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U.S. Postal Service eyes e-commerce to offset declining mail

A mailbox for United States Postal Service and other mail is seen outside a home in MalibuBy Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) - Facing a slump in the mail it had been delivering since the days of America's Revolutionary War, in 2012 the U.S. Postal Service began aggressively targeting e-commerce and lapsed customers as the way to salvage its declining business. "Really it started almost at the level of cold-calling, talking to people who really hadn't spoken to us in a long time," said Nagisa Manabe, who joined the USPS in May 2012 as chief marketing and sales officer from Coca-Cola Co after a career in the private sector. ...

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:04:50 -0500
Sony puts 'The Interview' on YouTube, other digital platforms

A man walks by poster for film "The Interview" outside Alamo Drafthouse theater in LittletonBy Eric Kelsey and Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Interview," the provocative comedy that triggered a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, went straight to U.S. consumers on Wednesday in an unprecedented online debut after hacker threats prevented its wide release on Christmas day. The film was available for rental on Google Inc's YouTube site as of early Wednesday afternoon. Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before the hastily scheduled premiere at some 320 independent theaters. Google Canada is also offering the movie. ...

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:26:20 -0500
YouTube's release of 'The Interview' a chance to show off paid video chops

By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's decision to screen Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" may help legitimize its YouTube platform as a serious rival to paid video streaming services, Netflix and Amazon.com Inc. Sony Pictures made the controversial film available online on Wednesday, expanding distribution of a comedy that triggered a destructive cyberattack against the company that has been blamed on North Korea. The studio reversed its decision to halt the movie's release after it was criticized for self-censorship. ...

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:59:56 -0500
Facebook must face lawsuit over scanning of users' messages: judge

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating its users' privacy by scanning the content of messages they send to other users for advertising purposes, a U.S. judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, on Tuesday dismissed some state-law claims against the social media company but largely denied Facebook's bid to dismiss the lawsuit. ...

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:39:04 -0500
Sears says online chief resigns, key member of management team

(Reuters) - The head of Sears Holdings Corp's online operations and a key member of Chief Executive Eddie Lampert's management team has resigned and will leave the company in February to pursue a new opportunity, the retailer said. Imran Jooma, an executive vice president in charge of online, marketing, pricing and financial services, has been an important part of the loss-making retailer's efforts to use technology and innovative services to revive itself. Jooma handed in his resignation on Dec. 17 and his last day with the company will be Feb. 6, according to a securities filing on Tuesday. ...

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:36:18 -0500
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