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Sephko on Google conquering the world. ?

Assessing the Damage Caused by Credit Card Rewards

Ron Lieber, writing for the NYT back in 2010: Life might be simpler and more efficient if retailers could levy a surcharge that covers their costs to accept cards and let consumers figure out whether to pay it. But the card companies don’t...Show More Summary

Yahoo Finance: ‘Apple Pay Sides With Credit Card Industry Over Consumer Interests’

Aaron Pressman, writing for Yahoo Finance: Apple has regularly delighted its customers with cool products on its way to becoming the most valuable company in the United States. But it hasn’t always stood up for its customers’ best economic interests. Take the case of Apple Pay. Show More Summary

Towards an Ideal OpenType User Interface

Kris Sowersby: I like InDesign. I think it’s a good application. However, as a maker and seller of fonts, it pains me that a poor interface hinders and obfuscates the OpenType features I build into my fonts. I am certain all other type foundries feel the same. Show More Summary

Anita Sarkeesian on Video Games’ Great Future

Anita Sarkeesian, in an op-ed for The New York Times: Those who police the borders of our hobby, the ones who try to shame and threaten women like me into silence, have already lost. The new reality is that video games are maturing, evolving and becoming more diverse. Those of us who critique the industry are simply saying that games matter. Show More Summary

72 Hours of Gamergate on Twitter

Andy Baio, writing for The Message on Medium: Anyone who’s mentioned the #Gamergate hashtag in a critical light knows the feeling: a swarm of seemingly random, largely-anonymous people descending to comment and criticize. I’ve been using Twitter for eight years, but I’ve never seen behavior quite like this. Show More Summary

The FTC Is Suing AT&T for Throttling Its Unlimited Data Customers

Brian Fung and Craig Timberg, reporting for The Washington Post: Federal officials on Tuesday sued AT&T, the nation’s second-largest cellular carrier, for allegedly deceiving millions of customers by selling them “unlimited” data plans...Show More Summary

In-Depth Look at CurrentC and the Personal Data They Want to Collect

Nick Arnott, investigating for iMore: On launch, the app immediately does a few things. First, it starts sending pings to every wo seconds or so. No interesting data is sent in the requests and blocking them seems to have no impact on the app. Show More Summary

How Apple Pay Really Works

Kirk Lennon: One of the objections I’ve seen to Apple Pay is “How is it faster/easier than just sliding my card?” The truth is, it isn’t always. It’s rarely going to take longer than sliding a card, but it’s not always going to radically faster either. Show More Summary

‘Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay in the End’

Matthew Mombrea, writing for IT World: What it boils down to is the fact that one technology is designed for the users (Apple) and the other is designed for the merchants (CurrentC). Normally I’d say that the product with the most user appeal will win but the power and size behind the CurrentC group is too big to ignore. Noted for future claim chowder. ?

Charles Duhigg’s 2012 Report on Target’s Customer Data Colleciton

Worth a revisit — Charles Duhigg’s 2012 report on Target’s customer data collection: Andrew Pole had just started working as a statistician for Target in 2002, when two colleagues from the marketing department stopped by his desk toShow More Summary

Tim Cook: Apple Pay Is Already the Leader in Contactless Payments

Nathan Ingraham, reporting from the WSJD Live event: It’s only been a week since Apple Pay made its debut, but apparently the launch has been successful thus far. Speaking at he WSJD Live event, hosted by The Wall Street Journal, Cook...Show More Summary

A Detailed Look at the CurrentC App Interface

Josh Constine, writing for TechCrunch: Thanks to research shared with TechCrunch by Stanford student and developer sleuth Andrew Aude, we have more details on MCX’s plan and a closer look at the CurrentC app. The reviews of the app on the App Store are a hoot. Show More Summary

‘As Long as Visa Suffers’

Ron Shevlin, writing last month for Snarketing 2.0 on CurrentC: Furthermore, let’s review again the impetus behind the MCX consortium. If merchants simply needed a place to push out more coupons and drive more business, they could have partnered with Google or Apple. Show More Summary

[Sponsor] Midroll — Podcast Advertising

Smart advertisers love podcast ads, for the same reason they like sponsoring Daring Fireball: The content is awesome, and the ads work well. Midroll represents more than 140 podcasts, including The Nerdist, WTF with Marc Maron, Comedy...Show More Summary

Apple Pay and Accessibility

Steven Aquino: But more than that, Apple Pay has the potential to be such an asset to the disabled. In my case, as someone with low vision and (mild) cerebral palsy, no longer do I have to fumble around my wallet trying to find my credit card or struggle with swiping my card into the terminal. Show More Summary

? Retailers Are Disabling NFC to Block Apple Pay

Think about what they’re doing. They’re turning off NFC payment systems — the whole thing — only because people were actually using them with Apple Pay.

Getting on iPad Air 2 on Verizon

Sam Davies, after having to go to a Verizon retail store to get a SIM for his new iPad Air 2: Verizon is throwing money away by trying to take control back from Apple. People who don’t follow this stuff are never going to do what I did. Show More Summary

AT&T Locks Apple SIM to Their Network

Apple support document: Using Apple SIM, you can choose from different cellular carriers and their various programs. The data plans vary by carrier. For instance, in the United States, you can choose a domestic plan from either Sprint or T-Mobile and also pick an alternate plan from the other carrier as needed. Show More Summary


Leanpub: Markua is a superset of almost all of Markdown that has a strictly defined mapping to book and documentation concepts and that generates PDF, EPUB, MOBI and HTML. I love these “start with Markdown and build something new on top of it” projects. ?

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