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Amazon Has Already Gone Brick-And-Mortar in India, California Is Next

Amazon will push their devices in pop-up retail stores in California this holiday season. (Wikipedia)

Details regarding Amazon’s rumored Manhattan retail store remain scarce, but what many don’t know is that Amazon has already made brick-and-mortar partnerships in India and is planning to sell in stores in California as well.

Amazon recently signed a deal with Future Group, India’s largest listed retailer, according to The Economic Times. As per the deal, the group will soon begin selling 45 of their own apparel labels on Amazon. Next, Future Group plans to bring in-house brands of home, electronic and food items to the site. Read More

Amazon

Amazon Is Opening a Brick-and-Mortar Store in NYC [UPDATE]

7 W. 34th Street, where Amazon is rumored to be opening a retail store. (Sage Lazzaro/ New York Observer)

UPDATE, 10/10: Betabeat spoke to members of New York City’s publishing community, who feel “insulted” by Amazon’s decision to open a brick-and-mortar store.

UPDATE, 10/09: According to the Wall Street Journal‘s sources, Amazon’s brick-and-mortar store will be located at 7 W. 34th Street, across from the Empire State Building.

Betabeat reached out to Amazon requesting further details about the store. “We have made no announcements about a location in Manhattan,” a spokesperson responded.

So we made the voyage down to 7 W. 34th Street, where we spoke with a doorman inside the lobby. “I don’t know anything,” he said, when we asked if Amazon was opening a retail store in the building. The building currently contains offices, as well as Mango and Express retail stores on street level.

We popped into Mango, where a security guard said he’d noticed construction in the 7 W. 34th Street building. “Nobody knows what that’s about,” he said.

Betabeat also called the building manager of 7 W. 34th Street, but the person who answered the phone said the manager wasn’t available. When we asked if he knew anything about the Amazon store, he hung up on us mid-sentence.

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Love in the Time of Algorithms

Steve Harvey Created a Dating Site to Help Women ‘Become More Dateable’

Match CEO and Delightful CLO (

There’s Tinder, X-rated Tinder, 3nder (Tinder for threesomes) and sites like Match.com and OkCupid, but Steve Harvey doesn’t think any of those are cutting it.

In an attempt to offer relationship-minded singles a better alternative to what’s currently online dating, the author and entertainer created Delightful.com, a website aimed to help users “find love and keep it.” Read More

Kickstart It

If You’re Crowdfunding for Sharpie Markers Or a New House, You’re Doing It Wrong

Apparently these will help you dance. (Image via Indiegogo)

Kickstarter and Indiegogo — which were invented to help launch interesting and revolutionary ideas — have lead a countless number of products to great success. A cooler equipped with everything you could possibly need recently raked in more than $13 million to break Kickstarter’s record, and a campaign on Indiegogo even caused a blowjob machine to go viral.

Recently though, sprinkled in between legitimate crowdfunding attempts are more and more joke projects and flat out ridiculous campaigns. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

How Can Free Apps Earn Revenue Without Selling User Data? Provide Paid Features Users Actually Want

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Popularity makes a number of free apps seems successful, but no mater how many downloads they’ve seen, the companies behind them are struggling to generate revenue. With tech giants facing backfire for selling user data, it’s the last thing the little guys want to do to put money in their pockets.

Reently, 3nder came face to face with this dilema. Since the app is facilitating threesomes and linking to users’ Facebooks (just like Tinder), users of the iOS app (and soon the Apple Watch app, too) are especially concerned about privacy. So instead of giving up their data, 3nder listened to their users and figured out a way to turn their wants — not their worst Big Data fears — into money. Read More

Music to Your Ears

Steve Aoki Will Hold a Three Week AMA To Help Japanese Fans Understand His Songs

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Western music is popular all over the world, but language barriers can make it difficult for foreign fans to lose themselves in the songs and shows.

To unite fans from the East and artists from the West, DJ and Producer Steve Aoki is endorsing AsQme, an AMA-style site where Japanese fans can ask Western artists questions to help them better understand their music. The Japanese-American electro house musician will host the site’s first AMA, which will start on October seventh and run for a staggering three weeks. Read More