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Apple Sets Early Spring for IDFA Tracking Restrictions

Apple celebrated Privacy Day by announcing an “early spring” date to enforce its new rule that each app must request explicit opt-in to share users’ data with third parties. The strong expectation is that many won’t say yes and the flow of data to personalize ads and track results will be reduced to a trickle.

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Google and Facebook React to Apple IDFA Changes

January 29, 2021

Google and Facebook both stand to lose revenue from the Apple changes. Facebook has been characteristically obnoxious, making dubious anti-trust threats and cluelessly expecting sympathy that it may lose some revenue. Google has been more passively aggressive, delaying app updates that would require new labels and saying it will stop trying to collect the data even though (pause to wipe small tear from eye) the “vibrant and open app ecosystem” will suffer as a result.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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