Why are these #$%@! annoying ads following me around? How do I make them stop?

No matter where she clicked, the annoying ads followed Suzanne Wolko.

Whether she was visiting her favorite travel blog or a booking site, a colorful image for a five-star hotel in Chicago popped up, “almost taunting me to click it,” says Wolko, a former corporate travel manager who lives in Philadelphia. Read more “Why are these #$%@! annoying ads following me around? How do I make them stop?”

Are there too many ads online? Heck yeah — and here’s how to stop them

It’s official: There are too many ads online. Specifically, too many intrusive ads.

Don’t take my word for it. Experts, users, and even the federal government have weighed in on this issue. Yes, the government. Read more “Are there too many ads online? Heck yeah — and here’s how to stop them”

Oh no, my Honda is about to explode? *

This is my 2015 Honda Pilot. It’s about to explode.
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Warning! These “free” travel offers can really cost you

The travel industry is infatuated with the word “free,” and face it, so are travelers. Don’t believe me? Then feel free to ask anyone who has taken advantage of a “free” deal and regretted it.
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Is this story a fake? 5 ways you can tell

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Not a day seems to go by that I don’t receive an email that commends me for my “well-written” site and asks, “Do you accept sponsored content and if so, how much you charge?”

These blind queries — they’re so generic that they can’t even bring themselves to address me by name or say which site I write for — are being sent by companies trying to place what’s called “native” advertising online.

Here’s what you need to know about native content: They’re ads masquerading as objective stories. And the practice has become so worrisome that the Federal Trade Commission, which regulates this form of advertising, recently held a workshop to discuss the problem.

But what, exactly, is the problem?
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