Lifehacker: How to Get Google to Let You Know When the Price Drops on Something You Want to Buy. “Google rolled out a new shopping tool this week that makes it easy to track the price of an item you’re interested in on the web and find out when it drops in price.”
Cornell Chronicle: For online reviews, shoppers believe a pretty face. “Beauty is truth – or at least, that’s what consumers sifting through online reviews seem to think. New Cornell research has found that people are more inclined to be swayed by positive recommendations posted online by attractive reviewers.” Well, that’s one job I ain’t gonna get.
CNN: Google and Amazon say they have removed gun-related shopping results that shouldn’t have been there at all. “Days after a pair of deadly mass shootings that killed more than 30 people, Google and Amazon acknowledged Tuesday that their shopping platforms had recently hosted offers for firearms-related products in violation of their own company policies.”
CBR Online: Card Details Stolen from 962 Websites in 24-Hours Magecart Spree . “A massive 962 online shops have had their customers’ card details stolen in just 24 hours, in the largest Magecart-style automated card skimming card campaign identified to date. That’s according to Amsterdam-based eommerce fraud protection specialist Sanguine Security Labs, which identified the attacks today.”
Los Angeles Times: New Instagram chief reveals plans for online retailing. “Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has laid out his long-term vision to ramp up retail and tap the desire of the photo app’s 1 billion users to indulge in digital ‘window-shopping.'”
Neowin: UK calls out Facebook and eBay on fake reviews through their platforms. “It’s not at all surprising to learn that fake reviews have long found refuge online, thanks in part to loose monitoring by some of the big internet companies. Today, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has urged Facebook and eBay, two of the world’s largest online brands, to purge their platforms of fake reviews.”
Lifehacker: Find Out an Item You’re Shopping For is Available at Goodwill With This Extension. “Sometimes you want to own a new item rather than a used one. However, there are a number of things out there where the used version is just as good as buying a new one. Goodwill Shopping is a Chrome extension that helps you find them.”