ARTICLES RELATING TO E-COMMERCE

Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty in Silk Road case

2014-09-01 09:45

Entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve US charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1m of Bitcoin to Silk Road users.

Next iPhone to be a digital wallet, says report

2014-09-01 07:29

Apple has struck agreements with credit card companies to make the next iPhone capable of making payments at retail outlets, news reports have said.

Google taking on Amazon with drone fleet

2014-08-29 07:28

Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.

Have a banking tablet, says FNB

2014-08-26 12:50

First National Bank has announced that it will offer customers a digital banking platform at a lower cost.

Universal mobile money system 'not impossible'

2014-08-15 14:27

A universal system for transacting across multiple mobile money platforms in South Africa is an attainable goal, says an expert.

Amazon challenges Square with payment system

2014-08-14 09:08

Amazon has unveiled a new payment card reader for mobile devices in a challenge to a system pioneered by Square.

African M-Pesa technology expands in Europe

2014-08-13 08:29

Africans have long used technology developed abroad, but now a Kenyan cash transfer network which bypasses banks is being adopted in Europe.

MTN eyes e-commerce to grow revenue

2014-08-07 14:15

Africa’s largest cellphone group is betting on rising smartphone usage to spur online shopping in the continent as part of its plans to diversify revenue streams.

Vodacom re-launches M-pesa to disrupt SA banking

2014-08-06 12:35

Vodacom's re-launch of virtual money programme M-pesa is not a reaction to rival MTN's deal with Pick n Pay, but rather a service designed to expand mobile payments in SA.

Bitcoin catches on in tech-savvy Romania

2014-07-28 14:11

The interest in bitcoin in Romania stands out in a region where national currencies are widely seen as poor substitutes for the euro.

FNB bins Internet Explorer 8 for online banking

2014-07-23 13:33

In what will no doubt come as a shot at Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 browser, First National Bank has announced that it would no longer be supporting IE8.

Online shopping safer, fraud still a worry

2014-07-16 20:46

Almost every South African card user has performed a secure e-commerce transaction with their card in the last few months, but there is still concern over fraud.

Amazon Luxembourg taxes under scrutiny

2014-07-04 10:32

European officials have asked Luxembourg to hand over documents relating to US online retailer Amazon's tax affairs in the country.

Alibaba frets over turning mobile into money

2014-07-02 07:24

Alibaba Group Holding may have dominated online retail on personal computers, but is some way from replicating that leadership in shopping by smartphone and other mobile devices.

Gumtree launches SA car price checking tool

2014-06-30 13:30

Online classifieds provider Gumtree has built a car pricing tool that helps buyers and sellers to figure out whether they getting a deal - or being ripped off.

Bitcoin faces miner takeover threat

2014-06-17 09:51

The Bitcoin digital currency system is in danger of losing its credibility as an independent payment system because of the growing power of a group that runs some of the computers behind it.

NFC payment security 'a game changer'

2014-06-12 14:41

Contact-less, cashless, mobile payment seems like an ideal way to transact, but given the fact that hackers target financial information, security for the platform is critical.

Payment tech to replace cash

2014-06-10 13:05

New technologies could eliminate cash for payments, and mobile phones could become a multiplatform digital wallet for the real world.

SA e-commerce gets API boost

2014-06-09 13:35

Electronic shopping in South Africa may receive a boost with the expansion of the application interfaces for the technology.

Twitter platform targeted at SA firms

2014-05-14 11:30

South African businesses can now use Twitter as an ad platform to boost their brand awareness. Watch the VIDEO.

'Don't be scared of online classifieds'

2014-05-12 13:00

Many South Africans prefer not to trade online because of fears that criminals may take advantage of them, but there are fewer scams than the headlines would suggest, says an online classifieds platform.

Bitcoin may be used in political campaigns

2014-05-09 16:14

The US federal election committee says that the virtual currency, bitcoin, could be used for donations to political action committees under certain conditions.

SA online loan provider bypasses banks

2014-04-08 14:35

A new start-up aims to help out borrows with a digital platform that directly links them to investors.

SA 'aware' of online classified scams

2014-04-08 09:30

South Africans are generally aware that they have to practice safety when dealing with online classifieds buyers and sellers, a provider has said.

Samsung 'most popular' on Gumtree in SA

2014-04-02 11:01

Samsung devices are growing in popularity as the ideal smartphone platform if results from an online classifieds site are anything to go by.

 

Paying with your cell can be secure, check how

2014-09-01 08:35

South Africans can rest assured that companies that follow industry standard protocols for mobile payments will secure personal financial data, says a corporate insider.

Japan publishers slam Amazon rules

2014-08-29 10:42

Japanese publishers have lashed out at Amazon's new rules, after US and European authors accused the online retailer of using strong-arm negotiating tactics.

Facebook to host Cape Town hackathon

2014-08-28 14:50

Facebook will host its first ever hackathon in Africa with a Cape Town event, the global social network announced.

Cheaper smartphones boost SA e-commerce

2014-08-20 11:32

The cost of data and smartphones have contributed decisively to the growth of mobile e-commerce in South Africa, says an industry insider.

Yahoo brushes up its e-commerce platform

2014-08-15 12:46

Yahoo has announced the re-launch of its e-commerce platform, which allows small businesses to easily set up online retailing.

Tencent profit roars on smartphone gaming

2014-08-13 14:30

Tencent Holdings has posted its second quarter of year-on-year profit gain of more than 50% as smartphone gaming revenue continued to grow at a breakneck pace.

Amazon stops some Disney movie pre-orders

2014-08-11 07:37

Amazon.com has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies, in what appears to be another contract dispute with publisher Hachette Book Group.

UK watchdog proposes rules for social media ads

2014-08-07 08:28

Companies are failing to include risk warnings in financial promotions sent to millions of customers on social media like Twitter, Britain's markets watchdog has said.

Alibaba invests in Kabam for mobile market play

2014-08-01 14:03

Alibaba Group Holding has invested $120m in San Francisco-based mobile games studio Kabam, the latest in a string of US investments intended to build up the Chinese online retailer's presence.

Amazon losses grow, shares tumble

2014-07-25 07:23

Amazon.com has posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as its rapid pace of investment in businesses such as digital content and consumer electronics offset a jump in revenue.

Visa launches new service to pay online

2014-07-17 11:36

Visa has launched a new online checkout service that eliminates typing in card numbers.

New Groupon SA boss eyes e-commerce, mobile

2014-07-11 10:06

Newly-appointed Groupon South Africa CEO Emilian Popa says he is keen to tap into the huge growth potential for e-commerce in South Africa.

Amazon vows to fight FTC over kids in-app purchases

2014-07-03 12:05

Amazon is prepared to go to court against the Federal Trade Commission to defend itself against charges that it has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorised in-app purchases.

Optimal Payments consolidates with two buyouts

2014-07-01 11:32

Online money transfer company Optimal Payments said it would buy two US-based online payments firms for $225m to expand its operations in North America.

Capitec launches banking app

2014-06-18 10:00

Capitec has joined the family of banks which have launched a mobile application, but has taken a different route from the norm.

Cashless payments... coming soon

2014-06-17 08:31

A cashless payment system may be closer than one would think as one of the main stumbling blocks is being rolled away.

Alibaba closes mega China merger deal

2014-06-11 09:12

Tencent rival Alibaba Group Holding will buy all the remaining shares of mobile browser firm UCWeb, in the biggest merger in Chinese internet history.

E-tailers growth ensnared in India

2014-06-10 09:38

Online retailers jostling for a chunk of India's $13bn e-commerce trade are desperate to avoid inefficient railways and roads.

Want to earn R1m? Gumtree shows you how

2014-05-15 08:30

How long would you need to work to earn R1m? That's the question that online classifieds vendor Gumtree seeks to answer with an interactive infographic.

Twitter puts out welcome mat for SA small businesses

2014-05-14 09:43

Twitter has launched an advertising platform targeted at South African small businesses so they can take advantage of the globally popular social network.

China e-commerce basks in Alibaba IPO glow

2014-05-12 09:35

Alibaba Group's plans for a giant initial public offering in New York highlight vast potential for e-commerce in China.

Don't get scammed online: Easy tips

2014-04-09 14:00

As more people go online to conduct financial transactions, criminals are increasingly turning their attention to them.

Tech driving new SA banking strategy

2014-04-08 11:32

The line between financial institutions and retailers is becoming thin as banks go on the charm offensive with technology rewards as a way to appeal to customers.

Phishers target personal data, cash

2014-04-03 14:33

Cyber crooks are pushing up their efforts to target financial information, a report on their activity suggests.

US says Bitcoin is taxable as property

2014-03-26 11:02

The US tax authority has ruled that Bitcoin will be taxed as property, like stocks or real estate, rather than as a basic currency.

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