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Technology Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader
Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.
Technology Wal-Mart: If app doesn’t succeed, try, try again Wal-Mart: If app doesn’t succeed, try, try again
Traditional retailers increasingly are using the nimbler approach to innovating that Silicon Valley startups are known for. Rather than perfecting a program before rolling it out - as most retailers do - they're doing more testing and refining as they go along.
Technology Spiked Sprint-T-Mobile deal may mean lower prices Spiked Sprint-T-Mobile deal may mean lower prices
The collapse of Sprint's push to buy T-Mobile US could mean fresh options in wireless plans and lower prices for U.S. consumers. But in the long run, tougher competition on prices could lead to slower service and slower expansion of coverage.
Technology 7 ways to create better, stronger passwords 7 ways to create better, stronger passwords
This week's news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.
Technology Pandora cuts first-ever direct deal with artists Pandora cuts first-ever direct deal with artists
Internet radio leader Pandora has come to its first-ever direct licensing deal with artists, a wide-ranging agreement with independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations.
Technology Microsoft hires Qualcomm exec to make more deals Microsoft hires Qualcomm exec to make more deals
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market.
Technology Wal-Mart's website to personalize shopping Wal-Mart's website to personalize shopping
Wal-Mart, in its latest bid to compete with nemesis Amazon.com, is rebuilding its website to further personalize the online shopping experience of each customer.