Walmart and Kobo launch Walmart eBooks, an online e-book and audiobook store

In January, Walmart partnered with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten on online grocery in Japan, as well as the sale of audiobooks, e-books, and e-readers in the U.S. Today, Walmart is capitalizing on that relationship with the launch of a full e-book and audiobook catalog on Walmart.com, alongside its assortment of physical books.
The new site, called Walmart eBooks, includes a library of over 6 million titles ranging from NYT best-sellers to indie titles and children’s books.
And similar to Amazon’s Audible, Walmart will also now offer a monthly audiobook subscription service.
However, Walmart is undercutting Amazon on pricing. While Audible subscriptions start at $14.95 per month for one audiobook, Walmart’s subscription is only $9.99 per month for the same.

In addition, Walmart aims to capitalize on its brick-and-mortar stores to help boost Walmart eBooks.
The company says it will sell nearly 40 titles in stores by way of digital books cards. These cards will be


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Square is acquiring website builder Weebly for $365M

Square just announced that it’s reached an agreement to acquire Weebly for $365 million in cash and stock.
While Square is best known for its payment software and hardware, it’s also been expanding into other areas; for example, with the acquisition of food delivery service Caviar and corporate catering startup Zesty.
Weebly, meanwhile, offers easy-to-use website-building tools. While those tools can be used by individuals (my personal website is built on Weebly), the company has increasingly focused on serving small businesses and e-commerce companies.
Meanwhile, competitor Squarespace raised $200 million at a $1.7 billion valuation at the end of last year.
Square says that by acquiring Weebly, it can create “one cohesive solution” for entrepreneurs looking to build an online and offline business. And because 40 percent of Weebly’s 625,000 paid subscribers are outside the U.S., the deal will help Square expand globally.
“Square and Weebly share a passion for empowering and celebrating entrepreneurs,” said


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Google expands controls to let you mute those annoying ads that follow you on every site

 At first, it may seem an odd move. Google makes money on its ads business, and giving advertisers free rein to stalk you on every site seems really good for companies hoping to remind you of that thing you checked out one time. But the search giant wrote in a blog post out today that it wants to give you, the consumer, more transparency and control. Read More


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Firefox aims to win back Chrome users with its souped up Quantum browser

 The last half-decade hasn’t been great for Firefox marketshare. Chrome first overtook Mozilla’s browser back in late-2011 and now hovers above 60-percent, according to StatCounter numbers. But after a fair amount of struggles, Mozilla’s been undergoing an interesting sort of renaissance of late, and is banking on its new Quantum browser to bring bygone users back into the… Read More


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Amazon grows its education footprint with Amazon Inspire, a free platform for learning materials

 Back in March, we reported how the e-commerce and cloud services giant Amazon was poised to up its stakes in the educational publishing market with the launch a new, free platform called Inspire for teachers and others to post and share education resources online. Today, the company has confirmed it is doing just that. It has announced Amazon Inspire, an online education resources (OER)… Read More


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Amazon eyes up education, plans a free platform for learning materials

3936916711_2f592a0aae_b Back in 2013, Amazon acquired (and continued to operate) online math instruction company TenMarks to gain a foothold in the online education space. Now it looks like Amazon is taking those learnings to the next level. The e-commerce giant plans to launch a free platform for schools and other educators to upload, manage and share educational materials. Signs indicate that the platform… Read More


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Online Content Manager Acquia Raises $55 Million For Online Customer Relationships

general store Acquia, the eight-year-old service provider that helps businesses tailor their websites to internet browsers and mobile application users, has raised $55 million in a late stage round of financing. The move comes as the battle to manage the customer experience continues to heat up. Giants likeSalesforce is looking to own the customer experience as it relates to the customer record, marketing… Read More


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500px Raises Another $13M To Take On Getty And Flickr

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 12.48.53 As Facebook continues to add more advertising features to Instagram, another photo-sharing platform is expanding in its commercial and global ambitions with a new round of funding. 500px — a Toronto-based startup where users post and share, as well as buy and sell photos — has raised $13 million. The Series B is led by a strategic investor, the Visual China Group, and included… Read More


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