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Arcserve enhances portfolio of Sophos-secured backup

Restoring from backups is often the last resort when data is compromised by ransomware, but savvy criminals are also targeting those backups.

Arcserve enhanced its Sophos partnership to provide cybersecurity aimed at safeguarding backups, preventing cybercriminals from taking out organizations’ last line of ransomware defense. The Secured by Sophos line of Arcserve products, originally consisting of on-premises appliances that integrated Arcserve backup and Sophos security, extended its coverage to SaaS and cloud with two new entries: Arcserve Cloud Backup for Office 365 and Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP) Cloud Hybrid.

Arcserve UDP Cloud Hybrid Secured by Sophos is an extension to existing Arcserve software and appliances. It replicates data to the cloud, and the integrated Sophos Intercept X Advanced software scans the copies for malware and other security threats. The Sophos software recognizes the difference between encryption performed by normal backup processes and unauthorized encryption from bad actors.

Arcserve Cloud Backup for Office 365 Secured by Sophos is a stand-alone product for protecting and securing Office 365 data. It also uses Sophos Intercept X Advanced endpoint security, and it can do backup and restore for Microsoft Exchange emails, OneDrive and SharePoint.

Both new products are sold on an annual subscription model, with pricing based on storage and compute.

IDC research director Phil Goodwin described what has been an escalating battle between organizations and cybercriminals. Data protection vendors keep improving their products, and organizations keep learning more about backups. This trend allows companies to quickly and reliably restore their data from backups and avoid paying ransoms. Criminals, in turn, learn to target backups.

“Bad guys are increasingly attacking backup sets,” Goodwin said.

Arcserve’s Secured by Sophos products combines security and backup, specifically protecting backup data from cyberthreats. Organizations can realign their security to encompass backup data, but Arcserve’s products provide security out of the box. Goodwin said Acronis is the only other vendor he could think of that has security integrated into backup, while others such as IBM have data protection and security as separate SKUs.

diagram of Arcserve Office 365 backup secured by Sophos
Sophos Intercept X Advanced is now running in the cloud, scanning Office 365 backup data for malware.

From a development standpoint, security and data protection call on different skill sets, but both are necessary for combating ransomware. Goodwin said combining the two makes for stronger defense system.

Oussama El-Hilali, CTO at Arcserve, said adding Office 365 to the Secured by Sophos line was important because more businesses are adopting the platform than in the past. There was already an upward trend of businesses putting mission-critical data on SharePoint and OneDrive, but the boost in remote work deployments caused by the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated that.

El-Hilali said the pandemic has increased the need for protecting data in clouds and SaaS applications more for SMBs than enterprises, because larger organizations may have large, on-premises storage arrays they can use. The Office 365 product is sold stand-alone because many smaller businesses only need an Office 365 data protection component, and nothing for on premises.

“The [coronavirus] impact is more visible in the SMB market. A small business is probably using a lot of SaaS, and probably doesn’t have a lot of data on-prem,” El-Hilali said.

Unfortunately, its Office 365’s native data retention, backup and security features are insufficient in a world where many users are accessing their data from endpoint and mobile devices. Goodwin said there is a strong market need, and third parties such as Arcserve are taking that chance.

“There’s a big opportunity there with Office 365 — it’s one of the greatest areas of vulnerability from the perspective of SaaS apps,” Goodwin said.

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Commvault storage story expands with Hedvig for primary data

Of all the changes data protection vendor Commvault made in the last year, perhaps the most striking was its acquisition of primary storage software startup Hedvig.

The $225 million deal in October 2019 — eight months into Sanjay Mirchandani’s tenure as CEO — marked Commvault’s first major acquisition. It also brought the backup specialist into primary storage as it tries to adapt to meet demand for analytics on data everywhere.

Hedvig gives Commvault a distributed storage platform that spans traditional and cloud-hosted workloads. The Hedvig software runs primary storage on commodity hardware and is already been integrated in the Commvault storage software stack, including the new Commvault Metallic SaaS-based backup.

Don Foster, a vice president of storage solutions at Commvault, said data centers want to centralize all their data, from creation to retention, without adding third-party endpoints.

“We envision Hedvig as a way to ensure that your storage and backup will work in a symbiotic fashion,” Foster said.

