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Square Comes To New York City Cabs Square Comes To New York City Cabs

According to various reports, and confirmed by CEO Jack Dorsey via Twitter, Square is coming to Taxi cabs in New York City. Lauren Goode at AllThingsD reports that the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission has approved a proposal to get …

Exclusive: How Universal Does Social Commerce, And Why Your Business Should Do It Too Exclusive: How Universal Does Social Commerce, And Why Your Business Should Do It Too

Universal Pictures is using Facebook to create buzz and drive ticket sales for a number of its new films, including Big Miracle, Safe House, and The Lorax, and is utilizing social media management platform Friend2Friend for some social commerce efforts. …

Digital Coupons Help Atlanta Become Most Frugal City In U.S. Digital Coupons Help Atlanta Become Most Frugal City In U.S.

Atlanta knows how to save a buck or two, according to a new study from Coupons.com. In a survey released today identifying the most frugal cities in the United States, the Big Peach is the best at not spending a …

WHI Solutions Acquired By eBay [Breaking] WHI Solutions Acquired By eBay [Breaking]

eBay just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire WHI Solutions, which provides software and digital catalog solutions for auto parts distributors and retailers. eBay’s Richard Brewer-Hay writes about the acquisition on the eBay Ink blog, which explains …

Chirpify Lets You Buy and Sell on Twitter Chirpify Lets You Buy and Sell on Twitter

A Portland, OR startup called Chirpify has aligned with PayPal to introduce a platform to where users can buy and sell things, and donate and transfer funds using Twitter. Chirpify calls this ‘T-commerce,’ and users can make and receive direct …

Social Commerce Still Needs To Clear Security Concern Hurdles Social Commerce Still Needs To Clear Security Concern Hurdles

The biggest obstacle to consumer adoption of social commerce appears to be security concerns. A study from Digitas finds that nearly half (45%) of social media users would be “at least somewhat comfortable” giving their credit card info to a …

E-Commerce Spending Reaches Nearly $50 Billion in Q4 [Report] E-Commerce Spending Reaches Nearly $50 Billion in Q4 [Report]

comScore released new findings on e-commerce spending in the U.S. in the fourth quarter. They were up 14% from the year-ago quarter, reaching about $49.7 billion. That makes nine quarters in a row for positive year-over-year growth in U.S. e-commerce …

FairSearch Adds E-Commerce, Advertising Firms To Coalition FairSearch Adds E-Commerce, Advertising Firms To Coalition

In 2010, a group of travel sites banded together to form the FairSearch Coalition, with the main goal of seeing Google’s acquisition of ITA Software blocked. It didn’t work, but the coalition is still going strong, fighting to see antitrust …

Zappos Server Containing Customer Info Hacked Zappos Server Containing Customer Info Hacked

Zappos was reportedly hacked, with cyber criminals infiltrating the company’s servers here in Kentucky, though the company maintains that no “critical” credit card or payment info was accessed. Still Zappos sent an email around to customers, which said: First, the …

eBay Targeted By Class Action Suit Over Automatic Bidding eBay Targeted By Class Action Suit Over Automatic Bidding
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eBay is the target of a new class action lawsuit over its automatic bidding (also referred to as “proxy bidding”) feature. The suit, led by a seller from Phoenix, alleges breach of contract on eBay’s part, as well as violations …

The Psychology Behind Social Commerce [Infographic] The Psychology Behind Social Commerce [Infographic]

We’ve seen that social networks can play a big role in holiday shopping: But social media and e-commerce are getting closer together all year long. The following infographic from TabJuice looks at the psychology of social commerce:

Using Facebook To Promote Holiday Shopping Using Facebook To Promote Holiday Shopping
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It’s game time and the holiday shopping season is upon us – whether you plan to hit the store, or shop online, it’s no secret that brands are vying for the attention of the consumer right now. Brands and retailers …

Internet Sales Tax Returns to Congress; eBay Makes Their Case Internet Sales Tax Returns to Congress; eBay Makes Their Case
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eBay’s Todd Cohen made a spirited plea to the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary earlier today against the proposed remote sales tax. Were the proposal to pass, Cohen fears that small businesses will suffer the most and, given …

Google Checkout Dropped for Google Wallet Google Checkout Dropped for Google Wallet
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Halloween, Home Security & Tablet-Based E-Commerce Halloween, Home Security & Tablet-Based E-Commerce

For today’s infographics, of course we have another Halloween-themed one, but there’s also an interesting one from Column Five Media looking at tablet buyers’ impact on e-commerce, and a look at how social media might be affecting the security of …

Zaarly: The Next eBay? Zaarly: The Next eBay?
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Mobile commerce startup Zaarly announced today that it has closed a $14 million Series A round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins. They also announced that they’ve added Meg Whitman to their board. Whitman, of course, is the President and …

Google Trusted Stores Launched Google Trusted Stores Launched
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Google announced the launch of Trusted Stores today. This is a pilot program aimed at helping online shoppers find online merchants they can trust, and makes use of a special badge to help consumers identify those. “The Google Trusted Store …

Google Product Search Gets Makeover Google Product Search Gets Makeover

Google has redesigned Product Search. There is a new look and feel to go along with some new features that have been integrated, courtesy of Google’s acquisition of Boutiques. The new home page is different, obviously (pictured above). “By increasing …

eBay Craigslist Dispute Turns Into Criminal DoJ Investigation eBay Craigslist Dispute Turns Into Criminal DoJ Investigation

Prosecutors with the U.S. Justice Department are reportedly investigating claims that eBay employees took confidential info from Craigslist to use in a service that would compete with it. Reuters reports that it has obviated a copy of a grand jury …

Groupon to Add E-Commerce Deals? Groupon to Add E-Commerce Deals?
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Groupon is reportedly testing e-commerce deals in the UK. There have been a lot of questions and uncertainty about just what the future holds for Groupon, and this would appear to be Groupon being in the midst of making a …

Open Payvment Gives Developers APIs to Tap Into Facebook E-Commerce Platform Open Payvment Gives Developers APIs to Tap Into Facebook E-Commerce Platform

Facebook e-commerce platform Payvment launched a new developer platform for e-commerce businesses today at the Shop.org event. It’s called Open Payvment, and it lets developers and service providers integrate their offerings with Payvment and build new apps upon the company’s …