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    The mobile payments industry went mainstream, as Starbucks and Square signed a deal to bring Square's service to Starbucks 7,000 locations. This could change the shape of the payments industry forever.

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    The global economic downturn is taking its toll on businesses across the globe, but the organization behind the Olympics — the International Olympic Committee (IOC) — seems to be recession-proof.

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    Take a look at some of Thursday's morning movers:

  • Visa Card

    The credit- and debit-card company delivered a net loss as it set aside money to cover litigation costs but its results beat expectations.

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    Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Wednesday:

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    Michael Phelps is as close to a living Olympic legend as you can get. He's won 16 Olympic medals, including eight golds in the 2008 Beijing Games.  But what about his brand and earning power if he loses at the 2012 Games?

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    “It’s bad news for equities indices. We have to see if like other companies, this is just sort of a hiccup, or there’s something structural here," one pro said.

  • Apple

    Corporate earnings reports will compete for attention with whatever Europe throws at markets Tuesday.

  • Euro Casts Long Shadow

    “With a pretty surprising downturn in Europe, June was definitely a leg down for a lot of companies," one pro said. And the GDP report could be a "whack across the forehead."

  • McDonalds has been an Olympic Sponsor since 1976 and their current agreement extends their sponsorship through 2020. Even before they were a sponsor McDonalds was supporting Olympic athletes by flying food to the athletes at the 1968 games in Grenoble, France. This year four temporary McDonalds have been built throughout Olympic Park staffed by over 2000 people ready to serve the athletes, coaches, spectators, for all 19 days of the games. Also, if any other food venue wants to serve fries they

    Who has a stake in the games? Some big name sponsors for sure. Eleven of the 2012 Olympic Game sponsors belong to the TOP Program.

  • Visa

    Last week's multibillion dollar settlement with credit card giants MasterCard and Visa affects millions of retail entrepreneurs: It will give them a break on some fees and allow them to charge additional fees of their own.

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    The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement made with Visa and MasterCard last week allows merchants to offer discounts to customers paying with cash or checks, and to impose fees when they pay with credit cards, The New York Times reports.

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    What's up with China? Another 1.7 percent decline in the Shanghai Index, to the lowest level since March 2009, just about the worst performing large stock market in the world.

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    Take a look at some of Monday’s morning movers:

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    Visa, MasterCard and major banks have agreed to pay at least $6 billion to millions of merchants to end a dispute over card fees.

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    As competition for the growing 'underbanked' business rises, banks keep lowering their fees on prepaid accounts — prompting some to re-work their business models.

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    London residents today lost a bid to stop rooftop missile deployments. Many Britons are questioning Olympics they say are most notable for super-sized costs and security, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

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    If you’re a Bridgepoint investor, Monday’s press release must have left you feeling like you bombed your final exam before graduation. If you haven’t already panicked out of your position, you could feel better when Bridgepoint bounces back, likely later in the week.

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    John Williams, UBS analyst, discusses his company's downgrade on Visa and MasterCard. "These are by no means broken companies, or broken stories, it's just right now we do not like the macro setup," says Williams.

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    Take a look at some of Monday’s morning movers: