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Google is slowly but surely expanding its Google Fiber Internet and TV service across the United States, and if you ever wondered how the company can afford to offer such comparatively low prices, we have two answers. The first is simply, it's Google -- the company raked in $66 billion in revenue last year. Secondly... Read more...
I've been pretty critical of Microsoft's advertising campaigns, including the ones featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates several years ago. They lacked the wit and amusement of Apple's "Mac vs PC" ads at the time, and more importantly, they didn't convey a clear message like Apple did, even if that message was... Read more...
Rumors that Amazon was considering a streaming video service supported by ads and separate from its Prime program first surfaced back in March of this year. Nothing came of it, at least not yet, though that doesn't necessarily mean those plans are dead. These kinds of roll outs take time -- negotiations with content... Read more...
Which do you despise more, advertisements or paying for a service when you've grown accustomed to it being free? Don't feel obligated to answer now, though you should put some thought into the question in case YouTube decides to charge a subscription fee for ad-free access to its streaming video collection. While nothing is yet imminent, there's... Read more...
A million dollars isn't cool, do you know what's cool? A billion dollars. Or so we were told by Justin Timberlake's portrayal of Sean Parker in the movie The Social Network, a docu-drama about Facebook. Ironically enough, Facebook reportedly offered $1 billion to acquire Snapchat, and then $3 billion after its initial... Read more...
It's only a matter of time before the memes start rolling that read, "Brace yourself, ads are coming to Snapchat." It's an inevitability now that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel let the cat out of the bag regarding plans to finally generate revenue -- while speaking last night at a Vanity Fair event in San Francisco, he gave the heads up that ads... Read more...
Don’t freak out, but Facebook is testing a new feature that would put “Buy” buttons on ads within the social network. Simply, users would see an ad, and the ad would have a button that you could click to purchase the item you see, all without leaving Facebook. This is an obvious evolution of having ads on Facebook, and it... Read more...
After warning that it was doing so back in March, Google has changed its AdWords policies to ban sexually explicit advertisements, meaning that we’ll no longer see any porn ads in search results or anywhere on the AdWords network. “Google AdWords doesn't allow the promotion of some types of sexual content on the Google Network.... Read more...
The world's largest social network -- that would be Facebook, folks -- has agreed to acquire LiveRail, an advertising technology company, for an undisclosed sum of money (online reports have the figure pegged at between $400 million and $500 million). While announcing the planned acquisition, Facebook pointed out that LiveRail has helped several... Read more...
After taking heavy fire in a California court from plaintiffs who contend its Gmail data mining practices within Google Apps for Education are illegal, Google is changing its practices so that it’s not possible to scan those users’ emails for advertising purposes. Further, “We’ve permanently removed the “enable/disable”... Read more...
You know those blank tiles on your Firefox homepage when you first start using the web browser? Mozilla is rolling out a program to make it so those tiles aren’t blank anymore; instead, they’ll be filled with ads. The company announced the change in a blog post using language that obfuscates at first blush what’s going on.... Read more...
Google has received a patent that essentially takes the incentive for a consumer to visit a business up a notch--or several notches. Traditionally, the tactics brick-and-mortar businesses have had to use to get people through the door have involved advertising sales, coupons, and offers for validated parking, not to... Read more...
You know what really grinds our gears? Bad ads. Online advertising makes most of the free content on the Internet (such as the words you’re reading right now) possible, but there are plenty of bad actors that abuse advertising tools to spam, trick, or deliver malicious content to users. Fortunately, Google has an ongoing full frontal... Read more...
In the coming months, you'll stop receiving ads in your feed based on what your family and friends are into. They're called Sponsored Stories and the way they work is by showing up sporadically on your news feed based on the activity of your Facebook friends. So, if your mom Liked a Sponsored sewing page, there's a... Read more...
Like everyone that’s trying to make a living in the online world, Instagram is trying to crack the tough nut of monetizing its free service, but the social image-sharing site may just have figured out a solution. Many sites, such as Google, rely on ad clicks, as well as actions such as “likes”, and... Read more...
Do you hear that noise? It's the sound of stocks changing hands, and today that's good news for Twitter. Why? Twitter's stock is currently trading at around $52 per share, up nearly 6 percent since the opening bell, and that's after gaining 9.3 percent on Monday. Shares of Twitter hit a new high of $52.58 just a... Read more...
It should come as no surprise to hear that Google, a search company, has morphed into an advertising company. And what marketers really, really covet is your location and buying habits, amongst other personal details that help them best target you at the precise moment in which you'd be likely to pull the trigger on a... Read more...
Up to now, viewability of kids’ Facebook accounts was set by default to “Friends of Friends”; now, those aged 13-17 start out with their audience set to “Friends” by default. However, they can also make their posts public, and they can turn on “Follow” to let their posts show... Read more...
One of the quirkiest aspects of the amazing success that many relatively new Internet tech companies enjoy is the fact that the free services don’t actually bring in a lot of cash, at least not compared to the scale of their popularity. Thus, inevitably, something has to give, and for Instagram that something is the placement of ads... Read more...
You know what they say: the truly powerful just let the haters do their thing, while the insecure worry about building up counter-arguments. Say what you will about the ongoing Microsoft vs. Google battle, but Microsoft sure seems to put up more of a public fight against compared to the other way around. In fact... Read more...
Your eyeballs are valuable commodities. No, we're not talking about scooping them out and selling them on the black market -- please don't do that -- but for advertisers, their goal is to get their goods and services in front of your face however possible. A new app called Locket wants to help them do that by beaming... Read more...
When it comes to advertising, many companies are understandably picky about where their ads appear. That plug for a minivan makes sense in a mainstream magazine, but it’s a little odd if the same ad shows up near adult content. So Facebook announced today that it’s going to begin pulling ads from Groups... Read more...
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