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  • FACT CHECK: Talking heads skew 'net neutrality' debate Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    That means broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile must act in the "public interest" when providing your Internet connection and conduct business in ways that are "just and reasonable." The goal, as stated by regulators: Prevent those service providers from creating paid Internet "fast lanes" and charging sites such as Google, YouTube...

  • LONDON, Feb 25- AO World, the British online retailer of domestic appliances that soared at its flotation a year ago, cut its full-year earnings outlook on Wednesday and saw its shares crash by 46 percent at the open. AO, which has also moved into Germany as part of a wider European expansion plan, said some of the revenue growth this time last year was due to the extra...

  • Feb 24- Office Depot Inc said it expected sales to fall this year, mainly due to weak demand for office supplies and a stronger dollar. Office Depot's North America retail sales fell 7 percent in the fourth quarter, including the acquisition of OfficeMax. Staples said earlier this month that it would acquire Office Depot to better compete with online retailers.

  • Feb 23- Target Corp halved the size of online orders eligible for free shipping to $25, undercutting Amazon.com Inc and traditional rival Wal-Mart Stores Inc as it focuses on its online business. Amazon offers free shipping on orders worth at least $35 and Walmart.com $50. This translates into about $1.83 billion for Target, based on the average analyst...

  • Main Street florists battle against start-ups Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET
    Shop owner Frank Delli Santi in Caldwell, New Jersey, has been in business for 30 years and counting.

    Small business florists face increasing competition from e-commerce players and big box retailers.

  • KAMPALA/ ACCRA, Feb 12- Young Ghanaian entrepreneur Nana Tamakloe could hardly have a simpler business plan. "Most of the clothes sellers and tailors don't have a way to reach clients abroad, so I was like:' Let's create an e-commerce platform,"' said Tamakloe, whose www.fashionghana.com website serves customers in the West and some in Africa. Tamakloe's business is...

  • KAMPALA/ ACCRA, Feb 12- Young Ghanaian entrepreneur Nana Tamakloe could hardly have a simpler business plan. "Most of the clothes sellers and tailors don't have a way to reach clients abroad, so I was like:' Let's create an e-commerce platform,"' said Tamakloe, whose www.fashionghana.com website serves customers in the West and some in Africa. Tamakloe's business is...

  • TOKYO, Feb 12- Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc on Thursday said operating profit rose 73 percent in its fourth quarter, boosted by strong growth at recently acquired U.S. discount store Ebates.com. Rakuten has been on a buying spree in recent years to reduce reliance on its home market, which accounts for around 90 percent of revenue but where growth is...

  • BERLIN, Feb 12- Europe's largest dedicated online fashion retailer Zalando smashed fourth-quarter profit forecasts as it reined in marketing spending and grew sales. Management board member Rubin Ritter told a conference call for journalists that Zalando had rushed out preliminary figures ahead of full results due on March 5 because they significantly...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ CHICAGO, Feb 11- Amazon.com Inc packages ordered by its Prime members regularly arrived late over the holidays, a Reuters/ Ipsos survey shows, reflecting the strain on the logistics network that transformed the company into an e-commerce powerhouse. But the results raise questions for Amazon as it expands and takes greater control of its...

  • The CNBC Crowdfinance Vice Average Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    This list represents the largest capital commitments raised by private U.S. companies actively listed on equity crowdfunding platforms.

  • Feb 3- U.S. retailer Target Corp on Tuesday named Mike McNamara, a former executive at British retailer Tesco PLC, its new chief information officer. The move comes as Target looks to boost online sales and bolster data security in the wake of a massive hacking attack that hurt its sales during the 2013 holiday shopping season. McNamara, who worked at Tesco for more...

  • 'Alibaba is still a great long term story': Pro  Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 12:07 AM ET

    Jim O'Donnell, Chief Investment Officer of Forward Management, attributes the disappointment over Alibaba's revenues to "expectations getting ahead of themselves."

  • Are US stocks misreading oil price movements?  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 PM ET

    Scott Nations, Chief Investment Officer and President at NationsShares, explains why U.S. markets are "misreading the movements in oil prices" and discusses the tech stocks that he likes.

  • Behind Alibaba's Q3 revenue miss  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:35 PM ET

    Cynthia Meng, Managing Director for China and Hong Kong Telecom, Media and Technology Equity Research at Jefferies, attributes Alibaba's quarterly revenue miss to its continued transition to mobile.

  • 5 earnings trades on Google, Amazon and Alibaba Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:14 PM ET
    Google headquarters in Mountain View, California

    CNBC's "Fast Money" traders, like investors in the wider markets, were split on how to play the companies.

  • Amazon earnings: Will it break its losing streak? Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:26 AM ET
    Inventory at a warehouse

    Investors are bracing for Amazon’s fourth quarter earnings, which come out after the closing bell on Thursday.

  • China agency slams Alibaba for fakes Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:13 AM ET

    A rare public clash has broken out between Alibaba and Chinese authorities over the authenticity of the goods sold on the e-commerce giant's sites.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- U.S. states for years have asked Congress for federal legislation easing the way for them to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, but now that a bill has been drafted, state lawmakers are resisting. The National Conference of State Legislatures on Tuesday released a letter it sent to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- U.S. states for years have asked Congress for federal legislation easing the way for them to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, but now that a bill has been drafted, state lawmakers are putting up resistance. The National Conference of State Legislatures on Tuesday released a letter it sent to House of Representatives Speaker John...