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Watch Out For Fake Fonts! And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 – A new form of ransomware centers on a fake font update.

If you’re a Google Chrome user, you might get an update asking you to update your fonts. Don’t do it. The bogus update leads to a compromised website that claims the “HoeflerText font was not found” and displays “version numbers that make it appear as though Chrome is somehow out-of-date.” If the user takes the bait, a “font installer” begins to install a file that is full of Spora ransomware. Jerks! (Source: Forbes)

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Will You Make Your Next Video Call With Amazon? Plus Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 – Amazon launches its own Skype-like communications tool.

“Chime” from Amazon Web Services will enable users to start meetings with a simple click and share screens or additional content. It requires no PIN, and any attendee can mute a line to eliminate background noise. Chime also features a visual roster that shows who is on the call and who won’t be able to make it. There’s a free version to start with pricing up to $15 per month per user. (Source: TechRepublic)

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Google Can Now Design A Dress Based On Your Activity…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 – Google and retailer H&M are teaming up to make you the perfect customized dress…by using your data.

You might want to sit down for this one. Using data taken from your travels, your dinners, where you’re going at night and during the day and what the weather is, retailer H&M is using Google’s Awareness API to create your own personalized, custom-made dress. Right now, the app is only available to a handful of style “influencers.” (Source: TechCrunch)

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Alexa, Get Me A Latte…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 – Credit card theft keeps going up and up.

Didn’t the new chip cards put an end to this? Apparently not. A report from Javelin Strategy & Research has found that stolen card data rose 40 percent last year. The reason? Criminals are moving to ecommerce. “Right now the environment is more challenging than it’s ever been,” Al Pascual, research director and head of fraud and security at Javelin, told Bloomberg. “And things will get worse before they get better.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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Microsoft Is Creating Smartglasses For Construction Workers And Other Small Biz Tech News This Week

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1 – Construction workers will soon get smartglasses, Microsoft hopes.

The company is working with the University of Cambridge to test its Hololens smartglasses for construction. The Hololens has been available to developers since 2016, but its consumer release date is still unknown. My company, the Marks Group, is a Microsoft Partner. (Source: Computer Business Review)

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Google Maps Can Now Help You Park And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 – A startup wants to get rid of unconscious bias in the office.

Joonko, an Atlanta-based startup, has launched new software that will help managers “ensure greater inclusion within their teams.” The AI-powered software is able to plug into companies’ current platforms like Salesforce and Workday and then “rifle through a given company’s existing data in order to suggest real-time corrective action that can reduce discrimination at work.” (Source: VentureBeat)

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Free WiFi On JetBlue (Free!) And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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Facebook, Instagram and YouTube all add more video advertising options.

Announcements just this week: Facebook is to begin testing ads that will run in the middle of posted videos. Instagram introduces full-screen ads in its “stories” and offers new tools to companies with a “business profile” to see their stories’ reach, impressions, replies and exits. YouTube has added “super chats” that allow paying viewers to post messages in bright colors to stand out more – a great way for feedback and engagement.

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