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Which tech stocks are suffering and – crucially – why?

Analysis With the stock markets on a slide since the start of the year, the usual game of over-hyping companies that are doing well has flipped and now the game is to give companies – particularly tech stocks – a good kicking on the way down. Much of the current frenzy appears built around Twitter, which is having a bad year, and the …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jan 2016

From $6bn to $4.2bn to $2.9bn: Square's ever shrinking unicorn horn

Analysis Silicon Valley is going to see just how much of its own hype has transferred to Wall Street Thursday with a rare IPO of one of its "unicorns" – companies that venture capitalists have valued at over $1 billion. The credit card reader company Square – which has yet to turn a profit – will be selling a portion of its shares at a …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Nov 2015

Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

First look Unveiled on Wednesday and already shipping, BlackBerry’s square-shaped Passport is a Marmite device – people will either love it or hate it. It’s quite uncompromisingly the most unusual smartphone in modern times. BlackBerry may as well have called it the “WTF”. Trackpad-cum-keyboard on square phone – you'll love it or you …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2014
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No longer Square: Pear-shaped payments biz seeks buyer - report

Square, the darling of the first-world mobile payments community, is rumoured to be looking for a saviour. Despite having despite having raised huge amounts of cash the company is running out of the stuff. The Wall Street Journal reports that Square has been in abortive discussions about a buyout with Google, Apple and PayPal …
Simon Rockman, 24 Apr 2014
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Twitter co-founder chats to banks about floating ANOTHER profitless firm

Not content with one high-profile IPO, Jack Dorsey is trying to get his other startup, payments firm Square, onto the market in 2014, according to recent reports. Dorsey, who founded both Square and Twitter, has held discussions with banks about getting the company that lets you make payments with your mobe or fondleslab ready …
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Send dosh (insecurely) via email, Jack Dorsey's Square tells punters

Not content with revolutionising shopping as we know it, uber-cool money-transfer outfit Square has launched a peer-to-peer payment system – secured only by an SMTP password. Square – the payment firm developed by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey – has debuted a new service, Square Cash, which authorises transactions with an email …
Bill Ray, 17 Oct 2013
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The reshaping of Apple-cored Square: Leaving high street is a GOOD sign

Feature It's a well-worn phrase that appearances can be deceptive, but when a flagship business disappears from public view after years on London's premier high street, most people would assume this isn't a sign of progress. Square Group new premises Square Group's new premises brings its three former buildings into one Yet when …
Bob Dormon, 18 Mar 2013
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Spanish city renames square in Clash frontman's honour

The Spanish city of Granada will honour the late Joe Strummer by renaming a city square after The Clash frontman. The rebranding comes after 2,000 residents backed a Facebook campaign to celebrate the punk rocker's connection with Granada, where he fled as legendary British band The Clash fell apart in 1984. Granada City …
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2013
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The tips stop here: Starbucks to take Square Wallet payments

Starbucks coffee shops in America, all 7,000 of them, will start accepting payments from Square's Wallet next month, but they'll be no tipping until 2013. Starbucks has $25m invested in Square, the revolutionary new way of paying which is neither revolutionary, nor new, but does have a Silicon Valley celeb at the helm and $ …
Bill Ray, 5 Oct 2012
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Wobbly swipe reader Square gulps down another $200m

Beloved son of the Twitterati Square has swallowed another $200m in VC cash, apparently pegging the company at a value of $3.25bn. Square didn't invent credit card readers of course, neither did it create the first card terminal on an iPhone, but it does have Twitter-founder Jack Dorsey's name attached, and the tacit approval …
Bill Ray, 18 Sep 2012
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Bluetooth gizmo lets you take card payments via smartphone

Retailers who've been waiting for Square to jump the pond can now sign up with startup mPowa, and start using a Bluetooth reader capable of processing Chip 'n PIN cards. mPowa does have a reader almost identical to the headline-grabbing Square, one which balances on top of an iPhone to read the magnetic stripe, but they'll …
Bill Ray, 2 Jul 2012
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VeriFone takes on Square with cheaper iPhone-friendly kit

Payment-terminal giant VeriFone is finally taking the fight to upstart Square, with its own iPhone-friendly card reader and lower transaction fees along with a cloud-based control panel and promises not to treat every customer as a potential criminal. VeriFone dubs its Square clone "Sail", on the basis that its iPhone …
Bill Ray, 8 May 2012
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Branson backs Twitter co-founder's mobile biz

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s mobile payments startup Square continues to attract high-octane investors, this time welcoming Sir Richard Branson on board. The last round of funding announced in September was $100m and was led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. “I’m very passionate …
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Square pushes pay-by-facial recognition

Web 2.0 darling Square is promising to make everyone a regular by promoting pay-by-face: just smile and ask to have your purchase put onto your bill with no authentication required. The system, which is opt in, knows which store you are in from the location of your phone, so presents the iPad-equipped shopkeeper with …
Bill Ray, 4 Nov 2011
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Square gets $1bn valuation with $100m investment

Square has raised another $100m, giving the payment processor a valuation of $1bn and a new board member in the shape of Mary Meeker, a partner at investor KPCB. The $100m investment follows $27.5m that was dropped into the business in January, and the original $10m raised on the back of Twitter-founder Jack Dorsey's idea. …
Bill Ray, 29 Jun 2011
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Apple Square sallies forth from stores

Square is now in the Apple stores, both physical and virtual, putting the banking revolution in a plastic cube in front of a lot more eyes than its competitors. For only $10 anyone can drop into an Apple store, pick up a Square box to plug into an iPhone, download the free app and start taking credit card payments. As long as …
Bill Ray, 26 Apr 2011
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VeriFone ramps up the fear factor

Payment processor VeriFone has launched a blistering attack on newcomer Square, claiming Square's hardware opens the way for criminals to skim cards – without noting that such skimming is already commonplace. So concerned is VeriFone with your security that it has set up a special website explaining what Square is doing wrong …
Bill Ray, 10 Mar 2011
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Price war beckons for mobile payments

Square, the beloved mobile payment system set up by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, has dropped its 15-cent transaction fee as it tries to compete in the real world. Square was touted as revolutionary when launched in 2009, and had VCs falling over themselves to contribute the $37.5m needed to implement its smart-phone-attached …
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2011

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