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  • Amazon narrows down search for HQ2 to 20-city shortlist

    Amazon narrows down search for HQ2 to 20-city shortlist

  • 2018 to be “an inflection for Netflix” according to analysts

    2018 to be “an inflection for Netflix” according to analysts

  • Mastercard looks to innovate Kenyan Micromerchant businesses

    Mastercard looks to innovate Kenyan Micromerchant businesses

  • Alphabet continues expansion into health tech with flu vaccine investment

    Alphabet continues expansion into health tech with flu vaccine investment

  • Alibaba’s AI can read better than humans

    Alibaba’s AI can read better than humans

  • Facebook’s newsfeed update – will marketers suffer?

    Facebook’s newsfeed update – will marketers suffer?

  • Activision Blizzard CEO: Overwatch league is growing fast

    Activision Blizzard CEO: Overwatch league is growing fast

  • Facebook: one step back, two steps forward

    Facebook: one step back, two steps forward

  • Amazon.com Inc - Prime loyalty shows in revealing new survey

    Amazon.com Inc - Prime loyalty shows in revealing new survey

  • Netflix set to be second only to Disney by 2023

    Netflix set to be second only to Disney by 2023

  • Activision Blizzard - City franchise leagues reach esports as Overwatch competition begins

    Activision Blizzard - City franchise leagues reach Esports as Overwatch competition begins

  • Crypto currency takes bashing from Paypal

    Crypto currency takes bashing from Paypal

  • Certified construction for FedEx

    Certified construction for FedEx

  • Sims4 dines out on latest content release

    Sims4 dines out on latest content release

  • Tencent Holding LTD - Turf wars in Asia

    Tencent Holding LTD - Turf wars in Asia

  • Facebook wins social media battle to live stream Golden Globes

    Facebook wins social media battle to live stream Golden Globes

  • Honour of Kings looks for more glory in western mobile game markets

    Honour of Kings looks for more glory in western mobile game markets

  • Is Activision Blizzard planning to make a move into consumer products?

    Is Activision Blizzard planning to make a move into consumer products?

  • Amazon top dog in Mexico

    Amazon top dog in Mexico

  • Mastercard Index of Consumer Confidence paints bright picture for India

    Mastercard Index of Consumer Confidence paints bright picture for India

  • Netflix chases down Hollywood with Will Smith flick

    Netflix chases down Hollywood with Will Smith flick

  • Facebook to introduce facial recognition to up security

    Facebook to introduce facial recognition to up security

  • The net neutrality repeal isn’t popular – but should investors be concerned?

    The net neutrality repeal isn’t popular – but should investors be concerned?

