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Mobile Minutes: Messenger bots’ payments; Walmart’s self-driving carts; Venmo’s ad campaign; Google’s 360-degree photos

September 13, 2016

A Facebook Messenger chatbot

A Facebook Messenger chatbot

Facebook Messenger’s bots will soon take payments
Facebook Messenger bots can now support native payments, an executive said Monday at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Read more on CNET

Walmart wants shoppers to be able to hail a cart
The U.S. government granted Walmart a patent last week that indicates the company is planning to roll out a system that allows shopping carts to drive themselves.
Read more on CNN Money

This payment app urges its young users to ‘pony up’ in new ad campaign
Payments app Venmo will roll out its first major promotional campaign Monday, intensifying its battle over young customers’ wallets with big banks.
Read more on Fortune

Google app turns smartphone photos to 360
Google has come up with a way to turn iPhone photos into full, 360-degree virtual reality.
Read more on USA Today

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