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Alibaba invests $717.2M in e-commerce platform Huitongda, which serves rural Chinese consumers, as Alibaba seeks to expand sales outside major cities

“As e-commerce sales to city dweller approaches saturation, Internet companies are turning to the almost 600 million Chinese who live in rural area for growth” reports chinamoneynetwork.com. China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding will invest RMB4.5 billion (US$717.2 million) in Huitongda Network Co., an e-commerce platform serving rural consumers, in a bid to expand its sales outside major cities. Source: chinamoneynetwork.com Share This:

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Eventbrite Acquires Spain’s Ticketea to Further Grow European Operations

“Ticketing platform Eventbrite has acquired Ticketea, one of Spain’s leading ticketing providers, to further grow its presence in Continental Europe” writes Richard Smirke for billboard.com. Joker identifies the opportunity to integrate Ticketea’s product and engineering teams and technology into Eventbrite as a key element of the deal.In 2017, more than 50 million people bought a ticket or registered for an event on the platform. Source: billboard.com Share This:

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Comcast and Independence Health to partner on new health care platform

“Comcast is teaming up with one of the nation’s largest Blue Cross health insurers, Independence Health Group, to launch a new consumer-oriented health-care technology platform” writes David Paul Morris for cnbc.com. In February, Comcast and Independence collaborated on an innovation conference, hosting early-stage health IT start-ups focused on value-based care and improving patient health outcomes.Independence Health and Comcast say they plan to develop the platform that patients can access nationally; the health insurer has more than 8.5 million members across two dozen states.The partnership has grown out of the firms’…

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A.G. Schneiderman Embodies the Hostile Approach…

“As such, it is not surprising to see A.G Schneiderman probe 13 different exchanges and trading platforms” writes Jp Buntinx for livebitcoinnews.com. As such, A.G Schneiderman wants to take a closer look at these trading platforms.Cryptocurrency exchanges are a vital piece of the ecosystem’s infrastructure.Centralized cryptocurrency exchanges offer a high degree of convenience.Yet too often, consumers don’t have the basic facts they need to assess the fairness, integrity, and security of these trading platforms. Source: livebitcoinnews.com Share This:

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Square rival iZettle now lets people make their own online stores

“European payments firm iZettle launched a platform Thursday that lets merchants set up online stores, in its biggest product release since 2011” writes Arjun Kharpal for cnbc.com. The e-commerce platform will allow a merchant to create an online store, accept payments, and also link inventory from its physical store.Small businesses find it complex to begin selling online, according to iZettle CEO Jacob de Geer. Last year, U.S. rival Square launched its payments and card reader service in the U.K. It also has an e-commerce platform but that is not available…

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New York’s AG opens inquiry into cryptocurrency exchanges

“The news comes at a time of increasing scrutiny for cryptocurrency exchanges, with regulators worldwide turning their focus to exchanges, as well as developing local systems for regulating cryptocurrency businesses” writes Cecille De Jesus for coingeek.com. Regulators in the state of New York have announced an inquiry into several leading cryptocurrency exchanges, with as many as 13 separate operations coming in for closer scrutiny.Yet too often, consumers don’t have the basic facts they need to assess the fairness, integrity, and security of these trading platforms,” he said.The exchanges targeted reads…

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Monex Group Successfully Completes Acquisition…

“At the same time, Monex has some big plans for this trading platform in the future” writes Jp Buntinx for livebitcoinnews.com. Big was most people’s surprise when Monex announced the acquisition of Coincheck With this latter exchange being hacked earlier, this news seemingly makes little sense.However, there are still pending lawsuits against this trading platform as we speak. Source: livebitcoinnews.com Share This:

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Taste is increasingly dictated by algorithms

“Displacing the judgment of taste partly to algorithms, as in the Amazon Echo Look, robs us of some of that humanity” writes Apr Edt for racked.com. This is the kind of social, aesthetic intelligence, the sense of taste, that our algorithms are missing, for now at least.If our taste is dictated by data-fed algorithms controlled by massive tech corporations, then we must be content to classify ourselves as slavish followers of robots. Source: racked.com Share This:

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YouTubers look to new platforms after viewer suppression, demonetization issues

“YouTube demonetization is an evergreen frustration for creators, one that affects both newcomers and superstars at the very top” writes Apr Edt for polygon.com. It all really boils down to the increased crackdown from YouTube against this channel.” YouTube executives have responded to demonetization issues on multiple occasions.He’s become the voice of the YouTube creator community, speaking out about demonetization woes.To properly understand what’s happening with YouTubers, and why these new demonetization-adjacent worries are causing creators grief, we need to understand view suppression. Source: polygon.com Share This:

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