Hedvig provides unified storage that allows Commvault to tackle new cloud-application use cases. The storage software run on clustered commodity nodes as distributed architecture for cloud and scale-out file and object storage across multiple hypervisors.

Commvault plans to use Hedvig to converge storage and data management and enhance Commvault HyperScale purpose-built backup appliances. Revenue from Commvault HyperScale appliances was up 10% year over year last quarter, and the vendor said six of its top 10 customers have deployed HyperScale appliances.

Commvault has expanded Hedvig into more primary workloads with the addition of support for the Container Storage Interface and erasure coding. In the near term, Hedvig will also remain available for purchase as primary storage and existing Hedvig customers with in-force contracts will be supported. The larger plan is to integrate Hedvig as a feature in the Commvault Complete suite of backup and data management tools, Foster said.

Integrating technology and integrating culture

Mirchandani replaced retired CEO Bob Hammer, who led Commvault for 20 years. The change at the top also brought about a raft of executive changes and the launch of the Metallic SaaS offering under a brand outside of Commvault. But the Hedvig deal was most significant in moving the Commvault storage strategy from data protection to data management — a shift backup vendors have talked about for years.

Because Hedvig didn’t have a large installed base, the key for Commvault was gaining access to Hedvig’s engineering IP, said Steven Hill, a senior analyst of applied infrastructure and storage technologies at 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Hedvig gives Commvault a software-defined storage platform that combines block, file and object storage services, along with cloud-level automation and support for containers.
Steven HillSenior analyst of applied infrastructure and storage technologies, 451 Research

“Growing adoption of hybrid cloud infrastructure and scale-out secondary storage has changed the business model for backup vendors. Hedvig gives Commvault a software-defined storage platform that combines block, file and object storage services, along with cloud-level automation and support for containers. It checks a lot of boxes for the next generation of storage buyers,” Hill said.

“The future of hybrid secondary storage lies in the management of data based on the business value of its content, and makes the need for broader, cloud-optimized information management a major factor in future storage buying decisions,” Hill added. He said Cohesity and Rubrik “discovered this [idea] a while ago” and other backup vendors now are keying in on secondary storage to support AI and analytics.

A research note by IDC said the Hedvig deal signals “orthogonal and expansionary thinking” by Commvault that paves a path to primary storage and multi-cloud data management. Commvault is a top five backup vendor in revenue; its revenue has declined year over year for each of the last four quarters. Commvault reported $176.3 million in revenue last quarter, down 4.3% from the same period a year ago.

IDC researchers note the difference between traditional Commvault storage and the Hedvig product. Namely, that Commvault is a 20-year-old public company in an entrenched market, while Hedvig launched in 2018. The companies share only a few mutual business partners and resellers.

“Market motion matters here, as each company is selling into different buyer bases.  … Melding a unified company and finding synergies between different buying centers may be more difficult than the technical integration,” IDC analysts wrote in a report on the Commvault-Hedvig acquisition.

‘Belts and suspenders’ approach

Pittsburg State University (PSU) in Kansas has deployed Hedvig primary storage and Commvault backup for several years. Tim Pearson, the university’s assistant director of IT infrastructure and security, said he was not surprised to hear about the Hedvig deal.

“I knew Hedvig was looking for a way to grow the company,” Pearson said, adding that he spoke with Commvault representatives in the run-up to the transaction.

PSU runs Hedvig storage software on Hewlett Packard Enterprise ProLiant servers as frontline storage for its VMware farm and protects data with Commvault backup. Pearson said the “belts and suspenders” approach designed by Hedvig engineers enables Commvault to bridge production storage and secondary use cases.

“What I hope to gain out of this is a unified pane of glass to manage not only my traditional Commvault backups, but also point-in-time recovery by scheduling Hedvig storage-level snapshots,” Pearson said.

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Researchers develop new side channel attacks on AMD chips

The steady stream of side channel attacks on microprocessors continued last week, and this time it’s AMD chips that are at risk.

Academic researchers published research Friday that revealed two new side channel attacks, dubbed Collide+Probe and Load+Reload, affect AMD chips manufactured between 2011 and 2019, including those that use the company’s current Zen microarchitecture. The attacks allow threat actors to access and steal confidential data from the chip’s memory.

