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Thursday - September 18, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission has updated a longstanding rule governing mail- and phone-based retailers to explicitly include e-commerce vendors as well, meaning that online retailers now must abide by a 30-day shipping requirement or refund customers' payments if they can't. Merchants in violation could be sued by the FTC for injunctive relief or monetary civil penalties. [More...]

Thursday - September 18, 2014
The Apple Watch is not a watch. So what exactly is it? Or for that matter, what is any smartwatch from any other maker? No one has done a good job of creating a brand identity for the new segment yet. That leaves the space wide open. Rather than think of the smartwatch as a watch, we should think of it as a smartphone extension. It just happens to be strapped to your wrist and looks like a watch. [More...]

Thursday - September 18, 2014
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Sony appears to have come to the belated realization that its mobile strategy has been horribly flawed. Facing crushing losses, the company now is moving to make some changes, but it may be too little, too late. "This all started when they bought into content and lost focus on technology," observed tech analyst Rob Enderle. Sony needs to execute a Steve Jobs-like turnaround to survive, he said. [More...]

Wednesday - September 17, 2014
The FCC on Tuesday hosted a roundtable discussion on the possibility of Net neutrality rules being applied to mobile networks. Participants in the talk included representatives from The Center for Media Justice, Consumers Union and CTIA. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler earlier this year suggested that the 2010 rules, which exempted mobile services from Net neutrality provisions, should be reconsidered. [More...]

Wednesday - September 17, 2014
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IBM's Watson may have gotten over the hump in business analytics -- making it possible for executives to use it. "If executives can't use tools because they are difficult, the tools are worthless," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. "Watson is the only platform designed from the ground up to be a tool executives could use, because it's intelligent." [More...]

Tuesday - September 16, 2014
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For people who aren't locked into one ecosystem, Microsoft has introduced a mobile keyboard that's just as compatible with iOS and Android as with Windows. The device could restore some Microsoft creds in the enterprise. "I think Nadella is starting to push the company back into areas where they once had leadership and that this keyboard is part of that strategy," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More...]

Tuesday - September 16, 2014
Change in the retail industry is occurring at such a breakneck pace that few retailers have the opportunity to take a moment to consider how emerging and disruptive trends are fundamentally transforming the business -- potentially making historical best practices outdated and irrelevant. In fact, a business concept that increasingly is becoming a focal point for many retailers is omnichannel. [More...]

Monday - September 15, 2014
Alibaba's forthcoming IPO will have a significant impact on Yahoo, but it's not likely to cause many ripples in the U.S. e-commerce market overall. Although this one deal will make Yahoo more money than it has made in years of struggling, it could lead to its demise as an independent entity. "It would only take about $6 billion to control Yahoo," said Covestor's Barry Randall. [More...]

Monday - September 15, 2014
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Minecraft players can build just about anything they want to in the game, but Microsoft is betting big bucks that the game can help it build something its been missing for a long time: a strong position in the mobile market. Minecraft "is one of those franchises that has a wide demographic, and it is successful on every platform it is on," noted gaming analyst Lewis Ward. [More...]

Monday - September 15, 2014
Apple's unveiling last week of its Apple Pay NFC mobile payments system has triggered a clash between banks and the retail industry. Apple has lined up support from banks and credit card companies, but Best Buy and Walmart have said they will not support Apple Pay, according to reports. Instead, they will go with a competing mobile wallet application, CurrentC. [More...]

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