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Data Breach Lawsuits: A Growing Risk for E-Commerce

The expanding world of Internet commerce likely will generate a corresponding expansion of data breaches, with the result that e-commerce businesses increasingly will become the targets of consumer class action lawsuits. Breach litigation has become more prevalent as a result of a perceptible legal ...

Poor Website Designs Could Trigger Legal Actions

Internet marketing has become so popular that e-commerce retail sales in the U.S. are on pace to double between 2009 and 2018. The transaction value of e-commerce service industry contracts reached $600 billion in 2016. Despite the rush to digital commerce, the rules for business transactions are st...

Breach Litigation: A Growing Risk for E-Commerce Businesses

The expanding world of Internet commerce likely will generate a corresponding expansion of data breaches, with the result that e-commerce businesses increasingly will become the targets of consumer class action lawsuits. Breach litigation has become more prevalent as a result of a perceptible legal ...

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‘Different Strokes’ Approach Can Damage a Brand

One fundamental element of building a brand relationship with customers is consistency. Widely franchised companies like Starbucks compromise consistency, however. They employ several different business models instead of sticking to one. This approach confuses customers and hurts the master brand, s...

Apple May Be Gearing Up to Crack E-Books

Apple reportedly has been working on a redesign of its e-book app for iPhones and iPads, in what could be the biggest upgrade to its e-book service in years. The new app reportedly is undergoing testing and will be released in the next few months. It will have a simpler interface that better highlig...

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How Amazon Is Transforming Retail

Amazon's plan to buy Whole Foods Market has raised many new questions. If the company is successful in making the acquisition, and then successful in operating the business, it could transform the entire grocery industry. If we pull the camera back, we can see how success on the grocery side could f...

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Beware of Wildly Inconsistent Online Shopping Rules

Before you sit down at your kitchen table and lose money shopping for Christmas and holiday gifts, you'd be well advised to learn the rules of the online shopping road. They can be very different from one vendor to another, so shop carefully. Some companies do a great job with customer care. Others ...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

What Should be on the Next President’s Cyberagenda?

When the new president takes up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., cybersecurity will be on the shortlist for action. What's a president to do? TechNewsWorld asked more than a dozen experts what should be at the top of the new leader of the free world's cyberagenda. Following are some of their res...

Mattel’s 3D Printer Will Let Kids Do More Than Play With Toys

Mattel last week announced that it is giving its ThingMaker a high-tech makeover by equipping it with 3D capabilities. Using the original 1960s iteration, children could create small toys, such as dragons and flowers, by pouring liquid plastic into molds, which were heated and cooled. The updated Th...

GADGET DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES

Gadget Ogling: Up In The Air, Big Reads and Ghastly Wearables

This week in Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a peek at newly announced gadgets that caught my eye, we're going back to the future. Yes, there's an actual hoverboard on the agenda, alongside a larger Nook tablet, a high-end Kindle, smart luggage, and the tipping point for wearable tech. As always, ther...

Google Opens Express Lane in Chicago, Boston, DC

Google this week announced that it has expanded its Google Shopping Express service to Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. It has renamed the service "Google Express" and added several new merchants. Members will get same-day or overnight delivery on eligible orders exceeding $15. They'll also get ...

GADGET DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES

Gadget Ogling: A New Nook, a Good (M8), a Lock With No Key – and Music, Music, Music

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook conflates lots of different things: It's an Android tablet designed for reading, made by Samsung for Barnes & Noble. That might seem confusing, and I'd agree. It's essentially a branded version of the Galaxy Tab 4 with an e-commerce focus. Specifically, there's a Ba...

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Nook Redux: Is B&N Shooting Itself in the Foot?

After Barnes & Noble bled serious cash trying to create its own Nook e-reading tablets to compete with Amazon's Fire and Apple's iPad -- eventually, scrapping most of the Nook-building unit -- I figured it was pretty much down for the count. The announcement in June of its deal to let Samsung gi...

Barnes & Noble Thrusts Nook Into Samsung’s Galaxy

Barnes & Noble and Samsung on Wednesday jointly announced the Samsung the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. It is essentially the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet, rebranded and preloaded with B&N's content. The move immediately sparked a not-quite-favorable comparison to Amazon. "It's an impressive effort, b...

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