p Ant Financial, the finance arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, on Wednesday became the latest player in Hong Kong’s competitive mobile payments market after it announced the launch of its mobile wallet for Hong Kong users.The mobile wallet and payments app, dubbed AlipayHK, is similar to its Chinese counterpart Alipay – registered users are able to top up their mobile wallets and make in-store payments that are settled in Hong Kong dollars at merchants such as Watsons, Fortress and at supermarkets like ParknShop.Cashiers need only scan a QR code generated by the user’s AlipayHK app and the amount will be deducted automatically from the wallet.According to Ant Financial, the app can also be used offline as it automatically generates dynamic QR codes that allow payments to be made even without an internet connection.Last August, Ant Financial was one of the first five companies to obtain a stored value facilities (SVF) license from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority that would allow it to provide third-party payment services in the city.From Thursday, any user with a Hong Kong phone number will be able to register an AlipayHK account and link their Visa or Mastercard credit cards to the account.
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p Early participants in the Audience Direct test include A Networks, ESPN, Hearst Television, Scripps Networks Interactive, Tubi TV and their advertising partnersNoting that more than 90 percent of ad inventory for its largest brands are sold via direct-sales channels, Facebook announced Tuesday that it is beta-testing Audience Direct, a new self-service tool to finalize deals between publishers and advertisers for direct-sold video campaigns on publishers’ owned-and-operated sites.Early participants in the beta-test include A Networks, ESPN, Hearst Television, Scripps Networks Interactive, Tubi TV and their advertising partners, and Facebook said results have been favorable so far, citing an early test campaign that yielded Nielsen on-target delivery of 90 percent, compared with the industry average of 59 percent for narrow targeting.In another broadly targeted test using Audience Direct, Facebook saw on-target delivery of more than 90 percent, versus the industry average of 81 percent.Many publishers directly sell a large percentage of the ads on their properties, and we believe there is an opportunity to help them more accurately target those impressions, serve more relevant ads and reduce the waste created by inaccurate delivery.Built on Facebook’s people-based demographic information, such as age and gender, we are beginning to test a new tool, known as Audience Direct.
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p Users who are part of the test group can tap the three dots icon on one of their posts and select 'Archive'Instagram confirmed that it is testing a feature that allows users to archive photos and videos they have deleted from their accounts, rather than wiping them out permanently.The Next Web director of social media Matt Navarra was one of the early spotters of the feature, sharing images of it via tweet.Instagram tests an archive feature to hide your embarrassing old photos pic.twitter.com/o5LzVOh6PpInstagram users who are part of the test group can tap the three dots icon on one of their posts and select “Archive,” after which the post will only be visible to them.Users can access their archived posts via the icon that looks like an encircled clock, and archived posts can be restored.
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p Twitter livestreamed more than 800 hours of “premium” content during the first quarter of 2017, covering more than 450 events and reaching 45 million unique users globally, chief operating officer said during the social network’s annual shareholders’ meeting conference callDuring the question-and-answer portion of the call, Noto addressed the addition of a live tab, as well as plans for livestreaming sports events and news in the European Union.showed the newest discovery mechanism for our live product, and that’s within the Explore tab of the Android operating system.And we have plans to roll that out also on iOS over time.So within the Explore tab today on iOS, you have a trends module, a Moments module and, in the future, you’ll have a live module that lists out all of those events that are currently live.e-sports weekly new show, which shows the highlights in the last week in e-sports.
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p ESC Games CEO Todd Swidler is Twitter’s new global head of live business, a new position focused on the business side of the social network’s livestreaming partnerships.Swidler will report to chief operating officer Anthony Noto, who, naturally, made the announcement via tweet.Swidler had only been at ESC Games since last November.Prior to that, he served as senior vice president and global head of video distribution and partnerships at Bloomberg, as well as senior director of digital products and business development at the National Basketball Association.is joining Twitter as our new Global Head of Live Business.Welcome to the flock, Todd!
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p VR learning platform Growlib receives undisclosed pre-Series A in millions of USD /p p Growlib /p p Founder: Zhang Kun /p p Founded in: 2016 /p p Financing status: Pre-Series A amounting to tens of millions in RMB (a few million USD) in 2017 /p p VR learning platform Growlib on Tuesday received an undisclosed pre-Series A financing round in millions of USD to create more VR learning content./p p Growlib is a VR learning platform that produces customized learning solutions for students and teachers under various courses.Students can use its VR equipment to experience real-life situations based on the curriculum.One such situation is taking a look at the underwater world through VR equipment while students learn about it.This learning method can help students master the knowledge better as well as increase students’ learning interest./p p Founded in 2016 in Beijing, Growlib has so far reached partnerships with some well-known hardware manufacturers, schools, museums and other institutions to sell its VR learning material.
