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UpstartWorks to Help Expand Amazon Buy With Prime Program

Amazon already has a far higher trust rating than almost anyone, so placing its Shop With Prime button on small retailers’ websites can only increase their sales. They just selected ecommerce tech vendor UpstarWorks to help expand the program. Is it rude to mention the deal also helps Amazon collect new customer data?

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Apple Ads Gain from Apple Privacy Measures: Appsumer Study

September 12, 2022

Who doesn’t love the consumer control provided by Apple’s App Tracking Transparency (ATT) program?  Mobile app advertisers and ad sellers who lose access to consumer data, that’s who.  This Appsumer report finds Apple itself is the biggest winner, growing its share of mobile app advertising from 10% in the second quarter of 2021 to 15% one year later, while Facebook’s share fell from 32% to 28%.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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