TikTok owner ByteDance launches Douyin Pay, an e-payment service
Technology|Business|: Beijing: TikTok owner ByteDance has begun rolling out an electronic payment service connected to Douyin, the Chinese version of the popular short video app, the tech giant said Tuesday. Douyin Pay, which functions similarly to reigning Chinese electronic wallets WeChat Pay and Alipay, aims to "supplement existing major payment options, and to ultimately enhance user experience," ByteDance told AFP. The move sees the tech giant wade into China's lucrative market for electronic payment services, which are used by hundreds of millions of consumers for everything from street food to fast fashion and online purchases. Users of the app will be able to connect bank accounts to the service, which can then be used to pay for products promoted by video influencers as well as to tip content makers. ByteDance said it would gradually roll out the function to users. Douyin, which listed over 600 million daily active users last year, has quickly grown from its short video roots to include livestreaming and e-commerce. Livestream shopping is a nearly $70 billion industry in China, attracting influencers who scour markets and malls for items to peddle to live audiences via social media.
Food waste + fly larvae = millions of dollars for this facility north of Calgary
News/Canada/Calgary: Enterra Feed Corp. last year opened a 17,500-square-metre production facility, about the size of three football fields. It's been producing insect-based feed ingredients out of the Rocky View plant for the pet food, poultry and wild bird markets in North America and Europe.
Hundreds of health care facilities were hit by ransomware last year amid pandemic
At the University of Vermont Medical Center in October, a cyberattack knocked out 5,000 computers on the hospital's IT network, disrupting everything from its financial systems to its radiology services and sleep studies. Patient care ground to a halt -- and the outage lasted for weeks.
Toronto businesses getting digital help after being forced to compete online due to COVID-19
News/Canada/Toronto: Some Toronto business owners are getting help with e-commerce as government rules are forcing them into the digital marketplace — and competition with established online brands.
Montreal servers hosted TheDonald, far-right site blamed for stirring up violence at Capitol riot
News/Canada/Montreal: The servers provided a temporary home to TheDonald, a forum for right-wing extremists, after it was shut down by Reddit over racist, violent content and as other tech companies cracked down on hate speech.
Could new virus variants derail COVID-19 vaccination efforts? Scientists hope not
News/Health: The more opportunities the coronavirus has to replicate, the more it will evolve, potentially creating a new variant that won't be mitigated by current vaccines. With concerning sets of mutations already popping up around the world, scientists are on high alert.
Facebook posts promoting violence still circulated even after insurrection
Facebook posts promoting violence during inauguration week have circulated on the platform over the past week despite a crackdown by the social media giant since the January 6 insurrection, a tech watchdog group found.