Google, Micro$oft threaten legal action against developers ad-blocking software

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Here it is folks.

Here is what I believe to be the first public indication that the
ad-spewing corporate monsters, despite their revenue streams being aided
by click fraud botnets, are being negatively affected by ad-blocking
browser ad-ons.

AND AGAIN - NOT A SINGLE MENTION OF THE "HOSTS" FILE as a remedy to
block your browser from accessing garbage domains!

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Ad blockers under threat from Google, Microsoft and others

Several internet giants and media publishers, (Google, Microsoft and Le
Figaro newspaper included), are threatening legal actions against the
developers of software that blocks ads from reaching consumers.

This is, obviously, a problem for websites that rely on advertising as
the web becomes more and more popular.

Japan Today writes that a quarter of the $545 billion spent on global
advertising this year went on digital ads, however, with digital ads
being present everywhere, the popularity of ad blocking software has
grown substantially.

In the beginning, apps like these were unknown to the general public,
and were used only by a handful of tech-savvy individuals.

Now, it’s a different story.

Adblock Plus, the most popular ad blocking browser add-on, has nearly
five million active users in France, two million in the United Kingdom
and 1.5 million in Spain.

According to a September report from Adobe software developer, Adblock
boasts 144 million active users worldwide, up 69 percent in a year.

The publishers, whose revenue depends mostly on digital ads, find these
results alarming, and are considering legal actions.

"This is no small matter; it affects all publishers. Our members have
lost an estimated 20 to 40 percent of their advertising revenue", said
Laure de Lataillade, CEO of GESTE, an association of web publishers in
gaming, media, music and other domains.

Sean Blanchfield, CEO of PageFair, compared the campaign against ad
blockers to Napster’s demise: "They should instead learn from the
Napster story that the users will ultimately get what they want", said
Blanchfield.

The problem has encouraged Google to launch an alternative to web
advertising, called Google Contributor. It charges users between $1 and
$3 a month to be spared ads, with the fee going to the affected
websites. The idea is currently being tested on sites like Mashable, The
Onion and Science Daily.

http://betanews.com/2014/12/10/ad-blockers-under-threat-from-google-microsoft-and-others

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Here google - suck on this:

People -

Add the following to your HOSTS file to give yourself true privacy and
advertising freedom from google:

127.0.0.1  googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1  tpc.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1  pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1  www.googletagmanager.com
127.0.0.1  www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1  www.google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1  cbks0.google.com
127.0.0.1  mt.googleapis.com
127.0.0.1  mt0.googleapis.com
127.0.0.1  ssl.google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1  jqueryjs.googlecode.com
127.0.0.1  themes.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1  imasdk.googleapis.com
127.0.0.1  mt1.googleapis.com
127.0.0.1  www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1  pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1  www.google.ro
127.0.0.1  redirector.c.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1  oauth.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1  accounts.google.com
127.0.0.1  www.googleapis.com
127.0.0.1  domains.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1  tpc.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1  googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1  redirector.c.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1  suggestqueries.google.com
127.0.0.1  www.googletagmanager.com
127.0.0.1  www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1  base.google.com
127.0.0.1  partner.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1  gp6.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1  google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1  safebrowsing.clients.google.com
127.0.0.1  frinitetourny.googlecode.com
127.0.0.1  ajaxlibs.googlecode.com
127.0.0.1  star-project-1.googlecode.com
127.0.0.1  gg.google.com
127.0.0.1  id.google.ca
127.0.0.1  id.google.com
127.0.0.1  www.google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1  www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1  chart.googleapis.com
127.0.0.1  foo.sandbox.google.com
127.0.0.1  plusone.google.com
127.0.0.1  plus.google.com
127.0.0.1  www.google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1  www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1  yt3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1  fusion.google.com
127.0.0.1  ssl.google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1  plus.google.com
127.0.0.1  googleapis.com

What you going to do google?  

You going to sue me for counselling people to add the above entries to
their HOSTS file, to render your entire ad-delivering and tracking
system worthless?

Google - you are such a stupid corporation that you are going to host
this post and make it available on your own lame interface to usenet
(something you ignorantly call "google-groups" as if you invented and
own it).  And by doing so, you are helping to distribute the very
information and knowledge that will aid in your own economic
destruction.  And you so well deserve it.

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First thing that comes to mind here is "How do I squirrel away an
installable copies of AdBlock Plus for various browsers - so if/when
Google kills it, I can still install/use it on non-Chrome browsers?"
--  
Pete Cresswell

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It wouldn't work very well without AB+ being able to maintain a
blocking list.
--  
Web based forums are like subscribing to 10 different newspapers  
and having to visit 10 different news stands to pickup each one.
Email list-server groups and USENET are like having all of those  
newspapers delivered to your door every morning.

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Per CRNG:
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Duhhhhhh..... Sometimes I wonder how I got this far...
--  
Pete Cresswell

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    I use AB+ without a blocking list. An external one, I mean. I
write my own rules.

    And I put this in my hosts file

127.0.0.1 notification.adblockplus.org

    To stop AdBlock Plus from phoning home and maintaining an
encrypted connection. I have updates and all lists disabled, there is
no reason why it should do that.
    []'s
--  
Don't be evil - Google 2004
We have a new policy  - Google 2012

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I wouldn't be surprised if M$ eventually disables the HOSTS
functionality.
--  
Web based forums are like subscribing to 10 different newspapers  
and having to visit 10 different news stands to pickup each one.
Email list-server groups and USENET are like having all of those  
newspapers delivered to your door every morning.

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