Engadget: Online-only platforms are going offline with permanent spaces

Engadget: Online-only platforms are going offline with permanent spaces. “The retailpocalypse started in 2010. It followed the 2008 global recession, with the parallel birth and rise of social media adding fuel to the growth of online shopping. Suburban and rural malls sat empty, underutilized or poorly maintained as the most affected brands lost their customer base in the squeezed middle class. Meanwhile, online retailers thrived without the overhead costs of a physical space. Nearly a decade later, the online-only platforms that disrupted retail are choosing to pay rent as an additional, unnecessary expense.”

Wheat, wine and wool: What old account statements reveal (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: Wheat, wine and wool: What old account statements reveal. “The aim of the project is to investigate the Egyptian temple economy from sources that are ‘rich in content, difficult, fragile at first glance, but then uniquely rich in detail’, as [Professor Martin Andreas] Stadler says. At the same time, they will being publication of an online platform with the edition of around 40 representative texts. Under the keyword “Digital Humanities”, ancient historians and Egyptologists will be provided with new sources that will put the knowledge about the economic life of Egyptian temples in the Roman Empire on a new footing. “

CTV News Winnipeg: Province digitizing centuries-old trading post records to mark Manitoba 150

CTV News Winnipeg: Province digitizing centuries-old trading post records to mark Manitoba 150. “The province of Manitoba will celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2020 and plans to mark the anniversary are well underway. The Hudson’s Bay Company Archives (HBCA), which is part of the Archives of Manitoba, is getting help from The Hudson’s Bay Company History Foundation for a mass digitization project, one of the first Manitoba 150 projects. HBCA is digitizing over 1000 reels of microfilm copies of pre-1870 trading post records, making them available to the world online.”

Artnet News: Company Launches Tool for Weeding Out Fake Artworks Sold on the Dark Web

Artnet News: Company Launches Tool for Weeding Out Fake Artworks Sold on the Dark Web. “As online sales grow, so too do the chances of being conned. But fraudsters beware: a new tool launched by the Washington, DC-based consultancy Art Fraud Insights has been developed to spot fake artworks sold on the dark web, as well as identify those behind the spurious transactions.”

Facebook Launches New Feature: Marketplace

Facebook has launched a new feature called Marketplace. “The company says that selling things on the site is already hugely popular – with 450 million buying and selling groups. About a quarter of people who visit Facebook use it as a way of trading things. And so the new Marketplace is meant as a destination for people looking to discover or sell things with people around them.”

Azerbaijan to Create Database of Goods Produced in that Country

The government of Azerbaijan is creating a database of goods produced in that country. “The Center for Analyses of Economic Reforms and Communications is to provide creation of the internet portal in three languages (Azerbaijani, English and Russian), which will have data on Azerbaijan-produced goods and their manufacturers, within three months, create a search system on production activity on that portal (each good, manufacturer, legal address, contact, as well as group of manufacturers, production opportunities, partners and etc.)…”

Google Killing off Google Wallet Card

Google is going to kill off the Google Wallet card (The physical card.) “Before Android Pay, there was Google Wallet. And during Wallet’s reign over NFC-powered payments, Google offered a physical card to use as a rechargeable debit card. As Wallet has shifted roles, however, the search giant reached the decision to get rid of the physical card connected with it.”