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Snapdeal gives OpenStack a much-needed pre-summit fillip

A much-needed story of broad OpenStack adoption

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Apple reportedly eyes Sony's Felica RFID for the iPhone 7

Apple will add support for Sony's Felica RFID communications technology to the new iPhone 7 that is expected to be announced on Wednesday, according to a report in The Nikkei newspaper.

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Amazon's wacky workweek hours experiment

Amazon's rationale — there are people who want to work fewer hours at a price of lower pay — is old-fashioned, at attribute not usually associated with the online company.

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Home Depot's magic value: Returns

During an August investors call, Home Depot CEO Craig Menear let loose a stunning stat: 90% of all online returns are processed in-store. Allowing an online return to be boxed and handled by a local store has always been a popular...

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Amazon's Hyundai move shows deep understanding of shoppers

The magic of retail centers is on knowing and understanding shoppers better than they know themselves. Amazon has been positively brilliant about this online, but we're now seeing evidence it can bring it in the physical world, too.

Walmart's Jet move: Is IT magic enough on its own to take on Amazon?

When Walmart said that it was buying Jet.com for $3 billion, it was widely interpreted as it getting serious about competing with Amazon. That's not what is happening.

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PayPal's better way to count authentication failures

Websites use the baseball rule to thwart authentication thieves: Three strikes and you're out. PayPal argues that there's a better way, one that customizes the rules to the user.

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Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex may have lost $63M to hackers

A digital exchange in Hong Kong suspended trading after a security breach in which thieves made off with an apparent $63 million worth of bitcoins.

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50% off Prime Membership After Free 6 Month Trial, For Students - Deal Alert

If you know somebody headed to college, or maybe you attend a college yourself, Amazon wants to give you 6 free months of Amazon Prime, followed by a 50% discount on a Prime membership.

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How Wal-Mart enables 'innersourcing' with Github

The big box retailer’s technology arm has adopted the open source ethos, encouraging its engineers to write code and share it with time-crunched teams that can use the help.

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Get off my lawn: Federal panel says websites can ban anyone

An appellate court ruled last week that sites can legally ban people, with a subsequent visit to the site punishable by federal criminal law.

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Amazon says Prime Day was company’s biggest sales day ever

The company’s second annual summer sales event surpassed customer orders from Prime Day 2015 by more than 60% worldwide and more than 50% in the U.S.

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Amazon's Prime Day off to another rocky start

It could be a #primedayfail for Amazon. The online retailer has reported some customers are having problems adding items to their shopping carts and missing out on deals that have been heavily advertised on TV.

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Amazon challenges retail on what a sale means

Consumers love sales, and yet the concept itself is oddly unclear. It's generally based on a product being x% off some other price, but that "other price" is almost always meaningless.

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Think in-store is dying? Check out Ulta Beauty

What has Ulta Beauty figured out that still eludes so many brick-and-mortar retailers? That in-store is about the experience and that it specifically needs to deliver services and goods in a way that e-tailers cannot.

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5 steps to turning your company into a platform

The business model that has helped Uber, Airbnb and Alibaba succeed is certain to spread to every sector of the economy.

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Cloud group says simpler EU e-signature rules are still too complex

European Union rules for electronic signatures change on Friday to make a clear distinction between the identity of the person signing, and that of the authority guaranteeing the integrity of the data, but the technology needs to be...

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Amazon hit with two more fines over hazardous chemical shipments

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed fining Amazon $130,000 for shipping or attempting to ship hazardous goods by air in 2014.

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