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Google avoids serving repeat ads with machine learning

Serving repeat ads can adversely affect everyone in the advertising pipeline, says Google. Advertisers typically pay on a “cost per…
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Twitter admits your phone number may have been used for targeting ads

The company maintained that it never shared “personal data” with partners or other outsiders, and that it had resolved the…
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TikTok opts out of paid political advertising entirely

While other social networks grapple with complex issues of political speech, growing video platform TikTok has decided not to allow…
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Facebook’s updated ad policy is letting politicians post misleading ads (update)

Popular Information today highlighted the problem with the company’s new stance, highlighting several factually spurious ads that are now exempt…
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TiVo says all retail DVR owners will see ads before recorded shows

There’s no mention of if or when cable providers might implement the ads, and it’s not clear if the ads…
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TiVo tries running pre-roll ads before your recorded shows

TiVo didn’t confirm or deny the test when reached for comment. It told Engadget that it was “dedicated to innovation”…
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Big tobacco keeps starting ‘grassroots’ Facebook campaigns

A 2016 study of tobacco industry email marketing by the Association of Nonsmokers-Minnesota and ClearWay Minnesota found that tobacco companies…
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YouTube is bringing a big, ugly ad banner to its TV app’s home screen (updated)

The TV ad banner is currently in beta, and it’s not clear how quickly it will become visible worldwide. We’ve…
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YouTube stops counting ad views in its top music charts

As Rolling Stone observed, the outgoing system effectively let companies pay to climb the charts. YouTube’s TrueView ads let marketers…
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Russia accuses Facebook, Google of violating political ad laws

Roskomnadzor didn’t mince words. It said the ads were “unacceptable” and that they could be treated as “interference in the…
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