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Dec 10, 2012 — Cash registers may be on the wane in some stores as more retailers help customers complete purchases using mobile devices. It's convenient for shoppers, and retailers benefit by leaving customers less time to change their mind about a purchase.
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Aug 16, 2012 — A growing number of companies hope more consumers will soon be making purchases with mobile phones. More retailers are also using technology that turns devices like tablets into cash registers.
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Aug 8, 2012 — You could soon pay for a latte at Starbucks simply by walking into the store with a smartphone in your pocket and giving the cashier your name. Square, a San Francisco-based payments startup unveiled a deal Wednesday with the world's largest coffee chain that will move its mobile payments products into Starbucks stores around the world.
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Jun 22, 2012 — PayPal and other tech companies have set their sights on transforming how we shop at retail stores. New services allow customers to pay with their smartphone, or even just a personal identification number and a cellphone number. But these new digital wallets are still tied to transaction fees charged to merchants.
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