Last week E-Trade Group Inc. made headlines with a splashy deal to buy a major network of automated teller machines. But there is a small catch: The company E-Trade plans to buy, Card Capture Services Inc., owns fewer than 5% of the 8,500 ATMs in its network.

The merchants that do own the machines - which include Rite Aid Corp. drug stores, Safeway Inc. supermarkets, and Chevron Corp. gas stations - might well have some say about E-Trade's plans to put its brand prominently on the ATMs and convert many of them into "financial services kiosks."

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