Google Feed starts showing ads, but don't worry, it's just a "test"

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Ads have begun appearing in Google Feed for some users. The ads are shown in card form, much like everything else on Feed, save for a small “Ad” badge in the bottom left corner that differentiates them from the rest of the content.

Some users have started receiving ads in Google Feed over the last week, Android Police reports, but the majority of people are yet to get them. A Google spokesperson has confirmed for Venture Beat that the company is, indeed, in the testing phase for the new “feature”, but it is yet …

NAD recommends that T-Mobile stop calling itself "Best Unlimited Network" in ads

Back in February, we told you that AT&T had filed a complaint against fellow carrier T-Mobile with the National Advertising Division (NAD). The latter is administrated by the Better Business Bureau and is “an investigative unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation.” AT&T was unhappy with some claims that T-Mobile made in some of its advertisements, and today the NAD recommended that T-Mobile stop calling itself the “Best Unlimited Network.”

The NAD checked out claims made by T-Mobile in its ads including “T-Mobile is America’s Best Unlimited …

Snapchat starts showing six second ads that can't be skipped over

Snapchat users started seeing a new kind of ad on the platform on Monday morning. The ads are unskippable, forcing subscribers to watch all six seconds of them. They appear only in Shows, which are episodic programs produced by top media companies like Disney, Viacom and NBCUniversal. The initial ads were for the Samsung Galaxy S9, upcoming movies Deadpool 2 and Adrift, and non-carbonated beverage Snapple.

Snapchat has been showing ads since 2014, but allowed users to skip them if they weren’t interested in what was being promoted. Several anonymous Snapchat advertisers claim that the average …

Facebook is testing ads that let you try out mobile games before you buy them

Google Play Instant allows consumers to try a game before they purchase it. Last month, there were six games that offered this feature. Now, something similar with the same “try before you buy” mentality has been unveiled by Facebook. Yes, that Facebook. The company has started testing playable game ads in its News Feed with about 24 developers involved. Facebook also plans to rollout this technology for its off-platform ad network, and later this year it will be offered to all advertisers.

Facebook likes the concept because it has been discovered that 79% prefer learning about a product …

Apple's new ads for the iPhone aim to increase its market share in Mexico

The latest television commercials released by Apple today, show off iPhone features like the App Store and Portrait Lighting. The new spots, posted by Apple on its Mexican YouTube channel (which explains why they are in Spanish), feature a tag line that reads “Switch to iPhone,” also written in Spanish. The spots are similar to the ones used by Apple with the “Switch to iPhone” campaign that it ran in the states last year, right down to the split screens.

The first ad compares portraits taken with “your phone” and the iPhone. Both portraits share the same background, but then we …

Apple CEO Tim Cook is creeped out by ads that follow him around the internet

Late last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. When asked what he would do if he were Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Cook replied, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.” He later stated, “We could make a ton of money if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.” Zuckerberg hit back calling the Apple executive’s comments “extremely glib.”

On Friday, Cook was interviewed on MSNBC and said that online ads that follow users around the internet are creepy. He said, “To me it’s creepy when I look at something and all of a …

"We do it for the kids"- Apple's new iPad ads are cute, but can they get you to buy?

Apple has just announced its new 9.7-inch iPad — now with support for the Apple Pencil! At an event that was heavily geared towards schoolwork, the Cupertinians announced the new ClassKit suite for school project management, as well as new AR apps for learning and updates to the iWork suite.

Apple really, really wants people to buy into the “iPads can be used for education” idea and has launched 3 new video ads to support this. Well, two of them are actually focused on kids, schoolwork, and “shaping the minds of the future”, while the third one just introduces the new iPad and its compatibility …

Mark Zuckerberg finally says 'I'm sorry' in newspaper ads around the globe


Mark Zuckerberg is sorry about that whole Cambridge Analytica mess

So sorry, in fact, that he took out full-page ads in newspapers around the globe on Sunday to “promise to do better for you.”

According to CNN, the ads appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Observer, Sunday Mirror, The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express, and the Sunday Telegraph.

Like we said, he’s totally sorry. 

“You may have heard about a quiz app built by a university researcher that leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014,” reads the advertisement. “This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time.” Read more…

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Spotify says 2 million people figured out how to block ads for free


No one likes ads interrupting their streaming jams, and millions of Spotify Premium users pay $9.99 a month to forestall that very terrible possibility.  

Some non-premium users, around two million of them in fact, decided to go another route — a route that just so happens to involve getting that ad-free content sans monthly payments. 

Spotify noted in a March 23 SEC filing that a chunk of its users were “suppressing advertisements without payment.” And how were they pulling this off? Well that would be with the assistance of good, old-fashioned ad blockers. Read more…

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In full-page ads, Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook's failure to protect users' personal data

A letter from Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears in nine Sunday papers today in the form of a full-page advertisement. The letter, which includes the Facebook logo and Zuckerberg’s signature, contains an apology of sorts. Citing the data on 50 million Facebook users that researcher and former Cambridge University professor Aleksandr Kogan leaked to Cambridge Analytica without permission (some reports allege that Kogan sold the data to the consulting firm), Zuckerberg says that this represented a “breach of trust.” In addition, the executive said that he is sorry that Facebook didn’t …