The ad says as an offer of salvation: cancer kills many people. But there is hope in Apatone, a patented vitamin C-based blend, which is “KILL cancer.” The substance, an untested treatment that is not FDA-approved, is not available in the United States. If you want Apatone, the ad suggests, you should travel to a clinic in Mexico.
If you are on Facebook or Instagram and Meta has determined that you may be interested in cancer treatments, you may have seen this ad. It’s part of a pattern on Facebook of ads that make misleading or false health claims, targeting cancer patients.
Evidence from Facebook and Instagram users, medical researchers, and their own ad library suggests that Meta is full of ads that contain sensational health claims, from which the company directly benefits, with some misleading ads that they remain unquestioned for months and even years. Read the whole story.
The piracy industry faces the end of an era
The news: NSO Group, the world’s best-known hacking company, could soon cease to exist. The Israeli company, still awaiting US sanctions, has been in talks over a possible acquisition by US military contractor L3 Harris. The deal is far from true, but if it is done, it is likely to involve the dismantling of the NSO group and the end of an era.
Industry-wide turbulence: Regardless of what happens at NSO, the changes taking place in the global hacking industry are far greater than any other company. This is mainly due to two major changes: the US sanctioned NSO in late 2021 and days later the Israeli government severely restricted its piracy industry, reducing the number of countries companies can sell from more than 100 to just 37.
But… The industry is adjusting rather than disappearing. One thing we are learning is that a vacuum cannot last long in a market where demand is so high. Read the whole story.
—Patrick Howell O’Neill
We need smarter cities, not “smart cities”
The term “smart cities” originated as a marketing strategy for large IT vendors. It has now become synonymous with urban uses of technology, especially advanced and emerging technologies. But cities are more than 5G, big data, driverless vehicles and AI, and a focus on building “smart cities” runs the risk of turning cities into technology projects.
Really smart cities recognize the ambiguity of lives and livelihoods, and are driven by results far beyond implementing “solutions”. They are defined by the talent, relationships, and ownership of their residents, not by the technology deployed there. Read the whole story.