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Why Amazon needs to do more brick and mortar, not less
The acquisition of Whole Foods Market may finally be complete, but Amazon still has work to do. The tech giant has been pushing to expand its online grocery business, seeing it as an emerging opportunity....
Online threats lead to real-world harm, say security experts
A lot of these attacks include malware that's written to gather information on people, companies, governments and other entities. Once uncovered, this information can be used to threaten or harm people...
ProSieben looking for investors in TV production, e-commerce units
"The company will enter discussions with interested third parties regarding a potential co-investment in or business combinations with its content production and digital commerce businesses through their...
How tech companies are trying to combat the ‘radicalization’ of young people online
Law enforcement officials, technology companies and lawmakers have long tried to limit what they call the "radicalization" of young people over the internet. The term has often been used to describe a...
TechRadar Deals: Get 50% off our favourite VPN for Aussies
If keeping your online private life private has been uppermost on your mind, it’s time you signed up for a VPN (virtual private network) subscription. It’s the best, most secure way for you to access...
Clampdown on 'corrosive' online hate crimes
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued revised guidelines in response to the mounting problem of abuse on social media.Last month, MPs from across the political divide revealed the scale of the...
Amazon proof? Drawing the odds for 13 types of retailers
It goes without saying that retail is evolving. More shopping is occurring online, but the pace of change is uneven. "You can't paint retail with broad brush strokes," James Cook, JLL's director of retail...
Walmart is quietly growing its online advertising business
Walmart has been quietly building up its online advertising business, opening up a new revenue channel for the retail giant. According to KeyBanc's Ed Yruma, Walmart's website has started to show banner...
Two ways Nordstrom is adapting to the Amazon era
As shopping continues to shift away from brick-and-mortar-stores to e-commerce, Nordstrom is investing in technology to connects its physical stores to digital. Specifically, Blake Nordstrom, the company's...
We can stop hacking and trolls, but it would ruin the internet
Online freedom is not negotiableGettyBy Sally Adee and Carl MillerCYBERTERRORISM fears are through the roof. Ransomware is wreaking havoc on corporations, hospitals and individuals. Printers can be hacked...
We're combining with brick-and-mortar better than Amazon, says Chinese e-commerce giant
"We bring, clearly, the online traffic to Wal-Mart," said Cheng. Furthermore, Wal-Mart is "offering space in their stores for our inventory ... so we have expanded our fulfillment capabilities as a result...
Best power bank in India: best batteries over 10,000mAh
Mobile phones have evolved a great deal in the past few years, but we still don’t have smartphones that can last more than a day on a single charge. This is where accessories like power banks or portable...
Take-Two surges 12% to record as Wall Street gushes over success of 'Grand Theft Auto' online
Take-Two's "Grand Theft Auto V"-driven financial results continue to stun Wall Street. The video game maker's shares rose 12 percent Thursday to a new all-time high after it reported better than expect...
The best free online video editor 2017
Video editing was once seen as being a task that required high end computers running dedicated software, but we've now reached a point where even this can be achieved online.Of course, we're not talking...
Grocery store dilemma: Store brands ringing up higher sales, but not online — yet
Customers are buying generic brands more than ever in stores, but they're not buying as many online. For now, at least. Last year, trips to a brick-and-mortar store that included the purchase of a private-label...
Nintendo Switch: the latest news, tips and accessories
The Nintendo Switch has plenty of room to grow, but even so, the home/portable hybrid console already has some stellar titles under its belt in 2017 - enough to make it a must-own. And that's without...
The Nintendo Switch's online app is now available on the iOS App Store
The Nintendo Switch's online companion app, which allows you to use voice chat with friends and invite them into games, is now live on the iOS app store. However, although the app currently allows you...
Academics doubt value of online porn age checks
Academic researchers and technology experts have warned the measures - which come into effect in April 2018 - will not necessarily protect children from online pornography.Instead, the move could put...
Online harassment on the rise – but no one can agree what it is
Online harassment is a headache – hard to define and hard to solveOliver Berg/DPA/PA ImagesBy Aylin WoodwardWith great power comes great responsibility. Social media and online platforms let us have conversations...
Rival retailers look to steal some of Amazon's Prime Day glory with their own deals
But it's important to note, 76 percent of Prime Day shoppers visit other major online stores to research product ratings and reviews before making a purchase on Amazon, according to consumer research...
