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Rise of Ad Blocking Is the Ad Industry's Fault, Says Outgoing FTC Commissioner

Julie Brill says consumers are ‘taking matters into their own hands’ after the ad industry crippled the ill-fated Do Not Track program.
Janus Kopfstein
4.1.16
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ADVERTISING

Creepy Ad Company Says It Will Stop Eavesdropping With ‘Audio Beacons’

Silverpush claims it won’t be using ultrasonic tones to target ads anymore, but its website still advertises the tracking tech.
Janus Kopfstein
3.21.16
News
News

FTC Warns 12 Android Developers to Stop Eavesdropping on Unwitting Users

The trade watchdog has warned developers to stop quietly tracking users.
Jordan Pearson
3.17.16
News
News

FTC Says Gaming Media Giant Machinima, Inc. Must Disclose Paid Promotions

It’s not a great day to be an Xbox One owner.
Jordan Pearson
3.17.16
short circuit
short circuit

You Don’t Have to Be a Privacy Wonk to Appreciate Ghostery 6.0

In an exclusive interview with Motherboard, the team behind Ghostery explains how it re-designed its browser extension for a more mainstream audience.
Nicholas Deleon
2.23.16
Instagram
Instagram

Whatever Happened to Klout?

The influence-measuring algorithm is still very much alive, but in a different form.
Rachel Pick
2.19.16
security
security

​You're Going to Need an Ad Blocker for Your Next TV

Samsung smart TVs may be showing pop-up ads based on what you’re watching.
Meghan Neal
1.21.16
short circuit
short circuit

Native Ads Are Here to Stay, But the FTC Wants Them Clearly Labeled

US regulators are fine with native advertising, but not if they’re not clearly labeled.
Nicholas Deleon
12.22.15
Internet
Internet

Encryption and Other Tricks Are Making Malvertising Harder to Hunt

The latest malvertising campaigns "go to great lengths to fly under the radar."
Joseph Cox
12.9.15
tech
tech

People Are Complaining That Amazon Echo Is Responding to Ads on TV

"Alexa, play my holiday playlist."
Matthew Braga
12.4.15
travel
travel

The Little-Known Capitalist History of the Highway Map

Since the early 1900s, road maps have been designed to advance capitalism, influencing where and how people travel.
Jeff Allen
11.26.15
short circuit
short circuit

Twitter Is No Longer Showing Who’s Behind Promoted Tweets

And it’s throwing a wrench into my months-long campaign to block every promoting account.
Rachel Pick
11.18.15