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 •  November 15

Two companies are better than one: Perkbox, the U.K. startup that helps companies engage and reward employees and customers, has acquired London-based Loyalty Bay, which offers a SaaS platform for the automated delivery of digital rewards. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, though I understand it was cash and Loyalty Bay’s backers have exited....

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 •  November 8

Apple is soft launching direct person-to-person payments in an iMessage today with the Apple Pay Cash beta. The feature, which was announced earlier this year, allows you to send and receive cash inside the Messages app on iPhones. The program is launching in public beta today on iOS 11.2, and you can opt in using the iOS Public Beta program here....

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 •  November 7

Amazon Cash, the service that lets consumers add cash to their Amazon.com balance at brick-and-mortar retailers, is now available at nearly 8,000 7-Eleven convenience stores, Amazon announced today. That’s a significant expansion for Amazon Cash, which was previously available at retailers like CVS, Speedway, Gamestop, along with a handful of other...

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 •  October 25

Announced today in partnership with Barclays and Visa at the Money2020 conference in Las Vegas, the new card gives Uber yet another point of access to incredibly valuable customer information and marks another front in its campaign to assume a larger role in online and offline commerce. Not content with just having a record of some of the comings...

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 •  October 25

The Senate voted late Wednesday night to strike a federal rule that would have allowed consumers affected by the Equifax hack to sue the company. Without it, the millions affected by the historic security breach may be disallowed from related joining class action lawsuits. This specific rule, and only this rule, would be nullified if the joint...

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 •  October 17

An identity is a difficult thing to lose. I found this out the hard way when my passport was stolen while backpacking through Asia and Africa earlier this year. The bureaucratic process to get a new passport gave me a glimpse at how broken our system of identity management is today. Fortunately, technology is on the cusp of a major paradigm shift...

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 •  October 11

In slightly bittersweet news, startup HandUp is selling itself to the Detroit-based South Oakland Shelter for an undisclosed amount. This isn’t your typical Silicon Valley exit where the founders and investors made a bunch of money. HandUp CEO Rose Broome described it to me as a “primary philanthropic acquisition.” But it’s still a solid outcome...

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 •  September 28

Equifax is not only in deep for a class-action lawsuit over a breach exposing 143 million U.S. citizen’s social security numbers and a subpoena in New York, it’s now being sued by the city of San Francisco. S.F. City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed the lawsuit against the credit reporting agency in San Francisco Superior Court for “failing to protect...

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 •  September 28

Equifax was issued a subpoena from New York state’s financial service regulators in regards to the massive data breach the company announced last month, Reuters reported today. The regulators want Equifax to provide more information, which is about right since it seems like Equifax has changed the story several times since the first...

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 •  September 19

It turns out you can sell and trade unwanted or partially unused gift cards on a marketplace called Raise. If you don’t want a Starbucks gift card, you can sell it or get one for Macy’s. They also have iTunes, Sephora and Home Debut on their list of nearly 400 brands. And with a customer base of two million users who spend an average of $500, Raise...