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Galaxy S5 Could Win Over Mobile Payment Skeptics
March 04, 2014
Consumers love their smartphones, but a substantial number of them don't love using them to pay for purchases. With Samsung's introduction of its Galaxy S5 phone last week, the company is betting it can change some of those consumers' minds on that subject. Like Apple's iPhone 5s, the S5 has a fingerprint scanner. Unlike the Apple product, though, the S5's scanner can be used to pay for things.
eBay Places Heavy Bet on Snapdeal
February 27, 2014
eBay on Wednesday announced it was leading a $134 million investment in Snapdeal, which claims to be India's largest e-commerce marketplace. eBay's first investment in Snapdeal came in mid-2013, when it poured $50 million into the company. Snapdeal merited additional financing because of its complementary business model and strong overall brand, eBay said.
iBeacon: It's Time for Mobile Marketers to See the Light
February 13, 2014
Never mind the Seattle Seahawks completely smoking the Broncos -- Super Bowl XLVIII may go down in history as the turning point for iBeacon. Apple's iBeacon is an indoor positioning system based on Bluetooth Low Energy technology. Its proximity-detection capabilities enable it to send relevant information -- including, most enticingly, targeted ads -- to a mobile device.
Twitter Struggles to Stay Aloft on Wall Street
February 06, 2014
Twitter on Wednesday announced Q4 2013 revenue of $243 million, up 116 percent year over year, and a 30 percent YoY increase in average monthly active users. Wall Street reacted by sending its share prices down 21 percent, and analysts promptly downgraded the company. That could be because Twitter's forecast was less than sanguine. It expects next quarter's revenue to decline.
Biz Brass Kept in Dark About Breaches
January 27, 2014
With breaking news about data breaches a common occurrence, you'd think security threats to an organization's data would be something CEOs and their management teams were kept in the know about. Apparently not. Some 80 percent of IT pros in the U.S. and UK said they did not frequently communicate with executive management about potential cyberattacks to their organizations in a recent survey.
T-Mobile Gives Customers No-fee Checking
January 23, 2014
T-Mobile USA on Wednesday launched Mobile Money, a money management application for smartphones that is meant to be used in conjunction with a reloadable T-Mobile Visa Prepaid Card. There is no charge for activation, monthly maintenance, in-network ATM withdrawals, or for replacing lost or stolen cards. There are also no minimum balance requirements.
Facebook's Donate Button Spurs Social Giving
December 17, 2013
Facebook has announced a new feature that allows users to donate money to nonprofit organizations through the site, a move designed to help raise both funds and global awareness for the charitable causes. Facebook was inspired to launch the donation feature following last month's successful partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross.
Twitter Nearby Could Trigger Major Marketing Opportunities
December 17, 2013
Twitter reportedly is testing Nearby, a new timeline feature for its mobile app that displays tweets from people who are geographically close. Both the users viewing the tweets and those tweeting must have their location tagging option enabled for the feature to work. The Nearby service will display tweets from people within a certain range, whether the user is following them or not.
Online Record-Busting Black Friday Spurs High Hopes for Cyber Monday
December 02, 2013
More than 131 million shoppers -- or 54.8 percent of the shopping population -- are planning to hit the online deals this Cyber Monday. That is one finding of a National Retail Federation survey conducted over the weekend. For comparison, the corresponding figure from last year's survey was 129 million. "We expect Cyber Monday to be bigger than ever," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.
5 Key Dashboards for Managing the Season With Confidence
November 30, 2013
For e-commerce companies, the time has finally arrived. After months of extensive preparations, the holidays are here and the top business priority is to drive conversions. Many of these companies have applied valuable lessons from 2012 and previous years by implementing basic Web performance-optimization techniques such as content compression, caching and using content delivery networks.
Macy's Dips Toes in Brave New Marketing World
November 22, 2013
Blaring bargain news over PA systems may become a thing of the past if a pilot project launched Thursday by Macy's and Shopkick catches on with the brick-and-mortar set. The companies are conducting the experiments in Macy's San Francisco and New York City stores. The pilot feeds deal and discount information to shoppers as they roam through a store.
