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Mayors of New York City and San Francisco Announce "Digital Cities" Summit

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, June 14 2013

The Mayors of New York City and San Francisco announced Friday that they're co-hosting meetings in the Fall and early next year to examine the "best practices" that lead to tech-enabled economic growth. The meetings are ... Read More

Square Expands Mobile Donation Capabilities To All Political Campaigns

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, July 13 2012

Square, the mobile credit card-reader service for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, opened up its political campaign service to the wider community on Friday after expanding its capabilities. Read More

Romney Campaign to Test Out Square Tonight

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 31 2012

As Nick Bilton noted last night, the Mitt Romney campaign plans to test out Square for fund-raising at a Florida event tonight. A spokeswoman for Barack Obama's re-election campaign told us yesterday that Obama campaign staffers and select volunteers around the country would be getting the devices, which attach to mobile phones and work as credit card readers, as well as custom software that collects the information necessary for donations to be compliant with Federal Election Commission requirements.

Update: Now with screenshots!

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Obama Campaign Using Square to Collect Campaign Donations

BY Nick Judd | Monday, January 30 2012

The Obama campaign is outfitting campaign staffers and volunteers with Square credit card readers and custom software to allow them to collect donations using mobile phones. Square card readers plug in to the headphones jack of a mobile phone. In conjunction with apps available in the App Store for iPhones and on Android Market for Android devices, they can be used to process credit card payments from the phone. But in order to comply with Federal Election Commission requirements, campaign donations need to come with information the stock Square software isn't equipped to ask for, like the donor's employer and occupation. That's why a custom app, specially built for the Obama re-elect by the campaign's own under-the-radar development team in conjunction with Square, is available to people using this setup for the re-election effort, campaign spokeswoman Katie Hogan told me. Update: Now with screenshots! (h/t Byron Tau at Politico, who had this item first.) Read More

Stephen Colbert's Square-Powered Super PAC

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 5 2011

When Stephen Colbert walked out of a Federal Elections Commission meeting where the FEC gave him permission to form a "super PAC" and promote it on his show, he had a credit card swiper on hand, ready to collect ... Read More

Politics on the Square

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 19 2010

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In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law. GO

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The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality. GO

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