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Facebook will bring political ad transparency tools to India ahead of 2019 elections

As India inches closer to its general elections, Facebook announced today that it is bringing transparency to political ads on its platform in the country early next year. This would make India the fourth market — after the U.S., Brazil, and the U.K. — where Facebook offers users a disclaimer on political ads. Facebook began […]

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Lexus Lets Artificial Intelligence Write Car Commercial, Mild Weirdness Ensues

Automakers are obsessed with promoting high-tech concepts in an effort to prove to investors and the general public that they aren’t falling behind the times. While artificial intelligence remains the gold standard, what constitutes A.I. can get a little foggy. However, in the present, the term can be used to describe any machine that effectively mimics […]

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Chrome’s ad blocker will expand to sites with ‘abusive experiences’ in December

Google today announced Chrome is further cracking down on “abusive experiences” — buttons designed to intentionally mislead and trick users into taking action on the web. In December, with the release of Chrome 71, the browser’s ad blocker will cut off revenue for sites that still have these abusive experiences. Google last year joined the […]

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Adblock Plus update reduces memory usage by 50%

Adblock Plus released version 3.4 today. That version number might not seem significant, but the improvements are: Adblock Plus 3.4 reduces memory usage by 50 percent. Adblock Plus is the world’s most popular ad-blocking tool, having passed 100 million active users back in May 2016. The tool is available for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, […]

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Alphabet revenue grows 21% to $33.7 billion for Q3 2018, but shares slips

(Reuters) — Google parent Alphabet on Thursday reported slower third-quarter revenue growth than analysts had expected, with ad sales barely topping estimates and other revenue missing forecasts, sending shares down more than 4 percent after hours. Rising expenses also brought down the company’s operating margin to 25 percent from 28 percent a year ago. The […]

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Racists Are Peddling Fake Nike Coupons for ‘People of Color’

In the few days since Nike dropped its Colin Kaepernick ad, we’ve seen pissed-off MAGA bros incinerate their own sneakers, Trump angrily weigh in, and a Louisiana mayor try to ban (then un-ban) Nike products from his city’s rec centers. Now, unfortunately, it looks like we’ve reached the “racist 4Chan hoax” phase of this godforsaken […]

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ProBeat: I’m sorry for intrusive ads

As always, I considered writing about a lot of topics for my column this week. I wanted to talk about Chrome’s 10-year anniversary, how many smartphone cameras is too many smartphone cameras, or that Jack seems eerily quiet about Twitter finally banning Alex Jones. Instead, I feel I have to say something about this: VentureBeat […]

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