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Project Sunblock: Protects brands from being seen with porn & piracy


Facebook Messenger's Mobile App Terms of Service says it can record your conversations

Do you ever sign a lengthy contract without reading it? Of course not, you say, and I'll call you a liar. Every time you click "accept" on those terms of services without reading it, you just agreed to a contract. So what did you just agree to let that Facebook Messenger App, downloaded over a billion times already, can do on your phone?


Mr. Lowery goes to Washington.

73 years ago, Congress and the Department Of Justice issued a temporary consent decree to force songwriters to let big companies use their songs without negotiation.

73 years later, that temporary decree is not only still in place, but major broadcasters and webcasters met today to try to uh, influence Congress and the Department Of Justice to keep that consent in place. This decree, by the way, allows a federal judge to randomly decide what a reasonable rate is for a song. It wouldn't surprise me if the rate hasn’t changed in 73 years either.


Facebook experiments with "emotion contagion" in social media. Which emotion triggers buying?

In this paper, facebook scientists reveal some of what they've learned while experimenting with "emotion contagion", a well known phenomena where positive or negative emotions are transferred to people that come in contact with the positive, or negative, person. At Facebook they tested this in the realm of social media, by messing with peoples feeds.


Virgin pats Tesla on the back for...what, exactly?

In a recent post on Virgin's blog, Celebrated CEO Richard Branson celebrates Tesla head Elon Musk for freezing "their patent portfolio to help accelerate sustainable transport."


Google wants to advertise on your fridge, toaster and thermostat.

From this SEC filing we find that the worlds largest advertising company, Google, is thinking deep about ads on your fridge. Your toaster. Any one of your smart devices. They're also figuring out how to track you between all of these things to deliver the right ad at the right time.


Rap Genius cofounder apologizes for sick annotations of a killer's manifesto.

UPDATE: According to a post from Tom Lehman, Co-founder and CEO, Rap Genius co-founder Moghadam has resigned.


Irony: The RIAA issues Adland a takedown notice. Update: But the rights were cleared!

Update part 2! Please see Bclassic " Classical Comeback" booty shaking ladies still dancing to Dvorak, RIAA update. After a productive call with UMG we got all the confusion sorted out and now have an updated version of the ad on Adland. Please read the update.

Web 3.0 - Steal it, then sell it.

Longtime readers of Adland know my stance on the dilution of worth when it comes to our collective output, in the form of photographs, written word, code and illustrations. I've long argued that the erosion of respect of the copyright the "big bad guys" such as the ever called upon boogie-man, the Music Corporation, or Hollywood Film company has on their work, will only keep eroding the respect people have for our work, us creative individuals who take photographs, write stories, paint, code apps or create anything at all.


Facebook. A name so nice they monetize your content twice.

As if it weren't enough Facebook cashes in on all your status updates and kitten pictures with its shitty ads, now they're making brands, bands, artists and content creators pay for their reach. Facebook's ad business rakes in 2.3 billion in the fourth quarter of last year. Call it hubris, call it the usual Silicon Valley arrogance, but people are starting to wise up. And by "People," I mean both ad agencies, and artists.