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Briefly: Microsoft closing QR code alternative, Google outage costs

08/19, 7:27am

Microsoft Tag going dark in August 2015, Scanbuy providing support

Microsoft will be shuttering its QR code competitor in the next few years, according to e-mails sent to customers. The Microsoft Tag service, which allows companies to embed data into an image for scanning by a smartphone application, will end on August 19th, 2015, reports Engadget. Despite its impending demise, the format will still operate via QR code service Scanbuy, which will start to support aspects of Microsoft Tag from September this year.

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Online retailer to open 1000 virtual supermarkets in China

10/16, 11:23am

Customers to use QR codes on product photos for purchases

An e-commerce company in China will launch 1,000 supermarkets in the country, without stock. Yihaodian will instead show the images of products on shelves accompanied by a QR code, allowing customers to scan and pay with a smartphone. The shopping is then delivered to the customer's home at a later time.

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Massachusetts rail to launch smartphone ticketing system

04/24, 1:10am

Based on similar service in the UK

Riders in Boston and surrounding areas will soon be able to both purchase and display rail tickets on their smartphones, thanks to a system being put into place this fall by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The service is modelled on a similar system used in the UK by London-based Masabi, and uses QR codes displayed on smartphone screens and readers used by conductors to replace paper tickets, which can be easily lost.

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