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china

A Chinese Ad Firm Is Using Malware to Get More Clicks

Researchers say Chinese group Yingmob is behind malware generating fraudulent ad revenue and installing fraudulent apps.
Joseph Cox
7.4.16
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ADVERTISING

The Rise of Confirmshaming: When Websites Insult You for Not Opting In

The “exit=intent pop-up” is becoming inescapable.
Julianne Tveten
6.7.16
News
News

Advertisers Might Already Be Using Your Phone’s Hardware to Track You

The unsettling future of ads is already here.
Jordan Pearson
5.31.16
Video Games
Video Games

When McDonald's, Domino's, and Chester Cheetah Took Over Your Nintendo

In the 80s and 90s, advertisers got the idea to market products to kids through video games. The games aren’t half-bad (mostly), but they’re still ads.
Ernie Smith
5.25.16
shopping
shopping

Brands Want To Predict Your Behavior By Mining Your Face From YouTube Videos

NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE
Janus Kopfstein
5.24.16
News
News

What Is the CDC Implying with this Vaping PSA?

A year-old ad has recently popped up on some platforms with more aggressive language.
Kaleigh Rogers
5.2.16
Health
Health

'Sweaty,’ Mosquito-Luring Billboards Have Popped Up in Brazil

Two advertising agencies have released designs for a mosquito-trap billboard to help fight the Zika epidemic.
Kaleigh Rogers
4.20.16
ADVERTISING
ADVERTISING

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
ADVERTISING
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