Ratings: LEGO Masters Clicks in Debut, Ranks No. 2 Behind Masked Singer

Oh, snap. The premiere of Fox’s LEGO Masters on Wednesday night drew 4.8 million total viewers and a very youthful 1.6 demo rating, well above the best numbers that Almost Family ever did (2.7 mil/0.7) in the plum post-Masked Singer time slot, and placing second in the demo for the night. The Masked Singer — […]

Google & Mastercard have secret deal to track offline shopping to online ad clicks – report

Google has reportedly partnered with Mastercard, the second largest credit card network in the US, to get millions of dollars worth of data on its customers, according to a bombshell report by Bloomberg. The existence of a clandestine deal between the two market giants was first reported on Thursday. Citing “four people with the knowledge […]

Radio Atlantic: Bricks, Clicks, and the Future of Shopping

The ‘retail apocalypse’ is upon us, they say. In the United States, 2017 saw emptied malls, shuttered department stores, and once-iconic brands falling into bankruptcy. Yet retail spending continues to grow, in strange new directions that could have significant effects. What will shopping look like in the future? How will these changes reverberate throughout the […]

Lawsuit based on a surreptitiously recorded phone call claims Google doesn’t refund advertisers who spend money on fraudulent clicks (GOOG)

Justin Sullivan / Getty Staff Google is being sued by an ad management company, AdTrader, that claims it does not refund advertisers whose money is spent on invalid or fraudulent clicks. The lawsuit is based in part on a surreptitiously taped phone call, in which a Google employee explains why AdTrader is being kicked off […]

Disturbing, fake YouTube shows fool kids for more clicks

We want our kids to use the internet, sure, but we want them to do it safely. No one wants young children to deal with inappropriate content, like fake Peppa Pig or Doc McStuffins videos. Unfortunately, it’s increasingly difficult to police all of the various services and apps that our children use, including YouTube. A […]

BUFFETT ON GOOGLE: Imagine having a business where ‘a cash register rung somewhere out in California’ every time someone clicks (GOOGL)

Getty Images / Bill Pugliano Warren Buffett regrets not investing in Google.  The Berkshire Hathaway CEO told shareholders on Saturday that he “blew it” even though he understood the company’s prospects for growth.  In an interview with CNBC on Monday, Buffett explained why: Google’s search ad business is like a natural monopoly, meaning that the […]