Cloud computing may be significantly changing the way many companies do business on the internet, but it isn't perfect.
As we've seen time and time again, the cloud infrastructure can fail, leaving users which made poor architectural decisions in a bind. There are also security and financial concerns that the cloud raises, some of which companies fail to deal with intelligently.
The battle between traditional payment processors and financial institutions and upstarts looking to dethrone them is on.
The upstarts, obviously, have their work cut out for them. Entrenched players like Verifone have significant marketshare, and are increasingly employing interesting strategies in an attempt to ensure they always have a seat at the dinner table.
That means one thing: the upstarts have to get clever and creative. And that's just what they're doing.
Amazon is not just the kingpin of online retail. Increasingly, thanks to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Seattle-based company is at the center of many companies' clouds.
The rise of AWS is impressive, and Amazon owes much of its success to the breadth and depth of its cloud platform, which is used by hundreds of thousands of customers, large and small.
Another day, another hack.
From Sony to the IMF, the internet is starting to resemble the wild wild west as hackers assault high-profile companies and organizations.
Cloud file storage and syncing service Dropbox is arguably one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. It recently hit two big milestones: 25m users, and 200m files saved each day, and appears to have a very bright future.
But it also has a bit of explaining to do following a change to its Terms of Service.
With online sales predicted to top £11bn this Christmas, it's incredible how many retailers still offer websites that are mere online
catalogues and don’t allow you to shop.
In fact, even some high street chains are only now taking
their first steps in e-commerce.
What does online gossip rag Gawker have in common with fast food restaurant chain
McDonald's? In the past several days, both have fallen victim to
hackers who gained access to user databases.
The Gawker hack, in particular, has garnered a lot of attention because
the hackers seem most interested in humiliating the popular blog. They
have released the emails and passwords of more than 1m of Gakwer's
Facebook's privacy woes continue. This week a man harvested and published the profile details of 100 million Facebook users. If that weren't bad enough, he then made the file available for free download. You'd think that a lot of companies would be interested in acquiring such data. And you'd be right.
But this is less a case of nefarious marketing tricks than a factor of Facebook's privacy settings. And things are only going to get worse as Facebook grows.
Online florist Arena Flowers recently fell foul of Norton, with its SafeWeb product flagging its website as unsafe for users due to an issue with the site's WordPress blog.
The problem was fixed promptly by Arena Flowers, but the process of contacting Norton and getting the warnings removed was far from perfect, and could have had a serious effect its sales and reputation.
If the numbers are any indication, publishers really like Facebook's new Like button. But should they?
For obvious reasons, Facebook is attractive to publishers, and it wants to keep it that way. It provides publishers with plenty of tools that they can use to bring Facebook-driven experiences to their websites. The Like button is one of the newest offerings for publishers but there are several reasons publishers may want to think twice about putting it on their pages.