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Hulu Announces A More Expensive Commercial-Free Streaming Tier

Commercials on Hulu getting on your nerves? Now there's a way to skip them, provided you're willing to pay a little more each month. Hulu has announced a commercial-free version of the service that will cost $11.99 per month rather than the usual $7.99.

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Samsung Appears To Be Pushing Notification Ads To Some Users

Have you heard? Samsung has announced new phones. In case you have not heard, here's an ad in your notification shade. It looks like this has happened to at least a few people thanks to the Samsung Push Service. In a separate incident, I myself have been served an ad by the bundled Peel remote app. Is nothing sacred anymore, Samsung?

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AdSense Gets Material Makeover, Spiffy Icon, More Report Types, New Metrics, And Custom Date Ranges In Version 3.0 [APK Download]

Most of us are more familiar with seeing ads than managing them, but those with Google AdSense accounts will be pleased to know that the latest version of the Android app has gone material. And that's just the beginning.

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[Hugely Tacky Conduct] HTC Pushed A Fantastic Four Notification Ad To The One M8 And M9

HTC has been experimenting with alternative revenue streams lately, and it was already walking a fine line. Ads started showing up in BlinkFeed a few weeks ago, but users could disable them. Now a large number of One M8 and M9 users have been served an ad in the notification shade. It was promoting a Fantastic Four movie theme, and people are not happy at all.

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Google Play Search Ads Are About To Get More In Your Face As Google Expands Availability To All Advertisers

Google started showing a few ads in the Play Store phone client earlier this year, but the feature has been in testing this whole time. Play Store ads are now available to all interested parties, so get ready to see a lot more of them.

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Google Contributor Is Now Open To Everyone In The US, Subscribe To Hide Some Ads And Throw The Sites You Love A Buck

After having been available to some users as a beta for over half a year, Google Contributor is now available to everyone in the US.

Great, now I can contribute to Google!

Eh, not quite. Google Contributor's purpose is to free you from ads. Not all of them, mind you, but some. Pay $2 - $10 a month to remove anywhere from 5 - 50% of those banners and animated squares you see on the web. This money then provides an alternate way to fund the sites you frequent.

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Here's how things work in the background. Contributors become bidders on AdSense, and the ads they outbid are the ones they don't have to see.

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Google Introduces 360-Degree Video Ads On YouTube

360-degree video for YouTube was introduced earlier this year, giving users the ability to move their phones or mouse cursors to shift their POV in any direction. Within a short time major advertisers such as Coca-Cola and Nike began using the new technology to create videos for their YouTube channels with the hopes of achieving greater customer engagement.

Based on initial feedback from the videos that were posted, viewers are more likely to watch a video in its entirety when they can control the direction the camera is facing. A 360-degree Coca-Cola video celebrating the 100th anniversary of their curvy bottle had a 36% higher view-through rate than the standard, single viewpoint video.

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AdWords Express Android App Goes Material In Version 2.0

AdWords Express is an express version of AdWords that lets you set up and track ad campaigns from a mobile phone without spending too much time. It's not one of Google's core apps, so it's only now getting material design. Still, that's plenty reason to give version 2.0 a look. You know, a brief one, right before getting back to work.

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[APK Teardown] YouTube v10.25 Hints At Voice-Activated Playback Controls, Shows Signs Of Life For Ad-Free Subscription, And More

After the launch of Music Key in November, we've had good reason to expect quite a bit from YouTube. We've seen things like 60 fps live streaming, 360-degree videos with cardboard support, and big updates to the Kids and Creator Studio apps – and that's just some of the stuff from the last two months. We also know there's plenty still to come, particularly an ad-free subscription model. The latest update doesn't seem to deliver any new features, not unless Google is planning to flip a switch server-side, but it gives a few hints about what to expect in the future.

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Facebook's New Ad Manager App For Android Lets You Peddle Your Wares Across The Social Network Using Your Phone

Facebook is free because it makes its money off ads, otherwise known as the attempts to sell you things based off all the personal information you and your friends pump into the social network. Well, those ads don't just pop up out of the nothingness of the web. Someone creates and pays for them. Now with Facebook's latest app, said someones can do that from their mobile devices.

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The Facebook Ad Manager is aimed at small and medium business owners who want to reach out to the people in their areas. It provides the tools to see how many people an ad reaches and whether anyone clicked.

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