| May 9, 2014
| 1:37 PM
Mariano Rivera can throw a 90 mph fastball, but his brand new memoir "The Closer" is moving much slower for Amazon shoppers. It will take Amazon two to five weeks to ship his book, which was published Tuesday. Yet local retailers have it in stock and...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 3:06 AM
It's Freebie Friday!
The next big thing arrives in stores today as Samsung introduces its hot new Galaxy S5. Verizon is offering a buy-one-get-one free deal on the new water-resistant smartphone. Save on everything Easter with coupons: $12 off...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 8:26 PM
Any parent with teenagers can tell you how tough it is to keep abreast of their fashion whims. Even more difficult: doing it for a living and making a profit at it.
Tilly's Inc. of Irvine is a specialty retailer that targets teens and young adults...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Talk about an impulse purchase gone bad.
That's the polite way of describing my recent shopping experience after purchasing a $50 Amazon.com gift card for my nephew Charlie, who was turning six.
The easiest thing would have been to order the gift card...
| May 6, 2014
| 8:30 PM
HONG KONG -- The proposed share sale in the US of Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba is one of the biggest stories of the year in financial circles. But the company's importance to the entertainment industry has yet to be fully appreciated.
| May 6, 2014
| 6:48 PM
Chinese Internet behemoth Alibaba has filed to sell shares in the U.S., the first step in what is expected to be one of the biggest initial public offerings ever.
The company, bigger than Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc. combined, said it was raising $1...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Let's start with the idea of a recommendation engine. It's an informal term to describe the complex algorithms that parse masses of data to make suggestions of the "if you like that, you'll like this" variety.
Online services crave good recommendation...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Happy Freebie Friday!
I've got some great deals today! Slurp a free Jamba Juide, get a BOGO coupon at Pollo Tropical for nominating a teacher and save $10 at Red Lobster. There are lots of other freebies, coupons and free fun things to do listed, too....
| May 6, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group on Tuesday filed in the U.S. for an initial public offering to raise up to $1 billion -- a figure that analysts expect will rise -- which will deliver a cash windfall to minority stakeholder Yahoo.
Yahoo holds a 24%...
| May 5, 2014
| 4:15 PM
Mother's Day is only a few days away. If your mom (or the special mom figure in your life) is a reader, why not consider a book as a gift? And don't forget to arrange for her to have some reading time to go with it. Here are a few new titles that might...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 10:23 AM
GLASTONBURY — The same fevered imagination brought the world a blue gingham inflatable ice-holding tray for outdoor picnics, obnoxious magnetic bumper stickers and an oversized ceramic mug shaped like a toilet.
"Our toilet mug, I think, it defines...