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  1. Three big questions about Facebook’s new VR ads Lots of people saw this coming, but what will it look like? Yesterday, Facebook took a leap many people have been predicting for years: it started putting ads inside virtual reality. The company launched a limited test of advertisements inside three Oculus Quest apps, saying it would expand the system based on user feedback. The move is a turning point for Oculus, bringing one of Facebook’s most controversial features into a medium that inspires both idealism and alarm. And it raises three big q
  2. Facebook begins tying social media use to ads served inside its VR ecosystem Announcement doubles down on Facebook account requirement for Oculus hardware. Everything we've feared about the Facebookening of Oculus and its virtual reality ecosystem is starting to come true. A Wednesday blog post has confirmed that Oculus, the VR-specific arm of Facebook, is now displaying advertisements in select VR games and apps to their players. As Facebook has since emphasized in emails sent directly to the press, these ads will leverage "first-party
  3. Windows 10 Mail App Gets More Ads Because Really Why Not The Mail app in Windows started as a pretty exciting project, but it was slowly converted into the kind of client that few people would use. And it’s not only because of the lack of features and its overall stability and reliability, because the Mail app needs serious improvements in this regard, but due to the ads that have been introduced a long time ago and which have reportedly been refreshed with the addition of links to Office on the Web. In theory, you wouldn’t necessarily expect a
  4. Facebook Ad Services Let Anyone Target US Military Personnel Researchers warn that an advertising platform with categories like “Army” and “United States Air Force Security Forces” could be abused. The stakes are much higher should active duty members of the US military face misinformation online that could impact their understanding of world events or expose them to scams.Photograph: Maja Hitij/Getty Images The spread of misinformation on social media plat
  5. Facebook suspends ads for weapon accessories until at least January 22nd The company added the temporary ban to its Inauguration Day preparations Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook has updated its Inauguration Day preparations to include a temporary ban on ads that promote weapon accessories and protective equipment at least through January 22nd “out of an abundance of caution,” the company said in a new blog post Saturday. “We already prohibit ads for weapons, ammunition and weapon enhancements like silencers. But we will now also prohibit ads
  6. The company is rolling it out on a ‘limited number of videos’ Starting today, YouTube will begin running ads on some creators’ videos, but it won’t give them a portion of the ad revenue because they’re not big enough to be enrolled in its Partner Program. When advertisements run on YouTube videos, those creators typically receive a portion of the revenue through their role in YouTube’s Partner Program. With the new monetization rules, a creator who is not in the partner program “may see ads on some of your videos,” according to an update to the pla
  7. Google introduces audio ads in YouTube, targeted at music streamers Google is today introducing a new format of ads for YouTube – audio ads. The firm is touting this format of ads as a way to reach users that leverage YouTube for listening to music, or what the firm calls “ambient listening”. The format targets users that may not be watching music videos or concerts – but listening to them in the background, leading to visual ads not being as effective. The company says that such ads will have a static image or a still frame of a video, with the “
  8. Ransomware Group Turns to Facebook Ads It’s bad enough that many ransomware gangs now have blogs where they publish data stolen from companies that refuse to make an extortion payment. Now, one crime group has started using hacked Facebook accounts to run ads publicly pressuring their ransomware victims into paying up. On the evening of Monday, Nov. 9, an ad campaign apparently taken out by the Ragnar Locker Team began appearing on Facebook. The ad was designed to turn the screws to the Italian beverage vendor Campari Group, which acknowledged on Nov
  9. Twitch is running a PSA for people using ad-blockers on the site, and nobody’s happy Twitch has started serving them to uBlock users every 10 or 20 minutes Ads are important on Twitch in the same way they’re important on any website that relies on advertisers for revenue. (Hello from Vox Media.) But it is a war. Ad-blockers keep websites ad-free, and then the sites themselves innovate around the blockers. Escalation is the norm. It’s also the background for the current ad-based controversy on the streaming sit
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    New infolinks ads?

    Lately I've been seeing new ads on this site that pop up from the bottom of the page. I can't say that I like them much. Years ago, when we were asked to whitelist nsanedown, I went along with it. We were promised they would just be small, unobtrusive, text-based rollover ads and I thought, "Well, the site has to support itself somehow. It shouldn't be that bad," and it hasn't been until now. Yes, these ads can be closed, but why are they there in the first place? Have the ad rates changed so we need them to keep afloat? I don't see any posts in the site announcements, nor ant in the si
  11. manu

