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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive.

One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has gone viral, making the rounds on the social network recently because it claims the app gives Facebook “direct control over your mobile device” and allows Facebook to call phone numbers without a users’ intervention and send text messages without confirmation, but none of that is accurate. read more »

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

The move places the largest U.S. e-commerce retailer in competition with Square and other established mobile payment processing systems such as PayPal Here and Intuit’s GoPayment. read more »

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.

The news sent Amazon’s shares up nearly 5 percent in midday trading.

The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS’ “60 Minutes” to deliver packages with self-guided aircrafts that seemed straight out of science fiction. read more »

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones.

The corporate juggernaut that started out with books and soon moved into music, video, cloud computing and Kindle e-readers is hosting a launch event Wednesday in Seattle, and media reports indicate the product will be an Amazon phone — perhaps one with multiple cameras that can produce 3-D photos. read more »

 

NEW YORK — Americans clicked away on their computers and smartphones for deals on Cyber Monday, which is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history.

Shoppers were expected to spend $1.5 billion on Cyber Monday, up 20 percent from last year, according to research firm comScore. That would not only make it the biggest online shopping day of the year, but the biggest since comScore started tracking shoppers’ online buying habits in 2001.

Online shopping was up 28.4 percent on Cyber Monday compared with the same time period a year ago, according to figures released late Monday by IBM Benchmark, which tracks online sales. Sales from mobile devices, which include tablets, rose 10.1 percent. The group does not track dollar amount sales. read more »

 

NEW YORK — Confused by Windows 8? Best Buy hopes it can help.

The consumer electronics retailer is hoping to capitalize on the launch of Windows 8. It’s trying to draw customers with exclusive computers and staffers trained to explain and demonstrate the new operating system from Microsoft.

Retailers and manufacturers typically look to major launches to drive customers into stores. But analysts aren’t certain how much the Windows 8 launch will help Best Buy. The company has been struggling with tough competition and a shift in consumer tastes away from big-ticket computers and TVs toward smartphones and tablets, which are less profitable for retailers.

Windows 8 has a new look that’s intended to create a seamless experience for users, whether they’re on PCs, tablets or smartphones. Featuring a colorful array of tiles that fill the screen instead of the familiar start menu and icons, it’s designed especially for touch-sensitive screens. Windows 8 will come pre-installed on almost all new PCs. read more »

 

NEW YORK — Americans breathed a bit easier about the economy in July, as a better outlook on short-term hiring and lower gas prices offset lingering worries about poor income growth.

The Conference Board said July 31 that its Consumer Confidence Index increased to 65.9, from 62.7 in June, the first increase in five months. That’s the highest reading since April and better than the reading of 62 that economists had forecast.

“Consumers had a much improved view of job prospects, not immediately, but six months from now,” said John Lonski, chief economist at Moody’s Capital. He also said consumers are feeling better about lower energy prices and more stable stock prices. read more »

 
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