February 23, 2015 by Mark Schwanhausser

A little startup called Digit is getting a bit of ink these days for making saving money as easy as finding loose change between your sofa cushions. But it’s also providing the latest fodder for those who say, “Can’t we all agree that PFM is dead?”

May 13, 2014

It would not be unfair to compare some of today’s black hats to the illusionists of yesteryear, as the Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches were tricks of almost Houdiniesque proportions – they occurred right before our eyes, while being almost...

March 25, 2014 by Mark Schwanhausser

The Internal Revenue Service sounded a loud warning shot today for all you Bitcoin users: Stop calling it a virtual “currency.” In the eyes of the taxman, it’s anything but – and that means taxpayers now must confront a raft of ways in which Bitcoin...

January 24, 2014 by Mark Schwanhausser

Originally posted 1/14/14 Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs means it’s only a matter of time before some sharp investigator in a crime or terrorism drama taps into a home thermostat to detect if a suspect is in the building – and then...

January 24, 2014 by Mark Schwanhausser

One of Javelin’s goals is to identify when there’s a disconnect between what consumers want and what bankers think consumers want. That’s because bankers who misjudge their customers’ desires are at risk of investing scarce dollars on projects and...

December 13, 2013 by Mark Schwanhausser

At first glance, LifeLock’s $42.6 million acquisition of Lemon may not seem to fit quite right. To some it may appear that LifeLock is buying access to Lemon Wallet’s user base, but an app with 3.6 million downloads does not justify that kind of...

December 11, 2013

As consumers, we are plagued by the inability to choose how our personal information is used by the vendors we need on a day-to-day basis - retailers, healthcare organizations, payment providers, technology companies, etc. All of these groups have...

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