Advertising Age: Facebook To Lift Longtime Ban On Pre-Roll Ads. “Facebook plans to test video ads at the start of Watch shows, according to advertisers who are familiar with the social network’s strategy, exploring what would be a significant shift.”
CNET: Searching for Amazon? Fake Google ad sends users to scam site. “Some Google users searching for ‘Amazon’ on Thanksgiving were shown a phony ad that redirected to a scam website, one day before the biggest shopping day of the year.” Look at the screenshot with the article. Utterly ridiculous that this got through.
Bloomberg Quint: Verizon Is Said to Be on the Hook for Mayer’s Yahoo Search Deal. “Verizon Communications Inc. paid $4.5 billion for Yahoo! Inc.’s web businesses. Then it took a $500 million hit for post-acquisition costs. It’s poised to pay up again, thanks to a high-profile deal struck by Marissa Mayer when she ran the internet company. Executives at the telecom giant are negotiating a bill they will likely owe Mozilla Corp., owner of the Firefox browser, after an expensive web search deal fell apart.”
Politico: FCC to seek total repeal of net neutrality rules, sources say. “FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will reveal plans to his fellow commissioners on Tuesday to fully dismantle the agency’s Obama-era net neutrality regulations, people familiar with the plans said, in a major victory for the telecom industry in the long-running policy debate.”
I can’t even, y’all. From The Register: Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets . “Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing “dozens of terabytes” of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest.”
The Guardian: Artist’s ‘sexual’ robin redbreast Christmas cards banned by Facebook. “Facebook has blocked the sale of a pack of Christmas cards featuring a robin redbreast because of its ‘sexual’ and ‘adult’ nature. The artist, Jackie Charley, said she ‘could not stop laughing’ when she discovered the reason the social media company would not approve the product last month.”
TechCrunch: Four years later, Yahoo still doesn’t know how 3 billion accounts were hacked. “On Wednesday, in a security hearing that called both Equifax and Yahoo’s past and present executives to Washington D.C., we’re learning a bit more about what Yahoo didn’t know about the biggest hack in history. When pressed about how Yahoo failed to recognize that 3 billion accounts — and not 500 million as first reported — were compromised in what was later revealed to be a state sponsored attack by Russia, former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer admitted that the specifics of the attack still remain unknown.”