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    1. May 5, 2016

      China trade barriers won’t stop cross-border ecommerce

      Much has changed in the Chinese consumer landscape but the cachet attached to foreign goods remains the same, according...

    2. May 4, 2016

      Dropbox, Facebook and their like move into the office as popular apps go to work

      Like more than half a billion people in the world, Chris Burgess, vice-president of IT at Expedia, the online travel...

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    1. May 2, 2016

      Tencent backs down in mobile payments war with Alibaba

      Chinese online gaming and social networking group Tencent has pulled back from a high-stakes battle with ecommerce...

    2. April 28, 2016

      Rocket Internet shares plunge 18.5% in two days

      Shares in Rocket Internet closed down almost 5 per cent on Thursday, after the German technology start-up investor...

    3. April 25, 2016

      Rakuten tees up golf course drone in challenge to Amazon

      Rakuten, the online retailer, is launching a drone service in Japan ahead of Amazon as tech companies compete to...

    4. April 18, 2016

      Line looks to challenge global chat app rivals

      Tokyo-based messaging app Line will launch a smartphone call-centre using an artificial intelligence bot later this...

    5. April 11, 2016

      India’s fledgling online grocery sector faces shake-up

      Coddled by protective government policies, the millions of small “mom-and-pop” shops that dominate India’s $350bn...

    6. April 6, 2016

      Walmart – trouble in store

      Linda McKinney wells up when she talks about the closure of the Walmart supercentre in McDowell County, West Virginia....

    7. April 6, 2016

      Flexibility is crucial if cities want to become start-up capitals

      Every metropolis now wants to be a start-up city, full of young people with great ideas and — more importantly — jobs...

    8. March 30, 2016

      Fight to become Indonesia’s Alibaba begins

      With a population of 250m and rising smartphone adoption, Indonesia would appear to have the fundamental qualities of a...

    9. March 29, 2016

      India allows FDI in ecommerce — with caveats

      India has given its official blessing — with caveats — to the foreign investment that has flooded into its booming...

    10. March 16, 2016

      Overseas online retailers face crackdown

      New powers to tackle value added tax fraud by overseas online retailers formed the centrepiece of a multibillion-pound...

    11. March 16, 2016

      Court rulings threaten to upset defences against data breach claims

      In February, a Los Angeles hospital paid a bitcoin ransom equivalent to about $17,000 to retrieve its medical records...

    12. March 11, 2016

      Kinnevik’s Cristina Stenbeck steps down as chairman

      Cristina Stenbeck is stepping down as executive chairman of the Kinnevik investment empire that has big stakes in...

    13. March 8, 2016

      Blink Health: a cure for high drug costs

      Lowering the cost of healthcare is an elusive goal, but a New York-based start-up founded by two brothers is trying a...

    14. March 3, 2016

      Amazon’s Prime challenge is international growth

      Over the last several years a striking pattern has emerged at Amazon: its sales in the US are soaring, doubling in the...

    15. March 3, 2016

      Powa Technologies’ administrators sell two of its units

      Two units of Powa Technologies have been sold to separate groups of investors, weeks after the UK company once valued...

    16. March 1, 2016

      Supermarkets target boost from click-and-collect deals

      Rock bottom prices alone no longer cut it. Britain’s biggest grocers are being forced to try new tactics to hold on to...

    17. February 29, 2016

      Ocado hit by Amazon web tie-up with Morrisons

      UK online grocer Ocado suffered a blow as Amazon struck its first major deal with a British supermarket to sell...

    18. February 19, 2016

      Powa Technologies: from UK tech darling to administration

      Powa Technologies, once valued at $2.7bn and seen as a darling of the UK technology scene, said Thompson Investments...

    19. February 19, 2016

      Powa Technologies in administration after investor calls in loans

      Powa Technologies has gone into administration days after the Financial Times revealed that the mobile commerce company...

    20. February 16, 2016

      Powa Technologies missed staff and contractor payments

      Powa Technologies, one of the UK’s most highly valued technology start-ups, held back staff salaries and payments to...

    21. February 16, 2016

      India’s Myntra makes U-turn on ‘app only’

      Myntra, India’s largest online fashion retailer, has reversed its decision to go mobile “app only”, reactivating its...

    22. February 15, 2016

      The Hut eyes M&A as it looks to expand in health and beauty

      The Hut, the online marketplace backed by some of the biggest names in British retail, has secured private funding of...

    23. February 15, 2016

      Snapdeal raises $200m from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

      Snapdeal has secured a $200m investment from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, giving the online marketplace a...

    24. February 15, 2016

      India’s newest unicorn targets price-conscious

      Cow-dung patties for Hindu religious rituals or traditional sweets from a southern temple town are not things people...

    25. February 8, 2016

      Africa Internet Group set to become continent’s first ‘unicorn’

      Africa Internet Group is set to become the continent’s first “unicorn” after securing an investment valuing the...

    26. February 3, 2016

      Augmented and virtual reality are on the way but still face hurdles

      Virtual reality is helping developers to build homes at West End Gardens in the smart market town of Stockton-on-Tees...

    27. February 3, 2016

      Hike app aims to disrupt data providers

      Indian chat app Hike faces an uphill battle to catch up with WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging service owned...

    28. February 3, 2016

      Developers look beyond the app

      Measured against any metric, Apple’s App Store has created a whole new economy since its launch in 2008. Owners of...

    29. February 3, 2016

      Flexible cinema seat pricing may be a force to be reckoned with

      After a fallow 2014, Hollywood last year released a plethora of blockbuster movies: between them, the new James Bond,...

    30. February 3, 2016

      Internet of things turns menial tasks into high-tech jobs

      The Reality Editor, a tool developed by the Fluid Interfaces Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, points to...

    31. January 28, 2016

      Alibaba revenues beat expectations despite China slowdown

      Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba beat expectations, reporting that revenues had increased 32 per cent for the last...

    32. January 26, 2016

      Amazon cloud service key to sustaining profitability

      Amazon’s heavy investment in its web services business is expected to come under further scrutiny when the company...

    33. January 20, 2016

      Seven ways technology has changed us

      It has become customary to talk of “technology” as if it were a special sector of the economy consisting of the...

    34. January 5, 2016

      Sainsbury’s takes aim at Amazon with Argos bid

      Like all of the UK grocers, J Sainsbury has been watching the rise of Amazon with trepidation. In recent months the US...

    35. January 5, 2016

      Online orders boost UK parcel market

      Shoppers’ preference for ordering online has helped boost the size of the UK parcel market to almost £9bn, but fierce...

    36. December 30, 2015

      The riff: Jeff Bezos and long-termism

      Will Tuesday’s record close for the Amazon stock price lead Jeff Bezos to look back at 2015 with a cosy sense of...

    37. December 22, 2015

      Overseas e-retailers face VAT crackdown

      Tax officials have launched a crackdown on VAT evasion by overseas online retailers amid claims that Amazon and eBay...

    38. December 17, 2015

      Retailers tap into social mobility

      The battle of the “buy” buttons is in full swing. With just seven days to go until Christmas, this year is shaping up...

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