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  • What you need to know about Alibaba's I.P.O.

    As the Chinese Internet giant prepares for a public offering, Fortune looks at its potential impact -- for Alibaba, for Yahoo, and for the market as a whole.

    By Tyler Falk

    FORTUNE -- In the United States, "Alibaba" doesn't have the same ring as "Amazon," "eBay," or "Facebook." Not yet, anyway.

    But as soon as today, the largest e-commerce website in China -- and, according to some estimates, the world -- could MORE

    Apr 25, 2014 5:00 AM ET
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  • Need money? Check your Facebook page

    A new move in Ireland positions Facebook to become a major player in mobile payments and money transfers.

    By Erik Heinrich

    FORTUNE -- The social media giant Facebook is seeking a license from Ireland's central bank that would allow it to become an e-money institution able to issue its own online currency similar to Bitcoin, according to sources familiar with the deal. The news was first reported by The Irish Times MORE

    Apr 24, 2014 6:09 AM ET
  • What's an Instagram or Pinterest picture really worth?

    The tech startup Piqora raises $7.7 million to help marketers find out.

    By Heather Clancy

    FORTUNE -- Fast-growing visual social networks like the digital scrapbook Pinterest, photo-sharing service Instagram, or microblogging site Tumblr -- where, if you'll pardon the pun, image is everything -- certainly can't boast the sheer visitor reach of Facebook with its more than 1.3 billion active monthly users.

    But retailers and big consumer brands are flocking to them for MORE

    Apr 23, 2014 11:02 AM ET
  • Review: Loop mobile wallet

    The latest attempt at a digital wallet uses novel magnetic technology to imitate your debit, credit, and loyalty cards.

    By Jason Cipriani

    FORTUNE -- Imagine walking into a store, gathering some items you want to purchase and waving your smartphone across a the credit card terminal to pay. This scenario is not a reality that's fast approaching -- it's possible today. In recent years, a number of technology companies have started to subtly say: Forgo MORE

    Apr 22, 2014 3:13 PM ET
  • 4 reasons to be bullish about Netflix

    A new survey of web users' entertainment habits finds Netflix has surpassed YouTube as the top online video site, but analysts are eager to see how much its original content is helping to bring in more subscribers.

    By Sam Gustin

    This post is in partnership with Time. The article below was originally published at Time.com.

    Few companies are better positioned to capitalize on the Internet video boom than Netflix, the erstwhile DVD rental MORE

    Apr 21, 2014 10:35 AM ET
  • What happens if broadcasters lose the Aereo case?

    Ahead of Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing on the legality of Aereo, experts weigh in on the so-called nuclear option.

    By Peter Suciu

    FORTUNE -- On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could very well reshape the entire broadcast TV business. The major broadcasters -- led by ABC (DIS), CBS (CBS), Fox (FOX), and NBC (CMCSA) -- are challenging the legality of Aereo, a startup streaming MORE

    Apr 21, 2014 8:41 AM ET
  • For marketing software firms, a white-knuckle ride (and bare-knuckle brawl)

    Revenue for marketing automation software is set to triple by 2020, and it's a three-way fight for supremacy.

    By Heather Clancy

    FORTUNE -- These days, most purchasing decisions -- not just the big-ticket ones -- are finalized long before someone reaches for their wallet. As a result, it's more important than ever for marketers to influence potential customers at the dawn of the sales cycle, without being too obvious.

    That new reality is galvanizing interest in MORE

    Apr 18, 2014 3:15 PM ET
  • With one website, a taste of the American Dream in India

    Babajob.com, a Bangalore-based mobile job posting startup started by a Microsoft Research veteran, wants to pull Indians out of poverty.

    By Erik Heinrich

    FORTUNE -- Vishwanath is a 22-year-old Indian from the southern city of Bangalore who is looking for work as a data entry clerk. He has two years of experience, does not wish to move away from his hometown and family, speaks English, Hindi, and a local language called Kannada. He MORE

    Apr 18, 2014 11:54 AM ET
  • From two employees to 220, in only six years

    Outside Philadelphia, the digital marketing company Monetate is rapidly growing. So is its business opportunity.

    By Melissa DiPento

    FORTUNE -- David Brussin doesn't want to reinvent marketing. He just wants to make it easier.

    Brussin, 38, already had the launch of three marketing-focused technology companies under his belt when big data analytics began to rise in popularity among technologists. The concept promised a more sophisticated way to use and interpret data, and gave Brussin MORE

    Apr 17, 2014 3:20 PM ET
  • Why investors are pouring millions into crowdfunding

    Is there really much return on a free service that attracts grassroots funding? The answer might surprise you.

    By Katherine Noyes

    FORTUNE -- There is no shortage of evidence testifying to the value of crowdfunding for those seeking to finance a new product idea, company, or even personal need. Just this month, Kickstarter-born Oculus VR was snatched up by Facebook for $2 billion. Smartwatch-maker Pebble sold more than 400,000 of its crowdfunded smartwatches last year. And in MORE

    Apr 17, 2014 2:47 PM ET
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