revenue streaming in for creators, Facebook still has its work cut out for it.

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How to opt out of Facebook ads that track you

How to opt out of Facebook ads that track you

Facebook has an opt-out page which shows how they track users for Facebook ads across the entire planet. This page lists the ways in which Facebook works with data providers that "help businesses connect with people who might be interested in their products or services." These are the the groups that show an advertisement of a movie ticket sales site to people that've been searching for information about which movies are out in their area. For the Ron Swanson in you, this is your page, this is how you get out.

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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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Ads begin appearing on Samsung Smart TVs, and they’re making users angry

Ads begin appearing on Samsung Smart TVs, and they’re making users angry

A new update has arrived for some Samsung smart TVs, and it's causing a significant amount of controversy by injecting ads into the user interface. We've known this was going to happen for most of the year, but now it seems like an update that launched earlier in the month is finally making it a reality. As a result, there are quite a few unhappy Samsung users today.

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Facebook announces changes to controversial “ethnic affinity” marketing

Facebook announces changes to controversial “ethnic affinity” marketing

It would appear that Facebook has taken criticisms over what it calls "ethnic affinity" in its marketing options for advertisers to heart. A few weeks after those criticisms began sprouting up, Facebook has detailed a plan on how it will change things. The changes were announced in a blog post published by the company earlier this morning.

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Facebook will begin testing ads on Apple TV and Roku devices

Facebook will begin testing ads on Apple TV and Roku devices

If you thought Facebook already has enough presence on the screens of your various devices, get ready for one more: the TV. The social network behemoth is gearing up to expand its ever-growing advertising network with a test that will run video ads within certain apps on the Apple TV and Roku set-top boxes. The tests could start as early as next week, but there's no word yet on a pre-determined video length.

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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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BMW Films returns with ‘The Escape,’ highlighting new 5 Series

BMW Films returns with ‘The Escape,’ highlighting new 5 Series

BMW produces a number of great cars, but they've also managed to elevate the art of advertising with their "BMW Films" series; essentially lengthy car commercials in the form of short films featuring action and car chases with the company's sporty sedans at the center of it all. The series has also drawn in big Hollywood talent, with previous directors including Ang Lee and Guy Ritchie, along with Clive Owen starring in the first films when they debuted in 2001.

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No Man’s Sky comes under investigation for Steam page advertising

No Man’s Sky comes under investigation for Steam page advertising

Whether you love or hate No Man's Sky, there's no denying that it's gone through a controversial launch. Shortly after the game released, there were a fair number of players and commentators criticizing the lack of advertised features in the game, and in fact, the game's Steam page still displays pre-release promotional materials that show off features which never made it into the final game. Those trailers and screenshots have caught the attention of the UK-based Advertising Standards Authority, which has revealed that it is investigating claims of misleading marketing.

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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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