Universal Music Group Teams with Snap to Bring Major Artists t...
Music - Streaming - Tech

Snap wants people to discover and make content with music on Snapchat, and today, it secured a major deal to help it achieve that goal. The company has signed a multiyear partnership with Universal M...

The Verge
June 24, 2021

Everything Microsoft Announced at Windows 11 Event
Tech

One of the most used pieces of software on the planet is about to get an upgrade. Microsoft announced a new version of its Windows software, with a new look as well as upgrades under the hood. The new...

CNET
June 24, 2021

Snapchat’s New Product Integration Lets Users Create Phy...
Online - Tech

Snapchat has launched a new tie-in initiative which enables users to create their own custom Pride flag, then have a real-world version of that flag printed, via in-app tools. Using the Pride flag fil...

SocialMediaToday
June 24, 2021

Bird Expands Its eBike Fleet, Launches Smart Vehicle
Tech - Travel

Electric transportation startup Bird has added shared eBikes to its fleet of vehicles along with the launch of Bird Bike, a shared smart vehicle, the company announced in a Wednesday (June 23) press r...

Pymnts
June 24, 2021

Chipotle Announces Tesla Partnership in Rewards Revamp, Game L...
Automotive - Dining - Gaming - Online - Tech

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced Tuesday a revamp of its rewards program, called the Rewards Exchange, where rewards are more customizable and customers can choose to cash in their points for 15 diffe...

Nation's Restaurant News
June 23, 2021

Jarritos, Duolingo Partner to Give Away Free Spanish Lesson Su...
Beverages - Online - Tech

Jarritos, the authentic Mexican soda brand of Novamex, El Paso, Texas, and Duolingo, the world's largest language-learning app, have teamed up to give away free Spanish lesson subscriptions while one ...

Beverage Industry
June 23, 2021

DoorDash and Albertsons Release Limited-Edition Digital Game
Retail - Tech

The last year has seen major changes in how Americans shop for groceries, and that has opened up new realms of possibility for brands and consumers alike. For Albertsons and DoorDash, finding ways to ...

Adweek
June 23, 2021

McDonald’s to Launch Loyalty Program in July
Dining - Tech

McDonald’s will launch its first-ever loyalty program nationwide on July 8 after months of testing. The fast-food giant joins rival chains like Restaurant Brands International’s Popeyes and Yum B...

CNBC
June 22, 2021

Amazon Orders Self-Driving Tech for 1,000 Trucks
Automotive - Tech

Amazon has put in an order for 1,000 autonomous driving systems from Plus, a self-driving tech startup, Bloomberg reported. The eCommerce giant also got the rights to buy as much as a 20 percent stak...

Pymnts
June 22, 2021

Uber Buys the Rest of Grocery Delivery Start-Up Cornershop
CPG - Retail - Tech

Uber is acquiring the remaining interest in grocery delivery start-up Cornershop. The deal comes nearly two years after the rideshare giant took a majority stake in Cornershop for an undisclosed sum. ...

CNBC
June 21, 2021

Brands & Retailers Need to Rethink Digital Marketing
Branding - Fashion - Health & Beauty - Influencers - Online

What’s become clear to e-tailers globally is that the Facebook-dominated era, which fuelled thousands of new direct-to-consumer brands, is transforming. Already, marketers must think more broadly ab...

Vogue Business
June 21, 2021

Grubhub to Provide Mobile Ordering for Resorts World Las Vegas
Dining - Tech - Travel

Resorts World Las Vegas is teaming with Grubhub to become the first resort to offer the latter company’s ordering technology, according to a Monday (June 21) announcement. To that end, guests can o...

Pymnts
June 21, 2021

Walmart Invests in Drone Provider
Electronics - Retail - Tech

Walmart is showing clear confidence in the future of drone delivery. The discount giant is following up on a pilot it ran with nationwide drone services provider DroneUp in fall 2020 to deliver at-ho...

