Over 50K Visa and Mastercard credit cards compromised, banks alerted

Cyber-criminals have stolen Visa and Mastercard credit-card data by hacking into payment processors in New York City parking garages. Visa confirmed that the data — enough to create counterfeit cards — was stolen, and both companies are doing damage control by alerting banks and credit unions for the 56,455 cards.

Chris Larsen Prosper

Prosper takes on Wall Street, hopes to rewire banking

Peer-to-peer lending startup Prosper makes no secret of its support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, which seeks to break the hold of banks on the American political process. Prosper wants to do a similar thing, by creating a sort of bank that is owned by and run for the people.