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Walmart launches a new home shopping site for furniture and home décor

Walmart launches a new home shopping site for furniture and home décor Following a slowdown in e-commerce sales over the holidays, Walmart today is readying a new strategy to attract online shoppers with an increased focus on home goods. The retailer is now launching a redesigned Home shopping experience on the web which will better highlight home products, like furniture, accessories, and other decorative items. The new site’s home page will feature curated collections across nine style categories, including modern, mid-century, traditional, glam, industrial, bohemian, farmhouse, transitional and Scandinavian. Unlike Walmart’s…

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Snapchat responds to the Change.org petition complaining about the app’s redesign

Snapchat responds to the Change.org petition complaining about the app’s redesign Snapchat has posted an official response to users who signed a petition on Change.org asking the company to reverse its controversial update, which people say makes the app more difficult to use. In the response, Snapchat promises to make a few more changes to the Friends and Discover section in order to address user complaints. These changes were announced yesterday, along with GIF stickers from Giphy. The backlash against Snapchat has been growing in the months since the company…

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Sling TV now has 2.2M subscribers, making it the largest internet-based live TV service

Sling TV now has 2.2M subscribers, making it the largest internet-based live TV service Dish-owned streaming TV service Sling TV now has 2.21 million subscribers at the end of the fourth quarter, the company announced this morning. This is the first time that Dish has broken out its Sling TV subscribers separately from its larger pay TV subscriber base, and confirms earlier estimates that Sling TV had grown to north of 2 million users. This also put Sling TV in the lead, ahead of rivals like AT&T’s one-year old DirecTV…

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Mixer, Microsoft’s Twitch competitor, adds game sales

Mixer, Microsoft’s Twitch competitor, adds game sales Twitch has long since allowed its streamers to generate revenue from their channels through things like subscriptions, virtual tipping, and game sales. Today, Microsoft is adopting one of those features for its own game streaming service, Mixer, with today’s launch of “Direct Purchase.” The addition will allow streamers to promote purchases – including game titles and other content – that are available for sale from the Microsoft Store. It can support things like base games, specific game editions, downloadable content, add-on packs, and…

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Fox News to launch an over-the-top streaming service, Fox Nation

Fox News to launch an over-the-top streaming service, Fox Nation Fox News is going over-the-top. The Fox News Channel officially announced today the upcoming launch of an over-the-top streaming service called Fox Nation that will include live exclusive daily programing as well as long-form content available only to subscribers. Fox Nation will also include access to exclusive events and over 20 years of Fox News Channel programming, the company says. News of the upcoming service, set to launch in Q4 this year, was first reported by The New York Times,…

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Edtech company Kidaptive raises $19.1 million for its adaptive learning platform

Edtech company Kidaptive raises .1 million for its adaptive learning platform Edtech startup Kidaptive, an adaptive-learning company that begin its life with a suite of curriculum-focused iPad games for kids, announced today it has closed on $19.1 million in Series C funding, in a round led by Formation 8 and Korean education company Woongjin ThinkBig. The investment follows a deal with Woongjin that will see Kidaptive powering an English language learning system Woongjin Compass wants to build; as well as deal with its parent company, a large publisher with half a…

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Amazon’s Prime Rewards Visa cardholders now get 5% back at Whole Foods if they pay for Prime

Amazon’s Prime Rewards Visa cardholders now get 5% back at Whole Foods if they pay for Prime Amazon has already rolled out price cuts for Whole Foods shoppers as a result of its acquisition of the grocery chain. It has also rolled up its Treasure Truck deals service to Whole Foods locations, and began delivering Whole Foods groceries through Prime. Now, it’s offering Prime members 5 percent back at Whole Foods when they shop using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card, too. The company has just announced that it will,…

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Hulu’s weekend outage affected some users trying to watch Olympics, NBA All-Star game

Hulu’s weekend outage affected some users trying to watch Olympics, NBA All-Star game Hulu is still recovering to a hit to its reputation due to a live streaming outage that affected some number of subscribers during the Super Bowl. But over the weekend, the company’s live TV service experienced another outage, this time leading to login and connection issues. The issues prevented users from watching other high-profile sporting events, including the Olympics and the NBA All-Star game, as well as other live TV programs and video-on-demand. The company’s support Twitter…

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Kidtech startup SuperAwesome is now valued at $100+ million and profitable

Kidtech startup SuperAwesome is now valued at 0+ million and profitable Technology companies like Facebook and Google are scrambling to catch up to the fact that the kids have joined a web originally built for adults, and are using it the way adults do – by liking and commenting, sharing, clicking through on personalized recommendations, and viewing ads. But the technology underpinning apps and sites built for kids can’t operate the same way as it does for the grown-ups. That’s where the company SuperAwesome comes in. SuperAwesome, just less than…

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Zelle users are finding out the hard way there’s no fraud protection

Zelle users are finding out the hard way there’s no fraud protection Scammers have taken to Zelle, the Venmo alternative backed by U.S. banks, to defraud consumers who believe the service includes the same protections they’ve come to expect from PayPal. A number of customers report having lost hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, over Zelle, when they used it for transactions with people they didn’t know – like tickets bought off a Craigslist posting, for example. Here’s how the scam works. The seller will ask the buyer to pay…

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