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Intuit Pay Gives UK SMBs Easy Card Payment Functionality
Back in November 2012, Intuit launched an Intuit Pay pilot project for the United Kingdom. The company has since learned a lot, improved the product, and

accept mastercard  over other payment solutions: Accept cards anywhere —on the go and over the phone: One can use the card reader with Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch for mobile payments or enter card details online using the secure Intuit Pay site to take payments from home or office over the phone. Safe and secure —protected by a chip and PIN reader: This feature ensures faster payment, helps safeguard customer confidence, and reduces fraud and disputed transactions. Intuit Pay is fully validated by Visa and

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The AS/400 Takes You Securely Where You Want to Go

This article on the built-in security features of the AS/400 system originally appeared in the Midrange Computing’s Showcase Magazine, June 2000.

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FreeFlow, a provider of business services with a patented technology, aims to help companies improve product life cycle profitability by providing a unique, online auction platform where companies can reduce their at-risk and excess inventory.

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Compensation 101: The Building Blocks for Designing a Strong Performance Compensation Plan

Employees: The backbone of every organization. Motivation: Often the driving factor behind an employee’s performance. Compensation: The motivation. What I’m trying to say (if you couldn’t read between the lines) is that rewarding your people can ultimately lead to an increase in your bottom line. This can be achieved through the creation of a strong performance compensation plan.

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Internet advertising is under attack from privacy advocates and private citizens as DoubleClick reveals that it can correlate surfing behavior with individual identities. DoubleClick points out that this is only possible when the personal identification is provided voluntarily. Opponents question whether the average surfer understands the implications of providing information.

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SCT Corporation is taking its new business-to-business software solution supply chain for process manufacturers and distributors on a road trip. Find out first impressions of its bold entry into Internet B2B.

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Part 2 of this blog series analyzed Microsoft platform parts that are slated for shared use within the Microsoft Dynamics family of products. Particular attention was given to Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint, and parts of Microsoft .NET Framework. What About Visualization and User Interface (UI) Technologies? However, what has somewhat intrigued me is Microsoft’s not-so-vocal touting and

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