• Black Friday Being Replaced By Cyber Everything
    A study found 52% of U.S. consumers plan to sit Black Friday out this year. Only 12% expect to shop in-store. COVID-19 accelerated the start to the shopping season. with more consumers concerned about out of stock products and delayed deliveries. Fifty-nine percent feel uncomfortable about going to shopping malls, but 52% are okay with parking lot pop-ups and sidewalk stalls, according to Morning Consult.  
  • Facebook Messenger API Now Supports Instagram
    Facebook on Monday announced that its Messenger API has been updated to allow businesses to manage their communications across Instagram. Businesses can now integrate Instagram messaging into the applications and workflows they use in-house to manage Facebook accounts and conversations. Marion Boiteux explains how it works.
  • Google Shares Update On Hacker Attacks
    Google disclosed that in September it began to see multiple North Korea groups shifting their targeting hacks toward COVID-19 researchers and pharmaceutical companies, including those based in South Korea. "One campaign used URL shorteners and impersonated the target’s webmail portal in an attempt to harvest email credentials," Google’s Shane Huntley wrote in the blog. "In a separate campaign, attackers posed as recruiting professionals to lure targets into downloading malware." Huntley explains.   
  • Google Set To Strike A Deal With French Government On News
    Google is set to reach a deal to pay French publishers for their news used on its platform, the company told Reuters on Wednesday. The deal would come on the eve of a ruling by a French appeals court on a "neighbouring right enshrined in revamped EU copyright rules" that allows publishers to demand a fee from online platforms for showing news snippets.
  • Supreme Court Weighs Future Software Case For Google And Oracle
    The Supreme Court justices understand their decision in a copyright dispute between Google and Oracle could have far-reaching consequences for Silicon Valley, but after an hour and a half of arguments it was not clear which company's warning they most believed, according to Politico. The teleconference hearing before the nation's highest court ends years of legal bickering. A federal circuit court ruled in Oracle's favor and Google successfully petitioned the Supreme Court to take up the case. Politico explains what happens next.
  • Hold For Me, Google Says
    A feature coming to Google’s Pixel 5 smartphones lets people put their phone down and go about their business while waiting on hold. The feature launches today in the U.S. The service will listen for when the call is picked up. Then it will send a notification when it’s time for the user to get back on the phone. Meanwhile, Google’s Assistant asks the call center to hold until the caller picks up.
  • Facebook Tests Accounts Center To Control Connected Experiences Across Its Apps
    Starting this week, Facebook will begin testing a feature that lets users switch apps and manage their experience between Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. Users will have the ability to share stories to Instagram and Facebook at the same time, or use their Facebook account to log into Instagram. Setting up the feature in Accounts Center allows users to control connected experiences that work across its apps.   
  • Amazon Lets Consumers Pay With A Touchless Wave of Their Palm
    Amazon on Tuesday unveiled a biometric payment system using palm recognition. The company plans to make the technology available to rival retailers.  The contactless system, Amazon One, will let people use their palm to make purchases, present loyalty cards or enter a stadium or workplace. The company said engineers chose palm recognition because it's considered more private than some biometric alternatives. Amazon said no one can determine a person’s identity by looking at an image of their palm, and it requires someone to make an intentional gesture by holding their palm over the device to use. 
  • Google Forces Android App Developers To Use Its Billing System
    Google will give Android app developers until September 31, 2021 to adopt its in-app billing system for apps distributed on the Google Play Store. The same rules will apply to its own apps. The policy really only applies to less than 3% of developers with apps on Google Play. Google only collects a service fee if the developer charges users to download their app or they sell in-app digital items. Reports suggest the crackdown is aimed at Netflix and Spotify. 
  • Google Search Serves Information About Curbside, In-Store Pickup
    Searches on Google For "curbside pickup” and “safe shopping” increased tenfold in the last few months. So the search engine added a "Nearby" filter that tells the person searching for products what's available from where, when and how. The decision to modify its shopping tools comes from changing search patterns during COVID-19. To participate, businesses can update or create their Google My Business profile or upload local product feed through Google Merchant Center.
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