Stories by Linda Rosencrance

OpenSite to Acquire Bidder's Edge

Software company OpenSite Technologies Inc. has announced it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Bidder's Edge Inc., an online auction listing aggregator in Burlington, Mass.

EBay Hit with Antitrust Suit

Auction aggregator Bidder's Edge has filed an antitrust lawsuit against eBay Inc., charging that the auction giant engages in unfair business practices and is trying to monopolize the online auction market.

DOJ Investigates eBay Efforts to Block Shop Bots

Auction giant eBay Inc. has confirmed that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking into its efforts to block access to its site by shopping bots and other methods used by rival auction sites to collect data about items for sale on eBay.

Logistics Deal Aims to Rev Ford Supply Chain

Ford Motor Co. and Atlanta-based United Parcel Service of America Inc. have teamed up to build a system designed to slash the time it takes to deliver a vehicle from the factory floor to dealerships by as much as 40%.

Discover Launches Virtual Credit Card

Discover Financial Services has launched a virtual credit card called Discover DeskShop, which provides cardmembers with a drag-and-drop mechanism for online shopping as well as one-click access to real-time account information.

Music Retailers File Antitrust Suit Against Sony

The national music retailing association has filed a lawsuit against Sony Corp. of America, alleging that the company is illegally forcing retailers to direct their customers to Sony's online stores, where they can purchase CDs.

Ford, UPS Team To Cut Vehicle Delivery Time

Ford Motor Co. and the United Parcel Service of America Inc.'s Logistics Group have teamed up to slash the time it takes to deliver a vehicle from the factory floor to dealerships by as much as 40 percent.

Chase, InfoBeat to Stop Sharing Customer Data

At a time when consumers and privacy advocates are calling for more stringent online privacy regulations, two companies this week settled pending litigation by agreeing to stop sharing customer information with third parties. Neither company admitted wrongdoing, though.

Telecommuters Exempt from OSHA Rules

Employers aren't responsible for the health and safety of white-collar telecommuters after all, U.S. Department of Labor officials said last week. Co-CEOs Step Down, a New York-based operator of a global community network, yesterday announced that its two chief executive officers, Stephan Paternot and Todd Krizelman, will be stepping down from their posts.

Chase, InfoBeat Agree to Stop Sharing Data

Under a settlement reached yesterday with the New York State attorney general's office, The Chase Manhattan Bank has agreed to stop sharing detailed financial information about its credit-card customers with telemarketing companies without first notifying its customers.

E-Commerce Appliances To Debut

Network Engines plans to unveil the WebEngine Roadster, a low-cost, Intel-based server appliance that the company said will allow online businesses to provide Web content easily and reliably.