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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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