Despite these fees, paying with a credit card is still typically a better option for travelers making purchases abroad than using traveler's checks or exchanging cash. In some cases, withdrawing cash in the local currency from an A.T.M. might provide a slight savings, but it depends on the fees charged by your bank and the local bank ˜ and carrying a lot of cash has its own drawbacks.
Representatives of national privacy authorities said that a number of elements of the U.S. software company's service, designed to make it easier for people to shop online, "raise legal issues and therefore require further consideration." But the probe isn't a formal investigation, the privacy police said, describing it rather as "a dialogue" with the company and others developing similar products.Here's the Reuters version of the story.
BT Retail is to begin trialling a system for making small payments online that could be attractive to thousands of Web sites, at a time when Internet companies are pinching pennies. The system, which has already proven a success in Germany, could also make it easier for users to make small, one-off purchases, such as archived print articles or other premium content.