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Liberty Reserve official pleads guilty to money laundering

An official with Liberty Reserve, a popular digital currency service that was based in Costa Rica, has pleaded guilty to money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.
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Amazon unveils mobile card reader targeting Square, PayPal

Amazon.com has introduced a card reader coupled with smartphone and tablet apps that aim to provide small businesses with a way to accept payments on these devices.

US consumer agency warns of several Bitcoin risks

Bitcoin and other virtual currencies can expose users to a number of risks, including hackers and scammers trying to take advantage of hype surrounding the technology, a U.S. consumer protection agency warned Monday.

Almost one in six doctor visits will be virtual this year

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, and rural population grows, telemedicine is expected to take off this year as an alternative to traditional in-person physician visits.

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 shopping and delivery service.

Amazon Fire dubbed an 'experiment in e-commerce' with lessons for future phones

The Amazon Fire, which finally arrived on July 27, has been nothing but controversial.

Judge approves Apple e-books price-fixing settlement

A U.S. district court judge has given preliminary approval for Apple to pay a $450 million settlement for its role in an e-books price-fixing conspiracy.

Amazon says $9.99 e-books will boost revenue, including for Hachette

Amazon.com believes that pricing e-books at $9.99 will boost sales by over 74 percent as the books are highly price-elastic.

Twitter acquires image search firm Madbits

Madbits, a year-old company that uses deep learning technology to assign relevant information to raw images, has sold itself to Twitter, according to the Madbits website.

Amazon investing $2 billion more in India as online retail booms

Amazon.com is investing $2 billion more in India, which is witnessing an online retail boom.

E-business In Depth

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.

Preston Gralla: Jeff Bezos hates you

But he's quite fond of your credit card.

Google shows Apple how to buy a music service

Google's purchase of music streaming service Songza will be a boost for the Google brand as well as its search, Play, Glass and other services. Maybe Apple could learn a thing or two from the deal.

Evan Schuman: Supreme Court on obvious patents: Common sense isn't so horrible

Unanimous decision won't shut down patent trolls, but it will curb worst abuses.

Why you shouldn't buy the Amazon Fire phone

Amazon and its Fire phone are capable of the most comprehensive and aggressive personal data harvesting ever offered in any product. The company needs to be far more transparent about what the phone actually does, and how Amazon protects all this data.

Malvertising rise pushes ad industry to action

With hidden malware on the rise, the online advertising industry may finally have to get its governance act together.

Amazon embraces its inner geek by buying Comixology

Amazon announced it's buying Comixology, the leader in the digital-comic-book world. Comixology's technology powers the company's own popular Comics app and web store, and the main comic-reading apps by Marvel and DC.

Self-publishing e-books: How to get started

Self-publishing has become an increasingly important industry for both individual authors and businesses who want to put out their own books. But how do you begin? Here are some tips for self-starters.

IT raises an eyebrow as pundits push 'digital transformation'

The major consulting firms are all advising IT pros to remake their businesses into fully digital organizations. But as IT has known for years, transformation -- especially digital transformation -- is hard.

Ad blockers: A solution or a problem?

Ad blockers can make websites cleaner and faster for users, but they can also take a nasty bite out of advertising revenue. How popular are they, and what can site publishers do about them?