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Visa finally gets on board with optional credit card signatures

As more and more credit card companies announced an end to the need for signatures on credit and debit card receipts, major player Visa kept holding out. Until today.

Finally, Visa announced Friday it was making signatures “optional” in North America starting in April.

SEE ALSO: This smart credit card has a cellphone antenna inside

Visa’s move, which keeps signing an option for now, is a little different to MasterCard, Discover, and American Express who are straight-up eliminating the need for something on the dotted line. But it’s essentially dumping signatures unless retailers decide they still want one. Read more…

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Visa is bribing small businesses to stop accepting cash

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The future is cashless — especially if Visa has anything to say about it. 

The credit card and payments company is urging restaurants to stop accepting cash with its new Visa Cashless Challenge, which comes with a $10,000 prize. 

“At Visa, we believe you can be everywhere you want to be, and that it should be easy to pay and be paid in more ways than ever, whether it’s a phone, card, wearable, or other device,” Jack Forestell, Visa’s head of global merchant solutions, said in a statement. “With 70 percent of the world, or more than 5 billion people, connected via mobile device by 2020, we have an incredible opportunity to educate merchants and consumers alike on the effectiveness of going cashless.” Read more…

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The Afghan girls robotics team will now be allowed into the U.S.

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A team of Afghan girls who were denied entry to the U.S. to compete in a robotics competition are now going to be allowed in, thanks to … President Trump?

Yep, you read that right.

SEE ALSO: This girls robotics team from Afghanistan was denied visas for a U.S. competition

In an incredibly ironic twist, Trump reportedly urged U.S. officials to change course and allow the team of girls competing in the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition into the country after they had previously been denied visas at least twice. 

Trump reportedly became aware of the the girls’ case and asked officials at the National Security Council if there was anything that could be done. Read more…

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Want a visa? The Trump administration wants to creep on your profiles.

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Those seeking a visa to enter the United States will now have to air out their dirty social media laundry, which could bring the approval process to an agonizingly slow pace.  

The Trump administration recently released a lengthy new questionnaire for visa applicants that goes above and beyond all previous such measures, according to a Reuters report. After a contentious public comment period, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the expansive questionnaire on May 23. 

Among the new fields is a section dedicated solely to social media, in which applicants are asked to provide their “unique user name” for any online service used to “create or share content” over the past five years.    Read more…

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This firm is creating 10,000 jobs in the U.S. because of Trump

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Infosys, the software giant from India — which incidentally is the largest exporter of IT workforce to the U.S. — will be creating 10,000 jobs in America for Americans over the next two years. 

This comes on the back of President Trump’s crackdown on H-1B visas that is restricting tech companies to hire from abroad. Infosys will also be opening four technology centers in the country, starting with one this August in Indiana, Reuters reports. 

SEE ALSO: Trump’s H-1B Visa Bill spooks India’s IT companies

India hogs close to 70 percent of all H-1B visas issued annually. Infosys this year has applied for 1,000 of them. And that is a substantial decrease from last year’s 6,500. Read more…

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Spare a thought for the guy detained in U.S. for allegedly overstaying by 90 minutes

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An Australian guy has reportedly been detained in the US, after delays at the Canadian border meant he over-stayed his U.S. visa by 90 minutes.

Baxter Reid from Canberra has been living in the U.S. alongside his American girlfriend Heather Kancso. He was on a five-year visa, which stipulated he had to leave the country every six months. 

For that reason, the pair drove north to Canada’s border for a trip, but faced tough questioning by Canadian authorities at the border. After waiting four hours, they were sent back to the U.S. border patrol, where he was arrested because his visa had just expired. Oi! Read more…

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