  • Google tweaks News to only show stories with a country of origin

    Google tweaks News to only show stories with a country of origin

  • Tencent pushes further into brick and mortar

    Tencent pushes further into brick and mortar

  • Blizzard is the key to Activision’s growth

    Blizzard is the key to Activision’s growth

  • Facebook courts goodwill by moving to local tax structure

    Facebook courts goodwill by moving to local tax structure

  • DeepMind has a method to make artificial intelligence safe

    DeepMind has a method to make artificial intelligence safe

  • Facebook TV slashes smaller shows to free up budget for bigger productions

    Facebook TV slashes smaller shows to free up budget for bigger productions

  • Alibaba puts another $200 million into India

    Alibaba puts another $200 million into India

  • Jack Ma thinks China’s politics bode well for growth

    Jack Ma thinks China’s politics bode well for growth

  • Amadeus owns the skies

    Amadeus owns the skies

  • Watch out Etsy: Amazon’s got you in its sights

    Watch out Etsy: Amazon’s got you in its sights

  • Electronic Arts completes acquisition of Respawn early

    Electronic Arts completes acquisition of Respawn early

  • Grubhub uses Snapchat to gobble up Millennial attention

    Grubhub uses Snapchat to gobble up Millennial attention

  • Visa wants to go contactless around the world

    Visa wants to go contactless around the world

  • Facebook disables ethnicity ad targeting system

    Facebook disables ethnicity ad targeting system

  • Alibaba wants the biggest stake in facial recognition startup SenseTime

    Alibaba wants the biggest stake in facial recognition startup SenseTime

  • Tech stocks see worst sell off in over a year… but already rebounding

    Tech stocks see worst sell off in over a year… but already rebounding

  • The incredible acceleration of eSports

    The incredible acceleration of eSports

  • Aging Millennials do the most shopping over holiday weekend

    Aging Millennials do the most shopping over holiday weekend

  • Amazon closes the cloud gap with Microsoft and Google

    Amazon closes the cloud gap with Microsoft and Google

  • Facebook gets serious challenging ad disinformation

    Facebook gets serious challenging ad disinformation

  • Tencent’s advertising business has plenty of room to grow

    Tencent’s advertising business has plenty of room to grow

  • Electronic Arts savvy digital strategies will compensate for recent woes

    Electronic Arts savvy digital strategies will compensate for recent woes

  • Tencent is now the world’s most valuable social networking company

    Tencent is now the world’s most valuable social networking company

  • Netflix unconcerned about net neutrality threats as it plans a stacked December

    Netflix unconcerned about net neutrality threats as it plans a stacked December

  • Fancy a plane this black Friday? Alibaba’s got you covered!

    Fancy a plane this black Friday? Alibaba’s got you covered!

  • Fancy an Amazon Echo with that Thanksgiving turkey?

    Fancy an Amazon Echo with that Thanksgiving turkey?

  • Alibaba marches further into physical retail with Sun Art investment

    Alibaba marches further into physical retail with Sun Art investment

Latest Ecommerce Stories

  • Amazon narrows down search for HQ2 to 20-city shortlist

    Amazon narrows down search for HQ2 to 20-city shortlist

    Ecommerce, Monday, 22 January 2018

    If you’re the mayor of a major American city, then the end of 2017 brought you something new to fantasise about: the possibility that Ecommerce titan Amazon would set up camp, making its “second headquarters” in your jurisdiction. While the idea ...
  • 2018 to be “an inflection for Netflix” according to analysts

    2018 to be “an inflection for Netflix” according to analysts

    Ecommerce, Friday, 19 January 2018

    Netflix is quickly becoming the king of the SVOD (Streaming Video On Demand) club, with a huge combination of “classic” content from previous years and bold new material that’s winning awards in its own right. Hot off the heels of its success with ...
  • Mastercard looks to innovate Kenyan Micromerchant businesses

    Mastercard looks to innovate Kenyan Micromerchant businesses

    Ecommerce, Friday, 19 January 2018

    If you’ve never heard of micromerchants before, you can be forgiven: in the many parts of the world, we have nothing like them. In Africa, a micromerchant is someone who makes their living selling very small amounts of goods from a premises that is often just ...
  • Alphabet continues expansion into health tech with flu vaccine investment

    Alphabet continues expansion into health tech with flu vaccine investment

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 18 January 2018

    Tech titan Alphabet, parent of Google, has long had an interest in the healthcare sector. This was in evidence even before it was Alphabet, when Google (formerly the whole company, now just its biggest and most profitable segment) had a portfolio of businesses like ...
  • Alibaba’s AI can read better than humans

    Alibaba’s AI can read better than humans

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 17 January 2018

    In an unprecedented success, Alibaba’s artificial intelligence (AI) can outperform humans when it comes to reading and comprehension. The company’s deep neural network model was tested last week by Stanford University, in an ordeal that required it to ...
  • Facebook’s newsfeed update – will marketers suffer?

    Facebook’s newsfeed update – will marketers suffer?

