The partnership has received scant attention, given its potential to connect the digital world with the real world in trail-blazing ways.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 17, 2013 4:54PM

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Since summer, when Starbucks (SBUX) announced its partnership with mobile-payment start-up Square and began rolling out Square's digital wallet application to 7,000 coffee shops, the story has gone as cold as hour-old coffee.

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But if you're into investing in such areas as transaction processing, big data or even social marketing, it's time to take notice. Because this hits all of those buttons.


The transaction-processing button is easy to describe. Until now this has been a cozy relationship among merchant processors, their resellers and banks. Merchants signed agreements with resellers, approved by their banks, and the resellers delivered software and terminals while the processors handled the back end.


Betting that there's still of plenty of life in discs, Redbox Instant will offer DVD rentals along with online access to movies.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 17, 2013 2:53PM

A rental DVD is dispensed from a Redbox © Damian Dovarganes/AP PhotoBrad Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek 

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Consumers have plenty of ways to watch movies over the Internet. 

There's Netflix (NFLX),'s (AMZN) Instant Video, Wal-Mart Stores' (WMT) Vudu and Apple's (AAPL) iTunes. Now the market for buying and renting films online is about to get more crowded.

A new service, Redbox Instant by Verizon (VZ), plans to throw open its virtual doors to customers willing to pay $8 a month. Subscribers will gain online access to a catalog of older films at no extra fee, an on-demand store of newer movies available for rent or purchase and DVD rental credits good for four recent releases each month from Redbox's kiosks at supermarkets and drugstores around the country.


The unveiling of a tool to help Facebook users find personalized results and trusted recommendations opens a door to new partnerships for the Web portal.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 16, 2013 4:14PM
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The Yahoo! offices in Santa Monica, Calif. © MARIO ANZUONI/Newscom/RTRBy Eric Jackson, TheStreet 

A lot of attention following Tuesday's news that Facebook (FB) would enter the search business has focused on the prominence of Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing as its backup for Web searches.  


The news gave Microsoft shares a boost, temporarily lifting the stock back above $27. (Microsoft publishes MSN Money.)


But what does the launch of Facebook's Graph Search mean for Yahoo (YHOO)? On the surface, nothing. But once you dig below the surface, it's interesting to see where Yahoo fits into these developments. 


More than one-third of Americans consult search engines with medical issues, according to a new report. One in six go online to seek out others with the same health concerns.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 15, 2013 2:34PM

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If you've ever tried to identify a sniffle, pain or rash with an Internet search, you're not alone.

Thirty-five percent of U.S. adults have jumped online specifically to figure out what medical condition they or another person may have, according to a Pew Research Center survey of about 3,000 people, released today.


The programming genius helped solve problems that allowed the Internet to move forward. He later challenged the practice of charging to download case law.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 14, 2013 4:55PM

File photo of Aaron Swartz in August 2007 (© Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)By Brendan Greeley, Bloomberg Businessweek 

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The Internet is not so old. Its graybeards live still.

Vint Cerf, author of the Internet Protocol, has been installed as Google's "chief Internet evangelist," a ceremonial title he chose himself.

Tim Berners-Lee, who gave us HTML, has been knighted. He now sits at the head of his own foundation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a guardian of the language he wrote. And languages are the best way to think of these contributions.

The Internet is a voluntary agreement, a group of languages we've all decided to have in common. The Internet Protocol allows computers to talk to each other. You could use a different language, but since the rest of the world already speaks IP, you'd be lonely, speaking only to yourself.

When he was barely a teenager, Aaron Swartz began playing with XML, an Internet language like Sanskrit or classical Greek -- flexible, elegant and capable of great complexity.



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