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Recommended Reading: January 16, 2017

eMarketer's scan of the key developments of the day, plus data to make sense of it all

January 16, 2017

Facebook Blocking Content in Thailand

Journalist and university lecturer MacGregor Marshall this week discovered that some of his Facebook posts were being blocked in Thailand, but were available to users outside the country. TechCrunch reported that the Thai government, which has been run by a military junta since 2014, has apparently requested that content from various users be blocked. Thailand has strict laws that forbid criticizing or disrespecting the country's royal family, but such laws are often used to suppress political dissent in the country.

Amazon Outmaneuvers Netflix in India

Writing for Backchannel, Abhishek Madhavan has a great breakdown of the ways that Amazon holds an advantage over Netflix in the video-on-demand vertical in India. Among them are a lower price, an effort to provide localized content and the potential to bid for the right to stream cricket matches.

eBay Fights Counterfeits

In an effort to fight the growing number of counterfeit items in the marketplace, eBay is working with several brand experts to verify the authenticity of luxury items sold on its site. According to Bloomberg, sellers will be able to pay for the authentication process to "boost shopper confidence," or shoppers themselves can pay for the service if they want to determine the authenticity of an item.

EU Readies for Robot Menace

A committee of the European Parliament voted forward a proposal outlining guidelines designed to protect Europeans from the potential dangers of autonomous robots. "A growing number of areas of our daily lives are increasingly affected by robotics," said MEP Mady Delvaux, author of the proposal. "To ensure that robots are and will remain in the service of humans, we urgently need to create a robust European legal framework." The proposal calls for safeguards like mandatory kill switches and compulsory insurance if robots go awry.

Indian Telecom Airtel Offers Banking Services

Mobile carrier Bharti Airtel plans to launch a new banking and digital payments system across India. Airtel hopes to entice its mobile phone users who currently have little or no access to traditional banking services to access them via their devices. In Asia, many consumers are now leapfrogging established retail banking for comparable online services.

Nissan Says Self-Driving Cars Coming to London

Nissan will begin testing its self-driving car technology in Europe next month when autonomous versions of its compact electric Leaf model take to the streets of London, according to Reuters. The plan follows a recent announcement that Nissan will expand production at its factory in England despite the UK's June 2016 vote to leave the EU and its single market.

—Rahul Chadha, Cliff Annicelli, Rimma Kats

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