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betakit

Shopify launches AR Quick Look allowing iOS 12 users to preview products in AR

AR Quick Look will allow users on iOS 12 devices to preview products in AR from Safari instead of having to download specific apps.


Digital Main Street

DMS Recommends: Connected Consumer Study: Digital assistants and the future of emerging technology in Canada

The digital assistant—already being used by 17% of millennials—is poised to reshape Canadians’ lives in the coming years by helping them navigate the internet more naturally than ever before.


techcrunch

Japanese startup Paidy raises $55M Series C to let people shop online without a credit card

The round was led by Japanese trade conglomerate Itochu Corporation, with participation from Goldman Sachs.


huffpost

Costco grocery delivery comes to Canada, starting with Southern Ontario

For the time being, the online ordering service via Costco.ca will be available only to customers in southern Ontario, with plans to expand to the rest of Ontario and Quebec.


techcrunch

Glovo gets $134M to beef up its on-demand delivery business

The lead investors in the Series C are Rakuten Capital, Seaya Ventures, and Cathay Innovation.


finsmes

Custom framing company Framebridge raises $30M in Series C funding

The company intends to use the funds to increase brand awareness, expand its manufacturing capabilities, and drive innovation in its products and delivery channels.


betakit

ChefHero expands to Chicago

ChefHero said it will provide smaller chains and individually-owned restaurants access to local Chicago-based producers.


retaildive

La-Z-Boy snaps up Joybird

“[I]t will allow us to better reach millennial and Gen X consumers, leverage our supply chain assets and provide us with a greater presence online,” said La-Z-Boy CEO Kurt L. Darrow.


betakit

inkbox raises $17 million CAD to expand artist marketplace

inkbox has sold 450,000 tattoos to customers in over 150 countries.


techcrunch

Alibaba boosts its offline reach with $2B+ investment in outdoor digital marketing firm

Alibaba has forked out $2.23 billion in exchange for a sizeable piece of Focus Media, a Shanghai-based company that operates outdoor digital advertising screens across China, Singapore, and Hong Kong.


venturebeat

Microsoft and Walmart strike 5-year AI and cloud partnership

As part of the deal, Walmart and Sam’s Club will migrate their cloud computing to Azure, and Walmart will utilize Azure’s IoT platform to track things like HVAC and refrigeration systems.


betakit

Desk Nibbles raises $362,500 to bring office snack platform to the US

Desk Nibbles aims to connect workplaces to healthy snack distributors.


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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.