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  • M-Commerce: Mobile Shopping Is Cool, But …

    Digital Transactions | September 10, 2013

    When it comes to shopping, mobile devices have untethered online consumers from the constraints of desktop and laptop computers. New York-based market-research firm eMarketer Inc. projects that this year alone sales initiated by mobile devices will represent 15% of online retailer sales, up from...

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  • An Old-Fashioned Business Copes With Modern Tech Issues

    New York Times | September 6, 2013

    The Business: form·function·form in Orlando, Fla., is a year-old leather-working business owned by Shawn Reed, 35, who makes products such as wallets and watchbands in a home studio. Forty percent of his sales last year came between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which coincided with the...

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  • Jack Dorsey’s Plan to Save America’s Struggling Cities

    Bloomberg | September 5, 2013

    Square co-founder (and Twitter chairman) Jack Dorsey started hosting events to bring together local business owners in California earlier this year. This fall he’s taking the idea to places normally off the tech world’s radar: Detroit, Minneapolis,...

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  • OpenTable Begins Testing Mobile Payments

    New York Times | September 4, 2013

    OpenTable, the world’s largest online reservation service, lets users book a restaurant reservation with its smartphone app or Web site. Now the company is getting ready to take the next step and let diners pay for the meal with its app, too. The payment process, still in testing, will be...

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  • Yes, You Can Minimize Chargebacks: Best Practices For Merchants

    Small Business Trends | August 29, 2013

    Every small business that accepts credit cards knows about chargebacks. A chargeback is when a credit card transaction is reversed. Some (but not all) of the common reasons for chargebacks include: The customer did not receive the service or item purchased. The service or...

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  • Can crowdfunding fill stock market’s ‘black hole’ for startups and small businesses?

    Washington Post | August 29, 2013

    Once a springboard for promising young firms, experts say the stock market largely stopped working for start-ups and small companies more than a decade ago, leaving what one investor calls a “black hole” in the business growth process. Some believe looming changes to the nation’s financing...

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  • From Starbucks to Startup: The Path of Mobile Payments’ Pioneers

    Payments Source | August 28, 2013

    Developing the Starbucks mobile payment app stands as a badge of honor in the career of Chuck Davidson, who is now the head of product for CardFree, where he continues to work alongside several of the experts who helped make the Starbucks app a massive success. Today, the Starbucks app accounts...

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  • Mobile-Payment Startups No Match for PayPal: Tech

    Bloomberg | August 23, 2013

    The market for tools that help consumers buy goods using mobile phones is getting crowded, inundating small businesses, putting off venture capitalists and making it hard for many payment startups to make a buck. Just ask Kristy Fassio, owner of a Fit4Mom exercise franchise near Seattle. She’s...

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  • Groupon Expands Push Into Payments

    The Wall Street Journal | August 20, 2013

    Groupon, known for its emailed coupon offers, said it will begin selling traditional credit-card-swiping hardware to merchants as it pushes deeper into bricks-and-mortar commerce. As growth in daily deals...

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  • Why Don’t More Small Businesses Accept Credit Cards

    August 16, 2013

    Credit and debit cards are nearly as common as cash. Nearly everyone in the USA has at least one in their wallet, including business owners. But data from Intuit INTU +0.22% shows...

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