billing

  • AWS announces per-second billing for EC2 instances

    AWS announces per-second billing for EC2 instances

    When Amazon launched the AWS EC2 cloud computing service back in 2006, per-hour billing was a big deal, but that scheme also meant that you’d pay for a full hour even if you only used an instance for a few minutes. Over the last few years, AWS’s competitors moved to more flexible billing models (mostly per-minute billing) and now, starting October 2, AWS is one-upping many of them… Read More

  • Better wants to deal with your out-of-network medical bills so you don’t have to

    Better wants to deal with your out-of-network medical bills so you don’t have to

    We need to have a conversation about medical insurance claims, because the system is ridiculous. It’s a pain to deal with, and most people aren’t equipped to know all the codes or have time to jump through all the hoops. So Rachael Norman decided to do something about it: She co-founded Better, a startup advocating on your behalf to reduce your medical bills. Read More

  • Eligible founder Katelyn Gleason’s plan to upend the billion dollar medical billing industry

    Eligible founder Katelyn Gleason’s plan to upend the billion dollar medical billing industry

    Medical billing is a largely untapped and lucrative industry, potentially pulling in $55 billion globally by 2020. But its inner workings are still very murky — most of the time it’s not clear how much something will cost and sometimes you don’t even get the (possibly whopping) bill until months down the road. Founder Katelyn Gleason wants to make it easier to know what and… Read More

  • Japan’s NTT Docomo Buys Fine Trade, An Austrian E-Commerce Solution Provider, For ‘Several Tens Of Millions Of Euros’

    Japan’s NTT Docomo Buys Fine Trade, An Austrian E-Commerce Solution Provider, For ‘Several Tens Of Millions Of Euros’

    Japanese carrier NTT Docomo today announced one more acquisition in Europe both to continue building out its operations in the region and beyond vanilla offerings like voice and mobile data: it is acquiring fine trade, an e-commerce and payment solution provider based out of Austria. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but we’re trying to find out. The price, NTT Docomo tells us, is in… Read More

  • Aria: Providing Cheaper PCI Compliance for Payment Processors

    Achieving Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance for online transactions is an expensive and timely endeavor; routinely costing hundreds of thousands of dollars and spanning several quarters to reach the desired status. In fact, according to Gartner, PCI compliance will cost up to an average of $2.7 million among Level 1 merchants and $267,000 among Level 2 merchants. Read More

  • AT&T Rep Talks About Lengthy iPhone Bills

    With all these 300-page iPhone bills being mailed out to AT&T customers, it was only a matter of time before someone started wondering how many trees would die a day. Now an AT&T rep is commenting on the issue and says that the company encourages paperless billing and is no longer giving customers detailed statements. Says the rep: Read More