Ecommerce Industry Roundup – Week of 1/21/12

The news and headlines that grabbed our attention last week:

Mobile Payments: What’s No-Go – And What’s Go-Go-Go – In 2013 via Forbes: Forbes gives us an inside look, “hot-or-not”-style at what they predict will be a “no-go” and what will “go, go go!” in 2013.

“App and Mortar” Is One Way to Describe the Trend in Mobile Commerce via AllThingsD: The term “mobile commerce” is commonly used to describe e-commerce revenue that is generated over smartphones and tablets. Now there’s a new term called “app & mortar” in a new report that explores the rise in smartphone shopping.

Unlocking Your Phone Is Now Illegal, But What Does That Mean For You? via TechCrunch: All the salacious headlines are (mostly) true — you can’t unlock a carrier-subsidized smartphone on your own before the contract associated with it runs out without technically running afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. TechCrunch breaks it down for us lay people on what exactly that means for the smartphone generation.

How Tumblr Saved Itself ~$20 Million With One Simple Move via Business Insider: Tumblr generated $13 million in revenues during 2012, according to Forbes, and it hopes to be profitable in 2013. One reason profitability is even within the realm of possibility is that the company finally made a hard, but smart choice toward the end of last year. It moved off of third-party servers and built its own data center, which came online in October.


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