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Report: Apple planning a move into mobile payments service

The company would compete against Google, PayPal, Square and others if it enters this zone.

NFC smartphones: The answer to retail hack attacks?

R'Pin and chip' smartcards may be next, not NFC smartphones, but liability questions remain.

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Online retailers can go even greener, engineers suggest

A survey shows Internet shopping can be more eco-friendly if its procedures are accompanied by smart delivery logistics.

Are bitcoin's chances of acceptance getting better?

Many countries are still grappling with the issues of crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin, which is just the best-known of the virtual cash.

Neiman Marcus says SSNs, birth dates not taken in breach

Payment card numbers may have been compromised, but the retailer says Social Security numbers, birth dates and customer PINs appear to be safe.

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100 American Eagle stores, hungry for data, will ping shoppers' phones

An integration with Shopkick will send deals to people's smartphones at the front entrance.

Tech spending forecast to jump worldwide in 2014

Gartner analysts expect worldwide tech spending to total $3.8 trillion in 2014, a 3.1 percent increase from 2013 spending of $3.7 trillion.

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Target confirms customer PINs were taken in breach, but says data is safe

But the PINs were encrypted and therefore should be inaccessible to hackers, according to the retailer

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Amazon offers gift cards, shipping refunds for late deliveries

The company blames delivery companies for the delays

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Online holiday shopping up, but not as much as expected, comScore says

U.S. desktop users spend $42.8 billion between Nov. 1 and Dec. 22