Alibaba upgrades anti-counterfeiting system following complaints

Amid complaints that the e-commerce company does little to fight fake goods, China’s Alibaba Group is giving foreign vendors a direct line to report any counterfeit products spotted on its retail sites.

The e-commerce giant has introduced an English-language version of its counterfeit reporting system, the company said on Friday. This will better allow foreign companies to file complaints, so that Alibaba can take down the infringing goods on its Taobao and Tmall sites.

Both Taobao and Tmall are two of China’s largest online retail platforms, and host products from foreign vendors including Apple, Calvin Klein and Uniqlo, among many others. However, Alibaba’s e-commerce sites have often faced criticism for promoting knock-off goods made by local Chinese sellers.

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With Dropbox Groups, businesses can finally sort folders based on departments

Dropbox is rolling out a new feature called Groups and a related API that should make it easier for businesses to manage all of their content stored in Dropbox, the file-sync-and share company is set to reveal on Thursday.

The new feature is now available for Dropbox for Business customers and was supposedly the most requested feature Dropbox customers — now hovering at over 100,000 businesses — were calling for, explained Dropbox product manager Waseem Daher in an interview.

Groups supposedly lets users create folders that only members of the appropriate group should have access to. The idea is that businesses can set up folders based on their departments and then assign the right staff members to those folders, said Daher. Now, marketing departments can create folders that contain their related documents and only sales and marketing staff should be able to touch them.

If a company hires a new salesperson, that new employee will “just need to be added to the sales group and they will automatically get access to all the content they need for the job,” said Daher. The new Groups interface will supposedly give IT administrators a central hub to manage all those employees in one place, and if a company wants, it can set up group owners with the ability to manage those folders as opposed to only IT staff.

The new Group API that’s also being released is similar to the recently launched Dropbox for Business API in that the API will give developers a chance to create custom applications or modifications to the new Groups feature per the needs of their organizations.

Daher said the biggest feature developers could create with the new API would be a custom integration with their organizations’ active directory, which some IT admins use to keep track of where all their company resources, user data and related items are be located.

Additionally, a bunch of identity-management and security startups — including Okta, OneLogin and Ping Identity — are all working on their own integrations with the new Group API, which makes sense because these startups are aiming to protect companies from rouge employees who may try sneaking into places they shouldn’t be. All of these startups have some sort of integration with active directory as part of their own technology, so the hope is that with the Group API they can just “mirror that right into Dropbox,” said Daher.

The new Groups feature is another example of how Dropbox has been busy morphing from a cloud storage repository into more of a workplace hub, similar to the company’s rival Box.

For these cloud storage startups to grow and court big enterprise clients, they need to show that they have more to offer than just a place to hold documents, as exemplified by the similar file-sync-and-share startup Egnyte moving into the data analytics space.

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Red Hat readies OpenStack for the enterprise

Red Hat has polished the open source OpenStack cloud hosting software so that it can be more easily deployed within enterprises.

The latest edition of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, released Wednesday, contains a number of new tools to minimize the amount of low-level configuration that must be done to get the complex stack running.

An open source project with numerous contributors, OpenStack is an integrated collection of management tools for running a cloud service, for internal or external use.

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Cellairis Plants a New Store-Within-A-Store at Charleston Blvd….

August 12, 2015 Las Vegas residents will have easy access to mobile device and computer repair through Cellairis, acclaimed for excellent customer service and reliable repairs. The…

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Facebook launches live-streaming video, but only for VIPs

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It looks like Facebook won’t be buying Meerkat after all.

The company has launched Facebook Live, a live-streaming feature reminiscent of Meerkat and Periscope.

Currently, the feature is available only to VIPs, which Facebook describes as “athletes, musicians, politicians and other influencers.” In other words, anybody with a verified account.

Touted as a new way for these “public figures” to connect with their fans, it is now available through the Facebook Mentions app. In a press release, the company mentions that Live’s celebrity guinea pigs include Dwayne “Stop Calling Me ‘The Rock’” Johnson, Serena Williams, Martha Stewart, and Michael Bublé (presumably so your mom will have somebody to tune in for).

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The screencap looks pretty much the same as Periscope’s live chat and viewer count.

Celebrity endorsements are a sure-fire, if cheap, way to quickly drive up viewership and, naturally, ad dollars. Facebook has been rapidly pursuing more video consumption, even if it’s not always particularly honest.

Indeed, as their view counts have exploded, content owners have been vocal about persistent piracy and reposting.

So, if you follow them, you can now look forward to Michael Bublé or Triple H in your Facebook timeline.

Just like Periscope, you’ll get a notification when they’re live. Unlike Meerkat, it archives video. Like both, you can watch endless hours of people staring into their phones with double-chins.



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Placentas Are Amazing Organs, and We’re Learning That They Do So Much More Than Simply Manage the Mo

Placentas are amazing organs, and we’re learning that they do so much more than simply manage the movement of nutrients and wastes between mother and fetus. In this month’s issue of The Scientist, placenta expert Christopher Coe explains its other roles, including hormonal regulation, iron storage, and immune system training.

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