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Two Ad Blocker Extensions Removed From Chrome Due To Ad Fraud

Google this week removed two malicious extensions from the Chrome Web Store. The two extensions were caught stuffing cookies in web browsers of over a million of their users, as an affiliate referral scheme. The ad blockers “AdBlock”and “uBlock Origin” used names misleadingly similar to those of more reputable software. Andrey Meshkov, co-founder and CTO […]

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YouTube Changes Opening Day Music Chart Rankings to Exclude Advertising Views

YouTube has become a cultural measure of a songs popularity. It’s something fans, artists and labels all point to as a sign of success. Yesterday, the company made changes to the YouTube Music Charts, including how videos make it to the top of 24-hour debuts. YouTube Music Charts will no longer count paid advertising views towards the […]

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House Judiciary Committee Probing Big Tech For Emails, Algorithms, And More

It’s not just an indicted Attorney General, and 49 other AG’s after Google. The House Judiciary Committee today sent request for information letters to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, all part of an anti-competition probe started earlier this year. The U.S. lawmakers are investigating possible antitrust violations by the largest technolagy players in the world. Regulators want […]

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Period Tracking Apps Are Sharing Data With Facebook

On Monday, Privacy International, a U.K.-based advocacy group said that Menstruation tracking apps have been sharing highly sensitive data with Facebook. And that this data has been used for ads targeting. In a blog post, Privacy International said apps including Maya and MIA had shared information with Facebook. The shared information included menstruation cycles, menstruation […]

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Attorney General Indicted For Fraud Leads 49 Other AGs In A Probe Of Google

Google has more possible legal trouble with government regulators. This time it’s a probe backed by attorneys general from 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Alabama and California have opted not to participate.  Today, Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas, held a press conference on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, announcing […]

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Google Will Stop Ads For Medical Techniques The Company Deems Unproven

Google announced it will no longer run ads for “unproven or experimental medical techniques”. Google says this is due to “rise in bad actors attempting to take advantage of individuals by offering untested, deceptive treatments.” Google wants to limit the marketing of treatments like stem cell therapy, cellular therapy, and gene therapy, with very little […]

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Google Accused Of Sharing Personal Data With Advertisers Without Users Knowledge

Brave, a privacy-focused web browser, just alleged that Google is using hidden web pages to feed personal data of its users to advertisers. This new evidence of Google’s circumventing EU privacy regulations to collect personal data has been submitted by Brave for an investigation by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission.  In a report by The Financial Times, Johnny Ryan, […]

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YouTube’s AI Has Removed A Lot Of Content For Hate Speech, But It May Be The Wrong Content They Are Removing

In a blog post, YouTube says it has removed over 100,000 videos and more than 17,000 channels from April to June for violating its new hate speech rules. This is five times more than YouTube removed in the previous three months. The company also took down over 500 million comments for hate speech. YouTube attributed […]