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Things worth reading: 4th August 2009

Things we're reading today include …


Today's must read
PayFail: PayPal And Its APIs Go Down, Online Shopping Grinds To A Halt (Techcrunch)
online purchasing service is down for the count. While the site itself
appears to be loading (though very slowly), numerous buyers and venders
are reporting that sales are not going through."


Barclays and HSBC buoyed by investment banking boom (Guardian)
HSBC profits dragged down by US lending (Guardian)
ANZ to clinch RBS deal soon
(Straits Times)
JPM's Dimon was Paulson's go-to guy (New York Post)
BofA pays $33m fine over Merrill bonuses 
US Securities and Exchange Commission censures Bank of America over Merrill $5.8bn bonus payments
Barclaycard turning away more than half of applicants 
Investors wary of Myners’ voting rights idea 
(Financial Times)
Bank of England governor urged to keep cash taps running 
Gordon Brown is wrong, Britain played a part in Icelandic bank collapse 
Scammers Try to Hack Hackers With Crooked Cash Machine  (Tech News World)


Quote of the Day
"After each successive
crisis, the cry goes up: 'Down with the bankers!' Tie them up and
incarcerate them so they can never do this to us again. But it never lasts.
As the good times return, the desire and momentum for change dissipates, the
bankers return from their bolt-holes and the cycle begins again."

To sink bankers' yachts will require more competition (Telegraph)


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