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Credit cards at the Tax Assessor’s office

If you’ve paid your vehicle registration fees in person at the Harris County Tax Assessor’s office, you’ve had to bring cash or check to do so, because they don’t accept credit cards for that. Thankfully, that’s about to change. More … Continue reading

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Mobile payments

Austin is a hot spot for the hot new thing in retail technology. Mobile payments technology is gathering steam across the country, but Austin is one of the hot spots, both for deployment of new technology and for development of … Continue reading

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Fighting identity theft

The U of Texas is studying it. Identity theft is a cradle-to-grave problem that costs U.S. businesses $50 billion and affects at least 10 million consumers each year. At least 1 million children’s identities are stolen over the course of … Continue reading

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Credit card security

Here’s another thing the rest of the world does better than we do. The United States is the only developed country still hanging on to credit and debit cards with those black magnetic stripes, the kind you swipe through retail … Continue reading

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Full fees ahead

The cost of doing business for Harris County keeps going up. Rising credit card fees have increased that portion of the county government’s banking bill by $1.7 million in two years. In the year that ended in February, the county … Continue reading

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Toys for tots with valid ID

This is what you call bad holiday publicity. The Salvation Army and a charity affiliated with the Houston Fire Department are among those that consider immigration status, asking for birth certificates or Social Security cards for the children. The point … Continue reading

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Credit card reform

Good. Landmark credit card legislation, poised to reach President Obama’s desk as early as Memorial Day, will force the card industry to reinvent itself and consumers to rethink the way they use plastic. The Senate Tuesday took a critical step … Continue reading

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