mobile payments

PayPal hits the bar scene

PayPal hits the bar scene

"Hey, bartender; I'll have a Jack and Coke. And put it on my PayPal account." That's the reality of a new partnership between Ebay's digital payment platform and an Austin, Texas-based startup called Tabbedout. The nascent company has a namesake app that allows customers to settle their bar taps from their phone without needing to wait for the waiter or bartender.

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Square iPads optimized for New York cabs unveiled

Square iPads optimized for New York cabs unveiled

Mobile payment pioneer Square has revealed its design for custom-fitted iPads that will sit in the back of New York City cabs to allow for users to pay with credit cards. In addition, the devices are equipped with special software that shows current location information and the current fare amount. It's part of a pilot program to introduce competition for in-taxi credit card payments.

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Samsung Galaxy S III due April with NFC push tip marketeers

Samsung Galaxy S III due April with NFC push tip marketeers

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S III in April, a Samsung-affiliated marketing executive has apparently confirmed, with a UK campaign tying the much-anticipated smartphone into the 2012 Olympics tipped. An April release had been tipped previously, but according to ZDNet Korea the Chiel Worldwide marketing agency has confirmed that a huge promotion will kick off that month for the Android device.

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Square in-taxi payments approved

Square in-taxi payments approved

You'll soon be able to pay for your cab fare via an iPad embedded into the cab. The company that will be providing the credit card processing technology - and the iPads - is Square, an emerging leader in credit card acceptanced for small businesses. The company offers an iPhone/iPad peripheral that allows anyone with a bank account to accept instant credit card payments. And the start-up cost is free.

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Home Depot PayPal payment pilot set for chainwide rollout

Home Depot PayPal payment pilot set for chainwide rollout

After an apparently massive success with its trial of accepting PayPal payments at the point of sale, Home Depot has decided to bring the revoutionary POS technology to nearly all of its 2,000 stores in the US. It's the first time in recent memory that a major retail chain has allowed a way to pay at the register that doesn't actually require customers to have a physical product (whether it's a credit card, a mobile phone, or a dollar bill).

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P2P Google Bucks mentioned by Google’s Schmidt

P2P Google Bucks mentioned by Google’s Schmidt

Upon being asked a question about mobile payment - or being pitched an idea about doing peer to peer payments, as it was, Google's Eric Schmidt responded with a treat of a forgone technology not oft, if ever, spoken about in public. It's Google Bucks, and though it was only tested internally apparently, it was a peer-to-peer payment system that may well have been ready to take place in the real world had such a technology been rendered essentially useless via laws restricting payment in such ways.

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Google Wallet reopens for prepaid cards, adds transfer block

Google Wallet reopens for prepaid cards, adds transfer block

Google has reopened its Google Wallet mobile payments service to prepaid cards, having slammed the door on new additions after the discovery of a potential hack, while also delivering a fix that it claims will make the system more secure for users. No evidence of actual abuse has been identified as a result of the hack, the company's commerce team insisted, which allows the Google Wallet PIN to be revealed on Android devices that have been rooted.

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Stripe looks to dethrone PayPal with backing from Peter Thiel and Elon Musk

Stripe looks to dethrone PayPal with backing from Peter Thiel and Elon Musk

PayPal has been around for many years now and is the standard for paying for things on eBay. PayPal is generating huge revenues and is the source of some significant ire for many online shoppers. I know many users of PayPal have been waiting for quality alternative for a long time. It looks like the quality alternative could possibly be a new startup called Stripe. Interestingly, some of the founders of PayPal are backing Stripe.

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T-Mobile to offer Square card reader to business customers

T-Mobile to offer Square card reader to business customers

Anyone with an iPhone can apply for a free Square credit card reader. But now the process is easier than ever, as T-Mobile will begin offering the revolutionary small business solution at the point of purchase to customers who sign up for a business plan. It's a move that will increase awareness not only for Square but also for T-Mobile's new push to attract enterprise users.

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