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The Guardian has pulled all advertising from Google in protest after its ads appeared next to 'extremist' content (GOOG)

The Guardian has pulled all its online advertising spend from Google's services after it found some ads for its membership scheme appeared next to extremist content, the newspaper reported.

An ad agency acting on behalf of The Guardian ran a programmatic ad campaign using Google's Adx ad exchange.

Programmatic advertising allows advertisers to target large audiences across a swathe of websites, using automated systems, rather than needing to buy each ad placement individually. Programmatic advertising is seen as an efficient way to reach specified audiences online, but it can also carry a brand safety risk, with some ads inadvertently appearing next to undesirable content if proper whitelists, blacklists, and other safety checks are not put in place by both the ad platform and the ad buyer.

Snapchat dips below $20 for the first time (SNAP)

Shares of Snap have tumbled below the $20 level, trading down 4.1% at $19.91 per share as of 2:12 p.m. ET. 

Thursday's selling has Snap down about 32% from its all-time high set on March 3, just a day after the initial public offering. Snap's IPO priced at $17 per share and their first trade occurred at $24.

Wall Street has been skeptical of Snap from the get go as it was the first US company to exclusively list shares with nonvoting rights. That prompted six out of eight analysts initiating coverage to slap "sell" ratings on the stock. The other two rated shares as a "hold."

Tech and entertainment activists launch an app to 'Block the Bully' Donald Trump on Twitter

It's no secret that Donald Trump dislikes a lot of things. He makes it known on Twitter.

Last year, The New York Times compiled "the 319 people, places, and things Trump has insulted on Twitter" (though that number has grown since then). Among them were the paper of record itself, Hillary Clinton, the Tony-winning musical "Hamilton," 20-time Oscar-nominated actress Meryl Streep, and retail giants like Macy's and Amazon.

A group of anonymous activists have decided this makes him a bully. On March 16, they launched the "Block the Bully" campaign, and an application that automatically un-follows and blocks Trump on Twitter. Users can then choose to share the campaign with their Twitter followers, and explain why they did it.

Bitcoin could be on the edge of a cliff
Posted March 16, 2017 10:3 PM
Bitcoin could be on the edge of a cliff

Let me be clear: I do not trade bitcoin, but I do write about it often. Before going into journalism, I spent my days trading. I learned a lot about technical analysis during that time, and right now, technical analysis spells huge trouble ahead for the cryptocurrency. 

Let's recap what has been going on in the bitcoin market so far this year. 

Bitcoin rallied 120% in 2016 and has been the top-performing currency in each of the last two years. It opened 2017 by gaining 20% in the first week before crashing 35% on news that China was going to consider clamping down on trading. 

Since then, bitcoin has ripped higher by more than 50% even in the face of several pieces of bad news.

5 things I really don't like about the new 'Mass Effect' game

Maybe you've heard: There's a big new "Mass Effect" game launching next week.

"Mass Effect," if you're unfamiliar, is one of the most popular game trilogies of all-time — the first game launched in 2007, while the trilogy concluded in 2012. In the original trilogy, you play as Commander Shepard, a man or woman (depending on your choice) charged with saving the galaxy from powerful aliens and sentient machines bent on destroying it.

This new game, "Mass Effect: Andromeda," features a completely new cast of characters, and takes place hundreds of years in the future. Many of the alien races remain the same, but this time, you've left Earth and are leading a team looking for a new home for humanity.

Google says the voice ads on Google Home aren't really ads (GOOG, GOOGL)

As Google moves toward screen-free computing powered by digital assistants and artificial intelligence, one of the big questions the company faces is how it'll translate its lucrative advertising to those platforms.

Now we're starting to get an idea.

Some users of the new Google Home connected speaker have noticed audio ads for Disney's upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" remake.

Here's a clip of the ad, taken by a Google Home user and posted to Twitter. The ad comes after the user gets an update on his day from the Google Assistant:

New Beauty & the Beast promo is one way Google could monetize Home. cc:

The Uber exec accused of downloading crucial tech files before quitting Google has a simple explanation (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google's self-driving car company has accused one of its former star engineers of stealing crucial technology by downloading a cache of data to his laptop before quitting and ultimately bringing it to rival Uber.

Anthony Levandowski, the Uber employee at the center of the lawsuit, is apparently rebutting the allegations with a simple explanation: He needed the data so that he could work at home. 

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Snapchat, not Facebook, is in the best position to win the future of computing (FB, SNAP)

In a great recent essay, The New York Times' Farhad Manjoo made a strong case that Snap, the company behind the social phenom Snapchat, represents a big bet that the camera is the new way to communicate.

As of late 2016, even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to concede that "the camera is the composer" in response to Snap's ever-rising star, even as it builds Snapchat-like functionality into the news feed, Instagram, and its other products.

Netflix rules the list of streaming shows that have captured the public imagination (NFLX, AMZN)

Streaming services from Hulu to Amazon Prime Video to CBS All Access are now making original shows — but Netflix is still the undisputed king.

In 2016, out of the top 12 streaming shows that got the most buzz, every single one was Netflix except for Amazon's "The Man in The High Castle" (at No. 7), according to a new report by research firm Parrot Analytics.

Parrot measures the "demand" for a show by tracking different factors, from social-media chatter to file-sharing data, to get a sense of which shows have captured the public imagination. Netflix famously doesn't release data on how many people are watching its shows.

The Model 3 will be Tesla’s biggest test yet (TSLA)

Tesla on Wednesday announced plans to raise $1.15 billion from a stock and senior notes offering. The company says the cash infusion will be used in part to “reduce any risks associated with the rapid scaling of its business due to the launch of the Model 3,” its hotly-anticipated affordable electric sedan.

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