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  • Audible’s new Channels audio content subscription service is a bet on a voice-powered future

    Audible’s new Channels audio content subscription service is a bet on a voice-powered future

    Amazon-owned Audible announced a new service called Channels today, one that differs from its typical audiobook business in offering more bite-size content from original content producers, as well as recordings of news stores from NYT, WSJ, The Washington Post and others. The original programming will be rolling out over time, covering comedy, investigatory journalism (think Serial) and… Read More

  • Backblaze launches its low-cost cloud storage service out of beta

    Backblaze launches its low-cost cloud storage service out of beta

    Backblaze is still best known for its backup service, but the company has also set its sights on the fast-growing cloud storage market. While the company can’t compete with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Google when it comes to the overall feature set of its nascent cloud platform, Backblaze decided to significantly undercut its competitors pricing when it first announced its B2… Read More

  • Kwik raises $3 million to take on Amazon Dash buttons

    Amazon Dash buttons have been gaining traction and Kwik thinks there is room for a competitor. The Tel Aviv-based startup has designed a similar product and is working with Domino’s, Budweiser, Huggies and other brands to make ordering a pizza as easy as pressing a button — literally. And the team is announcing that Norwest Venture Partners is leading a $3 million seed round to… Read More

  • Amazon sues sellers for buying fake reviews

    Amazon sues sellers for buying fake reviews

    Seller beware — if you buy reviews for your products on Amazon, the company might sue you. As part of its effort to combat fake reviews on its platform, Amazon sued three of its sellers today for using sock puppet accounts to post fake reviews about their products. Amazon has been aggressively pursuing reviewers it does not consider genuine over the last year, often using lawsuits to… Read More

  • 13 TechCrunch stories you don’t want to miss this week

    13 TechCrunch stories you don’t want to miss this week

    This week, announcements from Google’s annual I/O developer conference dominated tech headlines. But Oracle and Google are back in court, Apple unveiled a new redesigned store in SF and we learned that Amazon may start selling its own groceries soon. These are the stories you don’t want to miss. 1.TechCrunch live blogged the Google I/O keynote from the Shoreline Amphitheater event. Read More

  • HarperCollins inexplicably turns to Bookshout to offer ebook downloads Crunch Network

    HarperCollins inexplicably turns to Bookshout to offer ebook downloads

    If there’s one thing readers love it’s extra reading apps on their iOS and Android devices. A few years ago there were about a dozen – apps for long-form writing, apps for books, apps that let publishers monetize (not really) by offering their own downloads. Now there’s Kindle. And, we learn today in a press release from HarperCollins, Bookshout. HarperCollins… Read More

  • Kindle Oasis is beautiful, pricey and still not like reading a book

    Kindle Oasis is beautiful, pricey and still not like reading a book

    I’ve spent the last week trying to pretend the new Kindle Oasis is the same as reading a real book. It’s not. I love books. I love Kindle’s e-readers and was hoping this was the melding of the two. That real book feel was part of the inspiration for the latest Kindle in the family and why it comes with a protruding one-sided grip handle able to flip from left to right to give… Read More

  • The $229 August Smart Lock is available in big box stores starting today

    The $229 August Smart Lock is available in big box stores starting today

    You can now purchase August’s second generation Smartlock at Best Buy and Amazon, starting today. The much-anticipated Bluetooth-enabled device allows homeowners to lock and unlock their front door using an app and joins a host of other gadgets in the August Smart Home Access System, including a smart doorbell camera allowing you to see who’s at your front door from your phone, and… Read More

  • Amazon Alexa is now available on first device not made by Amazon

    Amazon Alexa is now available on first device not made by Amazon

    Amazon is spreading the Alexa love. The voice service is now available on the Triby. This small, family-focused message board, internet radio and VoIP device is the first device available for purchase not made by Amazon to feature the company’s clever voice service. Using the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS), Invoxia, the maker behind the Triby, built the voice capability into the device. Read More

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