Internet Retailing: Lovehoney hits back as Google SafeSearch sees 250,000 of its customers unable to shop . “Lovehoney – the UK’s largest retailer for sexual wellness products and two-time Queen’s Award for Enterprise holder – has created an instructional guide to both raise awareness of the Google feature and help those over 18s that it is unintentionally obstructing.”
Ars Technica: Visa knew about Pornhub’s child porn, judge says, and now must face trial [Updated]. “This week, US District Judge Cormac Carney of the US District Court of the Central District of California decided that there’s reason to believe that Visa knowingly processed payments that allowed MindGeek to monetize ‘a substantial amount of child porn.'”
The Recorder (Amsterdam, New York): Sticker Mule launches what it hopes will be a different social media platform. ” Local e-commerce company Sticker Mule is trying to make its mark in another corner of the digital universe with a new social media platform. ‘Stimulus’ is still in its beta phase, but in its soft launch it has gained about 10,000 verified users and 30,000 casual users.”
CNN: Here today, gone tomorrow: China’s vanishing livestreamers. “The 30-year-old livestreamer, also known as Austin Li, was — until recently — one of China’s biggest internet celebrities, with 64 million followers on Taobao, an online shopping platform. He once sold 15,000 lipsticks within five minutes in a sales competition against Alibaba founder Jack Ma, winning himself the nickname ‘China’s lipstick king.’ But the superstar salesman has gone silent after his popular livestream show was abruptly cut off on the eve of the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre this year.”
Bleeping Computer: Hackers steal 50,000 credit cards from 300 U.S. restaurants. “Payment card details from customers of more than 300 restaurants have been stolen in two web-skimming campaigns targeting three online ordering platforms.”
Ars Technica: Google Wallet rolls out to users, will live alongside Google Pay in the US. “Today is apparently the launch day for Google Wallet—Google’s fourth rebrand of its payment system. Users on Reddit report the app has rolled out to them, and a version has popped up on APKMirror if you want to sideload. Google also launched a ton of support pages today relating to Wallet.”
TechCrunch: Amazon sues admins from 10,000 Facebook groups over fake reviews. “Amazon filed a lawsuit Monday against the administrators of more than 10,000 Facebook groups that coordinate cash or goods for buyers willing to post bogus product reviews. The global groups served to recruit would-be fake reviewers and operated in Amazon’s online storefronts in the U.S., the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Japan and Italy.”
TIME: Inside the War on Fake Consumer Reviews. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to supercharge global e-commerce, this kind of fraud has emerged as one of the most significant factors contributing to an erosion of consumer confidence in the online marketplace. Fake reviews influenced around $152 billion in global spending on lackluster products and services last year, according to a report from the World Economic Forum.”
BuzzFeed News: TikTok Shop Customers Are Worried That They’re Buying Fake Products. “TikTok launched its marketplace in September 2021, and since then vendors have sold items often at highly reduced prices, including a sunset lamp that has gone viral as well as the famous ‘TikTok water bottle’ that both sold for 99p…. Several videos have been posted on TikTok with users questioning the authenticity of the products sold.”
B&T: Pinterest Appoints Former Google Executive Bill Ready As CEO. “Image sharing service Pinterest have announced that Bill Ready will be taking over the role of chief executive officer, after Ben Silbermann announced his resignation following 12 years of tenure. Silbermann will remain with Pinterest, however he will be moving on to the position of executive chairman, with his responsibilities significantly reduced.”
Wall Street Journal: The Surprising Reason Your Amazon Searches Are Returning More Confusing Results than Ever. “If you want to be reminded just how tiny you are, you could travel to a remote part of the world and behold the night sky, or stand atop a mountain and contemplate its immensity, or you could try to find the best garlic press on Amazon… Granted, there are many more stars in the night sky than the 300 or so garlic presses visible on Amazon’s U.S. site. But wading through page after page of those listings, for items with tens of thousands of collective reviews, is, like many searches on Amazon, increasingly an exercise in frustration, despair and confusion.”
CNBC: Stolen goods sold on Amazon, eBay and Facebook are causing havoc for major retailers. “For the U.S. Government’s Homeland Security Investigations unit, organized retail crime probes are on the rise. Arrests and indictments increased last year from 2020, along with the value of stolen goods that was seized. While data is imprecise about the perpetrators, there’s growing consensus that an entirely different group should be held accountable: e-commerce sites.”
Search Engine Roundtable: Google Tests Search Filters On Left Side Bar. “We recently spotted Google testing the search bar navigation on the left hand side and now Google is testing different search filters on the left side bar. These are for product related queries that let you filter by feature, brand, department, size, etc.” Google’s looking more and more like Amazon.
NBC News: Parents accuse online sellers of price gouging on baby formula. “Parents struggling to find baby formula amid a nationwide shortage are reporting that price gougers are selling bottles and cans marked up by as much as 300 percent or more on websites like eBay, OfferUp, Amazon and Craigslist, and inside Facebook communities. But in many cases, they’re finding that the platforms are doing little to punish the predatory sellers.”
New York Times: Scientists Uncover a Shady Web of Online Spider Sales. “In a new paper, published in Communications Biology on Thursday, Dr. [Alice] Hughes and her colleagues shine a light on the largely unregulated trade of creatures that prefer to lurk in the dark. Their analysis of online sales listings turned up more than 1,200 species of spiders, scorpions and other arachnids; just 2 percent of them are subject to international trade regulations, the researchers report.