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AdBlock was secretly sold this week

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Oct 2015 14:48 User comments (8)

AdBlock was secretly sold this week Adblock, the popular ad blocking software for Chrome and Safari has been sold this week, although it is unclear to who.
The extension has over 40 million users, so clearly there was some value there although it is a bit strange that we don't know the amount of the sale, or to whom. When asked, Adblock says the buyer asked to not be named and therefore they could not disclose.

Creator Michael Gundlach will also be leaving the company, with previous director Gabriel Cubbage now taking over under the new owner.

Users are understandably worried about the future of the software given the fact that the buyer could be an advertising company (we have no idea) who will look to cut deals with companies to although their ads through, for example. Most likely, however, the buyer was Adblock Plus.

Source:
TNW

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8 user comments

14.10.2015 17:17

Ublock is better anyway. Lighter and more comprehensive.

24.10.2015 22:59

Originally posted by hearme0:
Ublock is better anyway. Lighter and more comprehensive.
LOL, what?
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Oct 2015 @ 23:00

35.10.2015 0:30

Originally posted by ajsmsg78:
Originally posted by hearme0:
Ublock is better anyway. Lighter and more comprehensive.
LOL, what?
uBlock Origin 1.1.1

It's fast, feature rich and works great!

45.10.2015 10:48

Using adblock to block adblock, HAH!

I'm not sure why but i always thought Adblock was already part of Adblock plus.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Oct 2015 @ 10:51

55.10.2015 15:16

Quote:
Adblock says the buyer asked to not be named...
Let me guess...Google? The "new and improved" Adblock will block ads - with the exception of anything from Google.

65.10.2015 19:16

Been using adblock edge for over a year,ever since adblock plus let ads thru,it came recommended by 2oldgeek as did ghostery add on,liking them so far


76.10.2015 20:13

I paid for Ad Muncher years ago been using it ever sense Now its free you can get it here works great!

https://www.admuncher.com/

86.10.2015 22:42

AdBlock Plus whitelists some ads by default, but lets you easily turn off that behavior. And this is NOT a bad thing.

Look, sites have to pay for hosting AND the content they serve up to you for free. Yes, obnoxious ads with inappropriate sound/flashing graphics, malware attacks, and the like are why I use AdBlock in the 1st place, but if you want your free content to stay free, well, better learn to let at least SOME of 'em through.

Unless, of course, you'd rather pay a membership fee for every single website you use.

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