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Will Increased Shipping Costs in the U.S. Affect eCommerce Sales in 2013?

The three major shipping couriers in the United States, the US Postal Service, UPS and FedEx, are all raising their rates in 2013. How merchants will respond to these price changes and whether or not the increased shipping costs will damper online sales growth in the United States are important implications for eCommerce in 2013

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FDIC Warns There are no Safe Harbors for Mobile Payments

In a recent article from the FDIC’s Supervisory Insights publication mobile payments are discussed in terms of understanding and managing risk for financial institutions. The FDIC states that banks may find that effective risk management with mobile payments requires partnering with several specialized parties, but also cautions that innovations in the mobile marketplace are driven

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iPhone to Become Top Enterprise Smartphone, Merchants Should Prepare Accordingly

According to a recent forecast from research firm IDC, iPhones will be the top company purchased smartphone through 2016 as enterprises are ordering iPhones in masses. Meanwhile the UK has certified the iOS 6 iPhones and iPads as safe for government use and for sharing restricted information. These milestones serve as indicators that e- and

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Adobe Breach Compromises 150,000 Customer Records

After a hacker posted a sample of compromised records online Adobe confirmed a breach affecting 150,000 customers through a vulnerability in the community site forum for their Connect Web conferencing platform to include email addresses, hashed passwords and other information. Read More

 
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House, Senate Will Hear 3 Online Sales Tax Bills in 2013

In preparation for the upcoming legislative session multiple bills have been drafted that seek to change current tax laws requiring all eCommerce businesses to collect tax at the point of purchase in the United States. Read More

 
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California Considers Credit Card Privacy Laws and how it Applies to eCommerce

The California Supreme court is considering a class action suit against Apple for collecting personal information for online transactions which goes against regulations put forth in the state’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act. Several other major retailers are backing Apple arguing that the previous legislation was only intended for brick-and-mortar transactions, and the outcome of the

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Supreme Court Considers First-Sale Doctrine, Ruling Could Have Major Effect on Auction and Marketplace Sites

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the final ruling on a case between a book publisher and eBay seller, and while this individual case may not seem too important it could have far-reaching effects for eCommerce auction and marketplace sellers and websites. Read More

 
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Audit Finds Many Popular UK Websites do Not Comply with Consumer Protection Regulations

The United Kingdom’s Office of Fair Trading recently released their results from a study examining the most popular websites to ensure they complied with distance selling rules and other regulations. It was found that more than two-thirds of these websites were not in compliance with at least one consumer protection law. Read More

 
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UN to Reassess Internet Telecom Regulations in December

In December the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will hold a meeting in Dubai to review the International Telecommunication Regulations global treaty which hasn’t been revisited since 1988. Representatives from all over the world will attend this conference to discuss several topics that will reform the treaty, but many are concerned that the meeting will

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Take the 2012 Mobile Payment & Fraud Survey

The Fraud Practice is a proud sponsor of the 2012 Mobile Payment & Fraud Survey. The details of this survey will help merchants and vendors better serve their mobile customers and prepare for the future of mobile commerce. All participants who complete the survey will receive an advance copy of the revealing results report and will

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