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January 22, 2001 | LORRAINE MIRABELLA, BALTIMORE SUN
Hand-held wireless devices will play an increasingly important role in retail in the near future, giving consumers another way to shop besides in stores, through catalogs and on the Internet, experts predicted last week during a national retail trade show.
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May 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- With its three-dimensional satellite imagery of the planet, its block-by-block detail of neighborhoods and its ubiquitous driving directions, Google is already the king of online cartography. Now it's looking to lengthen its significant lead by making a bid to be your personal cartographer: creating online maps that show landmarks, restaurants and other details tailored to your habits, interests and plans. A sweeping redesign of Google Maps - - the most major changes to the product since its launch eight years ago, the tech giant says - - is elevating the competition for how people navigate the world and where they stop along the way. Maps have become one of the most hotly contested areas for major Silicon Valley companies with the explosion of mobile devices.
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BUSINESS
September 28, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
What gives? If you're talking about Facebook shares, it's the news that the social networking giant is getting into online and mobile commerce by launching a new service that lets Facebook users send gifts to their friends. Facebook rose 7% to $21.80 in heavy trading  Friday after Facebook said it would begin rolling out Gifts that let users send real gifts - not virtual ones - such as T-shirts, eyeglasses, socks, chocolate and coffee. Facebook takes a cut from each transaction.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
What gives? If you're talking about Facebook shares, it's the news that the social networking giant is getting into online and mobile commerce by launching a new service that lets Facebook users send gifts to their friends. Facebook rose 7% to $21.80 in heavy trading  Friday after Facebook said it would begin rolling out Gifts that let users send real gifts - not virtual ones - such as T-shirts, eyeglasses, socks, chocolate and coffee. Facebook takes a cut from each transaction.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2001 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dot-com companies are shutting down daily, tech stocks are tumbling and the euphoria that once infused all things Internet has dissipated. But for the eternal optimists who populate the "new economy," there is still one sliver of hope: mobile commerce. "M-commerce," which has become the latest high-tech buzzword, turns cell phones and two-way pagers into shopping devices, along with Palm and Pocket PC hand-helds with wireless Internet access.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2002 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After several years of false starts, the grand hopes for mobile commerce in 2002 rest in no small part on the slender shoulders of Adirem Quintel. The 25-year-old field technician for Nortel Networks Corp. is part of an army of thousands of workers who are quietly yet methodically visiting cellular towers across the nation and upgrading them for a new generation of faster wireless networks.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- With its three-dimensional satellite imagery of the planet, its block-by-block detail of neighborhoods and its ubiquitous driving directions, Google is already the king of online cartography. Now it's looking to lengthen its significant lead by making a bid to be your personal cartographer: creating online maps that show landmarks, restaurants and other details tailored to your habits, interests and plans. A sweeping redesign of Google Maps - - the most major changes to the product since its launch eight years ago, the tech giant says - - is elevating the competition for how people navigate the world and where they stop along the way. Maps have become one of the most hotly contested areas for major Silicon Valley companies with the explosion of mobile devices.
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November 8, 2001 | Associated Press
Four credit card companies formed a cross-industry group this week to develop secure, user-friendly payment standards for transactions made using cell phones and other mobile devices. The Mobile Payment Forum was launched by American Express Co., MasterCard International, Visa International and JCB Co. Forum members are expected to include other financial institutions, operators of telecommunication networks, wireless device makers, merchants and software providers.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2001
This week is the wireless industry's big annual trade show in Las Vegas, and with it will come a bevy of announcements about new, do-it-all mobile phones, mobile commerce possibilities and faster-than-ever wireless Internet connections. There also will be plenty of prognostication about the growth of the mobile Internet and how and when consumers will be wowed by its capabilities.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is buying social media company Kosmix Corp. in a move to better position itself with online and mobile consumers. "We are expanding our capabilities in today's rapidly growing social commerce environment," Eduardo Castro-Wright, Wal-Mart's vice chairman, said in a statement. "Social networking and mobile applications are increasingly becoming a part of our customers' day-to-day lives globally, influencing how they think about shopping, both online and in retail stores.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2002 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After several years of false starts, the grand hopes for mobile commerce in 2002 rest in no small part on the slender shoulders of Adirem Quintel. The 25-year-old field technician for Nortel Networks Corp. is part of an army of thousands of workers who are quietly yet methodically visiting cellular towers across the nation and upgrading them for a new generation of faster wireless networks.
NEWS
November 8, 2001 | Associated Press
Four credit card companies formed a cross-industry group this week to develop secure, user-friendly payment standards for transactions made using cell phones and other mobile devices. The Mobile Payment Forum was launched by American Express Co., MasterCard International, Visa International and JCB Co. Forum members are expected to include other financial institutions, operators of telecommunication networks, wireless device makers, merchants and software providers.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2001 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dot-com companies are shutting down daily, tech stocks are tumbling and the euphoria that once infused all things Internet has dissipated. But for the eternal optimists who populate the "new economy," there is still one sliver of hope: mobile commerce. "M-commerce," which has become the latest high-tech buzzword, turns cell phones and two-way pagers into shopping devices, along with Palm and Pocket PC hand-helds with wireless Internet access.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2001 | LORRAINE MIRABELLA, BALTIMORE SUN
Hand-held wireless devices will play an increasingly important role in retail in the near future, giving consumers another way to shop besides in stores, through catalogs and on the Internet, experts predicted last week during a national retail trade show.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2001 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Chicago public school teacher Wardella Winchester was kidnapped in March and forced into a car trunk, she pulled out a cell phone and dialed for help. But from the dark confines of the trunk, Winchester couldn't offer a clue where she was. And in Chicago, like most areas of the country, 911 dispatchers can't pinpoint a wireless phone with the accuracy of calls made from conventional wired phones. By the time police found her two days later in nearby Indiana, she had been fatally shot.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
AT&T Inc., T-Mobile USA Inc. and Verizon Wireless want to replace your wallet with a smart phone. The companies ? three of the country's largest mobile carriers ? are partnering to create a mobile commerce network to allow customers across the country to make purchases with just a wave of an iPhone or Android. Isis, the joint venture they created for the project, will be headed by Michael Abbot, a former financial executive with GE Capital. The system will use near-field communication technology, which passes encrypted information between devices at close range but doesn't require contact.
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