mobile payments

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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PayPal point-of-sale partnerships expand

PayPal point-of-sale partnerships expand

PayPal is looking to vastly increase its presence in the world of in-store payments. The company has just announced that it struck a major partnership with some of the leading providers of in-store cash register systems, allowing consumers to use their PayPal account to pay for products from within a retail store. Stores will be able to use their existing equipment to begin accepting PayPal payments.

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Isis mobile payments get retailer partnerships

Isis mobile payments get retailer partnerships

Unless you happened to own one of the very few phones that supports Google Wallet and happened to have a Citi credit card, chances are you haven't had the opportunity to pay for an in-store purchase with your phone. But that may soon change, as rival service Isis is now securing retail partnerships. It's all set up to go live this summer, right on schedule.

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Isis solidifies American Express support

Isis solidifies American Express support

The biggest competitor to Google Wallet - and when I say biggest competitor I mean it's going to chew up Google Wallet and spit it out like a piece of bad meat - has just joined forces with American Express to have the three biggest credit card issuers already flipping the switch with its mobile payment platform. Isis, a joint venture between T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, is steadily making its way to a nationwide launch.

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