David Sims

David Sims

David Sims was the editorial director of O'Reilly Network.

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Commerce Weekly: Bump taps mobile payments

April 12 2012

Bump enlists PayPal's help in tapping mobile payments. Also, a columnist wonders when Apple will save the mobile payment space. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: The do's and don'ts of geo marketing

April 05 2012

Placecast's CEO describes layers of context that make for rich, geo-targeted messages. Also, talent flees Google Wallet, and Facebook's IPO may make life harder for mobile carriers. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Google Wallet vs Isis is coming soon

March 29 2012

Mobile wallets are in their infancy, yet pundits are already handicapping future showdowns. Also, in-app purchases show increasing promise as mobile revenue streams. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Why StreetEasy rolled its own maps

March 19 2012

Google's decision to start charging for its Maps API is leading some companies to mull other options. In this interview, StreetEasy's Sebastian Delmont explains why and how his team made a change. read more

Commerce Weekly: PayPal's Here service takes on Square

March 15 2012

PayPal introduces its own credit card reader, AmEx asks you to tweet it out, and Asymco visualizes the smartphone market. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Understanding place and space in a decreasingly English world

March 12 2012

Robert Munro, a computational linguist and speaker at Where 2012, says the subtleties of spatial distinctions are growing in importance as more of the world's digital information takes the form of non-English, unstructured text. read more

Commerce Weekly: An app to end tab walkouts

March 08 2012

Tabbed Out pays the bill even if you leave the bar. Also, Square takes a ride in NYC taxis and an iWallet patent appears. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Why Uber's data fascinates a neuroscientist

March 06 2012

Neuroscientist Bradley Voytek's interest in networks and nodes goes beyond the human brain. Here, he discusses the data generated by car-service company Uber and how the company has influenced his research. read more

Commerce Weekly: Small banks lagging in mobile

March 01 2012

As banking goes mobile, smaller banks must find a way to keep up. Also, Netflix data is deconstructed at the Strata Conference, and commerce-related highlights from the Mobile World Congress. read more

Commerce Weekly: The mobile payment system that's ready now

February 23 2012

Direct billing stretches beyond its gaming roots, social commerce disappoints, and a refresher on how to dial a phone. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Google defends its Wallet

February 16 2012

Google calmly responds to concerns about its Wallet application, yet another one-click payment method emerges, and Adele fans won't be using Spotify. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Facebook finds a mobile commerce partner

February 10 2012

Bango will run Facebook's mCommerce platform, Google Wallet hacked, and PayPal pilots shopping walls. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: The return of iPhone NFC rumors

February 02 2012

When will Apple bring mobile commerce to the iOS masses? Also, PayPal studies consumer behavior at the cash register and Square collects for candidates. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Target doesn't want to be the showroom for online retailers

January 26 2012

Target asks vendors for exclusive products so online retailers can't sweep in with lower prices. Also, Apple's monster earnings included strong iTunes growth. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Slow in-app purchasers are worth the wait

January 19 2012

Study finds that users who wait to make their first in-app purchase are worth more. Also, Bitcoin's popularity is rising, and PayPal expands its point-of-sale program. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Report criticizes "feeble" mobile strategies of posh retailers

January 12 2012

A survey finds high-end brands are neglecting their mobile strategies. Also, Sprint rolls out two new Google Wallet phones, and PayPal's mobile volume beats its own guesses. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Yahoo's new CEO has data focus

January 06 2012

Yahoo's new CEO sees gold in the company's datasets, and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is chock full of app downloads. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Verizon drops Google Wallet

December 08 2011

Telecom's resistance hints at more mobile payment fragmentation, criminals take the "swipe" part of "swipe-and-pay" literally, and Starbucks uses augmented reality to create a viral marketer's dream. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Week: Cyber Monday lives up to hype

December 01 2011

Cyber Monday 2011 was the biggest online spending day ever. Also, a restaurant owner explains why he likes Groupon Now, and RIM pins its hopes on NFC. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Bring your mobile to Black Friday

November 17 2011

Brick-and-mortar retailers adopt the "if you can't beat 'em ..." attitude toward mobile devices. Elsewhere, Android developers are intrigued by the Kindle Fire, and Square wants to put loyalty program punch cards out to pasture. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Chasing down abandoned shopping carts

November 10 2011

In the latest commerce news: Online retailers want to reunite customers with their abandoned shopping carts, Intuit aims at Square with a deal for AT&T subscribers, and PayPal takes a baby step toward NFC. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Chasing down abandoned shopping carts

November 10 2011

In the latest commerce news: Online retailers want to reunite customers with their abandoned shopping carts, Intuit aims at Square with a deal for AT&T subscribers, and PayPal takes a baby step toward NFC. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Square upgrades Card Case with geofences

November 03 2011

Square's Card Case adds geofencing capabilities to allow merchants to tap passers-by. Oracle's new survey finds users are becoming more comfortable about sharing location data, but they're still sheepish about transactions. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: Groupon's long and winding road to an IPO

October 27 2011

We take a look at Groupon's bumpy road to an IPO and its slow-but-promising Now product. Also, Square makes a deal with Walmart and WestJet will test tap-and-pay in the skies. read more

Commerce Weekly: Google juices its Wallet

October 20 2011

If you own a Nexus S 4G and Google Wallet you've now got more ways to pay and save. Also, eBay's commerce channels boost the company's Q3 revenue. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: PayPal wants to "one click" across the web

October 14 2011

PayPal Access is a single sign-on tool that enables transactions — and it's got sweeping ambitions. Elsewhere, a reporter searches for Bitcoin's developer. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

Commerce Weekly: How Steve Jobs changed the way we buy

October 06 2011

Reflections on Steve Jobs' commercial legacy. Also, Robert Scoble interviews eBay's CEO John Donahoe, who promises not to compete with their customers. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.) read more

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value?

