Jack Dorsey's über-popular credit card readers
got a big thumbs-up from Cupertino this week. Square
's devices are hitting Apple's 235 US retail locations
and Apple.com for $9.95 a pop -- plus the 2.75 percent that the startup takes off the backend each time you use the reader -- or you can always just sign up for a free one over on Square's site. The iPhone / iPad / iPod touch plug-in accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and yes, even American Express. The CEO of VeriFone
will no doubt have plenty to say about the matter.
It turns out you get a $10 redemption code in the box when you buy a Square reader at an Apple store, so it is still technically free (just not, you know, when you buy it).