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Rishi Taparia - Issue #93

This week we look at further consolidation in the acquiring space (Global Payments doesn't want to be

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May 26 · Issue #93 · View online
These are my notes on the week’s news, tidbits from around the web, plus any new blog posts of mine. You'll find a lot about commerce, retail, the future of work, as well as some fun and more random tidbits here and there. Enjoy! To learn more visit

This week we look at further consolidation in the acquiring space (Global Payments doesn’t want to be left out!), the scary new capabilities of fake video creation, children striking for climate, Leonardo da Vinci’s genius and more. Enjoy!

Commerce and Fintech
Global Payments is nearing an agreement to acquire Total System Services for roughly $20 billion in latest fintech deal
Square Quietly Launches Program For CBD Cannabis Company Credit Card Processing
First Data’s Volume Growth Slowed in the First Quarter, but Brick-and-Mortar Topped E-Commerce
It's Getting Way Too Easy to Create Fake Videos of People's Faces
Mona Lisa coming to life
Mona Lisa coming to life
Amazon Is Working on a Device That Can Read Human Emotions
In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc
Climate and Energy
'They'll give me a detention but it'll be worth it' – a climate scientist interviews his climate striking daughter
Impossible Foods debuts meatless sausage at Little Caesars
Climate Change and the New Age of Extinction
Random Tidbits
Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death
Stan Lee Keynote at the 2017 Graduation Ceremony
A Room Without Books Is Just Very Sad
Quote I’m thinking about: “We are, finally, all wanderers in search of knowledge. Most of us hold the dream of becoming something better than we are, something larger, richer, in some way more important to the world and ourselves. Too often, the way taken is the wrong way, with too much emphasis on what we want to have, rather than what we wish to become.” — Louis L'Amour
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