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Fake online reviews under investigation by competition authority

Fake online reviews under investigation by competition authority

Technology
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into fake and misleading reviews on several major websites.It said it would examine whether online shops were "doing enough" to protect customers as they turn to online shopping during lockdown.The authority warned it would "not hesitate" to take action if sites are disobeying the law.That could include taking major retailers to court."During lockdown, we're more dependent than ever on online shopping, so it's really important that the online reviews we read are genuine opinions," said CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli."If someone is persuaded to buy something after reading a fake or misleading review, they could end up wasting their money on a product or service that wasn't wh...
Watch: Moonbyul shares trailer for ‘Moon’ online show

Watch: Moonbyul shares trailer for ‘Moon’ online show

Entertainment
May 21 (UPI) -- South Korean singer Moonbyul is gearing up for her upcoming online show. The 27-year-old K-pop star, a member of the girl group Mamamoo, shared a trailer Thursday for her 1st Ontact Live show. The teaser shows footage of Moonbyul on the set of a photoshoot and images of a solar eclipse. 1st Ontact Live will take place Saturday on Mamamoo's Naver and V Live. The show is a "global video chat fansign" event. 1st Ontact Live is in support of Moonbyul's forthcoming album, Moon. The album is a repackaged version of the singer's solo EP, Dark Side of the Moon, released in February. Moon is slated for release May 29. Moonbyul came to fame with Mamamoo, which also consists of Solar, Wheein and Hwasa. The group released its second studio album, Reality in Black, in November. ...
How live entertainment is evolving online to be a lifeline in lockdown

How live entertainment is evolving online to be a lifeline in lockdown

Entertainment
From gigs to plays and quizzes, live entertainment has moved online during coronavirus lockdown - and creative minds are coming up with new ideas to give us back some of the human connection we've lost.Every Saturday for the past two months, Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody has sat down and written a song.Well, he has co-written a song - with 5,000 fans on Instagram.He asks them for chords, comes up with melodies, and puts them to a vote. He then asks for ideas for lyrics before coming back an hour later with a finished track. "Some are really good," he says. Lightbody also performs solo online gigs from home, but wanted to do something more collaborative too."You can say absolutely anything in...
Universities’ move online ‘must be done the right way’

Universities’ move online ‘must be done the right way’

Technology
Harry Ashworth should be in the final term of his first year at Oxford University, studying music. Instead he is stuck at his parents' house in south London hunched over a laptop, listening to lectures via Zoom.He doesn't feel that the sudden and dramatic change in circumstances has affected his learning too much, but he is missing some aspects of university life."I am in a jazz orchestra and that isn't really happening now. And I would have been playing at the summer balls, so there are social events that I've missed."Some of his more practical lessons have also been curtailed.Academically he feels less motivated "which makes me less stressed but also flatter"."Psychologically when you are at home it is different. When I am in m...
Fintech firm Adyen posts 34% surge in first-quarter revenue as coronavirus bolsters online payments

Fintech firm Adyen posts 34% surge in first-quarter revenue as coronavirus bolsters online payments

Finance
Pieter van der Does, chief executive officer of Adyen.Simon Dawson | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesDutch financial technology firm Adyen reported rising revenue and core profits in its first-quarter results Tuesday, as the coronavirus pandemic boosted online payments but impacted on margins.The company posted total first-quarter revenue of 135.5 million euros ($ 146.9 million), an increase of 34% from a year earlier. Adyen normally reports half-year and annual numbers, but decided to release an update on its performance at the start of 2020 due to Covid-19.Adyen's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization rose 16% year-on-year to 63.6 million euros, while its profit margin declined to 47%, from 56% last year due to investment into hiring and marketing and a hit to net reven...