|TITLE: Retailers Say No Way to Apple Pay * 1122||CO-ANCHOR: Lindsey Turrentine|
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|Apple Pay launched a week ago, and now a consortium of retailers is fighting the payment system with an alternative of its own. And some retailers, including drug chains CVS and Rite Aid, have even disabled NFC in their stores, blocking the use of both Apple Pay and Google Wallet.||http://www.apple.com/apple-pay/||http://www.imore.com/dont-want-retailers-shutting-down-nfc-tell-them-your-apple-pay-powered-wallet|
|Rene Ritchie is the publisher of iMore.com|
Q: The consortium that's offering an alternative to Apple Pay and Google Wallet is called Merchant Customer Exchange and their product is called CurrentC. Can you tell us how this system compares with Apple Pay?
Q: BestBuy and Walmart also say they won't accept Apple Pay. So why are the retailers doing this? What's the downside of accepting Apple Pay?
Q: The CurrentC consortium includes 33 major retailers. Will they cut off Apple Pay, too?
Q: RENE: You wrote that CurrentC smells like a way to get loyalty-level data without having to provide commensurate rewards. That's all this is about? An unwillingness on the part of the retailers to give something in return for customer data?
Q: RENE: You're pretty much calling for a boycott of retailers who don't accept Apple Pay. Are you getting any support for this?
Q: How's this going to end. Will Apple win?
Publisher, iMore.com @reneritchieimore.com
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- Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Michaels
- 7-Eleven, Circle K, Exxon Mobil, Quik Trip, RaceTrack, Sunoco, Shell, Wawa
- Dillard’s, Sears
- Chili’s, Darden Restaurants, Dunkin Donuts, Olive Garden, Wendys
- CVS, Rite Aid
- Kmart, Target, Walmart
- Banana Republic, GAP, Old Navy
- Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Meijer, Publix
|Rene Ritchie * imore.com * @reneritchieimore.com|
|Today Fitbit announced three new products that are really only 2.5 new products: The Fitbit Surge, a "sport smartwatch," the Fitbit Charge, which is basically the replacement for the rash-causing, recalled Fitbit Force, and the Fitbit Charge HR, which is the Charge with a heart-rate monitor. Only the Charge will be available for the holidays, however -- you'll have to wait until early 2015 for the other two. Here to discuss Fitbit's new fleet is Scott Stein, Senior Editor at CNET, who has spent some time with these gadgets.||http://www.cnet.com/news/fitbit-charge-charge-hr-and-surge-heart-rate-wearables-hands-on/||http://www.cnet.com/news/fitbit-charge-charge-hr-and-surge-heart-rate-wearables-hands-on/|
|Q: Scott, tell us more about the Surge. Is this coming era of the iWatch, how will a "sports smartwatch" differentiate itself?|
Q: Talk about the timing of these devices a little. Is Fitbit going to lose out by missing the holiday window for 2/3 of these new products?
Q: Do you think that Fitbit fans and other customers will give the Charge another chance despite the problems with the materials on the Force, which Fitbit recalled in February?
Q: Your article suggests waiting to buy the Charge HR over the charge despite the delay. What sets it apart?
Q: What else stands out with these devices?
Senior Editor, CNET @jetscott
|Scott Stein * cnet.com * @jetscott|
|Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Hungary yesterday to protest a proposed tax on Internet usage.||http://youtu.be/CQSawX1kgMk||http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/24/hundreds_of_hungarians_to_take_to_the_streets_in_protest_at_internet_tax/|
|Jennifer Baker is a Reporter for The Register . |
Q: What's the new tax law all about? What is the government there proposing?
Q: It seems that most protesters are concerned about a higher cost for Internet access. But would this harm startups and innovation?
Q: What do Hungarian telcos think of the plan?
Q: Is this unique in Europe?
Q: Protesters are against the tax; how about the Hungarian public at large?
Reporter, The Register @BrusselsGeek
|Jennifer Baker * theregister.co.uk * @BrusselsGeek|
|Amazon quietly announced its own streaming stick, the Fire TV Stick, today. For $39, the HDMI device plugs into your television like a Chromecast would, but instead of pushing a third-party device experience out to another, it streams services directly much like the roku stick. As with Amazon's Fire TV box, the stick excells at serving up Amazon content and is missing some major 3rd party apps like HBO, but it generally looks like a strong contender, with voice search capabilites (via an app) and compatibility with game controllers.||http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/27/amazon-launches-39-fire-tv-stick-to-compete-with-googles-chromecast/||http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/27/amazon-launches-39-fire-tv-stick-to-compete-with-googles-chromecast/|
|A: The Fire TV Stick will ship November 19, and is available for pre-order now. For two days it's being offered to Amazon Prime members, both new and existing, for $19|
A: It ships with a standard remote, which is an advantage over Chromecast. The Fire Box remove, which sells separately, can bring voice search to the stick, but the same can be done with a free iOS or Android app.
A: The price falls halfway between the $49 Roku streaming stick and the $35 Chromecast.
|Amazon today launched a crowdsourced publishing site called Kindle Scout. Visitors to the site can read unpublished submissions and nominate the ones they like. If a book gets enough nominations, Amazon will publish it via Kindle Press and give the authors advance, a 50 percent eBook royalty and get free marketing on the Kindle store.||https://kindlescout.amazon.com/about|
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|Whisper was recently accused by the Guardian newspaper of violating the privacy of users in a big way. The paper's reports said that Whisper shared user data with the Pentagon and tracked newsworthy users for the sake of scoops shared with journalists. Whisper CEO Michael Heyward denied everything, and slammed the paper. Now Re/code has learned that Whisper employees have been suspended over the controversy, and that editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman is among those suspended. * * *||http://recode.net/2014/10/25/whisper-suspends-some-edit-staff-following-guardian-report|
|We've been keeping you up to date on the on-again, off-again closure of Twitpic, which first announced their own demise after a trademark dispute with Twitter itself. Then they said they had a buyer and wouldn't shut down. And more than a week ago, they said that, no, they would go out of business after all. Today I can report what may be the final chapter in this company's tragic history: The company announced an agreement with Twitter for Twitter to take ownership of both the twitpic web site and photo archive. This arrangement is only for old photos; new ones are no longer being accepted by the service.||http://blog.twitpic.com/2014/10/twitpics-future/|
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|Samsung's $3700 induction-range stove doesn't cook with gas, and doesn't have flames. So Samsung is using blue LEDs around the edges of the burners to create the illusion of flames. The higher the real heat is, the higher the fake flames are. * * *||http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/26/7070865/samsungs-new-stovetop-projects-virtual-flames-onto-pots-and-pans|
|Apple's auto-correct spoiled a demo of an app called Replay during Apple's recent announcement. The one of the demo guys typed in "Utah Road Trip," and autocorrect changed it to "It's Road Trip." But now, when you watch the presentation on the Apple web site or via the Apple TV app, you can see that Apple has engaged in some Soviet-style historical revisionism, making it appear as if autocorrect was actually correct.||http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-removed-its-road-trip-gaffe-from-ipad-event-2014-10|
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