Most Consumers Still Prefer In-Store Shopping: Trendsource Study

Retailers are struggling in the face of online competition. But it’s not hopeless: a study from Trendsource finds that most consumers still prefer in-store shopping, even for electronics. Not surprisingly, “getting the items immediately” was the biggest reason to buy in person. Help from store staff was somewhere in the middle while in-store technology and social interaction were dead last.

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Revcontent Asks Fake News Readers to Report Fake News

June 5, 2017

Revcontent drives traffic to client Web sites by putting links to relevant articles on other sites. It’s been criticized for driving traffic and revenue to fake news sites. The company has just launched a “Truth in Media Initiative” that lets consumers report articles they believe to be fake. It’s not clear how this helps, since the people reading those articles probably think they’re true. On the other side, motivated partisans and partisan-bots could easily attack accurate news sites as fake.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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