Amazon undercuts Square with new mobile credit card payments service

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When you swipe your credit card at a local business, Amazon wants its cut.

And its new product aims directly at Square, the company started by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

Amazon (AMZN) Local Register will charge much less than Square: Just 1.75% of the value of each swipe for businesses that sign up by October. It will be 2.5% after that.

Square charges 2.75%.

Amazon also is basically giving away the hardware used by small businesses, saying that customers' first $10 in transaction fees will be credited back to them to cover cost of its new card reader.

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Square is the largest player in the mobile payments world, though others have also rushed to compete. Intuit (INTU) and eBay's (EBAY) PayPal have both launched services.

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