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p Electronic device makers, such as Hong Kong-listed Suga, and other start-ups are looking to cash in on a boom in China in so-called pet wearables, like smart collars, leashes and feeders.Pet ownership, denounced as a decadent and bourgeois habit after the Communist Party took power in China more than 60 years ago, has become popular again among the country’s growing middle class.Lia Yang Liu, 39, a lecturer in Chinese literature at a Beijing university, bought a GPS tracker that attaches to her dog’s collar.She is sceptical of other products, though.I don’t believe devices can translate a pet’s language for us.”The electronic pet device market in China is still quite small, but by some estimates is growing by a fifth or even a quarter every year, drawing developers and producers such as PetPace, Mars Petcare’s Whistle Labs Inc, i4C Innovations, Fitbark and DeLaval.
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p Apple has been granted a license to test new ‘millimeter wave’ technology that could give iPhone and iPad devices next-generation 5G data speeds.Business Insider brings word from an FCC filing in which Apple seeks permission to experiment with the new tech.The request states: “Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum.These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.”According to the report, the firm is now able to test the data tech in two California locations, including its own Infinite Loop campus.The application cites the 28GHz and 39GHz frequencies which have been assigned for commercial 5G use.
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p /p p Following an explosion on May 22 outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, at least 22 people are dead and 59 are/p p Prime Minister Theresa May has called the deadly event a terrorist attack," which the Greater Manchester Police has said was carried out by a 22-year-old man named Salman Abedi, who died in the blast.
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p LeSports, Chinese tech giant LeEco’s sports arm, on Thursday was rumored to cut its workforce to 200 from its current 700-strong workforce./p p This is the latest sign that LeSports is undergoing a series of setbacks including losing key management executives and broadcasting rights of international games.Here is a look back at LeSports’ short five-year history during LeEco’s volatile development./p p · 2012 – LeEco launched its sports arm LeSports to offer broadcasting and live streaming services for sports games including soccer, basketball, and tennis./p p · December 2015 – LeSports signs a five-year contract for naming rights to name Wukesong Gymnasium, one of Beijing’s landmarks and China’s top-notch stadiums./p p · February 2016 – Purchased copyrights for the Chinese Super League during the 2016/2017 season for RMB 2.7 billion (USD 392 million).
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p Chaos Computer Club's "Starbug" has taken a look at the Samsung Galaxy S8's iris-scanning authentication feature and found you can beat it with a photograph.The tools the group used aren't even remotely sophisticated: a camera in night mode, a contact lens, and a printer.To fool the sensor, supplied to Samsung by Princeton Identity, the “attacker” took a photo of the subject from a few metres' distance, printed it out, and dropped the contact lens over the iris to imitate the curvature of an eye (note: the CCC video doesn't mention this, but you'd have to get the printout aspect right, so as to make the iris the same size as the contact lens).When that image was presented to the camera, it unlocked, right on cue.As CCC spokesperson Dirk Engling says in the group's announcement, the integration between authentication and Samsung Pay means someone who can trick your phone can also spend your money.Night mode (that is, infrared filter switched off) is important, because with infrared in the image, “the fine, normally hard to distinguish details of the iris of dark eyes are well recognisable.”
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p ClickZ’s recent Ultimate Guide to Marketing Automation webinar explored how marketers can harness automation software to boost revenues while also providing a more timely and relevant experience for prospects and customers.Marketing automation is the practice of using a software platform that allows marketers to automate repetitive tasks, create triggered events for digital channels such as email and social media, and send the right communication at the right time.According to Hank Hoffmeier, Strategic Insights Manager for iContact: “It’s expected that a brand will understand their needs, their history, and everything from the way they engage to what they’ve done in the past.Service and quality often beat privacy now.”Kevin Borwick, CRM and Marketing Automation Specialist for PwC, explained that B2B prospects had similar expectations about the quality of engagement, but that the focus for engagement should typically be more around differentiation of products and services, rather than discounts and coupons which are a more commonly used tactic in B2C automation.“The way you engage and how you go to market in B2B is similar; it’s still about delivering the right message at the right time,” he added.
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p Java creator James Gosling has announced he now works for Amazon Web Services.Gosling took to Facebook to announce “It's time for a change.I'm leaving Boeing Defense (nee Liquid Robotics), with many fond memories.Today I start a new Adventure at Amazon Web Services.”AWS has found a job for Gosling as a distinguished engineer, a role usually offered to those who help to devise the company's core technology platforms.Gosling left Oracle not long after it slurped Sun, so the move to AWS isn't necessarily a reflection on his thoughts on Big Red's stewardship of Java.
