Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Announces Latest Venture

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Payment device attached to an iPhone for swiping cards

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey announced his latest venture, a company called Square. As an attempt to solve many of the key issues associated with accepting online payments, Square promises a refreshingly simple system for cutting through the red tape.

In February 2009, Jim McKelvey wasn’t able to sell a piece of his glass artbecause he couldn’t accept a credit card as payment. Even though a majority of payments has moved to plastic cards, accepting payments from cards is still difficult, requiring long applications, expensive hardware, and an overly complex experience. Square was born a few days later right next to the old San Francisco US Mint.
Today the Square team is focused on bringing immediacy, transparency, and approachability to the world of payments: an inherently social interaction each of us participates in daily. We’re starting with a limited beta and rolling out to everyone in early 2010.
Square is backed by Khosla Ventures and a team of angels.
Square, Inc. has offices in San Francisco (Product & Engineering), Saint Louis (Operations), and New York City (Risk & Partnerships).

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Overweight Women More Likely To Have Had Sex

Overweight Women More Likely To Have Had Sex

The bigger the cushion …

Overweight women are more likely to have had sexual intercourse than thin ones, research has found. In a study of 7,000 women 92 per cent of those who were overweight had slept with a man. The figure was only 87 per cent among those of a “normal” size. The research, carried out by the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, contradicts previous results which suggested that larger women had a lower libido, while thinner ones were more likely to be sexually active.

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Zing: Laser Engraving Made Easy

Zing: Laser Engraving Made Easy

 This laser wants to be your friend

Deceptive boring office scanner looks aside, the Zing Laser from Epilog Laser makes laser engraving a piece of cake. Connecting to your computer just like a printer, the Zing uses Corel Draw to engrave any image on wood, acrylic, plastic, leather, cork, Corian, glass, and even treated metals with the laser. The Zing Laser has 25 watts of power; an all-metal, air-cooled laser tube, and several standard features such as Air Assist and a motorized engraving table that makes calibration a swift affair. Video after the jump.

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