Targeted Ads Hurt Consumers: Academic Study and NY Times

This academic paper concludes that targeted Web ads are bad for consumers because they offer (slightly) higher prices and less well-known products than search ads.  It’s a questionable conclusion that was picked up The New York Times under the headline “If It’s Advertised to You Online, You Probably Shouldn’t Buy It. Here’s Why.”

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New Concerns Over AI Chatbot Falsehoods

April 7, 2023

Well, that didn’t take long: the excitement over generative AI tools like ChatGPT has already been replaced by growing concerns over their dangers.  The Center for Countering Digital Hate found it could easily bypass the guardrails in Google Bard to generate unlabeled misinformation in 78 of 100 tested cases.  And, moving from hypothetical to actual, an Australian politician is threatening to sue OpenAI after ChatGPT falsely reported that he was a convicted criminal.

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Customer Data Platform Industry Adds New Vendors: CDP Institute Report

July 12, 2024

Software vendors continued to add Customer Data Platform (CDP) capabilities to existing systems in the first half of 2024, according to the CDP Institute’s latest Industry Update report.  Nearly all of the dozen companies appearing in the report for the first time started as marketing or messaging applications and added CDP capabilities after they were built.  These firms accounted for most of the industry growth during the report period.

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