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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 …

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: 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.)

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.

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.

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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