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 16 January 2018

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave investors, employees, and Facebook users a shock last week when he promised to “fix” the social media giant. We reported on the news yesterday, but the crux of it is that Zuckerberg wants to prioritise “friends ...
  • Activision Blizzard CEO: Overwatch league is growing fast

    Activision Blizzard CEO: Overwatch league is growing fast

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 16 January 2018

    There are very few subjects in the world of video gaming that are currently as hot as eSports. Industry insiders, analysts, and fans alike all see competitive video gaming modeled around professional sports leagues as the next big evolution for computerized ...
  • Facebook: one step back, two steps forward

    Facebook: one step back, two steps forward

    Ecommerce, Monday, 15 January 2018

    In an effort to ensure better long-term results for the company, Facebook will change its newsfeed, making it more like it used to be. The company has said that posts from “family and friends” will now be featured more prominently than those from ...
  • Amazon.com Inc - Prime loyalty shows in revealing new survey

    Amazon.com Inc - Prime loyalty shows in revealing new survey

    Ecommerce, Friday, 12 January 2018

    A new study by Feedvisor, an algo-commerce company that combines big data and machine-learning algorithms to advise online retailers, has shown that Amazon’s Prime customers show near unparalleled brand loyalty. The study looked at 1600 Amazon customers in ...
  • Netflix set to be second only to Disney by 2023

    Netflix set to be second only to Disney by 2023

    Ecommerce, Friday, 12 January 2018

    Netflix established itself in the UK, the world's 5th largest media market, in 2012. It was revealed today through a survey by the Broadcaster’s Audience Research Board that 7.5million UK households now subscribe to Netflix, as of the third quarter of 2017. ...
  • Activision Blizzard - City franchise leagues reach esports as Overwatch competition begins

    Activision Blizzard - City franchise leagues reach Esports as Overwatch competition begins

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 11 January 2018

    Yesterday Activision Blizzard launched their Overwatch videogame league in a test of whether esports can match their more traditional counterparts in attracting audiences and the paying advertisers that come with them. The global esports market generated ...
  • Crypto currency takes bashing from Paypal

    Crypto currency takes bashing from Paypal

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 11 January 2018

    Dan Schulman, Chief Executive Officer of digital payment company PayPal, has spoken this week about the rise in investment in crypto-currencies that has been seen in the last part of 2017 and the early part of 2018. Bitcoin was valued at around $1000 a coin at the ...
  • Certified construction for FedEx

    Certified construction for FedEx

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 10 January 2018

    The global courier company announced a new construction project this week, opened a new hub, and in a third story a court in Utah ruled that items delivered by the company do not count as certified mail for legal purposes. In Memphis, Tennessee, where FedEx has its ...
  • Sims4 dines out on latest content release

    Sims4 dines out on latest content release

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 09 January 2018

    Today sees the console release in the latest in EA’s long running “Sims” franchise – “The Sims4 – Dine Out”. A new content pack for the newest of the Sims games. Beginning in 1989 with SimCity (published by Maxis, now a ...
  • Tencent Holding LTD - Turf wars in Asia

    Tencent Holding LTD - Turf wars in Asia

    Ecommerce, Monday, 08 January 2018

    Tencent Holdings Ltd, which is Asia's most valuable company, recently invested $604 million in Vipshop Holdings Ltd. an online apparel platform in an apparent escalation of it's ongoing rivalry with Alibaba Group Holdings in the Asian retail sector. Tencent’s ...
  • Facebook wins social media battle to live stream Golden Globes

    Facebook wins social media battle to live stream Golden Globes

    Ecommerce, Friday, 05 January 2018

    Social media giant Facebook has scored a significant win over rival Twitter – this year, the former company has secured exclusive rights to live stream the Golden Globes’ red carpet pre-show. Last year, that was an accolade that the latter company ...
  • Honour of Kings looks for more glory in western mobile game markets

    Honour of Kings looks for more glory in western mobile game markets

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 04 January 2018

    Honour of Kings is the world’s most popular mobile MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game – and that’s despite the fact that it’s yet to become available in the west! To understand how popular Honour of Kings is, consider the following: ...
  • Is Activision Blizzard planning to make a move into consumer products?

