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First time accepted submitter alisonuw writes “So what if Google knows where I’m planning my next vacation and suggests hotels for me? Sure, it’s creepy, but is there really any harm in companies tracking my info to target ads to me? Professor Ryan Calo (UW law) is out with a new paper that demonstrates the real harm behind these practices, making consumers vulnerable to making decisions that go against their self-interest (ie: predatory lending, price inflation, etc). The Atlantic has an article today that outlines the new research.”

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Alliance Data Systems has announced that its Retail Services business, which manages more than 120 branded credit programs, has come to multiple agreements with PayPal. Under a multi-year agreement with PayPal, Alliance Data will become an issuer for Bill Me Later® credit products and will maintain a partial interest in the receivables generated under the program. Additionally, Alliance Data and PayPal have agreed to collaborate to support PayPal’s offline expansion, which is enabling PayPal to be accepted in more physical merchant locations across the U.S. Consumers who hold a branded private label credit card from Alliance Data’s partners that accept…

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2013-07-29_10h48_04The PC market is in poor health, and consumers love tablets. When do those two trends cross? No prediction is perfect, but given simple trend analysis, it appears that by the second quarter of 2014, tablets will likely outsell the PC market. That said, current market dynamics could accelerate, pushing us over that mark a bit sooner. Let’s get into the figures to untangle just where we stand.

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