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Tuesday - March 31, 2015
Amazon on Monday launched a new marketplace for professionals who can help with everything from basic home cleaning to skilled labor, including electric, plumbing and appliance installation. Amazon Home Services enlists professionals who have been prescreened through background checks and are officially licensed and insured, and it guarantees service satisfaction. It provides upfront pricing on prepackaged services, as well as customer reviews. The number of services actually available at launch varies according to market size. [More...]

Tuesday - March 31, 2015
The White House in January proposed updates to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that have stirred controversy within the cybersecurity industry. The proposals would allow prosecution under the CFAA of insiders who abuse their ability to access information, while setting aside insignificant conduct. "If the proposed legislation were to be enacted, it would certainly have a chilling effect on cybersecurity research," Chris Doggett, managing director at Kaspersky Lab North America, told TechNewsWorld. [More...]

Friday - March 27, 2015
Cyanogen this week announced the completion of a follow-up round of Series C financing that brought $80 million in new funds to pay for more hiring and accelerated development of its open platform software development kit. Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the financial grip of Google. Its CyanogenMod firmware adds considerable personalization features and improvements to the Android platform. Cyanogen has spurred a developing secondary app market for an alternative Android distribution based on its mods. [More...]

Friday - March 27, 2015
The retail industry has finally awakened to what customers always have known -- they don't distinguish too much between channels. Modern shoppers are happy to embrace the immediacy and experience of the physical store while also benefiting from the informed and personalized ease of shopping online. As many pure play online retailers invest in a physical presence to trigger growth and enhance their connection with customers, they should translate the smartest online strategies into their in-store experience. [More...]

 

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