September 29 2011

Square's COO questions the value proposition of NFC. Also, early reaction to Amazon's Fire tablet, and interesting — and obvious — stats about mobile broadband use. read more

ePayments Week: Google Wallet debuts

September 22 2011

Owners of Samsung's Nexus 4G on Sprint are the first to get Google's NFC-powered mobile wallet. Also, a new survey finds most Americans don't want mobile payment (yet), and a new batch of insights on Android users. read more

ePayments Week: Financial Times bets on its web app

September 01 2011

The Financial Times says subscriber data trumps Apple's reach, Flickr introduces geofencing to keep things private, and the cracks in the daily deal world start to show. read more

ePayments Week: The rise of location-triggered offers

August 25 2011

Placecast offers merchants a geofence to corral customers. Also, UK researcher YouGov says iPhone users are more willing to buy with their phones, and telecoms bury Androids with crapware. read more

ePayments Week: The economics of in-app purchases

August 18 2011

Flurry says gamers are more likely to buy goods they use than ones that last. Also, Safaricom sells buckets of $80 Android phones in Kenya, and some thoughts on what makes a good app. read more

ePayments Week: Who do you trust for mobile payments?

August 11 2011

A survey by Ogilvy & Mather shows consumers trust Visa, MasterCard & American Express the most, but PayPal beats out Google and Apple. Also, PayPal researches online game payments, and a quick look at smart phone platform market share. read more

ePayments Week: Customers still wary of mobile payments

August 04 2011

Consumer Reports says only 5% use mobile payments, and they better be darned careful about how they do. Also, an infographic shows the uptake in mobile banking, and we've got new reports from the rumor mill about Apple tapping PayPal for iPhone 5. read more

ePayments Week: Freemium is fruitful for mobile games

July 28 2011

A report says that purchases through free mobile games are becoming the largest share of all mobile games revenue. Also, reports of a facial recognition API in iOS 5 surface, and a new technology tries to sell merchants on using consumers' webcams to scan their credit cards. read more

ePayments Week: Is "0000" your passcode?

July 21 2011

In the latest ePayments Week: 10 iPhone passcodes make up 15% of all those in use. Also, Google In-App spreads its wings beyond the Chrome store, Isis signs deals with major credit cards, and execs expect mCommerce to be mainstream in 4 years. read more

ePayments Week: Contactless payment (and zombie survival tactics)

July 14 2011

PayPal preps NFC payments, while parent eBay buys Zong to add direct billing to wireless accounts to its toolkit. Also, the three types of social commerce and who's driving them. read more

ePayments Week: AliPay gets physical

July 07 2011

China's top online payment service launches a barcode payment system. Also, an app looks for acoustic fingerprints and mCommerce is predicted to hit $670 billion by 2015. read more

ePayments Week: Growing demand for connected health services

June 30 2011

In the latest ePayments Week: A report from IBM predicts a swell in consumer interest in monitoring health via smart phone, a consumer group asks the FTC to check out Facebook Credits, and Square records its biggest transaction yet. read more

ePayments Week: eBay's ecommerce platform

June 09 2011

eBay's latest acquisition, open-source commerce platform provider Magento, clarifies its ambitions to become a partner for retailers of all sizes. Also, Juniper Research predicts $50 billion in NFC mobile payments by 2014. read more

ePayments Week: Google debuts coupon service

June 02 2011

Google Offers rolls out a beta in Portland, Ore. Also, Virtual Piggy puts a check on spendy kids, and an Android user couldn't wait for an official Starbucks app, so he built his own. read more

ePayments Week: Mobile payments target the point-of-sale

May 26 2011

Google offers NFC stickers in the first phase of its Wallet program, while Square reaches beyond merchants with a customer-friendly app. Also, major US banks take a cue from PayPal and finally make it easy to send money. read more

ePayments Week: Who will deliver swipe-and-pay first?

May 19 2011

Isis' CEO opens the doors to its NFC effort, while a stealth project at Apple's retail stores makes some wonder if it will leap ahead of other NFC players. Also, mobile banking is on a tear, especially where it's the first option for the unbanked. read more

ePayments Week: Can check-in services prove their value?

May 12 2011

A recent survey questions whether the teen market has any interest in check-ins. Also, Facebook gets access to Skype through its investor Microsoft, and some thoughts on taking Facebook Credits and Apple's payment system beyond their walled gardens. read more

ePayments Week: Report says developers chill on Android

May 05 2011

A report says developers are holding back on Android, put off by fragmentation in the platform and a disappointing uptake in Android tablets. Also, Facebook Credits gets attention and we take a look at PayPal's latest purchase. read more

ePayments Week: What does the attention around tracking mean?

April 28 2011

The iPhone location story helped some mobile users understand that their phones know where they are. What will it mean for the carriers and services that use that data? Plus: Google and Facebook get into the deals business and mobile banking evolves. read more

ePayments Week: Where adds context to PayPal

April 21 2011

EBay's purchase of a mobile advertising and check-in service adds another piece to its mobile payment puzzle. Also, the White House calls for an online identity ecosystem and two researchers discover caches of location data left unencrypted on their iPhones. read more

ePayments Week: Android's predicted ascendance

April 14 2011

Gartner says Android can take half the smartphone market by the end of 2012. Also, China's mobile customers can slip NFC SIMM cards into their handsets, and geolocation company Quova challenges developers. read more

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