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Apple and IBM Release New Retail Apps

Steven Jacobs

Apple and IBM Release New Retail Apps

Last summer, Apple and IBM announced a partnership to develop hundreds of new business applications exclusively for iOS devices. The fruits of the partnership, which were released this morning, include a handful of productivity and sales applications that could compete with a thriving category of startups selling software to brick-and-mortar retailers…

In New App Marketplace, Signs of the Square’s Future

Steven Jacobs

In New App Marketplace, Signs of the Square’s Future

The company launched its Square App Marketplace yesterday to allow third-parties to develop applications that integrate directly into its point-of-sale product. The move marks an important step in Square’s evolution as it shifts focus from consumer-facing payments to an arguably much larger business software market…

Wooing Restuarants, Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Buys POSIOS

Steven Jacobs

Wooing Restuarants, Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Buys POSIOS

Point-of-sale startup Lightspeed said Wednesday it has purchased a belgian competitor, POSIOS, to help the firm enter the food service vertical and expand internationally. The deal underscores the potential for consolidation within a small business software segment that has seen an intense influx of capital and redrawing of product lines…