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Google Chrome wants to help you block annoying ads (The 3:59, Ep. 214)

Also on the show: Facebook's Building 8 and Verizon's unlimited data push.

Ben Fox Rubin Former senior reporter
Ben Fox Rubin was a senior reporter for CNET News in Manhattan, reporting on Amazon, e-commerce and mobile payments. He previously worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
iyaz akhtar Principal Video Producer
Iyaz Akhtar works tenaciously to make technology work for him so he can live a life of leisure. He's been in the tech sector as a writer, an editor, a producer, and a presenter since 2006.
Ben Fox Rubin
iyaz akhtar

Online ads have gotten incredibly annoying, and Google is looking to do something about them.

As more people turn to ad blockers, Google is reportedly planning to bake ad-blocking software into its Chrome browser. Will Google -- the biggest ad network online -- become a hero or a hypocrite?

Thursday's podcast also discusses Building 8, Facebook's new lab for hardware moonshots, as well as Verizon's nearly disastrous earnings report.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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