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Vendor 3PM uses AI and analytics to prevent Black Friday fraud

The months and weeks leading up to Black Friday, one of the most hectic shopping days of the year, keeps e-commerce intelligence vendor 3PM Solutions busy.

“This is a very important time,” said Rob Dunkel, CEO of 3PM.

More people buy products and more retailers and individuals sell products online on Black Friday than on any other day, and the number of counterfeit products listed for sale skyrockets, Dunkel said. Chicago-based 3PM, with its platform built to collect, change and then analyze unstructured data, identifies potentially counterfeit products for its e-commerce clients so they can crack down on Black Friday fraud.

Founded in 2013, 3PM sells software that automatically combs through products and reviews to give its e-commerce clients a better snapshot of what customers are purchasing and why, as well as to protect brands and identify and take down counterfeit or misrepresented items.

The 3PM platform automatically scrapes public data off e-commerce websites, such as Amazon and eBay, Dunkel explained. Data includes customer reviews, product images and descriptions, and buyer and seller information.

No APIs are used, he said — instead, the platform collects data as it appears on e-commerce dealers’ websites using machine learning and natural language processing. The collected data is then brought into the platform and structured for its clients, some of which include major e-commerce players.

The process is continuous and encompasses billions of online product listings.

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AI and analytics help prevent online shopping fraud on Black Friday and all year

The vendor uses a host of Google Cloud products to support its platform. A few years ago, 3PM left AWS for the Google Cloud Platform, after seeing the capabilities of Google Cloud Bigtable, a scalable, fully managed NoSQL database.

The database product was in beta testing then, Dunkel said. But, with its ability to handle huge workloads, it seemed perfect for 3PM.

Also, Dunkel said, 3PM was drawn to Google for its machine learning and AI products and tools available on the cloud.

Google Cloud Vision AI, alongside Google Cloud TPU, gives 3PM the ability to automatically classify and match images, for example.

“We’re heavy users of Google AI,” Dunkel said.

Preventing Black Friday fraud

Analyzing products in search of counterfeits is particularly important around Black Friday. Due to the sudden, massive increase in buyers and sellers during this holiday period, Black Friday fraud is common.

Using its platform, 3PM can identify fraudulent products for its clients and partners generally within four hours, Dunkel claimed. He offered an example.

Game of Thrones: Season 8 comes out on DVD and Blu-ray soon. Given the popularity of the show, and the expected demand for the season, it’s inevitable that some sellers will purposely mislist similar products to make them appear to be Season 8, to trick potential buyers. They could, for example, use clever descriptors or images to pass off a poster of Season 8 for the DVD.

So, said Dunkel, “We’ve been able to train the system to understand each title” of the different products, to automatically identify from the title what the product is.

We’re able to build and train our models to understand what is good and what is not.
Rob DunkelCEO, 3PM Solutions

Moreover, the platform can identify and compare a product listing’s image to a known image of the product, and scan for discrepancies using image recognition. Models can also read the descriptors and listing categories and compare them with other listings or with what the category is known to be. In the case of the Game of Thrones: Season 8, a category might be DVD. If the product lists as something else, 3PM issues a warning.

“We’re able to build and train our models to understand what is good and what is not,” Dunkel said.

The platform can also analyze product reviews. On certain e-commerce sites, third-party sellers can change their listings. They may have listed a specific product that racked up many positive reviews, but later changed the listing to a completely different product. Yet, the reviews stayed.

At first glance, then, the product seems to have high reviews. By reading through the reviews, it may become clear that the positive reviews were meant for a different product altogether. The 3PM platform can automatically read through reviews, and comb through the history of the listing, to detect that, Dunkel said.

While most Black Friday sellers are honest, Dunkel emphasized the importance of watching for Black Friday fraud.

“With Black Friday, with all the people shopping, consumers need to be more diligent,” he said. “Consumers need to take more steps to make sure they are buying an authentic product.”

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For Sale – Huawei B535 4G LTE unlocked Modem £105 RMSD

Got this from 3 less than a month ago to bridge a few weeks between changing names on our virgin media account. Boxed as new, only used in a smoke-free home; extra antennae pictured are included.

Works perfectly… thought about putting it in a drawer, but will see if there’s any interest here. True, they’re £80 from aliexpress…. fill your boots and toss a coin as to whether it’ll arrive or not.

