Facebook To Integrate E-Commerce Shops Into Pages

In a major move that could transform online commerce, Facebook is testing shops within Pages—mini e-commerce sites that bring everything from product discovery to checkout inside Facebook.

“With the shop section on the page, we’re now providing businesses with the ability to showcase their products directly on the page,” said Facebook product marketing manager Emma Rodgers.

Facebook will not initially take a cut of product sales on its platform, but its history is littered with instances where it has launched products with favorable terms for brands, only to change them up to increase revenue.

Pinterest, Twitter, and Google have already implemented their own Buy buttons to make e-commerce social, so Facebook’s Page-based shops come as no surprise.

It’s unclear when the new shopping feature will officially roll out. Facebook is working with a few launch partners, but we have yet to hear who they are.

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Imagine Easy Acquires Cite This For Me, Launches New Research Tool For Students

Imagine Easy Solutions, the company behind some of the most popular research and bibliography services on the Web, today announced that it has acquired European citation and research website Cite This For Me for an undisclosed sum. The company has also announced Imagine Easy Scholar, a new research product that helps educators and students collaborate on writing projects.

Cite This For Me is Europe’s most popular bibliography generator. Following the acquisition, it will join Imagine Easy’s network of leading sites, which you’ve probably heard of: EasyBib, BibMe, and Citation Machine.

“Our goal is to set students up for success in the digital age,” said Darshan Somashekar, co-founder and co-CEO of Imagine Easy. “In April we saw record growth of $1.22M. We continue to engage more students and provide them with the necessary skills to think critically about the information around them. The addition of CiteThisForMe helps us expand our global footprint and continue to add more resources for students.”

Imagine Easy Scholar aims to help students “master the writing process through easy to use online annotation and organizational tools.” It allows educators to provide students with support throughout the writing and organizational process—before the paper is officially turned in.

“With 55% of college presidents noticing a rise in plagiarism and 85% of students using Wikipedia in coursework, it is typically difficult for educators to address student weakness before viewing their completed work,” said co-founder and co-CEO Neal Taparia. “Scholar helps students struggling with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills in a timely and comprehensive way. Plus, it makes a typically intimidating process for students, fun.”

Scholar is available for schools on a subscription basis, starting at $1,250 a year.

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The Numbers Behind Hillary Clinton’s Economic Vision

There was a single thread running through Hillary Clinton’s big economics speech on Monday: the importance of raising wages for working Americans. That’s no coincidence: The six-year-old economic recovery has succeeded in restoring corporate profits and creating jobs, but it hasn’t brought pay raises for many workers. Wage growth is running ahead of inflation, but […]