Shoppers, rejoice: Next time you're browsing the iPad edition of Wired magazine, you'll be able to buy even more impulsively than before.
The mag is rolling out a feature from MasterCard that lets you instantly purchase products in articles or ads without leaving the page on your tablet.
Zulily.com, the flash-sale retailer focused squarely on Net-savvy moms, filed its paperwork Tuesday to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering.
The $100 million figure is a placeholder amount, the company said, also noting that Goldman Sachs Group, Bank of America, and Citigroup are managing the sale. Zulily hopes to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol ZU.
Zulily declined an interview request on the filing due legal constraints during the so-called "quiet period," which takes place after the S-1 is filed but before the SEC staff declares it effective.
Seattle-based Zulily.com, launched … Read more
Apple has appealed a major federal court decision this summer that it violated antitrust laws and conspired to fix e-book prices, as well as penalties ordered by the court last month.
A "notice of appeal" document was filed by Apple attorney Orin Snyder Thursday to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and it posted in a public electronic records system Friday. The appeal seeks to overturn Judge Denise Cote's ruling in the Southern District of New York, as well as an injunction that requires Apple to modify its agreements with book publishers and … Read more
The layoffs will begin Thursday, according to the report, and are related to the company's shift from focusing on "flash-sales" -- where a deal is only made available for a limited amount of time -- to more of a traditional e-commerce business.
"We've made the tough but correct decision to eliminate positions that are either legacies of our former flash-sales business model or are part of current processes … Read more
Owners of the new Lego version of the Maersk Line Triple-E might be tempted to smash a bottle of champagne against it once they're done building, given that it's a model of the world's largest ship.
Alas, the model would probably smash to bits. Still, maritime and Lego fans alike may want to rush out in January to buy the new $150 set. Comprised of 1,518 bricks, the Lego Maersk Triple-E re-creates the real ship with what the toy company said is a high attention to detail.
Lego said that the model includes rotating screw blades, … Read more
Microsoft may have cooked up a new Windows 8 app that can display a variety of different files.
Code-named Office Reader, the app supports Office documents, PDFs, Web pages, e-books, and electronic textbooks, according to The Verge. Citing sources familiar with Microsoft's Office plans, The Verge said that the app was demoed at an employee-only meeting on Thursday by Kirk Koenigsbauer, a corporate VP in charge of Microsoft Office.
Beyond just displaying different files, Office Reader will let you interact with them. For example, users of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet could use a Surface Pro stylus to mark … Read more
How do you get your favorite author to autograph a book when it's digitally stored in iTunes? Apple may have a way.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent appropriately called "Embedding an autograph in an electronic book" envisions how an author can wirelessly send an autograph to a nearby mobile device.
The e-book would contain a special autograph page, or the device itself would allow the page to be generated on the fly by the author. Using a special app such as iBooks Author, the author would send an autograph to the … Read more
eBay is buying another payment provider to join forces with subsidiary PayPal.
The company announced Thursday that it will pay around $800 million in cash for Braintree, a payment platform used by many online and mobile startups. Braintree serves such companies as Airbnb, GitHub, OpenTable, TaskRabbit, and Uber. It also offers a mobile app called Venmo, which lets you send money to other people via your mobile device.
eBay expects Venmo to expand PayPay's mobile payments market, which is already forecast to generate sales of more than $20 billion this year.
After the acquisition is a done deal, Braintree … Read more