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Edited Raises $29 Million for Product Information Archive

Shifting to a different type of data compiler, Edited has raised $29 million for its archive of product information. It’s not just any archive, mind you: they track promotions and pricing on more than 2.5 billion SKU across 90,000 retailers going back for eight years. It’s more fun than, well, something.

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Microsoft and Google Improve Zoom Alternatives

April 21, 2020

Widespread reports about Zoom security problems https://www.tomsguide.com/news/zoom-security-privacy-woes have given a second chance to competitors. Microsoft and Google are responding with minor tweaks. Google now lets users start a Google Meet session from within Gmail, https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2020/04/meet-in-gmail.html while Microsoft promised (on Twitter) that Teams users will be able to see videos of up to nine chat participants by the end of April. https://twitter.com/MicrosoftTeams/status/1249729067408072704

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Few Low Income Workers Can Work from Home: YouGov Research

April 17, 2020

It’s easy to forget that not everyone is working from home. This Yahoo News/YouGov poll brings the class divide into sharp focus: 66% of people without household income over $100,000 are working from home compared with 18% with incomes under $50,000. The lowest income brackets are half as likely to have paid sick leave (31% vs 68%) and twice as likely to fear they’ll lose their job in the next month (36% vs 18%).

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Google Kills FLoC, Runs Out of Bird Metaphors, Offers Topics API

January 26, 2022

Google has given up on its FLoC cookie-less targeting initiative, which faced insurmountable privacy objections. The replacement, which mercifully does not reference anything bird-related, is Topics API, which will offer three recent interests for each individual based on sites they have recently visited.  The loss in targeting and tracking power is so huge that you wonder if Google is purposely showing what tighter privacy is costing the industry. Or maybe they’re just kneecapping competitors.

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