Facebook has selected London as its base to develop WhatsApp payments

WhatsApp Payments - WhatsApp App

The social network giant wants to drive the messenger service’s mobile payments globally Facebook is serious about developing WhatsApp payments and has chosen London, England as the center of the mobile payments platform’s development. The messenger service will hire on 100 new software engineers from London and Dublin. The reason that Facebook decided on London instead of a US city is that it is widely used in the UK and England’s capital city is known for attracting talent from other markets where WhatsApp is popular. This includes markets such as…

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QR code tattoo fail: Argentinian soccer fan’s tat delinked

QR Code Tattoo - Tattoo Artist

No joke: A fan of Argentina’s River Plate soccer team had a QR code tattooed to his leg to show his love for his team. The fan’s QR code tattoo links to a triumphant highlight video on YouTube of River Plate securing its 5-3 two-legged Copa Libertadores Finals win over arch rivals Boca Juniors…or at least it did. The QR code-linking footage was taken down after Twitter users banded together to have the video removed. The QR code tattoo was shared on Twitter by Argentinian sports journalist Ariel Cristofalo. The…

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Social media accounts run by inmates shut down by prisons in UK

Social media accounts - Prison cell

An increasing number of mobile phones are being smuggled into jails. UK prison authorities have deactivated hundreds of social media accounts run by inmates due to a rising number of mobile phones being smuggled into jails. Over 1,700 accounts were removed from 2015 to 2018. The number of Instagram, Facebook and YouTube profiles that have been deactivated at the request of prison authorities has nearly quadrupled in three years, reports the Telegraph. The majority of these deactivated social media accounts were the result of prisoners using illicit mobile phones to…

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Mobile tracking tech ties physical movements of shoppers to their purchasing decisions

Mobile tracking tech - Shopping Mall

A new type of mobile tracking technology may make it easier for advertises to target potential customers. A new study using a new kind of mobile tracking tech – information trajectory-based targeting – has found that by targeting a shopper’s physical movements, advertisers can significantly improve ads via mobile phones. This mobile technology goes beyond simply advertising to a customer based on their location. The new study, involving the mobile tracking tech, was recently published in the journal Management Science, and was carried out by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University,…

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