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Web Sites Accused of Collecting Data on Children (The New York Times)
A coalition of nearly 20 children's advocacy, health and public interest groups plans to file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, asserting that some online marketing to children by McDonald's and four other well-known companies violates a federal law protecting children's privacy.

YouTube Brings Its Skippable Video Ads To Mobile (TechCrunch)
Sixty-five percent of YouTube ads are now skippable, a feature that the site is bringing to mobile. Starting today, the skippable ads will be mobile enabled, and the site will start running more mobile campaigns in that format. "The broad goal here is around aligning user experience and advertiser goals in a way that delivers a more accountable advertising platform to advertisers and the brand, as well as a better user experience," said group product manager Phil Farhi.

Tina Brown Defends Niall Ferguson (FishbowlNY)
Niall Ferguson's article on President Barack Obama in last week's Newsweek has been ripped apart by everyone for its inaccuracies and errors. The New York Times, Politico, The Atlantic and more have all shredded Ferguson's absurd piece. But Tina Brown is cool with it.

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