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Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?
Wired

A new study suggests smart speaker owners aren’t using those devices to buy things on the internet—because it’s a bad shopping experience. more…

How Amazon Cloned a Neighborhood to Test Its Delivery Robots
Wired

Amazon used cameras, lidar, and aerial photography to build a highly detailed digital map of a Seattle suburb, where it is testing Scout, its delivery robot. more…

Chewy founder Ryan Cohen on its fast-approaching IPO: “It’s like seeing my baby graduate”
TechCrunch

Ask any venture capitalist about the most important ingredient to success in startups, and they’ll tell you it centers on founders who can persuade not only investors to part with some of their capital but, more important, who can convince people to leave wha… more…

Opinion: Does Democratic debate lineup matter? You bet it does
CNN

Debates--like the two upcoming Democratic face-offs that just firmed up their lineups-- are never what they are hyped up to be, but they are extremely significant in this politically cluttered age, writes Julian Zelizer. Candidates face each other--unmediated… more…

The inside story at uBiome, disrupting Wall Street from within, and Peloton's prospects
Business Insider

Hello! When the three founders of the "microbial-genomics" startup uBiome began collecting human poop, they kept it in an erstwhile storage closet, inside secondhand freezers from a discount-lab-supply website. It was a far cry from a state-of-the-art facilit… more…

More Than 150,000 U.S. Small-Business Websites Could Be Infected With Malware at Any Given Moment. Here's How to Protect Yours.
Entrepreneur.com

Small-business victims were involved in 43 percent of data breaches over the course of a year, according to a recent report. more…

Loyalty programs cost you your personal data — are the rewards worth it?
The Next Web

Last year, music streaming service Spotify partnered with Google to bundle a free Google Home Mini smart speaker for all US-based account holders with a Spotify Premium for Family subscription. Sounds like a great way to listen to music right? But there is a … more…

Mary Meeker's 2019 Internet Trends: stalled growth, security dumpster-fires, more online education and fear of regulation
Boingboing.net

Every year, VC Mary Meeker ( previously ) publishes her must-read Internet Trends Report, which comes as a powerpoint deck with hundreds of slides (you can watch her power through them in 30 minutes flat at the Re-Code conference). This year's topline trends … more…

A Little Bit of eBay, a Little Bit of Instagram
Theatlantic.com

DePop is teens’ one-stop shop for thrifted clothes and social-media clout. more…

Electronic University History: TeleLearning at 300 Baud
Tedium.co

The story of the world’s first Electronic University, which came to life a lot earlier than you might expect given that moniker. Modems were involved. more…

Clothes Are Canceled
Vice News

Marie Kondo-inspired minimalism is just one of many forces killing the shopping spree. more…

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report highlights declining smartphone shipments, 51% of the world now online, much more
9to5mac.com

Mary Meeker has presented her 2019 Internet Trends Report today during Recode’s Code Conference. The annual report offers a comprehensive look at trends including smartphone shipments, new Internet users and usage, e-commerce, and much more. more… The post Ma… more…

Five Things To Consider When Hiring A Startup Marketing Team
Forbes.com

Hiring is a gamble. It’s like meeting someone for a few hours and then eloping. For marketing, these points should help mend the game. more…

With Depop Live in New York City, the Online Marketplace Comes to Life
Fashionista.com

On Friday night, a line snaked around the corner of Broadway and Howard St. in New York City's Soho, as different cliques and crews of Very Stylish People waited for their chance to experience Depop Live, the online marketplace's first-ever weekend-long event… more…

How a Self-Imposed Shopping Ban Gave Me a Sense of Control in a World Full of Chaos
Fashionista.com

Organization is so hot right now. Thanks in large part to Marie Kondo's KonMari lifestyle and media empire that preaches the importance of tidy, minimalist living only among belongings that "spark joy," people around the world have kissed their possessions go… more…

Mary Meeker’s most important trends on the internet
Vox.com

All the slides plus analysis. more…

The Best Credit Cards for Price Protection in 2019
Thepointsguy.com

We all like to get a good bargain, right? But no matter how much you comparison shop and track prices, chances are you’ve had the experience of coming across the exact same item you’ve just purchased…for less money than you just paid. It makes you feel like y… more…

What it takes for green businesses to advertise online
Phys.org

The green industry in the United States is comprised of production and wholesale nurseries and wholesale/retail distribution centers, as well as related marketing interests. While the green industry traditionally has been among the fastest growing business se… more…

Why has Facebook invested in a four-year-old Indian startup?
Qz.com

Building a positive image? more…

What Fashion Needs to Know From Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report
Businessoffashion.com

Nine key takeaways from the venture capitalist’s annual state of the internet. more…