I wrote about the rise of companies like Outbrain and Taboola, which have led to the proliferation of sleazy tabloid links all over the web:
Reading news online over the past year, I came to realize that more or less every story now includes a beautiful woman. Tucked into modules with names like "around the web" or "you might like," there she is, demonstrating her bosom or backside or pearly-white smile. Often she is a celebrity, talking about weight loss, filing a lawsuit, or collapsing onstage. Other times she is a fitness guru, or a fashion expert, or (in at least one case) a "former pole vaulter" who is "still smoking HOT." The women of "Around the Web" are ubiquitous, they are alluring, and they only want one thing — your click.