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June 25, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Square Inc. is making a significant step toward realizing its larger ambition of cashing in on commerce, not just payments, with the launch of an online marketplace where businesses can sell such things as handmade jewelry and yoga classes. The new marketplace, called Square Market, enables local businesses to hang an online shingle to extend their reach onto the Web and sell more goods and services, said Ajit Varma, Square's director of discovery. "Square Market makes local businesses accessible to customers down the block and across the country," Varma said.
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December 2, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - The president plans to buy new health insurance through the online marketplace created by his signature healthcare law, a spokesman said Monday, confirming a promise the White House made nearly three years ago as it fought to push the legislation through Congress. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that he did “not have any update” on the president's plans to enroll but suggested Obama was among the many Americans who are taking their time signing up for a new insurance plan.
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BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
While most of us were being squeaky-clean in our online activities, a rather dirty war recently broke out in cyberspace over the selling of dirty e-books on Amazon and elsewhere. The affair raises numerous issues of non-prurient interest. The controversy first erupted in the British press. That's appropriate, since it was the British author Charles Dickens who gave us the term "pecksniff. " (See his " Martin Chuzzlewit . ") There the online publication the Kernel unearthed "hundreds of e-books that celebrate graphic rape, incest and 'forced sex' with young girls available for sale from online retailer Amazon.
NEWS
November 16, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - He's vented, attacked, apologized and adjusted. Now, President Obama has one move left in his attempt to salvage the rollout of his healthcare law : hope the website works soon. The White House, knowing a functional website is needed to calm its panicky allies, has now entered the wait-and-see period of its triage after the turmoil that has followed the Oct. 1 rollout. With the latest fix to the law unveiled, a bruising House vote behind them and experts working feverishly on the broken website, administration officials believe they may have weathered the worst.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
As if shopping on Amazon.com needed to get any more dangerous: The online retailer will now start selling wine in a dedicated section on its site, just in time for the holidays. Visitors to Amazon Wine will have access to more than 1,000 wines from wineries nationwide. Bottle prices range from less than $10 to more than $100, plus shipping costs of $9.99 for up to six bottles. Amazon will serve as a sort of middle man and discovery center, partnering with wineries that provide the wine and use the online marketplace to raise awareness for their brands and make sales.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fifty of the world's largest food, beverage and consumer product manufacturers plan to collaborate on an electronic marketplace that will allow them to purchase the estimated $200 billion of goods and services they use each year more cheaply and efficiently. Some of the biggest consumer product names such as Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble and Nestle USA are funding the venture with Grocery Manufacturers of America.
NEWS
January 2, 2001 | LYNELL GEORGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Wallis didn't need scratch paper to compute the potential. A story based on a prison interview he'd conducted with ousted Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega in 1998 sold more than 20 times. He made a cool $20,000. "It really opened my eyes to the allure of selling work. The possibilities." It suggested that the life of a story was much longer--and more lucrative--than he had ever imagined.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1995 | SUSAN MORAN, REUTERS
Ever racked your brain trying to find the perfect drill bit that will drill titanium? Or whether there's a zinc alloy maker in southern Arizona? The average consumer may not bother looking beyond the nearest hardware store. But parts buyers at companies can spend days trying to locate obscure manufacturing products. Now they can find them by doing quick keyword searches on their computer via Internet databases. Industry.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Sixteen Senate Democrats met with President Obama on Wednesday to urge that he right his foundering healthcare website, warning of a "crisis of confidence" if he doesn't act quickly. The president's team acknowledged struggling with how to present its message to the public, but some senators left the meeting more concerned that there were no immediate fixes forthcoming more than a month after healthcare.gov went live. With reelection battles looming, fellow Democrats have been left to explain the website failures while hoping that the benefits of the Affordable Care Act are just around the corner.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A fee change is coming for EBay sellers who occasionally auction off items on the online marketplace. EBay Inc. said that beginning June 16 users will be able to offer up to five items for auction every 30 days without paying fees the San Jose company usually charges to list goods.