Vendors look to harvest the benefits of product placement in the popular niche title
Salesforce, which just laid off 8,000 workers, pays 'creative advisor' Matthew McConaughey $10 million per year
Not alright, alright, alright
Why it matters: Many tech industry workers have been laid off from their jobs recently, the result of over-hiring during the lockdowns and a global economic downturn. Becoming unemployed is a bitter pill, and it's even more depressing to learn that your former company pays a Hollywood actor millions of dollars a year to act as a creative adviser.
Microsoft is trying just about anything to get users off of Chrome
Mountain View problems run deeper than Bard's botched launch
Transaction, logistics, storage, and advertising fees all add up
Microsoft's latest OS starts collecting telemetry as soon as the boot process ends
After a sensational Super Bowl LVI debut, crypto's party is over for this year
PSA: Ad blocking is perhaps one of the most controversial aspects of browsing the web today. Users agree that it declutters web pages, but they also deny ad revenue to many sites that need it (like TechSpot). However, law enforcement agencies admit that ad blocking also mitigates some security risks that online advertising introduces.
A hot potato: The much debated Manifest V3 tech will not arrive in January as originally planned. Google is listening to developers' feedback, as developers have expressed concern about the short period of time the company was giving the industry to adapt to such a disruptive change.
The states are demanding $9.4 million in penalties
Elon Musk says free speech-hating Apple has stopped advertising on Twitter, threatened to remove app from its store
The world's richest person versus the world's most valuable company
In other news, the sky is blue
Ain't nothin' sacred anymore!
A hot potato: Mozilla has started accepting Manifest V3 add-ons for the code-signing process of the AMO store. From June 2023, Chrome will only accept MV3 extensions and crippled ad-blocking tools. Mozilla will continue to support full-featured (MV2) ad-blockers like uBlock Origin anyway.
"Don't be like Larry"
What just happened? Remember all the outcry when Larry David appeared in a Super Bowl commercial for now-collapsed crypto exchange FTX? The comedian probably wishes he'd never took part in the ad, too, given that he's one of several celebrities named in a lawsuit against the platform's former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.
Ads, or "certain actions that need to be taken"?
Facepalm: If there's one thing Windows 11 could use, it's ads appearing in the operating system---said no one other than Microsoft. The Redmond firm appears to be testing a feature in preview builds that shows ads for its services in the flyout menu, where users can sign out or lock the system.
Acquisition spree is still going strong with well-known gaming and media brands
TikTok doesn't have as many trackers out there as Google and Facebook, but its ad platform is young
Apple Music is replacing Pepsi as the Super Bowl halftime show sponsor
Meta insists that there is no merit behind the claims
Apple wants a three-fold increase in revenue from its ads business
Via website code injection
Payments up to $50,000 aren't always properly disclosed
Clearing content for the new tier is proving difficult but not deal-breaking
Styles can be tracked across multiple games