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How e-retailers are making sure toys aren't late — Kevin Winter | Getty Images Thus far in our "Powering the holidays" series, we've looked at companies providing the speed, data, monitoring and privacy protection that enable e-commerce businesses to thrive at the busiest time of the year. Even if merchants somehow master all of that, none of it matters much if deliveries show up after Christmas.

Twilio lets you hire, and not share your number — So great that TaskRabbit is sending Twilio, also located in San Francisco, a check every month for thousands of dollars, though not quite up to $10,000, said Busque. December is TaskRabbit's biggest month, with cleanings as well as gift pickups and returns.

Don't let software bugs ruin Christmas — Traditional APM vendors like Compuware, CA and IBM built their tools before the days of dynamic websites and mobile shopping. Now, traffic is coming from all devices, and billions of people are demanding rapid response times or else.

Moosejaw is 98% certain you want that parka — AgilOne is playing in a rapidly expanding business that's broadly called predictive marketing. Companies such as TellApart and Custora are building competitive technology, while Adobe has been investing in its marketing cloud through acquisitions and internal development. In April, AgilOne raised $25 million from investors including Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital and Next World Capital.

Lost seconds cost millions in online shopping — Now, people will do a quick browse from a smartphone while on the move, then shift to a tablet while sitting in front of the TV and finally make a purchase from a laptop. Consumers expect shopping sites to adapt to their use of technology, but the older CDN services were built for a PC-centric world.

The magic that powers Cyber Monday — Stan Honda | AFP | Getty Images Here we go. Thanksgiving is 10 days away. Then we wake up to a turkey and stuffing-induced hangover as millions of Americans rush to their nearest strip malls, sacrificing sleep for the crazy once-a-year discounts of Black Friday. And 72 hours later is the main event: Cyber Monday.

BrightRoll takes Yahoo deal over risky IPO — Being a publicly traded independent video advertising company is no fun. Just take a look at Tremor Video and YuMe. Tremor has lost more than two-thirds of its value since going public in June 2013, and YuMe has tumbled 48 percent since its initial public offering two months later.

From Shampoo to start-ups: J&J joins tech frenzy — Panoramic Images | Getty Images When Saeed Amidi started Plug and Play Tech Center eight years ago, his aim was to provide affordable co-working space for small Silicon Valley start-ups. He never imagined his real estate venture would become such an innovation hub that massive multinational corporations would be knocking on the door to join.

Google shacks up with Equinix for cloud boost — Google disclosed the deal with Equinix on Tuesday as one of several announcements tied to its cloud platform. The company also introduced Google Container Engine and a partnership with Docker to make it easier to create and manage applications across machines. It's all part of Google's deeper dive into the world of business software, and it's not cheap.

Facebook Raises Biggest Privacy Fears in Survey — Whether it's a barrage of creepy ads or the constant and confusing tweaks to its settings, Facebook is the technology company that consumers most fear when it comes to privacy. That's according to a poll conducted for by SurveyMonkey.
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