On today's episode, we discuss a mixture of new store formats, whether there are too many ads on Amazon, how consumers keep spending in the face of inflation, the battle for the TV ratings crown, whether you can guarantee delivery, the number of books that have ever been published, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Suzy Davidkhanian, Blake Droesch, and Paul Verna.

Musk finds inner peace at Apple Park: Tim Cook invites Elon Musk for a tour of Apple’s campus and eases tension over App Store policies. But Twitter still faces regulatory challenges.

Amazon’s nutrition labels for AI: Aiming to prevent the misuse of its cloud and AI products, Amazon will publish warnings on the limitations of its technology. Labels could limit adoption but insulate Amazon from ethics backlash.

Google wants to tear the fabric of space-time: The tech giant created a holographic wormhole with its quantum computer. The project won’t make investors happy since revenue isn’t likely anytime soon.

Google Assistant is the most popular voice assistant in the US, followed by Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, per our estimates. Come 2024, 88.8 million people will use Google Assistant, 84.2 million will use Siri, and 75.6 million will use Alexa.

SEA region’s smartphone sales take a dive in Q3: COVID-19 lockdowns, surging inflation, geopolitical angst, stagnant innovation, and cooling consumer spending have taken a toll on smartphone spending in various Asian countries.

We unpack the biggest takeaways and action items from our US Mobile Banking Emerging Features Benchmark.

Initially used for natural disaster relief, bank mobiles are now going out on the road to promote financial literacy and serve the underbanked.

Dinged by regulators for failing to properly monitor their employees, the firms have responded by investing heavily in preventative measures.

Amex Business Link lets suppliers accept card and noncard payments and cross-border transactions. We break down how it can help Amex attract more issuing partners.

Email and TV may not be flashy, but they were critical to Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Both marketing channels may be older—but they’re far from deprecated.

As some platforms lean into creators, Pinterest takes a step in the other direction: Its Creator Rewards program is no more, as of November 30.

It’s official. The Cyber Five (the five-day period between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday) have not lost their touch. Let’s dig into the data as retailers take a deep breath and ready themselves for what’s shaping up to be a pretty busy holiday season.

We project over half of the US population will be watching content from at least one ad-supported streaming service monthly by 2026, up from 41.8% in 2022.

US households boosted spending in October as inflation eased: That’s a positive harbinger for the holiday season.