Some bankers, not to mention the Justice Department, didn't welcome the prospect of Microsoft Corp. buying the maker of the popular Quicken personal finance software. But the connected folks at Wired magazine say the newfound interest and fears surrounding home banking are just so much hype.

In an item that went to press before the deal fell through, Wired's Steve B. Steinberg noted that while the technical hurdles to home banking are easily overcome, the results "have always been commercial disasters."

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