    Is Activision Blizzard planning to make a move into consumer products?

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 04 January 2018

    Activision Blizzard had a phenomenal 2017, seeing its share price rise by nearly 80% - but that could just be the tip of the iceberg. In recent years, the company has been at the forefront of the video game industry: it’s a leader in the nascent eSports ...
  • Amazon top dog in Mexico

    Amazon top dog in Mexico

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 03 January 2018

    According to a Euromonitor report, Amazon has made huge strides in Mexico in 2017. The report says that Amazon’s online revenues grew $502 million in the country – that’s up 106%, year on year! Although these figures represent a projection, and are ...
  • Mastercard Index of Consumer Confidence paints bright picture for India

    Mastercard Index of Consumer Confidence paints bright picture for India

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 02 January 2018

    Indian consumers are looking forward to more spending and a better quality of life in 2018 – at least, that’s the message from global payment provider Mastercard. According to the Index, released last Thursday: “consumer confidence in India remains ...
  • Netflix chases down Hollywood with Will Smith flick

    Netflix chases down Hollywood with Will Smith flick

    Ecommerce, Friday, 22 December 2017

    Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD) market leaders Netflix are taking aim at the movie business. The company’s latest big release is a “buddy-cop” set in an urban fantasy world, where orks, fairies, and other mythical creatures co-exist with humans in ...
  • Facebook to introduce facial recognition to up security

    Facebook to introduce facial recognition to up security

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 21 December 2017

    Social media giant Facebook wants to give its users a more secure experience, and to do so, it’s bringing in Facial recognition technology which will notify people whenever their photo is posted. The company made the announcement on Tuesday via a blog post, ...
  • The net neutrality repeal isn’t popular – but should investors be concerned?

    The net neutrality repeal isn’t popular – but should investors be concerned?

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 20 December 2017

    There has been a huge outcry online following the repeal of the so-called “net neutrality” bill by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. But should investors worry about the ramifications of the move? Depending what they invest in, not really. ...
  • Google tweaks News to only show stories with a country of origin

    Google tweaks News to only show stories with a country of origin

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 19 December 2017

    Internet giant Google is trying to clean up its newsfeed in an effort to stem the flow of fake news. Now, any publication that masks its country of origin, or deliberately attempts to mislead readers over where in the world it originates, will be stripped out. This ...
  • Tencent pushes further into brick and mortar

    Tencent pushes further into brick and mortar

    Ecommerce, Monday, 18 December 2017

    Chinese internet giant Tencent, the country’s most powerful force in social media, messaging, and mobile gaming, is pushing into the offline world. Last week, it pushed a little further, with an agreement to buy a 5% stake in China’s Yonghui Superstores ...
  • Blizzard is the key to Activision’s growth

    Blizzard is the key to Activision’s growth

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 14 December 2017

    Activision Blizzard’s Blizzard unit is the key to the company’s future growth. It’s producing high-demand titles and is heavily exposed to the growing eSports sector through its Overwatch game and the company’s associated eSports league. ...
  • Facebook courts goodwill by moving to local tax structure

    Facebook courts goodwill by moving to local tax structure

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 14 December 2017

    Social media kingpin Facebook has had a troubled relationship with tax authorities recently. Like many large technology companies, Facebook opts to centralize its tax through an Irish subsidiary, meaning it doesn’t pay taxes on sales in the countries ...
  • DeepMind has a method to make artificial intelligence safe

    DeepMind has a method to make artificial intelligence safe

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 13 December 2017

    Concerns over the safety of artificial intelligence (AI) are fashionable. These concerns have long occupied academics and science fiction writers, but a number of leading technocrats, most notably Elon Musk, have publicized them in recent years. There are a number ...
  • Facebook TV slashes smaller shows to free up budget for bigger productions

