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  • Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble Crunch Network

    Our Marketplace Obsession And Bubble

    Service marketplaces have recently become Silicon Valley darlings. The marketplace model has been a popular way for VCs to efficiently tap into the local economies at scale, specifically the $800 billion home services space. It’s a model that dates back to the initial concept of Yellow Pages in 1883. And it makes sense — giving homeowners a convenient way to find local… Read More

  • YouTube Gaming, Its Twitch Competitor, Set To Launch Tomorrow

    YouTube Gaming, Its Twitch Competitor, Set To Launch Tomorrow

    Back in June, YouTube announced that it would be getting into the gaming game and launch its own Twitch competitor called YouTube Gaming. Tomorrow will be that day (in the US and UK), we’ve learned. The site sits at https://gaming.youtube.com. Twitch is a site, acquired by Amazon, that lets you watch others play video games…or stream your games and broadcast your own show. The… Read More

  • Internet Privacy Is The Wrong Conversation Crunch Network

    Internet Privacy Is The Wrong Conversation

    On April 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is in hot water with government regulators in six European countries over its practice of tracking users’ movements across the web to sell targeted advertising. The kerfuffle illustrates the bind that the world finds itself in over tracking – the collection and sharing of data on users’ browsing habits to help sites… Read More

  • Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    Amazon said it would be making its Rewards Visa from Chase compatible with the new Apple Pay system earlier this week, and the integration is already out the door. Amazon had said it would support it sometime, though they didn’t specify an exact timeline, so seeing it roll out this quickly is likely a pleasant surprise for card owners. We’ve received direct reports of customers… Read More

  • Rakuten Global E-commerce Expansion Weighs Down Q2 Profits

    Rakuten Global E-commerce Expansion Weighs Down Q2 Profits

    The aggressive international expansion of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has continued to put pressure on the firm’s bottom line but it is confident the “super sales” and B2B2C business model, popular in its homeland, will help it steal Amazon’s mantle as the world’s No. 1 e-commerce firm. Read More

  • Amazon Says Its Customer Review Guidelines Haven’t Changed, But It Is Cracking Down On ‘Promotional Content’

    Amazon Says Its Customer Review Guidelines Haven’t Changed, But It Is Cracking Down On ‘Promotional Content’

    Good news, everyone! We can totally start trusting Amazon reviews again. The company has been conducting a “sweeping but hazy purge” of customer reviews, according to a recent story in The New York Times. And while Amazon is only barely commenting on the issue, a new FAQ page sheds a little more light on how the company’s position has changed. The page is undated, but an… Read More

  • Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Said He Was Hugely Surprised By The Success Of AWS

    Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Said He Was Hugely Surprised By The Success Of AWS

    Amazon.com Founder and CEO said in a fireside chat at AWS re:Invent with CTO Werner Vogels that he was surprised by the success of Amazon Web Services. Bezos said they were optimistic that AWS would do well, but they did not anticipate such huge growth. Read More

  • Amazon To Invest $270 Million In New Distribution Centers In Virginia, Tennessee

    Amazon To Invest $270 Million In New Distribution Centers In Virginia, Tennessee

    Online retail giant Amazon this morning announced that it will open four new distribution centers, two in Virginia and two in Tennessee, and that it will invest a total of $270 million to get the new facilities completed by next fall – just in time for next year’s holiday season. In Virginia, Amazon says it will create about 1,350 jobs, while the new distribution centers in… Read More

  • Amazon Stops Hiding Competitors’ E-Reading Apps On The Kindle Fire

    Amazon Stops Hiding Competitors’ E-Reading Apps On The Kindle Fire

    Amazon has stopped pretending that a group of e-reading apps it allowed onto its Android Appstore weren’t available on the Kindle Fire. For whatever reason, the company was effectively hiding e-reading apps from companies like Wattpad, Kobo and Bluefire, even though they worked perfectly fine on the low-cost tablet computer. Confused about why its app didn’t appear for users on… Read More

