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PayPal tweaks terms in wake of 'robocall' controversy

Express consent from customers will be needed for marketing related calls, PayPal said

Oracle seeks to simplify e-store creation, management with new Commerce Cloud

Pre-integrated features include payments, design templates and SEO


Amazon, eBay, Etsy to remove Confederate flag merchandise

The changes come after last week's racially charged shooting in a South Carolina church

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Twitter takes another shot at social shopping

Twitter tried to break into social shopping in the past, but its efforts mostly fell flat. The struggling social network hopes to make waves (and revenue) with new product pages built for ecommerce, but is it another ill-conceived...

Alibaba sells off 11Main US e-commerce site to focus on China

Alibaba has been focusing more on luring U.S. merchants to its China business

Twitter tests a new way to sell goods

Two new features provide new areas of content around retail items and places

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Twitter is testing an easier way to find and buy products

Brands will now have product pages with relevant tweets, pricing info, and a buy button.

China opens up its e-commerce market to 100 percent foreign ownership

China made the change after introducing a similar regulation in Shanghai

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Amazon may soon look to you for package delivery

Amazon has caught the crowdsourcing bug and wants to control its shipping costs with independent drivers.

Etsy dips toes into crowdfunding

Fund on Etsy, now in pilot phase, will let backers fund projects pre-selected by Etsy

Alibaba prepares to launch Netflix-like service in China

The service would be offered through smart TVs and set-top boxes running Alibaba software

FTC charges game developer with misusing money raised on Kickstarter

It's the agency's first consumer protection complaint involving crowdfunding

Get ready for more buy buttons on Facebook

Facebook expands its partnership with Shopify for buying items in News Feed

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Why Pinterest's 'Buy It' button is big for online retailers

Pinterest users will soon be able to make purchases directly from the site via a new 'Buy It' button. The concept of 'Buyable Pins' is simple, but it could play a key role in the future of online retail.

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Are retailers (and consumers) ready for EMV?

As chip-and-pin credit cards make their way into consumer’s wallets, and stores retool their card readers to accept them, the industry has been quietly but steadily preparing for the official fall deadline. But that doesn’t mean you...

US House votes to ban Internet access taxes permanently

The House vote would extend a moratorium that's been in place since 1998

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Why your favorite stores still don't support Apple Pay

CurrentC commitments and concerns over cost are keeping the nation's top retailers from signing on to support Apple Pay.

PayPal users may get break on unsolicited robocalls, texts

Critics are upset that changes to PayPal's terms of service will let it ping users in these ways for marketing purposes

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Amazon expands free shipping to low-cost orders weighing 8 ounces or less

Forget about buying that extra pair of socks just to get free shipping on a pair of headphones. Amazon is expanding its free shipping offers to low-cost items under 8 ounces.

This startup promises a better way to buy or sell a used car

Shift's site lets buyers browse used cars that are vetted by mechanics

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