The nemesis of my nemesis. Retailing giant Walmart may be jealous of the way Amazon customers can buy things with voice commands via an Alexa smart speaker. So Walmart is hooking up with Google to offer vocal commerce to its shoppers on Google’s line of smart speakers. Meanwhile, Amazon is taking a page out of Walmart’s grocery strategy, trying to ignite stronger sales at Whole Foods by cutting prices on more than 500 popular sellers.
Dead cat bounce. The prices of digital currencies like bitcoin are finally on the rise, but that’s not helping the moribund market for initial coin offerings once. Deals using the somewhat controversial fundraising technique brought in a total of just $118 million in the first quarter, down from $6.9 billion in the same period a year earlier. That’s a 98% drop for those of you keeping score at home.
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