In their white paper, titled “Take A Way: Exploring the Security Implications of AMD’s Cache Way Predictors,” the researchers analyzed AMD’s way predictor for the L1-data (L1D) cache, which was introduced in 2011; the feature predicts which cache way a specific address will be located in so that the chip’s power consumption is reduced. The research team reverse-engineered the L1D cache way predictor and discovered two different side channel attacks, which were disclosed to AMD on Aug. 23.

“With Collide+Probe, an attacker can monitor a victim’s memory accesses without knowledge of physical addresses or shared memory when time-sharing a logical core,” the team wrote. “With Load+Reload, we exploit the way predictor to obtain highly-accurate memory-access traces of victims on the same physical core.”

The attacks, which can be conducted remotely and do not require physical access, could be used in a variety of ways to leak or steal data from systems with vulnerable chips, according to the white paper. The researchers demonstrated how they used the attacks to recover the encryption key, create a covert data exfiltration channel, and break address space layout randomization (ASLR) and kernel ASLR implementations, which enables additional attacks on the CPU.

The researchers stressed the chip hardware wasn’t leaking data; instead, the L1D cache way predictor allows attackers to infer the access pattern of data and exploit that information for malicious purposes. The new side channel attacks are exclusive to AMD chips, as Intel and ARM do not have a cache way predictor.

The research team includes Moritz Lipp, Vedad Hadžić, Michael Schwarz and Daniel Gruss of Graz University of Technology in Austria; Clémentine Maurice of the French National Centre for Scientific Research and IRISA [Research Institute of Computer Science and Random Systems] in France; and Arthur Perais, an independent security researcher. Lipp, Schwarz and Gruss were part of the Meltdown and Spectre discovery teams and have been researching side channel attacks such as ASLR bypasses since 2016. Maurice was also involved in discovering and researching early side channel attacks such as Rowhammer variant Nethammer.

AMD pushes back on research

While Collide+Probe and Load+Reload pose serious threats to vulnerable systems, several of the researchers said via social media that the side channel attacks are not a severe as Meltdown and Spectre. For example, Gruss said on Twitter Collide+Probe and Load+Reload impact far less data than Meltdown and ZombieLoad.

In a security advisory posted Saturday, AMD appeared to downplay the new side channel attacks. “We are aware of a new white paper that claims potential security exploits in AMD CPUs, whereby a malicious actor could manipulate a cache-related feature to potentially transmit user data in an unintended way. The researchers then pair this data path with known and mitigated software or speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities,” the security advisory stated. “AMD believes these are not new speculation-based attacks.”

AMD has not released any microcode patches to mitigate Collide+Probe and Load+Reload and instead recommended customers follow “best practices” such as keeping operating systems, firmware and applications up to date and running antivirus software.

Gruss contested AMD’s characterization of the attacks and noted via Twitter that Collide+Probe and Load+Reload are side channel attacks, not “speculative execution attacks.”

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Microsoft Airband: An annual update on connecting rural America – Microsoft on the Issues

Last year, a team of Amish-owned horses dragged a load up a ridge near Essex, New York. It was a normal scene for rural America – straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting – except that they were bearing telecommunications equipment to connect the local community to the internet.  

Essex is barely 12 miles across the lake from Burlington, Vermont, but broadband is scarce. In our increasingly digital and interconnected world, broadband is as important as electricity or water. Rural communities without broadband face higher unemployment rates and see fewer educational and economic opportunities. For the woman overseeing the horses, Beth Schiller, CEO of CvWireless LLC, this is a solvable problem. Together with Microsoft’s Airband Initiative, she’s bringing connectivity to her community. 

In the summer of 2017, we launched the Microsoft Airband Initiative, which brings broadband connectivity to people living in underserved rural areas. To eliminate the rural broadband gap, we bring together privatesector capital investment in new technologies and rural broadband deployments with publicsector financial and regulatory support. We set an ambitious goal: to provide access to broadband to three million people in unserved rural areas of the United States by July 4, 2022At two and a half years since launch, we are at the halfway point of the time we gave ourselves to meet this goal and we feel good about the steady progress we’ve made and how much we have learned. But one thing we have learned is that the problem is even bigger than we imagined. 

The broadband gap is wide but solvable 

Beth’s horse-borne approach to connectivity may be unique, but the problem is not: According to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2019 broadband report, more than 21 million people in America, nearly 17 million of whom live in rural communities, don’t have access to broadband.  

