In response to:

Starbucks, The Tech Sector, And The State Of American "Progressivism"

Lorianne Wrote: Aug 12, 2012 12:25 PM
Is being about to buy a cup of coffee with your cell phone really progress?
Reginald10 Wrote: Aug 12, 2012 3:28 PM
How much extra do they charge, for the "privilege" of paying for your already over-priced cup of coffee?
Arley2 Wrote: Aug 12, 2012 1:01 PM
No, it isn't. Because people (some of them anyway) do not handle things like credit cards very well to begin with. So the cell phone will act as a credit card a person can charge.

Progress would be cash.

Something exciting just happened in San Francisco. And it should pose an intellectual challenge for those who call themselves “progressives.”

Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee beverage giant, announced that they will soon allow mobile telephone purchases in their stores. Get the new app from San Francisco-based Square, Inc. on your smart phone, order your drinks in the store, and – presto! - pay the bill with your iPhone or Android.

Along with this new approach to sales, Starbucks is also investing $25 million in Square Inc., and Starbucks C.E.O. Howard Schultz (a bona fide “food and beverage revolutionary”) will soon join Square’s...