Google Announces Data Clean Room-based Ad Targeting Solution

Google has introduced a new data clean room service that lets advertisers target their messages to individuals on publisher sites without sharing identity data.  Called PAIR (for Product Advertiser Identity Resolution), the approach uses encrypted email addresses to compare advertiser and publisher lists and then buy ads targeted at matching records.  It’s a standard data clean room application but clients are saved the trouble of setting up a clean room of their own.

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Experian and Yieldmo Cooperate to Enhance Ad Impressions

October 12, 2022

This announcement from Experian and adtech vendor Yieldmo is intriguing but vague.  What seems to be happening is that impressions in Yieldmo’s ad exchange are being enhanced with Experian data about the person who will receive the impression, and Yieldmo is using the same data to generate advertising materials tailored to that person.  But the companies never quite say  that, so it’s possible there’s less here than meets the eye.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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