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Mobile Ads Can Hijack Your Phone and Steal Your Contacts

Those pesky pop-up ads from the '90s are back, but this time they're holding your smartphone hostage. Tens of thousands of smartphone apps are running ads from rogue advertising networks that change smartphone settings and take contact information without permission.

PayPal Jumps to TVs With TiVo- Comcast Shopping Collaboration

If you think QVC is a state-of-the-art way to shop through your TV, just wait until you see what PayPal has in store: It's working with TiVo and Comcast on ways to let consumers really engage with commercials, and make transactions possible with a click of your remote.

Is Amazon Kicking Off Another E-Reader Price War?

Amazon.com kicked off an e-reader price war last summer, and another may be in store. The company announced Monday that it would cut its price on a new Kindle that will display ads. Will readers accept advertising in their e-books to get the deal? And will Amazon's competitors follow its lead?

Global Giants Hiding on the Pink Sheets

With few exceptions, investors should run screaming from any stock quoted on the Pink Sheets. But not every stock being traded over the counter is a dud. In fact, some of them are top-notch global companies investors would be wise to consider. Here's a look at some of the best.

It Could've Been You: Five Wrongly Convicted People

Some of the best reads for investors from around the Web, including posts about the market rising in spite of the Hindenburg Omen, 10 high-yield stocks and signs we're in a depression instead of a recession.

Magazine Ads Rebounding? Not in the First Quarter

Despite encouraging indications elsewhere in the media economy, you still have to look pretty hard to find a silver lining in the latest report on magazine advertising. The Publishers Information Bureau, which tracks magazine ad spending, released figures for the first quarter of 2010 on Friday, and, while the declines have moderated, the trend line still has yet to flatten out, much less turn upward.

Hamsters That Sell: Kia Wins Auto Ad of the Year

Evidently, hamsters are good for sales, or at least for getting viewers to remember your product. The Kia Motors ad for its Soul wagon created by ad agency David&Goliath features dozens of them. The streets of a generic city are littered with hamsters that are stuck spinning on their creaky hamster wheels while hip hamsters zoom past in their bright red Soul. The ad was so effective in grabbing viewers' attention that it was awarded Automotive Ad of the Year at the Nielsen Automotive Advertising Awards on Wednesday.

CBS: Hey Dockers, Sorry for Pantsless Ad Spots

CBS, which broadcast the Super Bowl, is reportedly giving Dockers three free 30-second commercial spots during the NCAA men's basketball championships to make up for the mistake of scheduling two ad spots featuring men in their skivvies in adjacent slots.

The pistachio aims to bring sexy back

The pistachio industry wants to get nut lovers' minds off salmonella and onto sex.

Pistachios took a big publicity hit last year when 2 million...