Amazon now allows customers to make payments through Venmo.
The Amazon debacle is NOT OVER YET.
This past week, the ecommerce giant announced that it would be rolling out a new payment option for customers who use Venmo. According to Tech Crunch, all users in the U.S. will have access to this new feature by Black Friday in November.
This is just another example of why it's so important to make sure you provide as many payment options as possible to your customers. Even big name companies like Amazon are now accepting Venmo payments, and they've even flirted with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin before. My recommendation is to accept PayPal because through it you can also take in various other forms of payment like Apple Wallet and Google Pay, but additional services are also important to accept. Don't let your customers walk away because their preferred method wasn't available!
The Google Workspace cloud-based office suite just got a whole lot more tempting
Google has announced that Google Workspace users will be able to benefit even more from their subscriptions due to significant expansions being made to the platform. Google announced that those who subscribe to the office software suite will now enjoy 1TB of secure cloud storage as compared to the previous 15GB.
In addition, smarter emails with mail merge tags and other personalization options are also included in this update.
This is definitely an intriguing new offer, considering the vast amount of file space your business probably needs. But it’s pretty much bringing Google into line with what it’s biggest competitor Office 365 offers.
PayPal's Passkeys Finally Realize The Dream Of Safe, Passwordless Logins
You know what's a pain in the neck? Passwords.
You know what's an even bigger pain in the neck? Getting hacked because you used the same password for multiple sites, and someone guessed it.
Luckily for you, PayPal is here to help.
PayPal announced that passkeys will now be added as an updated, password-less method of securely logging into the platform on Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Passkeys for PayPal rolled out to US customers last week and will be made available to other countries early next year.
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We’re in the early innings with AI, and Google’s massive investment in the technology is paying off big time.
The company is uniquely advantaged in that they take the benefits of AI investments from the search business and then apply the learnings to the YouTube ad business which has an enormous audience. Nielsen reports that YouTube had 7.6% of overall US TV time in August and nearly 22% of streaming time.
In the 3Q22 call, COO Philipp Schindler talked about the opportunities at YouTube saying global viewers are watching more than 700 million hours of YouTube daily. He revealed that Nielsen says YouTube reached more viewers during primetime on CTV than any linear TV network during the 2021 to 2022 season.
Google Cloud Makes AI Available To Customers
At Next ‘22, we learned about the ways Google makes their AI research, AI models and ML tool kits available to cloud customers as enterprise-grade products and solutions; Vertex AI is an example of this. Read more...
Humans have always been fascinated by animal sounds. We listen to them while we’re driving, while we sleep, and even when we work out. But now that we can record these sounds and analyze them with the aid of machine learning, it’s becoming clear that we’ve just scratched the surface of what animals are saying to each other in their own languages.
All those devices create a ton of data, which would be impossible to go through manually. piles of recordings, finding patterns that might help us understand what animals are saying to each other. There are now databases of whale songs and honeybee dances, among others, that Bakker writes could one day turn into “a zoological version of Google Translate.”
But it’s important to remember that we aren’t necessarily discovering these sounds for the first time. As Bakker points out in her book, Indigenous communities around the world have long been aware that animals have their own forms of communication, while the Western scientific establishment has historically dismissed the idea of animal communication outright. Many of the researchers Bakker highlights in her book faced intense pushback.
As Bakker explains in her book:
Bakker cautions that the ability to communicate with animals stands to be either a blessing or a curse, and we must think carefully about how we will use our technological advancements to interact with the natural world. We can use our understanding of our world’s sonic richness to gain a sense of kinship with nature and even potentially heal some of the damage we have wrought, but we also run the risk of using our newfound powers to assert our domination over animals and plants. know more...
An emergent and nascent industry, the blockchain space has already spun up a mess of unprecedented conflicts and disputes that neither existing legislation nor industry-specific best practices are prepared to tackle. With every new development comes a new set of challenges — and with each challenge comes a new opportunity for lawyers to make money.
In Celsius Network’s recent court filing, the billion-dollar centralized finance (CeFi) platform exposed more than 14,000 pages of customer identity and on-chain transaction data without user consent — a prescient reminder that privacy absent decentralization is no privacy at all.
Celsius Network’s bungling showed why centralization can’t protect privacy Select an ImageAn emergent and nascent industry, the blockchain space has already spun up a mess of unprecedented conflicts and disputes that neither existing legislation nor industry-specific best practices are prepared to tackle. With every new development comes a new set of challenges — and with each challenge comes a new opportunity for lawyers to make money.In Celsius Network’s recent court filing, the billion-dollar centralized finance (CeFi) platform exposed more than 14,000 pages of customer identity and on-chain transaction data without user consent — a prescient reminder that privacy absent decentralization is no privacy at all.As part of its bankruptcy proceedings, CeFi lending giant Celsius Network disclosed names and on-chain transaction data of tens of thousands of its customers in an Oct. 5 court filing. While Celsius’ user base complied with standard Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures in order to open personal accounts with the CeFi platform, none consented to nor could have anticipated a mass disclosure of this scope or scale.In addition to doxxing the multi-million dollar withdrawals of Celsius founder Alex Mashinsky and chief strategy officer Daniel Leon just before Celsius’ bankruptcy announcement, the disclosure directed tens of thousands of CeFi users to reconsider what resolute privacy protections entail and how systems that incorporate any degree of trust or centralization stand to compromise those protections. Read more...
It's not just the usual protocol hacks that are making people lose their crypto. It can be the most dangerous, like tricking users into approving malicious transactions that allow the hackers to drain their wallets, or even having their private keys compromised due to insecure devices.
Protecting against all of these attack vectors has always been possible, but it requires significant technical knowledge, sophistication, and sacrifices in user experience.
Imagine if you could play Minesweeper and win the game, every single time.
That’s what Harpie is working to make possible for users in the crypto space.
We know that today, transacting in Web3 can sometimes feel like playing Minesweeper in real life. Every transaction approval and on-chain interaction with a third-party application can potentially lead to wallet compromise and loss of funds. That’s why we created Harpie: a secure wallet that allows you to interact with DeFi protocols and NFT marketplaces—while keeping your funds safe.
On chain, it solves the problem of approving spend transactions by using smart contracts that automatically send tokens only if they are transferred from an approved address or contract. In any case, If Harpie would detect the outgoing transaction from the victim’s wallet to an unapproved address, it would automatically broadcast another transaction with a higher gas fee to move the target’s funds into a safe vault before the outgoing transaction is confirmed. Read more..
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