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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Juul stops e-cigarette ads as teen vaping, illnesses grow; CEO steps down

Juul Labs Inc. will stop advertising its electronic cigarettes in the United States and replace its chief executive as mysterious breathing illnesses and an explosion in teen vaping have triggered …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

Walmart buys ad tech startup

Walmart to buy ad tech startup Polymorph Labs to better compete with Amazon in targeting shoppers online.


Snap joins online game fray, unveils advertising products

Snapchat is joining the online-games bandwagon with a new service that lets people play together on its mobile platform. The company says it wants to make it easier for friends …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

Facebook will overhaul its ad-targeting systems to prevent discrimination in housing, credit and employment ads as part of a legal settlement.


Ban on billboards for pot stores considered by Washington House committee

House committee considers ban on billboard ads for marijuana stores.


Staying inbounds: the risk of innuendo in Super Bowl ads

Super Bowl ads have long used raunchiness and sex to stand out during advertising’s biggest stage. Think Cindy Crawford downing a Pepsi wearing skimpy shorts in 1992 or the 2013 …


It’s Math Men vs. Mad Men in the ad world

Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, McKinsey, and PwC argue that they can save money by helping a company’s employees take over much of the work once done by agencies. And they urge …


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018

Lisa Brown releases first TV ad in bid to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Lisa Brown’s first TV spot focuses on the former state legislator’s experience in Olympia in 1993, when the chief clerk of the House of Representatives told her she couldn’t bring …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

California takes aim at online ads from illegal pot shops

Weedmaps is a go-to website for people looking to find a marijuana shop. With a few clicks on a cellphone, customers can find virtually any type of cannabis product, along …


Jeep in hot water over ad showing SUV romping through river

The head of one of the nation’s largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler Super Bowl ads “glorified” the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018

Super Bowl ads shy from politics and mind their manners

This year’s Super Bowl advertisers – with a few notable exceptions – are trying hard to steer clear of divisive subjects and are instead running mild-mannered ads that don’t offend. …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

Super Bowl ads aim for the heart – and sometimes lower

After a year of political and cultural upheaval, Super Bowl advertisers appear to be pulling back from themes of unity in favor of in-game stunts and ads that aim for …


Newspapers’ bad news in U.S. gets worse, courtesy of trade spat

As if the U.S. newspaper business didn’t have enough trouble coping with decades of lost readers and advertising dollars, an escalating trade dispute with Canada is poised to make every …


Coffee maker smashings end, but Keurig’s ad plans a mystery

While Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity called on his supporters to stop smashing Keurig coffee makers to protest a decision to stop advertising on his show, it remains unclear whether …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017

Olympia Brewing Co. exhibit brings back memories: ‘Everybody has a story’

Joe Lohrengel worked in Olympia Brewing Co.’s bottle shop for 30 years, starting in the 1950s. He and his wife were among the first people through the doors of the …


Companies are looking for diverse ad teams to avoid blunders

Diversity in the advertising industry is becoming a higher priority for consumer product companies as they try to reach a new generation of customers with evolving sensibilities on ethnicity, age, …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017

NFL’s top sponsors stay quiet after Trump call for boycott

As NFL owners and players rushed to defend their right to protest in the wake of President Donald Trump’s criticism, one group of stakeholders has remained largely silent — the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017

Facebook to release Russia ads, beef up election ‘integrity’

Facebook will provide the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators.


French fashion giants agree to ban size 0 models

Two of the world’s biggest luxury goods conglomerates announced a joint charter Wednesday which they said aims to protect the health of fashion models by making those who are unhealthily …


UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017

Breitbart lost 90 percent of its advertisers in two months

The number of advertisers on the alt-right site Breitbart.com has dropped 90 percent in recent months, from 242 in March to 26 in May, according to data from MediaRadar, a …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017

Yahoo shareholders approve sale of web businesses to Verizon

Yahoo Inc. shareholders approved the $4.48 billion sale of the company’s main web properties to Verizon Communications, clearing the last major hurdle for a deal announced almost a year ago.


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017

Hannity says liberal fascists are after his sponsors; one is leaving

Sean Hannity says a media watchdog is guilty of “liberal fascism” for targeting advertisers on his Fox News Channel show, as one company announced Wednesday that it would no longer …


Analysis: Why CNN can – and did – refuse to air Trump’s new ad targeting ‘fake news’

In a self-congratulatory ad marking his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump labels major television networks “fake news.” So CNN is refusing to sell the president airtime to …


Pepsi says it’s pulling widely mocked ad

Pepsi is pulling an ad that has been widely criticized for appearing to trivialize protests for social justice causes. It said it was “removing the content and halting any further …


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017

More advertisers say they have ditched Fox’s O’Reilly show

Bill O’Reilly’s top-rated Fox News show may be starting to feel a financial sting after allegations that he sexually harassed several women. Automakers Hyundai and BMW, financial firm T. Rowe …


Mexico City subway, U.N. use genitals in anti-harassment ads

How do you bring home to men the discomfort and disgust caused by sexual harassment on the subway?


Back to burgers: Carl’s Jr. ditches bikini-clad ads

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are ditching the bikinis and getting back to the burgers. The chains are famous for advertisements featuring models and celebrities like Paris Hilton, Kate Upton and …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017

After health-care bill dies, ads air thanking Republicans for replacing Obamacare

The decision on Friday to abruptly pull the Republican health-care bill was a defeat for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and President Trump, who campaigned on a promise to repeal …


Clarksville: Northern Quest hit the jackpot with Spokane acting pair

Northern Quest’s clever ads are more like a long-running sitcom featuring local actors Mark Robbins and Brooke Stocker.


Super Bowl ads normally avoid politics, but not this year

Messages about America, inclusiveness – and, yes, even “four years of awful hair” – kept bubbling up in Super Bowl 51 ads from Airbnb, the NFL and a line of …