PayPal announced Wednesday it would acquire online deal-finding service Honey Science for $4 billion. Founded in 2012, Honey operates a browser extension that helps shoppers find deals by automatically digging up and applying coupon codes for thousands of online stores.Once installed, the Honey extension displays a little badge alongside an online item's price indicating whether you're seeing the best price. Honey says currently it works with 30,000 online retailers, ranging from fashion to tech, and has 17 million active monthly users. PayPal said the acquisition will help it expand its reach to consumers and help merchants gain new customers."The combination of Honey's complementary consumer products with our platform will significantly enhance our ability to drive engagement and play a more meaningful role in the daily lives of our consumers," PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said in a statement.The acquisition is the largest in PayPal's two-decade history. The online payments company's … [Read more...] about PayPal to buy deal-finding service Honey for $4 billion
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I'm not proud of this, but when I was a teenager my favourite moment in a film was when the heroine had a makeover. You know, the scene in which the leading lady is taught that the only way she'll get ahead in life is if she gets rid of everything interesting about her and straightens her hair. Who could possibly object to that message? So it should thrill my inner teenager that there has been a growing clamour for feminism to have a makeover. "Take feminism out to Rodeo Drive!" these people cry. "Take it to a fancy designer shop and get some rich guy with a credit card to buy it loads of ugly shoulder-padded jackets so it stops looking like a prostitute and now looks like Ivana Trump. Then it can live happily ever after with the man who paid to have sex with it! That's the kind of thing feminism needs!" First up, Joss Whedon. Now, I have time for Whedon: sure, his female characters spend an enormous amount of time being beaten up (hello, Dollhouse) or being devastated by male … [Read more...] about Why feminism doesn’t need a makeover
PlayStation Network, down since April 20, will return this week, said Kazuo Hirai, the second-in-command for Sony Corp., at a news conference today in Tokyo. When PSN comes online, PS3 users will face a mandatory system software update that also requires them to change their account passwords before they can sign into the service. That password can be changed only on the same PS3 that activated the account, or through a validated email confirmation, Sony said. Advertisement The restoration of PSN will come in a regional phased rollout. A press statement from Sony said PSN's initial restoration will include online multiplayer for PS3 and PSP; access to account management and password reset; access to one's friends list, with chat functionality; access to PlayStation Home, and to the download of unexpired movie rentals and to Qriocity's Music Unlimited service. Sony's statement implied that its PlayStation Store "and other Qriocity operations" would be slower to come back online … [Read more...] about Sony: PlayStation Network Will Return This Week
In the early hours of Monday morning, with most of its fleet of planes on the ground, the rug was pulled from under Thomas Cook, in the biggest failure of a travel firm in British history. Tens of thousands of holidaymakers have been airlifted home, many after exhausting queues in airports, and with a million more are seeking refunds on future bookings. So what does the debacle tell us about protecting ourselves when making bookings in future? Atol (mostly) works – and is worth having If you’ve just spent 24 hours at Dalaman airport waiting to board a rescheduled flight home, or you were forced out of your hotel by irate owners, you might disagree. But the Atol (Air Travel Organiser’s Licence) scheme has mostly come to the aid of up to 600,000 holidaymakers who had Thomas Cook bookings for future trips, or were already abroad. Set up in 1973 after several high profile travel firms collapsed leaving people stranded in Spain, a £2.50 Atol levy is applied to each … [Read more...] about Thomas Cook: what can we learn about booking holidays?