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Coronavirus

An Instagram co-founder is using gift cards to save Bay Area restaurants

SaveOurFaves hopes to help businesses hit by the coronavirus as they await federal aid.

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Amazon’s fuel surcharge might make your impulse buys more expensive

Third-party sellers are dependent on Amazon to help fulfill orders and now they'll be faced with a five percent fuel surcharge on April 28.

Tech

Vending machine YouTubers are rolling in cash (and candy)

Viewers really love watching videos of entrepreneurs tending to their machines.

Business

UPS is making a fashion collection — because why not?

We may not our packages on time, but we do get a T-shirt.

Style

Google is scaring small businesses with anti-regulation rumors

And it’s using Google Maps to help with the propaganda.

Misleading

Online clothes shopping sucks for short people. Can tech fix that?

Expect more virtual fitting rooms, plus cool-sounding advancements like the “blended-reality” mirror.

E-commerce

Fake funeral home's anti-vaxx ad redirects to vaccine registration site

Concocted by the ad agency, BooneOakley, the vaccine PSA is as morbid as it is accurate.

Switcheroo

Prepare your annual tribute to Bezos: Prime Day arrives this month

Amazon made Prime Day a little earlier so it can squeeze more money out of you for Pride Month and Hot Vax Summer.

Culture

Amazon sued for inflating prices across entire online retail market

Amazon's new ad campaign, "Spend Less. Smile More," couldn't be further from the truth.

Culture

Shopify is plagued by thousands of fraudsters, a new analysis suggests

With great power comes great responsibility... and the attention of scammers.

Tech

Miiriya is an Amazon-killer app that supports Black-owned businesses

Just as easy as Amazon, without the greedy billionaire behind it. And every cent goes to the business owner.

Culture

Salesforce spent a jaw-dropping amount of money to buy Slack

The workplace chat app has faced intense competition from Microsoft and others.

Tech

Benevolent Apple is cutting App Store fees in half for most developers

The new App Store Small Business Program looks pretty good for Apple's anti-trust investigations.

Culture

Chase is taking on Square's infamous credit card dongle with clone, QuickAccept

Ten years after Square launched its credit card dongle that plugs into a smartphone, Chase is introducing a competing product.

Tech

Kraken is granted approval to become America's first crypto-bank

The bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange service unveiled Kraken Financial earlier this week.

Culture

Apple is threatening a company of five employees over its pear logo

Apple claims a small meal-prep company's emblem looks far too similar to, um, an apple.

Tech

Amazon is now being investigated by New York and California AGs alongside the FTC

Amazon has been accused of treating third-party merchants unfairly.

Tech