Facebook Adds QR Codes to Money Transfer Service

Facebook cares mostly about selling your data, but they’ll take your money directly too.  They’re testing a new QR code payment feature to make it easier to use their Facebook Pay money transfer service.  Talk about strategic fit: trust is essential for financial services providers and who doesn’t trust Facebook?

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LiveRamp Adds Google Cloud Integration for Identity Services

April 8, 2021

Customer identity data company LiveRamp announced an API integration on the Google Cloud Marketplace.  This means Google Cloud users will be able to access LiveRamp’s identity services and data  without custom development.  LiveRamp says the move enhances consumer privacy since companies don’t have to send their data to partners for processing.  Our privacy advocate friends are unconvinced.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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