Lauren Goode

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“Can You Square Me Now?”

Mobile payments start-up Square has added AT&T to the list of retail partners that carry the Square credit-card-swiping dongle, joining Apple, Target, Walgreens, Best Buy and T-Mobile, among others. The card reader, which plugs into mobile phones and tablets and is aimed at small-business owners looking for credit card payment solutions, sells for $9.95 with a $10 rebate upon sign-up for new users.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus