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Hulu (No Ads) still has some advertising and “promotional content”

Hulu (No Ads) still has some advertising and “promotional content”

You might be asking yourself today why you are still seeing ads while you are paying for Hulu (No Ads) service. As is occasionally the case with modern products and services, the name doesn't always tell the full extent of the content. In this case, the name might imply that you will not see anything resembling an advertisement inside the Hulu app once you're subscribed to the "Hulu (No Ads)" service. But as the fine print states, there is still a distinct chance that the subscriber will see advertisements while viewing movies and/or shows on Hulu.

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Firefox Suggest puts contextual ads in the search bar

Firefox Suggest puts contextual ads in the search bar

As a non-profit organization, Mozilla has always had the problem of finding ways to keep the lights on. Like many Web companies, it tried to resort to some form of advertisement in order to bring in some revenue to support the development of Firefox, among other things. Those efforts never sat well with Firefox's more privacy-minded users, and some have either been removed or remained in seclusion. This latest attempt might fall by the wayside as well, but, at least for now, you can still turn off these Firefox search bar ads until it gets removed completely.

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YouTube targets climate change deniers as part of wider crackdown

YouTube targets climate change deniers as part of wider crackdown

While climate change denial videos can remain on YouTube, they'll no longer rake in advertisement dollars. The company has announced plans to strip ads from climate change denial videos amid a larger crackdown on misinformation. The decision appears to have been largely driven by YouTube's partners that don't want their products appearing alongside these videos.

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Firefox Suggest rolls out to all – Here’s how to turn it off

Firefox Suggest rolls out to all – Here’s how to turn it off

Mozilla announced today that it's adding recommendations to the URL bar in Firefox through a new feature called "Firefox Suggest." Now, in addition to the autocomplete suggestions that show whenever you begin typing something, you'll see suggestions from Mozilla itself. It also looks like Mozilla will use Firefox Suggest to serve ads, though users will have some degree of control over the recommendations they see.

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Google Pixel 5a Jony Ive Apple parody video is strangely out of time

Google Pixel 5a Jony Ive Apple parody video is strangely out of time

The video you're likely about to watch was produced by Google to make you giggle. It was made to promote the Google Pixel 5a, sure, but less because it's a great phone and more because you love to watch ads during the Super Bowl. You might even forget what the video is about by the time you get to the end of it.

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Samsung just ended native in-app advertising officially

Samsung just ended native in-app advertising officially

After a leak of info earlier this week, it's become far more official: Samsung Pay will no longer have advertisements. This will require a software update in the near future, but should be coming soon. Samsung Mobile President Roh Tae-moon suggested that this move was due to requests from customers and employees.

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Samsung Galaxy phones rumored removing (some) ads

Samsung Galaxy phones rumored removing (some) ads

Today it appears that Samsung unofficially announced they'd be removing advertisements from inside their own apps. This means the Samsung Galaxy device apps like Samsung Weather, Samsung Pay, and so forth. It's been ages since we last heard about even the possibility that Samsung would remove advertisements for their own products inside the apps that are placed in their own products!

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Krispy Kreme UK Xbox doughnuts are “Nexus Level” advertising

Krispy Kreme UK Xbox doughnuts are “Nexus Level” advertising

If there were still any doubts about video gaming becoming mainstream, the fact that major brands are coming up with all sorts of antics to appeal to that crowd. No one can probably top KFC's gaming PC, but there are some that come a close second. Krispy Kreme's idea to celebrate the Xbox's 20th anniversary may seem tame in comparison, but it will at least give gamers a tasty treat while also offering the chance to get a new fridge, er, Xbox console in the process.

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Xbox hired All-4-One to make a parody of I Swear

Xbox hired All-4-One to make a parody of I Swear

There's a new song out in the world today by the 90's R&B group All-4-One. This new single is a parody of a song released decades ago, appearing here via Xbox All Access Records, itself a parody of the actual Xbox All Access gaming system. The group, the actual All-4-One music group, came together to record a brand new music video for the song "It's All There (I Swear Remix)" to promote Xbox All Access for gamers.

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Pinterest bans all weight loss ads over eating disorder concerns

Pinterest bans all weight loss ads over eating disorder concerns

Pinterest has announced sweeping changes to its ad policy regarding weight-loss advertisements. The company cites the surprising uptick in eating disorders and problematic eating habits that are primarily impacting young people. After months spent socially isolating, many people are heading back out and socializing -- and trying to crash diet to shed their pandemic pounds.

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Android TV and Google TV autoplaying ads are irking users

Android TV and Google TV autoplaying ads are irking users

Ads have unfortunately become an inescapable part of digital life, but, thankfully, there has been some pushback on the aggressive and invasive nature of ads. Given the nature of its business, it's no surprise that Google has become the poster child for often questionable advertising strategies. That came under the spotlight again this week when Google not only put video ads on the home screens of its Android TV and Google TV platforms but also made those ads automatically play with audio and no way to turn them off.

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Google FLoC delay means third-party cookies will stick around longer

Google FLoC delay means third-party cookies will stick around longer

Google's Privacy Sandbox, particularly its Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, had the grand ambition of making third-party cookies unnecessary for target advertising, thereby protecting people's privacy even while making money from them. Like many of Google's grand ambitions, FLoC was met with no small amount of criticism and pushback. The company still maintains its position on the benefits of FLoC and its innocence from alleged ulterior motives. To give time to address those concerns, it is taking a small step back and delaying FLoC's implementation to 2023.

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