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McDonald's Now Accepts American Express Rewards Points

Launches this week in New York, Chicago

American Express is partnering with McDonald's to offer a new service that allows rewards program cardholders to redeem points for meals. The pay-with-points service launches this week in New York and…

Google Ramps Up the Same-Day Delivery Service War

With more cities and merchants on board, can it take on Amazon Prime?

Google is hoping that if you're going to shop local, you'll go with Google Express. This week, the company officially rebranded its former Shopping Express service—which allows people to order items…

Square Debuts Mobile Ordering for Coffee

Uses location targeting to ensure a hot cup when you arrive

Square today introduced Square Order, a mobile app that lets consumers order coffee. The app tells baristas to start brewing as users approach a shop. With payment and ordering handled by…

Groupon's New App Delves Into Cash-Back Grocery Deals

Couponing in the digital age

Groupon, the website known for offering deals on everything from laser hair removal to designer sunglasses, is moving into the supermarket arena. The daily discount site now offers grocery deals…

EBay and PayPal Will Part Ways in 2015

Split is intended to boost opportunities and revenue

After a strategic review, eBay has announced plans to spin off PayPal as a separate business in 2015. The e-commerce giant's board of directors is touting the separation as a…

Hackers Steal Consumer Data at Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop

Latest chain under attack

Jimmy John's sandwich chain has become the latest victim of hackers, joining  a growing epidemic of financial attacks against consumers. Hackers targeted the Illinois sandwich shop, with 261 locations, between June…

Kickstarter Looks to Wash Hands of Broken Promises

Updates terms of service to include lawsuit clause

Less than a week after the Federal Trade Commission updated its requirements for online retailers, which must provide refunds when goods and services aren’t delivered in a timely fashion, Kickstarter today…

PayPal Accepts Bitcoin for Games, Ringtones and Music Purchases

Is anonymous currency going mainstream?

PayPal has dipped another toe into the uncertain waters of virtual currency by announcing that its customers can use Bitcoins to pay for digital music, games and ringtones. Those payments won't…

On the Day of Its IPO, Here's What Americans Think Alibaba Is [Video]

New Yorkers give their best guesses

The Alibaba Group is having its initial public offering today. There is no question the "Amazon of the East" is set to make several people wealthy, including co-founders Jack Ma…

Can Apple Win Over Retailers With Its Digital Wallet?

Walmart already is snubbing Apple Pay

Launching a revolutionary digital wallet is going to prove challenging even for Apple as it lobbies retailers large and small to invest in the technology. Just two days after Apple debuted…

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