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Children's publisher turns back on Amazon

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Refusing further business, Barefoot Books says retail giant has undermined its commitment to 'grassroots values'An award-winning children's publisher has cut its ties with Amazon, saying that the online retail giant has turned its books into commodities and undermined its way of doing business.Citing her commitment "to diversity and to grassroots...
Children's publisher turns back on Amazon

Independent booksellers deliver Amazon taxation petition to No 10

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The petition, asking the PM to make Amazon pay UK corporation tax, had over 150,000 signaturesSupported by Stephen Fry, Margaret Hodge and Charlie Higson, independent booksellers Frances and Keith Smith delivered a petition calling on David Cameron to take "decisive action [to] make Amazon pay its fair share of UK...
Independent booksellers deliver Amazon taxation petition to No 10

Amazon alternatives: where else do you shop online

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With many people struggling to find other places online to buy their books, CDs, etc, we ask for your recommendationsAmazon's tax bill is in the news again, after a Guardian investigation put the spotlight on its financial arrangements. There's a growing swell of people who want to use an alternative...
Amazon alternatives: where else do you shop online

Comic app: Apple not to blame for gay sex image ban

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Comixology says it, not Apple, was responsible for blocking an issue of the Saga comic that contained images of gay sexA mobile app for reading comics has taken responsibility for blocking an issue of a popular series that contained images of gay sex.Award-winning author Brian K Vaughan had initially blamed...
Comic app: Apple not to blame for gay sex image ban

Indie booksellers call for action on Amazon's tax avoidance

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Independent retailers angry at lack of government intervention on web retailer's tax paymentsIndependent booksellers have hit out at the government following this week's news that Amazon has paid only £3m on £4bn sales, saying it is time for talking to stop and action to begin."It seems that tax has become...
Indie booksellers call for action on Amazon's tax avoidance

Amazon tax petition nears 100,000 signatures

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More than 99,000 people have signed a petition calling on the online retailer to 'pay their fair share of tax in the UK'Nearly 100,000 people have signed a petition launched by an independent bookseller calling on Amazon "to pay their fair share of tax in the UK" and warning the...
Amazon tax petition nears 100,000 signatures

Orbitsound announces M9 and M12 soundbars with Bluetooth connectivity and wireless subwoofer

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UK-based audio outfit Orbitsound has just announced a new bluetooth-enabled range of soundbars. You may remember the British firm for its T14, T12 -- or more recently -- T9 offerings, but the latest line-up cuts the cable, opening up a host of new audio sources. So, it's out with...
Orbitsound announces M9 and M12 soundbars with Bluetooth connectivity and wireless subwoofer

Amazon beefs up its India Marketplace site as it starts selling mobile phones and cameras

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Amazon’s India site has started offering mobile phones and cameras for sale, featuring a 10 percent discount on selected phones and a 15 percent discount on selected cameras. The phones listed include those from Samsung – with its flagship Galaxy S4 retailing at INR38,699 ($648) – as well as Apple...
Amazon beefs up its India Marketplace site as it starts selling mobile phones and cameras

Black Galaxy S III shown on T-Mo website: glossy and shady in equal measure

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It's that mythical third color again. We saw hints of a darker shade of the Galaxy S III in Germany back in June, but even then we weren't totally convinced of its pedigree. More recently there have been rumors of a black Galaxy S III coming to independent retailers...
Black Galaxy S III shown on T-Mo website: glossy and shady in equal measure

Could virtual high streets save local shops?

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With nearly 15% of shops vacant, two new internet schemes are aiming to stop the retail rotMost people want a thriving high street with butchers, bakers, greengrocers, bookshops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. So figures from the Local Data Company, showing that nearly 15% of shops are vacant, make for depressing...
Could virtual high streets save local shops?

Square Adds Passbook Integration and Gift Cards

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Square CEO Jack Dorsey today announced via Twitter that Square has added gift card capabilities to its iOS apps. The gift cards come alongside Passbook integration, which allows customers to send Square gift cards from local retailers and redeem them with Passbook. Both of Square's iOS apps, merchant and consumer,...
Square Adds Passbook Integration and Gift Cards

The 404 1,226: Where the faces don't match the voices (podcast)

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Have you ever heard of a store that doesn't sell anything? A new crop of Bonobos "guideshops" are opening soon that act as show rooms for men's clothing, but customers that find things to buy are encouraged to go home and order it online. If independent retailers catch onto this...
The 404 1,226: Where the faces don't match the voices (podcast)

Here’s what one record store clerk thinks about Amazon’s plans to trade gift cards for old CDs

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If you’re like me, you’ve got dozens, possibly hundreds of old CDs lying around the house, just collecting dust. Now, Amazon.com is adding those good-old REM, U2 and Curtis Mayfield CDs into its trade-in program, where customers can send their CDs to the company and receive an Amazon.com gift card...
Here’s what one record store clerk thinks about Amazon’s plans to trade gift cards for old CDs

Cloud payment network Mozido acquires PagoVision to expand its merchant network in the US

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Cloud-based payment network Mozido has announced its acquisition of PagoVision today, a merchant network that offers check cashing and payment services for people with little or no access to banks and other financial services. The deal will give Mozido access to more than 1,500 independent retailers that are part of...
Cloud payment network Mozido acquires PagoVision to expand its merchant network in the US

HMV's woes do not signal the end for record shops

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Despite HMV's inability to make high street music retailing pay, some independent record shops are seeing increased salesThe days of popping to a record shop on a Saturday to pick up the latest hit single are long gone. Just 567,000 (3%) of the 189m singles sold last year were physical...
HMV's woes do not signal the end for record shops

Casio introduces $180 G-Shock watch that pairs with the iPhone via Bluetooth

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Casio has announced a new watch to its G-Shock line that pairs with the iPhone via Bluetooth to display users with information including synced time, calls and email alerts — all of which can be dismissed by double-tapping the screen. Available for $180, the GB6900AA watch is resistant to shock and...
Casio introduces $180 G-Shock watch that pairs with the iPhone via Bluetooth

Mark Pearson's Markco Media Invests $225K In Customer Loyalty Platform Stamp.it

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Stamp.it, a newly launched UK startup that is building a mobile platform to help independent retailers offer their own customer loyalty scheme, has raised £150,000 (~$225k) from Mark Pearson’s Markco Media. Pearson, a well-known investor and entrepreneur in the UK, is founder of discount website MyVoucherCodes, amongst other online marketing...
Mark Pearson's Markco Media Invests $225K In Customer Loyalty Platform Stamp.it
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