According to the Wall Street Journal, the company has reached out to JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and US Bankcorp to discuss joining forces with Facebook Messenger.
Why? Facebook would reportedly use the information to build new features, like the ability for users to check their account balance or to get fraud alerts through Messenger. In exchange, banks would have to provide data on its customers’ transactions and balances. The social network says the information would only be used for creating new features, not for ad targeting.
But... The legacy of the Cambridge Analytica scandal looms large. Banks have reportedly been hesitant to collaborate with the tech giant because of data privacy concerns, and one bank pulled out of talks entirely.
Going offline: Facebook is increasingly trying to gain access to your offline data to bolster its profile of users and provide more features. Earlier this year they even reached out to hospitals about getting medical data on users. Facebook isn’t alone, either. Other tech giants like Google also want access to your offline information—because if they don’t get it, the thinking goes, their competitors will.
Meta has built a massive new language AI—and it’s giving it away for free
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The gene-edited pig heart given to a dying patient was infected with a pig virus
The first transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human may have ended prematurely because of a well-known—and avoidable—risk.
Saudi Arabia plans to spend $1 billion a year discovering treatments to slow aging
The oil kingdom fears that its population is aging at an accelerated rate and hopes to test drugs to reverse the problem. First up might be the diabetes drug metformin.
Yann LeCun has a bold new vision for the future of AI
One of the godfathers of deep learning pulls together old ideas to sketch out a fresh path for AI, but raises as many questions as he answers.
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