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Retail Solutions Briefs: Amazon, Alexa, online spending, Pineapplehead

Retail Solutions Briefs: Amazon, Alexa, online spending, Pineapplehead

Alexa pays users $1.9M

Amazon.com subsidiary Alexa Internet has settled a lawsuit under terms that require it to pay up to US$1.9 million to users whose personally identifiable information is found in the company's database.

Alexa offers a service that rates content on the Web for users, and provides information about related links and contact information for sites they visit.

In a series of class action lawsuits filed against Alexa beginning last year, plaintiffs charged that Alexa collected and stored their personal information in violation of privacy laws.

The settlement requires Alexa to pay up $40 to each user whose personal information is found in its database. The company also agreed to donate $100,000 to Internet public policy programs and consumer groups, and has agreed to delete data it has collected that could be tied to individual users, said Alexa President Brewster Kahle.

Spending rises online

Total global spending on online sales increased from $US3.4 billion in February to $3.5 billion in March, according to the latest figures from Forrester Research.

The study, conducted in conjunction with Greenfield Online, found the number of households shopping online remained at 13.5 million in March. Consumers spent an average of $263 per person in March, compared with $248 in February. Forrester's Online Retail Index measures the growth and seasonality of online shopping based on data collected from online shoppers on a monthly basis.

Studio Action bundle announced in AustraliaPineapplehead Distribution has announced the release of Pinnacle Systems and LEGO Media's jointly developed video editing software, Studio Action.

The software has been specifically developed for households with a camcorder and a PC, and Pinnacle and LEGO will launch a co-packaged product bundling LEGO's "kid-friendly" editing software and a Pinnacle PC-USB card, which converts analogue footage to a digital format for storage and editing on a computer.iMacs hit 5 million unitsApple has shipped its five millionth iMac computer.

"Simply put, the iMac has redefined the consumer and education computer, ushering in several industry firsts," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "I look forward to shipping our ten millionth iMac in a few years."

According to Apple, the iMac's easy set up enables even novice users to get on the Internet within 10 minutes of first lifting it out of the box.


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