The company is among a class of startups that sell generic prescription drugs direct to consumer, with glossy branding and a healthy markup. On Hers, a packet of five 20mg Propranolol pills, typically used to treat high blood pressure and sold on Hers as a performance anxiety drug, goes for $25. On GoodRx, pharmacies sell a 60 count of the same pill for as little $10. Critics have raised concerns about such startups’ penchant for prescribing off-label and also for the spareness of its consultations. But these companies are betting they can become trusted healthcare providers by starting with lifestyle-oriented health products and expanding out into other areas. … [Read more...] about Hims & Hers is bringing its health products to all 50 states
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“With AnyVision, in particular, I do think the parameters of the specific things they are building are particular causes of concern,” says Narayan. He points to AnyVision’s affect analysis technology, which can read emotions to determine if someone is a threat, as deeply concerning. Narayan sees affect analysis as building on the long-discredited pseudoscience of whether one can read the parameters of an individual’s face or other characteristics, like skull size, to determine a person’s intelligence or dangerousness. Studies have shown that affect analysis is also biased in face recognition systems: It is less accurate with people of color and other groups. … [Read more...] about Microsoft-backed facial recognition firm rethinks its role in Hong Kong
In recent months undercover operatives have investigated critics of NSO, including two Citizen Lab researchers whose evidence sits at the center of the lawsuits. Israel’s Channel 12 and the New York Times reported in January that the operatives were linked with the Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube, which has become infamous for “dirty ops” campaigns, including against women who had accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. NSO and Black Cube have denied any involvement. … [Read more...] about The shadowy firm blamed for tracking Jamal Khashoggi launches a Google ad blitz
Most of the eight companies in which he left his stake unchanged have given positive returns. MSTC tops the list with gains of more than 50 percent since September 2019. DFM Foods has risen 11 percent, Vishnu Chemicals 10 percent, Nocil and KPIT Tech both up 9 percent while IFB Industries has rallied marginally. … [Read more...] about Ashish Kacholia raises stake in 4 companies, cuts down in 7 in Q3; do you own any?
One of those solutions, of course, could be Beemray, which rejects the idea of following people around and instead uses contextual clues (approximate location data among them) to predict which messages might resonate. As a basic example, someone who’s sitting at a desk in London and reading about travel might see an ad for direct flights to New York. Since the resulting ad wouldn’t be as hyper-targeted as what advertisers are used to, Sidhu expects that brands would have to focus more on production values, or on forging direct relationships with consumers who might provide data more willingly. … [Read more...] about Apple and Google’s tough new location privacy controls are working