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SaaS Funding Shifts Away from Martech, Adtech, CRM: Crozdesk Report

Companies position themselves to investors as well as buyers. Business software discovery portal Crozdesk found the hottest funding categories are now financial technology (yes, “fintech”) and analytics, including AI and Big Data. Funding dropped for former leaders including advertising, sales, and marketing (one category) and CRM. Also hot: integration as a service that lets “citizen integrators” to connect systems for themselves and products for specific industries (vertical solutions) rather than generic (horitzontal) solutions. Quite intriguing if you’re into this sort of thing.

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IOTA Foundation Launches Blockchain-Based Data Marketplace

November 29, 2017

IOTA is a distributed ledger (blockchain) system with no transaction fees. If that’s not enough to get you excited, how about this: they’ve just launched a pilot version of a data marketplace that will let owners sell data streams, mostly from Internet of Things devices. Whoa Nelly, eh? In theory, people could sell personal data streams too. The “no transaction fee” part of IOTA makes it all possible, since otherwise the transaction fees would make micropayments for data impractical.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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