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Ad Blocking Hits 40% And Rising: AdBlock Plus and Global Web Index

Ad blocking by consumers isn’t a response to fake news, although it does threaten the economics of both legitimate and illegitimate publishers. A study from AdBlock Plus and Global Web Index found that 40% of respondents used an ad blocker in the past month. Ad blocking is likely to increase since it’s more common among younger users, just over half the respondents still don’t know ad blockers are available, of U.S. and mobile ad blocking happens less often in the U.S. (so far) than in Asia.

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adsquare Mobile Data Exchange Adds Unacast Promixity Data

June 2, 2017

RetailWire also found that tech vendors are even more excited about in-store systems than the retailers themselves. Here’s news that mobile data exchange adsquare has added proximity data from Unacast to help mobile advertisers target location-based messages in real time. And here’s a study from Opus Research describing ways that retailers track customer locations within their stores for even more precise targeting.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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