I write about Amazon, eBay, PayPal & some other e-commerce & payments companies at @Recode. Deal with my sports tweets. Jason@recode.net

Bigcommerce to Acquire Zing, Maker of Software for Retail Shops

recode.net — Bigcommerce, a heavily-funded software maker that helps small businesses set up online stores, is close to announcing its first acquisition, according to two people familiar with the deal. The Austin-based company is buying Zing, a startup that makes checkout software and inventory management tools for brick-and-mortar businesses, these sources said.

Re/code on TV: Mossberg, Swisher Talk Apple Watch and a Microsoft Revival

With New Launches, Amazon Plans for Day When Product Sales No Longer Lead to Growth

recode.net — As Amazon sees growth slip in the number of items it moves each quarter, the Seattle retail giant is increasingly looking to sell something new: services rather than products. In the last few months, Amazon launched two initiatives that suggest the company is laying the groundwork for the day when it's no longer relying on product sales for growth.

Why YouTube Should Fear Facebook, the NHL Playoffs Edition

recode.net — This week Facebook said it was serving four billion video views a day, up from one billion just six months earlier. As my colleague Kurt Wagner wrote, "going from one billion to four billion total views per day in a little over six months is one of the reasons people now consider Facebook as a bona fide YouTube competitor."

Investors and Analysts Are Losing Their Minds Over Amazon’s AWS Numbers

recode.net — Investors' on-again, off-again, love affair with Amazon is back on. In a big way. Amazon's stock surged 15 percent on Friday morning in the wake of Amazon's first disclosure about the health of its AWS business, which is a $5 billion behemoth that is way more profitable than most analysts expected.

Amazon Reveals AWS Is a Nearly $5 Billion Business and Is Profitable

recode.net — Amazon has finally taken the shroud off its giant cloud computing business, AWS. The company, which hasn't previously broken out AWS results, said its Web services business grew 49 percent in 2014 to $4.6 billion in revenue. In the first quarter, AWS revenue grew 49 percent to $1.6 billion.

Instacart Finally Tells You When They’re Charging You More Than Stores

recode.net — As Instacart, the grocery delivery service, has grown in popularity, one unanswered question has followed: Am I paying more on Instacart than I would if I bought the same food in a store? Now Instacart says it's ready to be transparent about that answer.

OMG, Chipotle is Now Delivering Burritos (Thanks to Postmates)

recode.net — It's April 22, not April 1, so I'm not messing with you: Chipotle is finally offering delivery. The company revealed on its earnings call this week that it has signed a deal with the startup Postmates to deliver its oblong gut bombs to your apartment or office door.

EBay Beats Q1 Estimates, But Core Marketplaces E-Commerce Unit Still Hurting

recode.net — EBay's first quarter results surpassed analyst estimates, but the company's core e-commerce business continues to show weakness ahead of its split from PayPal. The company registered earnings of 77 cents per share, excluding some items, on $4.45 billion in revenue, coming in ahead of analysts' profit estimates of 70 cents a share on $4.42 billion in revenue.

Postmates Parts Ways With COO Peter Hazlehurst After Seven Months

recode.net — Postmates' No. 1 exec wasn't quite ready for a No. 2 after all. The delivery startup, which ferries food and other goods from local stores to customers' doors within hours, has parted ways with its COO, Peter Hazlehurst, just seven months after he was hired, Re/code has learned.
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Apr 26, 2015

"Why would you go after revenue...who's worth the most? Companies that lose money." - @SiliconHBO schooling the world

Apr 26, 2015

Scoopt: Bigcommerce set to make first acquisition as rival Shopify preps for IPO on.recode.net/1EGJMD3

Apr 26, 2015

RT @Recode: Bigcommerce set to make first acquisition as rival Shopify preps for IPO by @DelRey on.recode.net/1EGJMD3 pic.twitter.com/8rRLyXR6sZ

Apr 26, 2015

RT @kumailn: Tonite 7 PM PST/10 PM EST, I'll be live-tweeting the new @SiliconHBO with other cast/writers. #SiliconHBO to ask q's! pic.twitter.com/7I3qpbW3Ss

Apr 26, 2015

@EliLanger @eshap yes, wonder if that tweet came with my post in mind

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