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Thousands of Ads.Txt Files Enable Fraud: Sellers.Guide Study

The online advertising industry is rife with fraud, perhaps because it’s dominated by big tech and perhaps despite it.  Either way, ads.txt is one of the more effective measures at limiting the problem.  But this study by Sellers.Guide found errors in tens of thousands of ads.txt files, although the report doesn’t indicate what fraction of the total that represents.

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IT Spending Will Increase But Marketing is Low Priority: Spiceworks Ziff Davis Survey

October 5, 2022

In somewhat cheerier news, Spiceworks Ziff Davis reports that most companies (51%) plan to increase IT spending next year, even those even more (83%) are worried about a recession.  Unfortunately for many marketers, the focus of spending will be infrastructure improvements not marketing.  If you want a clearer sense of IT priorities: personalized advertising ranks second-to-last on a list of ten ways organizations plan to use artificial intelligence.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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