YouTube’s Now Testing Shopping Features

YouTube is now testing shopping features, the company confirmed to WWD, in an intriguing scenario that could transform the video-sharing network into a major social commerce marketplace.

The news broke in media reports Friday, and there are few details available so far. But apparently YouTube creators have been invited to tag products to make items in their videos shoppable. Tagging, the main way most social platforms tie social content to built-in commerce features, would allow the company to track activity and connect to Google e-commerce tools.

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A YouTube spokeswoman downplayed the e-commerce angle to WWD, however, describing the goal of the experiment as a way to allow users to discover and learn more about new products — essentially to improve the viewer experience. And, she added, the test is being performed in just a limited set of channels.

It’s too early to tell how a launch version

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Google wants to turn YouTube into QVC with new shopping features

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A fresh report from Bloomberg details Google’s new plan to squeeze even more revenue out of YouTube, which is already a $15 billion-a-year business. Google apparently wants to turn YouTube into a shopping destination, where viewers can watch things like product unboxings, makeup, or cooking videos and immediately buy featured products directly through YouTube.

The report says YouTube is currently “testing these features with a limited number of video channels” and “[t]he goal is to convert YouTube’s bounty of videos into a vast catalog of items that viewers can peruse, click on, and buy directly.” The company is asking creators to tag items featured in videos through a new piece of software that can be used for analytics and purchasing. Apparently, YouTube has been testing shopping features for a while now. Bloomberg’s report says, “Late last year, YouTube began testing a similar Shopify

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Microsoft Edge gets free 24-hour video calls, screenshot tool, and shopping features

Microsoft today announced a slew of new features coming to its Chromium Edge browser. There are PDF improvements, a built-in screenshot tool, support for more themes, and new shopping features in time for the holiday season. But the most notable addition is the one powered by Skype because for better or for worse, 2020 is the year of video calling.

When Zoom usage exploded this year, Microsoft tried to save face by making it easier to join Skype calls — the company dropping account sign-up requirements and expanded the number of supported users. Microsoft is now bringing that functionality to Edge’s new tab page with a dedicated Meet Now button (not to be confused with Google Meet).

Clicking Meet Now creates a video chat link that you can share with up to 50 friends who can join you for free, no sign up or download required. Meet Now lets you

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Amazon’s newest gift guide features lots of car-related toys

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 is still several days away (October 13th and 14th) so the best deals are yet to come but in preparation for the two-day main event the e-tailer has launched gift guides to pique our interest – the Home Holiday Guide, Holiday Electronics Gift Guide, Holiday Toys List, Fashion Gift Guide, and Beauty Gift Guide. We searched all of Amazon’s gift guides (spoiler alert – we didn’t find anything auto-related in the beauty guide so we’ll just defer to the experts for that one) to curate an automotive-themed list of our favorite gift ideas and some of the best pre-Prime Day deals. 

Within Amazon’s Holiday Toy list you can search for gift ideas by age group or you can shop by

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Instagram Expands Shopping Features to IGTV and Reels

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Over the past few years, Instagram users might have noticed that the app morphed from a place where you turn to see your friend’s cute dog photos, into a place where you turn to see those dog photos while also buying a lot of shit you probably don’t need. If you had any doubts about the platform’s intentions of becoming a glorified digital mall, well, just look at its latest update: earlier today, the company announced that it’s expanding its beloved in-app shopping feature to support IGTV (the company’s Youtube clone) and Reels (the company’s TikTok clone). While the latter is primed for a rollout later this year, IGTV creators worldwide can now use their clips to hawk merch to viewers immediately.

If you look at the sample post that Instagram’s spokespeople sent around, the new function feels pretty similar to the app’s current setup

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Pokemon Go Fashion Event Now Live, Features Top Hat-Wearing Pokemon And New Shiny

The Pokemon Company is partnering with Longchamp Paris to release a Pokemon-themed fashion collection in stores this month, and to celebrate the collaboration, Pokemon Go is holding its own in-game fashion-themed event right now.

