PayPal and Samsung have announced that they have teamed up to allow owners of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone to authenticate payments using their smartphone. Specifically, the user of the S5 will be able to authenticate payments using the fingerprint scanner integrated into the smartphone.
Yesterday the case of Naoki Hiroshima and the hack that resulted in his @N twitter account being extorted out of his control by a hacker came to light. Hiroshima outlines the entire case and offered details that the hacker gave him on how he was able to gain control of the GoDaddy account used to extort control of the twitter account from the rightful owner.
A twitter user was recently extorted into giving up his twitter user name. It would be bad enough giving up your established twitter user name, but this one was worth $50,000. The user claims to have been offered $50,000 for the username in the past. The twitter user name was @N.
Square, the service that lets individuals and retailers accept credit card payments on your mobile device with a branded card reader, is set to make an announcement tomorrow (Monday, Dec. 9), but we don't yet have a solid idea of what it might entail. There are guesses, mind you -- as there always are. The mysterious tease photo came by way of Vine today.
The Department of Justice announced today that thirteen members of the hacker collective Anonymous have pled guilty to involvement in a PayPal cyberattack. The cyberattack took place back in 2010, and happened in the form of a Distributed Denial of Service attack. This is the latest of several prosecutions and legal proceedings that have taken place this year.
Sony has announced a funding related update for those using the PlayStation Store on a PS3. Moving forward users will be able to add funds to their Sony Entertainment Network wallet using PayPal. Or more specifically, from PayPal and directly through the PlayStation Store. You see, in the past you have been able to use funds using PayPal, however prior to this update -- that was done via the web interface.
Google is demoting commercial mug shot websites in search results, the New York Times reports, and MasterCard, PayPal, American Express, Discover and Visa have all stated they are in the process of terminating payment services to the owners of such sites. This mass revolt started when influential reporter David Segal called the search engine and the payment companies with a few simple questions last week. Their spectacularly unified response could drive the 80-plus pay-to-remove mug shot publishing operations into relative obscurity—much to the relief of the millions of people who have ever been arrested but not convicted of any crime.
PayPal has announced that it is now offered as a payment option on the Samsung Apps and Samsung Hub stores. The move means that consumers can use PayPal to purchase their favorite content via the Samsung stores such as apps, books, and other content types. Millions of people around the world have PayPal accounts, adding this as a payment option for consumers is a good thing.
iPhone 5s-style fingerprint security could show up broadly on Android phones within six months, a consortium led by Google, PayPal and others claims, promising an open standard rather than Apple's locked-down Touch ID. Early attempts at Android biometrics on the Motorola ATRIX and others proved clunky, but a new generation of fingerprint scanning with "very low friction" to success is fast approaching, Michael Barrett of the FIDO Alliance told USA Today.
PayPal has launched Beacon, a new mobile payment dongle using Bluetooth LE for hands-free transactions, and with installation as easy as plugging in a wall-wart. PayPal Beacon hooks up via Bluetooth Low Energy to the PayPal app on their smartphone, automatically letting them check-in - with a quick vibration to show that it's happened - and then allowing for a final check-out without needing to touch the device at all.