mobile payments

Google’s Contributor an ‘experiment’ in low threshold paywalls

Google’s Contributor an ‘experiment’ in low threshold paywalls

Websites are funded by ads. You probably see them right now on either side of this text. A lot of the ads you see on the web at large are courtesy of Google, who has one of the largest ad networks around. Paywalls exist for seeing content without ads, but you’d almost have to be a superfan of the site to pay upfront to see the content within. In what’s being billed as an “experiment”, Google has released Contributor, their attempt at crowdfunding ad-free sites.

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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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Snapcash lets you send money to friends via Snapchat

Snapcash lets you send money to friends via Snapchat

Snapchat users will soon have the option to send friends a few bucks via the vanishing messaging platform. Snapcash is a new function that resides within Snapchat, but uses a different service, Square, as a payment processor. To that end, Snapcash users quickly become Square users, as they’ll need to set-up a Square account to take advantage of Snapcash. Fortunately, there isn’t much to do aside from type. Snapchat recognizes that you’ve entered a dollar amount, and offers to let you actually send the cash along.

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Apple Pay proves hugely popular at McDonald’s, Walgreens

Apple Pay proves hugely popular at McDonald’s, Walgreens

Having been available to iPhone 6 users for just short of a month now, Apple Pay has proven to be very popular among customers, and accounting for a rapidly growing number of transactions at participating retailers. Apple itself has said little on numbers of payments made, with CEO Tim Cook only commenting that 1 million activations took place in the first 72 hours, but a report from the New York Times reveals some concrete info about Apple's mobile payment service.

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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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Walmart exec doesn’t get Apple Pay/CurrentC differences

Walmart exec doesn’t get Apple Pay/CurrentC differences

You may want to pay for things using Apple Pay at Walmart, but it doesn’t seem as though it’s going to happen. At a recent Money2020 conference, Walmart Executive Mike Cook asked Visa exec Jim McCarthy about the cut of each transaction a credit card company gets when you pay with a card. In essence, Walmart wants to know why an in-app purchase is different from Apple Pay. To dive a bit deeper into the problem, Walmart wants to know why Apple Pay transaction fees are lower than CurrentC, which Walmart backs.

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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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Apple Pay contract detailed, shows who’s boss

Apple Pay contract detailed, shows who’s boss

Apple Pay might be more convenient for consumers, but what’s Apple’s angle in the whole scheme? Why do they want to offer us the ability to use their mobile payment service? Aside from the small percentage we already knew Apple was skimming per transaction, we are now getting additional news about Apple’s gain with Pay. The percentage points Apple gets are just the tip of it all, and these details show just how structured the plan is, top to bottom.

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Apple Pay v CurrentC: retailers DO have a choice

Apple Pay v CurrentC: retailers DO have a choice

A lot has been said of the current mobile payment landscape. Since someone came up with the bright idea to let you go around town slapping your phone against point-of-sale terminals to pay for things, the entire concept has been hit and miss. Google Wallet was the closest we’d come to a good solution, but it only gave rise to competition. Apple Pay has come in and turned most of the lights out, but one challenger remains. Now we get a better idea as to why they’re not able to coexist, and how retailers may be willingly backing the wrong horse.

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Oops: Apple Pay arch-rival CurrentC has already lost users’ info

Oops: Apple Pay arch-rival CurrentC has already lost users’ info

Apple Pay rival CurrentC is already spilling customer data, despite the mobile payments system only being available in a limited pilot program, according to an email sent out to partners. According to the message, which began hitting inboxes earlier today, the big-retailer backed venture to replace credit cards has seen email addresses of some of its early users acquired by unnamed hackers. However, CurrentC insists that it's only been those contact details and not payment information that has been taken.

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