Until 10 PM PT on October 8, “fashionable” Pokemon will be appearing in the wild, Raid Battles, and hatching from eggs more frequently than normal. Many of the pocket monsters will be sporting top hats, caps, bows, and other accessories: Smoochum wearing bows will hatch from 7 km eggs, while Kirlia and Shinx wearing top hats will appear as Raid bosses. You’ll also find the following Pokemon more frequently in the wild:

  • Mareep
  • Skitty
  • Roselia
  • Kricketot
  • Croagunk (wearing a backwards cap)
  • Blitzle
  • Cottonee
  • Minccino
  • Gothita
Kirlia and Smoochum
Kirlia and Smoochum

On top of that, you’ll have a chance to encounter Shiny Kricketot during the event. Event-exclusive Field Research tasks will also be available, and a free Longchamp bag

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Exclusive features on your Chrome Coupon Extension : Augusta Free Press

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Shopping is just another name of trend and the emerging Chrome Coupon Extension support exceptionally contributes to such trends. The extension helps you save a lot of money on your buyer’s journey through numerous online shopping portals. Additionally, you get to save a lot of time and effort to research for various money saving techniques against online shopping. Furthermore, most of the coupon extensions provide free registration.

To make your shopping experience extraordinary, the extension lets you earn a notable cashback, discount gift cards & access to exclusive coupons in the following ways.

Free $5 Sign On Bonus

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iPhone 12 ‘Pro Max’ Model to Sport Unique High-End Features

The upcoming “iPhone 12 Pro Max” is anticipated to have a number of unique high-end features not found on any other iPhone, such as its screen size, LiDAR scanner, faster 5G, and potentially a higher display refresh rate.


The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also expected to be the largest ever ‌iPhone‌, with a 6.7-inch display. Previously, the largest iPhones have been 6.5-inches in the iPhone XS Max and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Leaks have suggested that the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max’s 6.7-inch display could support a 120Hz refresh rate, but doubt has been cast on the feature arriving in the final product. Supposed PVT (production validation test) models indicated that the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max will be able to “alter the refresh rate from 120Hz to 60Hz in accordance to the content displayed on-screen,” and have a resolution of 2788 x 1284 resolution with 458 pixels per inch. This

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Pinterest Adds Several Shopping Features in the UK, US


Pinterest dubbed 2020 the year of the “Great Reboot,” and shopping was the focus of its latest reboot with several updates that were introduced Tuesday.

The percentage of Pinners who visited places to shop on the platform was up over 50% in the first half of 2020, the company said, adding in a blog post, “This year, we expect holiday shopping to look different, with mobile commerce poised to reach new heights as people find gifts from home. That’s why this week, we’re rolling out new shopping tools for Pinners and advertisers, bringing us one step closer to our goal of making every Pin shoppable.”

In the U.K. and the U.S., Pinterest is bringing ads to three of the most highly trafficked and visible places on its platform: its Lens visual search tool, the shop tab in search and shopping on Pins.

Pinterest wrote, “Retailers have been eager to be

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School of Law gift will strengthen Creighton’s ties to Jewish community | Sponsored Features

In 2021, law students will attend local high school visits coordinated by the Institute for Holocaust Education during its “Week of Understanding” — a program in which Holocaust survivors share their experiences. With fewer and fewer survivors remaining, Creighton will strive to keep their stories alive.

“Through this innovative partnership, Creighton is equipping our most precious asset, our students, to address this particular form of racism in a profoundly meaningful way — one which builds on a historically strong relationship with our Jewish community,” says Michael Kelly, JD, Creighton professor and State Sen. Allen A. Sekt, JD’36, Endowed Chair in Law.

Kelly, who accompanies students on the annual trips, says the program continues the law school’s long relationship with the Jewish community. He notes that the namesake of his own endowed title was Jewish, as were Milton Abrahams, BA’26, JD’27, HON’86, and Philip Klutznick, JD’30, HON’56, who endowed the legal

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