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

Amazon’s U.K. Contract With Penguin Random House Set to Expire

recode.net — Will Amazon's contract negotiations with the last of the "Big Five" consumer book publisher be its toughest? The e-commerce giant's deal to sell books on its U.K. website published by Penguin Random House, the world's largest book publisher, is set to expire by the end of the month, according to an Amazon source.

Snapchat Is Investing in Shopping App Spring

recode.net — Another day, another messaging app that wants to explore e-commerce. Snapchat, the popular messaging app that is also dabbling in media, is investing in the maker of Spring, a shopping app that launched last year, according to two people familiar with the deal.

Stripe to Land $5 Billion Valuation in New Investment

recode.net — In Silicon Valley, the rich keeping get richer. Stripe, the online payments company, is in talks to raise new investment dollars at around a $5 billion valuation, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal. The exact amount of the investment could not be learned.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Names First Woman Executive to Coveted Top Role

recode.net — Shutterstock / Ken Wolter For more than 15 years, one role at Amazon has stood out as perhaps the most coveted: Jeff Bezos's "shadow," who acts as an adviser to the CEO, sitting by his side in daily meetings and serving as a sounding board on big decisions.

Google’s E-Commerce Plans in Question as Executive Departures Mount

cnbc.com — A year ago, Google's commerce initiatives finally seemed to be clicking. Its same-day delivery service, Google Express, was a hit with consumers in San Francisco and its business selling paid product ads in search was, by most accounts, a big success with big retailers. How quickly things change.

Google Introducing Mobile ‘Buy’ Button Amid Commerce Exec Departures

recode.net — A year ago, Google's commerce initiatives finally seemed to be clicking. Its same-day delivery service, Google Express, was a hit with consumers in San Francisco and its business selling paid product ads in search was, by most accounts, a big success with big retailers. How quickly things change.

Icahn Urges Apple to Pursue Cars, TVs and Another Stock Buyback

recode.net — Carl Icahn to Tim Cook: Apple is worth more than a trillion bucks. In a long-winded open letter published this morning, the rabble-rouser investor called on Apple's CEO to repurchase more company stock to reward investors for investing in a company that Icahn believes continues to be undervalued.

Alibaba Plans Star-Studded Women Entrepreneurship Conference

recode.net — As the conversation around women in technology takes hold in the West, Alibaba is grabbing the reins of the dialogue in the East. The Chinese e-commerce company, which counts six women among its 18 founders, is hosting a two-day conference and workshop this week starring its own female executives as well as American entrepreneurs Arianna Huffington and Jessica Alba.

Amazon Relents on Key Merchant Policy So Prime Members Can Get Better Selection

Samsung’s LoopPay Acquisition Price Was $250 Million

recode.net — What's the price of competing with Apple, Google and PayPal in mobile payments? For Samsung, about $250 million. That's about how much the Korean phone maker spent earlier this year to acquire LoopPay, a Massachusetts-based startup whose technology will be used in the Samsung Pay mobile payments system when it launches later this year, according to multiple sources.
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May 25, 2015

If everyone uses soylent and stops eating out, when would we rudely ignore our spouses by staring at our phones while they're speaking?

May 24, 2015

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