Smoother iPad ordering, new stock status added to Apple’s online store

Apple has made a couple of minor changes to its online store Friday morning, which, though small, should make shopping for products through the web-based portal even more painless. The first is a new iPad-ordering process, and the other is a change in stock level indicators.

Eddy Cue promoted to Apple SVP, Internet Software and Services

Apple’s executive team is undergoing some changes, and one of those changes is a promotion for Eddy Cue to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. Cue will continue to oversee Apple’s online stores and iCloud and take on the challenge of iAd, too.

Amazon kills affiliate program in California over sales tax battle

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was not bluffing. On Wednesday evening, Amazon followed through with its threat to terminate its associates program in California after Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will impose state sales taxes on online purchases made by California residents.

EBay acquires Magento, builds a commerce OS

EBay said it’s buying up the rest of e-commerce platform Magento in a bid to build a broader commerce operating system that spans online, mobile, social and local. EBay is looking to be the go-to resource for online and offline retailers, helping connect them to consumers.

Boticca Brings Etsy’s Model to High-End, Global Design, an online marketplace connecting high-fashion,independent jewelry and accessories designers with fashonistas looking for hand-crafted Czech crystal collar necklaces and gold-foil-and-pearl jellyfish rings, has received $2.5 million in funding. The Series A round comes from both international and Silcon Valley investors.

Former eBay Exec Leaves to Start Shopping Startup

Randy Shoup, the architectural guru credited with scaling eBay, tweeted Monday evening that he has left the online auction giant to co-found a new consumer-focused e-commerce startup, He and another former eBay exec are keeping their plans under wraps for now.

Shopify Sees Opportunity in Kickstarting Start-ups

Most start-ups are worried about winning business plan competitions. Shopify, an e-commerce platform, is getting good at hosting them. The compay is kicking off its second Build a Business competition, taking the contest international while upping the prize money and giveaways to half a million dollars.

Boo Who? Europe’s Biggest Dot-com Casualty Is Back

Swedish entrepreneur Ernst Malmsten presided over the rise and fall of, Europe’s most notorious dot-com failure. Now he’s ready to try his hand at online retail once again — but what has he learned from more than a decade in the wilderness?

E-Commerce Satisfaction Dips to Lowest Point in 6 Years

While Amazon and Netflix increasingly win over web consumers, a significant decline in online retail customer satisfaction dropped overall e-commerce satisfaction to its lowest point since 2004. That’s according to the latest figures from ForeSee Results’ annual e-commerce report on American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Is Amazon Losing Its Edge as a Media Retailer?

Amazon’s success as an online retailer is the stuff that entrepreneurial dreams are made of. In 15 years, Amazon has defined and continued to shape how we shop online – especially for media like books, movies and music. But something unexpected is happening as more media is consumed in the cloud and less on printed pages and plastic disks. Amazon isn’t being as successful here.