A recent study by BroadbandNow found that the number of unserved people is nearly double the current reported amount and more than 42 million Americans do not have access to broadband especially in rural areas. Our own data shows that some 157.3 million people in the U.S. do not use the internet at broadband speedsAnd while we are making progress and the reported number is down by six million people from last year, that’s still more than the populations of our eight biggest states – California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Georgia – combined. More must be done. 

As we’ve said from the start of the initiativewithout accurate data we cannot fully understand the broadband gap. You cannot solve a problem you don’t understand. More accurate data will help deploy broadband in the places its neededBecause the government makes many funding decisions based on federal data, communities that lack broadband – but, according to FCC data, have access to broadband – have less access to resources needed to actually secure broadband connectivity. This is certainly a Catch-22, but it can be solved. We’re encouraged that the FCC has adopted new policies that should result in broadband providers reporting more accurate data and that Congress has worked on legislation to improve the FCC’s broadband dataIt’s imperative that these policy changes are quickly and fully implemented so that people without broadband will get access to it 

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Steady progress to close the broadband gap

But the country can’t wait on perfect data. We’re moving full steam ahead in the areas where we know we can help and making steady progress against our 3-million-person goal. We’re now in 25 states and one territory, and staging pilot programs in two additional states. We’ve already reached a total of 633,000 previously unserved people, up from 24,000 people in 2018, and as our partners’ network deployments accelerate over the coming months, we will be reaching many more.

We haven’t made this progress alone. We have made it through building partnerships throughout the United States, learning more about local solutions that will close the broadband gap. Partners such as Wisper Internet will work to bring broadband access to almost 1 million people in rural unserved areas in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. In Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, our partner Watch Communications will bring high-speed internet access to more than 860,000 people living in unserved rural areas. Our partnerships also bring connectivity to historically underserved communities, including those residing on tribal lands. Sacred Wind Communications will help approximately 47,000 people on and off Navajo lands in New Mexico reap the benefits that come with access to the internet. Moreover, we have forged strategic partnerships with American Tower Corporation, Tilson, and Zayo Group over the last year that will further bring down the end-to-end network deployment costs for rural ISPs. We have also established a broad-based Airband ISP Program that provides ISPs in 47 states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico with access to critical assets, helping them connect rural communities.

There’s good news about the cost of connectivity. The price of TV white spaces devices (TVWS) – a new connectivity technology that’s particularly useful in rural areas where laying cable simply isn’t an option – continues to drop. In the last year, the cost of customer equipment has plummeted by 50%, all while achievable speeds have increased tenfold.

At the same time, we’re pleased to see our partners in government make important, steady progress to enable these new technologies. We applaud Chairman Pai and the FCC for their vote last week to propose positive and necessary changes to TVWS regulations. Reducing red tape will enable ISPs to accelerate their progress in rural broadband deployment and help bridge the digital divide in rural America. We are also pleased that the FCC has announced plans to make up to $20 billion available in Rural Digital Opportunity funding to help ISPs bring high-speed broadband access to high-cost unserved rural areas. At the state level, we’re pleased that several state governments have created their own funding programs to support new broadband infrastructure, including Illinois, Indiana, Virginia and South Dakota.

What comes after connectivity?

As we’ve connected communities across the country, we’ve kept asking ourselves a central, key question: What comes after connectivity?

Broadband connections aren’t a panacea for all that ails rural America. Simply plugging in an ethernet cable doesn’t create jobs, increase farmers’ yields or provide a veteran with healthcare. Rural communities need resources beyond infrastructure to rebuild and lift themselves up. That’s why much of our work goes well beyond connectivity.

From education, agriculture, veterans to healthcare, we are working with local and national organizations to take the next step. For example, we are partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support their telehealth initiative. We are working with Airband partners to offer discounted broadband service to veterans as well as provide vital digital skills and employability training. Our work on Airband is enabling other Microsoft efforts – such as our TechSpark program, digital skills initiatives and even environmental sustainability – to flourish in areas we’d never be able to reach otherwise.

