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[Update: Ads are gone] Huawei apparently decides it needs more bad press, puts ads on phone lock screens

Advertising has a time and a place, and the place is never on the lock screen of a smartphone you paid a lot of money for. As if Huawei didn't need more negative publicity right now, the company has seemingly begun allowing advertisements for Booking.com on the lock screens of several of its phones.

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Xiaomi says MIUI’s annoying ads will be toned down in the future

MIUI is one of the most powerful Android OEM skins, if you take the time to delve into it and put some prejudice aside. Sure, it has some shortcomings, like any other software, and it does some things in its own weird ways, but it has plenty of interesting features and additions. There's one aspect though that outright annoyed me when I tested the Poco F1: ads. Thankfully, Xiaomi is now recognizing they're a little too much and will be getting rid of some of them in future updates to MIUI.

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Google strengthens kids apps safeguards with new Play Store policies

Google has plenty of digital minefields for children and parents to navigate through — inappropriate videos on YouTube labeled for children are just one of them — but Android apps have also been a tricky place. Today, the company has announced sweeping changes to its Play Store policies, including new requirements for anyone publishing apps intended for kids.

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Google faces first GDPR investigation in Europe

Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is more than a scheme to add another pop-up to every site you visit. It's a framework of regulations that govern how companies can use the data collected about people online. As perhaps the largest handler of personal data online, Google would inevitably face GDPR inquiries. Today, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has initiated the first GDPR investigation of Google, probing whether or not it misused data in order to target advertising.

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Google confirms ads in your Discover feed are imminent

Google started testing ads in the Google app's Discover feed — then the Google Feed — around this time last year, with advertisements mixed in with non-sponsored content. The test wasn't popular; the proximity of the feed to many phones' home screens made the ads feel especially obtrusive. But it was apparently a hit with advertisers, as Google has announced that those ads will be the norm this year.

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Google simplifies brand promotion across its services — get ready for more new-hit-movie Playmoji

Google might have had a slow quarter with its ad-serving business this winter, but it could be primed to sell bigger and bolder than before — and we're talking more than just AdClicks. Away from its immensely profitable search engine, the company has reorganized one of its marketing divisions to potentially open up larger opportunities for companies to promote themselves through Google properties.

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Full-screen video ads with sound ruin document scanning app CamScanner

Advertisements are part of life, but they don't need to play a role at the wrong parts of your life. One prime example can be found with document scanning app CamScanner where, for at least the past month, users have been encountering loud, full-screen video commercials while trying to use the app while conducting business.

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Alexa picks up free ad-supported Amazon Music playlists in totally non-reactionary move

Music is one of the most popular uses of smart speakers, and owners are getting more free options. Yesterday, a limited, free version of YouTube Music came to Google Home speakers, and now, Amazon is following suit with a free Amazon Music playlists and stations for Alexa devices.

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Google Maps revenue expected to increase, following API price hikes and planned ads

If you use Google Maps, you're giving away tons of data about who you are — that is, where you live, where you work, and where you spend your time. For all that information, though, it has still done its vital job: directing people to the places they needed to go. However, the company has slowly grown its profit motives for the app through the development of potential ad products and major pricing changes for its APIs. These decisions could add to Google's already-titanic influence over its users' everyday lives.

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Google Assistant now shows ads in some answers

New and improved answer styles are rolling out for Google Assistant, including more visual and interactive elements. The update comes with one change that's not an improvement, though: depending on your query, the Assistant might answer with ads like the ones you see in normal Google searches.

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