ARTICLES RELATING TO E-COMMERCE

Alibaba open to working with Apple on payments

2014-10-28 11:49

Alibaba Group Holdings executive chair Jack Ma has said he's open to working with Apple on mobile payments.

Rare Rivonia trial artefacts up for sale online

2014-10-23 12:30

Rare artefacts from the Rivonia trial have been put up for sale on a classifieds website.

eBay profit down, sales up

2014-10-17 10:03

EBay has posted a net income of $673m in the third quarter, a 2% decrease compared to $689m a year ago

SA print news gives digital a bloody nose

2014-10-14 14:29

The local newspaper market has showed growth of more than 6%, buoyed by big stories like Nelson Mandela's death and Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.

M4JAM offers cash for tech recycling

2014-10-08 14:03

Micro-jobbing platform Money for Jam (M4JAM) has launched a tech recycling programme on its social network platform.

EU watchdog investigates Amazon over 'tax haven'

2014-10-07 14:39

Amazon's tax arrangements with Luxembourg are being investigated by European regulators.

10 critical factors drive mobile wallets in SA

2014-09-09 13:36

Many South Africans, while open to the idea of financial transactions on the internet, are resistant to using a smartphone as a mobile wallet.

And the top online shopping site in SA is...

2014-09-05 07:31

Online shopping in South Africa is on the rise and vendors are in a race to provide the best service experience for people who shop online.

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.

 

Apple CEO furious as retailers block Pay

2014-10-28 07:48

Apple CEO Tim Cook fired back at CVS and Rite Aid after the drugstore chains blocked the iPhone maker's mobile payments service.

Outcry over double charges on Apple Pay

2014-10-23 07:42

A glitch in Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, has caused some Bank of America customers to get charged twice for a single transaction.

Facebook takes on Google over advertising

2014-10-15 12:02

For years, Google has been the undisputed leader in online advertising, but Facebook is gaining quickly in the fast-evolving market.

Times Media woos SA with digital deal

2014-10-08 12:36

Times Media is hoping to woo South Africans to its digital platform and is sweetening the deal with international news subscriptions.

Retailers not warming up to Apple Pay

2014-09-11 09:09

Apple's launch of its own tap-to-pay system using near-field communication in its new iPhones and smart watches may not be a game changer after all.

Bitcoin promoter pleads guilty, wants to stay in business

2014-09-05 18:30

A man who helped to promote bitcoin wants to remain in the business despite pleading guilty to indirectly helping Silk Road users.

Top SA e-commerce websites battle for title

2014-09-03 15:46

The top e-commerce websites in SA have been announced and they show that South Africans are increasingly turning to online platforms to buy goods and services.

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.

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