Ecommerce Industry Roundup – Week of 10/15/12

The news and headlines that grabbed our attention last week:

The Pinterization of E-Commerce via ClickZ: Facebook is testing Collections, basically a new ad unit that lets brands merchandise items by grouping them according to themes and adding copy. Collections appear in the brand’s timeline, such as Pottery Barn’s Thanksgiving Essentials collection, posted on Wednesday.

eBay begins offering flash sales with Rue La La via Internet Retailer:  EBay Inc. began offering what it calls exclusive sales from flash-sale retailer Rue La La via a site accessible through the online marketplace. “Rue La La on eBay” will involve eight sales per week, each lasting 48 hours and featuring items not available at the same time on the Rue La La site, says Jeff Somers, eBay’s vice president of fashion and home.

Square officially ends its New York taxi pilot via Gigaom: After seven months of testing an iPad-based payment system in New York taxis, Square is officially terminating its pilot, well short of its original planned ending date, according to a letter sent to the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission. Square said it was ending its trial because it wanted to try a different hardware and software combination for the so-called “passenger enhancement project.”

The New eBay: The Personal, Mobile And Global E-Commerce Company via TechCrunch: eBay unveiled “The New eBay”, a completely redesigned website that is slowly being rolled out to all users, and released same day delivery service eBay Now in San Francisco.

AOL’s Alto Reimagines The Email Experience With A Twitter, Pinterest, Gmail Mashup via Fast Company: Working on the hush-hush, a team of AOL developers has reconceived the way email is experienced.

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