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Card-hating cabbies, you’re being watched

Jeremy Simon

A new initiative in New York City aims to curb cabbies who refuse to take credit cards, choose to yammer away on a cell phone while driving and decide to overlook traffic laws, reports the UK’s Telegraph.
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Second Life bans gambling, predatory banks

Emily Crone

Second Life, a virtual online world, has its own currency that can be traded out for real money. Virtual gambling was recently banned in Second Life, and on Jan. 22, due to the fact that a loss of virtual money means a loss of real money, unchartered banks will no longer be welcome, either.
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Card issuers relying on fees even more

Daniel Ray

Credit card issuers’ reliance on fees edged up another notch in 2007, according to the annual profit/loss estimate put out by respected credit card industry analyst and investment banker R.K. Hammer.
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Retailers, states compete for gift card funds

Jeremy Simon

In two New England states, there’s a struggle under way over gift card funds. A Dec. 20 warning to consumers from New Hampshire’s Attorney General shined a spotlight on retailers who are trying to bypass the state’s gift card rules. Meanwhile, the neighboring state of Maine is using its unclaimed property law to demand a portion of the funds left on dormant gift cards.
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Have a happy (and less interrupted by telemarketers) New Year

Connie Prater

The New Year brings a new federal regulation that will help prevent more telemarketers from pestering you with offers during the dinner hour at home, spamming your email boxes or clogging your home mailbox with junk mail.
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