Flattr Plus update · 12 hours ago by Ben Williams

How’s your summer going? Well, as readers of this blog are aware, we at ABP have had our hands full with a few Facebook shenanigans — but do you remember that Flattr Plus project? You know, it’s the revolution in non-ad content funding we announced a few months back … Well, we’ve got some newness — and you’re going to want to know this.

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Ping pong with Facebook · 8 days ago by Ben Williams

or: Why I learned to stop worrying and love the open source community

After Facebook began its attempt to force users to see ads, a series of volleys with the open source community commenced, demonstrating the ingenuity and cohesiveness of not only that community but also other ad blockers, the comments section (!), our forum, other forums and even academics. Here’s to all of you! No ad blocker could function without you. You rule.

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Trampling on users’ free will is not sustainable -- even if you're Facebook · 13 days ago by Ben Williams

They call this thing a cat-and-mouse game for a reason. Since we wrote yesterday there have been several workarounds, followed by “re-circumventions” that only brought more workarounds. But the tech tug-of-war is not the point. What’s important is that going against the will of the people is wholly unsustainable.

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FB reblock: ad-blocking community finds workaround to Facebook · 15 days ago by Ben Williams

A few days ago Facebook decided to force users to view their ads, even if those users employed an ad blocker. Well, it’s taken about 48 hours but the open source community that supports all ad blockers has already found a solution. You’ll just need to update your filters (see how here) to return the largest social network to an ad-free place.

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Oh well, looks like Facebook just got all anti-user · 16 days ago by Ben Williams

Facebook announced today that it would start attempting to show ads to ad-blocking users who visit its desktop site. This is unfortunate, but it’s nothing new: they join a long list of “circumventionists” in an arms race against the open source community fueling ABP and other ad blockers.

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Finally! Adblock Plus for Microsoft Edge now available for 350 million Windows 10 users · 24 days ago by Oleksandr Paraska

Today, Microsoft is releasing the big Anniversary Update to Windows 10. Among other changes to the operating system, this brings support for extensions to Microsoft Edge. Which means that people running Windows 10 can install Adblock Plus for Microsoft Edge, and start blocking annoying advertisements in Microsoft’s new standard browser.

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The lonely bully: China issues edict to ban ad blockers · 37 days ago by Ben Williams

Just last week China issued its Internet Advertising Interim Rules, essentially a list of prescriptions for online ads that included Article 16, which stipulates that ad blockers will be banned from September 1. This is troubling news for Chinese users, many of whom block ads on their mobile phones, but it’s even more concerning for the door of online oppression it leaves open.

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Resolving the ad blocking 'dilemma' – new research from HubSpot shows how · 44 days ago by Ben Williams

HubSpot Research conducted a global survey on ad blocking. Now, before you dismiss it and go back to hunting down corpses in rivers on Pokémon Go, bear in mind that we got to add some questions this time that produced results which delve into places other studies don’t go. While it doesn’t reveal any waterlogged bodies we did stumble on some solutions for advertisers’ “ad blocker issue.”

The full study is available here, a slideshare’s here.

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BIG Flattr Plus update · 50 days ago by Ben Williams

BIG” as in long … we take a deep dive into the status our Flattr Plus project: what we’ve accomplished since we announced it in May, what we need to improve on and where the project is heading. If you’re interested in getting the beta this fall before anyone else, sign up here.

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German court (again) says ad blocking legal; Axel Springer given consolation prize on appeal · 63 days ago by Ben Williams

Axel Springer, the multi-billion transnational publisher who puts out Business Insider and Germany’s Bild, among others, appealed our previous victory against them in German court, and we’re happy to inform you that users got another win today at the German regional court of appeals. That is, ad blocking is still legal in ye olde Deutschland. They were granted a secondary part of the appeal, but the important part resulted in an outcome we know very well: users win!

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