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A new channel challenge for retailers: Dual-screening

In retail, we have seen merged channel, omnichannel and multi-channel, but here's an interesting twist: We are now seeing concrete marketing evidence from dual-screening, one courtesy of a new eBay U.K. report.

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The Social Security website is now secure

The US Social Security Administration runs ssa.gov. The main site is secure, but the section where users enter their password was not. I blogged about this lapse in security recently. Now, the site is truly secure. Do senior citizens...

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The best way to doom a holiday retail trial to failure: Don't brief employees

It's that time of year again when retailers prep for the holiday shopping season by bringing in crowds of temp employees. Kohl's just said it was bringing in 69,000 holiday temps, Target bringing in about 70,000, Toys"R"Us eyeing...

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IT certifications report card: What are they worth now? Which ones pay off the most?

The first of a two-part series on IT certifications' multifaceted contribution to a prosperous, secure career in technology's busiest and most promising sectors and senior management in any enterprise.

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IT workers brace for outsourcing, layoffs at health insurer

Major health insurer Health Care Service Corporation is planning to outsource part of its information technology operation in what employees fear could lead to a major layoff in the IT department.

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Swift hopes daily reporting will help stem payment fraud

Swift is introducing a new reporting system to help banks identify fraudulent payments made over its financial transfer network -- but the reports will arrive up to a day too late to stop them all.

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Robot cars will make up most of Lyft’s rides in five years

Autonomous cars are set to take off but they are less likely to be driven by private owners and will in all probability be part of networks operated by ride-hailing services, according to the co-founder and president of Lyft.

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Walmart's self-driving shopping cart magic

Despite various short-lived efforts over the years, most retail shopping carts are impressively low-tech. But a new patent issued to Walmart paints a futuristic vision, with carts driving themselves from the parking lot right to the...

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Bank of England wants next payment system to be blockchain-ready

The Bank of England wants to open its interbank settlement service to blockchain technologies as part of a major revamp of the system.

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EU threatens to open e-commerce antitrust investigations

The European Commission may open antitrust investigations into price restrictions and online sales bans in the e-commerce industry, it warned Thursday.

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How to download new Census data with R

Here's how to get data from the just-released 2015 American Community Survey using R.

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Chase Mobile grasps the obvious about biometrics

On Monday, Chase quietly stopped asking for passwords for sensitive transfers on its mobile app, concluding that a fingerprint-scan is quite sufficient.

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Amazon's crackdown on third-party sellers is the right approach

In trying to be the world's largest e-tailer by offering almost anything, Amazon has attracted a dedicated group of thieves and resellers trying to slip through the holes in Amazon's bureaucracy. Amazon is now making a good-faith...

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Yes, U.S. did hack Elysée Palace in 2012, French ex-spy claims

Bernard Barbier, a former head of the French signals intelligence service, shared a few stories with students of CentraleSupélec, the elite engineering school from which he graduated in 1976, at a symposium this summer.

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Why EMV is making fraud soar

EMV deployment struggles are keeping in-store fraud rates high while pushing online fraud much higher. Worst of both worlds for the moment.

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17% off Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Mobile Document Scanner - Deal Alert

The ScanSnap S1300i is the smallest multi-page double-sided ScanSnap scanner for one-button ease of use at the desk or on the road. Just stack up to 10 pages and press the blue button. Currently discounted 17%.

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Google Wallet gets that speed is everything

Developers don't visualize from the user's perspective. Nowhere is this more critical than with mobile payments.

Trusting the Social Security Administration?

The US Social Security Administration does a poor job of computer security. Surprised?

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