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Microsoft Opens Tony Fifth Avenue Store

Microsoft on Monday opened its flagship store in Manhattan. With an area of more than 22,000 square feet, it's the company's largest store and its 113th brick-and-mortar retail establishment. It's also the first Microsoft store that's two stories high. The company gutted a 1930s building that was pr...

Facebook May Be Poised to Push the E-Commerce Button

Facebook is rumored to be testing a Want button that would be similar in look and function to its now ubiquitous Like button. The feature was spotted by developer Tom Waddington, who published the button's code on his blog. Such buttons already exist -- but they have been developed by third-party b...

OPINION

Stories and Legends

An unfortunate side effect of a celebrity like Steve Jobs getting sick is that a huge number of us are collecting stories to go into articles and books that would mostly show up after he passed. I ran into two new stories I hadn't heard before last week, and one of them was rather juicy and eventua...

Gift Cards in a Gloomy Economy: A Losing Bet?

They may not be the most thoughtful presents in the world, but they sure are convenient. Gift cards relieve shoppers of having to find the perfect size, style, and color of any item on a shopping list. They also avoid scenarios where what the buyer views as desirable is antithetical to the receiver'...

MARKET REPORT

Dollar, Retail Worries Leave Stocks in Red

Stock markets slumped back from the holiday weekend today as refreshed concern over the weakness of the U.S. dollar and worries that the holiday shopping season won't pass muster outweighed a plunge in oil prices. The Dow lost 50.99, or 0.47 percent, to close at 10,776.13. The Nasdaq was lower by 6....

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Creating E-Tail Sales from Thin Air

With consumer confidence beginning to ebb, brick-and-mortar stores are implementing new strategies designed to lure consumers across their thresholds. But retailers trying to balance an actual store with an online presence must employ an array of tactics to prevent cannibalization. Fortunately, s...

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