No sim or data included . Collection from B44 if preferred

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For Sale – or Trade Asus Zenbook Pro 14″ i7 8th Gen CPU Geforce GTX 1050 Video Card 250GB SSD 8GB RAM – £850

I got this excellent laptop just a few weeks back but would prefer a 13″ Apple MacBook Pro/Air or iPad.

The laptop has warranty until 22 July 2020

I do not have a receipt as the laptop was a gift.

The date above is taken from “My ASUS” which states that this is the date used if no proof of purchase is available.

I have just logged a repair request with ASUS through to the RMA issue stage before cancelling and only needed to supply the serial number.

Whilst it would seem to me that you would be able to take advantage of the warranty you should also check to satisfy yourself.

Here is a link for full details of the laptop

ASUS ZenBook Pro 14 UX480FD | Laptops | ASUS United Kingdom

Mine is the

Intel® Core™ i7-8565U processor
1.8GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.6GHz) and 8MB cache

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Max-Q
Video memory: 2GB GDDR5 VRAM

14” LED-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 touchscreen

5.2mm-thin bezel with 86% screen-to-body ratio
178° wide-view technology
Pantone® validated

8GB 2400MHz DDR4

256GB PCIe x2 SSD

1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0
1 x Standard HDMI
1 x Combo audio jack

Keyboard
Full-size backlit with 1.4mm key travel
IR camera supporting Windows Hello

ScreenPad
5.5” FHD (1920 x 1080) Super IPS+ display
178˚ wide-view technology
Glass-covered for fingerprint and smudge resistance
Precision touchpad (PTP) technology supports up to four-finger smart gestures

I can confirm it is in excellent condition and will be posted in its original box and be fully insured.

Price and currency: £850
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT, PayPal Gift or Cash
Location: Accrington
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Economic worry may be impacting HR budgets

On last week’s earnings call with financial analysts, Workday Inc. CEO Aneel Bhusri was asked for his opinion on the broader economic outlook. He was both vague and definitive. His company wasn’t seeing problems in its own product pipeline, “but there is no question there is uncertainty in the air,” he said.

In HR departments, the uncertainty has turned into action, according to Gartner. In a survey of 171 HR managers, 92% said they are now “prioritizing budgeting and cost optimization initiatives.”

This means HR managers are taking specific steps to control spending, said Daniel Dirks, managing vice president at Gartner’s HR practice. The most likely effects are on department hiring and technology buying decisions, he said.

A hiring freeze would be near the top of HR budget actions, “because it is relatively easy to do,” Dirks said. HR managers are also taking a hard look at their tech vendor contracts. They are “making sure what was promised in the contract is really being delivered,” he said.

But no worries, so far, in HR tech

The concern about an economic downturn is not turning up in HR vendor spending.

On Aug. 29, Workday, for instance, reported total revenues of nearly $888 million, an increase of 32% from the same quarter a year ago.

There is no question there is uncertainty in the air.
Aneel BhusriCEO, Workday

ADP LLC recently reported a revenue increase of 6% to $14.2 billion. Lisa Ellis, a MoffettNathanson partner who leads its payments, processors, and IT services business, described the increase as “great results” on a July 31 analyst call. Ellis also noted on the call that ADP’s guidance for 2020 “implies a pretty robust outlook on the U.S. economy.”

Venture capital (VC) investments in HR remain strong, according to HRWins, which reported nearly $1.5 billion in global HR VC investment in the second quarter. It sees 2019 VC investment outpacing last year by a strong margin.

Nonetheless, Dirks said there is a “change in sentiment and in mindset” in HR because of the economy. For the last 10 years, HR priorities have focused on finding talent and investing in tech; cost optimization is now emerging as a new priority. But Dirks said the new priority isn’t necessarily emerging at the expense of HR’s other priorities.

Gartner is also advising HR managers to play a broader role in watching the economy. It recommends teaming up with peers in finance and sales, for instance, to look at broader economic data.

HR managers have expertise in the labor market and may be able to identify market shifts. This could include, for instance, an increase in part-time hiring, if firms are becoming more conservative in hiring full time.

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For Sale – or Trade Asus Zenbook Pro 14″ UX480FD i7 8th Gen CPU Geforce GTX 1050 Video Card 250GB SSD 8GB RAM

I bought this excellent laptop just a few weeks back but would prefer a 13″ Apple MacBook Pro/Air or iPad.

It is under warranty with Asus until July 2020. I think Asus only deal with the original buyer for warranty repairs and I will be more than happy to help if problems arise.

Here is a link for full details

ASUS ZenBook Pro 14 UX480FD | Laptops | ASUS United Kingdom

Mine is the

Intel® Core™ i7-8565U processor
1.8GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.6GHz) and 8MB cache

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Max-Q
Video memory: 2GB GDDR5 VRAM

14” LED-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 touchscreen

5.2mm-thin bezel with 86% screen-to-body ratio
178° wide-view technology
Pantone® validated

8GB 2400MHz DDR4

256GB PCIe x2 SSD

1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0
1 x Standard HDMI
1 x Combo audio jack

Keyboard
Full-size backlit with 1.4mm key travel
IR camera supporting Windows Hello

ScreenPad
5.5” FHD (1920 x 1080) Super IPS+ display
178˚ wide-view technology
Glass-covered for fingerprint and smudge resistance
Precision touchpad (PTP) technology supports up to four-finger smart gestures

I can confirm it is in excellent condition and will be posted in its original box and be fully insured.

Price and currency: £980
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT, PayPal Gift or Cash
Location: Accrington
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – WD My Book 10 TB Desktop Hard Drive – Black

Discussion in ‘Computer Classifieds‘ started by tairo, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. bought this 3 weeks ago and dont really need it right now ,so if it sells so be it

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Password-Protection-Software/dp/B07CRZK9BX

    Price and currency: 160
    Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
    Payment method: BT/PPG/Cash
    Location: City of London – Liverpool street station
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    Does it have warranty and receipt?

    Can offer £140 inc.

  3. yeah just bought it from amazon 3 weeks ago ,i can send it back and get money back so no thanks to £140.

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    No worries.

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    How long is it that you can get a refund for? I am interested but Im thinking of waiting until prime day to see if any interesting deals pop up for 8TB or 10TB

  6. The return window closed today so i opened it up yesterday to check hard drive sectors via hdd tune and all blocks are fine other wise i would have sent it back.
    I will keep it as it will come in handy in the future but i can still sell it if someone wants it if not will archive it over the weekend.

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For Sale – ASUS GTX 1060 6GB ROG STRIX GAMING OC

ASUS GTX 1060 6GB ROG STRIX GAMING OC

Purchased a few weeks ago from a friend who hardly used it. I’ve now got the gaming/pc building bug back and want to go for something a little higher.

Mint condition, looks as new, no dust, boxed with all bits and pieces and will be shipped via RMSD.

It’s this card here: ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ROG STRIX GAMING OC

Still retailing around £330-340

Price and currency: £180
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG/BACS
Location: Hartlepool
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For Sale – Budget Gaming PC

Hi folks, after building this rig while a friend was around for a couple weeks, it’s now just collecting dust and doing not a lot other than watching Netflix. It’s a nice clean system (or will be before sent out) and has no issues. The specs are as follows.

-Corsair Spec-03 Gaming Case, there are some marks on the case and window due to this being stored for a while, otherwise it’s absolutely fine.
-AMD FX 4100 Quad Core @ 3.6Ghz
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
-ASUS M5A78L-M LX3, this was purchased brand new from Amazon a few weeks back and supports up to the FX 8*** series
-4GB (2x2GB) Generic 1333Mhz RAM
-Sapphire HD 7850 2GB, still capable for 1080p medium gaming, performs about on average with my R9 270 that I use in my daily system and I can play most games with no real issues
-Antec 520w Neo Eco Power Supply, this is a semi modular I believe, however I never got any of the additional cables with it, you can buy these on ebay cheap enough if you need more PCI-e or SATA power
-500GB Seagate (pretty sure) 7200rpm hard drive, not much in the way of gaming performance, but performs okay as a boot drive, SSD’s are cheap enough these days
-ASUS DVD-RW Drive, nothing to shout about these days, but needed to back some stuff up to disk, so that’s in there

This is an ideal system for someone looking to buy their kids a cheap Fortnite machine, but it has no issues playing other, more premium games. I’ve attached a picture of a Heaven Benchmark on the High Preset @ 1080p to show it’s performance.

