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  • Obama signs order to tighten card security

    U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order to improve security measures for federal credit cards in an effort to lead the way for banks and retailers. The President also called on Congress to enact his Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal.

Apple Pay vs. CurrentC: the race is on

Apple Pay debuted this week to much fanfare, but it's not the only mobile payment platform in town. Competitor CurrentC is collecting retail partners and positioning itself as a formidable competitor, thanks in large part to its biggest partner: Walmart.

Alibaba faces consumer barriers, expands Alipay partnership

Alibaba's IPO may have been the largest in U.S. market history, but the online retailer's introduction to U.S. shoppers hasn't gone over quite as big.

Add another to the list: Staples investigating data breach

With every passing week, there is a new reminder that retailers and their systems are under the constant threat of attack. Now Staples is the latest retailer to suffer. The office-supply chain announced it is investigating a possible breach, and that it has contacted law enforcement and informed the public.

Half of US shoppers likely to avoid data breached retailers

Almost half of U.S. shoppers, 45 percent, said they would avoid holiday shopping at stores that were affected by data breaches in the past year, according to a CreditCards.com report.

Amazon stores could pressure back-end operations

Online retailer Amazon is eyeing the physical world with plans to open stores. And in spite of the e-commerce giant's prowess at just about everything it attempts, the real-world effort could put pressure on its back-end operations.

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