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p By Joshua Baez, Marketing Consultant for Heinz MarketingSales enablement is nothing new, and in recent months, it has been a buzzword surrounding meeting rooms and office spaces.However, many make the mistake of stopping here, unable to look more holistically at their business infrastructure to find ways to optimize and better their teams.Sales development extends its reach beyond the sales team to impact the entire organization.It’s a competency that focuses on ensuring there is alignment between sales and marketing so both work in tandem towards common, unified goals.But there’s a gap between enablement and development, and an even wider one between planning and execution.
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p Uber is backpedaling over an accounting error that led to tens of thousands of New York City drivers not getting their full pay for two and a half years.Now the ride-hailing company is saying it'll pay all of those drivers back at an average of $900 per driver -- that means it'll be shelling out tens of millions of dollars."We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed -- plus interest -- as quickly as possible," Rachel Holt, Uber's regional general manager for the US and Canada, said in a statement."We are working hard to regain driver trust, and that means being transparent, sticking to our word, and making the Uber experience better from end to end."Uber is one of the biggest ride-hailing services in the world, with operations in more than 450 cities in over 70 countries.More than 1 million people drive for Uber, but the relationship between the company and its drivers isn't always smooth.
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p Selling products across borders requires an understanding of the preferred payment methods of international consumers, many of whom do not use credit cards.Payment gateways can assist merchants in offering alternative, multi-currency payment options, as can specialized vendors, such as AlternativePayments.comMany ecommerce retailers desire to expand internationally.In this post, I’ll explore some of the issues involved with accepting credit card and digital payments from international consumers.This serves as the merchant’s “domestic” location; any sales originating outside of the domestic country will be subject to cross-border fees.As of April 2017, this fee ranges from .60 percent for MasterCard to .80 percent for Visa.
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p Using Sage cloud software will future proof the activity and processes of the RSPCA.Sage has announced that the RSPCA has opted to use its X3 business management system that has the ability to operate in the cloud.A key target of the move is to maximise the benefit from the donations received by the organisation.The RSPCA had been looking to implement an end-to-end solution for finance and business management that will be able to run finance functions in the back office.The charity has a range of internal stakeholders including inspectors that travel, office based support staff and vets.The agility of a system that can access cloud will benefit the varying roles within the charity, opening up the ability to access data regardless of time or place.
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p The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday published the text of its proposal to roll back the agency's net neutrality rules, allowing the public to comment on the new plan.The agency's commissioners voted along party lines in support of the proposal (PDF), which aims to fulfill FCC Chairman FCC Ajit Pai's promise to eliminate the utility-style regulatory framework the FCC adopted in 2015.Under the proposal, the FCC would throw out the legal underpinnings of the net neutrality order, which reclassified broadband as a so-called Title II utility service under the Communications Act.Net neutrality is the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally, regardless of whether you're checking Facebook, posting pictures to Instagram or streaming movies from Netflix or Amazon.Even though most people agree with the basic premise of net neutrality, the FCC's rules have become a lightning rod for controversy because they placed broadband providers under the same strict regulations that govern telephone networks."With this Notice, the Commission initiates a new rulemaking that proposes to restore the market-based policies necessary to preserve the future of Internet Freedom, and to reverse the decline in infrastructure investment, innovation, and options for American consumers put into motion by the Commission in 2015," the notice of proposed rulemaking states.
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p Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, today returned to his old Harvard dorm room 13 years after dropping out — and he broadcast the whole tour on Facebook Live for several thousand viewers.Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan toured H-33 of Kirkland House, walking viewers through his activities there, including coding what was then known as “thefacebook.com.” The two reminisce at length about his roommates, two of whom — Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes — would go on to found Facebook with Zuckerberg.Like all things Zuckerberg, it’s about 50-percent pleasant, and 50-percent awkward.Zuckerberg says things like, “In this hallway, which is a very narrow hallway” and refuses to show everyone the bathroom — presumably out of modesty.This is another stop on Zuckerberg’s tour of America, which the internet has agreed is a totally normal thing that normal people do.Zuckerberg is set to give the commencement address at Harvard’s graduation ceremony on May 25.
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p The US and other governments around the world needed a lot of help getting data from Apple devices last year.The number of national security orders issued by US law enforcement doubled to about 6,000 from the first half of 2016 to the second half of the year, Apple disclosed in its biannual transparency report.It disclosed late Monday, as part of its most recent transparency report, that one of the national security orders it received came in the form of a declassified national security letter.It didn't provide any more information about the letter, including when it originally received the order or what it involved.Twitter disclosed in January that it received two from the FBI in the last two years that previous came with gag orders not to discuss them.Apple fought a very public battle against the FBI last year, and it has taken a strong stance in favor of protecting customer privacy.
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