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US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes

Internet retailers will soon be required to pay state sales tax across the entire United States following a 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court. The decision [PDF] will have a huge impact on American ecommerce, with large companies required to calculate, charge and hand over billions of dollars through dozens of different taxes …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jun 2018
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Adobe acquires Magento to go B2B2C and beyond

Adobe has announced it will acquire Magento Commerce, and fold the gobbled business's platform into its Experience Cloud. Magento started life as an open-source web platform that melded content management and e-commerce, an approach that simplified matters considerably for small business and attracted plenty of larger users …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2018
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Happy having Amazon tiptoe into your house? Why not the car, then? In-trunk delivery – what could go wrong?

Amid worries about social network and ad-related privacy invasions, Amazon is asking for invitations into people's homes and cars. Expanding its Amazon Key service – by which delivery people can be granted access to the smart-locked homes of Amazon Prime members to drop off packages – the e-commerce behemoth has introduced …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Apr 2018
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Cisco to trial direct online sales

Cisco's going to have a crack at direct sales online. Cisco's veep for Australia and New Zealand yesterday told the Cisco Live! event in Melbourne that it's currently possible to buy his company's kit online from the company, but that finding out how to do it is not easy. Cisco's online direct sales presence is obscure …

UK web grocer Ocado takes £500k hit after robo-warehouse tech splurge

Middle-class Brit online supermarket nirvana Ocado posted losses of £500,000 for 2017, down from £12m profit the previous year – largely thanks to its "transformation" into a technology provider flogging robot-operated warehouses. The company splashed £42.8m on technology last year, up from £34.3m the year before. That …
Kat Hall, 6 Feb 2018
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Amazon manages to find a mere sliver of profit – just $2bn – out of $61bn in end-of-year sales

Amazon.com said its Q4 2017 net sales reached $60.5bn, an increase of 38 per cent from the $43.7bn reported by the tech giant during the same period a year earlier. Analysts had been expecting somewhat less, $59.83bn, according to Thomson Reuters. The earnings were revealed on Thursday, and lifted the book-selling, server- …

Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

The British government is to ban ticket touts from using automated software to snap up more tickets than allowed by event organisers. The new criminal offence will be brought forward under a provision in the Digital Economy Act. Those who break the law will face an unlimited fine. The plans are part of draft legislation and …
Kat Hall, 3 Jan 2018

EU toys with Pandora's Box if it reopens e-commerce directive

Exclusive European policy makers are considering the unthinkable and reopening the EU's e-commerce directive, according to multiple sources. UK industries have been invited to contribute their thoughts, on the basis that the directive will be amended in the lifetime of this Parliament. The delicate balance enshrined in Directive 2000/31 …

Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

To keep thieves from stealing packages, Amazon wants to open your front door so it can drop off stuff inside. The e-commerce and cloud behemoth on Wednesday introduced Amazon Key, a service that allows Prime members in certain cities to surveil and remotely open their homes. Amazon envisions Key as a way for customers to …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2017

Web crash and pricing errors hit Argos

Argos shoppers who prefer to buy online rather than in-store via the laminated catalogue of dreams were out of luck this morning as the website crashed intermittently and pricing errors showed up. The site was due to be down for routine maintenance from midnight, a spokeswoman at Argos told The Reg, but “there is a separate …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2017

China's cyber court opens for business; a gavel-free zone?

China has just opened a new court that will solely deal with internet-related cases. Based in Hangzhou – where many large Chinese internet companies are located – the Net Court (Hangzhou Internet Court) will hear cases covering everything from domain names to ecommerce disputes to online defamation. The court accepts …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Aug 2017
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Tesco Online IT meltdown: Fails to deliver thousands of grocery orders

An unspecified UK-wide technical glitch related to the food picking and packaging process left thousands of Tesco online grocery punters without their deliveries today, the retailer has told us. “We’re currently experiencing an IT issue which is affecting some Grocery Home Shopping orders,” a spokesman at the UK’s largest …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2017

You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

Today, Amazon announced it will be acquiring the devilishly expensive Whole Foods Market to the tune of $13.7bn. “Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” said health-conscious Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a statement. The transaction …
Andrew Silver, 16 Jun 2017

Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

Updated An eBay staffer says her bank account was wiped out and her rent check bounced – after the New York hotel she stayed in started charging other guests' reservations to her card. Laura Jane Watkins tweeted about a strange conversation she had with 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday night. "Hello Mrs Watkins," she recalled the …
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Walmart workers invited to shuttle packages

As Amazon tests drone-drops for online orders, Walmart wants sales associates to double as delivery drivers. The global retail giant has launched a program to enlist its employees to deliver packages on the way to and from their jobs at the company's stores. Participation in the program, Walmart insists, is voluntary. Marc …
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Billion-dollar skincare biz scrubs IT makeover, spends days in a daze

Rodan + Fields managed to turn skincare and social marketing into a billion-dollar brand over the past 15 years, but for the past week, the high-flying cosmetics seller has been without a website to handle sales. Tipped to the "monumental fail" of the company's new consultant sales portal – it relies on affiliates to sell …

Try to sell stuff through Facebook Marketplace and get locked out for 72 hours – nice one, Zuck

Netizens trying to sell items in Facebook Marketplace for the first time were completely locked out of the social network for 72 hours this week. The banishment appears to be a consequence of Facebook's desire to vet photos of Marketplace sellers. Facebook leaves content verification to its community because, as CEO Mark …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Apr 2017

Dodgy Dutch developer built backdoors into thousands of sites

Update Dutch police are this week warning 20,000 users that their email accounts were hacked after a malicious web developer left backdoors in the sites he built. Cops found the credentials in the un-named 35-year-old man's email account and say he used the stolen personal details to open accounts, convince family members to transfer …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jan 2017

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