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  • Google tried buying Spotify but backed off because of whopping price tag 2 hours 28 minutes ago

    New York: Internet titan Google tried last year to buy streaming music service Spotify but backed off for reasons including a whopping price tag, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The Journal cited an unnamed source as saying that Sweden-based Spotify was asking for more than $10 billion despite being...
  • Jammu and Kashmir: PDP launches online membership drive 2 days ago

    Srinagar: Opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday launched an online membership drive on its updated official website. The updated website and the drive was launched by the party president Mehbooba Mufti at a function held at her Gupkar residence, a party spokesman said. The spokesman said the main feature of the...
  • Facebook tests 'Buy' button to help advertisers boost sales 4 days ago

    New York: Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network. The company said in a statement Thursday that the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook. A "Buy" button appears at...
  • Visa launches new Visa Checkout service to make online payments simpler 5 days ago

    New York: Payment processor Visa is launching a new service called Visa Checkout that eliminates a few steps in online payment. The company and its retailing partners, including Neiman Marcus, Pizza Hut, Staples and others, hope a quicker payout will lead to fewer abandoned shopping carts online. As more customers shop...
  • What happens to your online accounts when you die? 6 days ago

    Washington: You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online? Grieving relatives might want access for sentimental reasons, or to settle financial issues. But do you want your mom reading...
  • Amazon brings #AmazonCart to India 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Amazon.in announced the launch of its #AmazonCart service in India, using which customers can add products that they discover on Twitter to their shopping carts. Customers who have connected their Amazon and Twitter accounts can add items to their carts just by tweeting the link of an Amazon.in product...
  • Amazon sued over purchases by kids using mobile apps July 12, 2014

    Washington: The US government sued Amazon.com for allowing children to collectively run up millions of dollars in purchases on the credit cards of their unsuspecting parents while playing mobile apps like "Tap Zoo" and "Ice Age Village." The lawsuit, filed by the Federal Trade Commission, seeks to make the online retailer...
  • Yahoo unveils a lineup of free streaming concerts July 12, 2014

    San Francisco: Yahoo continued its shift to online content with a line-up of free streaming concerts by music stars such as Usher, Michael Franti, and The Dave Matthews Band. A Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen promised to serve up a new live concert daily beginning on July 15 when The...
  • Actor George Clooney slams UK story about his future marriage July 10, 2014

    New York: Actor George Clooney criticized Britain's Daily Mail on Wednesday for publishing what he called a "completely fabricated" story that said his future mother-in-law opposes his upcoming marriage to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The Mail Online story posted on Monday said Alamuddin's mother was telling family in Beirut that...
  • Move over Chuck Norris, the Internet has crowned a new hero this week - Tim Howard July 4, 2014

    San Francisco: Move over Chuck Norris, the Internet crowned a new hero this week - that's US goalkeeper Tim Howard. The 35-year-old player became a Twitter sensation after an astounding 16 saves in the US team's match against Belgium, as the knockout stage of the World Cup continued to play...
  • The more Internet porn you watch, the more narcissistic you become July 3, 2014

    New York: Watching porn is what narcissists love to do the most, a new study has found, adding that the more Internet porn people watch, the more narcissistic they tend to be. Earlier research shows that the more control narcissists have over sex, the more gratifying the experience tends to be. "The...
  • Microsoft toughens Outlook email encryption to thwart online snooping July 2, 2014

    San Francisco: Microsoft on Tuesday said it is scrambling Outlook email messages in transit to thwart spying by governments or others. Toughened encryption at Outlook and Microsoft OneDrive online "cloud" data storage service came less than a month after the technology titan got low marks in a Google ranking of such...
  • Facebook testing 'missed call' ads in India July 2, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook wants its users in India to hang up on advertisers. The Internet social networking company is testing a new type of ad in the country that allows mobile phone users to click a button that calls a brand advertiser, immediately hangs up and then receives a return call. The...
  • Adidas lifts ban on sales via eBay, Amazon and other online shopping websites July 2, 2014

    Duesseldorf: German sportswear maker Adidas has decided to allow the sale of its products via market-place sites like eBay and Amazon, an issue the German cartel office has been investigating. "We have decided to extend our e-commerce guidelines to also include open market places: if our retail partners adhere to our...
  • Google buys music streaming service Songza July 2, 2014

    San Francisco: Google has acquired streaming music service Songza, the Internet search company's latest move to play a bigger role in the fast-growing online music business. Google said on Tuesday it would explore ways to incorporate aspects of Songza into its existing streaming music service over the coming months. For...
  • Cutting and 'tapri' chai goes online on ChotuChaiWala.com! If you live in Mumbai, you can now order your tea online June 28, 2014

