That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV – The New York Times

Android screenshots of the app Honey Quest, which uses technology that keeps tabs on the viewing habits of its users. At first glance, the gaming apps — with names like “Pool 3D,” “Beer Pong: Trickshot” and “Real Bowling Strike 10 Pin” — seem innocuous. One called “Honey Quest” features Jumbo, an animated bear. Yet these […]

Digital Media: What Went Wrong – The New York Times

For years, BuzzFeed seemed to be leading the journalism industry toward a brave new future. Now that it has stumbled, the way ahead looks more old-school than ever. The digital publishing industry took a big hit in recent days, when more than 1,000 employees were laid off at BuzzFeed, AOL, Yahoo and HuffPost. Vice Media […]

Amazon, With Little Fanfare, Emerges as an Advertising Giant – WSJ

Amazon’s options for advertising include its delivery boxes. Photo: Amazon Inc. AMZN -0.25% handles nearly half of all online sales in the U.S., giving it a popular platform and a wealth of consumer data. Now it’s on track to become the next juggernaut of online advertising, and its rise threatens to upend Silicon Valley’s […]

Go deeper: AT&T’s merger with Time Warner will change how we watch TV – Axios

AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner will create a media conglomerate that combines premium content with a vast distribution network to deliver it to consumers. Why it matters: One of its first experiments in marrying the two will be a “skinny bundle” called AT&T Watch, providing Time Warner content (minus sports) to mobile customers. This is […]

Advertising’s Moral Struggle: Is Online Reach Worth the Hurt? – The New York Times

An Allstate ad on, next to an article claiming that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting did not happen. By emphasizing technology and data in placing online ads, marketers risk bankrolling sites that are toxic to society Advertising on the internet has never been easier. Data and automation increasingly allow companies large and small […]

The Cost of Mobile Ads on 50 News Websites – The New York Times

Ad blockers, which Apple first allowed on the iPhone in September, promise to conserve data and make websites load faster. But how much of your mobile data comes from advertising? We measured the mix of advertising and editorial on the mobile home pages of the top 50 news websites – including ours – and found […]

Publishers Are Rethinking Those ‘Around the Web’ Ads – The New York Times

Typical Outbrain ads. Readers are starting to express discontent about this sort of advertising. You see them everywhere, and maybe, sometimes, you click: those rows of links under web articles, often augmented with eye-catching photos and curiosity-stoking headlines about the latest health tips, celebrity news or ways to escape financial stress. Usually grouped together under […]

Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web – The New York Times

Today ad-blocking is mostly restricted to desktop web browsers. But iOS 9, Apple’s latest mobile operating system, will include support for ad blockers when it becomes available in the fall. Several ad-blocking firms are already creating apps for the new OS; when it’s out, you’ll simply download an ad blocker and no longer have to […]

Facebook Blocks Ad Blockers, but It Strives to Make Ads More Relevant – The New York Times

Photo As it blocks ad blockers, Facebook is asking its users to help control the ads they see on the site. SAN FRANCISCO — Digital ads pop up online so frequently and ubiquitously that many people are using software to block them. But if you try to stop ads from showing up on Facebook’s desktop […]