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Posts tagged “E-commerce”

May 22, 2014

Premium Lock Another breach: eBay asks its 145M users to change passwords

EBay The attack follows several other high-profile data security incidents, including a massive breach at Target stores and the recent discovery of the "Heartbleed." computer security flaw. Heartbleed is a point of weakness in a key piece of security technology used by more than 500,000 websites that had been exposing online passwords and other sensitive data to potential theft for more than two years.

Updated May 13, 2014

Premium Lock Inside Peak 10's sale: CEO David Jones sees 'renewed energy to aggressively drive growth'

Fast-growing data center, cloud and IT services provider Peak 10 is being sold for the second time in four years, and CEO David Jones sees the deal as an opportunity to grow the Charlotte-based company even faster. The deal also further establishes Jones' legacies as one of North Carolina's top technology pioneers. WRAL TechWire Insiders can read all about the deal in an exclusive Q&A with Jones.

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May 13, 2014

Premium Lock Part Two: Going inside Peak 10's sale with CEO David Jones

David Jones, CEO and founder of Peak 10, expects the company to grow under new management. . WRAL TechWire Insiders can read all about the deal in part two of our exclusive Q&A with Jones.

A map at Peak 10's website locates cities where it operates A map at Peak 10's website locates cities where it operates

Updated May 13, 2014

Premium Lock Private equity firm sells data hosting, services provider Peak 10

Charlotte-based Peak 10, which operates data centers in the Triangle and across nine other cities, is being sold from one private equity firm to another. The deal is likely to mean further expansion for the company founded in 2000 by Charlotte entrepreneur David Jones.

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May 13, 2014

Premium Lock FCC revising 'open' Internet rules after public backlash

FCC        Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.

Updated May 12, 2014

Premium Lock Triangle startup hopes to be a lulu of a business in daycare industry

CareLulu, one of four companies that are about to emerge from The Startup Factory's accelerator program, hopes to be the Kayak of daycare. Need childcare to meet your specific needs? CareLulu's founder (a chemical engineer by trade) and his wife did. So they started a company. The couple believes the company has a secret sauce that will help parents, daycare providers and investors cash in on a big, multi-billion dollar opportunity. WRAL TechWire has the exclusive interview with Patrick Matos for our Insiders on how the company aims to save parents "time and sanity."

Matching parents, childcare via CareLulu Matching parents, childcare via CareLulu

May 12, 2014

Premium Lock Netflix raises prices by a $1 for new subscribers; current users spared

Netflix  The changes mean anyone signing up for Netflix's video subscription service beginning May 9 will pay $9 per month for in the U.S. The old price of $8 per month will continue until May 2016 for Netflix's existing 36 million U.S. subscribers.

Updated May 8, 2014

Premium Lock PowerSecure shares plunge 62% despite CEO's mea culpa

Wall Street is pummeling Wake Forest-based PowerSecure after a disappointing earnings call and a cut in financial projections. Shares plunged 60 percent after the company went from a 4-cent-per-share profit a year ago to a 17-cent-per-share loss in the first quarter even though revenues jumped 17 percent. Outspoken CEO Sidney Hinton went out of his to repeatedly apologize for the energy company's performance. He asked for patience and trusts from customers as well as investors. Five analysts firms downgraded the stock, however, and investors are bailing.

A slide from a PowerSecure presentation outlines 2014 goal A slide from a PowerSecure presentation outlines 2014 goal

Updated May 8, 2014

Premium Lock Startup 'Tuee' turns restaurants' craving for customer data into successful recipe

Tuee is short for "The Universal Eating Experience," and the four-person team is turning funding from The Startup Factory as well as angel investors into a fast-growing business. Their aim is to help restaurants' customer data into actionable intelligence. So far, so good, says founder Vikram Rao. And they're hiring.

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May 6, 2014

Premium Lock As Jud Bowman plans for more growth, Appia hits 75M download milestone

Just call Jud Bowman "Mr. Growth." Fresh from a new product launch in February and $5 million in funding raised in November, mobile apps services firm Appia has added 6 million downloads since January to reach 75 million. Revenue surged in 2013, and now CEO Jud Bowman has his eyes focused on reaching 100 million downloads. Facebook is No. 1 at 350 million, but Appia is charging hard. When asked if Appia might be the Triangle's next IPO candidate, however, he isn't talking. WRAL TechWire goes one-on-one with Bowman for our Insiders.

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Updated May 6, 2014

Premium Lock Tweet-and-shop: Amazon introduces service targeting Twitter users

Under the program, users must link their account with their Twitter account. Then they need to add the hashtag #AmazonCart when replying to a tweet that has an Amazon product link. The product will then be automatically added to their shopping cart.

May 6, 2014

Premium Lock Channel Advisor CEO has 'aggressive plan' for hiring, growth

New jobs     Ecommerce services provider ChannelAdvisor, which went public a year ago, reports record revenues for its most recent quarter - a 30 percent jump - and CEO Scot Wingo has aggressive plans to drive even more growth. That means more jobs. "Of course we have an aggressive plan," Wingo says, "which means you can't rest."

May 2, 2014

Premium Lock Durham firm's good FDA news; Chimerix eyes $200M; SEAL Innovation expands; Snapchat adds chat; eBay settles antitrust case

Bulldog In today's Bulldog blog roundup of technology and life science news, get the latest about drug firm Parion Sciences, a $200 million stock offering from Chimerix, details about Raleigh-based startup SEAL Innovation's expansion, Snapchat finally adds chat, and eBay settles an antitrust case.

May 1, 2014

Premium Lock 'Heartbleed' bug rattled most Americans who heard about the story

Most Americans who recently learned about a major breakdown in Internet security have been trying to protect themselves but a group nearly as large is unaware of the threat, according to a new survey.

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May 1, 2014

Premium Lock FCC chair vows he won't allow Internet 'slow lane'

FCC    The nation's top telecommunications regulator defended his latest proposal to protect an open Internet, warning cable companies that manipulating data traffic on their networks for profit would not be tolerated.

April 30, 2014

Premium Lock Google joins Microsoft in shielding students from ads

Google HQ Google will no longer try to sell ads based on personal information collected about students using a suite of products tailored for schools. Last week, Microsoft said it would help schools prevent ads from showing up in its Bing search engine.

April 25, 2014

Premium Lock Retailers turning to 'pins,' hoping Pinterest boost sales

Retailers increasingly are using Pinterest, a social media site that allows users to create collections of photos, articles, recipes, videos and other images that are called "pins," to draw business to their own sites.

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Updated April 24, 2014

Premium Lock Raleigh firm seeking to transform mobile commerce

PointSource, a fast-growing company that now has 54 employees, rolls out a new mobile commerce product called "Currency." The Raleigh firm's goal is to transform how businesses cash in on mobile commerce. How fast a start for the company? It's grown to 54 employees from just four after formation two years ago. And they are still hiring. By the way, clients include HH Gregg. WRALTechWire's Jason Parker has the exclusive story.

PointSource aims to unify mobile commerce delivery PointSource aims to unify mobile commerce delivery

April 23, 2014

Premium Lock Microsoft expands advertising-free Bing search for schools

Bing Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Updated April 21, 2014

Premium Lock If Amazon unveils a phone, here are 5 features to expect    Amazon hasn't confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone. Introducing such a device would be tough in a crowded market dominated by Apple and Samsung. Even so, innovations like the Kindle Fire and Prime membership program demonstrate that the online retailing giant has a knack for using its massive size and marketing budget to capitalize on gaps in the marketplace.

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