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Mobile spending is expected to double, hit $151 billion by 2017

The combined value of paid apps, app-enabled purchases of goods and services, and in-app advertising is expected to double to $151 billion in the U.S. by 2017, AppNation said.


Stores turn to Wi-Fi to track shoppers' comings and goings

More brick-and-mortar retailers are tracking shoppers who come into their stores by using Wi-Fi signals to figure out how long shoppers stay, where they look, and whether they wind up at a cash register.


Square launches online marketplace service to rival eBay, Amazon and Etsy

Mobile payments company Square has launched an online marketplace, an offering that an analyst said is similar to those from eBay, Amazon and Etsy, where merchants can sell products to consumers.

Starbucks takes its wireless payments on the road

The coffee chain is partnering with Visa Europe and Barclaycard to introduce near field communication point of sale terminals across 550 UK stores.



Hey, big buyer: Online shoppers prefer iOS, Forrester reports

iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch owners are 30 percent more likely to use their device to make purchases online than those using gadgets running Android, according to a new report from research firm Forrester.


Bing shopping

Could Microsoft's 'Brazil' project have been a revamped Bing Shopping?

Microsoft was set to launch an online marketplace to compete with Amazon, the Wall Street Journal reports. But Redmond killed the project before launch.

15 ways to protect your business's e-commerce site from hacking and fraud

E-commerce and security experts share 15 tips on how you can prevent fraud and keep your site safe.

Research and compare the latest smartphones at PhoneRocket

This handy site gives you a side-by-side comparison of any two phone models, all so you can make a more informed decision.


Businesses that accept Bitcoin may risk privacy problems

Bitcoin sales all recorded to a public ledger, which means that Bitcoin payments made to a company could permit tracking of later payments made to that address.

Wal-Mart to send automated shopping lists to its mobile app

Wal-Mart plans to use big data about a customer's usual shopping to automatically create shopping lists for them on its mobile app.