Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History to Fool Advertisers

Using the 'Track THIS' tool opens up 100 tabs at a time that will make you seem like a hypebeast, a filthy rich person, a doomsday prepper, or an influencer.
Caroline Haskins

Facebook Charged for Discriminatory Housing Ads by Department of Housing and Urban Development

On Thursday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development charged Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act.
Caroline Haskins
When Spies Come Home

PayPal Processes Payments for ‘Stalkerware’ Software Sold to Abusive Partners

The booming industry of spyware to spy on romantic partners doesn’t exist in a vacuum: Companies need financial and tech giants to process their payments and advertise their wares.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

MTA Quietly Bans Sex Toys from Advertising on NYC Subway

After working with sex toy company Dame for months on potential ads, the MTA has rejected the brand's campaign entirely, based on a new policy that bans sex toy advertisements on the subway.
Leila Ettachfini

Why Your Ad Blocker Doesn’t Block Those ‘Please Turn Off Your Ad Blocker’ Popups

It is technically pretty simple to disable those pop ups, but many ad blocker plugins choose to let them live.
Kaleigh Rogers

Facebook’s Arms Race with Adblockers Continues to Escalate

Typically, adblockers are able to counter Facebook’s updates within a matter of days, but the latest was a more substantial undertaking.
Kaleigh Rogers
ny comic con

The Best Stuff at New York Comic Con Was the Actual Comics

The event no longer feels like it has the same excitement or vitality it's had in the past, but there are still gems to be found.
Nick Gazin
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Racists Are Peddling Fake Nike Coupons for 'People of Color'

Apparently we've now reached the "racist 4Chan scam" phase of the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick's new ad.
Drew Schwartz

Google AdSense Banned a Random Web Page About a 32-Year-Old Bill Because It Was About Sexual Abuse

A page about a 1986 porn bill got demonetized shows how algorithms can’t be expected to make judgement calls.
Samantha Cole
Motherboard's Security Tuneup

Ad Blockers Are Good for Security, Too

On day four of our security tuneup, we recommend installing and ad-blocker...but consider white listing trusted sites!
Kaleigh Rogers
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

YouTube Is Serving Ads for Hardcore Porn on Trending Videos

The YouTube auto-playing ads lead to a site that shows explicit sex.
Jason Koebler

Facebook Is Being Sued for Discriminatory Ad Targeting

Housing groups say they were able to create ads that discriminated against mothers, the disabled, and minorities.
Jordan Pearson