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Amazon Wants to Enter Your Homes and Hearts With This Super-Cheesy Infomercial Its new Echo gadget is part of the family

"Alexa, do we really need a voice-activated speaker that listens for our every command?"  Amazon is trying to earn a spot on our bookshelves, countertops and coffee tables with Echo, a…

November 6, 2014, 4:08 PM EST

Alibaba Is in Talks With U.S. Movie Studios to Stream in China Goes shopping for rights after big IPO

Alibaba founder Jack Ma, fresh off his company's record-breaking $22 billion public stock offering, is shopping for U.S. movies to stream online in China. Ma and a group of Alibaba…

October 24, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT

Are These Ads Prejudiced Against Car Dealers? They don't want to be called the H-word

Car buying is a delicate negotiation, but don’t call it haggling. Edmunds.com found that out the hard way with a YouTube ad campaign that spoofed car salesmen with videos involving…

October 24, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT

34 Places Where You Can Start Using Your iPhone to Buy Stuff McDonald's, Macy's, Disney World accept Apple Pay

So Apple’s best lineup of gadgets is out and its next big business is ready for launch—Apple Pay. The mobile payments service launches Monday and today Apple revealed a list…

October 16, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

McDonald's Now Accepts American Express Rewards Points Launches this week in New York, Chicago

American Express is partnering with McDonald's to offer a new service that allows rewards program cardholders to redeem points for meals. The pay-with-points service launches this week in New York and…

October 14, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

Google Ramps Up the Same-Day Delivery Service War With more cities and merchants on board, can it take on Amazon Prime?

Google is hoping that if you're going to shop local, you'll go with Google Express. This week, the company officially rebranded its former Shopping Express service—which allows people to order items…

October 14, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

Square Debuts Mobile Ordering for Coffee Uses location targeting to ensure a hot cup when you arrive

Square today introduced Square Order, a mobile app that lets consumers order coffee. The app tells baristas to start brewing as users approach a shop. With payment and ordering handled by…

October 8, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

Groupon's New App Delves Into Cash-Back Grocery Deals Couponing in the digital age

Groupon, the website known for offering deals on everything from laser hair removal to designer sunglasses, is moving into the supermarket arena. The daily discount site now offers grocery deals…

October 3, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

EBay and PayPal Will Part Ways in 2015 Split is intended to boost opportunities and revenue

After a strategic review, eBay has announced plans to spin off PayPal as a separate business in 2015. The e-commerce giant's board of directors is touting the separation as a…

September 30, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

Hackers Steal Consumer Data at Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop Latest chain under attack

Jimmy John's sandwich chain has become the latest victim of hackers, joining  a growing epidemic of financial attacks against consumers. Hackers targeted the Illinois sandwich shop, with 261 locations, between June…

September 25, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

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