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Big data and privacy: an uneasy face-off for government to face

By Andy Oram
March 5, 2014

Thrust into controversy by Edward Snowden’s first revelations last year, President Obama belatedly welcomed a “conversation” about privacy. As cynical as you may feel about US spying, that conversation with the federal government has now begun. In particular, the first …

The technical aspects of privacy

By Andy Oram
March 5, 2014

Thrust into controversy by Edward Snowden’s first revelations last year, President Obama belatedly welcomed a “conversation” about privacy. As cynical as you may feel about US spying, that conversation with the federal government has now begun. In particular, the first …

Commerce Weekly: Wal-Mart looks outside the (big) box to battle Amazon

By Jenn Webb
April 4, 2013

Wal-Mart wants to crowdsource delivery, while Google chases same-day On the heels of launching its in-store delivery locker program to compete with Amazon Locker, Wal-Mart has announced it’s toying with the idea of having in-store customers deliver online orders to …

Commerce Weekly: Best Buy wants to end showrooming, Google wants to start

By Jenn Webb
February 21, 2013

Google takes on brick-and-mortar; Best Buy takes on ecommerce The Google retail store rumor ignited again this week. Seth Weintraub reported at 9to5Google that “[a]n extremely reliable source has confirmed to us that Google is in the process of building …

Commerce Weekly: Best Buy wants to end showrooming, Google wants to start

By Jenn Webb
February 21, 2013

Google takes on brick-and-mortar; Best Buy takes on ecommerce The Google retail store rumor ignited again this week. Seth Weintraub reported at 9to5Google that “[a]n extremely reliable source has confirmed to us that Google is in the process of building …

Five key takeaways from TOC NY 2013

By Joe Wikert
February 18, 2013

TOC NY 2013 is a wrap and based on the feedback I’ve received so far I think it was one of our best. When Kat and I closed the event Thursday afternoon we both shared thoughts on the most important …

Commerce Weekly: Google targets Amazon’s shopping platform

By Jenn Webb
February 7, 2013

Google acquires Channel Intelligence, pursues Amazon shoppers In a recent post at Wired, Marcus Wohlsen took a look at the success of Google’s switch last fall to all-paid product listings — such as the top result for a search for …

Commerce Weekly: Google targets Amazon’s shopping platform

By Jenn Webb
February 7, 2013

Google acquires Channel Intelligence, pursues Amazon shoppers In a recent post at Wired, Marcus Wohlsen took a look at the success of Google’s switch last fall to all-paid product listings — such as the top result for a search for …

Commerce Weekly: Goodbye traditional retail, hello ecommerce

By Jenn Webb
January 31, 2013

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. Death bells toll for brick-and-mortar retail A recent report from mobile analytics startup Flurry looked at the growth in consumer use of shopping apps and …

Commerce Weekly: Goodbye traditional retail, hello ecommerce

By Jenn Webb
January 31, 2013

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. Death bells toll for brick-and-mortar retail A recent report from mobile analytics startup Flurry looked at the growth in consumer use of shopping apps and …

Photos on the cloud, and your metadata

By Uche Ogbuji
December 13, 2012

There are many tempting offerings for storing and sharing photos in the cloud. But not only should you be wary of combining those two functions, but if you care about your photos metadata, you should be very wary about storing photos with the current crop of popular cloud offerings.

Panjiva uses government data to build a global search engine for commerce

By Alex Howard
December 6, 2012

“If you go back to how we got started,” mused Josh Green, “government data really is at the heart of that story.” Green, who co-founded Panjiva with Jim Psota in 2006, was demonstrating the newest version of Panjiva.com to me …

Commerce Weekly: Mobile wallets and NFC get a global partnership platform

By Jenn Webb
November 1, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. Vodafone partners up to launch a new mobile wallet platform Yet another mobile wallet is gearing up to hit the market in 2013. Vodafone announced …

Commerce Weekly: Targeting Amazon

By Jenn Webb
October 18, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. Strategic maneuvers aimed at Amazon Retail competition against Amazon is starting to heat up coming into the holiday shopping season. On the heels of Wal-Mart’s …

Commerce Weekly: Big data in retail

By Jenn Webb
September 20, 2012

Here are a few stories from the commerce space that caught my attention this week: Mom and pops sidelined by big data? Gary Hawkins at the Harvard Business Review took a look this week at marketing and research in the …

Commerce Weekly: Apple buys into NFC security

Commerce Weekly: Apple buys into NFC security
By Jenn Webb
August 2, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. Apple looking to secure NFC? Further fueling the rumors the next gen iPhone will include NFC (there hardly seems to be much doubt at this …

Commerce Weekly: Amazon chases immediate gratification

Commerce Weekly: Amazon chases immediate gratification
By Jenn Webb
July 19, 2012

Changes of heart in its war against state taxes illuminates Amazon's next strategy, JC Penney will have mobile checkouts by the end of 2013, and PayPal acquires Card.io (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Top Stories: July 2-6, 2012

Top Stories: July 2-6, 2012
By Mac Slocum
July 6, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Andy Kirk made the case for open-minded criticism of visualizations, Brett Slatkin explained why you still need to own a website, and Greenleaf Book Group CEO Clint Greenleaf discussed the complicated relationship between publishers and Amazon.

