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SWMS Q&A: Victor Dey, Tech Editor, VentureBeat

Victor Dey is a data scientist who discovered tech journalism. Often it’s the other way around. In any case, VentureBeat gets the win: Victor writes between 20 and 30 stories a month about AI, data science and cybersecurity — three of the most important beats in B2B — and he does it with authority.

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Q&A: Esther Ajao, AI Reporter, TechTarget

TechTarget news writer Esther Ajao covers AI software and systems for SearchEnterpriseAI and occasionally for SearchCustomerExperience. Until she arrived at TechTarget in Sept. 2021, Esther had valuable internships in the TV business but no tech media experience whatever.

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Cheat Sheet: AI in Retail

The AI cheat sheets will come fast and furious, especially in the verticals as the technology transforms all. We came up with 13 names, including three from VentureBeat, the go-to publication for the application of AI in business.

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SWMS Q&A: Alex Wilhelm, EIC, TechCrunch+

Can the Silicon Valley Bank meltdown now seem so long ago? Yet the true fallout has not yet begun. In our Mar. 21 SWMS Q&A, edited for length and clarity — TechCrunch+ EIC Alex Wilhelm gives us a generous glimpse of what it was like to work at TechCrunch that day.

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A Bumpy Rollout for The Information’s New Data Vertical

The Information this week launched a premium subscription tier called The Information Pro, and so far is having a bumpy time of it. In published comments, five readers publicly objected to The Information moving its org chart content from the basic tier to The Information Pro.

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For Years, Forbes Ran A Shadow Web Site That Tricked Advertisers

What a terrific scoop from the WSJ’s Patience Haggin: Forbes for years operated a shadow, tiny-traffic web site — at www3.forbes.com — that housed advertising bought to run on the big-traffic Forbes.com site. Advertisers paid for the real site but were placed on the spammy shadow site. After WSJ broke the story, Forbes took the shadow site offline. One quote from the story: “Imagine if a car dealership slapped a Lexus sticker on an economy Toyota and sold it to you as a Lexus.”

Publishers Using Gen AI To Improve Their Own Search

Digiday’s Sara Guaglione has a great scoop on how several publishers — including the FT, Forbes, Business Insider, The Guardian and others — are using gen AI tools to improve their own search engines. One publisher told Sara that site search historically is “not a widely-used function.”

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