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…

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…

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. found that out the hard way with a YouTube ad campaign that spoofed car salesmen with videos involving…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…