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Diffbot Uses Robots To Extract Data From E-commerce Sites Diffbot Uses Robots To Extract Data From E-commerce Sites
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Diffbot announced today that it is relasing a new API that uses robots to understand and extract data from e-commerce sites. The robotics company, which uses vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyze and extract data from web pages, …

It’s Official: Yahoo Acquires Lexity It’s Official: Yahoo Acquires Lexity
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Earlier this week, rumors emerged that Yahoo was close to acquiring e-commerce app platform provider Lexity. It was unclear just how close the companies were to a deal, but apparently it was really, really close, because Yahoo and Lexity just …

Google Is Shutting Down The Google Shopper App Google Is Shutting Down The Google Shopper App

Google announced on Friday that it is shutting down the Google Shopper app, which lets users look up product specs and reviews and comparison shop on their phones while looking at products in stores. This should make some store owners …

Google Helpouts Could Give Google A Big Ecommerce Upgrade Google Helpouts Could Give Google A Big Ecommerce Upgrade

Google has been testing a new product called Helpouts with brands like Sears, Weight Watchers, and others, according to TechCrunch, who received a tip about it, and shared a bunch of screenshots (including the one above). As you can see …

One Direction School Supplies Are Really Hot This Year, According To Google Shopping Data One Direction School Supplies Are Really Hot This Year, According To Google Shopping Data

Google has shared some search trends for back to school shoppers using the search engine for their shopping needs. The company finds that this is the earliest back to school shopping season on record, and its Google Shopping data shows …

Etsy Bans Items Made From These Animals Etsy Bans Items Made From These Animals
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Etsy updated its Prohibited Items policy this week to ban the listing of items made from certain animals, such as those designated as threatened or endangered. This includes (but is not limited to) fur, pelts, ivory, teeth, bones and taxidermied …

eBay Launches eBay Now For The Desktop eBay Launches eBay Now For The Desktop
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eBay announced today that its local shopping service eBay Now, previously only available in mobile app form, is now launching on the desktop. The service lets customers look at products from stores, place an order online, and then have the …

Is Yelp Getting Better For Businesses? Is Yelp Getting Better For Businesses?
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Yelp has always been about helping local businesses find customers, and helping potential customers find local businesses of interest. Despite the general functionality of the service, there have been plenty of complaints from businesses who feel that Yelp has hurt …

eBay Ups Its Search Game With Cassini eBay Ups Its Search Game With Cassini

eBay has a new search engine powering the results on its site, and from the sound of it, it’s a huge step up from the search experience of years past. It’s called Cassini, and we first heard about it a …

Square Market Launches As Online Storefront for Small Businesses Square Market Launches As Online Storefront for Small Businesses
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Not content to simply exist as a mobile payments platform, Square is expanding into the world of ecommerce with a new online marketplace for local businesses to display their wares. It’s called Square Market, and it lets any Square-using small …

Society6 Not Being Integrated With Other Demand Media Properties (At Least For Now) Society6 Not Being Integrated With Other Demand Media Properties (At Least For Now)

Demand Media announced this week that it has acquired artist marketplace Society6 for $94 million. Users worried about changes under new corporate management don’t have much to be concerned about from the sound of it. At least not in the …

Demand Media Acquires Artist Marketplace Society6 For $94 Million Demand Media Acquires Artist Marketplace Society6 For $94 Million

Demand Media just announced that it has acquired Society6, an ecommerce marketplace for artists. “All an artist needs to do is upload their artwork or design and consumers can customize a wide range or products, from iPhones to T-shirts to …

Yelp Adds Feature To Let Customers Pay Businesses Yelp Adds Feature To Let Customers Pay Businesses

Yelp announced the launch of a new feature for business owners today, which lets them encourage actual transactions from customers right from Yelp. Yelp says it will help business owners “close the loop” between customers discovering them on Yelp and …

eBay Redesigns The Seller Invoice eBay Redesigns The Seller Invoice

eBay announced that sellers will get its new seller invoice this month. The new design, ebay says, lets sellers more clearly display their fees as well as discounts, credits and promotions received, so they can quickly how much is saved. …

Here’s What Yelp Said About Future E-Commerce Products Here’s What Yelp Said About Future E-Commerce Products
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This week, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman spoke at the LeWeb conference in London. SocialTimes initially reported on some comments he made, indicating that Yelp is considering going into e-commerce, which we covered here. Le Web has since released the entire …

Yelp Is Reportedly Looking To Get Into E-Commerce Yelp Is Reportedly Looking To Get Into E-Commerce
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According to one report, Yelp is considering getting into ecommerce with a potential on-site shopping feature. Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman spoke at the LeWeb conference in London. According to SocialTimes, he said the company is considering supporting ecommerce. The report …

eBay Experiments With ‘Shoppable Windows’ In New York eBay Experiments With ‘Shoppable Windows’ In New York

eBay has been beta testing “shoppable windows” for physical retail stores for several months, and will officially launch the first ones in Manhattan this Saturday. While this is only a month-long experiment, it could turn into something much bigger for …

Google Checkout For Merchants To Be Retired In Six Months As Google Wallet Takes Over Google Checkout For Merchants To Be Retired In Six Months As Google Wallet Takes Over

Google announced all the way back in November of 2011 that it would be shutting down Google Checkout in favor of a transition to Google Wallet. This week, Google announced that in six months, Google Checkout will officially be dead …

Pinterest Adds Relevant Info To Pins, Gives ‘Pin It’ Button To Mobile Apps Pinterest Adds Relevant Info To Pins, Gives ‘Pin It’ Button To Mobile Apps

Pinterest has introduced what it refers to as “more useful pins”. Essentially, they’re adding relevant information to certain types of pins so people can take action on the pins that they like. For example, if you see some cookies that …

Google Gives Businesses A New Reason To Use YouTube Google Gives Businesses A New Reason To Use YouTube

Google is now letting businesses use YouTube to sell products. Businesses have been using YouTube to market products almost as long as YouTube has been around (at least since businesses figured it out that it could be about more than …

Google Aims To Simplify Mobile Shopping With ‘Instant Buy’ [Google I/O] Google Aims To Simplify Mobile Shopping With ‘Instant Buy’ [Google I/O]

According to Google, the abandonment rate of shopping carts on mobile is a whopping 97%. With that, they’re providing an HTML5 autocomplete function in mobile Chrome, and a new Google Wallet “Instant Buy” API to fill out info in three …