Nov 21, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: Amazon's new gambit

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The everything store really does seem to want to do everything, as Amazon is reportedly working to position Amazon Pay as an alternative for credit card swiping in U.S. stores, the WSJ reports.

  • "Amazon is offering incentives such as lower payment-processing fees or marketing services to entice merchants to accept its digital wallet... Amazon also is working to make Alexa, its virtual assistant, an in-store payments platform, people familiar with the matter said."

Be smart: There’s a consumer data windfall waiting for the U.S. tech giant that can push Americans toward mobile payments, Axios' Erica Pandey notes.

  • The rise of mobile payments in China has enabled two tech behemoths, Alibaba and Tencent, to become ubiquitous in people’s daily lives — and collect information about every movement and purchase.

Between the lines: "U.S. consumers have been slow to adopt digital wallets, which were responsible for less than 1% of all U.S. card transactions last year... Amazon executives want to gobble up the U.S. market while the competition remains fairly minimal," the Journal notes.

Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A volunteer hands out Thanksgiving meals to guests during the 27th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Hundreds of people filled a ballroom at the Oakland Marriott City Center for a free early Thanksgiving meal.

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3. 1 wild read

Clouds hang over the North Sentinel Island, in India's southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Photo: Gautam Singh/AP

A 20-something American named John Allen Chau has been killed on the Indian island of North Sentinel, police reported today, after he ignored rules against making contact with an indigenous tribe by landing a kayak on their shores.

  • "Indian authorities said that Mr. Chau had been shot with bows and arrows by tribesmen when he got on shore and that his body was still on the island," the N.Y. Times reports.
  • "Fishermen who helped take Mr. Chau to North Sentinel told the police that they had seen tribesmen dragging his body on the beach.
  • The fishermen who dropped him were charged with culpable homicide.
  • It was a “misplaced adventure,’’ said Dependra Pathak, the police chief in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. “He certainly knew it was off limits.’’

Why it matters: The "do not go there" rule isn't just for tourist safety. It's because the islanders are unlikely to have immunity to modern diseases, and the Indian government has long respected their wishes to be left alone.

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Mike Allen