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Black Friday 2018: All the best Nintendo Switch, 2DS and Labo deals – CNET

This year’s Black Friday Nintendo Switch bundle will get net you Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for free.
Source: CNET

Ford recalls 2018 Expedition, 2018 Lincoln Navigator for seat problems – Roadshow

It’s one of four separate recalls the automaker announced on Friday.
Source: CNET

Everybody sucks at driving safely around schools, study finds – Roadshow

Slow your roll, folks. Children have a hard time defending against 2,000-pound masses of metal.
Source: CNET

Black Friday 2018 console deals: PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch bundles start at $200 – CNET

Black Friday is the best time to buy a new gaming console, and this year deals start Sunday, Nov. 18.
Source: CNET

Black Friday 2018 Amazon deals now available: Fire tablets, Blink cameras and more – CNET

Here’s the full list of Echo, Fire, Kindle and other Amazon gear and their sale prices!
Source: CNET

Mailchimp teams up with Square to launch shoppable landing pages

Mailchimp, the popular email newsletter service and marketing platform, today announced a partnership with Square that will allow its users to create landing pages with built-in e-commerce features. These shoppable landing pages are meant to give businesses a new sales channel to sell things like limited-edition goods or run-targeted promotions.

Mailchimp’s landing pages have been around for a few years now. Until now, though, they were mostly meant to capture additional email addresses or link people to a store. Now, with this new partnership, customers will be able to build a full shopping flow with built-in payments right into these pages.

To make this easier, Mailchimp is offering a number of pre-designed templates and a drag-and-drop builder. Square will handle all the payments and Mailchimp will offer this service for a flat processing rate.

Right now, this only works for a single product per landing page, though. That means there’s no shopping cart functionality, but also makes for an easy setup. That’s why the company is currently marketing this as a feature for limited-edition items, for example. Over time, though, the company plans to add additional functionality to these pages.

Mailchimp tells me that 50 percent of its revenue now comes from e-commerce. In total, its customers sold over $22 billion worth of products in the first half of 2018 alone.

It’s worth noting that Mailchimp went through a rebranding exercise earlier this year that was explicitly meant to highlight its feature set outside of its core email services. Today’s new shoppable landing pages are a good example for the kind of new features the company was surely thinking about when it went through this process.


Source: TechCrunch

Space Photos of the Week: A Star Is Born After Gases Crash

Stellar nurseries seem cute, but they’re actually mini-Big Bangs.
Source: Wired

Facebook Messenger is building a ‘Watch Videos Together’ feature

Netflix and chill from afar? Facebook Messenger is now internally testing simultaneous co-viewing of videos. That means you and your favorite people could watch a synchronized video over group chat on your respective devices while discussing or joking about it. This “Watch Videos Together” feature could make you spend more time on Facebook Messenger while creating shared experiences that are more meaningful and positive for well-being than passively zombie-viewing videos solo. This new approach to Facebook’s Watch Party feature might feel more natural as part of messaging than through a feed, Groups or Events post.

The feature was first spotted in Messenger’s codebase by Ananay Arora, the founder of deadline management app Timebound as well as a mobile investigator in the style of frequent TechCrunch tipster Jane Manchun Wong. The code he discovered describes Messenger allowing you to “tap to watch together now” and “chat about the same videos at the same time” with chat thread members receiving a notification that a co-viewing is starting. “Everyone in this chat can control the video and see who’s watching,” the code explains.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that this is an “internal test” and that it doesn’t have any more to share right now. But other features originally discovered in Messenger’s code, like contact syncing with Instagram, have eventually received official launches.

Watch Party exists on Facebook, but could be more popular as a chat feature

A fascinating question this co-viewing feature brings up is where users will find videos to watch. It might just let you punch in a URL from Facebook or share a video from there to Messenger. The app could put a new video browsing option into the message composer or Discover tab. Or, if it really wanted to get serious about chat-based co-viewing, Facebook could allow the feature to work with video partners, ideally YouTube.

Co-viewing of videos could also introduce a new revenue opportunity for Messenger. It might suggest sponsored videos, such as recent movie trailers. Or it could simply serve video ads between a queue of videos lined up for co-viewing. Facebook has recently been putting more pressure on its subsidiaries like Messenger and Instagram to monetize as News Feed ad revenue growth slows due to plateauing user growth and limited News Feed ad space.

Other apps like YouTube’s Uptime (since shut down) and Facebook’s first president Sean Parker’s Airtime (never took off) have tried and failed to make co-watching a popular habit. The problem is that coordinating these synced-up experiences with friends can be troublesome. By baking simultaneous video viewing directing into Messenger, Facebook could make it as seamless as sharing a link.


Source: TechCrunch

Uber’s financials, Qualtric’s $8B exit and what’s going on at WeWork

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

This week we had the excellent Connie Loizos on the air, we had Danny Crichton on the horn from New York, I was in the studio mostly hacking up one lung or the other and we had Matt Howard of Norwest Venture Partners.

And so, with smoke in the Bay and snow in the Big Apple, we dug into what we love. Namely, dollars.

Uber was first in line due to the scale of its results. The firm disclosed its third-quarter results, including slowing growth (in percentage terms), steep losses on a GAAP basis (GAAP means that all costs were counted) and adjusted losses that fell in the period.

So, a mixed bag. I found it to be somewhat negative (more of my view here); our guest was more bullish. Feel free to write in and let us know who you think is right.

Next up was the big deal of the week, effectively. The Qualtrics exit to SAP for $8 billion in cash, a portion of which it borrowed, as we point out. The deal meant that the company didn’t actually go public (boo), but it still made a hell of a splash all the same.

I chatted with the CEOs of SAP and Qualtrics, and have the notes here if that’s useful.

Finally, we riffed on the latest WeWork numbers, which include a $3 billion warrant and a massive third-quarter loss. WeWork lost more money in the quarter than it generated in revenue. That is, as they say, not great.

Many companies lose money while growing and work out great! But for every Facebook, there are a few Snaps, and I can’t tell which side of the coin WeWork lands.

Oh, and this Instacart story happened. What’s up with that?

Equity drops every Friday at 6:00 am PT, so subscribe to us on Apple PodcastsOvercast, Pocket Casts, Downcast and all the casts.


Source: TechCrunch

The Best Laptops of 2018: MacBook Pro, Chromebook Pixel, Surface Laptop

One of these portable PCs is just your type.
Source: Wired

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