Facebook is removing sponsored results from search less than a year after the ad unit's introduction.
"In keeping with the goal of streamlining our ad products, starting in July advertisers will no longer be able to buy sponsored results," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET.
The failed unit, which let marketers target users during the search process, suggests that the company is still struggling to understand how best to monetize search attention, something that competitor Google mastered long ago. Sponsored results seemed to be modeled after Google's sponsored search ads. As a user typed in a query … Read more
Last year Panasonic introduced intrusive advertising in the form of pop-up banner ads on its Smart TVs, and unfortunately the company has decided to continue the practice this year.
But that's not the only potentially annoying thing about the new interface. When you first turn it on the TV also defaults to a new Home screen filled with apps you'll mostly never use, like a calendar. Your actual TV show is relegated to an inset window until you actively select and expand it.
Banner ads are the way of life for Web sites and many apps, as advertising … Read more
Please play a game with me.
Who dislikes whom more? Google or Microsoft?
I only ask because at Wednesday's I/O conference Google's chief preacher, Larry Page, bemoaned what he believes is Microsoft's reluctance to do what Google wants.
No, he didn't quite phrase it like that. It was more berating Redmond for allegedly milking Google for its own profits.
Yes, just like Google milks you.
The four major wireless carriers are putting their sway behind a massive ad campaign that aims to lower the amount of people that text while driving in the U.S.
Initiated by AT&T, the multi-million dollar "It Can Wait" campaign now has the support of Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and more than 200 other organizations. Besides rolling out TV, radio, and Internet ads throughout the summer, the campaign will also travel to thousands of retail stores, create a social media presence, and display messaging on Goodyear blimps.
"Texting while driving is a deadly habit that makes … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- The Worst Room makes everyone in New York feel terrible.
- San Francisco hotels pricey? Van on Airbnb is only $92 a night.
- A bold new font lets dyslexia sufferers read.
- Bang With Friends goes mobile, because some people want to get it on the run.
- A Wi-Fi enabled Microsoft ad printed in Forbes magazine offers free Internet to readers.… Read more
If Starfleet Academy has a Marketing 101 class, these commercials must surely be on the syllabus.
Twice in recent days, Earth's ad agencies have dispatched officers of the "Star Trek" franchise on missions not to seek out new worlds, but to sell new products.
Crackle for iOS provides completely free streaming of television shows, movies, and other video content. Sure, it's ad-supported, and programs are occasionally interrupted by commercials, but considering the amount of content available, it's still worth it. The only problem is that none of it is in HD.
If you've used Netflix or HBO Go, then you'll probably notice that Crackle's user interface is similarly simple and intuitive. The Home screen starts you off with featured content, while the main navigation buttons on the bottom lead to pages with Movies, Shows, and your personal Watchlist. Content … Read more
Facebook is letting mobile users hide ads in their News Feeds, the company confirmed today.
This applies to the ads that Facebook Pages share featuring photos or links, and is available on iOS, Android, and the mobile Web (Pages are Facebook profiles for brands or public figures). The feature, which was already available on the desktop, has been live for about six months now, according to a representative. Just click the "x" button in the top right of the advertisement.
The Atlantic noted this change after writing an article about how annoying the Facebook mobile ads were.
Additionally, … Read more
For a little perspective, that's equal to nearly 684,000 years of viewing -- or -- an hour a month for every human on Earth.
The 6 billion hours is up 50 percent more than last year and is also up substantially from just January, when the YouTube announced users were watching 4 billion hours of videos per month.
What exactly are people watching besides ads and … Read more