Sara Fischer Feb 1, 2017
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Mobile adblock usage explodes in Asia-Pacific, not so much in the U.S.

A new study shows mobile adblock usage increased 40% in the Asia-Pacific region in 2016. For perspective, 58% of Indonesians block mobile ads compared to 1% of Americans.

The study, commissioned by PageFair, shows that mobile adblock usage significantly outpaces desktop worldwide by a 2 to 1 margin.

Overall, adblock use increased by 30% globally in 2016, with 11% of all Internet users employing adblock technology on their mobile or desktop devices.

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Data: PageFair; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Why? Asian-pacific markets are powered by consumer demand for speed and functionality, and as Pagefair notes, are accelerated by distribution partnerships with telecom companies and device manufacturers. PageFair predicts that adblocking will become more prevalent in the U.S. and Europe once manufacturers make adblocking technologies a standard part of product development.

Why it matters: The rise of adblockers has forced publishers to reconsider how their ad structures affect user experience and drop off. Some publishers argue that ad blockers violate an implicit agreement between internet users and publishers that ads are the fee they pay to access content. But one ad executives says ad-blockers are a good thing, since they can be used to measure how invasive their ad experience is and improve it. (Most publishers can see when a user visits their site with an ad blocker implemented for them specifically.) In response to the increase of adblockers in the market, online publishers are exploring new digital revenue structures, like native ads and subscriptions.

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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

Haley Britzky 3 hours ago
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Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

Donald Trump.
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President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.