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Banks roll out Venmo-style payments app

posted: 02/27/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

For years, banks have watched as their youngest customers split restaurant checks, shared utility bills, and pitched in for parties using third-party payment apps such as Venmo. Now, they're trying to take back the person-to-person payments business by offering an app of their own.

Small-business owners finding politics ticklish

posted: 02/27/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

One winter's day, Nicole Morgenthau received an email that jolted her. She owns Finch Knitting and Sewing Studio in Leesburg, Va., and the note threatened her beloved store with a potential boycott.

Startup looks to get hooks in brow lifts

updated: 02/27/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Zift Medical has a small footprint, but it's hoping to make big changes in aesthetic medicine.

Device that stimulates nerve shows promise in easing inflammation

posted: 02/27/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Daniel Romo and Daniel Gulick, the young scientists behind the Minneapolis-based startup Aucta Technologies, are used to being flexible with their research.

ON COMPUTERS: Digital assistants have range of applications, but don't call them apps

posted: 02/27/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

When extra features are added to smartphones or the Internet, they're called apps -- short for "applications." Maps and games are examples. When features are added to Amazon's digital assistants Echo and Dot, they're called skills. When features are added to Google Home, they're called actions.

Firms prepare for cyber ransoms

posted: 02/27/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. corporations that have long resisted bending to the demands of computer hackers who take their networks hostage are increasingly stockpiling bitcoin, the digital currency, so that they can quickly meet ransom demands rather than lose valuable corporate data.

Univision enters e-sports market with online site

posted: 02/27/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Univision's Fusion Media Group introduced a website dedicated to covering e-sports, its first new media property since buying bankrupt Gawker Media LLC last year.

FCC reportedly to block privacy rules

posted: 02/27/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators today will move to stop certain privacy regulations from going into effect that were designed to safeguard consumers' personal information from hackers and criminals, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

VW case leaves EU official 'desperate'

posted: 02/27/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The European Union's consumer affairs chief said Volkswagen's failure to compensate EU-based customers hit by the diesel cheating scandal has made her feel "desperate."

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 02/27/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

ALEXANDER Cherreyl Latrice Alexander, 13616 Dynasty Drive, Feb. 21, 2017, Chapter 7.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/27/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Revlon image makeover enlists Amazon

Arkansan's business bites back

posted: 02/26/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Brad Simon didn't dream that someday he'd be eliminating blood-sucking pests from people's yards, but he knew he wanted his own business, to be his own boss, and to build something for himself and his family.

Wal-Mart, IBM team on food-safety tracking

posted: 02/26/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Spinach was pulled off grocery stores shelves and disappeared from restaurants in the fall of 2006, when an E. coli outbreak resulted in 205 confirmed illnesses and three deaths across 26 states.

Crackdown damps immigrants' hopes to buy U.S. homes

posted: 02/26/2017 1:57 a.m. Comment 1

In San Francisco, an Indian software engineer on a work permit canceled plans to bid on a $900,000 home. In Washington, a Brazilian nonprofit executive passed on a fixer-upper near her office. And in Mesa, Ariz., a 24-year-old son of illegal Mexican immigrants won the trust of a bank -- a green light for a mortgage -- but now fears deportation.

UA center researches inland waterways

posted: 02/26/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

With the third-largest number of navigable, inland waterway miles in the nation, Arkansas is a logical headquarters for the Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center.

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