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What's good about Mondays? You can look forward to our newsletter. Today's news involves Facebook pre-roll ads, and a lot about security - Twitter vs Kaspersky, Chrome vs malicious ad-blockers, fiat vs crypto.

Let the ads roll! Facebook copies YouTube…

So far Facebook resisted selling pre-roll video ads. Those are the kind of ads that run before you get to watch the video you clicked to watch.

Facebook had the feeling that people don’t like them and it might ruin the user experience on Facebook.

But since advertisers love pre-roll video ads Facebook started testing them early 2018. It seems those tests are going well enough that Facebook will start running them in more places.

For now Facebook isn’t putting pre-roll video ads in the News Feed, but even that might change.

With time, Facebook hopes users will learn to love them too!

AdBlock Plus Wins German Supreme Court Case

In the lawsuit between Axel Springer, German publishing giant, and AdBlock Plus German supreme court ruled in favour of AdBlock Plus.

The German publishing firm said AdBlock broke competition laws by letting firms pay to be on a "whitelist" to stop their ads being blocked.

The Supreme Court disagreed with Springer’s allegations and said no laws were being broken because it was up to individual users whether they used the software.

With the number of people using ad-blockers rising it has not only become a bigger challenge for publishers to monetize their traffic but also for us as affiliates to run our ads.

Speaking of ad-blockers: Double-check you didn’t install malware.

Google has killed five top-ranking "ad blockers". These fake ad-blockers with names like "AdRemover" or "AdBlock Plus Premium" are ripped off extensions with a few lines of malicious code added by the creators.

While it’s not that special that there is malicious software around in the internet, it’s notable that they managed to make it in the top of Chrome’s web store and managed to trick over 20 million users into installing them.

This is probably not too bad of a news for affiliates because people might be a bit afraid to download ad-blockers now.

We're also pretty sure affiliates wouldn't fall for it but maybe check... And perhaps check with your parents too.

Twitter Hates Cybersecurity?!

While we’ve experienced ourselves that Twitter doesn’t like to give detailed feedback when you ask why your account got banned the "explanation" in Kaspersky’s case is quite special.

According to Twitter Kaspersky Lab "operates using a business model that inherently conflicts with acceptable Twitter Ads business practices".

Since Kaspersky’s business model is to sell cybersecurity products and services it’s hard to believe that this is the real reason for it.

Maybe it has something to do with the U.S. Government ban on Kaspersky Lab products.

Then again...

Twitter is notorious for verified bot accounts that impersonate popular crypto accounts and spam fake giveaways in every single thread. So they might actually hate security.

While we would love to go in more detail about that, we have to stop it here because our hat is slipping.

Credit Card Companies, Unite! Mission: Kill PayPal Checkout.

It was just a matter of time until credit card companies implemented the concept of a digital wallet, which put all your payment options behind a single service.

Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are joining forces for a checkout button of their very own.

Not only should a simple checkout process lead to more purchases, it should also be more secure.

Instead of using your actual card number there is a digital ID created for every purchase which should cut down fraud.

Cool tech, (funny) business, lifestyle and all the other things affiliates like to chat about while sipping cocktails by the pool.
Japanese Police Arrest 12 Men for allegedly buying $1.7 million in Bitcoin with Fake Fiat

On July 25th 2017 suspects met in a Tokyo hotel to hand over ¥190 million ($1.7 million) in cash in exchange for Bitcoin.

As it turned out the ¥190 million in cash were counterfeit money which in the end led to the police arresting 12 people.

So don’t be greedy when it comes to saving commission fees on crypto exchanges, especially when you need a wheelbarrow to carry the cash.

Oh, and talking about big money - the crypto market cap has been on the up again, hanging around $400 billion, good weekend for the hodlers.

WARNING: Bitcoin is also ready to break $9000 again so get ready for the "it’s over 9000" memes!

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