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  • The Other Contenders in the Group-Buying Clone Wars Monday, 6 Dec 2010 | 1:32 PM ET
    Groupon.com

    Even if Google doesn't buy Groupon, the talk of a potential multi-billion dollar deal has created buzz for both the group buying site and its rivals. While Groupon and rival LivingSocial are by far the most popular in the emerging space, they aren't alone, and some suspect other sites such as SocialBuy, Tippr, and BuyWithMe could also be ripe for a takeover.

  • Cyber Monday Sales Top $1 Billion for First Time Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 9:45 AM ET
    Cyber Monday

    Americans jumped on deals and promotions offered online on Cyber Monday, spending $1 billion and making it the busiest online shopping day ever, according to new data.

  • It's Cyber Monday All Week as Retailers Extend Deals Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 | 11:37 AM ET

    First Black Friday became a whole weekend of deals, now it looks like it's Cyber Monday all week. Several retailers have announced extensions of their Cyber Monday discounts into Tuesday or for the entire week.

  • Mobile Shopping Experience Still Lagging Monday, 29 Nov 2010 | 12:20 PM ET
    Apple iPhone

    This is supposed to be the year online shopping using mobile devices takes off, but the shopping experience is lagging.

  • Blue Nile CEO: More Shoppers Saying 'I Do' Monday, 29 Nov 2010 | 11:48 AM ET

    Blue Nile CEO Diane Irvine said the online jewelry retailer had a "record" Thanksgiving and Black Friday, both in terms of sales and traffic.

  • Cyber Monday Gains Clout Among Bargain Hunters Sunday, 28 Nov 2010 | 3:16 PM ET
    Cyber Monday

    Attention online shoppers: you really can save money on Cyber Monday. Although some have criticized the key shopping-day concept as being completely contrived—after all, the term was coined by the industry’s trade group—Cyber Monday has evolved into quite the sales event. A look at the how the deals will shake out throughout the holiday season.

  • Bargain Prices: This Year’s Holiday Bait Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 11:45 AM ET

    Consumers may be loosening up their purse strings a tad this holiday, but bargain hunting is out of the picture. In fact, shoppers can expect plenty of promotions and discounts as retailers battle it out in the vital closing months of the year. Lower price-point gifts will play a role in luring customers in and guiding their purchase decisions.

  • Google in Talks to Buy Groupon: Report Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 9:25 AM ET
    A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

    Google is in talks acquire popular retail deal site Groupon, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal Friday.

  • Beatles Finally for Sale on Apple’s iTunes Store Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 8:15 PM ET
    The Beatles

    The Beatles look set to make their music available for the first time on Apple’s industry-leading iTunes digital entertainment store, the company behind the iPod and iPhone is expected to announce on Tuesday, signaling an end to the company’s disputes with the best-selling band. The FT reports.

  • Amazon No Longer Selling Book for Pedophiles Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 1:45 PM ET
    Amazon.com

    Amazon is no longer selling a self-published guide for pedophiles.

  • Amazon Under Pressure for Selling Pedophilia Book Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 | 6:09 PM ET
    Amazon.com

    Amazon is standing behind the first amendment in the face of a social media firestorm over a self-published digital book on its site titled "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-lover's Code of Conduct."

  • A new study conducted by RSR Research and sponsored by CashStar, a digital gifting and incentives company, suggests giving a digital gift card is not as easy as it could be. In fact a look at the 100 largest Internet retailers found that half didn't even allow customers to send a gift card by email.

  • Home for the Holidays Will Cost You Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 2:53 PM ET
    Stranded airline passengers

    With more travelers taking to the air and airlines still reluctant to add flights, you can go home for the holidays, but it will cost you. Airfare during the Thanksgiving holiday is averaging about 10 percent higher than a year ago, while travel in December may be even higher, according to research from online travel agency Travelocity.

  • Shoppers in London's West End are reflected in a Christmas tree decoration.

    If Deloitte's forecast is correct, retailers may see some of their holiday wishes come true this year, especially if they have the right e-commerce strategy. The consulting firm's retail group released their Christmas holiday survey, and predicted a modest increase in holiday sales this year, with total sales expected to rise 2 percent to $852 billion during the November through January period. Their measure, which excludes motor vehicle and gasoline sales, compares with a 1 percent gain during the same period last year.

  • Blue Nile CEO Diane Irvine says she wants to be "a disruptive force" in the jewelry industry, and she just may have the killer app to do it. A sneak peek at a new app that Blue Nile will debut at the Apple store in about a week, shows the online jeweler really knows its customer.

  • Higher E-Commerce Sales May Be Only a Click Away Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 12:00 PM ET
    Chico's Live Chat

    Online shoppers are like nomads visiting multiple Web sites before making a purchasing decision. Studies show retail Web sites that offer superior customer service, including live help tools, see high customer satisfaction. Just how successful is live help?

  • In a store, sales clerks can serve customers' needs when they see there's a need, or greet them when they walk in the door, but online it's a more difficult task. What works better when it comes to live help on a Web site?

  • Cramer: Buy Art Tech's Offering Monday, 1 Feb 2010 | 3:18 PM ET

    Plus, the Mad Money host reacts to Goldman's bonus brouhaha and Exxon's earnings.

  • Web Lets Shoppers Create One-of-a-Kind Gifts Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 11:39 AM ET

    Searching for meaning beyond a price tag, more holiday shoppers are giving custom-made gifts this year. A host of Web sites with names like Zazzle, Blurb and TasteBook are helping people quickly create one-of-a-kind products like clothing, books and jewelry.

  • Priceline.com: What Options Are Saying Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 1:27 PM ET

    Priceline is trading at a five-month high Thursday and drawing bullish options activity, after reporting quarterly earnings that exceeded Wall Street estimates.

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