Acquisitions don’t seem to find “happy” endings these days, like a possible sale of Linksys where Cisco picked up in 2003 (looks like Belkin is the new "owner" now). On a smaller scale where BitTorrent bought uTorrent and a recent update included some rather obtrusive advertisements or featured items.
So here’s how to turn them off:
Go to "Options > Preferences > Advanced"
Do a quick filter and turn all these settings to false: