CommBank’s New Buy Now, Pay Later, Website Security Bug & More

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This Week’s Business, Tech & Marketing News

Monday, 16 August 2021 News Highlights

  • The Queensland Business Support Grant opens to eligible businesses today. An extension of the grant has allowed even more businesses to be able to access the $5,000 payments. For more info, visit business.qld.gov.au.
  • LinkedIn is currently rolling out a new review feature on freelancing business profiles, as well as a new suggestion feature, which will allow users to turn a comment into a post of its own.
  • Facebook will be rolling out an end-to-end encryption for voice and video calls. The company’s goal is to improve the security and privacy across all of their platforms.

Tuesday, 17 August 2021 News Highlights

  • TikTok recently announced partnerships with Vimeo and Canva. Advertisers can now build ads in Vimeo Create, while Canva have provided 50 ad templates.
  • Windows users will now be able to manage their iCloud Passwords. The new update allows for more efficient syncing between Windows and Apple appliances.
  • TikTok have partnered with the music streaming app Audius. Users will be able to upload music while TikTok artist can directly upload their own music as ‘TikTok Sounds’ through Audius.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 News Highlights

  • Twitter has begun a month-long trial allowing Australians to flag potential misleading information. The trial aims to improve the platform’s recognition of misinformation in real time.
  • The influx of NSW business support applications has led to Service NSW hiring 350 staff to work seven days a week to assess 62,000 pending applications.
  • WordPress has been notified of a security bug in the SEOPress plug-in. It’s a reminder to businesses without website management to check, update and monitor their website plug-ins.

Thursday, 19 August 2021 News Highlights

  • Applications for a $5,000 small business grant for eligible Central Queensland small businesses will open next week. For more info, visit business.qld.gov.au.
  • Snapchat have launched a new marketing research tool called ‘Snapchat Trends’. It will help advertisers track popular keywords and terms shared among Snapchat users for more targeted results.

Friday, 20 August 2021 News Highlights

  • Commonwealth Bank (CBA) has released their own buy now, pay later called StepPay. CBA customers can check if they are eligible through the latest version of the CommBank app.
  • Victorian businesses affected by the two-week lockdown extension will be eligible for a cash boost in support payments. The support payment will finish when the lockdown is expected to end.
  • Facebook is testing ‘Facebook Reels’ in the U.S. The new feature will be coherent with users Instagram account as you will also be able to share old Instagram Reels through Facebook.
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