Will your cellphone soon become a proxy for your credit card? Zong and others are betting on it.
If there's one thing online merchants want, it's to make it quicker and easier for you to buy what they're selling. This is the case whether you're buying a novel from Amazon or an iPod nano. But it's especially true for micropayment impulse buys like a new handbag for your avatar or virtual MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Nov 5, 2009 8:01 AM ET
At least one company is making money off of social networking. The game developer behind 'FarmVille' and 'Mafia Wars' has seen its web-based games take off - and deliver profits.
On any given day 500,000 tractors are sold on the Internet. But don't start buying stock in John Deere or Caterpillar just yet. These are $20 "virtual" tractors that belong to the 50 million players of FarmVille, the largest and fastest-growing MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Oct 26, 2009 6:00 AM ET
Online sample-sale company tries to bring its model to luxury travel
At the Cotton House, one of only two hotels on the tiny Isle of Mustique, warm breezes drift in from the Caribbean, which is always in view. As you nibble on caviar and sip champagne at dusk, the only sounds are those of the waves gently breaking and a jazz singer crooning in the distance.
Daydreaming at work? Or maybe you MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Sep 30, 2009 8:00 AM ET
Social networking site elbows in on LinkedIn's job-finding franchise.
When it comes to finding a new job, they say it's all about who you know. With the rise of online social networks that has never been truer.
Today, 42% of adults in the U.S. with Internet access maintain a profile on a social networking site, up from 20% in 2007, according to Forrester Research. And in an economy where almost one-tenth of MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Sep 10, 2009 7:00 AM ET
Intuit, maker of finance software, turns its attention to health-care bills.
If you have health coverage, perhaps you've received that ominous-looking piece of mail from the insurance provider that declares: "This is not a bill," but looks a lot like one.
It's called an "explanation of benefits." But the correspondence doesn't seem to offer much of an explanation to anyone who lacks a medical degree or background as a company benefits MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Aug 27, 2009 6:00 AM ET
Alibaba.com expands staff, launches ad campaign in a bid to sell wares to American small businesses.
You might not be in the market for mass quantities of biodegradable flower pots or fly masks for horses, but chances are there's someone out there who is. Both are for sale--along with hydraulic briquette presses and canned sweet corn in bulk--on Alibaba.com.
Never heard of Alibaba?Jessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Aug 14, 2009 8:00 AM ET
Less than six months into his new role as head of News Corp. (NWSA), digital chief Jon Miller has no acquisitions planned. Instead, he said Thursday, he's going to seed innovation from inside the company and spoke of "putting the house in order" first.
While he didn't comment on News Corp.'s rumored plans to release a kindle-like digital device (News Corp. has denied that it will) he also talked at length MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Jul 24, 2009 2:54 PM ET
IAC welcomed a new member to the family today: a video venture that combines talent from the site CollegeHumor.com and an outfit called CityLights. IAC chairman and CEO Barry Diller announced the launch at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference in Pasadena during an interview with Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer.Jessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Jul 24, 2009 2:30 PM ET
Don't give up on eBay yet. Despite posting a second quarter drop in earnings for the second quarter, the company beat analyst estimates. Merrill Lynch and Bank of America upgraded it to neutral on the news, while Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse raised their earnings targets. Since the announcement yesterday evening, eBay's stock has jumped over 10% to $21.52.
eBay (EBAY) CEO John Donahoe helped explain that show of faith today MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Jul 23, 2009 10:13 PM ET
If new AOL CEO Tim Armstrong keeps talking, the company just might reemerge Phoenix-like on the Internet landscape. At least that's what the results of audience polling showed at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference Thursday.
Fortune's David Kirkpatrick opened the interview by asking whether AOL would slowly "run out of juice, remain profitable but not a significant industry force, or return to health as a major Internet player." Using devices provided by MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Jul 23, 2009 5:54 PM ET
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