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Pinterest Buys THE YES for Personalized Shopping

You probably don’t need more convincing that shopping on social media is A Thing, Dear Reader.  But I’m still intrigued at how quickly the industry has hopped aboard that bandwagon.  So here’s news that Pinterest has just bought THE YES, which uses AI to create a personalized fashion shopping feed based on users’ preferences for brand, style, and size.

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Capital One Financial Enters Software Business

June 3, 2022

The CDP industry is spending a lot of time debating whether IT teams should build their own systems or buy commercial software.  Capital One Financial Corp has taken ‘build’ to an extreme by letting other companies buy systems it originally built for itself.  The first product offered by Capital One Software is a data management tool for Snowflake.   It’s probably not a trend but if it is, you heard it here first.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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