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Jonathan's Card: Lessons from a social experiment

Jonathan's Card: Lessons from a social experiment

What happens when everyone has access to your Starbucks card? Jonathan Stark found out.

Jonathan Stark raised eyebrows last summer when he made his Starbucks card available for anyone to use. Here, Stark looks back on the "Jonathan's Card" experiment and examines its lessons.

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ePayments Week: Google goes patent shopping

ePayments Week: Google goes patent shopping

Google's payment purchase, Visa's iPhone app, and FarmVille snubs ads.

In the first edition of ePayment Week: Is there a connection between Android 2.3 and Google's purchase of Zetawire? Plus: News on Visa's iPhone app and Zynga's disinterest in advertising.

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Opening up the mobile wallet

Plastic may have toppled cash, but mobile payments are poised for the next takeover.

Three executives from companies immersed in the mobile payment space (PayPal, Eventbrite and iConcessionStand) weigh in on the current and near-term state of mobile commerce.

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Why Using ShopSavvy Might Not Be So Savvy

Why Using ShopSavvy Might Not Be So Savvy

Reading this morning’s New York Times story, Mobile Phones Become Essential Tools for Holiday Shopping, I was reminded again of the fundamental shortsightedness of so many of our economic decisions, that flaw in human nature that makes us seize on temporary advantage without thinking of the long-term consequences. The article focuses on the use of applications like ShopSavvy and RedLaser to do comparison price checking while in the store. On the surface, these are great tools for consumers (and there are other applications besides price comparison.) But remember, cutthroat pursuit of the lowest price will hasten the demise of many retailers, while strengthening others (usually, the biggest and most efficient, who can make money on the slenderest margins.) But what happens once those mega-retailers are the last one standing? Prices are likely to go up.

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Publishing Models for Internet Commerce

Last week I pointed to a 1994 interview Tim O'Reilly did that touched on the impact the Web would have on publishing. A nice contemporary companion is this 1995 paper titled "Publishing Models for Internet Commerce" that remains relevant (perhaps more so) today: In an information glut, it is not content but context that is king. Someone chooses the…

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News Roundup: Kindle Price Drop and Rough Title Figures, Borders Goes Solo on New Web Site, Long-Term Google Questions

Kindle Bits: Price Drop and Rough Title Sales Figures Speaking at the D6 Conference, Jeff Bezos offered a glimpse into the Kindle's sales impact. From D6 Highlights: On a title-by-title basis, [Bezos] says, Kindle unit sales now account for more than 6% of Amazon book sales for the 120,000 titles that are available on Kindle. Amazon has also dropped…

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Borders Goes Solo on New Web Site

Borders has separated its e-commerce offerings from Amazon and opened its own Web site. From the New York Times: The new Borders site offers plenty to like, such as the Flash video-based "magic shelf" on the main page that recreates the experience of browsing the tables of new books at the entrance to stores. The site also ties in…

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