Online Selling Gets Crowded

Dwaiter Weekly


June 24, 2021


Ecommerce Now Is Easier—and Harder Than Ever Before

The tech ecosystem that powers ecommerce has simplified the way aspiring merchants set up shop, from web design and inventory management to email marketing and sales-tax collection. But the lower entry barriers and rising cost of online advertising are making it harder to be noticed by shoppers, the Wall Street Journal reports. As a result, online sellers are being forced to adopt new (and some old) strategies.


Shopify’s Payments Push Is a Strategic Shift

Shopify, which began as a software company that helps merchants set up online stores, has been going through a serious transformation. Last week, Protocol reports, the Canadian tech company announced another major shift: It will begin to give merchants on Facebook and Google access to Shop Pay, its payments and checkout tool—including those that don't use Shopify.


A New Media Venture Focuses on the Future of Work

Quartz co-founders Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf, along with New York Times veteran Erin Grau, are launching a new media and services company called Charter that is centered around the future of work, the founders told Axios. The company, which for now is self-funded, will have three main revenue streams: sponsorships, subscriptions and services.


Who Is Telegram’s Mastermind?

Telegram is one of the world's most popular chat apps–and, some say, possibly the most dangerous. There is little regulation of the platform, which is popular with criminals and terrorists. Spiegel Online investigates the mastermind behind it.



Audio’s Key Place in Web Design

George Lucas once said half of any movie’s magic comes from its sounds. Should online experiences be any different? Web design often revolves around visuals, but audio features deserve a central place too, writes Frederick O'Brien, professional development editor at Smashing Magazine.


Vivaldi, Brave Take Aim at Chrome 

With endless new customization options like new email clients and a feed reader, Vivaldi 4.0 just got better. In fact, Wired says, it might be the web's best overall browser. For those focused on privacy, the popular Brave browser this week rolled out a public beta of its search engine, a first step in creating a product that could compete with market titan Google, CNet reports.


The Web’s Source Code Becomes an NFT 

The creator of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, is selling off the original code used to create the modern internet as a non-fungible token, the BBC reports. Named "This Changed Everything," the NFT went on sale June 23 for a week with an starting bid of $1,000—and within a day the current bid was up to $2.2 million.


Andreessen Horowitz Enters the Content Arena

Venture firm Andreessen Horowitz (known as "a16z") has launched a content site called, a new tech platform billed as “technology, innovation, and the future, as told by those building it.” Among the articles posted for the launch is "Technology saves the world," written by Marc Andreessen, a cofounder and general partner of the firm who previously co-created the Mosaic internet browser and cofounded Netscape.


What Are the Best Cybersecurity Practices for Travelers?

As many countries emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, organizations are confronting a new world of business travel—and of cybersecurity risk for travelers. Security Intelligence offers an update on best practices when en route.


Here's the Drill

Let’s say you have an iPhone or iPad you’re planning to give away or recycle, and all the "official" ways to remove sensitive data don't work because the device won't turn on or connect to your computer. Not to worry. All you need, The Intercept says, is a screw driver to open the iPhone or iPad ... and a power drill to put a bunch of holes in the flash memory chip. A video shows how to do it.

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