Alibaba set to raise $8B for Yahoo buyback

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is raising more than $8 billion in a new round of funding, the majority of which will be used to buy back half of its shares from Yahoo, the New York Times reports.

How retailers can fight the Amazon Goliath

How are Amazon’s sales growing so dramatically — 30 to 40 percent quarterly for the last umpteen quarters — when even the big retailers are struggling to grow 1 to 2 percent? In record time, Amazon has taken on the Goliaths of retail yesteryear with their massive resources, nationwide store footprints and well-known brands, and turned them into isolated Davids.

JockTalk brings pro-athletes and fans closer together

JockTalk is a social network for sports nuts and the professional athletes they love (or perhaps love to hate). The new site, announced today at the DEMO Spring 2012 conference in Santa Clara, Calif., combines profile pages, back-and-forth conversations, and original sports content.

E-commerce investments have popped sharply up in recent years (analysis)

The e-commerce industry has broadened in scope in recent years. Originally confined to transaction activity between large financial institutions, e-commerce then expanded in the 1970s and 1980s to include what was termed “EDI” (Electronic Data Interchange) between large companies who could afford the dedicated computing power and related IT department.

Goodsie on pace to power $10M in sales this year, rolls out premium e-commerce features

Goodsie is a drop dead simple service for setting up a stlylish e-commerce site. Since it launched, says founder and CEO Jonathan Marcus, the service has signed up 1,200 sellers, each paying $15 a month. And it’s growing at 20 percent each month. Today it introduced a suite of premium features: email marketing, real time sales analytics, and mobile optimization.