A New Farmer’s Market and Stop Fraud Immediately

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Wholesale’s the word at Wholeshare. Fight fraud with ClairMail. Sony’s singing your song. And Kobo’s got you covered.

Farm Fresh

Fans of farm fresh produce now have another option when it comes to getting their groceries:  Wholeshare encourages you to get together with other lovers of wholesome foods to buy in bulk, direct from the farm.

Wholeshare works as a wholesaling resource, allowing people to save up to 20% on groceries by way of collective purchasing, directly from the farm. The company, based in San Francisco, says it puts individual orders and payments into one group order, treating a community as one wholesale client, and bypassing the retail stores--and price markups--altogether.

Right now the service is available in the New York area only, and because it’s in its beginning stages, you have to have an invitation.  But if you’d like more information you can provide your e-mail address and zip code at the Wholeshare Web site.

Fraud Finder

Credit card companies are supposed to alert you of suspicious activity whenever an out-of-the-ordinary purchase is made, but some companies are better than others.

A few of us may have actually experienced the call to our cell phones while standing in the checkout counter at a retailer while on vacation, for example, when a friendly voice on the other end asks if you are, in fact, in Maui purchasing a new surf board.

Now there’s a mobile banking company that is determined to alert you to potential fraud regardless of what company backs the plastic in your wallet. ClairMail’s “Fraud Solution” lets you sync your accounts according to your personal spending habits, and will send you mobile alerts whenever a charge is being made that seems suspect.

The real-time alert will ask you if you are the one making the purchase, and you can text yes or no accordingly. (Hint: Not only is this a good crime-stopper, it may also be a good solution for parents who have those “for-emergencies-only” cards for their kids, when an “emergency” turns out to be a surprise shopping trip.)

Songs by Sony

It’s finally here: Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) streaming music service is stateside.

The cloud-based subscription service, called Music Unlimited gives users access to a catalog of millions of their favorite tunes. There’s the basic subscription, which will cost you just $3.99 per month and give you ad-free radio stations that are programmable according to selected genres and moods. Premium service gives you access to more than 6 million songs, and the ability to create your own playlist.

The service can be accessed via your PlayStation 3, PC, and some models of BRAVIA TV and blu-ray players. Soon, Sony says, it will offer access to Music Unlimited via portable players, along with Android and iOS devices.

Kobo Continues

Kobo readers don't have to worry about Borders (NYSE:BGP) filing for bankruptcy. Kobo, the e-book retailer that runs Borders’ e-book store, is still providing literary goods for customers.

Kobo is a separate company from borders, and says e-books will still be available for sale through its apps.

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