E-commerce’s Changing Landscape | Customization

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Up 33% this year, according to the Washington Post, online commerce is trending upwards from $175 billion in 2007 to a projection of $335 billion in 2012 (Forrester Research). Retail therapy has long been a rich country’s rite of passage.

Scientist.com Raises $24M for “Pharma Markets” that Outsource R&D

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In particular, he wants to sign up more pharmaceutical companies to use the Web-based platform, which enables CROs to bid on pharma research projects and automates the contracting process.

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With $30M Infusion, Certona Aims for Bigger Share of Digital Retail

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After raising $30 million, San Diego-based Certona said it is moving to accelerate its product development, expand its sales and marketing team, and improve its client services as an e-commerce technology vendor. We’ve been fairly capital-efficient in this fast-growth e-commerce space,” Sheik said. “It Salesforce added another digital commerce giant earlier this year with the acquisition of Burlington, MA-based Demandware in a deal valued at roughly $2.8

Group: California Internet Tax Bill Will Harm California Web Businesses

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California's move yesterday to tax out-of-state, e-commerce retailers, will cause "immediate devastating loss of income" to web-based business in California, says a group focused on the affiliate marketing industry. Affiliate programs allow website owners to collect a small fee for referring customers to e-commerce retailers, and have been a common way for web sites to monetize their Internet traffic.

CreatorUp Links You With Top Filmakers & YouTube Creators To Make Awesome Web Series

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CreatorUp is the online web series school teaching the next generation of web series creators how to make and market their own new video projects on the web. We also host video-conferences with students who want to learn specific topics around web video.

The Five Major Tech Trends of 2016

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While a laptop or computer’s keyboard lends itself to the relative complexity of completing a transaction – entering text details and navigating between form fields – with technology improvements in mobile commerce this is changing.

Why Sidevision Is Tying Content, E-Commerce Together, with Justin Wu

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Los Angeles-based Sidevision (www.sidevision.com) has developed a set of tools--aimed at content creators, multi-channel networks (MCNs), and others--to help connect online videos with e-commerce. How do you make online video more interactive--and profitable?

Startup Combines E-Commerce, Augmented Reality

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The startup said today that it has launched a module for e-commerce platform PrestaShop. The link allows shoppers using PrestaShop's apparel e-commerce software to virtually "try on" outfits if they own a web camera.

Poshmark Picks Up $87.5M to Power the Social, Digital Wardrobe

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Poshmark , a social media e-retail company, has raised $87.5 million in a Series D investment round led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek. That brings the total funding raised by the Redwood City, CA-based company to $160 million.

Silicon Beach Fest Hollywood, LA Tech Summit, and Idea to Screen | Why You Need to Attend Any or All

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Top CEO’s, entrepreneurs, technology gurus, venture capitalists and executives will be looking at the tech ecosystem from different perspectives, including e-commerce, enterprise software, digital media and consumer technologies.”

To Win Amazon’s HQ2, Incentives Are Nice, But Talent Is Required

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Amazon lists one requirement in the stunning request for proposals it issued Thursday, which invites cities across North America to compete to host a second corporate headquarters for the tech and commerce giant. Economic development officials are justifiably salivating at the once-in-a-generation opportunity to attract what is arguably the 21st century’s most important company, and up to 50,000 high-paying technology jobs.

TeleSign Adds Machine Learning For Fraud Scoring

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Los Angeles-based TeleSign , which powers the phone-based verification and authentication systems of many top tier Internet e-commerce and web services providers, said on Thursday that it has begun using machine learning in its fraud intelligence software, TeleSign Score.

IT Department and Web Teams | Who Does What Now?

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IT Departments and Web Teams are not synonymous. Web Teams are necessary to running websites and applications. Then, there are the creative peoples that help make the Web Team’s work stand out among others. The post IT Department and Web Teams | Who Does What Now?

How to Get Your E-commerce Site Noticed In A Global Market

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As the Internet continues to become populated with e-commerce sites, it’s becoming more and more difficult to generate web traffic, leads, and ultimate the sales for your website. When successfully set up, e-commerce stores can immediately grab visitors, leads, and sales.

How OneStop Internet Is Powering Ecommerce For Brands

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If you''re a brand or retailer, needing to get online, there are a lot of things to deal with to run your e-commerce business smoothly--everything from your e-commerce site itself, to taking photos of your products, packing and shipping, to digital marketing.

The Disappearing Face Of Mainstream Retailing Setting

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And then fast forward to the 1990s-2013, we enter into the digital culture or e-commerce frontier. While in 1996, Hotmail launched e-mail on the web, and it opened the world of online communications.

Stamps.com Links To E-Commerce Payment Providers

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Los Angeles-based Stamps.com is furthering its focus on online stories, saying today that it has linked its product to the e-commerce payment systems for Amazon.com Pro Merchant, Yahoo Merchant, Google Checkout, and Paypal. According to Stamps.com, the firm's software now allows web store managers to process, manage, and ship orders from "virtually any" e-commerce source.