Here's the brutal reality of online hate
WARNING: The themes of the following story are disturbing. The language includes racial and religious slurs. We have edited some of the wording because of its ugly nature but preserved the intent to present...
Three offers unlimited data for Netflix bingeing
Three has launched a new plan aimed at those who watch most of their TV online, offering data plans which give ‘free’ internet to watch services like Netflix.Using these services will be ‘zero-rated’,...
Take-Two pulls tire-screeching u-turn, lifting ban on GTA V modding tool
There’s some great news for Grand Theft Auto V addicts, with the revelation that the OpenIV modding tool has been given a reprieve, with a blanket ban on the utility being lifted so that it can once again...
Facebook brings anti-terror initiative to U.K.
Facebook brought its anti-extremism program to the United Kingdom on Friday in the wake of a spate of terrorist incidents that have rocked the country.Under the umbrella of the "Online Civil Courage Initiative," Facebook...
Is this the app to crack the export market?
This article is part of a "Reporter's Notebook" series, wherein CNBC journalists submit tales and observations from the field. Many unsung heroics took place during last month's Asia-Pacific Economic...
Facebook reveals plans to tackle online extremism
The social network has launched the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), which will act as a forum for non-profit organisations to share experience of extremism and develop "best practices" to confront...
Government seeks 'balance' for online freedoms
First pledged in the Conservative manifesto and now confirmed by the Queen's Speech, the controversial "Digital Charter" has already prompted concerns about the possible implications for civil liberties.Just...
It's official: Aussies will have to pay GST on overseas purchases from next year
As of July 1 2018, Australians will have to pay an extra 10% on any goods purchased online for less than $1,000, both locally and overseas, as an extension of the country’s existing Goods and Services...
Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a deal valued at $13.7 billion
Amazon said Friday it plans to acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 a share, in a deal valued at $13.7 billion. Whole Foods' John Mackey will remain CEO of the grocery store chain after the deal closes,...
UK and France target 'evil' online extremism
Online radicalisation will be a top priority during the Prime Minister's visit to Paris on Tuesday, in which she will hold talks with new President Emmanuel Macron. Image: This will be Theresa May's first...
Amazon offers Prime discount to those on government benefits
Amazon is making a play for low-income shoppers. The online leader is offering a discount on its pay-by-month Prime membership for people who receive government assistance. The move, announced Tuesday,...
Theresa May’s repeated calls to ban encryption still won’t work
Theresa May making a statement following Saturday’s attack in LondonChris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Timothy RevellIn the wake of Saturday’s terrorist attack in London, the Prime Minister...
Wall Street says PayPal will keep surging due to online payments dominance
Robert W. Baird reiterated its outperform rating on PayPal shares, one of the market's best-performing stocks, predicting the online payments company's earnings will top expectations next year."We believe...
More than half of children bullied online
The charity, Ditch the Label, found that 57% of the 2,500 young people it surveyed had been bullied online.It also found that 22% of young people had stopped playing games as a result of online bullying.The...
Sonos’ online store is now open to Australians
As of today, Australians now have the option of buying Sonos products directly from the source, with the arrival of an AU online store on the streaming speaker company's official website. The store features...
The best free online photo editor 2017
There are some amazing free photo editors, but sometimes you don't want to go through the hassle of downloading a program just to give one or two pictures a quick boost. For those occasions when you want...
Google can now track your offline purchases
Google runs the world's largest and most profitably online ad network, but the lion's share of ad dollars still go to TV. The search giant is looking to change that by associating online ads with purchases...
Online ‘sextortion’ cases in Canada involving teen boys spiking, say experts
Child exploitation experts say they’ve detected a spike in reports of online “sextortion” cases involving teen boys.The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says 65 boys reported incidents to Cybertip.ca...
PC gamers, prepare your wallet: Nvidia’s official store finally open to Aussies
Industry-leading graphics hardware maker Nvidia has finally brought its online store to Australia, enabling customers the chance to buy the company’s GeForce graphics cards directly from the manufacturer,...
With Airbnb's $31 billion hotel disturbance peaking, it has an eye on all your travel
In a March appearance at Oxford Union, Chesky said he wants Airbnb "to one day redefine how we fly." Then he added, "The funny thing about flying is, no matter how successful you are in life, you are...
