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Op-Ed: The onslaught of ad blockers is killing websites and the Internet

The vast majority of websites rely on revenue from adverts displayed on their pages to be able to operate. Yet many consumers install ad blockers that hide them from sight, preventing websites from getting much needed money - and the trend is growing.

Confirmed: YouTube is launching a paid-subscription service

In an email to partners, Google has confirmed that it is launching a new subscription model for YouTube. Subscribers will pay a monthly fee to view YouTube without any adverts on videos and content creators will get a portion of the fee.

Google disables ad-injecting Chrome extensions; many are malware

Google has removed nearly 200 extensions for its Chrome browser from the store after finding that they inject adverts into webpages and in many cases expose users to malicious software. In any case, the extensions ruined the experience of web browsing.

#thedress web sensation becomes powerful Salvation Army campaign

The furious Internet debate late last month around the perceived colour of a dress is now being used by charity the Salvation Army in a powerful new campaign about violence against women, saying "Why is it so hard to see black and blue?"

TV ad for 'world's thinnest phone' banned for objectifying women

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a TV advert for the "world's thinnest phone" should be banned for objectifying women owing to its strong usage of sexually suggestive scenes.

North Face social ad: Retracting floor forces customers to climb

In their latest social experiment advertising stunt, the Korean branch of The North Face Store pushed unsuspecting customers to take a leap of courage.

Xbox One TV commerical switches on Xbox consoles

Xbox One owners are complaining that a new television commercial is inadvertently switching their consoles. There have been several complaints from Xbox owners about consoles activating on without their permission.

Chocolate advert gets the UK dancing

London - A new television commercial from Cadbury’s chocolate has got the nation dancing. The commercial for the Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate is loosely based on the popular TV comedy The Office starring Ricky Gervais.

Video: Horror spoof of Spanish Christmas lottery ad going viral

Every year at Christmas, Spaniards are treated to the popular "El Gordo" (the fat one) lottery, where everyone hopes to win millions in the big prize. This year's ad for the lottery was a bit "kitsch," so someone just had to do a parody.

'I Ham': Naked Parma ham advert causes outrage in Capri, Italy

Capri - An advertisement billboard is causing an upset on the Italian island of Capri. It shows a couple of slices of the famous Parma ham placed strategically on the rump of a naked woman.

TV advert to fight breast cancer censored in New Zealand (video)

A ground-breaking advert, featuring comedienne and actress Elaine C Smith, was first in the UK to show real images of women's breasts affected by cancer. They wanted to use the images in New Zealand for a similar campaign, but the ad was banned.

Actress Penélope Cruz directs 'Agent Provocateur' lingerie ad

Spanish film star Penélope Cruz has made her directing debut, making a video advert for the "Agent Provocateur" line of lingerie, starring Spanish actor and heartthrob Miguel Ángel Silvestre along with a bevy of beautiful girls.

French street theatre group fizzing at Coca-Cola’s Santa Claus ad

Nantes - French theatre group Royal de Luxe were shocked to discover Coca-Cola’s latest advert featuring a giant sized Santa Claus puppet being brought to life. The giant Santa bears a striking resemblance to Royal de Luxe’ own creations.

Video: Public transport commercial with a difference

If you thought advertising public transport would be pretty difficult and boring, think again. A Danish company has come up with a solution. Midttrafik have released a commercial in the form of an epic movie trailer, all about their wonderful new buses.

Nokia admits it faked a Lumia smartphone advert

Smartphone manufacture Nokia admitted that an advert which featured video footage which appeared to have been shot with its new smartphone had actually been created using different equipment.

Bad advertising: Buchenwald victims used for slimming pills ad

Tallin - In a case of really poor judgment, an Estonian newspaper published an ad for slimming pills, showing exhausted concentration camp torture victims to portray new, slim bodies.

Video: 'Legitimate rape' anti-Akin parody advert

This parody video explores the concept of 'legitimate rape', as quoted by U.S. Republican Congressman Todd Akin, as a method of birth control. It tells ladies how they can prevent pregnancy using the concept.

Petition against Enbridge for misleading tar sands pipeline ads

Oil and gas giant Enbridge is fighting to build a 700 mile tar sands pipeline from Alberta to the British Columbia coast, despite massive public opposition. In their ads promoting the pipeline, they have removed islands from the map.

Genus pharmaceuticals told to remove ‘sexist’ advert

The pharmaceutical company Genus has been found in breach of an advertising code after it used a ‘sexually charged’ image for the promotion of its emollient cream.

Hollywood A-list celebs star in Ukrainian ad for police uniforms

All the biggest stars appear to have turned out for this Ukrainian advert for police uniforms - only one problem, they knew absolutely nothing about it.

Marketing War: England Academy vs Argentina’s Falklands Claims

Danish brewing company Carlsberg has come up with a great and funny commercial ad (as usual, shall we say!) to show its support to the England national team at the Euro 2012 Tournament.

Argentinian Olympics ad annoys Britain

An advert showing Argentinian hockey captain, Fernando Zylberberg running through quiet, early morning streets, doing exercises against a wooden bench and running his hands through sand on a beach was aired on May 2.

Video: Ukraine furious over sexy Dutch Euro 2012 ad

Kiev - A diplomatic row has blown up between Kiev and Amsterdam over a Dutch TV ad, which uses erotic images of allegedly Ukrainian women.

Video: Ukraine furious over sexy Dutch Euro 2012 ad

Kiev - A diplomatic row has blown up between Kiev and Amsterdam over a Dutch TV ad, which uses erotic images of allegedly Ukrainian women.

Video: Ukraine furious over sexy Dutch Euro 2012 ad

Kiev - A diplomatic row has blown up between Kiev and Amsterdam over a Dutch TV ad, which uses erotic images of allegedly Ukrainian women.

Halloween radio ad banned for being too sexy

A radio advert for Ann Summers Halloween costumes has been banned because regulators feel it is too sexy and might offend listeners.

Ad changed after upsetting ginger-haired people

Changes were made to a television advert after the company being promoted received complaints that it was offensive to ginger-haired people.

New UK abortion ad draws more than 300 complaints this week

The UK's first TV commercial offering abortion advice was aired from Monday this week. The Advertising Standards Authority has already received more than 300 complaints.

Paddy Power in doghouse for abusive cat commercial

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has received almost 700 complaints so far in regards to a commercial showing sight-impaired football players kicking a cat.

Take My Wife Please Ad Placed In the Free To Collect Section

There's an ad out in the UK that shouldn't get that many offers but it has! A frustrated hubby has put his wife up for for someone to take off of his hands. The newlywed hubby placed the ad as a joke.
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Ukrainian ad for police uniforms stars famous celebs.
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A spoof was made of the Christmas lottery advert in Spain.
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The advert for the Kazam Tornado 348 has banned from UK TV by the Advertising Standards Authority for objectifying women.
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Ukrainian ad for police uniforms stars famous celebs.
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Unemployed French man advertises CV on giant billboard
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Ukrainian ad for police uniforms stars famous celebs.
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Ukrainian ad for police uniforms stars famous celebs.
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Spanish actor and heartthrob, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, appearing in a lingerie advert directed by Penélope Cruz.
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