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4:18pm

Thu August 16, 2012
All Tech Considered

What's In Your Wallet? Wait, You Don't Need One

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 4:39 pm

A barista processes a customer's payment using Square, a device that turns a mobile device into a card swiper. More businesses are using the devices to simplify credit card payments. Others are embracing technology that allows consumers to pay with their cellphones.
Jeff Wheeler MCT/Landov

Most Americans pay with plastic or cash when they visit the grocery store, buy their daily coffee, or fill up the gas tank. But a growing number of large companies are trying to change that.

Google, Starbucks and Wal-Mart are among the many firms that are eager to replace consumers' wallets and stores' cash registers, with smartphones and other mobile devices.

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2:42pm

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

EBay Says Users Will No Longer Be Able To Sell Magic, Potions, Curses

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 3:04 pm

A "powerful" love potion for sale on eBay. The "buy it now" price is $21.
eBay

It's a tough day for the Harry Potters among us: Ebay said today that beginning in September it will no longer allow the sale of some, um, metaphysical products.

Among them: advice, spells, curses, hexing, conjuring, magic, prayers, blessing services, magic potions and healing sessions.

The Los Angeles reports:

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8:34am

Thu August 16, 2012
Planet Money

'We've Been Acquired!'

An awful lot of entrepreneurs these days are jonesing to be acquired, rather than going public. They don't want to build the next Apple or Google. They want to build next Meebo.

A new Tumblr is making the rounds this week. It's called "We've Been Acquired!" and it consists entirely of the announcements start-ups post when they get bought.

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1:40am

Wed August 15, 2012
All Tech Considered

Twitter Lets Customers Skip Recordings, And Make Choices

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 6:48 am

For customer Laura Hargrove, the choice between moving-truck companies Budget and Penske came down to how they use Twitter.
NPR

Once used mostly for one-time promos and marketing, Twitter is now something businesses are relying on to provide customer service. For instance, Southwest Airlines tweets to alert folks about delays. And Best Buy responds to questions and complaints via Twitter. And they're not alone.

Let's say you're thinking of ordering a pair of shoes online and you want to know the store's exchange policy. You could pick up the phone — but then you'll hear the old recording: "To ensure quality service, your call may be monitored or recorded."

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3:29pm

Tue August 14, 2012
All Tech Considered

Could The New Air Traffic Control System Be Hacked?

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:07 am

The current radar-based air traffic control system (shown here) will eventually be replaced with a new system called NextGen, which will rely on GPS. A number of computer security experts are concerned that NextGen is insecure and vulnerable to hackers.
John Moore Getty Images

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