Commerce Weekly: Lessons for ecommerce in store closings and old supply chains

Commerce Weekly: Lessons for ecommerce in store closings and old supply chains
By Jenn Webb
July 5, 2012

An analyst says online commerce is a descendant (and a return) of the circa-1900s catalog model, Deutsche Telekom partners with MasterCard for its mobile wallet platform, and NFC keychains may spark technology solutions. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Commerce Weekly: Couch commerce gets a boost

Commerce Weekly: Couch commerce gets a boost
By Jenn Webb
June 14, 2012

TiVo and PayPal hope consumers will shop from the couch, Sprint wants its own wallet, and Apple has 400 million active accounts. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Commerce Weekly: Mobile commerce is on the rise globally

Commerce Weekly: Mobile commerce is on the rise globally
By Jenn Webb
April 26, 2012

TNS Global's Mobile Life Survey results are out, the EU is investigating a mobile wallet project, and Boston rail commuters soon can pay fares with their smartphones. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Top stories: February 20-24, 2012

Top stories: February 20-24, 2012
By Mac Slocum
February 24, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Alex Howard examined data's civic role, Dr. Farzad Mostashari discussed health IT and patient empowerment, and Edd Dumbill surveyed big data cloud offerings.

Commerce Weekly: The mobile payment system that's ready now

Commerce Weekly: The mobile payment system that's ready now
By David Sims
February 23, 2012

Direct billing stretches beyond its gaming roots, social commerce disappoints, and a refresher on how to dial a phone. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Four short links: 6 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 6, 2012

Jirafe -- open source e-commerce analytics for Magento platform. iModela -- a $1000 3D milling machine. (via BoingBoing) It's Too Late to Save The Common Web (Robert Scoble) -- paraphrased: "Four years ago, I told you all that Google and Facebook were evil. You did nothing, which is why I must now use Google and Facebook." His list of...

Commerce Weekly: The return of iPhone NFC rumors

Commerce Weekly: The return of iPhone NFC rumors
By David Sims
February 2, 2012

When will Apple bring mobile commerce to the iOS masses? Also, PayPal studies consumer behavior at the cash register and Square collects for candidates. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Commerce Weekly: Target doesn't want to be the showroom for online retailers

Commerce Weekly: Target doesn't want to be the showroom for online retailers
By David Sims
January 26, 2012

Target asks vendors for exclusive products so online retailers can't sweep in with lower prices. Also, Apple's monster earnings included strong iTunes growth. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Commerce Weekly: Report criticizes "feeble" mobile strategies of posh retailers

Commerce Weekly: Report criticizes
By David Sims
January 12, 2012

A survey finds high-end brands are neglecting their mobile strategies. Also, Sprint rolls out two new Google Wallet phones, and PayPal's mobile volume beats its own guesses. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

The hidden language and "wonderful experience" of product reviews

The hidden language and
By Ciara Byrne
January 9, 2012

How much is an Amazon review — good or bad — worth? Computer scientist and NYU professor Panagiotis Ipeirotis analyzed the text in thousands of Amazon reviews to find out.

The hidden language and "wonderful experience" of product reviews

By Ciara Byrne
January 9, 2012

How much is an Amazon review — good or bad — worth? Computer scientist and NYU professor Panagiotis Ipeirotis analyzed the text in thousands of Amazon reviews to find out.

A young entrepreneur's perspective on Angolan innovation

By Suzanne Axtell
December 1, 2011

Infonauta founder Nyanga Tyitapeka says Angola is on the cusp of a technology explosion. Mobile and data are overcoming low levels of literacy to change the lives of everyday Angolans.

A young entrepreneur's perspective on Angolan innovation

By Suzanne Axtell
December 1, 2011

Infonauta founder Nyanga Tyitapeka says Angola is on the cusp of a technology explosion. Mobile and data are overcoming low levels of literacy to change the lives of everyday Angolans.

