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All the world's a store, and all the men and women merely shoppers

If you ever get the feeling that web companies see you as just a walking, talking satchel of money, that's because they do. Here's a selection of headlines from the past year:

  • Google confirms a buy button is coming soon to mobile search results
  • Facebook lets more merchants add buy buttons to their posts
  • Pinterest announces buyable pins
  • Microsoft's Bing image search will now help you buy things
  • Amazon has invented tiny plastic buttons for instant buying
  • Twitter wants you to buy things from its dedicated product pages