Square hits its magic number: 1 billion credit card payments processed

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Jack Dorsey had something to be proud of when he took to Twitter this afternoon. Square processed its 1 billionth card transaction on Wednesday. The honor goes to a merchant in Sacramento, CA, according to Dorsey’s tweet.

One billion is certainly a milestone after only five years in business, but in the grand scheme of the financial industry, it’s still pretty small potatoes. In comparison, PayPal processes nearly 10 million transactions a day, meaning its handling Square’s entire historical volume at least three times a year.

But Dorsey would probably be the first to tell you Square is just getting started. It’s expanding from the small mobile business owner to larger brick-and-mortar retail locations from multi-register stores to restaurants

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Amazon’s Kindle Scout is a Masterful Meld of Kickstarter and Product Hunt

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Amazon has spent the better part of two decades wreaking havoc on the publishing industry, which has been decimated by digital innovation. Today’s announcement is the next in a long line of plays — from the massive sales of discount books to the pioneering of ebook sales — to develop a world where traditional publishing houses are obsolete, for better or worse.

This morning, Amazon launched Kindle Scout, a platform for upvoting potential book pitches in an effort to chose the best one each month. It’s like a fusion of Kickstarter and Product Hunt that takes the best qualities of each in order to crowdsource jobs of low level editorial assistants and readers who discover upcoming publishing talent.

There are two pieces that make Kindle Scout a formidable platform: The first being the crowdsourcing aspect. Each month, a new winner will be selected from the most upvoted…

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Netflix’s secret weapon to conquer Europe: pay TV boxes

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Netflix launched in Germany and Austria on Tuesday after going live in France on Monday, and the company is set to announce launches in three additional European countries later this week. It’s one of Netflix’s most ambitious expansions to date, and it’s coming with a new set of partners: In Germany, Netflix struck an alliance with Deutsche Telekom, and, in France, it teamed up with Bouygues Telecom.

These partnerships could be a key part to Netflix’s expansion in Europe and provide a blueprint for further growth in the U.S. In Germany, [company]Deutsche Telekom[/company] is adding Netflix’s app to its Entertain pay TV platform. In France, the app is going to be available on [company]Bouygues Telecom[/company]’s Android-based set-top boxes starting in November.

This isn’t the first time Netflix has struck these kinds of alliances with pay TV operators. However, in the past, cooperations were restricted to operators that were leasing [company]TiVo[/company]’s…

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