Given Amazon’s $1.7B purchase offer, we’re leaning toward “spy”

Amazon has acquired iRobot, the company whose Roomba vacuum revolutionized dust bunny clean up and holds a whopping 56.7% market share. It’s being called “the most dangerous, threatening acquisition” in Amazon’s history. No mean feat, given that just last week the company rocked the medical world with a $3.9B offer for One Medical and got called out a couple weeks before for its Ring security doorbell sharing doorstep data with police departments.

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Meta, Instagram are trying to run out the clock on EU data transfers

August 16, 2022

It’s August, and social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are getting a bit of a holiday as regulators spar over how to proceed with Ireland’s draft decision to block EU to US data transfers via standard contractual clauses (SCCs). Problem is that Ireland’s decision is still being reviewed and debated by other country DPOs – and if delays go long enough, Meta and others might be able to keep their data transfers going under a new data transfer deal that goes into effect early 2023.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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