  • Amazon Invests In Turkish E-Commerce Startup Ciceksepeti

    Amazon Invests In Turkish E-Commerce Startup Ciceksepeti

    Amazon has acquired a minority stake in Ciceksepeti, which operates an online flower and gifts store in Turkey. Founded by CEO Emre Aydin in 2006, the company delivers flowers, jewelry, plush toys and other gifts to customers across the country, including same-day deliveries in most metropolitan areas. Read More

  • Amazon.com’s Big Redesign Is Arriving Soon For All

    Amazon.com’s Big Redesign Is Arriving Soon For All

    For days, our inboxes have been filled with tips and screenshots about Amazon.com’s redesign, which offers a cleaned up Amazon homepage, without the old site’s iconic blue and orange navigation. Instead, the new site features a much bigger search bar, bigger buttons, and less clutter – all changes that practically scream “tablet-optimized!” The changes, of… Read More

  • Amazon Shuts Down Associates Affiliate Program In Connecticut Over Online Sales Tax

    Similar to a move made in Illinois a few months ago, Amazon has shut down its Associates program in Connecticut after the state imposed a sales tax measure that would tax any purchases made online starting July 1. We’ve embedded the note sent to participants in the Amazon Associates Program below. As you may know, the program allows website owners to earn money from advertising and… Read More

  • Amazon Launches Private Fashion Sales Site MyHabit.com

    Amazon this morning announced that it is debuting a brand new private sales site, featuring fashion items straight from designers and boutique brands. The membership-only website, MyHabit.com, will offer daily events featuring up to 60 percent off a selection of styles, along with free four-day shipping shipping and returns. Read More

  • After Amazon, Masterobjects Takes Google To Court Over Instant Search Patent

    Yesterday, I broke the story of a small search software outlet named Masterobjects taking on Amazon.com in a notable patent infringement lawsuit. The patent-in-suit, US patent no. 7,752,326, describes a method to immediately start showing search results even while a user is still typing his query into the search box – instant search if you will. Well, turns out Google is indeed the… Read More

  • Amazon.com Slammed With Lawsuit Over Instant Search Patent

    Amazon.com Slammed With Lawsuit Over Instant Search Patent

    When you go to Amazon.com and start typing in the top search box, you will automatically see a number of search suggestions for items on sale before you finish typing your query. The company also offers such enhanced search capabilities via browser add-ons and toolbars as well as its mobile applications for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. MasterObjects, which offers AJAX and… Read More

  • Kindle DTP, Now Kindle Direct Publishing, Extends 70% Royalty Option To Canada

    Amazon’s Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) is no more, at least not by that name. Starting today, the self-publishing program will be known as Kindle Direct Publishing. With Kindle Direct Publishing, anyone can self-publish books on the Kindle Store, free of charge. Read More

  • Amazon Web Services Introduces 'Elastic Beanstalk' For Easier App Deployment

    Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing business of Amazon.com, this morning announced a new offering dubbed AWS Elastic Beanstalk, aimed to simplify the deployment and management of AWS cloud applications developed by third parties. AWS Elastic Beanstalk is designed to let developers upload their application and then keep their hands off while the system automatically handles the… Read More

  • Cloud Archiving Startup Sonian Raises $9 Million From Amazon, Webroot And Others

    Sonian, a startup that specializes in cloud-powered information archiving solutions, this morning announced that it has secured $9 million in Series B funding. Previous backers Summerhill Venture Partners and Prism VentureWorks were joined by strategic investors Amazon.com and Webroot. Sonian says it will use the funds for continued research and development for its information archiving… Read More

  • On Cyber Monday, Amazon Sold 158 Items Per Second (13.7 Million In Total)

    Amazon this morning announced that on its peak day for this year, November 29, customers ordered more than 13.7 million items worldwide across all product categories, which translates to a – self-proclaimed – record-breaking 158 items per second. November 29 was, of course, Cyber Monday in the United States, the Monday immediately following Black Friday. Read More

  • Amazon.com Adds New Visual Search Capability To Its Online Shoe Stores

    Amazon.com this morning announced fresh visual search capability in its men’s and women’s shoe stores. Basically, the feature allows Amazon customers to search and browse for shoes based on how they look (example). The styles are presented graphically as silhouettes within the existing navigation of search refinement, allowing customers to easily handpick shoe shapes from a… Read More

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