Everything works as it should, and this also has a genuine copy of Windows 10 on it which will be a fresh install.

Sorry for the messy pictures, moving things around and clearing out what I don’t need/want anymore. The PC will be cleaned off fully for postage/collection.

Looking for £170 posted on this, local collection is welcome of course (PE25 address).

Bank transfer only please as I don’t use PayPal, cash on collection is fine also.

Price and currency: £170
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Skegness
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Budget Gaming PC

Hi folks, after building this rig while a friend was around for a couple weeks, it’s now just collecting dust and doing not a lot other than watching Netflix. It’s a nice clean system (or will be before sent out) and has no issues. The specs are as follows.

-Corsair Spec-03 Gaming Case, there are some marks on the case and window due to this being stored for a while, otherwise it’s absolutely fine.
-AMD FX 4100 Quad Core @ 3.6Ghz
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
-ASUS M5A78L-M LX3, this was purchased brand new from Amazon a few weeks back and supports up to the FX 8*** series
-4GB (2x2GB) Generic 1333Mhz RAM
-Sapphire HD 7850 2GB, still capable for 1080p medium gaming, performs about on average with my R9 270 that I use in my daily system and I can play most games with no real issues
-Antec 520w Neo Eco Power Supply, this is a semi modular I believe, however I never got any of the additional cables with it, you can buy these on ebay cheap enough if you need more PCI-e or SATA power
-500GB Seagate (pretty sure) 7200rpm hard drive, not much in the way of gaming performance, but performs okay as a boot drive, SSD’s are cheap enough these days
-ASUS DVD-RW Drive, nothing to shout about these days, but needed to back some stuff up to disk, so that’s in there

This is an ideal system for someone looking to buy their kids a cheap Fortnite machine, but it has no issues playing other, more premium games. I’ve attached a picture of a Heaven Benchmark on the High Preset @ 1080p to show it’s performance.

Everything works as it should, and this also has a genuine copy of Windows 10 on it which will be a fresh install.

Sorry for the messy pictures, moving things around and clearing out what I don’t need/want anymore. The PC will be cleaned off fully for postage/collection.

Looking for £200 posted on this, local collection is welcome of course (PE25 address).

Bank transfer only please as I don’t use PayPal, cash on collection is fine also.

Price and currency: £200
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Skegness
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Budget Gaming PC

Hi folks, after building this rig while a friend was around for a couple weeks, it’s now just collecting dust and doing not a lot other than watching Netflix. It’s a nice clean system (or will be before sent out) and has no issues. The specs are as follows.

-Corsair Spec-03 Gaming Case, there are some marks on the case and window due to this being stored for a while, otherwise it’s absolutely fine.
-AMD FX 4100 Quad Core @ 3.6Ghz
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
-ASUS M5A78L-M LX3, this was purchased brand new from Amazon a few weeks back and supports up to the FX 8*** series
-4GB (2x2GB) Generic 1333Mhz RAM
-Sapphire HD 7850 2GB, still capable for 1080p medium gaming, performs about on average with my R9 270 that I use in my daily system and I can play most games with no real issues
-Antec 520w Neo Eco Power Supply, this is a semi modular I believe, however I never got any of the additional cables with it, you can buy these on ebay cheap enough if you need more PCI-e or SATA power
-500GB Seagate (pretty sure) 7200rpm hard drive, not much in the way of gaming performance, but performs okay as a boot drive, SSD’s are cheap enough these days
-ASUS DVD-RW Drive, nothing to shout about these days, but needed to back some stuff up to disk, so that’s in there

This is an ideal system for someone looking to buy their kids a cheap Fortnite machine, but it has no issues playing other, more premium games. I’ve attached a picture of a Heaven Benchmark on the High Preset @ 1080p to show it’s performance.

Everything works as it should, and this also has a genuine copy of Windows 10 on it which will be a fresh install.

Sorry for the messy pictures, moving things around and clearing out what I don’t need/want anymore. The PC will be cleaned off fully for postage/collection.

Looking for £200 posted on this, local collection is welcome of course (PE25 address).

Bank transfer only please as I don’t use PayPal, cash on collection is fine also.

Price and currency: £200
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Skegness
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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