Buy.com Adds Free E-Commerce Sites For Affiliates

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Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com , the online e-commerce retailer, said today that it will provide free web site hosting of e-commerce sites as part of a new, turnkey tool for developing affiliate e-commerce sites. According to Buy.com, its new StoreBuilder tool will allow its affiliates to easily create their own customized site featuring products from the retailer. Buy.com said the new tool is available in beta to a "select" number of its Commission Junction partners.

Zingle Raises $3M to Expand and Improve Messaging App Technology

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The company said its Web-based technology can automatically respond with a programmed response, (For example, responding automatically to a hotel guest who asks: “What is the wifi password?”)

FastSpring Launches Subscription Management Service

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Santa Barbara-based FastSpring , the e-commerce and payment processing software firm headed by Dan Engel, said this week that it has launched a new online subscription management and payment service called SaaSy. Engel said that the service is aimed at SaaS and Web 2.0 companies, to eliminate their need for maintaining their own e-commerce infrastructure.

How Startups are Locking Down Payment Security

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Run by a group of former business professionals, Trustev analyses web user IDs and behavioural patterns – and many more things besides – to help stop fraud automatically. Business Startups e-commerce fraud Payments Security

ProFlowers Tops Web Traffic Rankings In May

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San Diego-based e-commerce firm ProFlowers.com was the top ranked U.S. web property for May, based on percentage change in unique visitors, according to the latest comScore Media Metrix numbers. ProFlowers.com, which is a unit of Provide Commerce, saw visitors grow from 2.7M According to comScore, Mother's Day, graduation, proms, and weddings helped to drive traffic to flower gift and greeting sites, driving ProFlowers to the top of the unique visitors increase list.

DoubleBeam Takes On Mobile Rebates

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The company said its technology is white labeled, and typically is embedded into a brand''s mobile or web experience. Doublebeam''s technology helps retailers, e-commerce sites, and others support payment by e-check, which generally have much lower transaction costs than credit and debit cards. Pasadena-based DoubleBeam , the provider of mobile payment and related technology led by Ted Tekippe, said last week that it has launched a new mobile rebate product for retailers.

E-commerce’s changing Landscape: Customization

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Up 33% this year, according to the Washington Post, online commerce is trending upwards from $175 billion in 2007 to a projection of $335 billion in 2012 (Forrester Research). The timed-sales model of Gilt Groupe and Haute Look alike, has gained popularity in the last few years and perhaps the forefront of a movement to the web. Retail therapy has long been a rich country’s rite of passage. Although, the way we indulge our retail therapy is changing as quickly as our smartphones.

Tealium Gets $1.1M

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San Diego-based Tealium , a startup developing software which automatically loads tags onto web pages, said Tuesday that it has raised $1.1M Tealium said it has created a product which handles enterprise tag management, which is used to improve the performance of e-commerce web sites by handling the placement of "tags"-used for affiliate tracking and web analytics.

Under New Owners, Petco’s Digital Strategy Emerges in Petnet Deal

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In March, the multi-billion dollar chain named retail veteran Jodi Watson to head Petco Direct , where she has taken over omni-channel responsibility for the company’s e-commerce businesses, including the websites petco.com, unleashedbypetco.com, drsfostersmith.com, and liveaquaria.com.

Retention Science Debuts Retention Score

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Los Angeles-based Retention Science , the developer of big data analytics software for online marketing, announced today that it has launched a new "Retention Score", which it bills as a Klout Score of e-commerce. Retention Science develops software which uses big data to help analyze and predict the behavior of consumers on a web site, which can be used to drive offers to those customers.

ShareSquare Links With Amazon, Shopkick APIs

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Los Angeles-based ShareSquare , the QR code marketing startup run by Matthias Galica, said Tuesday that it has linked its service to the e-commerce APIs from Amazon.com and Songkick. ShareSquare said that the new link allows marketers creating QR codes using its service to link directly to a "Buy" module for Amazon, which allows those marketers to directly link to purchases on the popular e-commerce site.

Interview with Jerry Jao, Retention Science

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How to you better convert web visitors into customers? That's exactly what Retention Science (www.retentionscience.com), the latest firm out of the MuckerLab acceleartor, helps e-commerce companies do. Jerry Jao: My cofounder and I have always been in the e-commerce industry.

White House Targets Tech Training, Jobs In LA With TechHire

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The consortium is led by Los Angeles City College, Santa Monica College, and Pasadena Community College, and also includes partnerships with the, Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce''s Bixel-Exchange, Amazon Web Services, and JP Morgan Chase. The White House has named Los Angeles as one of 21 communities around the nation which are part of a new technology job and training effort called TechHire , the administration announced Monday.

NewEgg Wins Patent Suit

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Newegg, along with co-defendant O.co (Overstock.com), had been accused by Alcatel Lucent of infringing on patents covering basic e-commerce functionality, including the ability to search for products on their web sites.

Oh Yeah, That Powerful Computer In My Pocket Is Also A Phone

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People continue to surf the web to gather information when making a considered purchase. This approach of guiding consumers online and then offline ( on/offline ) through the purchasing process represents the future of commerce, whether it is online to a call or online to an in-store visit.

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MashOn Gets $620K

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Los Angeles-based MashOn , a firm providing web-based personalization and brand marketing services, has raised $620,000 in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Friday. MashOn develops web software, e-commerce tools, plus digital agency to clients; the firm says its has a team of 25 professionals.