Just tried to get adblock plus on chrome and seemed to still be available from the Chrome store!
Seem strange they pull it only from android play store!
Anyway it's still readily available from other app sites such as appszoom etc
I assume it interferes with the adds that are bombarded within most apps - paid or free. Possibly interfering with app developers income etc. I assume that is where google are concerned.
I must admit I find the bombardment of adverts in IOS and now android getting beyond acceptable and maybe these mobile systems need to look at alternatives to large banner adds across apps!
I don't see a problem with the ISP blocking ads, providing it is an opt-in system. The isp should also offer links to existing services that some users may not know of, for example link to adblock or similar so end users can install and run.
I personally think advertising has become too intrusive. Its not just the product they sell, but the tracking, and monitoring that is also embedded.
Now advertising has near wrecked the mobile systems (IOS and Android) it is now hitting the desktops (Windows 8, OSX)
Advertising itself is becoming a privacy and rights concern.
What would happen if companies just ignored all these silly patents?
Smaller developers and companies have to ignore most patents because otherwise you couldn't do anything! Zero! They can only hope that they make enough money before the trolls attack!
Heres an example!
Apple: "I'm going to sue you for breaching my patent unless you stop"
Any small tech startup: "Stop What?"
Apple: "Breaching our patent!"
Any small tech startup: "What patent?"
Apple: "Its a secret!"
Any small tech startup: "What do I have to stop?"
Apple: "Its a SECRET!"
Any small tech startup: "What happens now?"
Apple: "We go to court, cost you millions!"
Dead small tech startup: "You win, we quit!"
Apple behind closed doors: "Quick get a patent on this, before the small tech startup does! We'll keep them tied up with legal mumbo jumbo if they try anything! - We love the patent system!"
Ebay charge for every little option, and then paypal rip a fair chunk out of the final payment, THEN take days to actually transfer moneys to a real account so it can be used.
Secondly, ebay is getting to the point where its just a rip off in general. Too many shonky people, no real support, and no comeback, warranty or any backup for the buyer. I think the whole system needs a revamp from head to toe!
The problem with many startups (especially in Australia) is the ridiculous copyright and patent laws of countries such as USA and the power of the corporates in manipulating these laws.
In Australia, the average person CANNOT get a patent on software, or web app ideas etc. Its not part of Australian IP laws.
If I come up with some ubeaut fantastic idea but don't have the resources or lawyers to protect it world wide with American and European patents etc, then the instance I show this in public, some bright spark patent trawler will steal it, and sue me for using it. (Or charge me fees for continuing to use a product I created?)
I have to have a finished proven product before I can even attempt to protect it.
Its basically a no win situation in some countries, hence the reason of the slow down in innovation in many fields.
In a imaginary world, simply pay him out with imaginary money so he can get on with his imaginary existance.
"Close your eyes and imagine you just won a billion dollar law suit, and imagine you have a real life ........"
Imagine we had no silly copyright and patent laws and we could expand and grow with technology rather than idiots suing everyone for the mighty dollar and stifling technology...
Just imagine how good that would be..
But then again: Thats not the AMERICAN WAY!
Sue, sue, sue, sue em all!!! THATS the American way!