Vibenomics Raises $12.3 Million For Audio Out-of-Home Ads

Few things are more confusing than adtech, although programmatic audio out-of-home advertising is one of adtech’s more comprehensible varieties.  (Think music, messages, and ads on public address systems in retail stores.)  It’s the specialty of Vibenomics, which just raised a $12.3 million Series B.

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Customers Want Companies to Verify Their Identities: Jumio Infographic

June 1, 2022

If you enjoy confusion, consider the distinction between tracking customer identity and verifying it.  Tracking is what marketers do with cookies and device IDs; verification is customers proving who they are with passwords and biometrics.  The two worlds are merging as marketers ask customers to identify themselves in exchange for personalized experiences.   This Jumio infographic finds 57% of customers “constantly” or “often” verify their identities and 80% favor brands with good verification methods.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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