Hate ads? Pay Google to block them for you

Google is testing an ad-blocker service, Amazon may be inserting ads into streaming video, and Comcast lets you track the cable guy.

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Would you pay a subscription to remove ads from webpages? Google -- which earns most of its revenue from advertising -- is testing a service that lets you block ads for a small monthly fee.

It may sound crazy, but perhaps with this project Google will create a solution for website micropayments. Simply speaking, it means you can toss a few cents into a website's tip jar, but you pre-pay Google to dish out the change on your behalf. Watch today's CNET Update for the details on Google Contributor:

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Also in this tech-news roundup:

  • Unlike Google, Amazon could be looking into ways of inserting ads into more places. The New York Post reports Amazon is working on a video streaming service that is supported by ads.
  • Comcast hopes you'll be less annoyed with your service appointment if you can track the cable guy in real time on a map.
  • There's quite a bit of innovation in the smart home space, but not all tech has been perfected yet. Check out CNET's review of the Ubi , a smart speaker that needs to work on its listening skills.

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