As browser rivals block third-party tracking, Google pitches ‘Privacy Sandbox’ peace plan • The Register

Disclaimer: No advertisers were harmed in making this project   On Thursday, Google reminded everyone who might have forgotten that “privacy is paramount to us” and announced an initiative called “Privacy Sandbox” that proposes paving over a few privacy pitfalls without suffocating its ad business. It takes a certain chutzpah for a company with such […]

Google Employee Writes Memo About ‘The Burden of Being Black at Google’ – VICE

In a memo he sent before leaving the company, a former Google employee criticized the internet giant and its employees, noting that he regularly encountered racism during his experience as a Black worker at the company. The memo, obtained by Motherboard, is titled “The Weight of Silence,” and argues that Google is lacking in diversity, […]

‘Shooting,’ ‘Bomb,’ ‘Trump’: Advertisers Blacklist News Stories Online – WSJ

Like many advertisers, Fidelity Investments wants to avoid advertising online near controversial content. The Boston-based financial-services company has a lengthy blacklist of words it considers off-limits. If one of those words is in an article’s headline, Fidelity won’t place an ad there. Its list earlier this year, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, contained more […]

Lou Dobbs praises ICE employee for driving his car into a group of protesters | Media Matters for America

LOU DOBBS (HOST):  I know that it must just gladden your heart to see a bunch of demonstrators at an Immigration Customs Enforcement facility blocking the path of a guard and then complaining about the fact that he sought to do what is within his rights, which is to proceed to park his vehicle and go to work. TOM HOMAN (GUEST): Well exactly. […]

Tomato Season Is Here and America Is Obsessed – The Atlantic

When I got home from my tomato expedition, I read a tweet from the comedian Sarah Lazarus that made me feel like someone had put a camera inside my apartment. “Every day we have to wake up, confront the most upsetting shit we’ve ever seen, and then walk around obeying laws and saying ‘it’s tomato […]

Publishers must prep for a cookie-less world by building walled gardens of their own | AdAge

Amid heightened concern around consumer privacy, Google is the latest browser developer to make policy changes that impact the use of cookies. In strengthening the privacy protections within its Chrome browser, Google has made it easier for users to block third-party cookies and harder for tech companies to fingerprint. With consumers bombarded by targeted ad messages that […]

This Fake Ikea Manual Explains the A$AP Rocky Case So Even Donald Trump Can Understand It – Adweek

  A pair of Swedish creatives are poking fun at Donald Trump’s involvement in rapper A$AP Rocky’s legal troubles with an Ikea-inspired manual that gives tongue-in-cheek instructions to the commander-in-chief. If you haven’t been keeping up with the case, here’s what happened: During a tour stop in Stockholm earlier this summer, the rapper—real name Rakim […]

Will Facebook’s Rebranding of Instagram and WhatsApp Boost Its Rep or Hurt Theirs? – Adweek

Is adding “From Facebook” to the branding for the social media giant’s Instagram photo- and video-sharing network and WhatsApp messaging application a good move, a bad move or inconsequential? Writer and business coach Jason Aten opted for the second, saying in his post on Inc., “Let’s put this in context: This branding move would be like […]

How Facebook Is Changing to Deal With Scrutiny of Its Power – The New York Times

  ImageFacebook, under its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, is making changes to deal with antitrust scrutiny.CreditCreditTom Brenner/The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for the breakup of big tech companies like Facebook. Regulators have opened investigations into Facebook’s power in social networking. Even one of Facebook’s own founders has laid […]