Brand News: 10 Things You Need to Know for Friday, September 1


KFC KPRO Alibaba Alipay smile to pay facial recognition

Selfie payments in China, Alphabet counts to XXVI, Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte and more brand news:

KFC‘s KPRO China chain introduces Alibaba‘s “smile to pay” facial recognition payments powered by Alipay.

Alphabet finalizes restructuring with new XXVI company.

Apple‘s iPhone 8 raises speculation along with launch venue—the new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino.

Audi plans a car with a solar roof.

Casper plans 15 pop-up shops across the US.

IBM teaches AI to act more like the human brain.

Jaguar Land Rover makes first hire through Gorillaz mixed reality app.

Lululemon looks to men for growth.

Mentos Gum partners with DJ Khaled for campus concert giveaway challenge.

Roku files for IPO.

Starbucks brings back Pumpkin Spice Latte earlier than ever.

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