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Facebook Adds QR Codes to Money Transfer Service

Facebook cares mostly about selling your data, but they’ll take your money directly too.  They’re testing a new QR code payment feature to make it easier to use their Facebook Pay money transfer service.  Talk about strategic fit: trust is essential for financial services providers and who doesn’t trust Facebook?

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LiveRamp Adds Google Cloud Integration for Identity Services

April 8, 2021

Customer identity data company LiveRamp announced an API integration on the Google Cloud Marketplace.  This means Google Cloud users will be able to access LiveRamp’s identity services and data  without custom development.  LiveRamp says the move enhances consumer privacy since companies don’t have to send their data to partners for processing.  Our privacy advocate friends are unconvinced.

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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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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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