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White House calls for new standards on data breaches

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — The White House on Thursday called on Congress to pass legislation to create a national standard that would alert consumers when their data has been hacked. It one-of-six policy recommendations that comes after a 90-day review of data and privacy.

"As organizations store more information about individuals, Americans have a right to know if that information has been stolen or otherwise improperly exposed," said the report, led by John Podesta, a top advisor to President Barack Obama.

The review sought to examine consumer privacy given the reams of data collected and stored on the internet, from phones, and from sensors and cameras.

"We live in a world of near-ubiquitous data collection where that data is being crunched at a speed increasingly approaching real-time," the report said.

The White House said the Commerce Department is going start work on drafting a bill that would codify a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" the White House drafted in 2012.

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MyCheck partners with PayPal for U.S. mobile dining payments

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – MyCheck, a checkout app for restaurants, has collaborated with PayPal to enable U.S. consumers to pay at table through the PayPal app. The app itself enables users to select a restaurant from a list, check-in to the venue, and once there, view ordered items and prices on the mobile device, split the bill (if desired), add a tip, redeem an offer, accrue loyalty card stamps, quickly check out by hitting the pay button without waiting for a check, and receive an email receipt.

The MyCheck capability has been operating in the U.K. version of the PayPal app for approximately nine months, where joint advertising campaigns with the Prezzo and Busaba Eathai restaurant chain drove adoption and usage of the app. It is now available in the U.S, version of PayPal.

“This is a hand-in-glove fit, broadening our reach by collaborating with PayPal to leverage their innovations, but also their large customer base,” said Shlomit Kugler, MyCheck co-founder and global CEO. “With MyCheck built into PayPal’s app, mobile app users will now be able to sidestep waiting for the check in full-service restaurants."

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Staples expands tech support services

BY Dan Berthiaume

Framingham, Mass. – Staples is launching its new Staples EasyTech Total Support plan, which provides consumers and small businesses with comprehensive technology services for both their new and old PCs, including upgrades, maintenance and installations. The service builds on Staples’ EasyTech program that launched in 2007, and helps customers make more happen with their devices.

“Staples EasyTech Total Support helps customers maximize productivity through comprehensive service that keeps their technology up to date and running well,” said Conor Kearney, VP technology, Staples, Inc. “Small businesses can now cover their old PCs as well as new devices, and our great trade-in options let customers upgrade to new, high-performing computers easily and affordably.”

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