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Google’s weird, troubling and probably-desperate embrace of adblocking

By now you’ve probably heard the news: Google has announced that they’re maybe, possibly, thinking about adding native adblocking options to their Chrome browser. Chrome’s?native adblocking?feature, may or may not be turned on by default. Google is the largest advertising-supported business on Earth, deriving nearly?90% of their?$90 billion in revenue from advertising. Google’s announcement that […]

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The new Acceptable Ads committee. (And why it still won’t work)

Last week, Adblock Plus announced the first members of it’s “Acceptable Ads committee”. If all goes as planned, this?newly appointed advertising politburo will decide for us which ads are deemed “acceptable”. Or more precisely,?which ads should be filtered and which ads will not be filtered. These privately appointed commissars of the web will be structured […]

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3 ad-tech terms you need to know: “Ad reinsertion”, “ad recovery” & “ad replacement”

Three new ad-blocking terms you’re going to be hearing a lot?this year are “ad reinsertion“, “ad recovery” and “ad replacement“. ?All three terms define?technologies which circumvent?ad blockers to deliver ads to the page. I’ve seen a few articles in the last few weeks conflate these three relatively new ad-tech concepts. So in the interest of […]

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It’s been six months since China banned ad blockers. And?

Six months ago?China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce raised eyebrows around?the advertising world by banning ad blockers. Or at least?that’s what everyone thought. Since then?the?legal follow-through hasn’t been nearly?as dramatic as the legislation?first suggested. The?regulation, otherwise known as Article XVI of the?”Interim Measures for Internet Advertising” seemed to suggest that distributing adblockers would be […]

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What will it take to defeat adblocking in court?

Since last April, publishers have?challenged Eyeo, Inc, maker of Adblock Plus six different times in court. They?claim that both?Eyeo’s?”Acceptable Ads” program?and adblocking itself are illegal under European?law. After a total of six?courtroom decisions, the current score is 0-6?in favor of Eyeo. Is it time for the publishing industry to give up? No. But it is […]

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Why fight Adblock? Ask Facebook.

Last week Facebook announced a blow-out quarter, raking in a whopping $7.01B in revenue. Facebook now has an incredible 1.66 billion monthly active users (or roughly 21% of the Earth’s population… every month). To some, Facebook’s soaring earnings came as a surprise.?It was only two quarters ago that some analysts were pointing to the dark […]

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Addressing adblocking in your website ‘Terms of Use’ agreement

Most major websites today contain a “Terms of Use” page which defines?acceptable site-usage by visitors. These legally binding?agreements?cover a broad range of issues including acknowledgement of copyright laws, codes of user conduct, use?of sponsored content, and many other issues. But the issue of adblocking is seldom discussed. Why do so few?websites address adblocking in their […]

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UK Adblocking hits 44%

Mediatel’s Connected Screens?media and advertising?survey is out and it paints a grim picture for ad-supported media: According to Mediatel, adblocking in the UK has now hit?44%.   As Mediatel reports: If we net these together, 44% have installed an adblocker on at least one of their connected devices. … You will have noticed that adblockers […]

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