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Walmart-Amazon Rivalry Turns Into Food Fight

Walmart said it would expand its Online Grocery Delivery service, currently available in six markets, to more than 100 metro areas across the United States. Its plans call for covering more than 40 percent of U.S. households by the end of the year. Walmart will use more than 800 of its stores to ful...

Amazon Courts Low-Income Customers With Deep Prime Discount

Amazon has introduced a Prime membership priced at $5.99 monthly for people on government assistance who have a valid EBT card. A Prime membership ordinarily costs $10.99 per month, or $99 per year. The EBT card is used to disburse funds for a variety of government assistance programs, including TAN...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

All Security Pros Want for Christmas: Smarter Users, Decoy Networks

People like to see gifts from their wish lists under the Christmas tree, and security pros are no exception. Here are things some cyberwarriors would like old St. Nick to deliver to them. The wish at the top of Ryan Kalember's Christmas list would be a tough one for Santa to fulfill, said the senior...

Instacart Bags $220 Million

Instacart on Tuesday announced it has raised $220 million, following a $44 million investment round in June of last year. The company uses a fleet of personal shoppers, who are independent contractors, to purchase and deliver items to customers. "The two main differentiators for Instacart are our fo...

OPINION

Apple Pay vs. CurrentC: Prelude to the Beacon Wars

The current dustup between Apple Pay and CurrentC is a stark, bleak mess. That's not because Apple promises an easier, more secure way of making a smartphone-based retail transaction. Nor is it because CurrentC wants to harvest data on you and provide behavior-bending coupons, incentives and special...

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Look Who’s Pushing Retailers to Go Omnichannel

Only the truly dedicated shopper realizes this -- and of course, anyone who follows the retail industry (I happen to fall in both categories) -- but most shopping centers in the United States are owned by just a handful of companies, called "real estate investment trusts," or REITs, if they are publ...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Hackers Paint Bull’s-eyes on Cybercurrencies

Another digital currency was brought to its knees last week when the administrators of Doge Vault had to suspend operations after they discovered their online wallet service had been attacked by hackers. Following an investigation of the incident and the reconstruction of some of their damaged infor...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

IT Firms Squabble Over Patent Reform Bill

Companies across the IT sector are in favor of improving the U.S. patent system and generally support efforts in Congress to improve patent protection. However, not all IT companies are in favor of specific proposals to improve the patent process. A current example is a patent reform bill recently i...

Big Guns Dueling for Domain Rights in Internet’s New Wild West

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers published a list of proposed generic top level domains on Wednesday, including such brand-specific Web suffixes such as ".jpmorgan," ".walmart" and ".microsoft," as well as more generic terms such as ".book" and ".love." ICANN, the nonprofit We...

OPINION

Flu Fear Goes Viral on the Web

There's a very good reason why we call Internet memes and themes "viral." Good and bad information spreads on the Web in much the same way those nasty bundles of nucleic acid and proteins do when they attack your body's cells and make you sick. Some of the Internet news items I've seen related to th...

New Study Finds Canned Food Laced With Toxic Chemical BPA

Consumer Reports has unleashed its findings on toxic levels of Bisphenol A in food packaging on a largely unsuspecting public. Before the report, many felt the BPA danger had passed with the introduction of BPA-free baby bottles and so-called microwave-safe plastics. Not so, says the report: Certain...

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Tech Tools for Smart Shopping

"Smart" shopping carts have been around for a while, but until recently, they haven't managed to gain much traction. Now, some momentum is building, according to proponents of the computer-rigged market baskets that -- with a swipe of a card -- can flash an alert that a customer's favorite brand of ...

Tools for the Tech-Savvy Shopper

"Smart" shopping carts have been around for a while, but until recently, they haven't managed to gain much traction. Now, some momentum is building, according to proponents of the computer-rigged market baskets that -- with a swipe of a card -- can flash an alert that a customer's favorite brand of ...

The Rebirth of the Online Grocery

The first wave of online grocery stores is all but gone, but one year after Webvan secured its title as the biggest dot-bomb ever, the online grocery segment is slowly reinventing itself. Brick-and-mortar supermarkets are cooking up some early success with hybrids of the original model. Indeed, i...

The Great Rivalries of E-Commerce

Recent history has shown that there are no sure things in e-tailing. And with eyes looking to the future, analysts are hesitant to hail even today's strongest companies as sure long-term victors. "I have not seen anything that indicates that one has a leg up on the other," Giga Information Group ana...

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