    Tea-sellers in Mumbai have just gone online with an affordable monthly subscription targeting people who take their cuppa very seriously. Zepo, an eCommerce website building platform, launched ChotuChaiWala.com, connecting the chaiwalas of Mumbai to its residents."Wouldn't it be awesome if everyone in Mumbai could order tea online while sitting at...
  • Amazon and Indian investment firm to help small businesses get online June 28, 2014

    Mumbai: Amazon.com Inc's Asia unit will provide back-end support in a venture with an Indian private investment firm formed by Infosys Ltd co-founder NR Narayana Murthy that aims to help get Indian companies online. Catamaran Ventures's partnership with Amazon Asia will target small- and medium-sized firms, Arjun Ramegowda Narayanswamy, who heads...
  • Asus cautions customers about online purchases June 27, 2014

    New Delhi: After Lenovo and Gionee, another tech giant Asus has advised its customers to be cautious while purchasing devices from e-commerce platforms and online shopping sites. The Taiwanese firm has also advised its users to check pre- and post-sales terms as well as the authenticity of the product while buying...
  • Google starts 'forgetting' things in Europe June 27, 2014

    San Francisco: Google on Thursday said that it is "forgetting" things in Europe to comply with a legal ruling granting people the power to have certain information about them removed from searches. "This week, we're starting to take action on the removal requests that we've received," Google said in an email...
  • EC to publish Uttarakhand panchayat polls results online June 26, 2014

    For the first time, Uttarakhand panchayat poll results will be available on the internet and mobile phones. With the help of National Informatics Centre, the Election Commission will for the first time display the panchayat poll results on the internet and mobile, State Election Commissioner Subardhan said while reviewing preparations for...
  • Flipkart to hire 12,000 people this year, aims to beef up its support and technology operations June 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Flipkart will hire 12,000 people this year to beef up its support and technology operations as the homegrown firm witnesses strong surge in online shopping in the country. The online marketplace giant has already chalked out an ambitious plan to expand its reach across India, the world's third...
  • Flipkart tying up with manufacturing clusters to bring more sellers on-board June 21, 2014

    Coimbatore: Flipkart, the largest e-commerce marketplace in India, said it is holding talks to tie-up with manufacturing clusters such as Tirupur and Ludhiana as part of bringing more sellers on-board to meet the strong growth in demand. "We are targeting manufacturing clusters and would sign up partnerships with Surat, Agra and...
  • Industrial Training Institutes start online admission June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Students aspiring to get admission in state-run Industrial Training Institutes will no longer have to stand in long queues outside application form counters as they will now be able apply online. Delhi government on Friday announced that it has extended online admission registration facility for engineering and non-engineering...
  • Twitter buys SnappyTV to beef up video sharing on social media June 20, 2014

    New York: Twitter said Thursday it has bought SnappyTV, a California firm that lets people edit and share clips from TV broadcasts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. SnappyTV, launched in 2010, has been collaborating with Twitter to "inject the best video content into Twitter's real-time conversation, straight from the TV...
  • All about Facebook's targeted ads and how you can opt out June 20, 2014

    New York: If you use Facebook, the specific ads you see have been based mostly on what you do on Facebook - your profile information, status updates, likes and interests. That's changing. The company says it will soon give advertisers more options to tailor ads to what you do outside Facebook....
  • Is e-commerce the new cool? Here's why young entrepreneurs are more interested in online business June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Gone are the days when Facebook was used merely as a tool to share personal details with people. Along with Instagram and other such media, Facebook is becoming a lucrative and cheap ground for advertising for young entrepreneurs. The online platform has attracted young entrepreneurs mainly between 19...
  • US to auction bitcoin seized in raid on Silk Road market on June 27 June 14, 2014

    Bangalore: The US government plans to auction about 30,000 bitcoin, the electronic currency, valued at about $17.4 million, on June 27 the US Marshals Service said. The bitcoin were seized during an FBI raid in October on the Internet marketplace Silk Road, known as a hub for transactions involving illegal drugs...
  • Punjab to provide online delivery of services in urban areas June 13, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Government on Friday proposed to set up 229 Citizen Facilitation Centres (CFCs) in the municipalities across the state to provide various services online. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday gave in-principal approval for the project to provide online delivery of services at a cost of Rs...
  • Facebook gives users control over the ads served to them June 13, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook said on Thursday it would begin allowing users more information about the ads delivered to them, and to block marketing messages they don't want to see. In a blog post, Facebook said its users "tell us they want more control over the ads they see" and that the...
  • China's Alibaba to launch its first US shopping website: Reports June 11, 2014

    Bangalore: Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching its first US direct-to-consumer online shop on Wednesday, the Financial Times and other media reported. The website will operate as a marketplace similar to Alibaba's China-based TMall, which offers virtual store fronts to merchants who set their own prices and handle...