Take for example, agriculture. The family farm is the embodiment of rural America. Unfortunately, many American farmers have struggled in recent years, whether because of policy, extreme weather events and climate change, or falling crop prices. Farmers need help, and many have turned to new technologies to compete in the global marketplace. Our FarmBeats platform is one such technology that can give farmers a real-time view of their land using ground-based sensors and “internet of things” technology to track everything from soil temperature to pH levels to moisture data. This can create a modern “Farmers’ Almanac” to chart out the farm’s future, helping farmers predict what they should plant and where, increase yields, better utilize fertilizer and irrigate more efficiently. But a farm that lacks access to high-speed internet will be left in the past, unable to use these new technologies. That’s where Airband comes in: connecting rural communities to transformative technologies.

The effort to electrify rural America in the 1930s enabled new technologies to transform those areas, empowering farms, ranches and other rural places and improving quality of life and economic opportunity. Now, nearly 90 years later, broadband can similarly provide the infrastructure to lift up rural America, but we’re losing the race against time. While our investments and those of our partners are taking seed and we are beginning to see advances, technological progress doesn’t wait. If we don’t move faster, rural America will be left further behind. We can’t let that happen.

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New themed Amazon pop-up stores built on consumer data

After closing some 90 pop-up stores over the course of last year, Amazon appears ready to take another stab at the concept with plans to open a chain of themed Amazon pop-up stores with inventory in each store being regularly swapped out as part of rotating themes.

The company has established, or is in the process of establishing, five Amazon pop-up stores this year in or around major metropolitan areas including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston and Chicago. The sixth location will be in Seattle, next door to Amazon’s corporate headquarters and an Amazon 4-star store, as the company continues its experiment to find the right mix of physical locations. According to Amazon’s website, the new retail stores will serve as “physical extensions of Amazon.com.”

One example of a theme in the Las Vegas store is a focus on cameras. Other themes that have been explored in Amazon pop-up stores include Barbie’s 50th anniversary, Marvel’s Avengers, an Audible reading room, the Food Network and a holiday toy list.

Amazon stores built on consumer data

Amazon’s themed physical stores add to the 26 Amazon Go locations in place or being renovated, 22 Amazon Books stores, 18 Amazon 4-star stores, two AmazonFresh Pickup stores and hundreds of Whole Foods stores. In the next month or two Amazon is set to debut a new chain of grocery stores in the Los Angeles area.

“Amazon is continually iterating with its physical locations, so it will be interesting to see where they end up landing with these different formats,” said Thomas O’Connor, a senior director with Gartner. “They can leverage all the data collected in these stores to more clearly see where there is an opportunity [to] further scale out.  Also, it is another opportunity to go after shoppers who don’t yet have Amazon Prime memberships.”

Another analyst agreed that data, again, will play an integral role in the potential success of the latest Amazon pop-up stores. Not only can Amazon collect more specific data on what customers prefer in certain locations, but the company can apply data it already has in hand about what customers might prefer in a certain zip codes with data collected as part of its 4-star store launches.

This fits the method of operation Jeff Bezos has of taking data and not being afraid to experiment. That’s what these themed pop-up stores say to me.
Guy CourtinFormer vice president of industry strategy, Infor

“This fits the method of operation [Amazon CEO Jeff] Bezos has of taking data and not being afraid to experiment; that’s what these themed pop-up stores says to me,” said Guy Courtin, a former vice president of industry strategy at Infor. “He’ll use the demographic data in those areas he wants to put in (a pop-up store), and if it does well then great, he’ll milk those revenues. If it doesn’t do well, he will pull the plug quickly. It’s a bit like the Halloween stores that pop up for Halloween season and then they’re gone,” he said.

The new pop-up stores remind Courtin of the kiosks companies such as AT&T and Verizon set up in malls to sign up random customers for their respective cellular services, only Amazon is looking to sign up customers for Prime memberships, products and services.

“Once they get you in the store, they are looking to sell you on [Amazon] Prime giving you access to their streaming video and music services, along with whatever themed products they have in a particular store,” Courtin said. “They [Amazon] are masters at locating and capturing new revenue streams.”

Amazon’s themed pop-ups give malls hope

With many mall management companies desperate for revenues from renters, Courtin and other analysts believe Amazon’s pop-up stores will be welcome additions — even if they only stay for a few months at a time and continually swap out inventories with every “theme” change.

“Mall management companies are losing their big anchor tenants like a Sears and others,” Courtin said. “If I’m a mall management company and can get Amazon in there for even two or three months, not only will Amazon benefit, but a dozen other stores right next to the Amazon stores will benefit. Also, it gives mall management companies the opportunity to look more modern to have a giant retailer in their location,” he said.

