–New York’s first luxury cannabis store has opened on Fifth Avenue, seeking to rebrand cannabis as a consumer product through showing its wellness properties “from stress relief to curing insomnia.” i-D explores.
–Well + Good explains how bone broth will be the next popular protein and supplement.
–London mosques now accept donations in bitcoin, in a move to increase its donor base and minimize conversion fees, reports Reuters.
–Netflix is branching into publishing, releasing a six-issue comic book series to “expand its development of original properties,” writes Engadget.
–Are influencers increasing junk food consumption amongst children? A new study shows that children who watch YouTubers eating unhealthy food in their videos consume 26% more calories than those who do not, says BBC.
–Norwegian Air has launched a booking tool that allows travelers to plan trips around the weather, shares Condé Nast Traveler.
–Givenchy is launching a WeChat boutique in China targeted at wealthy Chinese consumers, which lets guests place orders directly through the app. Via Retail in Asia.
–As the delivery tech wars ramp up, Alibaba has released a driverless robot that travels at 9mph to deliver packages, and a storage locker that unlocks via facial recognition, writes The Verge.
–Airbnb has launched a “Travel Stories” feature, which use the Snapchat/Instagram model to let travelers share short videos from their trips. Digital Trends explores.
–Google has created a Q&A app in India for sharing local knowledge, which aims to build small neighborhood communities within large cities, shares the Times of India.
–Prada’s new futuristic film project explores the history of their nylon fabric with a sci-fi twist, writes Vogue UK.