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Samsung Hopes to Mesmerise Viewers With Three-Minute Washing Machine Close up

The poor old Samsung staff who only ever get to work on boring old washing machines are about to get their turn in the limelight, as in a staggering televisual first one entire advert break is about to be taken over by nothing more than a single shot of a washing machine spinning a load. Read More >>

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Fake John Lewis Ad Has the Depressing Ending Christmas Deserves

A few thousand people are crying a bit more than usual over some schmaltzy rubbish today, as a fake John Lewis Christmas advert tricked the sort of sick losers who watch adverts on purpose into thinking it was the real deal. Read More >>

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ASDA Says it’s Christmas So Here’s a Roald Dahl Rip-off Advert

The twee avalanche of corporate communications designed to get you to buy your turkey from a particular supermarket is underway, with ASDA the first of the major food sellers to declare it Christmas. Read More >>

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Ikea Allen Keys Have Another Use at Last

An artist has had one of those ideas they have again, with this one also conveniently forming the basis of an advert for a national furniture chain. Seriously, if you want to do art, make sure it can also be an advert, as that's where the money is. You won't get rich selling tin can art at local craft markets. Read More >>

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Brace Yourself: Facebook Messenger Ads Are Here

More than 1.2 billion people use Facebook's Messenger every single month - and until now, it's been pretty much the only place Facebook users haven't been hit with ads. Read More >>

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Plusnet’s Radio Ads Are Unintelligible Says ASA

The ASA, the UK regulator charged with managing radio adverts, has had a go at Plusnet over adverts which gave out the boring legal information at a speed no human could reasonably understand. BT-owned Plusnet, however, says that it hasn't sped up the talking to cram more into the ad space. Read More >>

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Brands Waste Millions on Adverts We Can’t See

Here's some good news for takeover haters. The big brands and their millions of pounds of advertising money are often simply throwing their cash into a vast digital chasm when placing ads around things, as the rise in mobile web viewing means many ads are being displayed in spots and at resolutions where their painstakingly crafted little messages can't even be seen. Read More >>

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Google: Please Don’t Look at Our Very Tiny Ad Problem

It’s been a tough few weeks for Google. Several companies have pulled their ads from its network after various news outlets revealed that those ads have appeared on extremist, racist, or otherwise offensive videos. But never fear. A Google executive says the problem is, actually, small. And not just very small, in fact. Not even very, very small. But very, very, very small. Read More >>

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Samsung Made A Good Advert For Once

Remember when Samsung adverts took the piss out of Apple fans? Read More >>

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Google Called in for Quiet Word With Government Over Extremist Ads

The Cabinet Office is the latest governmental department to bring in an internet company for a formal chat, with this encounter seeing the search giant questioned over accusations that its vast advertising network is being used to fund hate groups around the world. Read More >>

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O2 Hints at Ad-Blocking, or at Least Ad-Calming Measures

Another UK mobile network has raised the prospect of introducing an element of advertising blocking to its product, with O2's boss saying that his company has the technology to do such a thing so... maybe one day it will. Depending on how many decades back Google threatens to send it as a result. Read More >>

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Big Brand Ads Accidentally Fund Terrorists Online

The way the planet's biggest brands farm their adverts out in an effort to hit as many eyeballs as possible is having some unfortunate unintended results, with ads for some of the largest companies appearing online alongside terrorist rants -- presumably earning hate speakers a nice chunk of change for plays and clicks. Read More >>

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Adverts Are Coming to Make Facebook Messenger Even More Irritating

It may be irritating that Facebook sliced off Messenger out of the main app, but one advantage was that it didn't then force more adverts onto you. Well that's just about to change, because the social media titan has announced that Messenger is now getting adverts. Read More >>

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11 Great Songs Totally Ruined by Adverts

If you live long enough, all the songs you like will eventually be in adverts. If you're lucky, the defining track of your teenage years will be used untouched to sell something nice, like a Twix or a car; if you're unlucky, a twee version of the first record you bought and touched a girl while listening to will be hammered for three months to sell kitsch umbrellas for Boots. Read More >>

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The EU Doesn’t Want ISPs Blocking Porn or Adverts

If you were to ask anyone about the kind of content that gets blocked online, adverts should definitely come up. Porn probably will as well, but for totally different reasons. In a bit of good and bad news, the EU has ruled that ISPs aren't allowed to block either of those things at a network level. Read More >>