    Facebook TV slashes smaller shows to free up budget for bigger productions

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 12 December 2017

    Facebook’s foray into the world of on-demand video isn’t yet ready to take on the big boys of the sector, like YouTube and Netflix. That’s because, in its effort to steal away TV viewership and carve out a larger slice of the advertising pie, ...
  • Alibaba puts another $200 million into India

    Alibaba puts another $200 million into India

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 12 December 2017

    Alibaba, China’s reigning king of Ecommerce and one of the country’s “Big Three” internet companies (alongside Baidu and Tencent), has announced that it’s plunging another $200 million into the Indian Ecommerce market. The investment ...
  • Jack Ma thinks China’s politics bode well for growth

    Jack Ma thinks China’s politics bode well for growth

    Ecommerce, Monday, 11 December 2017

    Alibaba’s founder and CEO, Jack Ma, thinks that China’s one-party state offers a level of political stability that the U.S. can’t match. Responding to a question at the Fortune Magazine conference in Guangzhou, Ma said “I am very confident ...
  • Amadeus owns the skies

    Amadeus owns the skies

    Ecommerce, Friday, 08 December 2017

    Amadeus IT, Europe’s second most valuable software business, has become so powerful that its customers – the world’s biggest airlines – are in open rebellion. Some analysts and investors are questioning whether this rebellion – which ...
  • Watch out Etsy: Amazon’s got you in its sights

    Watch out Etsy: Amazon’s got you in its sights

    Ecommerce, Friday, 08 December 2017

    Global Ecommerce powerhouse Amazon is offering last-minute delivery on a wide range of handmade items, including candles, pottery, and necklaces, in an effort to win over shoppers on arts-and-crafts marketplace Etsy. This is a great time to offer the competitive ...
  • Electronic Arts completes acquisition of Respawn early

    Electronic Arts completes acquisition of Respawn early

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 07 December 2017

    In November, Electronic Arts (EA) announced that it was buying Titanfall developer Respawn. Originally, it expected the deal to close by the end of this calendar year, but a recent filing shows that it came in ahead of schedule, and was completed by December 1. ...
  • Grubhub uses Snapchat to gobble up Millennial attention

    Grubhub uses Snapchat to gobble up Millennial attention

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 07 December 2017

    Food delivery service Grubhub considers hungry college students to be a key demographic. That’s why it’s become one of Snapchat’s earliest adopters – and the company is using the youth-friendly social media site in a variety of ways. ...
  • Visa wants to go contactless around the world

    Visa wants to go contactless around the world

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 06 December 2017

    Last month, cashless transaction titan Visa took its contactless payment technology global. The company launched Visa Global Transit Solutions (VGTS), which will allow: “mass transit systems to incorporate contactless payment readers at fare gates or on ...
  • Facebook disables ethnicity ad targeting system

    Facebook disables ethnicity ad targeting system

    Ecommerce, Monday, 04 December 2017

    Facebook has disabled a controversial system that lets advertisers choose which ethnic groups to target. The feature was recently abused – as a test, it is worth pointing out – by news group ProPublica, which discovered that it could post discriminatory ...
  • Alibaba wants the biggest stake in facial recognition startup SenseTime

    Alibaba wants the biggest stake in facial recognition startup SenseTime

    Ecommerce, Monday, 04 December 2017

    Chinese Ecommerce titan Alibaba is looking to become the biggest investor in SenseTime, a Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) startup working on facial recognition software. According to a person who is familiar with the matter, but would rather not be named, ...
  • Tech stocks see worst sell off in over a year… but already rebounding

    Tech stocks see worst sell off in over a year… but already rebounding

    Ecommerce, Friday, 01 December 2017

    Technology stocks saw their worst sell off in more than a year this week, wiping some $60 billion off the sector. However, as dramatic as it was, fortunes are already reversing, with Thursday witnessing a rebound in Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (the ...
  • The incredible acceleration of eSports

