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Google is killing 'rewarded product' developer ad program

Early last year, Google rolled out a new monetization method for developers to take advantage of in their apps. The woefully non-descriptive "rewarded products" allowed for things like watching videos to get in-game currency or extra lives — you get the idea. For simplicity, it was built right into the Google Play Billing Library, but Google has just announced that it will be deprecating the feature on April 21st, 2020, about two months from now.

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Chrome promises to block ads on sites with annoying videos

Google joined the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group intended to make online advertising less annoying, back in 2017. The news made headlines because Google also revealed that it would potentially block any advertising in Chrome that violated the group's ad guidelines. While there never seemed to be any high-profile takedowns, and there are still countless sites that violate the existing standards, the group has now created new rules for video ads.

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Realme copies a little too much from Redmi, puts ads on its phones

Some folks see the Chinese budget brand Realme, a BBK subsidiary and OPPO spin-off, as something of a Xiaomi/Redmi clone — even just the names share more than chance would allow. Whether they are or aren't, true to that badge, they're set to ape one unappreciated feature from those devices: ads built right into the OS. At least you can turn them off if you want to (for now).

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Snowman Story is a delightful adventure game that offers a heartfelt story perfect for Christmas

I've been covering Odencat (formerly known as Daigo Studio) releases in my weekly game roundups for a while now, so I'm delighted to highlight the studio's newest game Snowman Story. Having arrived on the Play Store yesterday, I spent some time with this story-based adventure game. Not only does it offer a heartwarming Christmas story that's perfect for play throughout the holidays, but the pixel-based graphics are also excellent, and the monetization is fantastic.

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Pandora's new interactive audio ads will have you yelling at your phone to shut up and play music

Everyone loves to have intrusive audio ads break up their playlists, which is why you're going to be thrilled with what Pandora's got up its record sleeve. The music streaming service is testing out a new interactive ad format. Instead of playing randomly without knowing if the user is paying attention or not, ads would prompt listeners to respond with simple "yes" or "no" voice commands.

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YouTube is putting massive autoplaying ads on its TV apps (Update: Here to stay)

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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Amazon Music now free for Android, iOS, and Fire TV

There's fierce competition out there in the streaming music space, and Amazon isn't playing around. After the company announced that it would make Amazon Music free on Android, iOS, Fire TV, and the web, Spotify's stock price took a 5% dive while Amazon's went up nearly 0.5%.

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(Update: Google restores ads) Google pulls ads from Podcast Addict app because 'adult' podcasts exist

Google has an annoying habit of pulling the rug out from under Android app developers. It's a story as old as Android—someone at Google decides an app violates some policy or another, and the developer has to scramble to figure out how to comply with the esoteric app guidelines. The latest victim is Podcast Addict, an app that has been in the Play Store for nearly a decade. Google recently decided to block most Admob ads in the app because people can download (*gasp*) adult-themed podcasts. Won't someone please think of the children?

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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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[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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