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Google Hires Humans to Fix Horror Ads Mess

It's day 23 or thereabouts of Google UK's extremist ad horror, and the search behemoth has now decided it's time to be sorry about it and say things will change. Read More >>

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M&S and McDonald’s Join Google Ad Blockade

The investigation that found big brand adverts appearing alongside ISIS propaganda is slowly morphing into a nightmare for Google, as more mammoth companies join the government in putting their digital spends with the search company on hold. Read More >>

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Ads Will Be Even Harder to Escape Now That Posters Can Hijack FM Radio

Visual ads like signs, posters, and billboards are easy to ignore—you just need to look away. But what if a poster for a concert started broadcasting music or notifications to your smartphone? Researchers at the University of Washington have found a way to turn print ads into low-power radio stations, making a future inundated with advertisements seemingly impossible to escape. Read More >>

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The Guy From The ‘Get A Mac’ Ads Has Switched To Android

Everyone remembers the "I'm a Mac" "And I'm a PC" ads - mainly because they were one of the only tech ad campaigns ever to be not only not-terrible, but also actually funny. Or maybe just because somehow, there were over 60 of them. Read More >>

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Someone’s Used Adblock On Piccadilly Circus

The famous headache-inducing ads bedecking London tourist hotspot Piccadilly Circus have been switched off today. Not because someone decided it'd be nice to put some art up instead, or because it seemed like an enormous waste of electricity, but rather because the current crop of 6 screens is being replaced by one massive one that someone got in the January sales at PC World (last part may not be true). Read More >>

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Sky’s Advertised Broadband Speeds Are Set to Fall Today

Sky has announced a change in approach to advertised broadband speeds, and says it will -- from today -- start highlighting average download speeds to customers. Read More >>

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Which Legendary Junk Food Advertising Mascot Will You Miss Most?

The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has announced new rules banning legendary junk food mascots such as Tony the Tiger, the Coco Pops monkey and Ronald McDonald from all forms of advertising, in a fresh bid to make kids less round. However, junk food packaging will remain a safe space for the characters. Read More >>

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Pornhub’s 2016 Christmas Ad is Safe For Work

Just like everyone else, Pornhub’s decided to make the Christmas ad an annual thing and, once again, its effort is actually safe for work. Look, there's not a single swollen genital in sight, and isn't that just a little bit disappointing. Pre-wank footage is so lame. Read More >>

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Heinz Ad Banned for Promoting Dangerous Behaviour

The Advertising Standards Authority has leapt into action on the say-so of nine righteous people, people who complained that an advert showing beans enthusiasts playing the drums on empty cans of Heinz products was deadly dangerous. Read More >>

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Look What They’ve Done to Colonel Sanders

Old men everywhere, beware of tasteless, meddling, creative young things. Ad agency Wieden + Kennedy has teamed up with KFC to give The Colonel the creepy makeover absolutely nobody asked for. Read More >>

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Twitter: Maybe Subway Ads Will Help?

Twitter’s little blue fowl has been drowning in a birdbath for some time now, but it’s still trying valiantly to lift itself up. In that vein, the company has launched a subway and street ad campaign. Sure, OK! Read More >>

gaming
The ASA is Investigating No Man’s Sky for False Advertising

It's no secret that No Man's Sky was one of the most hyped games of the year, and it's even less of a secret that it didn't live up to a lot of people's expectations. Now the Advertising Standards Agency is investigating the game, and its developers, for trying to dupe customers. Read More >>

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Self-Driving Chairs Make it So Much Easier to Queue Up

Leveraging the same auto-follow ProPILOT technology that allows its vehicles to autonomously navigate traffic, Nissan has created self-driving chairs that promise to make it a lot easier the next time you’re forced to queue up. Read More >>

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Facebook’s Bad Year Just Got a Lot Worse

While Facebook’s stock has continued to boom throughout 2016, this year has been full of PR nightmares for the world’s most popular social network, which, among other things, has been accused of censorship, grilled by the US Senate and sued by the IRS in recent months. This week, however, that bad press finally became something that could hurt its bottom line when news broke that Facebook juiced a key stat to advertisers, inflating it by “60 to 80 percent” for years. Read More >>

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What It Looks Like When You Glitter-Bomb a Giant Abandoned Casino

Sony has a long history of dumping tons of money into spectacularly over-the-top commercials for its Bravia line of TVs. This time around it packed an abandoned casino in Romania full of glitter-filled balloons that were then popped to create a shimmering explosion of colour. Read More >>