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Marketers have put NBCUniversal on notice: Stop covering NFL players’ national-anthem protests, or we’ll pull our ads.

That’s according to Linda Yaccarino, the chairman of advertising sales at NBCUniversal, who spoke during a keynote interview at an event held Friday in New York at the ad agency RGA.

Yaccarino said no advertisers had pulled out of NFL games because of the protests, but that advertisers were telling the network that could change.

To read more about how brands are threatening to pull ads from NFL coverage, click here.

In other news:

Papa John’s could kill its NFL sponsorship deal after national anthem protest controversy. It is the first brand whose executives have openly said that the chain is evaluating its NFL sponsorship deal after its CEO blamed the league’s “poor leadership” and declining ratings following players’ protests on the chain’s subpar sales.

The head of sales at NBCUniversal just issued a stark warning to the ad industry. NBCU’s sales boss says that ad agencies are holding up the TV business from competing with tech giants like Google and Facebook.

The Kremlin invested “hundreds of millions” in Twitter and Facebook through an associate of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law. The “Paradise Papers” are a new leak of 13 million documents about offshore tax havens.

The Associated Press has published a big new report on how Russia hacked the US Democratic Party’s emails. The hackers targeted more than 130 people and altered documents.

One sentence from the Senate’s social media hearing should petrify Google, Facebook and Twitter. The real piece de resistance of the entire hearing came from Senator John Kennedy who said that he didn’t believe they had the “ability to identify all your advertisers.”

Big Tech blew its big moment at the Russia hearings. Tech companies like Facebook and Twitter failed to reassure the public they are able to fix the problems that led to Russian interference in the US presidential election.

Meanwhile, New York ad tech company AppNexus wants to take out Google — and stop Amazon in its tracks. The company is set to roll out new ad buying software that employs machine learning, which CEO Brian O’Kelley says will help it blow past competitors.

GrubHub’s new ad is actually an old school video game designed to make you order more food. “Food’s Here” is akin to a puzzle game, where players must unscramble the road that a Grubhub driver would take to deliver food to a customer.

Twitter’s COO tweeted a joke about the rogue takedown of President Trump’s Twitter account. Anthony Noto’s joke was funny, but given the implications of the incident, a bit tone deaf.

Netflix has fired Kevin Spacey from “House of Cards.” It comes after the actor was was accused of sexual harassment and assault.

The internet is going crazy over “Animoji Karaoke,” MacRumors reports. The iPhone X’s “animoji” feature lets emojis mimic your expressions, and people are using it to lipsync songs.

After facing a backlash from advertisers earlier this year for their ads appearing next to unsavoury videos, YouTube has once again found itself in hot water with parents, the New York Times reports. Some surprising content popped up on the child friendly version of its service, YouTube Kids.

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