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Amazon Dash buttons judged to breach consumer rules in Germany

By | Amazon, amazon dash, consumer protection, consumer rights, eCommerce, Europe, Gadgets, Germany, Lawsuit, munich

Amazon’s Dash buttons have been found to breach consumer e-commerce rules in Germany. The push-to-order gizmos were debuted by Amazon in 2015 in an attempt by the e-commerce giant to shave friction off of the online shopping process by encouraging consumers to fill their homes with stick-on, account-linked buttons that trigger product-specific staple purchases when pressed […]

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How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion

By | e-cigarettes, eCommerce, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Health, juul, nicotine, Opinion, Policy, Recent Funding, Social, Startups, TC, tobacco, vaporizers

A Juul is not a cigarette. It’s much easier than that. Through devilishly slick product design I’ll discuss here, the startup has massively lowered the barrier to getting hooked on nicotine. Juul has dismantled every deterrent to taking a puff. The result is both a new $38 billion valuation thanks to a $12.8 billion investment […]

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eMarketer: Amazon took 2/3 of smart speaker sales in 2018, but Echo will feel the squeeze in 2019

By | Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, echo, eCommerce, Gadgets, Hardware, smart speakers, TC, voice assistants, voice commerce

Smart speakers that let you control services and other connected devices in your home will continue to be a popular gift choice during the holiday season and into next year, when usage is set to rise by 15 percent to 74.2 million people in the US, working out to 26.8 percent of the US population, […]

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Amazon is officially stocking Google Chromecasts yet again

By | Amazon, chromecast, cord cutting, e-commerce, eCommerce, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, Media, streaming

There’s been a break in the multi-year feud between Google and Amazon, apparently, as Amazon is now — once again — selling Google Chromecast devices on its site. The devices were banned from Amazon back in 2015, when the retailer then decided that only devices supporting Prime Video would be allowed. A year ago, it […]

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Snapchat’s PR firm sues influencer for not promoting Spectacles on Instagram

By | Advertising Tech, Apps, eCommerce, Gadgets, Hardware, Influencer Marketing, instagram, Media, Snap, snap inc, Snapchat, snapchat spectacles, Social, TC

Influencer marketing could get a lot more accountable if Snapchat’s PR firm wins this lawsuit. Snapchat hoped that social media stars promoting v2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses on its biggest competitor could boost interest after it only sold 220,000 of v1 and had to take a $40 million write-off. Instead, Snap comes off looking […]

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Comparing Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal

By | Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo Show, Artificial Intelligence, eCommerce, Facebook, Facebook Portal, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, Google Hardware Event 2018, google home, Hardware, JBL Link View, smart displays, Social, TC

The war for the countertop has begun. Google, Amazon and Facebook all revealed their new smart displays this month. Each hopes to become the center of your Internet of Things-equipped home and a window to your loved ones. The $149 Google Home Hub is a cheap and privacy-safe smart home controller. The $229 Amazon Echo […]

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The clock is ticking for e-cig companies to block underage users

By | e-cigarettes, eCommerce, fda, Gadgets, Government, Health, juul, juul labs, Startups, TC

The FDA is giving makers of e-cigarettes 60 days to come up with a more effective, forceful plan to combat underage use of the products. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb is yet again moving the goal posts for e-cig companies. He now considers underage use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) an epidemic, forcing the […]

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Snapchat adds new styles as Spectacles V2s get used 40% more than V1

By | Apps, eCommerce, Evan Spiegel, Gadgets, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Snap, snap inc, Snapchat, snapchat spectacles, Social, TC, Wearables

Snapchat isn’t revealing sales numbers of version 2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses, but at least they’re not getting left in a drawer as much as the V1s. The company tells me V2 owners are capturing 40 percent more Snaps than people with V1s. And today, Snapchat is launching two new black-rimmed hipster styles of […]

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Surprise, no one buys things via Alexa

By | Alexa, Amazon, eCommerce, Gadgets, Hardware

Some numbers published in a report from The Information reveal that very few owners of Alexa-powered devices use them for shopping. Of about 50 million Alexa users, only about 100,000 reportedly bought something via voice interface more than once. It’s not exactly surprising, but it may still harm the narrative of of conversational commerce that Amazon and others are trying to advance.

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