According to the company’s latest earnings report, physical stores account for about 6% of Amazon’s $70 billion in revenue.

Amazon officials declined to provide comment for this story.

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For Sale – Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 i5 8gb 256gb 13.5”, cobalt blue colour

As title says

have this laptop for sale. Was bought only last week and not registered with Microsoft yet so all the warranty available

really sleek looking and light laptop with great screen and keyboard

used and will be sticking to Mac OS!

excellent condition fully boxed

will get photos up in the next day or two

looking for £850 delivered
NOW 750 DELIVERED

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For Sale – Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 i5 8gb 256gb 13.5”, cobalt blue colour

As title says

have this laptop for sale. Was bought only last week and not registered with Microsoft yet so all the warranty available

really sleek looking and light laptop with great screen and keyboard

used and will be sticking to Mac OS!

excellent condition fully boxed

will get photos up in the next day or two

looking for £850 delivered
NOW 750 DELIVERED

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AI in e-commerce helps product sales

Over the last few years, e-commerce companies have made buying and selling items online easier by using AI. EBay, one of the largest e-commerce companies in the world, uses computer vision, natural language processing, machine learning and deep learning to help users.

EBay has invested heavily in developing and deploying AI capabilities. While it doesn’t necessarily do anything unique — competitors including Wayfair and Amazon have developed similar AI in e-commerce tools — what it does appears to benefit sellers and buyers on its platform, which differs markedly from its biggest competitors in being auction-driven and oriented primarily toward sellers.

EBay provides several tools for images, including a search by image function and photo cleanup.

Image recognition

Using the mobile eBay application, buyers and sellers can take a photo of an object, which, using computer vision and deep learning, eBay matches with similar images on its platform. The feature has been available since 2017, and has since been improved as more images have been uploaded for the machine learning algorithms to train on.  

Comparable features are available on a number of other platforms, including Google and Amazon. These platforms also have object recognition, enabling users to take a photo of something and see comparable items.

By also considering product descriptions as well, the search function optimizes accuracy. Sellers are able to get automatic pricing recommendations, although that wasn’t always so.

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EBay uses AI to automatically identify images and to do image cleanup

“Historically we did a really bad job with [pricing models],” said Scot Hamilton, vice president of engineering.

EBay has a lot of unique inventory, Hamilton explained, making it difficult to find true peers to benchmark against for some objects.

Looking at characterizes such as the images, price range, descriptors and titles of the listed object, and by comparing it to similar objects, among other things, eBay attempts to automatically determine a relative price for an object.

The suggested price is generally slightly lower than the market average to keep inventory moving, Hamilton said. Casual and hobby sellers adopt the suggested price point around 80% of the time, he said.

AI in e-commerce

The platform also boasts an image cleanup capability for sellers. The feature, still in beta, takes an image and tries to automatically separate the featured object from visual clutter in the background.  

“Search engines these days require, in many cases, a white, clean background on photos,” said Harry Temkin, vice president of seller experience.

Sellers, he continued, “often take pictures in very interesting places,” like on the stairs, in a kitchen or in a garage.

The beta feature crops the featured item automatically from the photo. Now, manual input is still required in many cases, with users having to swipe around the edges of an object. However, the feature is getting sharper, Temkin said.

It is software that is continuously learning.
Harry TemkinVice president of seller experience, eBay

“It is software that is continuously learning,” he said. The more photos that go through it, the better it will work.

Besides its image features, eBay provides home-grown automatic translation, enabling buyers and sellers in different countries to see listings in their own languages.

The translation happens behind the scenes, Hamilton said, with users not necessarily realizing it’s even happening.

According to Hamilton, eBay’s model is 5% or 6% more accurate than off-the-shelf products.

“Being a global platform … not everyone speaks English,” Temkin said. “Being able to use machine translation to convert an English listing into a German listing or a Spanish listing or a French listing is useful.”

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For Sale – 13-inch MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel i5 (Mid 2012)

Received last week as an insurance replacement for my old MacBook which broke a few weeks ago. My insurance company ordered this direct from the Apple Refurb site (RRP £759) meaning you’ll get 12 months warranty too from Apple. You can find it on their website here. Only opened to take a…

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