Apple In Talks To Launch Own Venmo, Amazon Echo Look – Perfect Selfie & More

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1. Apple Is In Talks To Launch Its Own Venmo

By Jason Del Rey – Recode

Digest: FinTech

Curators: Thilmin Gee, Camron Miraftab, Karolina Noronha

Apple can’t stop, won’t stop. The company is rumored to be in talks with payments industry experts to launch a P2P payments app. This is a rumor that began earlier in 2015, but has resurfaced as of late. P2P apps are usually free to customers, and don’t generate revenue for the company. However, the appeal would be to bring more customers onto the Apple Pay platform in the hopes that they transact at a store that would make Apple revenue. Read More

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2. Amazon Echo Look – The Perfect Selfie

By Brian Heater – TechCrunch

Digest: Music

Curators: Christian Nicholson, Corey Crossfield

With the addition of a camera, Amazon’s new Echo Look device can now see and hear all. The device is a sort of standalone selfie machine so users can take full-length photos and videos of themselves specifically for the sake of checking their fashion choices in the morning. Read More

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3. Mike Maples: ‘Austin’s Startup Community Needs To Wake Up Before It’s Too Late’

By Brent Wistrom – The Austin Into Beat

Digest: Startup Communities

Curators: Julian Miller, Brad Feld, Shane Reiser

This is a really great perspective that cautions about a number of trends present outside Austin that are leading to a rise in wantrepreneurship. Read More

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4. A Fitbit Helped Police Arrest A Man For His Wife’s Murder

By Mary Ann Georgantopoulos – BuzzFeed

Digest: Wearables

Curators: Aashay Mody, Ashish Aggarwal

A Connecticut woman’s Fitbit may have helped bring her murderer to justice. The woman’s Fitbit, which she’d worn to the gym, showed her walking around her home an hour after her husband said she’d been killed. It took police more than a year, but they eventually used Connie’s walking data and Facebook to get a warrant for her husband’s arrest. Read More

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5. How do Investors Evaluate Founding Teams?

By Brittney Riley – Village Capital

Digest: Venture Capital

Curator: Yohei Nakajima

Village Capital did a psychometric analysis of founders and correlation with success. Here’s what they found. Read More

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