How Apple and Amazon learned to share

The timing of the announcements of Apple's and Amazon's family sharing plans is not likely a coincidence. In fact, both companies have been working on the idea in parallel for several years, and the first public hints of the plans surfaced within a month of each other in early 2013.…

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What’s driving the next phase of the e-commerce evolution

The outsize growth in online spending this holiday season suggests that e-commerce as a sector of the economy has passed some kind of tipping point and that factors beyond simply convenience and price — both long-standing hallmarks of online shopping — are propelling the e-commerce sector into a new phase in its evolution.…

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Is Mobile Search About To Go Visual?

Amazon's pick-up of SnapTell last week drew little media attention, but the move could go a long way in pushing image-based search toward mass-market adoption in the U.S., in part because it does away with the need for 2-D barcodes, which haven't yet tempted U.S. consumers, handset manufacturers or carriers.…

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