    The incredible acceleration of eSports

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 30 November 2017

    Computer games have been played competitively since the 1970s – sometimes even in local tournaments, or for prize money. But compared today’s professional and semi-professional gamers have taken it to the next level and beyond: it’s the difference ...
  • Aging Millennials do the most shopping over holiday weekend

    Aging Millennials do the most shopping over holiday weekend

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 30 November 2017

    Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. That long weekend, which also swallows up another two days of the week in November, has it all, if shopping’s your thing. And this year, it turns out shopping really is your thing – if you’re at the older ...
  • Amazon closes the cloud gap with Microsoft and Google

    Amazon closes the cloud gap with Microsoft and Google

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 29 November 2017

    Amazon’s cloud hosting business has been a solid outperformer over the last couple of years. But even as it’s dominating the market to deliver computing power online, there is one area in which it has lagged: artificial intelligence (AI). Google and ...
  • Facebook gets serious challenging ad disinformation

    Facebook gets serious challenging ad disinformation

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 28 November 2017

    Social media giant Facebook became embroiled in the recent controversy over Russian “hacking” of the last U.S. Presidential Election, when it transpired that Russian-bought political ads were featured on its site. The company, like peer, Google, is eager ...
  • Tencent’s advertising business has plenty of room to grow

    Tencent’s advertising business has plenty of room to grow

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 28 November 2017

    Here are two important facts about Chinese internet giant Tencent: it’s the world’s most valuable social networking company, and it’s a relatively small player in the global advertising market. This means, of course, that the potential to capture ...
  • Electronic Arts savvy digital strategies will compensate for recent woes

    Electronic Arts savvy digital strategies will compensate for recent woes

    Ecommerce, Monday, 27 November 2017

    Electronic Arts (EA) is one of the world’s biggest, most respected, and most innovative video games developers. It’s at the forefront of most of the trends driving the industry, and has some of the world’s best creative properties – in ...
  • Tencent is now the world’s most valuable social networking company

    Tencent is now the world’s most valuable social networking company

    Ecommerce, Friday, 24 November 2017

    After an incredibly strong rally, which saw its value climb by $292 billion, Tencent has become the fifth most valuable company in the world. In doing so, it has ousted Facebook from the top 5 and become the world’s most valuable social networking company. The ...
  • Netflix unconcerned about net neutrality threats as it plans a stacked December

    Netflix unconcerned about net neutrality threats as it plans a stacked December

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 23 November 2017

    As the internet erupts in furor over plans to roll back net neutrality legislation instituted under the Obama Administration, the world’s best known streaming video on demand (SVOD) service says it isn’t concerned. The Federal Communications Commission ...
  • Fancy a plane this black Friday? Alibaba’s got you covered!

    Fancy a plane this black Friday? Alibaba’s got you covered!

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 23 November 2017

    Ecommerce is about more than just getting your groceries from Amazon or streaming your favourite show on Netflix. In China, you can buy planes. On Tuesday, SF Airlines Co. used China’s biggest Ecommerce platform – Alibaba-owned Taobao – to buy two ...
  • Fancy an Amazon Echo with that Thanksgiving turkey?

    Fancy an Amazon Echo with that Thanksgiving turkey?

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 22 November 2017

    As Thanksgiving approaches, Amazon has set up pop-up shops in hundreds of Whole Foods stores across America. These stores will be pushing Amazon devices to shoppers buying their Thanksgiving feasts, as Amazon uses its new brick-and-mortar presence to coax people ...
  • Alibaba marches further into physical retail with Sun Art investment

    Alibaba marches further into physical retail with Sun Art investment

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 21 November 2017

    Online retail giant Alibaba is pushing further into the world of brick-and-mortar shopping with a $2.9 billion investment into China’s largest hypermarket chain, Sun Art Retail Group Ltd. The deal will see Alibaba acquire a 36% stake in the company, which ...