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Venmo app: it's nickel-and-diming everything, literally

Not only does Venmo distill the messiness of human experience down to a digitally precise data point, but by making it so easy to pay someone back for purchases as trifling as a coffee, the app arguably promotes the libertarian, every-user-for -himself ethos of Silicon Valley.

New York

MARGARET Pennoyer, an elementary school teacher in Manhattan, had just returned from a bachelorette party in Napa Valley when she received an email that had been sent to all the guests. The two organisers had itemised each woman's individual expenses, which they had covered, and...

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