Facebook has expanded its Marketplace functionality to 17 new European markets, including France, Germany, Ireland and Italy. The user-to-user selling service is now live in 24 markets across the globe, and in May, it boasted 18 million items posted for sale in the US alone.
Consumer electronics and appliance retailers saw a decrease of less than 1% in year-over-year earnings last month, although higher unit sales were reported, per a US Census Bureau Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey. "We have yet to see the full effect of back-to-school spending, but pickup in spending was evident both online and in general merchandise, which includes bricks-and-mortar department stores," said Jack Kleinhenz, the National Retail Federation's chief economist.
Oracle's expanded Exadata Cloud service now allows the database to be split between the cloud and on-premises via bare-metal servers. The dedicated hardware will significantly increase performance throughout the stack, the company said.
When considering adoption of a Minimum Viable Operating Model -- to essentially centralize processes to enforce policies and allow a more unencumbered cloud development model -- stop first to deal with the questions surrounding eight topics, advises IHS Markit. Tom Gillis outlines questions related to these topics: account management, identity and access management, cost management, networks and firewalls, security and audit, service management, infrastructure applications and policy.
Members of the group Anonymous have released a video indicating that they will launch cyberattacks against white supremacist websites on Friday as part of a "Day to Denounce."
Apple and Samsung have a strong hold on the US device market, with about 75% of users owning a smartphone from one of the two brands, per research firm comScore. Any companies that wish to compete in the mature market will need to advertise heavily, use strategic partnerships and employ direct sales, Shira Ovide writes.
Microsoft has purchased the privately held, Connecticut-based Cycle Computing and intends to use the software company's CycleCloud service to ramp up its support for Linux-based, faster computing workloads. Microsoft said support will continue for Cycle Computing's customers using a competitors' cloud service, though newer Microsoft versions will be Azure-focused.
Singapore's Land Transit Authority has partnered with TransitLink in an initiative to bring cashless transportation to Singapore by 2020. An account-based ticketing system pilot with Mastercard, which was launched in March and includes more than 100,000 participants, may be extended past its six-month time frame to continue testing the system.