    Adblocker scripts

    AdsBypasser Script Summary: This user script helps you skip ads' count-down or continue page and block pop-up windows changelog: https://github.com/adsbypasser/adsbypasser/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md Lite edition removes image-hosting site support from Full edition. If you prefer to use other userscripts to deal with image-hosting sites, you can use the Lite edition. Configure settings Nano ADblocker Just another adblocker Nano Adblocker is based on uBlock Origin. Please open an issue if there is something you want us to know. Note: I
  12. Having established itself as a top streaming service with now more than 200 million users, Spotify this year is preparing to focus more of its attention on podcasts. The company plans bring its personalization technology to podcasts in order to make better recommendations, update its app’s interface so people can access podcasts more easily and broker more exclusives with podcast creators. It’s also getting into the business of selling ads within podcasts as a means of generating revenue from this increasingly popular form of audio programming. In fact, Spotify has alr
  13. Instagram just got caught selling advertisements to the same follower-buying companies it claimed to have banned back in November. Back in November, Instagram claimed it banned all accounts that were obtained by third-party apps. These apps allow people to purchase followers and likes from fake accounts and bots. An investigation by TechCrunch found that despite Instagram’s claims, the app was still allowing these companies to place ads. TechCrunch reached out to Instagram to find out why they were still selling these ads. Instagram claimed that they removed
  14. Facebook announces ban on anti-vaccination ads As part of a broader effort to promote public health Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Tuesday, Facebook announced a new policy banning ads that discourage the use of vaccines. Timed to the beginning of flu season, the new policy is also aimed at the ongoing proliferation of anti-vaccine groups on Facebook and growing skepticism about forthcoming vaccines for COVID-19. “Our goal is to help messages about the safety and efficacy o
  15. Google suffers first revenue decline as ads hit by pandemic Executives express cautious optimism for a return to growth. Enlarge / Google logo seen during Google Developer Days (GDD) in Shanghai, China, September 2019. Lyu Liang | VCG | Getty Images 43 with 25 posters participating Google has suffered its first recorded revenue decline, as the coronavirus crisis wiped 8 percent from advertising income in the latest quarter and depressed parent company Alphabet’s revenues by 2 percent from the year before.
  16. Angry users have begun to complain that Huawei is displaying advertisements on the lock screen of its smartphones, seemingly without warning or any sort of announcement. Huawei, for its part, says that it’s not the one placing the ads on people’s phones. “The ads are not initiated by Huawei. We encourage individuals to check app settings, or follow publicly available directions on how to remove lock screen ads,” Huawei said in a statement to Digital Trends. In a tweet, an Honor representative confirmed that Honor isn’t serving ads on Honor phones in any market. According
  17. Apple now lets App Store apps send ads through push notifications Today, Apple updated its App Store review guidelines, which tell developers what they can and can't do with the apps they put on the App Store. First spotted by 9to5Mac, today's update includes a handful of important changes. For starters, apps can now use push notifications to deliver advertisements, but the user will need to provide explicit consent to push notification advertising. The apps also need to offer a method to opt out of the advertising within the app, so you shouldn't be bother
  18. Facebook puts plans for WhatsApp ads on hold Back in 2018, WhatsApp said it would be building ads into the Status tab inside the app as a new way to monetize the service. Prior to its acquisition by Facebook, the service actually charged 0.99$ per year to stay active, but the social networking giant was quick to drop that. However, given WhatsApp's reputation for being a privacy-oriented service, the idea of ads being shown didn't sit well with many users. If you're one of those users, there's some good news for you, at least for now. According to a report
  19. Google has announced that starting in December 2018, Chrome 71 will remove all ads on sites that have repeatedly performed abusive behavior. With Chrome 71, Google is stepping up its fight against the internet’s abusive ads problem by blocking every ad on a site that persistently shows them. Abusive ads come in many forms, but broadly speaking cause your browser to misbehave by either generating fake system messages, automatically redirecting you, or attempt to steal personal information. This isn’t the first time that Google has tried to use Chrome to addre
  20. YouTube is finalizing a plan under which it would no longer serve targeted ads in videos that are popular with kids, Bloomberg reported, citing anonymous sources. The move is intended to appease U.S. regulators that have been investigating whether YouTube violated privacy laws that prohibit online services from collecting data on children, according to the report. Google declined to comment on the report. It’s unclear how YouTube would determine which videos would no longer be eligible to serve targeted ads. Last month, the Federal Trade Commission reached
  21. Research by a privacy rights advocacy group has found popular mental health websites in the EU are sharing users’ sensitive personal data with advertisers. Europeans going online to seek support with mental health issues are having sensitive health data tracked and passed to third parties, according to Privacy International’s findings — including depression websites passing answers and results of mental health check tests direct to third parties for ad targeting purposes. The charity used the open source Webxray tool to analyze the data g
  22. Spotify pursues emotional surveillance for global profit Music is emotional, and so our listening often signals something deeply personal and private. Today, this means music streaming platforms are in a unique position within the greater platform economy: they have troves of data related to our emotional states, moods, and feelings. It’s a matter of unprecedented access to our interior lives, which is buffered by the flimsy illusion of privacy. When a user chooses, for example, a “private listening” session on Spotify, the effect is to make them feel that it’s a one-w
  23. Yahoo Mail and AOL Mail, which both fly under the Oath banner, a Verizon owned company, scan emails that arrive in user inboxes to improve advertisement targeting. An article published by The Wall Street Journal (sorry, no link as it is paywalled), suggests that Oath's email scanning may go beyond what users of the service may deem acceptable. According to the article, Yahoo is scanning commercial emails of all free users who did not opt-out of personalized advertisement to improve targeted advertising. Yahoo creates profiles of users by assigning them to ce
  24. Add “a phone number I never gave Facebook for targeted advertising” to the list of deceptive and invasive ways Facebook makes money off your personal information. Contrary to user expectations and Facebook representatives’ own previous statements, the company has been using contact information that users explicitly provided for security purposes—or that users never provided at all—for targeted advertising. A group of academic researchers from Northeastern University and Princeton University, along with Gizmodo reporters, have used real-world tests to demonstrate how Fa
  25. (Reuters Health) - Those cute little apps your child plays with are most likely flooded with ads - some of which are totally age-inappropriate, researchers have found. A stunning 95 percent of commonly downloaded apps that are marketed to or played by children age five and under contain at least one type of advertising, according to a new report in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. And that goes for the apps labeled as educational, too, researchers say. Often the ads are intrusive, spread across in a banner or even interrupting pla
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