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Square processing over 10B in payments a year, Google Fiber is going live and more

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Here are the top tech news and stories of the day.

  • Square Now Processing $10B In Annual Payments; Added $2B Over Past Month (And That Doesn’t Include Starbucks) - Square is quickly becoming the revenue operator of choice to small businesses. Their simple pricing has small business abandoning direct relationships with credit card vendors (and taking business more easily on the road). Square also has a new relationship with Square, to accept Square Wallet, via TechCrunch, more here.
  • Google Is Finally Installing Gigabit Fiber In Kansas City Homes - Google is starting to roll out their “fiberhoods,” in Kansas City, and they are doing it completely differently than any other service provider. According to Google:We’ve found that the difference between dreading an installation and feeling like you had a good experience comes down to us caring about the details that matter the most to you. For example, we’ll show up when we’re supposed to-at the start of your appointment, not somewhere in the middle. We’ll clean up any mess; each installer carries a vacuum cleaner. And we’ll answer your questions and teach you about your devices-don’t be afraid to ask us questions, or to ask us to explain something again in simpler language.” I can’t wait for Google to roll out fiber in my town. Via Gizmodo, more here.
  • Here’s how it looks when big data goes mobile-first - Zoomdata has received $1.1M in seed funding to offer business intelligence to those interested in selling to mobile. Zoomdata is attempting to paint a picture of all the data companies use. Via GigaOM, more here.
  • Google Intros New Acer C7 Chromebook, Priced at an Extremely Low $199 - The latest in the Chromebook line is from Acer, and powered by an Intel chipset. Unlike the Samsung Chromebook, which is powered by an ARM processor, it has shorter battery life and is larger and heavier. However, it will most likely be a bit faster than the ARM alternative. Via Droid-Life, more here.
  • Making Sense of Big Social Data - Robert J Boeri examines how to make sense of Big Social Data in eContentMag. More here.
  • Dropbox Chooser lets web apps attach files from the cloud - Dropbox has made a connection with Facebook Groups, and are now rolling out an API to allow developers to integrate Dropbox for sharing files. If you further update that file to your Dropbox, it will be updated everywhere it’s be shared. Via Engadget, more here.

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.