A security flaw on the Web site leaves private information open to harvesting just before Valentine's Day, one of the busiest times of the year for the online florist.
The electronic card company and FTD.com announce an agreement to promote each other's products and services.
A Groupon deal offers half off $40 worth of flowers from FTD.com. Some users complain that on the special offer page, the flowers have been marked up, so that there is no real savings.
Online florist Ftd.com and Net shopping mall Shopnow.com priced their initial public offerings today at $8 and $12 per share, respectively. Shopnow also increased the number of shares it was offering from 7 million to 7.25 million. Both will begin trading tomorrow. Ftd.com postponed its IPO last month as the market for e-commerce stocks softened.
For years, Web retailers teamed with unscrupulous marketers to dupe consumers into enrolling in dubious marketing programs. The president is expected to sign a bill outlawing the practice.
A newspaper profile of an online merchant with a record of treating customers badly illustrated how scary online shopping still is. But the rogue retailer knew not to mess with Amazon.
commentary After being accused of scamming the public, marketing firm Affinion now wants public money in the form of an IPO.