Starbucks and Square want your phone to be your wallet

August 10, 2012

After years of fits and starts, the prospect of using your phone to make purchases instead of your credit and debit cards is entering a promising era. The struggle for who will control your virtual wallet is intensifying, and while it’s far from certain what will replace plastic, it’s almost certain something will, very soon.

Apple’s store of the future, just across the street from Store No. 1

August 1, 2011

By Mary Slosson

To the legions of Apple fans, any new store from the consumer electronics giant is cause for celebration. But the company’s latest, in Glendale California, is special for two reasons: it’s being touted as Apple Store 2.0, a model for others to come … and it happens to be just across the street from the very first outlet to carry the corporate logo.

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Starbucks now most popular brand on Facebook

July 23, 2009

MARKETS-STOCKS/The popular social networking website has a new champion among its brands: Starbucks.

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Howard Schultz wakes up and smells the media

June 2, 2009

 Perhaps he woke up one day and smelled his own coffee shops struggling in the weak economy. So, schultz2Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Howard Schultz is waking up to a fresh brew by percolating new business in the media world.