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Senate Holds Online Ad Company ‘Backpage’ in Contempt of Congress

The internet can be a wonderful thing and lets you view everything from your favourite show several days early to downloading the latest games on their day of release. The problem being though is that not…

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FTC Warns Apps Could Be Invading Your Privacy

We all love downloading that new app. Be it a game or something more practical for everyday use, we love exploring it and finding out what it does. Seems like some Apps may be returning the…

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German Court Rules Facebook’s ‘Friends Finder’ Unlawful

The highest court in Germany has ruled that Facebook’s ‘Friends Finder’ function is unlawful on the grounds that it scrapes the e-mail contacts of users in order to market the social media site to other users.…

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European ISPs Aren’t Delivering on Advertised Download Speeds

European internet service providers have been caught exaggerating the typical download speeds for end-users according to a study released by the European Commission. The report says: “The difference between advertised and actual broadband speed in Europe remains the…

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FCC To Post List Of Robo Callers

A thousand a day may seem like an exaggeration but when you pick up the phone to the robotic voice saying you’ve just won a great deal or that they are offering you the same deal…

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YouTuber Pockets £20,000 for Promoting Xbox One

A Federal Trade Commission investigation into publicity-for-pay allegations has revealed that one YouTube channel pocket nearly £20,000 for promoting the Xbox One console. The investigation by the FTC was launched on the back of revelations, back…

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Hundreds of Wikipedia Editors Caught Promoting Brands

Hundreds of Wikipedia editors have been banned from the online encyclopaedia after being found promoting products and brands within articles for pay. Wikipedia’s CheckUser team has been investigating suspected brand promotion for a number of months,…

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UK Police Hijacks Ads on 251 Pirate Sites

City of London Police have seized ad revenue from 251 sites that host or link to copyrighted material and replaced and replaced ads with anti-piracy messages, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. For the last…

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Ad for ‘Thinnest Smartphone’ Banned in UK for Sexualising Women

An ad for “the world’s thinnest smartphone” has been banned in the UK. The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), said that the ad was “likely to cause serious offence” due to its “sexually suggestive” nature. The ad…

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New Sonos Logo Looks Like Pulsating Speakers When Scrolled

There’s little else to say because you’ve already seen it. Well, just in case you managed to get here without scrolling past the thumbnail, Sonos, speaker manufacturer, has a new logo, a logo that rather cleverly…

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Twitter’s Video Platform More YouTube Than Vine

Details have emerged regarding Twitter’s forthcoming video function. According to a Twitter Video FAQ found by Daniel Raffel , it will support .mp4 and .mov formats, with an aspect ratio of 16:9, and videos can be up…

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Facebook Sued for Scanning Private Messages

A California judge ruled on Tuesday that Facebook must face a class action lawsuit for scanning users’ private messages without consent. Judge Phyllis Hamilton of Oakland, California affirmed the validity of the suit that was filed…

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Watch: Ad Campaign Completely Shot With iPhone 6 Plus

Luxury skincare brand Erno Laszlo had their entire Christmas ad campaign filmed with the iPhone 6 Plus. Ad agency Truth NYC produced the ad exclusively with Apple’s biggest handset. “iPhone 6 Plus was instrumental in helping us…

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ASA Tackles Vloggers Misleading Advertising

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency has asked popular YouTube vloggers Dan and Phil to remove an ad for Oreo cookies, after it was found to be misleading. The ad in question featured the pair competing with each…

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Disneyland and Walt Disney World Become No-Fly Zones

Ever wondered why there aren’t many aerial photos of Disney’s theme parks around? Gizmodo has just complied information that they’ve become highly protected no-fly zones quite some time ago. These prohibited air spaces are said to…

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Google Contributor Allows You to Pay Sites to Remove Ads

In another example of the increasing number of subscription over ads services, Google has announced ‘Google Contributor’, a new system that allows you to pay your favourite websites in return for the removal of ads. By…

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Google First to Use World’s Largest Video Billboard

Thought all those billboards in Times Square were big enough already? Well you were wrong. Google has lead the way in renting the largest digital billboard ever created, one that is now standing in the world famous part…

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Ad-Less Social Network Ello Selling T-Shirts to Pay the Bills

Ello, the currently invite-only (I’m still waiting for mine) social network, has decided it needs to sell t-shirts to cover its costs. The site has always insisted it will forever remain ad-free and this statement has…

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Google Glitch Leads to Ad-Less Sites, Millions Lost In Ad Revenue

Google encountered an embarrassing glitch Wednesday morning when their ads caused major slowdowns to some big name websites. Twitter users reported sites including the BBC and USA Today displaying the problem. The glitch appeared to be affecting a service…

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Malicious Ads Hit Amazon, YouTube and Yahoo According to Cisco

In a new blog post, Cisco is describing the Malvertising Network dubbed Kyle and Stan. The network is targeting both Windows and Mac devices alike, with the old trick of sneaking malware into advertising. There are only a…

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Is Using ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Advertising Going to Far?

We have all seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos. Some we have laughed at, on some we enjoyed seeing our not-so-liked person icing them selves down and others were just hilarious. And all that for…

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Amazon Could Be Planning Their Own Ad-Service

Amazon could be planning their own Ad-Service to replace their current usage of Google’s AdWords. Already having millions of customers shopping and window-browsing habits already stored in their database make this sound like a reasonable move.…

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Twitter Now Pushing Random Tweets into Your Feed

Recently we reported on Twitters change to start displaying your friends favorites on your timeline – now they’ve taken another step and made random tweet pushing a policy. Twitter has officially updated its timeline explanation in recent days to reflect…

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Snapchat Exploring Advertising Avenues

Most of us have heard about it and many of us have strong opinions of it – there’s no denying that Snapchat has worked its way well into the lives of many of us and especially…

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Creator of Pop-up Add Says Sorry, Blames Its Design on Sex

The pop-up ad may not be as much of a problem these days, especially given that most browsers come with some form of pop-up blocker pre-installed, but back in the early days they were a huge…

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New Graffiti Artwork Uses GIFs as Modern Street Art

Pedestrians walking down the streets of London have been greeted with some amazing and funny works of art. This is the making of Guus ter Beek and Tayfun Sarier, who apparently used a picture frame around…

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HP’s ‘Fanless’ Chromebox Uses a Fan to Keep Itself Cool

Earlier in the year, HP announced the imminent arrival of their ChromeBox, the desktop answer to the popular Chromebook line of systems that a number of manufacturers are offering. As a part of their product design…