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What Am I Worth to Advertisers? My Obsessive Quest to Put a Price on My Attention

319. That’s the number of discrete advertisements, both online and off, served to me over the course of one Tuesday in July. I know because I counted each and every one. Read More >>

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Artist Adds Honesty to Facebook’s Poster Ads

Someone with access to a big printer has been specially adapting Facebook posters around London, turning the company's attempts at mindwashing the capital with positive corporate thoughts into rather more honest takes on how the social network makes a living. Read More >>

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KFC Naughty-Stepped for Advertising a Milkshake Near a School

The protectors of the children and the guardians of the advertising world have given KFC a telling off, after the meat fryer was caught advertising one of its presumably sugar-packed drink treats on a phone box near a school. Read More >>

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Even Funeral Ads Have to be Edgy and Loaded With Viral Potential Now

Oh dear, this has happened. A company that specialises in cremating away the inconvenient earthly vessels of the recently deceased has decided the funeral industry needs shaking up a bit, hence this. A series of funny adverts for being cremated, including one showing happy surfers with coffin lids for boards, beaming about being dead soon and on fire. Read More >>

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Amazon Plots Free-to-Air, Ad-Funded TV Channels

A job posting for Amazon seems to have revealed a massive change that's coming to its film and TV offerings, with the retailer-slash-broadcaster looking to hire someone to manage free-to-air and ad-funded entertainment channels. Read More >>

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Creme Egg’s Easter Bunny Ads Banned for Targeting Children

A joint promotional push by Cadbury and the Scottish National Trust to encourage children to join in with various local easter egg hunts has been banned – retrospectively and therefore pointlessly – due to new guidelines that want to stop unhealthy food being marketed in the direction of children. Read More >>

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Unilever Says it Will Stop Advertising With “Influencers” Who’ve Bought Followers

Brand-selling behemoth Unilever, which makes what you're eating and what you smell of, has had it with influencers and their fake followers. It has decided that pretend popular people who've acquired a few thousand friends overnight are not a good place for its advertising money to go. Read More >>

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Horror Film Ads Shown Before YouTube Kids Compilations

Children searching for songs from Frozen and Lego assembly videos on YouTube were given a special treat last winter, when adverts for 15-rated horror film Insidious: The Last Key were shown before the brightly coloured things meant for children. Read More >>

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Snapchat’s Unskippable Six-Second Ads Have, Sadly, Arrived

Things have been rocky for Snapchat. After going public in March 2017, Snap Inc. has seen its stock price drop by more than 50 percent in a little more than a year, while taking a $40 million loss on unsold Spectacles and more or less cancelling a redesign that had users complaining in protest. So in an attempt to generate more revenue, Snapchat is inserting new unskippable ads into its still relatively popular social media app. Read More >>

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Junk Food Ads Could be Banned From London’s Tubes and Buses

London's mayor has decided it's time to get angry about kids eating burgers, and he's so angry he wants to order Transport for London to stop accepting adverts for junk food across the city's rail and bus networks. Read More >>

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Snapchat to Users: If You Won’t Watch Our Ads by Choice, We’ll Just Make You Do It

Snapchat, fresh off a redesign that managed to piss off just about the entirety of its user base, is reportedly getting ready to introduce a new feature that no one (except its stockholders) has been asking for: unskippable advertisements. Read More >>

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Insurance Ad Banned for Encouraging Children to Eat Money

One of those adverts people who need murdering find funny has been banned. Hooray. But it's only a small ban to make sure children don't copy what it inadvertently suggests doing. Read More >>

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Mr Money Saving Expert Sues Facebook Over Bitcoin Scam Ads

Martin Lewis, a man equally trusted by your dad when it comes to car insurance and your mum on whether or not claims on the shampoo bottles are genuine, has launched a legal case against Facebook. He says fake ads using his trustworthy face are undermining his reputation as a man who fights for consumer financial wellbeing. Read More >>

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Pret Told to Stop Pretending its Bread is Made By Forest Fairies

Pret a Manger is this week's highest profile victim to be shamed by the authoritarian overlords of our advertising standards watchdog, with the latter telling it to stop making so many claims about its "natural" foodstuffs when its bread is full of delicious, laboratory-produced E-numbers. Read More >>

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Massive Lego Ship is World’s Biggest, But Only an Advert

A company that operates big ships for real has made a fantastic one for pretend too, with Dream Cruises deciding to use 2.5 million Lego bricks to (a) get in the Guinness World Records, and (b) get people like us to spread the word of its for-real boats. Read More >>