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Paying for News: What Google and Meta Owe US Publishers — Draft Working Paper

Paying for News: What Google and Meta Owe US Publishers — Draft Working Paper, Working Paper #1 Patrick Holder, Haaris Mateen, Anya Schiffrin, Haris Tabakovic Overview – Paper “This paper estimates the payment that Facebook and Google Search platforms would owe to news publishers for the use of news content, if the Journalism Competition &… Continue Reading

Fakespot Chat, Mozilla’s first LLM, lets online shoppers research products via an AI chatbot

TechCrunch: “Earlier this year, Mozilla acquired Fakespot, a startup that leverages AI and machine learning to identify fake and deceptive product reviews. Now, Mozilla is launching its first LLM (large language model) with the arrival of Fakespot Chat, an AI agent that will help consumers as they shop online by answering questions about the product… Continue Reading

Google Search and Chrome are getting new tools to help users find discounts

Google Blog: How to find holiday shopping deals on Google: “…Thanks to the Shopping Graph, our comprehensive data set of the world’s constantly-changing products and shopping information, holiday shoppers on Google will have access to double the amount of deals as last year. And we’re introducing new ways to help you shop those great prices:… Continue Reading

News/Media Alliance Study Finds Pervasive Unauthorized Use of Publisher Content to Power Generative AI Technologies

“On October 31, 2023 the News/Media Alliance published a White Paper and a technical analysis and submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office on the use of publisher content to power generative artificial intelligence technologies (GAI). Together, the three publications document the pervasive, unauthorized use of publisher content by GAI developers, the impact this may… Continue Reading

Here’s a rare look at Google’s most lucrative search queries

The Verge: “Not all Google searches make Google money. Google often says that it only shows ads on about 20 percent of queries, the ones it calls “commercial queries.” You can probably guess what qualifies. “US president in 1836” is not something you type when you’re about to buy something; neither is “facebook” because all… Continue Reading

People Search Data Brokers, Stalking, and ‘Publicly Available Information’ Carve-Outs

LawFare: “…In the debate about data privacy and harms to Americans, however, one issue has not received adequate attention by the press or in policy conversations relative to the severity and volume of harm: the link between publicly available information and stalking and gendered violence. For decades, “people search” data brokers have compiled profiles on… Continue Reading

Strange Ways AI Disrupts Business Models

Implications, Scott Belsky, What’s Next For Creativity & Marketing, Some Provocative Data: This edition explores forecasts and implications around: (1) business models likely to become antiquated as AI proliferates in more industries, (2) reflections on another round of AI launches in the creative world, and (3) some provocative data and surprises at the end, as… Continue Reading

The yearly issue of Air Street Capital’s Nathan Benaich slide deck

State of AI Report – Produced by Nathan Benaich and Air Street Capital team: “Artificial intelligence (AI) is a multidisciplinary field of science and engineering whose goal is to create intelligent machines. We believe that AI will be a force multiplier on technological progress in our increasingly digital, data-driven world. This is because everything around… Continue Reading

Silicon Valley Ditches News, Shaking an Unstable Industry

The New York Times via Yahoo: “Campbell Brown, Facebook’s top news executive, left the company this month. Twitter, now known as X, removed headlines from the platform days later. The head of Instagram’s Threads app, an X competitor, reiterated that his social network would not amplify news. Even Google — the strongest partner to news… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 21, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 21, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on… Continue Reading