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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

MessageLabs: March sees big rise in malicious websites

Almost 3,000 potentially malicious websites were blocked each day by MessageLabs during March this year. That's almost three times the number blocked during February. >>

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

After two years in decline, Internet fraud complaints on the rise

Internet crimes continue to steal millions of dollars every year from unsuspecting victims, and new data from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) shows that the number of complaints was up last year. >>

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

European agreement signed to improve online safety of teens

Cyber-bullying is on the increase, with over half of teens experiencing it in some European countries, found a recent survey. With the aim of stamping out cyber-bullying, and improving the safety of social networking users aged 18 and under, 17 Internet companies have signed a European agreement. >>

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

British government formulates new law to protect children online

The British government has taken further steps to protect children online. A new law will require that anyone employed by an interactive website aimed at children must not be on any lists banning them from working with youngsters. >>

Monday, January 26, 2009

British broadband tax on the cards?

In an attempt to compensate the film and music industries for losses from illegal downloads, the U.K. government is rumored to be considering a universal levy on broadband costs. >>

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Right Media accused of selling deceptive ads

Ben Edelman, an ad researcher and assistant professor at Harvard's Business School, has accused Right Media of knowingly allowing the sale of deceptive ads on its exchange. >>

Thursday, November 06, 2008

FCC votes to allow white spaces

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to allow unlicensed television spectrum, also known as 'the white spaces', to be opened for use by technology companies. The white spaces are the spaces between actual broadcast channels; this vote could open the competition in new device creation to connect the Internet to the spectrum. >>

Monday, November 03, 2008

IAB: New initiatives should increase growth

A new string of initiatives from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, launched last week, could help online marketers keep a better grasp on their online campaigns. According to the group, the new listing of best practices and guides will help media buyers streamline how ads are purchased and served as well as create automated platforms to transfer ordering information between agencies and publishers. >>

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

FTC to remove gray areas from 'green' ad claims

In an attempt to curb "greenwashing", or deceptive advertising in regard to environmental or green practices, the Federal Trade Commission is re-examining its "Green Guides". >>

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Click Forensics introduces trademark abuse reporting

Click fraud takes many forms, one of which is trademark abuse. Not only is it annoying to consumers, but it impacts advertising budgets. Click Forensics has added a new feature to its ad solution called the Trademark Use report. >>

Friday, September 26, 2008

Americans want more control over their online personal information

Americans are concerned about how their personal information is being used online and the tracking of their online behavior, according to a poll from the Consumer Reports National Research Center. Yet, despite the concern, very few appear to have armed themselves with the facts about the rules governing the practices. >>

Thursday, September 25, 2008

ASA: Publishers responsible for displaying insensitive ads

Regardless of how an ad is chosen to appear on a website, the publisher must take complete responsibility for that ad’s suitability, according to recent comments from the Advertising Standards Association in the U.K. >>

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

2012 Olympics advertising restrictions "heavy handed"

If you are planning your 2012 Olympics advertising campaign and you intend to use a combination of such words as “medal”, “gold”, “summer” or even “game” then think again. The 2006 London Olympic Games and Paralympics Games Act won’t allow it. >>

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Half of Americans want Government to regulate Internet

As reports of the case against the Missouri woman whose harassment of a 13-year-old girl led to her suicide dominate the news, a poll showed that around half of Americans believe the Internet should be regulated by the Government. >>

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

IAB releases online video ad format compliance seal

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has released a “compliance seal” to be displayed by those businesses that are compliant with their recently published “Digital Video In-Stream Ad Format Guidelines”. >>

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