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Produced by the editors of PaymentsSource, American Banker and Bank Technology News, Disruptors is a news and analysis feed focused on ideas, people and companies that have the potential to transform banking and financial services.
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Apple's iCloud Scandal Problematic for iWallet
For Apple, the timing couldn't be worse to launch a mobile wallet. Mobile wallets can be a tough sell for many consumers, and brand image is a key element in winning their trust.
Apple's iCloud Scandal Problematic for iWallet
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8 Alcohol-Fueled Payment Disruptors
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Beer and wine are often used to lower inhibitions about anything new. Why should payment technology be any different? Many companies that manufacture or sell alcohol are at the forefront of payments innovation. more »
Square Overhauls Its P2P App
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Square Cash, a person-to-person payment service Square launched in October 2013, has been redesigned to become more useful as an app-based product. more »
7 Unusual Emerging Payment Technologies
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As payment technology pushes into the future, innovators are coming up with unexpected ways to pay. Whether this means attaching technology to animals or sewing it into our clothing, many of these products are a leap beyond the ordinary payment card. more »
Frozen Treat Shop Becomes a Hot Spot for Payments Innovation
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Almare Gelato Italiano accepts many alternative payment methods, and hasn't paid a dime for them because its vendors want a taste of the foot traffic at store's prime location in downtown Berkeley, Calif. more »
PayPal Taps Braintree Tech to Test 'One-Touch' Mobile Payments
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Braintree and PayPal are testing an integrated mobile payments feature, delivering on the company's promise to integrate technology from Braintree's Venmo unit. more »
7 of Square's Efforts to Shape Up
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Square is under pressure to adapt to the onslaught of competition from the likes of Amazon, PayPal, Groupon and Fiserv, all of which have applied their own spin to the mobile card reader concept. Square has recently made a number of moves to improve its offerings and its image. more »
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As banks flee the deposit advance business, startups are offering services that let consumers name their payday and collect what they have earned up to that point, regardless of the day of the week. more »
Amazon Enters Mobile Payments, Undercuts Square
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Amazon.com Inc. has launched a Square-like mobile card reader called Amazon Local Register, charging early adopters just 1.75% per swipe until the end of 2015. more »
Square's Latest Service Pushes It Farther Past Payments
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Square Appointments, the company's latest fee-based product, is the first in its lineup that can be used by merchants who do not also use Square to accept payments. more »
8 Inventive Merchant Mobile Wallets
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As consumers warm to the idea of using their phones to make payments and manage accounts, they are flocking to merchant apps to do so. Instead of using one unified wallet, a shopper's phone may be stuffed with any of these payment-capable programs. more »
The Word on Wearables
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Wearable computing is suddenly in style. Only a few banks and payment companies offer wristbands, smartwatch apps or Google Glass technology, but those that do are getting valuable feedback from users. more »
MagicBands Used by Half of Disney World Guests
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Walt Disney Co.'s experiment in payment-capable wearables can probably be declared a success, with the company reporting that about half of Walt Disney World guests sport MagicBands. more »
15 of MasterCard's Hits and Misses in Digital Payments
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MasterCard is putting its digital payment efforts in the spotlight. The Purchase, N.Y. card network is also adding to the number of non-payment services it offers to digitally focused companies. more »
Banks Find It Tough to Attract Top Tech-Industry Talent
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If Capital One can lure a highly regarded expert like Dan Makoski from Google to head up the bank's payment technology development, it stands to reason other banks would do the same. Maybe. But it won't be easy, experts say. more »

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