Retail industry’s Apple Pay rival has experienced a data breach

Just days after CVS and Rite-Aid shut down their ability to accept Apple Pay, the rival mobile system those retailers have backed has experienced a setback.

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    Having a heart attack? This drone could help.

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    Trying to go to space on the cheap has had disastrous consequences in the past

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    Highly-wired millennials remain wary of taking their politics offline

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    Headed to the movies? Get ready to leave your Google Glass at home.

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    Woman in viral street harassment video now facing rape threats online

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    Meet the world’s most advanced flying car

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    U.S. CTO Megan Smith: Tech has a diversity problem, and it’s up to us to fix it

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    AeroMobil 3.0 goes from carport to airport

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    Streaming TV companies might soon play by cable’s rules — and that’s a good thing

    Streaming TV companies might soon play by cable’s rules — and that’s a good thing

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    Hungary’s crazy-expensive Internet is driving people to throw their computers into the street

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success

    Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success

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