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Amazon fake reviews scam revealed in data breach with massive potential

Amazon fake reviews scam revealed in data breach with massive potential

By now, most of us probably suspect that fake reviews on internet shopping sites are a real thing. Whether being offering so-called "free product trials" after buying something or encountering a review that makes the product a little too good to be true, it's easy to assume that fake reviews are a thing that happens. Today, however, a new security breach is giving us a better idea of just how widespread this might be.

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Amazon may start asking even more of its delivery drivers

Amazon may start asking even more of its delivery drivers

Amazon is reportedly set to trial a new home assembly service for larger items, where delivery drivers would also put together furniture, appliances, or other larger items. The move, which is said to be planned for just a handful of markets as the online retail behemoth gauges popularity and feasibility, could make home shopping even easier, though there are concerns that delivery drivers themselves may face impractical expectations.

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Best Buy paid membership program is its Amazon Prime response

Best Buy paid membership program is its Amazon Prime response

Amazon really turned the retail industry on its head and even until now big shot competitors from brick and mortar businesses are still trying to catch up to it. One of Amazon's biggest weapons is Prime membership and its perks and rivals are still trying their hand at offering their customers something similar. After Walmart's own Walmart+, Best Buy is now testing its own paid subscription program but with a more "human" spin to set it apart from Amazon Prime.

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Twitter Shopping Card is already in testing

Twitter Shopping Card is already in testing

Social networks have always been a great channel for getting the word out on a new product but, save for a few, they haven't exactly been great for actually buying said product. Over the years, social networks, especially Facebook, have been working to bridge that gap and make it easy, perhaps too easy, to just jump in and buy something. Unsurprisingly, Twitter won't be left behind and is already testing a big "SHOP" button on some of its tweets.

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RTX 3070, 3090, Radeon GPUs restocked in latest Newegg Shuffle

RTX 3070, 3090, Radeon GPUs restocked in latest Newegg Shuffle

If you're looking for some hard-to-find PC gaming hardware at the moment (as so many people seem to be), then you might want to have a look at Newegg right now. The company is hosting another Newegg Shuffle today, giving people the chance to buy in-demand hardware without having to race through check out. As we detailed last week, Newegg Shuffle is more or less a lottery where people pick out items they'd like to buy and then Newegg selects a certain number of shoppers to complete their orders.

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It’s a PS5 restock war and the scalpers and bots are winning

It’s a PS5 restock war and the scalpers and bots are winning

As the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X continue to sell out immediately - seemingly the moment new stock is listed - there's a lot of concern from regular consumers that scalpers are beating everyone to the punch. When it comes to the latest PS5 restock from UK retailer Argos, that seems to quite literally be the case, as a group of organized scalpers were able to take advantage of a loophole to buy up stock before Argos intended to open sales to the general public.

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PS5 and Xbox Series X restocks: Finally, Twitter is useful for something

PS5 and Xbox Series X restocks: Finally, Twitter is useful for something

The PS5 and Xbox Series X restock situation has been frustrating to say the least. The problem of limited stock is exacerbated by people shopping with bots and the fact that some retailers aren't allowing for in-store purchases. Stock disappears nearly as quickly as it's listed, and because of that, Twitter might just be the best tool anyone has at their disposal to land one of these hard-to-find consoles.

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YouTube might soon put shopping links in videos

YouTube might soon put shopping links in videos

Netflix may be the king of video streaming and VODs but YouTube remains at the top for all other kinds of videos (ironically except the kind that Netflix offers). As such, it becomes the prime platform for reaching out to millions of viewers and, consequently, millions of potential customers. The latter is exactly why YouTube is apparently experimenting with embedding shopping links right inside videos for the benefit of sellers, viewers, and, of course, YouTube.

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Amazon’s 2020 bestsellers list: Pandemic buying habits revealed

Amazon’s 2020 bestsellers list: Pandemic buying habits revealed

The year is almost over and that means Amazon's bestseller list for 2020 is effectively near its end. The company keeps track of its best-selling items in multiple categories, providing some insight into what the public was interested in the past year. What does the chart look like during a year of lockdowns and health anxiety?

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Walmart PS5 and Xbox Series X restock today: What you should know

Walmart PS5 and Xbox Series X restock today: What you should know

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles have been difficult to find, but we're expecting a number of retailers to have stock available for Black Friday later this week. Walmart, it seems, doesn't want to wait to sell more console, as it has announced that it will have both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X available later today. If you've been trying to pick up one of these consoles, you're definitely going to want to be at a computer tonight when Walmart's stock drops.

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Amazon Dash Smart Shelf can detect when supplies are running low

Amazon Dash Smart Shelf can detect when supplies are running low

Amazon's Dash line of products started out as single-purpose buttons you could press to order a single product. It has since replaced that with virtual web buttons or functionality built into some appliances but those still required people to actually keep track of how much supplies they have left. That's still too much work, especially in an age of automation and AI. That's why Amazon created its Dash Smart Shelf last year and it is rolling it out to business customers and consumers so they won't have to manually keep an eye on the toilet paper before panicking to buy more.

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Amazon One uses your ‘palm signature’ for payments and authentication [Update]

Amazon One uses your ‘palm signature’ for payments and authentication [Update]

Amazon today announced a new contactless authentication device called Amazon One, and it's definitely a little weird. Instead of using something like a card with an NFC module built in, you'll instead use your palm. The device is getting a very limited roll out in two of its Amazon Go stores as an authentication option for entry, but the company sees Amazon One being used for a wide array of services in the future.

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