Nikkei Asian Review: India’s housewife-entrepreneurs turn a profit from social media. “Shravanti Chanda, a 31-year-old Hyderabad woman who quit her information technology job after she married, is one of many housewives across India earning money at the intersection of e-commerce and social networks. Shravanti discovered Indian social commerce site Meesho a few months ago and now makes $150 a month reselling goods for a markup that she decides.”
Bloomberg Quint: Google Foes Get Chance to Pick Holes in $2.7 Billion EU Appeal. “Some of Google’s oldest foes have been given the chance to take a swipe at the U.S. giant’s appeal of a $2.7 billion European Union antitrust fine for choking competition for shopping-search services. The EU’s General Court said European consumer group BEUC, German magazine publishers and Foundem — the first company to complain to the EU about how Google treats shopping rivals — can all intervene in the case because they have a direct interest in the result. The decisions dated Dec. 17 were published online.”
Threatpost: 1-800-Flowers Becomes Latest Payment Breach Victim. “Those buying flowers for Mother’s Day or looking to send a plant for a birthday could find their thoughtful gestures reaping a crop of misery: Payment card data has been lifted from the Canadian online outpost of 1-800-Flowers, in an incident that has persisted for four years.” Since August 2014. That’s bonkers.
Los Angeles Times: Lawmakers seek to quash ‘Grinch’ bots that inflate holiday toy prices. “A group of Democratic lawmakers is trying to make it illegal for people to use automated accounts to inflate the prices of consumer products online. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, they announced the Stopping Grinch Bots Act of 2018 in an effort to prevent anonymous profiteers from deploying bots that buy in bulk in-demand products on retailers’ websites and resell them elsewhere at exorbitant prices.”
Krebs on Security: How to Shop Online Like a Security Pro. “‘Tis the season when even those who know a thing or two about Internet scams tend to let down their guard in the face of an eye-popping discount or the stress of last-minute holiday shopping. So here’s a quick refresher course on how to make it through the next few weeks without getting snookered online.”
AFP: EU turns eye to ‘fake’ Google shopping rivals. “The EU’s top competition enforcer said Brussels was taking a closer look at allegations that Google had helped introduce false price comparison sites to answer a historic ruling against the search engine giant.”