Jonathan's Card: Lessons from a social experiment

Jonathan's Card: Lessons from a social experiment
By Audrey Watters
November 21, 2011

Jonathan Stark raised eyebrows last summer when he made his Starbucks card available for anyone to use. Here, Stark looks back on the "Jonathan's Card" experiment and examines its lessons.

Commerce Weekly: Bring your mobile to Black Friday

Commerce Weekly: Bring your mobile to Black Friday
By David Sims
November 17, 2011

Brick-and-mortar retailers adopt the "if you can't beat 'em ..." attitude toward mobile devices. Elsewhere, Android developers are intrigued by the Kindle Fire, and Square wants to put loyalty program punch cards out to pasture. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Commerce Weekly: Chasing down abandoned shopping carts

Commerce Weekly: Chasing down abandoned shopping carts
By David Sims
November 10, 2011

In the latest commerce news: Online retailers want to reunite customers with their abandoned shopping carts, Intuit aims at Square with a deal for AT&T subscribers, and PayPal takes a baby step toward NFC. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Commerce Weekly: Chasing down abandoned shopping carts

Commerce Weekly: Chasing down abandoned shopping carts
By David Sims
November 10, 2011

In the latest commerce news: Online retailers want to reunite customers with their abandoned shopping carts, Intuit aims at Square with a deal for AT&T subscribers, and PayPal takes a baby step toward NFC. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

ePayments Week: Is "0000" your passcode?

ePayments Week: Is
By David Sims
July 21, 2011

In the latest ePayments Week: 10 iPhone passcodes make up 15% of all those in use. Also, Google In-App spreads its wings beyond the Chrome store, Isis signs deals with major credit cards, and execs expect mCommerce to be mainstream in 4 years.

ePayments Week: Contactless payment (and zombie survival tactics)

ePayments Week: Contactless payment (and zombie survival tactics)
By David Sims
July 14, 2011

PayPal preps NFC payments, while parent eBay buys Zong to add direct billing to wireless accounts to its toolkit. Also, the three types of social commerce and who's driving them.

ePayments Week: AliPay gets physical

ePayments Week: AliPay gets physical
By David Sims
July 7, 2011

China's top online payment service launches a barcode payment system. Also, an app looks for acoustic fingerprints and mCommerce is predicted to hit $670 billion by 2015.

ePayments Week: Google goes patent shopping

ePayments Week: Google goes patent shopping
By David Sims
December 17, 2010

In the first edition of ePayment Week: Is there a connection between Android 2.3 and Google's purchase of Zetawire? Plus: News on Visa's iPhone app and Zynga's disinterest in advertising.

Opening up the mobile wallet

By Matthew Russell
October 19, 2010

Three executives from companies immersed in the mobile payment space (PayPal, Eventbrite and iConcessionStand) weigh in on the current and near-term state of mobile commerce.

Innovation from the Edges: PayPal Taps the Developer Community to Build Next-Gen Payment Apps

Innovation from the Edges: PayPal Taps the Developer Community to Build Next-Gen Payment Apps
By James Turner
December 14, 2009

Two enduring tenets of Web 2.0 are "A platform beats an application every time" and "All the smart people don't work for you." Companies that take those bits of wisdom to heart find ways to engage developer communities to extend their products--and the result can be creative, surprising new applications that would never have been developed from within. Online payment giant PayPal recently announced the PayPal X APIs, a new group of developer APIs designed to enable new applications that can more tightly integrate with PayPal services. To encourage developers to create some awesome applications with the APIs, PayPal is offering prizes $100,000 and $50,000 (in cash plus waived transaction fees) for the best new applications. We caught up with PayPal's director for their Developer Network, Naveed Anwar, as he prepared to deliver a talk in Beijing, and he filled us in on what the new PayPal APIs bring to the table for application designers, and laid out the details of the challenge.

Vendor Relationship Management workshop

By Andy Oram
October 14, 2009

CRM can offer many valuable benefits, but ultimately the control lies with the vendor. A Vendor Relationship Management workshop at Harvard looked at what it would take to leave control with the customers.

ICANN without restraints: the difficulties of coordinating stakeholders

By Andy Oram
October 2, 2009

The U.S. Department of Commerce, which is ICANN's publicly accountable overseer, announced the most important decision affecting ICANN since its founding: the U.S. government will give up its role as overseer and make ICANN independent.

Beautiful Trade: Rethinking E-Commerce Security

Beautiful Trade: Rethinking E-Commerce Security
By Allen Noren
June 1, 2009

Following is an excerpt from Beautiful Security: Leading Security Experts Explain How They Think, by Andy Oram and John Viega (Adapted for the web). Information security has always been one of the largest barriers to e-commerce. Those of us...


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