Google Expands Third-Party Billing in Android Apps

Regulators are increasingly hostile to app store owners who require apps to funnel payments through the store owner’s payment system and pay a hefty commission for the privilege.  Apple has received most of the unwanted attention, but Google is in regulators’ sights as well.  Google has responded with a pilot program to allow third-party billing in Android apps.  It just expanded the pilot to include the U.S., European Union, and other regions.

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Criteo Test Finds Google Topics API Performs Poorly

November 14, 2022

Google is also trying to keep regulators at bay when it comes to privacy and ad sales.  Its bird-named plans to replace third-party cookies with visitor clustering methods haven’t taken off but it’s still trying with Topics API, which classifies users based the sites they visit.  Criteo just issued test results that find Topics API is considerably less effective than Criteo’s own competing system.   They have an obvious axe to grind but the analysis is still worth a look.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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