We've gone on the record as not being fans of Facebook's Ticker, the pane on the upper-right-hand corner of the site that constantly updates you on the minutiae of your "friends'" lives in real time. But as if Ticker wasn't annoying enough as is, Facebook's figured out how to make it even more objectionable: advertisements.

A Facebook spokesman has confirmed that Ticker has already been injected with "sponsored stories" for some users, with a wider rollout likely in the works. So if you're sick of getting updates about your friends "liking" some random person's status, don't worry— disingenuous promos from online universities are just around the corner.

[via CNN]