Amazon.com Inc. is working on its first wearable device — “smart glasses” that would be able to communicate with Alexa, its voice-activated assistant — according to people familiar with the company’s plans.
Burdened by a heavy debt load and missteps in online retailing, Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy. As part of the restructuring process, the company plans to close some underperforming stores and reconfigure the remaining outlets to be more experienced-based.
Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” won five Emmys — including one for outstanding drama series, a first for a streaming series. With its wins at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month, “The Handmaid’s Tale” has won a total of eight awards, second only to “Saturday Night Live,” which won nine.
Facebook Inc. removed anti-Semitic ad categories from its self-service ad-buying platform after ProPublica found that the service allowed advertisers to target the news feeds of users who had expressed interest in topics such as “Jew hater.” Facebook also introduced new rules to reassure brands that their ads would not run next to objectionable videos.
Facebook Inc.’s self-service ad-buying platform allowed advertisers to target the news feeds of users who had expressed interest in anti-Semitic topics. Facebook removed the ad categories, which were created by an algorithm that scans users’ declared interests, after it was alerted to their existence.
Fans of their neighborhood corner stores in Los Angeles and New York took to social media to criticize Bodega, a startup that is introducing vending machines with toiletries and snacks that would be likely to compete with mom-and-pop shops.
Companies looking for new ways to market to younger consumers are likely to take notice of Apple’s new twist on augmented reality called Animoji, which lets users create animated emoji messages that reflect their actual facial expressions and voices.
The much-anticipated showcase for Apple Inc.’s new products is expected to reveal a series of new iPhones that will include a high-end model with a $999 starting price, which some are calling the iPhone X. Apple is also likely to introduce a new model of the Apple Watch that has cellular connectivity.
Consumers are criticizing Equifax Inc. over its handling of its massive data breach, saying that a website set up by the the credit reporting company to handle inquiries has been giving erroneous responses. Equifax’s response to the breach has added to the anger over the hack, which exposed the personal data of as many 143 million consumers.
Facebook Inc. is in talks with major music labels, offering hundreds of millions of dollars for music rights so Facebook’s users can legally include songs in videos they upload.