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Articles tagged with: advertisements

Bell Canada Gets Slammed With $10M Fine

Canada’s Competition Bureau has just slammed the telecommunications provider, Bell Canada with a $10M fine in response to Bell’s advertising practices. The Bureau accused the telecom giant of misleading advertising for a wide range of products.

It turns our that the company was routinely charging customers higher prices than advertised, usually by at least 15% and hiding extra fees in the fine print. Fees such as necessary add-ons, modem rental, TouchTone, and TV services were hidden in the fine print.

Twitter Gears Up To Launch Photo Sharing Service

Twitter has some exciting news for users around the world! The social media giant is geared up to launch its own photo-sharing service, due next week. All I can say is, beware Twitpic and Yfrog! Twitter is currently set on revealing the upcoming photo-sharing service at the D9 conference in California. Twitter’s CEO, Dick Costolo will formally introduced the new image sharing service on Wednesday.

Although current third party image sharing sites make their money through the advertisements displayed, it is uncertain how the new Twitter’s business model will work. Some expect the new service to work similar to Twing.com.

Symantec Catches Facebook Leaking Info

A programming bug found yesterday on Facebook’s website may have mistakingly given advertisers a dose of personal information according to researchers at anti-virus organization, Symantec. The issues were posted on Tuesday saying that it was probably a bug that has affected 100,000 Facebook applications for years. Symantec claims that Facebook apps have been inadvertently giving advertisers access tokens (special codes that are used by a browser to access Facebook accounts over the Internet).

Ultimate Private Browsing Through Chrome

I know there are a lot of people out there who are supporters of Google but aren’t too fond of the amount of data that is being stored by them. Google loves information, I think that’s a well known fact. Well, fortunately for all you users who seek a bit more privacy in your lives, listen to this. Google’s Chrome browser will be getting an option that will ensure Adobe Systems’ Flash Player isn’t getting “in the way.”

Web sites often store details about a user through cookies (small text files) that record details such as usernames, browsing history, and advertisements that have been seen. Unfortunately, due to previous storage methods, even if a user deletes his or her cookies, the web site can still reconstruct particulars from the Flash data.

Gmail’s New “Smart” Ad System

To all you reading this, how do you guys feel about keyword ads? You know, the advertisements that pop up when you’re on a website, such as a public forum, that are generated based on your keywords. For example, if you’re on a forum thread that is talking about universities, you may see an ad to “go back to school with *insert name here*.” Google has been using the same system for a number of years through their e-mail service, Gmail. What it did is it would scan your email for keywords and match that to a specific advertisement, say about cars.

Although this system usually worked well, there have been times where the system misinterpreted the content of the e-mail and displayed an ad that had little to no relevance to the user. That’s all going to change with Google’s…