CSA
June 18, 2021

Fred Segal: Opportunities for Retail Activations & Partne...
CPG - Electronics - Fashion - Health & Beauty - Influencers

Fred Segal has brought its "L.A. Cool" to brands for over 60 years, enabling partners to capture the optimism, inclusion and love that makes it a unique staple in the retail world. The brand's Road...

Faisal Hussain
June 17, 2021

TikTok Takes Over for YouTube as Major VidCon Sponsor
Attractions - Influencers - Online - Tech

TikTok has signed on to become the major sponsor of VidCon 2021, taking over from YouTube, which has been the headline supporter of the event since 2013. Indeed, with TikTok as the major sponsor, the ...

SoicalMediaToday
June 16, 2021

Lincoln to Release First EV in 2022, Electrify Entire Lineup b...
Automotive - Tech

Details about the automaker's first BEV are scant, although we know it's being unveiled as part of the Lincoln brand's 100th anniversary. There are plenty more coming, too, as the luxury marque foreca...

The Drive
June 16, 2021

TikTok Launches #CreativityForGood Campaign
Influencers - Non-Profit - Online - Tech

With the annual Cannes Lions advertising awards coming up, TikTok is looking to get involved - but unfortunately, TikTok videos, at present, don't fit into the existing Cannes categories. In light of...

SocialMediaToday
June 16, 2021

Verizon Introduces a Children’s Money Management App
Finance - Tech

Verizon Family Money includes a spending card and savings account and is free for 30 days. Verizon is touting a new initiative it says is meant to help improve kids' financial literacy, helping them ...

CNET
June 16, 2021

Uber Gets in the Car Rental Space
Automotive - Online - Tech

The car rental program, called Uber Rent, will offer in-app bookings from brands like Avis and Hertz, according to Uber. Prices will be set by the rental companies, Uber said, and it will take a cut o...

CNN
June 16, 2021

Apple Leading Push For Digital Driver’s Licenses
Tech

If you've ever scanned a digital boarding pass directly from your phone at airport security, you can imagine how doing the same with your driver's license would make life a little easier. Beginning in...

Wired
June 15, 2021

Walgreens & Uber Team for Same-Day Delivery
Retail - Tech

Walgreens and Uber are expanding their partnership to offer same-day delivery. Starting Tuesday, US customers can order the retailers' products -- including health and wellness, household essentials a...

CNET
June 15, 2021

FedEx Partners with Nuro on Autonomous Delivery
Automotive - Tech

FedEx is expanding its robotics testing to include one of the bigger names in autonomous delivery. The company has struck a multi-year deal with Nuro to test its self-driving delivery vehicles, includ...

Engadget
June 15, 2021

Amazon Opens First Full-Size, Cashierless Grocery Store
Retail - Tech

Got social anxiety after more than a year of quarantining at home? Well, those who live in Seattle will soon be able to pick up all their groceries without interacting with anyone. Amazon announced on...

PYMNTS
June 15, 2021

Restaurants (McD’s, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Others) ...
Dining - Online - Retail - Tech

The loyalty program wars are coming. Starbucks, Panera Bread and Domino’s Pizza paved the way, while Chipotle Mexican Grill launched its own version in 2019. But the last year has brought even more ...

CNBC
June 14, 2021

Macy’s, JCPenney, and Other Retailers Partner with Resal...
Fashion - Tech

Over the past couple of years, resale has continued to make gains — propelled by millennial and Gen Z shoppers who not only increasingly use digital platforms but also have become more cognizant of ...

Footwear News
June 14, 2021

DoorDash Partners with PetSmart On Delivery
Pets - Tech

San Francsico’s DoorDash, a “last-mile” delivery company, is partnering with pet retailer PetSmart for delivery of pet supplies and accessories. PetSmart has 1,500 locations nationwide. In a Mo...

Pymnts
June 14, 2021

Heinz, Burger King Reward Waze Users Driving at the Speed of K...
Automotive - CPG - Tech

Heinz is partnering with Burger King and navigation app Waze to dish out free ketchup and Impossible Whoppers to Canadians stuck in summer traffic who are driving at the same speed as its slow-pouring...

