Snapdeal Motors Launched, More Car and Bike Makers Come On Board

Online marketplace Snapdeal has partnered manufacturers to sell bikes and cars online through its Snapdeal Motors initiative. The New Delhi-based firm expects transactions facilitated through its platform to touch $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,129 crores) in the next two years for the automobile category. “We have sold bikes through our platform and received a phenomenal response. Through Snapdeal Motors, we ... Read More »

UK Unveils Powers to Spy on Web Use, Raising Privacy Fears

Britain unveiled plans on Wednesday for sweeping new surveillance powers, including the right to find out which websites people visit, measures ministers say are vital to keep the country safe but which critics denounce as an assault on freedoms. Across the West, debate about how to protect privacy while helping agencies operate in the digital age has raged since former ... Read More »

India’s E-Commerce Accounts for Below 1 Percent of Retail Sales: Gartner

India accounts for less than one percent of the total retail sales despite being the fastest digital commerce market in Asia, growing at 40 percent each year, according to research firm Gartner. “India represents a $7 billion (roughly Rs. 45,841 crores) digital commerce market, growing at more than 40 percent every year. “Currently, B2C commerce leads the market in India, ... Read More »

Google Starts Demoting Mobile Sites That Show Large App Install Ads

Following its announcement back in September, Google on Tuesday implemented its decision to downrank mobile webpages that show large app install advertisements in the foreground. These webpages will not be marked as mobile-friendly. “Sometimes a user may tap on a search result on a mobile device and see an app install interstitial that hides a significant amount of content and ... Read More »

6 Reasons to Take Advantage of Social Media for the Business

If you haven’t integrated social media into your marketing campaign strategy, you may be missing out on greater sales and leads. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn do more than just keep you connected to friends and relatives. They can be used as a platform in which to engage your target consumers. It’s a method that many businesses have ... Read More »

Backblaze’s Cheap Cloud Storage Service to Take on Amazon, Google, and Microsoft

Backblaze, which is popular for offering unlimited backup storage services, has announced a new cloud service called Backblaze B2 that is at least 4 times cheaper than Amazon’s S3, Microsoft’s Azure, and Google Cloud Storage. The biggest pitch of the Backblaze B2 is its pricing. It costs just $0.005 per GB of storage, compared to Amazon’s S3 and Microsoft Azure ... Read More »

Gmail Gets ‘Block’ Sender Feature, Android App Adds Easy ‘Unsubscrib

Google on Tuesday introduced two much-needed features to its Gmail service that would now let users block email IDs and unsubscribe from newsletters with a few clicks. As a part of the latest Gmail update, people using Gmail on the Web would now be able to block specific email addresses in Gmail just with couple of clicks. Once blocked, all ... Read More »

Flipkart Hires Honchos From Amazon, Google, Microsoft

Leading e-retailer Flipkart on Tuesday announced it hired senior executives from its rival Amazon, search engine Google and global software major Microsoft by scouting for best talent on a global scale. “Dan Rawson from Amazon has joined as head of customer logistics and supply chain ecosystems, Ravi Byakod from Google as director of engineering and Anand Lakshminarayana from Microsoft as ... Read More »

Groupon Slashing 1,100 Jobs in New Retrenchment

Online deals giant Groupon said Tuesday it was cutting some 1,100 jobs over the coming months in another sign of cooling in the once-hot sector. Groupon also said it would be ending operations in several markets around the world including Morocco, Panama, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Thailand and Uruguay, following recent exits from Greece and Turkey. The streamlining aims ... Read More »

‘Netflix-for-Ebooks’ Oyster Shuts Down; Part of Team Reportedly Hired by Google

Oyster, the startup seeking to be the “Netflix for ebooks” by offering unlimited reading for a monthly fee, says its story is coming to an end. The company announced in a blog late Monday it “will be taking steps to sunset the existing Oyster service over the next several months.” Oyster readers will be informed about the shutdown over the ... Read More »