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  • Kate Abnett

"Apple's Jony Ive Named Chief Designer, Gives Up Day-to-Day Role(Bloomberg)
"Jony Ive, Apple Inc.'s top designer, will give up day-to-day managerial duties in what the company said is a promotion to the newly created position of chief design officer."

"Retailers Look to Beacons to help In-Store Shopping Mirror Online(The Financial Times)
"Retailers and consumer goods groups are turning to beacon technology in a bid to make shopping in bricks and mortar stores more like ecommerce, as they try to connect online behaviour with offline sales."

"For London's Fashion Start-Ups, It's Being Social That Counts(Reuters)
"London-based online retail entrepreneurs are using tricks learned from social media to create fashion communities that together discover, share and, most importantly, buy."

"One of the Biggest Tech IPOs of All Time Is Getting Bought by a Teen Clothing Store(Bloomberg)
"Hot Topic, the fashion staple of suburban malls everywhere, announced today that it is buying Geeknet, the parent company of ThinkGeek, an online retailer catering to video game and sci-fi fans."

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"Jawbone Sues Fitbit on Eve of IPO" (The Financial Times)
"Jawbone has sued Fitbit on the eve of its initial public offering, with the fitness tracking device maker alleging its larger rival poached employees who took with them trade secrets costing it "hundreds of millions of dollars"."

"Google Says 'Buy' Button Coming to Online Advertising Service" (Bloomberg)
"Google Inc. plans to unveil a "buy" button for its advertising service, stepping up pressure on rival Amazon.com Inc. as the company moves deeper into online commerce."

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