Girl Scouts Harness mobile paymentsResidents of central Ohio who like Thin Mints and the other Girl Scout cookies staples will have the option of using new mobile payments technology. As part of a pilot program, the Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland and AppNinjas are enabling Scouts to use the card tech firm's swipe terminal for iPhones to accept credit card payments on the spot at booths near Columbus and other locations in the region. The Scouts are also using social media and email accounts as part of their sales efforts.
Visa has troubles in Early Olympic HeatThe London Olympics are still more than a year away, but Visa's controversial exclusive ticket purchase arrangement with the Olympics has gotten off to a rocky start. A Web glitch left early purchasers unable to complete their orders-because the Web-based system was set up to take orders now, but not actually execute payments until later in the year, causing denials for cards with expiration dates before the actual payment date. Visa says it's made interim cards available to fix the problem.
Teen sets up Huge e-crime ringNick Webber, a 19-year old UK resident, was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in setting up GhostMarket.net, the world's largest English-language online cybercrime forum. Used by 8,000 members, the forum promoted the theft of card details, personal financial information and the creation of malware.