Lauren Goode

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Square Hires CFO as It Revs Up for International Expansion

Mobile payments start-up Square Inc. has hired Sarah Friar as chief financial officer, as the company gets set to expand internationally. Friar most recently was senior vice president of finance and strategy at Salesforce.com, where she was hired in April 2011; prior to that, she was managing director for technology research at Goldman Sachs. Square now claims more than 300 employees and says it processes more than $6 billion in payments annually.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work