Amazon will run Prime Day in India on Aug 6-7
Amazon officially confirmed reports that it will delay Prime Day in the U.S. until sometime later this year. It will also host a Prime Day in India next month, from August 6 through August 7.
This will be the first time that Prime Day didn’t occur on the same day for all participating markets — a list that has been gotten longer over the years, as Amazon expanded Prime Day outside the U.S.
Prime Day 2019, for example, brought the sales event for the first time to the United Arab Emirates, which then joined other markets, including the U.S., U.K., Spain, Singapore, Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium, Austria and Australia.
Flipkart buys Walmart’s India wholesale business
Flipkart is launching a wholesale marketplace to serve small and medium-sized businesses and neighborhood stores in India, entering an increasingly crowded space that has attracted several players, including India’s largest physical retail chain (Reliance Retail), Lightspeed-backed Udaan, Amazon and Facebook in recent years.
To launch the wholesale marketplace, called Flipkart Wholesale, the e-commerce giant said it was acquiring a 100% stake in Walmart’s India business, which had limited standalone presence in the country and operated Best Price, a cash-and-carry business that runs 28 warehouse-club-style stores across the country and has amassed more than 1.5 million members.
Current Indian laws restrict Walmart from operating super-centers or selling its own inventory directly to consumers in the country. Earlier this month, Walmart, which acquired a majority stake in Flipkart for $16 billion in 2018, led a $1.2 billion financing round in the Indian e-commerce firm to increase its majority stake of 77% to more than 82%.
Singaporean e-commerce platform Shopmatic revenue soars 200 percent
Singaporean e-commerce platform Shopmatic has registered 200-per-cent growth in revenues, transactions, and GMV during the last financial quarter in spite of the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The firm works to bring various elements of the e-commerce landscape onto its standalone platform, allowing customers to create a customized online store and sell through social and chat commerce on multiple marketplaces.
During the pandemic, Shopmatic launched tailored solutions for India’s kirana stores and Singapore’s grocery stores, providing options to use pre-developed catalogs, among other services.
A group of free VPN apps exposed private user data
The vpnMentor research team, led by Noam Rotem, uncovered the server and found Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data for potentially over 20 million VPN users, according to claims of user numbers made by the VPNs.
Each of these VPNs claims that their services are “no-log” VPNs, which means that they don’t record any user activity on their respective apps. However, multiple instances of internet activity logs were found on their shared server. This was in addition to the PII data, which included email addresses, clear text passwords, IP addresses, home addresses, phone models, device ID, and other technical details.
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Google may delay mobile-first indexing switch over deadline due to Covid-19
In early March, Google announced it would switch fully over to mobile-first indexing by September 2020. But now Google may decide to delay it because of COVID-19. So far, John Mueller from Google said, it seems like things are on schedule but they may decide based on feedback to delay it if they find sites are not moving over due to resource issues.
You can find his speech via the link. John said at the 35:46 mark into the video "my guess is within the next month or so we'll make that call and go one way or the other," when it comes to this September deadline. "So far we're still seeing lots of sites shifting over and getting ready for mobile first indexing," he added.
3.8 billion people now use social media: that’s more than half of world population
Digital 2020 report – published by We are social in partnership with Hootsuite – show that digital, mobile, and social media have become an indispensable part of everyday life for people all over the world.
More than 4.5 billion people now use the internet, while social media users have passed the 3.8 billion mark. Nearly 60 percent of the world’s population is already online, and the latest trends suggest that more than half of the world’s total population will use social media by the middle of this year.
Some important challenges remain, however, and there’s still work to do to ensure that everyone around the world has fair and equal access to life-changing digital connectivity. You can read full findings at the website from above.
Steve Wozniak sues YouTube over twitter-like bitcoin scam
Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak says YouTube has for months allowed scammers to use his name and likeness as part of a phony bitcoin giveaway similar to the one that was quickly extinguished by Twitter Inc. last week.
Scammers used images and video of Wozniak, who left Apple in 1985, to convince YouTube users that he was hosting a live giveaway and anyone who sent him bitcoins will get double the number back, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in state court in San Mateo County, California.
Wozniak sued along with 17 other alleged victims of the scam. They are asking the court to order YouTube and its parent company Alphabet Inc. to immediately remove the videos and to warn users about the scam giveaways. They are also seeking compensatory and punitive damages.