Microsoft Joins Amazon and IBM in Limiting Facial Recognition Software

Microsoft today joined Amazon and IBM in limiting the privacy nightmare that is facial recognition software. IBM has left the business entirely, Amazon banned use by the police for one year, and Microsoft said they won’t sell for police use until a national regulation is in place. Yes, there’s some virtue signaling involved and there are plenty of other companies still in the business. But it’s a step in the right direction.

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Three in Four Marketers Expect to Attend In-Person Events Again: The 614 Group Research

June 15, 2020

No one really knows what the post-COVID-19 world will look like, but everybody has an opinion. Let’s look at some today. We’ll start with this survey of marketers from The 614 Group, which found that just 19% expected in-person conferences will reach their pre-pandemic levels but 76% said they personally expect to attend. I’d interpret that to mean attendance is more likely than it seems. More here on what people miss most about their office (hint: it’s not their boss).

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Transcend Raises $25 Million to Respond to Data Access Requests

June 11, 2020

As you’re well aware, Dear Reader, consumers have increasing rights to find out what data companies have gathered about them from Neustar, Stirista, and other sources. One result is a growing list of vendors who help companies to find that data in their systems so they can share it when asked. You can add Transcend to that list: they have emerged from beta with a $25 million Series A, bringing total funding to $29 million.

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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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