To most people, the names Vudu, Tubi and Xumo may not be more than inscrutable names of apps that appear in the menu of their connected TVs. But to media companies, they’re interesting assets, or so it appears. NBCUniversal is in “advanced talks” to acquire online video rental service Vudu from Walmart, according to this report in the Wall Street Journal. We reported last year that Walmart...
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How to Grease a Chatbot: E-Commerce Companies Seek a Backdoor Into AI Responses
When Andy Wilson’s company received its first successful client referral through ChatGPT, he was shaken to his core. The founder and CEO of Logikcull, a San Francisco–based legal technology company, Wilson “had the exact same reaction to ChatGPT as I had to the internet browser in the early ’90s,” he said. “But this time I knew it would be even bigger than...
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