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Bits & Bytes | Amazon's Private Labels, Why Fashion Loves Android Wear

This week, how Amazon's private label brands are fuelling its business, while brands cranking out new Android Wear devices are as far from typical electronics companies as one can get.
Shirts by Buttoned Down | Source: Amazon
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  • Victoria Berezhna

Amazon's Private Label Business is Booming Thanks to Device Sales, Expanded Fashion Lines (TechCrunch)
"Amazon has been moving into the fashion business, with a growing collection of own-label clothing lines. A few of these are already seeing traction. Women's clothing brand Lark & Ro, men's dress shirts from Buttoned Down, and staple clothing items from Amazon Essentials all made the top ten."

Android Wear now Belongs to Fashion Brands, not Gadget Nerds (The Verge)
"The brands that are cranking out new Android Wear devices are as far from typical electronics companies as they can get. Fossil and its stable of brands — Michael Kors, Emporio Armani, Misfit, and Diesel — all have new models for this fall; as do Guess, Hugo Boss, Movado, and Tommy Hilfiger."

What Happened to Wearables? (The Business of Fashion)
"It's all a far cry from 2013, when Credit Suisse issued a report saying the wearable technology market had hit 'an inflection point' and would have 'a significant and pervasive impact on the economy,' reaching $30 to $50 billion over the next three to five years."

Google's Latest Daydream VR Series Puts you in Kendall Jenner's Closet (Endgadget)
"Supermodel Closets is one of the first projects to make use of Google's newest Jump camera — the Yi Halo — which allows for 360 degree views and 4K images. Google notes that the cameras were even able to give great views in tight closet spaces."

The World's Biggest Tech Companies are no Longer Just American (The New York Times)
"The Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, Chinese companies that dominate their home market, have rocketed this year to become global investor darlings. They are now among the world's most highly valued public companies, each of them twice as valuable as tech stalwarts such as Intel, Cisco and IBM."

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