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Neiman Marcus Joins Target and Three Other Retailers as Credit Card Data Hacks Broaden

Neiman_Marcus_Logo_0High end retailer, Neiman Marcus, is the latest victim of credit card hackers – the department store reported that it has been receiving notices from fraud claims following accounts of unauthorized payment activities, just weeks after Target announced a major security breach. According to previous reports, upwards of 70 million Target customers have had personal data exposed – names, phone numbers, emails, mailing addresses, and more.

The findings indicate that the breach of data occurred in mid-December, around the same time that Target reportedly had its major breach of credit card data. According to undisclosed sources, the attacks also targeted three other retailers besides Target and Neiman Marcus, prompting the involvement of the US Secret Service as well as the Department of Justice. Unconfirmed sources point to Eastern Europe for the source of cyber hackers, but no one or even groups of individuals have been accused. Read more

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Major online retailer, Overstock, will now accept Bitcoints as a payment option, so if you’ve  been aching to use your digital currency, here’s your chance to buy fresh new sheets:

You can now pay for all your favorite products on using Bitcoins! As the first major retailer to accept Bitcoins, is expanding the possibilities of Bitcoin purchases by offering thousands of products to the Bitcoin community.


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Infographic: Last Day to Ship for Christmas Delivery

last day to shipChristmas shopping can be very easy with smartphones, computers, and today’s super fast delivery services. In fact, it’s too easy, and if you procrastinate, it’s best to have a game plan for last minute decision making. That’s why we are sharing today’s super convenient infographic that lays out the last days to ship for major online retailers and delivery services – if you want your gifts to arrive in time for Christmas. If you’re terrible slow, Fedex does same day delivery on Christmas day.

If you know of one that’s not listed, please share it in the comments. Happy shopping!

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Infographic: Useful Holiday Shopping Hacks and Apps

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Shopping for gifts of practically anything during the holidays can be a real challenge, which makes today’s infographic especially useful all this week and possibly up until Christmas.  It’s a how-to hack away all of those shopping chores. So without further ado, let’s look at how we can use Task Rabbit and all of these great apps to ease the pain of holiday stress.

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Mobile Sales up 55% on Cyber Monday

Courtesy IBM

Courtesy IBM

Mobile sales increased by more than 55 percent on Cyber Monday when overall online sales broke new records, according to an IBM report.

Mobile made up about 17 percent of online sales this Cyber Monday. Mobile traffic also improved by 45 percent over last year. Tablets drove double the number of sales as smartphones, while users deployed their phones more often while browsing.

“The mobile device has become the shopping companion of choice for consumers,” said Jay Henderson, strategy director, IBM Smarter Commerce, in a statement. Read more

Google Plus Schedules 12 Hour Hangout-A-Thon for Charity

It’s easy to forget that it’s the season of giving, but just in case your list is a little short of love and charity, Google is hosting a hangout just for donations. The Hangout-A-Thon begins today on #GivingTuesday, December 3rd, 2013.  Google’s annual philanthropic initiative began last year with 100,000 participants in a span of 24 hours. This year, the company is partnering up with brands like Warbly Parker and media companies like Mashable to boost the charitable event. Read more

Fairway Market Debuts Recipe App

The New York-based supermarket Fairway recently released an iOS app that is one part recipe box, one part shopping list.

The social-savvy chain uses nice photography and a sleek scroll design to hook users in. Once in the app, you can search recipes, and with a click, add those ingredients to a shopping list. Users are also prompted to enter any dietary preferences (no gluten, dairy free, low sodium, etc.) upon entering the app to help Fairway direct the shopper. Read more

More than 131 Million Expected to Shop on Cyber Monday

onlineshopping_babyMore than 131.6 million are expected to shop this Cyber Monday on Dec. 2, according to the National Retail Federation, even after about 141 million shopped their way through Thanksgiving deals from Thursday through Sunday. That would be a little less than a 2 percent improvement over last year’s 129 million Cyber Monday shoppers.

More than one in five, or 24.8 million, of those who plan to shop on the annual mega-online sale day plan to use a mobile device, NRF said. That’s a 22 percent jump from last year for mobile shopping. Read more

Black Friday? Thanksgiving Day Online Sales Up 20%

Credit CardOnline shopping on Thanksgiving increased by almost 20 percent over last year with mobile driving about a quarter of those sales, according to an IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark report.

Mobile was up across all categories. It accounted for about 43% of all Thanksgiving online traffic, a 32 percent increase over last year; and mobile drove 26 percent of sales, up by nearly 50 percent. Read more

eBay Offers Free Same Day Delivery During Holidays for Select Cities

ebay nowSame day deliveries are getting very competitive this holiday season – eBay is the latest company to join the race along with Amazon and Google. The online store has been offering the local shopping and delivery service, $5 eBay Now for San Franciscans since last year, and Now can deliver same day orders for major metropolitan areas like New York and Chicago.

In today’s announcement, eBay details some of the offers for San Franciscans:

A special, limited-time holiday promotion that ends Dec. 31, the eBay Now-Ferry Building pilot is an easy way for San Francisco residents to connect with the local goods that are already around them. Read more