Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Ad Filtering in Google Chrome

Dare Obasanjo (via Michael Tsai):

Chrome starts blocking ads unless they meet its rules. This is driving publishers to switch to “compliant” ad networks.

Would love to see stats on how many such publishers move to Google’s ad network. The strong arming so blatant.

Google’s ad network is the most popular in the world; Chrome is the most widely-used web browser.

Every so often, I get emails from readers implying that I’m treating Google’s attempts at creating silos or lock-in differently from Apple’s. I am, and there’s a very good reason for that: Google is using the web, an open platform, to strong-arm competitors and entangle users in their products. They are treating the web as though it were their private domain. We ought to reject these attempts.