UK Retail Pharmacy Chain Boots Has a New Online Archive

UK pharmacy giant Boots now has a digital archive. “Now images offering a snapshot of the health and beauty giant’s 168-year history – including its iconic buildings, products and adverts – have resurfaced and been made available to the public. Nottingham’s largest firm has launched a new digital archive consisting of about 20,000 documents that can be accessed for free via a new dedicated online catalogue.”

Search Engine Land: Bing launches bots for local businesses

Oooh, very nice, Bing. From Search Engine Land: Bing launches bots for local businesses. “In April, Matt McGee spotted the appearance of chat functionality for selected Seattle-area restaurants. That is now rolling out officially (still only to restaurants) through Bing Places and the newly launched Business Bot program. Microsoft will automatically create a bot from the data in Bing Places.”

CNET: Google Tango bringing indoor AR mapping to 400 Lowe’s stores

CNET: Google Tango bringing indoor AR mapping to 400 Lowe’s stores. “On-screen directions show you where the paint is when you hold up your phone. And how to get there. Maybe, even, remember where you shopped last. Lowe’s hardware stores have already been experimenting with indoor mapping via Google Tango, and now 400 stores will be indoor-mapped in the future.”

Engadget: Facebook tests in-app store loyalty programs

Engadget: Facebook tests in-app store loyalty programs. “Facebook doesn’t just want you to tap on ads — it wants you to head to the store. TechCrunch has learned that the social network is testing a Facebook Rewards loyalty program that offers perks when you scan a personal QR code (tucked within the Facebook mobile app, naturally) at an eligible store. It’s just a ‘small test,’ according to the company, and there’s no certainty that it’ll become widely available. However, there are more than a few incentives for Facebook to make Rewards widely available.”

Exclusive: Facebook and Google Were Victims of $100M Payment Scam (Fortune)

Fortune: Exclusive: Facebook and Google Were Victims of $100M Payment Scam. “When the Justice Department announced the arrest last month of a man who allegedly swindled more than $100 million from two U.S. tech giants, the news came wrapped in a mystery. The agency didn’t say who was robbed, and nor did it identify the Asian supplier the crook impersonated to pull off the scheme. The mystery is now unraveled. A Fortune investigation, which involved interviews with sources close to law enforcement and other figures, has unearthed the identities of the three unnamed companies plus other details of the case.”

Motherboard: People Don’t Want to Leave AI Up to Corporations

Motherboard: People Don’t Want to Leave AI Up to Corporations. “Now that machines are learning to do all sorts of things on their own, from deciding who gets bail to finding new pharmaceuticals, the question is how we can ensure that computers don’t accidentally screw up people’s lives. The results from a new survey conducted on behalf of the Royal Society, a UK-based scientific fellowship, show that at the very least folks want the government to be involved in deciding how AI develops.”