Kids' web security 'as important as road safety'
The NSPCC and O2 have today launched a campaign, highlighting the potential dangers associated with the internet and social media.The actress and comedian, Catherine Tate, who is supporting the initiative...
Thieves in online games can be caught by watching how they play
Take care with your accountRiot GamesBy Chris BaraniukWatch out, there are thieves about. That’s as true in virtual worlds as it is anywhere else. Theft of players’ accounts has blighted large multiplayer...
PM wants under-18s right to wipe social media posts
The "right to innocence" measure is among a series of reforms to curb the dangers of the cyberworld in a new Conservative manifesto pledge.It comes as the NHS was left reeling from a massive cyberattack...
Wal-Mart's Jet.com tests grocery concept in New York to take on Amazon Fresh
Wal-Mart has quietly made its next move in taking on Amazon to bring fresh groceries to the masses. On Wednesday, Jet.com — which Wal-Mart acquired for $3.3 billion in 2016 — is opening a temporary grocery...
China to Strengthen Its Controls Over the Internet
China will further tighten its internet regulations with a pledge Sunday to strengthen controls over search engines and online news portals, the latest step in President Xi Jinping’s push to maintain strict...
Online grocery start-up 'neck and neck' with Amazon as competition heats up
Shipt, a grocery delivery start-up, is expanding its partnership with Costco and also plans to double its overall market size this year. Shipt announced Thursday it will add nine Florida markets, including...
It’s getting harder to victimize Canadians online, but study still finds weak spots
Canadians are typically well-informed and cautious when it comes to cyber-security, a new government survey has found, but there is still room for improvement in certain areas like password protection...
Victoria’s Secret, Nike rank among top brands for Millennials
Among men, Amazon.com was voted the favorite retailer across all categories, and it was the top shopping app for women. Companies are increasingly working to make it easier to shop seamlessly online....
YouTube starts training young commenters to be kinder to each other
YouTube has launched a new initiative called Internet Citizens to help young people in the UK navigate the perilous world of online interaction. The initiative takes the form of day long workshops for...
Think running retail stores is more expensive than selling online? Think again.
Then, if an order placed online is fulfilled from store merchandise, employees at the store have to pick, pack, and ship individual orders to a shopper's home. Not only has that same outfit now shipped...
Google Hire is the new LinkedIn you might actually use
Let's be honest: job hunting is tough, even if it's done online. Thankfully, the newest face to join the job application game is a familiar one.Google is working on a tool for posting job openings and...
EVE Online gamers will seek real exoplanets in virtual universe
EVE Online/CCP GamesBy Tom Fenwick If you enjoy navigating distant galaxies, leading intergalactic alliances and fighting space pirates, you might want to take on another challenge: discovering real planets....
Here's why you're paying for Nintendo Switch online services
Nintendo caused a stir back in January when it announced that its latest game console, the Nintendo Switch, would break convention and charge gamers to play online. Despite the initial outrage and though...
Poll: 40 Percent of Americans More Cautious With Email After Election Hacking
Forty percent of Americans say they are more cautious about what they write in emails since last year's cyber attacks against the Democratic Party, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday....
Posting Persona 5 spoilers could get you hit with account suspension
Enlarge reader comments 13 Share this story Further ReadingWhy Nintendo can legally shut down any Smash Bros. tournament it wantsWhile it's quite clear that video game publishers have the legal right...
Congress addresses cyberwar on small business: 14 million hacked over last 12 months
"Cybersecurity is clearly a concern that the entire business community shares, but it represents an especially pernicious threat to smaller businesses," the Securities and Exchange Commission wrote in...
Experts Urge Huge Expansion of Online Therapy For Mental Illness
A "massive and growing" mental health burden across the world can only be tackled successfully with a major expansion of online psychiatric resources such as virtual clinics and web-based psychotherapies,...
Amazon Cash lets you shop online with physical money
Not feeling confident giving out your credit card info to do a little online shopping? Amazon is making it easier to pay for goods online using cold, hard cash.The digital retail giant is rolling out...
You can use cash to shop on Amazon -- here's how
Amazon announced a new service named Amazon Cash on Monday. It's a great option for folks who might want to use cash on Amazon instead of linking their debit or credit card to the online service. It means...
Fire your interior decorator: Amazon thinks VR is the future of home design
Seattle-based ecommerce giant Amazon is looking at expanding its physical presence with appliances, furniture, and potentially electronics, and is considering using augmented- or virtual-reality tech...
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