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Klarna saves Cookies' crumbs: The Swedish payment company Klarna is bringing on the team behind a P-to-P payment app, Cookies, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, TechCrunch reports. Cookies' Berlin office will be Klarna's first in the city, and the team (minus one co-founder, who isn't making the transition) will develop a new product for Klarna, TechCrunch reports.
Walmart wants to go big on blockchain: Blockchain, the distributed ledger tech commonly associated with bitcoin, has a much different use at Walmart. The retail giant is testing IBM's blockchain system to track food products from their point of origin to the point of sale, Ars Technica reports. The benefit would be tracking foodborne illness and other factors; if the trial succeeds, Walmart wants to expand it to more food products in the U.S. and China, Ars reports.
Amazon embeds into more appliances: Soon enough, Amazon's notorious Dash button — a cheap WiFi device that lets consumers reorder household items — may seem obsolete. The e-commerce innovator is working with more companies to embed Dash purchasing capabilities into items such as Whirlpool dishwashers, PUR water filtration, GeniCan garbage pails and more, TechCrunch reports. Amazon provides open APIs to allow any device maker to connect to its e-commerce platform to restock on supplies.
Back in black: Apple is well known for pricing its products at a premium, and in the past has even shunned the idea of doing Black Friday sales. Mobile technology may have changed the company's mind. TechCrunch spotted a new page of one-day deals on Apple's website, which does not promote any specific sales but does indicate the Apple Store app will be "the fastest way to shop our one-day event."
From the Web (powered by Wiser)
Apple Pay Will Change the Way Your Brain Thinks About Buying Things
Wired • Andrew P. Han
Economists and brain scientists agree that digital payment technologies can affect consumer spending. The post Apple Pay Will Change the Way Your Brain Thinks About Buying Things appeared first on WIRED.
Things to keep an eye on in the eCommerce space
BetaNews • Barclay Ballard
ECommerce has come a long way in recent years. We’ve all heard about how online shopping was responsible for the death of the high street, but eCommerce is now about much more than the likes of Amazon and eBay. As an industry,...
Mobile innovation will help 2 billion more people get access to healthcare and education
Quartz • Abdi Latif Dahir
From music to movies, from banking to buying food, mobile phones have revolutionized the way we access the world today. But for low-income consumers in…
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