Part 1 starts 00:13 - FTC proposes new rules to rein in subscription abuses

The FTC has  been on a roll fighting the many “dark patterns” of the internet. Last week they added a $245m  fine for Fortnite to pay for consumer restitution of inappropriate charges incurred after a single misleading click. This week they proposed a rule  to eliminate abuses of the “Negative Option rule” which requires consumers to proactively seek out and navigate complicated scenarios to cancel subscriptions. The rule when approved will give the FTC to impose requirements across a large number of industries that will hopefully rein in subscription abuses.

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Negative reinforcement? FTC proposes amending Negative Option Rule to include click-to-cancel and other protections

Federal Trade Commission Proposes Rule Provision Making it Easier for Consumers to “Click to Cancel” Recurring Subscriptions and Memberships

FTC Finalizes Order Requiring Fortnite maker Epic Games to Pay $245 Million for Tricking Users into Making Unwanted Charges

Part 2 starts 8:47 - The Bard goes local, sort of

Bard, despite hallucinations, was competent at making local recommendations and that use case could be expanded. Is a chat interface the best way to surface local data or is Maps really the best search metaphor?  

Segment Reference Article: Bard Local Is Actually OK

Part 3 starts 19:20 - The Bard use case is more generative and less searchy

Google is positioning Bard for more creative uses and unlike Bing is NOT integrating it into search in any meaningful way. This may be because it behooves them financially to not do so. Regardless, Bard is capable of some things that Bing just can’t do. While Bing is controlling the conversation about AI and search, Google seems to be heading in a different direction, one that leverages AI as a content creation tool.

Segment Reference Article: AI Everywhere All at Once