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Oppo uploads then deletes surreal, hilariously bad ColorOS ads

Yesterday, Oppo tweeted a pair of ads for ColorOS, the company's take on Android, that were absolutely fascinating. The low-budget English-language spots saw users of Oppo phones waxing poetic over ColorOS, talking about it like a romantic partner — an already uncomfortable premise amplified by just how poorly crafted the videos were. This morning, the videos were deleted — but you can bet your bottom dollar we saved them.

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YouTube is putting massive autoplaying ads on its TV apps

Do you like seeing massive ads that take up half of your TV screen? No? Too bad, because you'll soon be forced to watch the company's signature Masthead ads on your television's YouTube app. This is bound to be a huge moneymaker for our pals at Google.

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[Update: Lionsgate movies, too] Plex partners with Warner Bros. to stream TV and movies

Plex made its name by helping people organize and stream their media libraries, which may or may not have included pirated material. Plex also has a handful of streaming channels, but the new agreement is the biggest one yet. Plex has teamed up with Warner Bros. to stream free content to US-based users.

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[Update: Back in Play Store] CamScanner fell victim to rogue ad network, hopes to be back in the Play Store soon

CamScanner recently had to leave the Play Store after security researchers found that it distributed malware between June and July this year. Today, its developer released a statement saying that it fell victim to an advertisement SDK provided by AdHub that loaded the malicious module into its product. It has since cut ties with the network and removed the malware.

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Xiaomi delivers a shut-off toggle for MIUI ads in beta

Xiaomi is in a bad spot right now. Revenues aren't growing as fast as investors want. Competition in a saturated smartphone market is stiff. And software sales and service fees just aren't stacking up. Part of that formula comes from the ads plaguing its MIUI software experience from embeds in the web browser right down to the settings. Now, the company is beta testing an ad-free experience that may end up in the final update to MIUI 10.

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[Update: Rogue ad network] CamScanner booted from Play Store after discovery of malicious code

After CamScanner introduced intrusive, unskippable full-screen advertisements to its free PDF scanner back in April, it now finds itself in the middle of another controversy. This time, it might mean the end to its life on the Play Store altogether. Kaspersky security researchers found evidence of malware in multiple versions of the app, published between June and July this year. While our own tests conclude that the August versions are free of malware, Google still decided to pull the plug and banned the app that accumulated more than 100 million downloads from the Play Store altogether.

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Watch Bill Nye become the Chromebook Guy in this Google ad

Bill Nye (former Science Guy, current... science... guy) is back in the media with guest appearances on TV shows and his very own call-in and talk podcast on... what else? Science. And he's also giving some back-to-school tips for youngsters looking to pick up a new computer this summer: get a Chromebook instead.

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Samsung 'Moving On' from old iPhone attack ads after Galaxy Note10 debuts without headphone jack

If the pot calls the burning kettle black, then later finds itself on top of the same fire, is it ethical to take that insult back? Starting in 2017, Samsung aired advertisements calling Apple out for not including useful technologies such as the headphone jack on their phones and inviting iPhone owners to switch to Galaxy. In 2019, the Korean manufacturer released its first major phones, the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+, without said headphone jack. And so, it was determined, Samsung had to pull those old ads off of the internet.

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[Update: Wider rollout] 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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Microsoft uses Android's share and open menus to sneak in innocent-looking ads for its other apps

Ever since Microsoft's Windows Phone plans failed, the company has doubled down on bringing its services to Android and making them feel right at home there. In an effort to promote the usage of its apps over ones from competitors, Microsoft has decided to use the share sheet as a sneaky spot for advertising. People who have already installed the company's Your Phone Companion or other Microsoft apps get helpful install suggestions in share and open menus, depending on the type of file they want to send or load.

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