Debit Card Brings Google Wallet Offline
November 21, 2013
Google on Wednesday introduced the Google Wallet Card, a debit card that gives people instant access to the funds they have stored in Google Wallet. The card works like a traditional debit card, so users can swipe it to pay at a restaurant or store, for instance, or use it to get money from an ATM. It offers a few advantages over traditional debit cards -- most notably, the absence of any fees.
Keep Holiday Shoppers Happy, in 3 Easy Steps
November 21, 2013
This holiday season, everything from Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blasters to Doc McStuffins dolls and even diamond jewelry will be purchased via mobile devices to a greater extent than ever before. In fact, mobile shopping will surpass the growth of all other channels during the upcoming holiday season, eMarketer has predicted, as more and more consumers change they way they purchase gifts.
Chinese Chat App Exposes Kids to Prostitutes
November 20, 2013
China's massively popular WeChat messaging app has exposed school students to prostitutes through its "People Nearby" feature, which is sometimes used by prostitutes as a form of, shall we say, mobile advertising. A survey among students, conducted in a handful of major Chinese cities, found that the kids had indeed come across prostitutes' accounts when firing up the People Nearby function.
eBay Expects Holiday Season to Be a Nailbiter
October 17, 2013
eBay's third-quarter earnings report showed gains in revenue and earnings, but the company's stock dipped on its warning that a weak U.S. economy might lead to lower-than-expected fourth-quarter gains. Revenue was up 14 percent in eBay's third quarter, with the company bringing in $3.9 billion compared with the $3.4 billion it reported a year earlier.
When Your Mobile Meter Is Running, Google Will Pay the Tab
October 15, 2013
Google is planning to compensate users for letting it monitor their behavior via a mobile app currently in development. The project is part of Google's Screenwise market research program, which was launched about a year ago, said Google spokesperson Andrea Faville. "We conduct this research with small panels of volunteers to see how people are consuming media across screens," she said.
Amazon Seeks a Piece of Every Online-Payment Pie
October 11, 2013
Much the way PayPal is working to extend its reach into the bricks-and-mortar world, so Amazon.com is looking farther afield across the rest of the Web. The online purveyor this week launched Login and Pay with Amazon, a new program that allows online businesses to set up login and payment credentials through Amazon to ease the registration and payment process.
PayPal Digs Deeper Into the Bricks-and-Mortar World
October 09, 2013
PayPal on Tuesday announced Payment Code, a new tool that allows customers to pay for in-store purchases by simply presenting a QR code or four-digit number at the cash register. Similar in some ways to PayPal Beacon, which the company rolled out last month, Payment Code is intended both to simplify payment and to add a new layer of protection for consumers.
'Tis the Time for Mobile Marketers to Grease Gears
October 08, 2013
With so much riding on the holiday season for retailers, marketers pull out all the stops. This year, the latest ad technologies are being put to the test in the mobile realm. Retailers need to have a landing page optimized for mobile, and they need to prepare for an onslaught of visitors, suggested Chris Kivlehan, vice president of account management at INetU.
Google Makes It Official With Same-Day Delivery Debut
September 26, 2013
Google announced Wednesday that it is opening its Google Shopping Express service to shoppers in the entire San Francisco Bay Area, marking the official launch and first big expansion of the company's same-day delivery service. Google began testing the retail delivery service earlier this year among a limited set of invited consumers in a few areas within the Bay Area.
eBay Snags Braintree's Mobile-Payments Brain Trust in $800M Buy
September 26, 2013
eBay on Thursday announced that it is acquiring payment startup Braintree for $800 million in cash. eBay will combine Braintree, which provides technology for processing payments on the Web and mobile devices, with its PayPal payments division. Braintree expects to process some $12 billion in payments this year for thousands of online and mobile commerce companies.
Amazon's Fire HDX Could Torch the Competition
September 26, 2013
Amazon on Wednesday announced the Kindle Fire HDX, the third generation of its line of tablets. It comes in 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions and has an HDX display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, more memory and dual stereo speakers. It includes free 24x7x365 tech support and a host of new features. Amazon "provides better hardware at a lower cost than Apple," said tech analyst Rob Enderle.

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