The Verge: AI translation boosted eBay sales more than 10 percent. “We often hear that artificial intelligence is important for economic growth, and while that claim makes intuitive sense, there isn’t a lot of hard data to back it up. A recent study from economists at MIT and Washington University in St. Louis offers some proof, though, showing how AI tools boost trade by allowing sellers to cross the language barrier.”
I do not normally cover ecommerce sites, and the last time I wore a dress I was too young to drink alcohol, but having suffered many a pair of legit-looking jeans that ended up having dangerously shallow front pockets, I’m letting this in. From PR Newswire: The Search for Dresses With Pockets is Over (PRESS RELEASE). “The newly launched site allows visitors to search through the inventory of over 20 major retailers, to see over 6000 dresses and skirts that have pockets…. Users search with all the online shopping filters they’re already familiar with- size, color, dress and sleeve length, as well as sorting by popularity, price, or new inventory. Searching can also be done by category—looking for that perfect prom dress or formal outfit? There are over 700 to choose from. Need something for the young woman in your life? There’s almost 150 dresses and skirts for young girls.”
Lexology: Obituary Piracy Assessed. “Thomson v. Afterlife Network Inc., 2019 FC 545, is a Federal Court decision in which the Court considers the existence of copyright in obituaries used in an e-commerce context. DT was the representative plaintiff in a class action lawsuit claiming that posted obituaries and photographs, that were authored and taken by the plaintiff and other class members without their permission and thereby Afterlife infringed the copyright and the moral rights of the class members.” This was in Canada.
NBC News: Scammers have turned Instagram into a showroom for luxury counterfeits. “Instagram is failing to clamp down on the abuse of its platform by groups of organized criminals promoting counterfeit luxury products including shoes, handbags, clothes and sunglasses, according to research by analytics firm Ghost Data.”
Yahoo News: Google’s Wing Aviation gets FAA OK for drone deliveries. “Google affiliate Wing Aviation has received federal approval allowing it to make commercial deliveries by drone. It’s the first time a company has gotten a federal air carrier certification for drone deliveries.”
Yahoo News: German price platform sues Google over search results. ” A German price-comparison platform says it has filed a suit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google search business on allegations it has abused its dominant position by favoring its own price-comparison service in search results.”
CBR Online: This Dark Web Store Deals in “Digital Doppelgangers” – Unique Chromium Plugin, Anti Fraud-Busting Tools. “Criminals behind a shop on the Dark Web that is trading over 60,000 ‘digital identities’ have developed a wide range of sophisticated tools to help users bypass machine learning-based anti-fraud systems, researchers at Kaspersky Lab say. Customers using Genesis marketplace can purchase unique ‘digital masks’, or hijack those of legitimate online shoppers; piggybacking on the behavioural characteristics of innocent users to circumvent anti-fraud software, the company said.”