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Teacher Accused of Drug Transactions With Student

U.S. News

The complaint says officers were called Monday after a mother discovered text messages on her daughter's cellphone that mentioned illegal drug transactions involving the girl and her teacher. The complaint said the teen admitted to helping Surber arrange transactions in which the teacher would trade prescription anxiety medicine for marijuana.


Visa: 'Service disruption' blocking Europe transactions

Al Jazeera

Visa, the payment systems giant, has said it is experiencing problems processing some transactions in Europe. "Visa is currently experiencing a service disruption," the company said in a statement on Friday. "This incident is preventing some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed," it added. "We are investigating the cause and working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation." We are currently experiencing a service disruption which is preventing some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed.


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AAAI Conferences

For millions around the globe, digital payment apps such as Venmo are replacing cash as the preferred method of payment between friends and vendors. Apps like Venmo bring a unique blend of convenience and social interactions into financial transactions. In this paper, we study the role of social relationships in the adoption of the Venmo digital payment system. We collect records of all 91 million public transactions conducted on Venmo since its introduction, a social graph connecting most of its 10.5 million users, and analyze the interplay between social relationships and financial transactions. We find that Venmo communities are very densely connected compared to other interaction networks, and are often driven by specific niche applications. We are able to extract both user-to-user and user-to-vendor transaction communities, and show that they exhibit dramatically different structural properties.


German Industrial Giant Considers Cobb County Facility

U.S. News

In exchange, the authority approved a $264 million "bond-for-title" transaction whereby it would temporarily take over the title for the property and the German company would receive tax breaks for the next ten years. That transaction would have to be approved by the Board of Tax Assessors and validated in Superior Court.


Why You Still Can't Use a Chip Card Everywhere

Slate

Timing was part of what slowed things down. The October liability transition coincided with the start of the holiday shopping season, and pundits agree that retailers were wary of implementing a large systemic change during their busiest season. Additionally, some stores have purchased new payment terminals but still don't accept chip transactions. You've probably encountered a cashier at least once who said, No, we don't use chips yet, just swipe, when you tried to dip your card. It's noticeable because hundreds of millions of cards have now been replaced, and the vast majority of consumers have chip cards in hand.