links for 2010-06-11

  • So I looked at this clever new thing called Square, that’ll let you accept and make card payments on your phone. It comes from a good place: the inspiration was an artist who couldn’t sell a piece of art because he couldn’t process card payments on the spot. I like their intent a great deal. And I was picking through the terms of service, to see if this was a US-only thing, because obviously I know a bunch of people who might find Square useful. (A simple mobile card processing solution would be a boon for creators working tables at conventions.)
  • Spare a thought for Mike Phelps of Somerset, a Daily Mail letters page correspondent dreading the prospect of having to sit through dreary World Cup fixtures such as 'Bongo Bongoland v the Former Soviet Republic of Bulimia'