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by Revcb 07:03AM Thursday Mar 14 2013

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FFH5
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

Re:Google pulls ad blocking software from App Store

Google more and more is looking like the Internet companies they used to criticize. The latest is pulling ad blocking software from their Google Play App Store. I guess they just can't tolerate anybody not using the Internet for its REAL purpose - looking at advertisements.

Google the Good indeed!!
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hillyard

join:2002-07-04
Everett, WA

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Re: Re:Google pulls ad blocking software from App Store

Whatever happen to do no evil? they have become the biggest wrong doers

88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

Re:Google pulls ad blocking software from App Store

God forbid a website that provide you content for FREE makes a few $$$ on advertising. All the ad-block people are going to do is make sure the web becomes like cable TV and everything is a subscription. So sure no ads, but browsing the web will cost $200 a month. Sorry I'll put up with ads so most content on the internet will remain free.
Rekrul

join:2007-04-21
Milford, CT

Re:Google pulls ad blocking software from App Store

said by 88615298:

God forbid a website that provide you content for FREE makes a few $$$ on advertising. All the ad-block people are going to do is make sure the web becomes like cable TV and everything is a subscription. So sure no ads, but browsing the web will cost $200 a month. Sorry I'll put up with ads so most content on the internet will remain free.

I used to be like you. I never minded ads on web sites. Then I started seeing animated Flash ads with sound. Then the ads started to automatically expand over part of the web page. Like an ad on the IMDb that opened a book over half the page. Or there was the computer ad that zoomed an image of a laptop out to cover the page while it opened up and told you all of the features. Next came the ads that would wait until you'd been using the site for about 20 seconds, and then fade out the entire page to be replaced by an ad which makes you wait 10-20 seconds before you're allowed to close it and go back to the site (with the display moved back to the top, rather than where you were on the page). Not to mention the popup ads on YouTube videos, or the ads you had to sit through at the start of videos.

At that point I got fed up and installed the MVP Hosts file which directs all ad server requests to 127.0.0.1. The occasional banner ad still shows up, but everything else is blocked.

Pages load faster and you're not bombarded by crap.
Wilsdom

join:2009-08-06
Except cable TV is 1/3+ ads.
Kearnstd
Space Elf
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Mullica Hill, NJ
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Ad blocking was a direct response to how intrusive internet advertising has gotten.

I started to use it when ads went from harmless banners to full flash driven video ads with sound.
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fuziwuzi
Not born yesterday
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Atlanta, GA

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You can still install the apps and they will still work just as before. You can get them from alternative app stores or even the app developer's website.
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insomniac84

join:2002-01-03
Schererville, IN
I think you may be confused. The app no longer works. All apps that were exploiting a security flaw that was fixed have been pulled.

They pulled the apps because they no longer work. Why is that bad behavior?

They no longer allow apps to set device wide proxy settings. Ad block was setting the phone's proxy settings to localhost and basically ran all your internet traffic through their app. They were honest and only blocked ads, but a malicious app would have had full access to everything you transmitted online.