Amazon adds shoppable stickers to its iOS app

 Using stickers to decorate your photos is a common feature found in social apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and others. But today, stickers have started showing up in a more surprising place: Amazon’s mobile app. Following a recent update, Amazon has added support for stickers within its iOS app’s camera feed – the feature that allows you to search for… Read More

Naspers pours $5M into Coins, a fintech startup for Southeast Asia’s unbanked population

 Prolific investment firm Naspers is making a push into bitcoin and financial services after it backed Philippines-based startup Coins.ph to the tune of $5 million. Coins is focused on offering financial services for the unbanked in the Philippines and Thailand. It uses the blockchain as its underlying technology to facilitate transfers and remittances. It announced the new funding —… Read More

Amazon takes on Etsy with a new shop featuring handcrafted items for weddings

 Amazon this morning staked another claim in the billion-dollar wedding industry with the launch of a new Wedding Shop dedicated to sales of handcrafted items, including décor, invitations, gifts, jewelry, accessories and more. The shop is an offshoot from the retailer’s less than two-year old Etsy competitor, Handmade at Amazon, which aims to offer the same sort of original… Read More

Amazon expands Amazon Channels to UK, Germany, taking aim at pay-TV users

 The race to control the TV is on, and today comes some news out of Europe underscoring Amazon’s ambitions in that department. The e-commerce giant announced the launch of Amazon Channels in the UK and Germany — its two biggest markets in the region — which will see Amazon, for the first time, offer close to 50 live and on-demand streamed channels to the region as part of… Read More

Crunch Report | Ford names Jim Hackett as new CEO

Crunch Report May 22 Today’s Stories: Ford names Jim Hackett CEO to take its connected car plans up a gear, Dish integrates with Amazon Alexa for hands-free TV, Patreon doubles in a year to 1 million paying patrons and 50,000 creators and Verse grabs $20.5 million to take its P2P payments play beyond Europe. Read More

After a year of catching up, Google Home needs to truly distinguish itself from the Echo

 Google Home has spent the past year catching up. No surprise, really. The Echo had a roughly two-year head start on the device. This week, the smart home hub celebrated the one-year anniversary at I/O of its announcements with a few key additions aimed at making its product a true competitor. From the looks of it, the company is playing the long game here, seeding mobile devices with Assistant… Read More

Amazon Charts, Amazon’s new bestseller list, ranks titles by ‘most read’ and more

 Amazon has long relied on customers providing feedback and providing other ranking data as part of the process of encouraging more sales on its platform, and now the e-commerce giant is adding a new twist on this to spur more buying in its books business. Today, Amazon announced Amazon Charts, a new kind of bestseller list that will give users, for the first time ever, a top 20 list of… Read More