Google Shopping announces free product listings on search pages

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The tech giant has removed the fees typically associated with the marketing feature. Google Shopping has announced the temporary elimination of its product listing fees for online merchants trying to reach their customers during the pandemic. Brick and mortar businesses are scrambling to reach their customers in new ways. Non-essential brick and mortar businesses who have not previously sold products and services online are now attempting to work as fast as they can to reach their customers using online resources. To help ease the burden of working with a new…

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MIT machine learning model predicts COVID-19 spike with eased quarantines

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The calculation is based on publicly available data combined with outbreak epidemiological equations. MIT has developed a new machine learning model mean to predict the rate and pattern of spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. It predicts that if quarantine regulations are lightened, the disease will spread much faster. The machine learning model was based on established epidemiological equations about outbreaks combined with publicly available data as well as neural network-based inference. When it was applied to the coronavirus spread data from late January to early March, its predictions proved…

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Google location data for 131 countries published in coronavirus lockdown reports

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Alphabet Inc. provided the data in order to help determine whether lockdowns are working. At the end of last week, Alphabet Inc. published Google location data reports for 131 countries to help show whether visits to workplaces, parks and shops had reduced throughout March. That was the month in which many governments issued stay-at-home orders to their populations to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This analysis from billions of individual phones is the largest available public dataset. The Google location data analysis provides health authorities with the largest available…

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FinTech ANNA Money partners with TrueLayer for instant QR code payments

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ANNA users will have a new option to use instantaneous quick response codes for mobile payments. ANNA Money users will now have the option to choose the use of instant QR codes to make payments through a new partnership between the FinTech and TrueLayer. Using the quick response codes would eliminate the requirement for terminals and payment cards. ANNA is a provider of financial administration, business accounts and debit cards for customers such as small businesses and freelancers. Using an instant QR code makes it possible to eliminate some of…

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Will facial pay technology be the next stage in mobile payments?

Facial Pay - mobile payments with face ID

Will consumers and businesses be willing to adopt it and how will their privacy be secured? The technology for facial pay already exists. That said, developing a transaction method and encouraging individuals and businesses to use it are entirely different challenges. The tech uses mobile payments that verify transactions using an individual’s own face. The idea behind using facial pay technology is that a person would be able to walk into a store, pick up the desired items, then look into a camera at the checkout area to confirm identification.…

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