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Inslee Seeks Federal Aid, Disaster Declaration For Wildfires |

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Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Republican U.S. Reps. Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert. "A disaster of this magnitude requires long-term federal assistance to help these communities respond, rebuild, and cope with this tragedy," their letter said. The disaster assistance sought by Inslee would: - Provide funds for up to 18 months to people whose residences were heavily damaged or destroyed, so they can find temporary housing in the local area. - Provide grants to help people deal with needs not covered by insurance and other aid programs. These include replacement of personal property, transportation, medical, dental and funeral expenses. - Unemployment insurance payments to people who became unemployed as a result of the disaster. - Low-interest loans for homeowners and renters to cover uninsured property losses. In addition, Inslee is asking for federal funds to repair roads, bridges, public utilities and other public infrastructure. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Whereas before, most teams were developing feature after feature for Square Register, Rajaram reorganized the company into smaller teams to create specific, stand-alone products that can generate profit. They were each tasked with a narrow mission (e.g. "go make receipts a compelling platform") and given a large degree of freedom. Rajaram says self-empowerment is how the low doc loans Australia ailing Wallet project got killed: Most of the engineers migrated to more exciting products like Order, a new service that lets customers order ahead at restaurants, and nobody wanted to work on it anymore. "The teams made the call," he says. (A Square spokesperson disputes this characterization of Wallets demise, saying, "The Order app is an evolution of Wallet. We wanted to take what we were doing with Wallet--merchant discovery, menu items, payment--and apply it to Order.) Signs of a renewed sense of purpose are evident all around Square's offices, and a mock movie poster sitting near Rajaram's team captures the ambition: SQUARE QUEST IV: THE SEARCH FOR NON-PAYMENTS REVENUE. There's need for the urgency. Square's Reader and Register products are no longer unique; a slew of upstarts and big rivals such as PayPal, NCR, and VeriFone now offer their own equivalent iPad systems, which threaten to eat away at Square's merchant share and payments business. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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