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Retailers warned to act now to protect against Backoff malware

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council issued a bulletin urging retailers to immediately review their security controls to ensure point-of-sale systems are protected against 'Backoff,' a malware tool that was used in the...

Evan Schuman: Barnes & Noble plays into Amazon's hands

Same-day delivery is a boon for the online leader, but it will only help doom B&N....

Google goes after Amazon with same-day delivery

Google announced that book buyers in three metropolitan areas in the U.S. will be able to order books from local Barnes & Noble stores and get them delivered the same day with Google Shopping Express, the company's fledgling online...

Retail industry rallies behind open standard for tokenization

A coalition of retail industry trade groups this week called for the creation of an open tokenization standard for protecting credit and debit card data from theft and misuse....

22-carat catch-22

This jewelry store keeps reporting that its employees can't connect to the Internet -- and this field engineer pilot fish keeps getting sent out by the telco to fix the problem. "It's been going on once a week for about three...

Apple and the omnichannel: 9 industries already using iBeacon

Apple's quiet introduction of iBeacon is shaping up to be a foundational release that transforms the company's place in computing -- it puts Apple inside the infrastructure. Here are 9 industries already using...

Aloha point-of-sale terminal, sold on eBay, yields security surprises

Matt Oh, a senior malware researcher with HP, recently bought a single Aloha point-of-sale terminal -- a brand of computerized cash register widely used in the hospitality industry -- on eBay for $200....

Startup offers Netflix-like clothes rentals for women

Startup Le Tote is hoping to gain an edge in the world of online retail with a Netflix-like shopping platform for women who want to add new pieces to their wardrobes without buying them....

Here's why Oracle thinks Micros is worth $5.3B

Oracle's pending acquisition of retail and hospitality technology vendor Micros is its biggest since scooping up Sun Microsystems in 2010, which begs questions about why it's willing to pay so much....

Bart Perkins: Forget the expense -- more secure credit cards are an opportunity

Cost has kept U.S. businesses from adopting fraud-resistant credit cards, but consumer concerns about privacy could make adoption a key differentiator....

Amazon's expected smartphone already faces skeptics

If Amazon announces a smartphone on Wednesday, as is widely expected, it will face an avalanche of skeptics....

Forget coffee, Starbucks is a tech company

People think Starbucks is a coffee company. But every restaurant sells coffee. What makes Starbucks unique is technology. Here's why....

iOS 8: Apple kills creepy Wi-Fi Location Tracking? Not really

Apple [AAPL] has won wide praise for making it a little harder to track iPhone users in iOS 8, but it hasn't prevented this kind of surveillance. You are the product You see, when your iOS 8 device scans local Wi-Fi networks, it...

Target finally gets its first CISO

Target has hired a chief information security officer, a move that's noteworthy mainly because it is the first time the company has had anyone in this role -- even though it is one of the largest retailers in the U.S....

Alibaba makes new e-commerce foray in the U.S. with 11Main.com

China's Alibaba Group is expanding in the U.S., with a new e-commerce site that's geared for buyers interested in boutique stores....

WWDC 2014: Apple's plan to save high street retail

Blink and you could have missed it, but Apple's plans to save retail were hidden among hundreds of announcements at WWDC -- soon every digital consumer experience geek will be knocking on Cupertino's door. Opening the...

Not the kind of crash we were expecting

Flashback to the 1960s, when this pilot fish is an IT manager at a supermarket chain. "In that era, all supermarkets carried a large replenishment supply in the back room, which used up much space and valuable inventory," says...

Apple's buying Beats? They must be deaf

I may be among the first to say it, but I'm certain I won't be the last. Beats headphones are crap. The technology in the headphones caters to music with heavy bass. In my opinion, it's similar to turning up the bass on your cheap...

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