mobile payments

Samsung in talks with startup for Apple Pay rival service

Samsung in talks with startup for Apple Pay rival service

Samsung has their own experience shops inside of Best Buy stores across the nation, and now they’re looking to get even more proprietary. A new report details that Samsung is trying to get in on the mobile payment game, and is already in talks with a company that can get them there. In what is a pretty obvious Apple Pay ripoff, Samsung and startup LoopPay are discussing a method for secure NFC payments via Samsung devices. The mobile payment startup already has hardware on the market.

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Apple Pay now covers 90% of credit volume in US

Apple Pay now covers 90% of credit volume in US

Apple Pay is wildly popular, with the secure form of mobile payment enjoying nothing but praise and adulation at every turn. On launch, Apple had some significant partnerships with the likes of Citibank and Chase. Mobile payment processors like Square are readying their hardware to support Apple Pay, and various startups are already doing just that. Now, Apple has announced they’ve got even more support, and 90% of the credit purchase by volume int he US can now be accomplished using Apple Pay.

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Startup wants to eat Square’s lunch with Apple Pay, EMV

Startup wants to eat Square’s lunch with Apple Pay, EMV

Square is an existing point-of-sale platform that allows customers to use their credit card at mid-tier shops everywhere. It also provides a really solid solution for mom-and-pop shops to accept credit cards, and offers some attractive processing fees. Apple Pay and the incoming EMV cards will be a shift in the credit industry, and are two modes of payments Square doesn’t support. A new startup — ShopKeep — does, and wants to eat Square’s lunch by offering their tech free to new customers.

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I ordered and paid for coffee via an app, and it was awesome

I ordered and paid for coffee via an app, and it was awesome

Yesterday, Starbucks announced they’d be launching a program in Portland to allow customers to order and pay in the app. Being a resident of Portland, my immediate reaction was one of disbelief (we typically don’t get opportunities like this), then curiosity. Is ordering and paying for something in-app as good as it sounds, or would there be severe hiccups that would make it an experience to forget? To test Starbucks’ new program out, I ordered coffee. From my phone.

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Square to accept Apple Pay starting next year

Square to accept Apple Pay starting next year

Apple Pay or Square? In certain instances, you’ll have to make that choice. You could get a few groceries from Whole Foods and use Apple Pay, or hit the farm-to-table market and pay with Square. It’s not direct competition, but not busting a credit card out is a handy option. Soon, you won’t even have to decide. In an interview with CNN, Square boss Jack Dorsey said his payment processing company will soon start accepting Apple Pay — but there’s a catch.

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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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