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LUXURY BRANDS SPLIT OVER E-COMMERCE: The luxury segment is playing to the e-commerce extremes, with brands such as Gucci, Hermès and Burberry actively courting customers through their own and third-party e-commerce sites, while Prada and Chanel prefer to keep luxe in the rarefied world of the high-end boutique or department stores.
ALLTHINGSD AND WSJ TO PART WAYS: Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, said Friday that it won’t renew its contract with AllThingsD for next year, instead launching its own technology news Web site.
NET-A-PORTER LAUNCHES SOCIAL NETWORK: Net-a-porter launched The Netbook, a new mobile app that looks to create a social network of users sharing their favorite products from the luxury e-tailer.
STUART WEITZMAN KICKS OFF MADE FOR WALKING CAMPAIGN WITH KATE MOSS: Stuart Weitzman made its bid to go viral and launched its Made for Walking fall marketing campaign, which includes a video starring Kate Moss.
FASHION GPS UNVEILS GPS STYLES 2.0: Fashion GPS, the pioneer of digital fashion week invites, unveiled GPS Styles 2.0 Wednesday in partnership with KCD. The new offering helps editors request samples or images directly from a brand’s digital showroom.
BLACKBERRY EXPANDS MESSENGER: BlackBerry plans to roll out a version of its BlackBerry messenger compatible for iPhones and Android. The move followed reports that the company’s workforce will be slashed by 40 percent by year’s end.
BURBERRY’S SPRING SHOW GOES GLOBAL: Through a partnership with Apple’s iPhone 5S, Burberry captured images and video before, during and after its spring women’s show in London, pushing content across 11 social networks, its own digital flagship and through 13 live-streams on outdoor screens set up in London, New York and Hong Kong.
THE FANCY SECURES MORE FUNDING: Social commerce platform The Fancy raised an additional $7 million, bringing its current series C round to approximately $60 million, according to reports this week.
STUDY SHOWS IPHONE CRAZE LEADS TO RETAIL DECELERATION: Timed to the release of Apple’s new iPhone 5S and 5C, Wells Fargo published a study showing a potential correlation between the launches of previous iterations of the smartphone and a sales deceleration at apparel and accessories stores.
GOOGLE TO POTENTIALLY DITCH COOKIES: Reports this week revealed that Google might ditch cookies, which advertisers use to track online activity. Instead, Google was said to be contemplating an anonymous solution that could give users more control over how they are tracked online.