Nielsen Won’t Include Amazon Data in Football Audience Counts After All

Finally, we’ll note that Nielsen has backed down on its plan to include Amazon data in its Thursday Night Football audience measurements, at least for purposes of ad billing.  This particular tale has more twists than an arthritic rattlesnake; I’m only mentioning it here since our last report said Nielsen was steaming ahead and we want to keep the record straight.

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IBM to resume facial recognition – for a US$69.8M price

September 12, 2023

What a difference three years makes. IBM, which in 2020 told Congress it would stop offering “general purpose” facial recognition in response to concerns about resulting racial profiling, has just signed a $69.8 million contract with the UK to develop a national biometrics platform. The purpose is to provide facial recognition capability to government immigration and law enforcement – but IBM stated this is not in conflict the 2020 promises because it won’t be used for public surveillance.

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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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