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Your details are secretly being collected by ad tracking companies

NEWS DESK: Web users are having their details secretly collected by ad tracking companies, researchers say, reported The Independent. They’re abusing password managers, which help you sign into websites by remembering your login details for you. Researchers have found that ad tracking firms have been using invisible login forms to uncover and collect people’s email…

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Snapchat may introduce ads that can be skipped after three seconds

NEWS DESK: Snapchat may introduce new YouTube-style ads that users would only be able to skip after three seconds, a new report claims. According to The Independent, the plans are said to be under “serious consideration”, with the company looking at aggressive new ways of generating money. If they are approved, it’s understood that Snapchat…

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Facebook reveals data on copyright and trademark complaints

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc announced Monday that it removed nearly 3 million posts, including videos, ads and other forms of content, from its services during the first half of 2017 following complaints of counterfeiting and copyright and trademark infringement, reported Reuters. The worldwide data on intellectual property-related takedowns is a new disclosure for Facebook as…

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Zuckerberg seeks forgiveness for division caused by his work

NEWS DESK: Facebook Inc founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asked for forgiveness for ways his work was used to divide people in a Facebook posting marking the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement on Saturday, reported Reuters. “For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us…

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Facebook to reject ads from pages touting ‘fake news’

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Monday said that pages that make a habit of linking to bogus news stories will no longer be able to advertise at the world’s leading online social network.

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Facebook lets you see and delete the intimate details it tracks about your life

NEWS DESK: Facebook is tracking you around the internet, and working out what you like. And it figures that you might want to know. The site has a special tool allowing people to see just some of the information that it collects, reported The Independent. It’s been around for some time but has been recently…

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Ads heading for Messenger home screens globally

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday said that advertisements will begin popping up on Messenger home screens globally after promising tests with users in Australia and Thailand.

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No more ads for YouTube channels under 10,000 views

YouTube has announced that creators from now on will not be able to monetize their content until their channel achieves 10,000 lifetime views. The YouTube Partner Program (YPP) was setup in 2007 allowing content creators to instantly create a channel, upload videos, and immediately start making money. With this business model, You Tube grew into…

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Google apologizes to ad clients for YouTube content fiasco

Google apologized on Monday for allowing ads to appear alongside offensive videos on YouTube as more high-profile firms such as Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) and HSBC (HSBA.L) pulled advertising for British markets from Google sites.

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Effective mechanism in place to check obscene, immoral content: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Marriyum Aurengzeb on Monday assured the Senate of an effective monitoring mechanism at Pakistan Electronic Media regulatory Authority (Pemra) to check obscene, sectarian and immoral content. Winding up discussion on a motion regarding content management by Pemra, the minister said she will personally review the…

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Facebook underreported iPhone traffic for some publishers

Facebook Inc (FB.O) said it had underreported the number of views on iPhone of content published by some publishers using its Instant Articles platform between Sept. 20 and Nov. 30.

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Trump ready to roll out big money for campaign ads

WASHINGTON: Republican White House frontrunner Donald Trump said Tuesday he will start spending millions of dollars in hard-hitting campaign advertising in the run-up to the first votes in the 2016 presidential race. Trump, a billionaire real estate tycoon who is self-funding his campaign, has spent virtually no money in political television ads. But that is…

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Google adding 'buy' buttons to mobile search ads

SAN FRANSISCO: Google is looking to make it easier for people to shop while using its website, launching a trial run of a feature allowing smartphone users make online purchases from their search results. The introduction of 'Purchases on Google' comes as Facebook, and Pinterest also try to make it easier for people to shop…

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Samsung, Marvel use virtual reality for 'Avenger' movie ads

LOS ANGELES: Samsung and Walt Disney's Marvel introduced a marketing campaign that for the first time promotes a movie using short virtual reality films. The ad campaign, launched last week for the movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” employs technology that immerses a user in a 3D world and makes them feel as if they are…

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Facebook's Instagram rolls out new 'carousel' ads

SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram will let brand marketers showcase more images on its photo-sharing smartphone app, the Facebook-owned service’s latest move to expand its money-making advertising features. The new “carousel ads” feature will let brands post multiple images, which users can scroll through by swiping their finger across the phone’s screen. The idea, according to a…

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Mexico restricts soft drink ads to fight obesity

MEXICO CITY: Mexico said Tuesday it will restrict TV ads for soft drinks, snacks and other high-calorie foods in a bid to tackle rampant obesity. With immediate effect, such ads will be banned from open air and cable TV from 2:30pm to 9:30pm during the week and from 7:00am to 7:30pm at weekends. Ads in…

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Yahoo says some ads on its European sites spread malware

CALIFORNIA: ome advertisements on Yahoo Inc's European websites last week spread malicious software, Yahoo said on Sunday, potentially infecting thousands of users.On Friday, Fox-IT, a Delft, Netherlands-based computer security firm, wrote in a blog that attackers had inserted malicious ads.In statement on Sunday, a Yahoo spokesman, said: “On Friday, January 3 on our European sites,…

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Twitter introduces self-serve ads outside U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter Inc said it would introduce self-serve ads for small- and medium-sized businesses in three countries outside the United States, marking one of its first moves to expand revenue as a publicly listed company.Businesses in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada will be able to buy “promoted” ads that can be shown to…

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Facebook to show users less unwanted ads in newsfeed

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook newsfeeds will contain fewer ads for products or services that users are not interested in, Facebook Inc has said, announcing changes in advertising policy.It was the Web company's latest effort to refine the newsfeed ads that have become more important to its business.”When deciding which ad to show to which groups of…

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Facebook to pull ads from pages with sex, violence

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc. said it will no longer allow ads to appear on pages with sexual or violent content, as the online social network moves to appease marketers being associated with objectionable material.The moves come a month after several businesses pulled their ads from Facebook amid reports of pages on Facebook that promoted violence…

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US regulator tells Web search firms to label ads better

SAN FRANCISCO: US regulators warned leading Internet firms including Google Inc. to better identify paid ads in search results, particularly as new technology such as mobile services and voice-based online services become more common.The US Federal Trade Commission has said it had sent letters to 24 Internet search companies, including giants Google, Microsoft Corp and…

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