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  1. AlphaAtlas

    Footage Shows a Click Farm in Action

    Anyone who spends time online has probably heard of, and run into, websites and social media posts that are clearly being promoted by bots. But just what do those bots look like on the other end? While I expected to see rackmount servers spoofing various devices en masse, according to a post...
  2. AlphaAtlas

    Asus GPU Tweak II Overlay Injects Ads Into Games

    Citing post on Reddit, Techpowerup claims that Asus GPU Tweak II injects what appears to be an Asus GPU ad right into games. But, since Reddit has a habit of blowing up unverified claims, I decided to download the utility myself and see if there's any truth to them. I grabbed the Windows 10 64...
  3. cageymaru

    CenturyLink Blocks Internet Access to Utah Customers Until They Click Pop-Up

    CenturyLink blocked internet access to its Utah customers until they clicked a pop-up that advertised CenturyLink @Ease internet filtering software. Utah has a new law that requires all internet service providers (ISP) make known to their customers the existence of content filtering software for...
  4. cageymaru

    How to Stop Apps from Tracking Everywhere You Go

    Todd Haselton of CNBC has written a guide on how to disable location services for apps to keep them from tracking your location. His guide covers the iPhone and Android ecosystems. For example, there are options in the menus to completely disable location services or to only enable it for...
  5. AlphaAtlas

    Samsung Used a DSLR Shot to Fake a "Portrait Mode"

    Dunja Djudjic, a writer and photographer for DIY Photography, recently caught Samsung passing one of her DSLR photos off as a shot from a Galaxy smartphone. After creating an account on EyeEm, one of her shots got sold through Getty images, and out of curiosity, she did a reverse image search to...
  6. AlphaAtlas

    Intel Shuts Down Internal Ad Agency

    AdAge reports that Intel is shutting down Agency Inside, their internal advertising agency. The advertising-focused publication calls Intel "an industry poster child for running a successful in-house agency," but the company allegedly wants to focus more on business relationships and less on...
  7. cageymaru

    Sony Releases 'Mishear Rap' Advertising Campaign for PlayStation Classic

    Here is a video of the 'Mishear Rap' advertising campaign in Japan for the PlayStation Classic. Thanks to Gematsu for the translation. Never change Japan. Never ever change! In it, Japanese actor Taiga plays a businessman who goes to a bar with his co-workers after work. During their chat, his...
  8. cageymaru

    Google Chrome 71 to Block More Intrusive Advertising

    Google Chrome already blocks some bad advertising, but starting in December, Chrome 71 will start removing persistent abusive advertising experiences from a small number of sites. These are ads that intentionally deceive and force users to take actions that may redirect pages. As a result...
  9. cageymaru

    Apps Can Track Your Every Move Even After Uninstalling Them in iOS and Android

    The intentions of app developers are difficult to gauge sometimes. They can invent wonderful software that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it, or they can create privacy nightmares at the same time. Adjust, AppsFlyer, MoEngage, Localytics, and CleverTap are app developers that...
  10. cageymaru

    Facebook Accused of Inflating Ad-Watching Metrics by 900% to Deceive Advertisers

    A new lawsuit accuses Facebook of inflating ad-watching metrics by up to 900%. Facebook allegedly knew for over a year that its average-viewership numbers were wrong and simply remained quiet. Facebook then leveraged these lies to sell premium video advertising on its platform because...
  11. cageymaru

    Instagram Users with 100,000+ Followers Get Free Food for Posts

    The "This is Not a Sushi Bar" restaurant in Milan, Italy is offering Instagram users with 100,000+ followers free food if they post a picture of their meal and tag the restaurant on social media. "Owner Matteo Pittarello said he hoped the offer would attract millennials as patrons and create...
  12. cageymaru

    Amazon Alexa May Detect Emotional and Physical States in the Future

    Amazon has patented a method for the voice assistant Alexa to detect emotional and physical states based on vocal cues that it hears. It will then tailor its conversations in such a way to appeal to the person. For example if a person sounds like they are bored then Alexa will deliver an ad...
  13. cageymaru

    Amazon to Tap Customer Data to Choose Appealing Ads for Free Fire TV Service

    Sources are alluding to Amazon releasing a free Fire TV exclusive video service through their subsidiary IMDB. The service is described as similar to Hulu and will use 1st and 3rd party data collected by Amazon and partners to tailor advertising to appeal to individual viewers. This is the...
  14. cageymaru

    Snapchat Announces Plan to Monetize Public Posts by Users

    Snapchat has a new feature called Our Stories that has proven extremely popular on the social media site. These are Snapchat editorially curated stories that draw upon public snapchat posts. The plan for the new monetized version is to allow media partners to stitch together public Our Stories...
  15. cageymaru

    Google Buys Mastercard Data to Link Targeted Ads to Online and Physical Sales

    Google allegedly purchases data from Mastercard pertaining to the purchase history of its 2 billion cardholders. They then cross-referenced it with Google's own online advertising tracking to learn how Mastercard cardholders viewed and reacted to, online advertising from Google in relation to...
  16. DooKey

    Kiosks are Looking at You, Too

    Customer-facing kiosks are getting more sophisticated every day. Those equipped with cameras are estimating your age, gender, size, hair length and even the clothing you are wearing. Supposedly this is going to raise the level of interactivity with the kiosk and all the data is just generic...
  17. DooKey

    It Takes Just $1000 to Track Someone's Location With Mobile Ads

    Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered you don't have to be a huge corporation to steal someone's privacy. They say for as little as $1000 an individual can exploit mobile advertising networks to find out where you live and work. It's probably a good time for all of us to...
  18. Zarathustra[H]

    234 Android Applications Are Currently Using Ultrasonic Beacons to Track Users

    Back in 2015 we reported of a new tracking technology, where advertisers could use ultrasonic transmissions in locations, radio, TV broadcasts, music and apps, picked up by your phone, in order to tie your user account on your phone to these locations/sounds, collecting even more data about you...
  19. Zarathustra[H]

    How to Disable Advertising in Windows 10 File Explorer

    One of the things that irked me when I first installed Windows 10, was the number of ways Microsoft was seemingly trying to funnel me in to their cloud eco-system. Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely hate being sold to, at any time, for any reason. Even when I walk into a store or a...
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