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Visa, MasterCard Close to Antitrust Settlement

Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) are close to settling an antitrust case with the Justice Department over credit-card acceptance rules, The Wall Street Journal reported. The settlement could allow merchants to steer customers towards cheaper forms of payment, a setback for a credit card industry that is already gearing up for new regulation, The Wall Street Journal said without naming its sources.

Goodbye Credit Cards, Hello Smartphones

The smartphone revolution is about to upend another business: credit card processing. With Google's new Android app that allows you to literally pay by phone, and Square's new hardware that turns any iPhone into a transaction processor, your plastic could become obsolete.