mobile payments

Report: eBay wants to spin PayPal into standalone business

Report: eBay wants to spin PayPal into standalone business

PayPal is a strong player in the world of mobile payment solutions, and leans heavily on eBay for leverage in that realm. That’s because eBay owns PayPal, and uses them as an in-house payment processor. A new report suggests that the online marketplace may be looking to spin PayPal off as its own unit, likely making it more nimble in the process.

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Look out Square, Amazon Local Register is gunning for you

Look out Square, Amazon Local Register is gunning for you

Amazon has launched its Local Register card reader for retailers, taking on Square in the mobile payments space with what the online behemoth claims are segment-besting rates. Amazon's dinky dongle plugs into the headphone jack of an iPhone, iPad, or Android tablet - including, unsurprisingly, the company's own Kindle Fire HD and HDX - and accepts swiped credit and debit cards, though you'll have to pay upfront for the reader itself.

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Square picks up food delivery company Caviar

Square picks up food delivery company Caviar

If you frequent smaller diners or coffee shops, chances are you’ve seen Square in use as the point of sale system. The peer-to-peer transaction hub is the simplest way for many businesses to offer up credit transactions, but the company has been diversifying of late. The newest addition to Square brings your foodstuff to you, instead of you hitting the streets.

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IFTTT Square channel now live, ready to track your payments

IFTTT Square channel now live, ready to track your payments

Those who enjoy automating their digital life probably know all about IFTTT. If you’re uninitiated, the service — which stands for ‘If This Then That’ — takes one action and uses it to automatically do another. To that end, Square now has their own IFTTT channel, making record keeping that much easier.

 

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iPhone 6 may have “secure element” for mobile payments

iPhone 6 may have “secure element” for mobile payments

One of the biggest drawbacks of the iPhone is the inability to pay for things via mobile. There’s no NFC capabilities in iOS, and it’s not clear if that’s on the way or not (though some believe it is). A new report suggests Apple is working with various credit card companies to hammer out a mobile payment option for future devices, and it could be the most secure method available.

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Social goes shopping with Facebook ‘Buy’ feature

Social goes shopping with Facebook ‘Buy’ feature

You may soon get the option to buy something neat you find via Facebook. The company has announced they are testing a “Buy” button on posts which would let you purchase an item on display right from Facebook. The service works from either desktop or mobile.

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iTunes Pass lets you skip the card, go straight to the credit

iTunes Pass lets you skip the card, go straight to the credit

Technology has alleviated our need for many physical products, like DVDs or CDs. Apple may be trying to do away with more plastic, as a recently launched service in Japan allows users to get iTunes Store credit without even snatching a gift card. Called iTunes Pass, the program uses a familiar app to hold onto the credit.

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Square gets into the lending game with ‘Capital’

Square gets into the lending game with ‘Capital’

Recently, Square began lining up credit to the tune of $200 million. Speculation abounded regarding their intent, with most assuming a buyout may be on the table. The buyout hasn’t happened, but Square has started leveraging that credit to small businesses. With Square Capital, the payment processor is attempting to level the playing field even more.

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Square launches Order for the dangerously under-caffeinated

Square launches Order for the dangerously under-caffeinated

Square Wallet was never widely used or appreciated, leading to the company officially ditching it this morning. Order, a new (or revamped version of Wallet, depending on your take) app aims to bring much of the same functionality as Wallet, but gives you a head start on your purchases. You can now pre-order many items, and pay for them ahead of time.

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Domino’s Pizza adds Google Wallet to Android app

Domino’s Pizza adds Google Wallet to Android app

Domino's Pizza has added Google Wallet support to its Android app, allowing hungry users to get an Ultimate Pepperoni Feast headed their way even quicker than before. The updated app now supports Google's mobile payments service - which many Android users will have set up already, to use the Play store - rather than requiring credit card details be entered each time an order is place.

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Facebook wants you to trust it with your money

Facebook wants you to trust it with your money

Facebook is preparing to challenge PayPal and Google Wallet as an electronic payments service, reportedly expecting imminent regulatory approval that would enable it to operate a money transfer system in Europe. The social networking behemoth is said to be in the midst of approval proceedings from Ireland's central bank that, if secured, would allow it to issue its own currency equivalent that would be valid across European countries.

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Nod to Pay turns Glass into mobile Bitcoin wallet

Nod to Pay turns Glass into mobile Bitcoin wallet

A Dutch start-up wants to make Bitcoin payments as easy as nodding your head, with EAZE revealing "Nod to Pay" using Google Glass, the virtual currency, and QR codes. Triggered by the voice command "OK Glass, make a payment" and then finalized by a simple nod gesture, the system makes payments a completely hands-off process.

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