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CurrentC's Data Breach Adds to Awful Week for Apple Pay Rival

businessweek.com — Currencies The launch of Apple Pay had already turned into mess for CurrentC, a rival payment network backed by Walmart and other retailers-and that was before hackers gained access to the e-mail addresses CurrentC's pilot users. Linda Walsh, a spokeswoman for MCX, the company building the CurrenC system, tried to play down the problem.

The FCC Wants to Let Aereo Become a Cable Network

businessweek.com — Technology Aereo wants to reinvent itself, and the Federal Communications Commission is willing to help. As it prepared to face the Supreme Court, Aereo argued that its streaming television service was fundamentally different from cable TV, and therefore it shouldn't have to pay broadcasters to transmit their content over the Internet.

Mark Zuckerberg Accounts for Facebook's Purchases With a Lot of 'Goodwill'

businessweek.com — Technology Photograph by Brent Lewin/Bloomberg has consistently said it doesn't expect its high-profile investments to develop into sustainable businesses immediately. Mark Zuckerberg, the company's chief executive, gave a pretty high threshold for how developed a product has to be before it has to start carrying its own weight in Menlo Park.

Manuel Noriega: Too Villainous to Win Call of Duty Lawsuit

businessweek.com — Entertainment Manuel Noriega has lost his case against the makers of Call of Duty . "Old Pineapple Face," as his fictionalized character is known in the popular video game, had sought damages from Activision Blizzard, citing legal protections that give people the right to control how their likeness is used in commercial works.

T-Mobile Won the iPhone 6 Launch, Stealing Customers From All Rivals

businessweek.com — Mobile & Telecom Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg When Apple introduced the iPhone 6 models, it set off the traditional scramble by wireless carriers to poach one another's customers. Exciting new phones are one of the best ways for carriers to lure people away, and this year was especially hectic.

Walmart's Used Game Business Won't Kill GameStop

businessweek.com — Companies & Industries Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg embargo for midnight. Can go at 6 am. Since March, Walmart has been offering gift cards to its customers in exchange for their old copies of Call of Duty: Ghosts or Killzone Shadow Fall.

Amazon's Fire Stick Challenges Google, Threatens Roku

businessweek.com — Courtesy Amazon Amazon's parade of new devices marches on. The company announced on Monday that it's taking pre-orders for a streaming media stick that plugs into a TV, making it possible to watch a range of Internet video services. The Fire Stick mimics most of the capability of the Fire TV, the streaming media box Amazon released earlier this year.

Why Rite-Aid and CVS Stopped Taking Apple Pay

businessweek.com — Technology Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The introduction of Apple Pay last Monday was widely described as the dawn of a new era for smartphone payments. But within a week, two major pharmacy chains, Rite-Aid and CVS, rejected Apple's version of the future: Both disabled Apple Pay (as well as other tap-to-pay mobile payments systems Google Wallet and Softcard).

Etsy Gives Its Makers a Square-Like Credit Card Reader

businessweek.com — Technology Photograph by Sara Forrest/Etsy Etsy was introduced in 2005 as a way for people who sold things at craft fairs to set up shop online. Nine years later it's heading the other way. The company said on Thursday it would begin distributing card readers to its merchants so that they can use those long weekends in their booths to improve their status on the Internet.

HBO Is About to Get Closer to Its Customers, for Better and Worse

businessweek.com — Streaming TV Photograph by Christopher T. Saunders/HBO HBO is a premium product that people love, delivered to them by companies they hate. In the cable-TV network's four-decade history, it has rarely had direct dealings with its customers. Now, that could all change.
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Oct 30, 2014

Justin Bieber has been spotted in Cleveland. I guess that's just the kind of sacrifice this town is going to have to start making.

Oct 30, 2014

RT @pkafka: So glad we can move on from this kind of thing, which ran in 2014. pic.twitter.com/CN5oo4cjU0

Oct 29, 2014

So airbnb now has an add featuring a penis dressed as the Statue of Liberty. pic.twitter.com/0hKmajCJ8l

Oct 29, 2014

MCX: our system has been attacked repeatedly in the last seven or eight days.

Oct 29, 2014

MCX says that its merchants may be able to accept Apple Pay in the future, and that merchants who accept it don't face fines.

Oct 29, 2014

@ChrisFedor FYI, in LBJ's last year in Cleve, Mo shot .429 from three, and Gibson shot .477. Donyell Marshall was out of the league.

Oct 27, 2014

@shaneferro the idea is all yours. just send a picture and $1,000. cc @JPaskin

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