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.
PayPal has rolled out a major update for both its Android and its iOS apps, bringing with the latest version a newly redesigned interface and some new features. Though multiple notable features have been added, perhaps the most important among them for users is the inclusion of "Shop," a tabbed section that details restaurants and stores that accept payments from the online service.
This week the folks at Facebook have revealed - in short - plans to unleash their own form of mobile payments for real-world products. Though on the surface it would seem that Facebook's creation of a so-called "mobile payment system" would interfere directly with what PayPal already has in place - including inside Facebook - both companies have send assurances that they've got "a great relationship" with one another.
PayPal has launched a new program called Galactic that looks to explore the future of intergalactic payments. Most notably, how will people on Mars pay for things? PayPal is looking into this inevitable dilemma and is looking to find solutions before the problem even starts. Is it a good thinking-ahead move? It sure seems like it.
A handful of PayPal users in Europe reported that they received an email from the online banking service saying that they won €500 that they could claim by logging into their account. It wasn't a phishing attempt, but rather just an error on PayPal's part that sent out a bunch of winning emails to users.