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Starbucks' Watered-Down Apple Pay Deployment Omits a Key Ingredient
American retailers have struggled with mobile payments, largely because they try to reinvent the entire buying process instead of evolving what's already there. Starbucks' success is rooted in its willingness to take the easiest route time and again, an approach that is clear in how it chose to implement Apple Pay.
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Mere days after disclosing that Google Inc. purchased Softcard's technology and intellectual property, the telcos' mobile wallet venture began publically disclosing its plans to shut down. more »
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French tech consultancy FIME is partnering with cybersecurity provider Thales e-Security to encourage use of Host Card Emulation technology for contactless mobile payments. more »
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Boku has released a new, cross-platform carrier billing payment technology that is designed to mimic a credit card payment. more »
Apple Pay has begun its foray into airlines, deploying about 3,500 iPad minis that can accept mobile payments, but it is making a slow approach to the industry. more »
John Gessau, director of mobile product management for ACI Worldwide
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Samsung's purchase of LoopPay preps the company for mobile payments move, but the initiative will face challenges because of the initial dominance of magstripe technology and other factors. more »
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Google plans to release a new set of Android-based payment developer tools at its I/O conference in May, according to a report by the tech news site Ars Technica. more »
Barclays is updating its Pingit person-to-person payment app to enable it to use Twitter usernames to identify recipients. more »
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PreCash Inc. has added Visa and MasterCard acceptance to its Evolve Money mobile bill-pay app. more »
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Brazil's embrace of digital commerce is providing juice for Santander's university smart-card program, which is growing by leaps and bounds as it lays the groundwork for the mobile channel. more »
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Visa Europe will introduce tokenization part of a new mobile payment service it plans to launch in April. more »
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MasterCard has deployed Host Card Emulation-based mobile wallets in more than 15 countries. more »
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Host Card Emulation, the technology that allows contactless mobile payments without access to a phone's secure element, could bust the barrier that still lingers between mobile payments and loyalty. more »
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