Tech Bytes to Know this Week: 10.4.2016

October 4th, 2016

Topics: Apps Culture eCommerce Global Manufacturing P2P / Sharing Economy Privacy Products / Services Social

Facebook Takes on Craigslist with Marketplace Launch – Facebook has billions of (highly engaged) users, a deep commitment to user verification, location services, and encourages users to sell and barter on the platform. It was only a matter of time before the company formalized what almost a half a billion people already use the site for – a peer-to-peer marketplace. Facebook is launching its Marketplace service, which aims to capture the Craigslist and eBay reseller space that is significant in size, but struggles with consistency.
Read More: Introducing Marketplace: Buy and Sell with Your Local Community
Read More: Facebook Launches Marketplace, a Friendlier Craigslist
Read More: Facebook Takes on Craigslist and eBay with New Classified Ad Service
Read More: Facebook Marketplace Wants to Be Your New Craigslist

Samsung’s Problems with Quality Control are Significant and Worrisome – When Samsung first faced issues with its Galaxy Note 7 phones exploding, it was significant, but seemed isolated to one particular phone model. With news this week that the company is also having issues with other products, including washing machines, the problem seems less a flaw in design and more a systematic quality control concern. Compounding the problem is the fact that Samsung doesn’t just make its own products – it’s a significant supplier to a host of other companies. Samsung supplies chips, displays, memory and storage to other companies (including competitors, such as Apple). Perhaps these are two very isolated and specific issues that do not represent a fundamental flaw in quality control at Samsung, but if not you can expect exploding Galaxy phones to be the least of the company’s problems.
Read More: Samsung’s ‘Exploding’ Washers Raise Serious Questions about its Quality Control
Read More: How Samsung Tripped on Quality Control in Its Rush to Beat Apple

Hotels Choose Regulation Over Innovation in Battle with airbnb – Despite coexisting for several years now, the hotel industry has decided to aggressively push back against the growing strength of airbnb. Similar to how the taxi industry pushed back against Uber, hotels are using their political strength and lobbyists to attack airbnb from a regulatory angle. What so many industries under siege by technological disruption, the hotel industry doesn’t seem to grasp that you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Customers like airbnb and it gives them much more flexibility and a greater array of choice than they’ve ever had (in both price and accommodation) and therefore it will be here to stay. The world is moving toward marketplaces and free trading of goods and services online. As we see with the Facebook launch of a new marketplace, the future if here to stay and so is airbnb.
Read More: The US Hotel Industry is Going After Airbnb for its “Arrogance”
Read More: Leading Hotel Marketers Claim They Aren’t Worried About Airbnb

Police Body Cameras Lead to Significant Reduction in Complaints, Use of Force – When we talk about disruption, we’re often talking about a new product or service impacting entrenched players. But sometimes that disruption comes in the form of societal disruption. That’s likely to be the case for police forces, as the results of a new survey by scholars at Cambridge University looking at the impact of body cameras. By evaluating video footage and reviewing complaints, the team found that police actively wearing and using body cameras resulted in a 93% reduction of complaints against officers. They found the cameras both protected citizens being stopped by police from unfair treatment and also protected police from unfounded claims of harassment or violations. The data shows body cameras work and could play a significant role in reducing the conflicts at the heart of current debate over police brutality and unlawful shootings of minority citizens. The only question remaining is whether they will be implemented and used properly. Several states have banned the use of police body cameras and on more than one recent police shooting the officers involved were wearing cameras, but failed to turn them on until after the shootings. In this case the data shows the technology will work if implemented properly.
Read More: Police Body Cameras ‘Cut Complaints Against Officers’
Read More: Police Complaints Drop 93 Percent After Deploying Body Cameras
Read More: A Global Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effect of Police Body-Worn Cameras on Citizens’ Complaints Against the Police
Read More: Body Cameras Are Betraying Their Promise

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