Social and live stream commerce rose by 45 percent last year

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Social platforms and real-time video drove a massive spike in shopping via apps in 2020. Social media and live stream commerce positively exploded last year, as the pandemic greatly changed the way people communicated and shopped, says new App Annie data. Many countries newer to m-commerce experienced even higher increases in their app-based shopping. According to new data, global time spent shopping via apps (not including China), rose by 45 percent in 2020 when compared to the same figures for 2019. Many countries that hadn’t previously adopted mobile commerce as…

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Valero partners with P97 Networks for gas station mobile payments

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The fuel marketer signed the deal with the network to broaden transaction options. San Antonio, Texas-based Valero has announced a new partnership with P97 networks to provide gas station mobile payments options to its customers. This will make it possible for customers to pay for their purchases using their smartphones. Customers will be able to use the gas station mobile payments options to complete secure transactions for purchasing fuel, car washes, or even certain purchases made in-store. To use this smartphone-based feature, customers will need to use the Valero app.…

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Hiring discrimination detection tool created using artificial intelligence

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This tech is able to detect these recruitment behaviors against women and visible minorities. A new AI hiring discrimination tool has been developed to help spot these employment website recruiter behaviors against women and visible minorities. The artificial intelligence system utilized supervised machine learning to analyze the behaviors. Prior research has solidly determined that several industries have significant gender and ethnic pay gaps. However, available data doesn’t make it as easy to measure the extent to which discrimination is the cause of those inequalities. The new AI hiring discrimination tool…

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Tapjoy mobile ad company reaches deceptive practices settlement with FTC

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The firm has now settled with the US Federal Trade Commission regarding its in-app rewards practices. Mobile ad company Tapjoy has reached a settlement with the FTC regarding allegations that the firm had been misleading its consumers. The allegations had to do with Tapjoy’s in-app rewards system that was incorporated into mobile games. The FTC accused Tapjoy of deceiving consumers who were taking part in a range of activities. The FTC’s accusation stated that Tapjoy was deceiving its customers. This included times in which those customers were signing up for…

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Alibaba facial recognition accused of seeking out Uighur minority individuals

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The technology giant was developed with the capacity to spot members of this ethnic group, says IPVM. Alibaba facial recognition technology can specifically identify individuals from China’s Uighur minority, says a report from IPVM, the surveillance industry research group. This report follows on the heels of serious human rights accusations against China’s treatment of Uighurs. Human rights groups from around the globe are accusing China of forcing more than 1 million people from the Muslim Uighur minority into labor camps. These groups have also been calling out companies that have…

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