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, 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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik