mobile payments

VeriFone’s mobile credit card reader comes to Android

VeriFone’s mobile credit card reader comes to Android

After what one would assume was a successful launch on Android last month, VeriFone has decided to bring its mobile point-of-sale credit card swiper to Android phones. It marks the first truly established player in the retail point-of-sale world to launch a device for small businesses for the mobile Google platform and will compete directly with Square.

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Girl Scouts who used mobile payments sold more cookies

Girl Scouts who used mobile payments sold more cookies

Usually when there is an emerging advancement in the world of mobile technologies, young adult females isn't exactly the demographic that comes to mind. But the Girl Scouts of America are apparently doing pretty well with adopting mobile payment technologies, allowing scouts with the knowhow and resources to sell more cookies than their cash-only counterparts. That correlation is to be expected, but what's surprising is that girl scouts are actually using mobile payments.

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PayPal increases bug bounty pay rates

PayPal increases bug bounty pay rates

If you manage to find a security flaw in any of PayPal's products, you may be entitled to a cash reward. And now, that reward is bigger than ever. The alternative payment processor has followed in the footsteps of companies like Mozilla and Google, both of which offer similar "bounty" programs and have also recently increased the money they pay to honest hackers.

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AppCharge is the newest mobile credit card reader

AppCharge is the newest mobile credit card reader

If for whatever reason you aren't happy with Square - maybe you find its credit card reader to be too small or...well, surely there must be other reasons - another company has decided to step into the woodwork and offer the exact same service but with no name recognition and hardly anything to differentiate itself. At least, we couldn't find much in its press release.

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Square Digital Loyalty Card hits the iPad

Square Digital Loyalty Card hits the iPad

This week the folks at Square are encouraging their already-loyal users to stay that way with a Digital Loyalty Card. This card allows users to buy 10 coffees and get one free - and a whole lot of similar offers in the iPad-friendly realm. This Square-pushed digital punch-card, as it is essentially, will be working in the United States soon, with upgrades being allowed for all merchants compatible with (or willing to join in on) the fun in the very near future.

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Coin to put Square through its paces

Coin to put Square through its paces

Square has enjoyed a pretty long run as the de facto platform for individuals and small businesses to accept plastic with absolutely no friction. But as the company grows and grows, we all know that it's only a matter of time before new startups come out of the woodwork to try to take it down. Enter Coin, a brand new mobile credit card acceptance platform that promises a lower processing fee than Square.

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Square grabs new CFO

Square grabs new CFO

Over the past several months, Square has done pretty well for itself. It's managed to attain top people from PayPal, it made all sorts of news when it shattered the New York City in-taxi payment monopoly, and it enhanced its processing time to encourage even more small businesses to sign up for its mobile payment service. Now it has a new chief financial officer as well.

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Google reportedly working on Wallet 2.0

Google reportedly working on Wallet 2.0

While the thought and idea behind Google Wallet is an excellent one, most carriers want nothing to do with Google's mobile payment solution. With only one US carrier launching a device with Google Wallet pre-installed, the rest are seeking other solutions such as Isis for their payment methods. Today however we are hearing talks that Google is reportedly working on Wallet 2.0 to up their game.

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Mobile NFC payments hitting 11,500 European post offices

Mobile NFC payments hitting 11,500 European post offices

Here in the US, when there's a story about the Postal Service it's pretty much always negative these days. But in Europe, it's a very different situation. The Post Office service across the pond has decided to roll out near field communication (NFC) technology to around 11,500 branches, making it easier than ever for customers to pay for their shipping services.

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