Much has changed over the past 20-odd years. Anonymity is no longer the web's hallmark: internet users' readiness to share personal data has created a bonanza for marketing companies and other businesses, who rapidly found ways to mine this information

A growing number of companies are using the tools and disciplines of Big Data to transform their businesses and markets. Its application in the consumer sector is becoming well known, but it is also playing a crucial role in financial services



  • eBay has revealed a new look inspired by the increasing use of mobile devices for retail purchases and has introduced a same day delivery service

  • According to market research firm eMarketer, search giant Google will have a 15.4 percent market share of total online ad revenue in the United States by the end of the year

  • The suit may have permanently changed the e-book market, and perhaps marred a trusted brand

  • It's a good time to master the basics of mobile money

  • Apple’s new iCloud offers cloud-minded IT pros some clout. But there are factors to consider about cloud storage, says our cloud-storage expert

  • When it comes to the mobile cloud, small businesses lead the way

  • Thanks to the success of Apple's iPad, tablets are taking the market by storm. Tech expert Marc Saltzman guides you through the new offerings

  • Mobile apps have changed shopping forever -- and for the better. With just a few apps on your smart phone, you can save money and time, and get goods in your hands faster. On that note, here are five must-have apps that will make shopping more fun and efficient

  • Right now, we're working on a pilot program to accept mobile payments. It would link to a customer's personal credit card information and store it on his or her phone so the customer could use the phone to pay with a credit card at the point of sale. Here's how mobile pay works

  • Ready to revamp (or launch) your Twitter business strategy? Veteran tweeter Alexis Wolfer shares her tips

  • The explosive growth of the Internet and resulting popularity of blogginghave transformed how marketers market. New guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission are expected to cover social media as well as paid media (advertising) and should provide clear direction to help prevent misleading endorsements, ensure effective disclosure, and dissuade financial incentives to write only favorable comments.

  • When bloggers are being paid to say a product is good, readers should know the deal. A core principle of U.S. communications and fair advertising law is that people have a right to know when they are being advertised to. There's no reason this rule shouldn't apply to the Internet.

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