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Cambridge Analytica’s Ad Targeting Is the Reason Facebook Exists

Thousands of third party apps were designed solely to obtain and sell your data. It’s no surprise that the data ended up being used again on Facebook, one of the biggest advertising platforms on Earth.

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Algorithm designs seven million different jars of Nutella

An article about a cool thing with a goofy lede:

An algorithm has usurped the traditional role of a designer to generate millions of unique packaging designs for Nutella.

Emphasis mine. It’s goofy because nothing usurped anything. A designer created an algorithm to create variations. It’s just a different kind of design.

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“Facebook abuses users, lies for money.”

Facebook lies to your friends and says you “liked” pages that you haven’t if their advertisers pay them enough.

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In Ad Network Nightmare, Microsoft Making ‘Do Not Track’ Default for IE 10

This is good news for consumer and privacy advocates, and bad news for Google and Facebook. The odds of either of these companies fully supporting Do Not Track are laughable, of course. This is how they make their money.

You can play with the dog all you like; just don’t grab its milkbone unless you want a fight.

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Ads for ads: The ad-supported app bubble

The droste effect like world of Ads in apps for apps with ads. Where’s the actual money coming from?

It’s strange that nobody has been talking about this before now. I guess when VCs are throwing money at you it’s hard to see past tomorrow.

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The Evolution of Pabst Blue Ribbon’s Beer Advertising

These brand retrospective-type posts are always worth a look, especially when the company is as old as PBR.

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Online Advertising: Losing the Race to the Bottom

John Gruber and Jim Coudal’s SXSW 2010 panel sounds like something I’m going to be sad I missed. Hell of a name.

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AdBrite, Longtime Advertiser on Goatse-Laden Sites Like Boing Boing, Uncomfortable With The Word “Shizz”

Adbrite, the company most known for providing spam pages with endless supplies of 7 Minute Diet and GET RICH NOW banner ads, has apparently decided that those big, bad, grownup words like “shizz” are bad for business. To be honest, it has gotten to be a hassle to deny the 100s of “Weight-loss Secrets of Horny Moms” and “Meet Sexy Singles in the Area We Guess You Live in Based on Our Shoddy IP Geolocation” ads that are the site’s bailiwick, anyway.

Here is the exact message I got from Adbrite, vis-a-vis my ad submission for FRMT.me:

The landing page contains slang terms for profanity, which we can’t allow in AdBrite. Please remove the word Shizz and resubmit the ad.

Needless to say, I won’t be doing that.