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London-based company focused on “cutting edge artificial intelligence" could supply the brains for Google's burgeoning robotics division

New chapter for Barnes & Noble

Biggest US bookshop chain replaces chief executive with head of digital division

Britons are biggest online spenders in Europe

Britons are the biggest online spenders in Europe, making nearly a third of all internet purchases across the continent during 2009, a report showed today.

Liz Hoggard: Support a local bookshop this Christmas

The bookshop, like the library, is the great democratic space

Amazon cancels Royal Mail contract over strike fears

Royal Mail was dealt a bitter blow last night as the online retailer Amazon withdrew its contract with the service, fearing a series of strikes that could hamper parcel deliveries in the run-up to Christmas.

Amazon settles Kindle scrap with student

Amazon.com has agreed that it won't remove e-books from US users' Kindle electronic readers without their permission, as part of a proposed settlement of a lawsuit over the online retailer's deletion of a George Orwell novel from a high school student's e-reader.

David Prosser: The shine comes off online retail

Outlook: The young people who shop online are also those hit hardest by the recession

Amazon settles $79m Toys R Us suit

Amazon.com will pay $51 million to Toys R Us to end a long-standing legal dispute between the online retailer and the toy seller.

Bites: The penny drops on cheap treats

This week's New Review Food Special celebrates nature and, admittedly, there's not much that's natural about sweets, but they are a simple pleasure. And since belt-tightening is all around (financially, if not physically), sweets give pleasure beyond their diminutive size. One of our favourites for cheap thrills is online retailer A Quarter Of, purveyors of old-fashioned confectionery, which reports sales up 100 per cent since this time last year. That's a lot of flying saucers...

Sales rank purged from Amazon

Amazon.com apologised yesterday for an "embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error" that led to the sales ranking being removed from tens of thousands of books.

Five million set for internet shopping spree tomorrow

An estimated five million Britons will abandon the normal routine tomorrow and boot up their computer to snap up bargains tomorrow. Retailers such as John Lewis, Dixons, Comet and many others will start their online sales tonight, cutting prices by up to 70 per cent.

Spotlight: 3V Visa internet shopping gift card

The problem with getting someone vouchers or book tokens for Christmas is that you often limit how the recipient can spend the gift. The new 3V Visa Internet Shopping Gift Card is much more versatile; it can be used on any website that accepts Visa, and that's pretty much all of them.

Figures soar for secure online payments

The number of credit and debit cards which are signed up to a secure online payment system has soared by more than 650 per cent during the past two years, figures showed today.

High street shops go online

The internet is a virtual high street – that’s why the big retailers already have online stores’, but are they any good? We talk to Nick Robertson is CEO of Asos.com, the online retail fashion store.

Sales surge 90 per cent at internet retailer Asos despite consumer slowdown

Asos, an internet retailer initially set up for customers who wanted to look like their favourite film stars, was feeling stellar itself yesterday as it shrugged off the consumer slowdown to double sales last year.

Dundee Utd 1 Celtic 4: Nakamura terrorises the Terrors

Travel may broaden the mind but it tires the legs, and Gordon Strachan will be glad that he persuaded Japan to give Shunsuke Nakamura a week off. Instead of making a 20,000-mile round trip to Tokyo for an Asian Cup tie, Nakamura enjoyed some rest in Glasgow, and bene-fited yesterday with a hat-trick that buried Dundee United.

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