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  • *Tencent buys 15 pct of e-commerce firm JD.com for $215 mln. BEIJING, March 10- Tencent Holdings Ltd's new partnership with China's No. 2 online retailer JD.com takes aim at dominant rival Alibaba's Achilles heel- its weakness in mobile- in a move set to reshape the country's e-commerce industry.

  • *Tencent buys 15 pct stake in e-commerce firm JD.com for $215 mln. BEIJING, March 10- Tencent Holdings Ltd will buy a 15 percent stake in e-commerce firm JD.com for $214.7 million, as the two seek to challenge Alibaba Group Holding's dominant position in online shopping in China.

  • Flickr co-founder launches new app     Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    Caterina Fake, Findery founder explains how her company allows users to leave "notes around the world." We are in the process of building up our member base and bringing out the "soul" of a place, says Fake.

  • Coupons.com CEO Steven Boal provides insight on the timing of its IPO, as well as what distinguishes his company from its competitors like Groupon.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1930 GMT / 2:30 PM ET Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 2:35 PM ET

    Staples to shut 225 stores in North America as sales fall. Staples Inc will close up to 225 stores in the United States and Canada- 12 percent of its North America outlets- and forecast another quarter of sales decline as it loses customers to mass market chains and online retailers.

  • How a startup created the top mattress on Amazon Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 10:10 AM ET
    How a Startup Created the No. 1 Rated Mattress on Amazon.

    How two tech startup employees left their company, and disrupted a very old (and comfortable) industry.

  • The rise of Airbnb     Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 8:55 AM ET

    Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb co-founder and CTO explains his company's business model and discusses the tax implications they will soon face. Benjamin Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz general partner, provides insight.

  • Gap Inc seeks new berth in China with Old Navy Saturday, 1 Mar 2014 | 4:26 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, March 1- When Gap Inc began an online campaign ahead of the launch its Old Navy label in China, the iconic U.S. clothes retailer posed an important question to its potential Chinese consumers: have you heard of Old Navy?

  • RPT-Salesforce.com revenue beat estimates Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 4:59 PM ET

    Feb 27- Salesforce.com Inc, the world's biggest maker of online sales software, reported a better-than-expected 37 percent rise in quarterly revenue helped by strong sales at its newly acquired email marketing firm ExactTarget. The company also said Graham Smith, chief financial officer since 2008, will retire in March 2015.

  • Feb 27- Essilor International will buy Coastal Contacts Inc, an online retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses, for C $430 million, Coastal said on Thursday.

  • JCP loss smaller than expected, stock soars 15% Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 4:02 PM ET
    A family exits a J.C. Penney Co. store at the Collin Creek Mall in Plano, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.

    JC Penney reported a quarterly loss that was smaller than expected on Wednesday, but revenue trailed analysts' expectations.

  • For JC Penney, e-commerce is no easy fix Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    'Sadly they've gone from being a leader to a laggard. They've failed to keep up,' said one consultant about JC Penney.

  • Cramer: Finally! A retailer that can beat Amazon Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 10:32 AM ET

    It's an online shopping portal that went public in November and offers daily deals for moms and children.

  • What's up for Alibaba's mobile app strategy? Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    HONG KONG/ BEIJING, Feb 25- Billionaire Jack Ma's Alibaba, the dominant force in China's $1.6 trillion e-commerce market, may already have lost a battle with rival Tencent for the world's biggest mobile market.

  • Groupon defends 'record quarter' as stock tanks Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 12:57 PM ET
    Eric Lefkofsky, chairman and co-founder of Groupon.

    Groupon's CEO brushed off his stock's tailspin Friday and told CNBC that demand reached record levels at his company during the last quarter.

  • Discussing Groupon's efforts in e-commerce, and how the company is holding up amid competition, with BuzzFeed president & COO Jon Steinberg.

  • Tech giant faceoff: Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos? Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 4:43 PM ET
    Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk

    Determining who belongs on CNBC's list of business influencers has led to spirited debates. How about Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos?

  • HONG KONG, Feb 20- China's largest Internet company Tencent Holdings Ltd and online retailer JD.com are in talks to combine their e-commerce business, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday, confirming earlier media reports.

  • HowAboutWe co-founder and co-CEO Aaron Schildkrout discusses his business model which "keeps people in love."

  • Brookstone may file for bankruptcy: Report Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 2:21 PM ET
    A Brookstone store in Santa Monica, California.

    The seller of gadgets, wine accessories, and furniture is in talks with firms about investing. The WSJ reports.

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