Marketing DIve
June 11, 2021

SimpliSafe’s Social Media Stunt Celebrates Pet Appreciat...
Household - Tech

Home security provider SimpliSafe is saluting furry (and not-so-furry) protectors during Pet Appreciation Week this week by giving away yard signs and window decals so potential thieves know which hou...

Adweek
June 11, 2021

Microsoft and Xbox Are Moving Beyond Consoles
Gaming - Tech

As the story goes, when Phil Spencer became head of Xbox in 2014, he got a call from newly-appointed CEO Satya Nadella. "I don't actually know a whole lot about why we're in gaming," Nadella said to h...

IGN
June 11, 2021

Voice AIs Are Raising Competition Concerns, EU Finds
Tech

The European Union has been digging into the competition implications of AI-powered voice assistants and other Internet of Things (IoT) connected technologies for almost a year. Today it’s put out a...

Tech Crunch
June 11, 2021

Facebook’s Smartwatch is Coming, with Cameras & AR
Electronics - Online - Tech

The device will feature a display with two cameras that can be detached from the wrist for taking pictures and videos that can be shared across Facebook’s suite of apps, including Instagram. https:...

The Verge
June 10, 2021

Facebook & Instagram Launch Influencer Affiliate Tool for...
Fashion - Health & Beauty - Influencers - Online - Retail

Creators have always used Instagram to share products they love, and people trust their favorite accounts for inspiration and new products. Today, select creators can tag products from the brands they...

Facebook
June 10, 2021

Facebook, Messenger, & Universal Launch Digital ‘Fa...
Streaming - Tech - Theatrical

Buckle Up! In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Fast & Furious franchise and the upcoming theatrical release of F9 on June 25th, Messenger and Facebook have teamed up with Universal Pictu...

Messenger News
June 10, 2021

Apple Puts Increased Emphasis on Privacy
Tech

New features help users control and monitor apps’ use of their data Apple today previewed powerful new privacy protections in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8, which help users bett...

Apple
June 10, 2021

McDonald’s Automated Drive-Thru, the Latest Sign of Robo...
Dining - Tech

Fast-food's biggest players are letting the robots right in through the front door as they seek out ways to overcome rising wages and worker shortages. McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski disclosed at a...

Yahoo Finance
June 9, 2021

Microsoft is Getting Back into Physical Retail—Sort Of
Retail - Tech

Microsoft is returning to selling products at brick-and-mortar stores, kind of. The software giant will start selling products at its “Experience Centers” in London, New York City, and Sydney next...

The Verge
June 9, 2021

Dave & Busters Enters NFT Craze with New Digital Image Pr...
Live Entertainment - Tech

Restaurant and entertainment chain Dave & Buster’s announced Wednesday (June 9) that its new Digital Collectibles Prize program will allow customers to redeem tickets won for non-fungible token ...

Pymnts
June 9, 2021

Apple is Building Video and Music Sharing into FaceTime
Streaming - Tech - Television

Apple is bringing video and music sharing to FaceTime through a feature it's calling SharePlay. Using SharePlay, people will be able to watch or listen to content in sync with everyone else on the cal...

The Verge
June 8, 2021

GM Partners with Alzheimer’s Assoc.; Brings OnStar to No...
Automotive - Non-Profit - Tech

OnStar has pledged to donate $1 to the Alzheimer's Association for every download of OnStar Guardian, starting in June. Guardian was launched in June 2020 and GM is making its Guardian phone app avai...

Forbes
June 8, 2021

Everything Apple Announced at WWDC
Music - Online - Retail - Streaming - Tech

The star of the show at WWDC, as expected, was iOS. The software that powers the iPhone gets refreshed every fall, and today Apple gave its first look at the top-level enhancements coming to iOS 15. ...

Wired
June 8, 2021

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