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Controversial ads slip into Firefox nightly test builds

Mozilla said they would be coming to Firefox back in February. Now, the new ad-infused Directory Tiles new tab page is popping up in Firefox nightly builds.

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New browser extension warns you when articles are paid for by advertisers

Native advertising and sponsored content is a big trend at news sites these days. A new browser extension helps let you know when what you're reading is not editorial content.

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New Google Maps ads blend in with their surroundings

Google overhauled advertising for Maps on PCs and mobile by putting them front and center whenever you search for a local business.

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EFF's snoop-stopping, ad-smashing Privacy Badger plugin hits beta

One feature aims to stop tracking tied to clicking the Facebook 'like' on outside sites

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Will full encryption sideline Google's targeted ads?

Mining personal data to deliver targeted ads is the lifeblood of Google's business -- and of many other online firms. But what if that data dries up at the source?

Nope, ads aren't coming to thermostats, says Nest

Ads might be headed to all kinds of Google-owned products, but not Nest thermostats.

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How bickering and greed neutered the 'Do Not Track' privacy initiative

The lack of a standard has hamstrung the browser privacy tool.

Google warns ads may come to Nest, Google Glass, and more

Right now it's a possibility, rather than a reality.. oh, who are we kidding?

Mozilla Adblock bug can dramatically boost memory usage

If you use the Adblock plugin, especially with Mozilla's Firefox, you may have noticed your memory use skyrocket. There's a reason for that.

Spam: Earn $1,000,000

New 'malvertisements' need to be stopped now, Senate report says

The online ad industry should offer better protections against malware-ladedn ads that can threaten your computer without your knowledge, the U.S. Senate says.