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Sixteen Senate Democrats met with President Obama on Wednesday to urge that he right his foundering healthcare website, warning of a "crisis of confidence" if he doesn't act quickly. The president's team acknowledged struggling with how to present its message to the public, but some senators left the meeting more concerned that there were no immediate fixes forthcoming more than a month after healthcare.gov went live. With reelection battles looming, fellow Democrats have been left to explain the website failures while hoping that the benefits of the Affordable Care Act are just around the corner.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration hired a general contractor to fix its troubled health insurance website and promised Friday that the key feature of the president's healthcare law would be running smoothly by the end of November. That target date was the first public deadline officials offered for troubleshooting the glitch-riddled website. In announcing the time frame, Jeffrey Zients, the management consultant enlisted to assess the situation, acknowledged that dozens of unresolved problems remained, including software flaws - contradicting administration officials' early claims that unexpected traffic volume was the main cause of the frequent error messages, frozen screens and other problems.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Noam N. Levey and Chad Terhune
WASHINGTON - President Obama conceded Monday that technical "kinks" had bedeviled the rollout of the federal healthcare website, but said the administration had launched a "tech surge" to fix it and emphasized that the law would give uninsured Americans access to reasonably priced, quality insurance. "Nobody is madder than me about the fact that the website isn't working as well as it should, which means it's going to get fixed," Obama told supporters in the Rose Garden. But he insisted: "The product, the health insurance, is good.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
While most of us were being squeaky-clean in our online activities, a rather dirty war recently broke out in cyberspace over the selling of dirty e-books on Amazon and elsewhere. The affair raises numerous issues of non-prurient interest. The controversy first erupted in the British press. That's appropriate, since it was the British author Charles Dickens who gave us the term "pecksniff. " (See his " Martin Chuzzlewit . ") There the online publication the Kernel unearthed "hundreds of e-books that celebrate graphic rape, incest and 'forced sex' with young girls available for sale from online retailer Amazon.
NATIONAL
October 2, 2013 | Noam N. Levey
New online insurance marketplaces created by President Obama's healthcare law got off to a bumpy start Tuesday, as a rush of consumers and a host of technical glitches slowed enrollment on the first day uninsured Americans could sign up for coverage. Several states running their own marketplaces -- including Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington -- were forced to delay the rollout of their websites, even as other states reported that shoppers were signing up. The federal government website that consumers in 36 states will use to get health coverage -- www.healthcare.gov -- repeatedly froze when consumers tried to create accounts, the first step in selecting a health plan.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Shan Li and Walter Hamilton
For two years, the FBI tracked the elusive founder of Silk Road, an Internet site that peddled heroin, ecstasy and every known type of prescription medication. The manhunt ended with the arrest of an unlikely suspect: Ross William Ulbricht, a 29-year-old former physics student from San Francisco. Prosecutors on Wednesday described Ulbricht as a criminal mastermind who built an illegal drug empire that they estimated had $1.2 billion in sales over the last three years, earning him $80 million.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2000 | Reuters
Converge Inc., an online marketplace founded by Hewlett-Packard Inc. and 14 other technology companies, said it would buy NECX, an electronic components trading exchange owned by VerticalNet Inc. The acquisition is expected to help Converge expand the reach of its online marketplace and further knock down inefficiencies that cost high-tech companies billions each year. Under the terms of the sale, Horsham, Pa.-based VerticalNet will receive $60 million in cash, a 19.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2012 | By Peter Delevett
Hate that old blouse? Fear not: A slew of new start-ups are running virtual marketplaces where people can sell and buy secondhand treasures. Companies such as Poshmark Inc., Twice and Threadflip are offering new twists on the yard sale and what they say is a more intimate experience than online mega-malls such as EBay Inc. "It feels like it's become a new cultural shift, in terms of what women can do with their wardrobes," said Rosalie Yu,...
NATIONAL
September 26, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - For years, President Obama's healthcare law has been praised, excoriated, legally challenged, upheld as constitutional and debated some more. Now, with its online insurance marketplaces days from opening for business, the White House is focused on a task that many of the law's supporters complain is overdue: explaining it. On Thursday, the president debuted a healthcare primer in a speech meant to convince young, uninsured Americans that they will find insurance coverage to suit their budgets.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Most Americans who shop for health insurance on new online marketplaces set up under President Obama's health law will have a wide variety of choices, a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services indicates. And many young consumers will be able to select health plans that cost $100 a month or less, according to the report, which is based on a preliminary analysis of premiums that insurers will charge when the insurance becomes available Jan. 1 in 36 states.
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