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Report: Square, Google borrow from one another to combat Apple Pay

Report: Square, Google borrow from one another to combat Apple Pay

Square has made a name for itself as a solution for mid-size businesses who want an easy to use, effective point-of-sale system. The small dongle slips easily into an audio jack, which connects to an app for payment processing. With low transaction fees and a fairly robust set of tools for small businesses, Square is widely adopted, with their hardware often attached to an iPad. A new rumor suggests Square is hard at work on a tablet of their own, powered by Android.

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WePay integrates Google’s Wallet API for online payments

WePay integrates Google’s Wallet API for online payments

Though Apple Pay has captured much of the attention surrounding the space, Google Wallet is still the mobile payment leader. Google’s mobile payment solution is about to get a lot more exposure, too, as the Search giant has struck a deal with WePay, who will integrate the Google Wallet Instant Buy API into various websites they process payment for. The deal could have a big impact for Google Wallet, too; WePay has major sites like GoFundMe and Constant Contact listed as clients.

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Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google Wallet was an early lesson in mobile payments. You could even say it’s where Apple learned how to make Apple Pay so good. In the early days of Wallet, a challenge came from carriers who wanted a piece of the mobile payment pie. That scheme was called Isis, later re-named to Softcard to distance the service from Middle East politics. Softcard was integral in freezing Wallet out on your Android phone, but the tides may be turning; a new report says Google is looking to buy Softcard.

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Apple Pay to hit the gas pump via Chevron in 2015

Apple Pay to hit the gas pump via Chevron in 2015

Chevron is reportedly working to bring Apple Pay to the pump in early 2015, setting a standard for mobile payments outside of retail shops. Chevron already supports Apple Pay in their Extra Mile convenience stores, but payment at the pump is still done via a card swipe. The move will likely cover Texaco and Caltex stations at some point, considering Chevron owns those companies. Chevron gives Apple a huge reach at the pump in California, and sets a precedent for others to follow.

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Apple Pay and Google Wallet head to Disney World

Apple Pay and Google Wallet head to Disney World

This week the folks at Walt Disney have let loose their final plans for the launch of Apple Pay and Google Wallet at Walt Disney World Resort. This one location will be the first place Disney will use Apple Pay and Google Wallet - and a number of other wireless payment systems - in the near future. It's also been suggested that additional Disney Stores and other Disney properties will follow. This system will begin with Disney's RFID system already in place as part of their MyMagic+ brand.

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Apple Pay still trails Google Wallet, gap closing quickly

Apple Pay still trails Google Wallet, gap closing quickly

Apple Pay hasn’t been around long, but new research shows those who use it are doing so in a pretty significant way. Via mobile payments research firm ITG, we find that Apple Pay accounted for 1.7% of all digital payment transactions in the month of November. Those using Apple Pay have their favorite spots, too. Whole Foods, Walgreens, and McDonald’s all found themselves with the most Apple Pay usage, suggesting we’re really fond of properly sourced grass-fed Australian New York strip steak, but not afraid of chicken from suspect origin.

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Google Wallet for iOS adds Touch ID support

Google Wallet for iOS adds Touch ID support

When Apple Pay was launched alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the discussion surrounding mobile payments sparked positively. No longer were we talking about how various carriers were supporting their own brand, but how Apple was bringing some balance to the mess. Google rode Apple’s coattails a bit with Wallet, their long-standing, languished mobile payment service that never quite caught on. Now, the Wallet team is pinching from Apple’s playbook, and will be integrating Touch ID into Wallet.

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Google paying up to $100k for batch of new Wallet users

Google paying up to $100k for batch of new Wallet users

Google Wallet was, at one point, the hottest thing in mobile payment technology. You could pay for things using NFC, at least in theory. Poor support left it dormant, but the recent presence of Apple Pay is bringing it back to the mindset of users. Riding Apple Pay’s coattails, Google wants people to use Wallet; so much so, they’re paying you to find them new users. If you send a new user money via Google Wallet, you’ll get $5 in return.

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Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

In the mobile payment space, Apple Pay dominates the headlines lately, but Google Wallet has been riding its coattails admirably. Via the web, there are even more big players, with Amazon and PayPal dominating the online transaction game. Though they don’t specifically note why, Google is taking Wallet out of the hands of many Developers, and will be discontinuing its use for digital goods in March of next year. This definitely affects those who use Google as a payment service via their website, but doesn’t affect Google Play at all.

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Apple Pay/CurrentC issue may result in class action lawsuit

Apple Pay/CurrentC issue may result in class action lawsuit

Not having Apple Pay available was a unpopular choice for some retailers, which led to a very public decrying of CVS and Rite Aid. Both companies signed up as part of competing service MCX, which operates CurrentC. As you may have read, CurrentC asks that any partners adhere to a policy wherein there is no other form of mobile payment accepted on-site, leaving CurrentC with exclusivity as a result of any contract. According to one law firm, that may not have been a legal thing to do.

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