BlockThrough Buys PageFair To Rework Its Ad Blocker Solutions Technology

The publisher tech startup Blockthrough, which specializes in retrieving revenue lost to ad blocking, acquired its rival and category pioneer PageFair on Thursday. Terms were not disclosed. PageFair was one of the first startups offering technology for publishers to counteract ad blocking, either by circumventing the ad blocker or by creating new direct audience agreements,Continue reading »

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Videology Files For Chapter 11; Publishers Eye Apple News

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. TV Killed The Video Star? Videology, a video ad network that tried to reinvent itself as an advanced TV company, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, The Wall Street Journal reports. Amobee has offered $45 million for the company’s assets, which likely willContinue reading »

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Day One: Chrome Switches On Its Ad Blocker

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There’s no love for annoying ads on Chrome this Valentine’s Day. Google released a new version of its browser on Wednesday with a built-in ad blocker. Here’s how it works. Chrome will now block all ads on sites that don’t adhere to the ad quality standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industryContinue reading »

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Pubs, Ad Tech Firms Batten Hatches As Chrome Ad Blocking Deadline Nears

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Google will turn on its built-in Chrome ad blocker on Feb. 15, meaning ad tech companies must hustle to get their products in compliance as publishers fear lost revenue. Beginning that day, Chrome will begin auto-blocking ad formats that obstruct access to content. Chrome has more than 62% of the mobile browser market share andContinue reading »

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Google Hopes Industry Ad Standards Will Quash Bad Ads And Blockers

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Google had always been eager to kill shoddy ad formats, because doing so would stall ad-blocker growth. At the same time, it didn’t want to be the judge and jury, so it needed a mechanism to do so. Enter the Coalition for Better Ads (CFBA), a non-profit founded by the IAB, ANA and 4A’s toContinue reading »

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Ad Blocking’s Old Guard Remains Strong, But Faces Growing Competition

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Ad blocking is generally associated with early browser extensions like AdBlock and eyeo’s Adblock Plus (ABP), which both make their money through the Acceptable Ads whitelisting platform designed by ABP to monetize ad-block users. But the consumer market for ad blocking has branched into apps, mobile browsers and antivirus software all peddling ad blocking wrappedContinue reading »

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