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Tim Berners-Lee thinks the web's facing a 'nasty storm' of issues

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, has discussed his opinions on net neutrality, fake news and aggressive ads. He said more needs to be done to protect the web's open nature and prevent it being abused, warning "the system is failing."

Black model in Dove video says ad 'misinterpreted'

London - The black model who appeared in a Dove advert which triggered accusations of racism insisted Wednesday that she was not a victim and that the commercial had been misinterpreted.

From a 'cultural meme' to a comeback kid: Samsung bounces back

Samsung has pulled a successful comeback from its exploding phones fiasco last year, with its brand value up 9 percent, according to Interbrand.

New working group to explore the use of blockchain in digital ads

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has set up a Blockchain Working Group, bringing the technology a step closer to widespread use in marketing. The blockchain's transparent nature could help control the flood of ad fraud in the industry.

Digital transformation in retail means even more targeting

Retailers are coming under pressure to incorporate digital strategies into their customer experiences. As they find themselves overshadowed by firms like Facebook and Google, retailers are having to employ more aggressive targeting to reach new customers.

Vivaldi CEO attacks Google for 'evil' monopoly over online ads

Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner has penned an attack on Google's alleged "misuse of power" online. In a sharply written blog post, he explained how Google appeared to cancel Vivaldi's ad campaigns after he spoke out about its data collection policies.

NY goes back in time with revival of hand-painted ads

New York - Once outdated relics in a digital world, painted advertisements are flourishing once again in New York, putting a dose of hip attitude into 21st century commercial art in the city that never sleeps.

50 percent of web users 'would not revisit' pages with popup ads

Google has published research detailing how annoying ads impact browsing habits. The company said 50 percent of web users will not return to a site that uses intrusive popup ads. Google intends to help sites migrate to more effective alternative formats.

Twitter shares collapse as social network's growth lies flat

Twitter's shares have fallen to their lowest value in nine months on the news the social network hasn't gained users during the second quarter of the year. Analysts are losing their optimism in the social network as it fails to remedy its growth problem.

Facebook embarks on aggressive strategy to monetise Messenger

Facebook is planning to use its Messenger mobile chat service to attract advertisers away from purchasing banner ads on websites. The company wants to monetise conversations, showing you ads between messages that it believes will increase engagement.

Snap shares fall below $15 after underwriters downgrade stock

Snap's stock hit a new all-time low today as it fell to just $15 per share. Investors are increasingly anxious that Snapchat won't be able to sustain its meteoric growth as the competition from apps like Facebook and Instagram steps up.

British adverts facing tougher gender stereotype rules

London - Britain's advertising watchdog on Tuesday signalled tougher regulation for ads featuring gender stereotypes, saying they were potentially harmful to young people.

Facebook to bombard 1.2 billion Messenger users with gigantic ads

Facebook has announced it is commencing the global rollout of Messenger adverts. Facebook has previously left Messenger out of its ad network but now the potential revenue to be made from its 1.2 billion users has proved irresistible.

Paintwork: young Liberians slap on any message you want

Monrovia - Standing in sweltering heat for hours at a time, painted head-to-toe in the colours of the tax authority, Emmanuel Howard has become a fixture at traffic junctions in Liberia's capital Monrovia.

Left and right like Canada, Mexican food (and not much else) Special

Brooklyn - Americans are increasingly distrustful of brands and the companies that produce them. But to restore consumer confidence companies may need to take politics into account – and that’s tricky.

Philippines fires top ad firm in 'plagiarism' row

Manila - The Philippines has fired one of the world's top advertising firms in a row over alleged plagiarism, adding more misery to its tourism industry already reeling from a war with Islamist militants and a deadly crackdown on drugs.

How fake news is changing social media and search online

Fake news has been a stumbling point for internet companies since it came to the attention of the world last year. As the problem continues to spread, social networks and search providers are still devising ways of holding back and reversing the tide.

YouTube to ban ads on hateful and demeaning videos

YouTube has announced a revision of its ad policies that will see all monetisation revoked from videos with hateful, incendiary and demeaning content. The company has also addressed videos which use characters from family entertainment "inappropriately."

Google confirms that Chrome is getting a built-in ad blocker

Google has announced significant changes to its approach to online advertising. Confirming previous rumours, it has said it will enable automatic ad blocking in Chrome next year. It will also withdraw its own ads from sites that use them irresponsibly.

Facebook approaches two billion users as profit spikes

Facebook has revealed it will soon pass the two billion user mark, its most significant milestone yet. The company has surprised analysts by announcing better than expected results in its first-quarter earnings call, caused by a rise in ad revenue.

Burger King ad sabotaged

An advert for Burger King was sabotaged by someone altering the Wikipedia page for the hamburger chain. The ad has since been removed, but it caused a period of panic for the burger group across social media.

YouTube blocks ads on channels with less than 10,000 views

In an effort to weed out bad actors, such as people uploading copyrighted content, YouTube will no longer allow creators to make money until their channel reaches 10,000 views.

Saving Cool Britannia image from Brexit bruise

London - Brexit challenges Britain's global image of openness and tolerance, but Cool Britannia has what it takes to avoid being suddenly rebranded as uncool just because it quits the EU, advertising professionals say.

YouTube's unskippable 30-second ads are finally going away

Google has announced it is ending support for the 30-second "unskippable" adverts that currently play before many YouTube videos. The unpopular pre-roll advertisements have long been criticised by users. Google acknowledged the format isn't ideal.

Super Bowl ads caught in political whirlwind

Washington - The ads appearing during the Super Bowl weren't supposed to be political -- but some brands wanted to make a statement, and others may have been just caught in the crossfire.

Google takes aim at bad ads that deceive you and hide malware

Google has revealed it banned nearly two billion bad ads during 2016. The company has published a set of statistics that highlight how prevalent malicious advertising has become. It is developing new technologies to remove offending ads.

Snapchat is introducing behavioural targeting

Snapchat is planning to introduce behavioral targeting for advertisers, the company's director of revenue operations Clement Xue revealed in an eMarketer report published earlier this week.

WhatsApp breaks its promise, starts sharing data with Facebook

WhatsApp is facing a huge backlash after breaking a promise it made two years ago. When it was bought by Facebook, it pledged not to share user data with its new parent. Now, it's reversed that policy and will soon share data to power ads.

Google to crack down on mobile sites with intrusive popup ads

Google has announced a crackdown on mobile sites that make use of intrusive pop-up adverts. It is revising its search algorithms to lower the rank of these sites. The move will help users avoid bad advertising and could reduce traffic to offending pages.

Turkey airport ad accuses Sweden of 'highest rape rate'

Istanbul - A billboard at Istanbul's international airport accused Sweden of having the highest rate of rape worldwide, AFP pictures showed on Friday, just days after Stockholm accused Ankara of legalising sex with children.
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