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Twitter: Hundreds of thousands of Americans interacted with Russian bot accounts during election

“TWTR, -1.58% provided updated information on the use of its platform by a Russian government-linked group to spread misinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential election” writes Jeremy C for marketwatch.com. In addition, Twitter said it had identified more than 50,000 automated accounts used to spread the information.Twitter said that it would email more than 677,000 U.S. users of its social-media platform to inform them that they had interacted with accounts now linked to the Internet Research Agency.Twitter said it had identified 3,814 accounts–1,062 more than previously reported–linked to the IRA…

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‘Costco For Millennials’ Attracts Big Investors

“Target, too, is focusing on home delivery, with its $550 million cash acquisition of Shipt, an online same-day delivery platform that is growing in popularity” reports pymnts.com. At the time, the retailer said it will leverage its stores and Shipt’s proprietary technology platform and community of shoppers to bring same-day delivery to Target customers around the country. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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New Instagram Features For Brands To Love And Hate

“A strong Instagram presence contributes to brand awareness and lasting relationships with customers that drive long-term organic growth” reports pymnts.com. For brands using Instagram to cement their presence in consumer minds, this makes using the appropriate hashtag an even more critical strategy for discovery.Customers who follow a brand are 75 percent more likely to take action — i.e., make purchase decisions — based on content they consume through Instagram. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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BitConnect, a Bitcoin Exchange Long Accused of Being a Ponzi Scheme, is Shutting Down

“BitConnect, a cryptocurrency exchange with a dubious reputation, announced on Tuesday that it was closing down its lending and trading platform” writes Jordan Weissmann for slate.com. Those who bought into BCC will have a few options after the BitConnect exchange shuts down.While Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have faced similar accusations, BitConnect was particularly notorious for its multilevel-marketing structure.BitConnect also notes that it is working to make BCC trading available on other exchanges, and to build another platform that can host the cryptocurrency. Source: slate.com Share This:

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Toronto-based collaborative writing platform Wattpad raises $51M at an estimated ~$398M post-money valuation to expand its tech platform

“Previous investors also include Union Square Ventures, Khosla, AME Cloud Ventures, August Capital and others” writes Minutes Ago Frederic for techcrunch.com. Notably, it appears that a lot of that growth continues to come from Asia, judging by the investors in this round. Source: techcrunch.com Share This:

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YouTube’s decision to make it harder to monetize videos is hurting the community

“YouTube is increasing the requirements for channels on its platform that will make them eligible to earn money from ads run before and during their videos” writes Abhimanyu Ghoshal for thenextweb.com. Ultimately, this move could help YouTube avoid coming under fire for having its ads run on videos from malicious actors – but it also hurts its community and doesn’t address the real concerns surrounding an open-to-all platform. Source: thenextweb.com Share This:

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Maersk, IBM to launch blockchain-based platform for global trade

“The global shipping industry has seen little innovation since the container was invented in the 1950s, and cross-border trade still leaves an enormous trail of paperwork and bureaucracy” writes Min Read for reuters.com. A cyber attack last year caused some of the biggest-ever disruptions to global shipping, displaying the vulnerability of out-dated communication systems.COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – The world’s largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk is teaming up with IBM to create an industry-wide trading platform it says can speed up trade and save billions of dollars. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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Sorodo Expands Platform Beyond Merchant Cash Advances

“In its announcement, Sorodo said it will be expanding its small business lending platform that first launched in 2014 to address the gap in small business funding left in the wake of the global financial crisis” reports pymnts.com. The platform includes local and regional funders, the company noted.This will determine which lender offers a suitable funding product based on the information provided by the business owner.The results are presented directly to the applicant.” He added that Sorodo will link SMBs to financing in several forms, including “asset-based lending, invoice finance,…

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China Goes After Alternative Cryptocurrency Trading Platforms

“Last year, Chinese authorities banned trading in cryptocurrencies, but recently the country has been seeking out alternative cryptocurrency trading venues” reports pymnts.com. China steps up its regulation of cryptocurrency trading by going after online platforms and mobile apps.The government is also going after companies and individuals who enable cryptocurrency trading by providing services such as market making, settlement and clearing.Chinese regulators want to block people in the country from accessing offshore and homegrown platforms that enable cryptocurrency trading.Since last year, China has been clamping down on bitcoin trading, banning exchanges…

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Sources: China is escalating clampdown on cryptocurrency trading, targeting platforms that offer exchange-like services, following last year’s ban on exchanges

“China is escalating its clampdown on cryptocurrency trading, targeting online platforms and mobile apps that offer exchange-like services, according to people familiar with the matter” writes Bloomberg News for bloomberg.com. Read more: A QuickTake Q&A on the Chinese clampdown Up until early last year, China was the most active market for bitcoin trading on exchanges.While authorities banned cryptocurrency exchanges last year, they’ve recently noted an uptick in activity on alternative venues.The government plans to block domestic access to homegrown and offshore platforms that enable centralized trading, the people said, without…

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