Apple's Payments Strength: 800 Million iTunes Accounts
Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed in an April 23 earnings call what many have believed will be the foundation for Apple's entry into payments: a strong iTunes customer base.  more »
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Tradeshift's Christian Lanng
Fueled by a new round of funding, Tradeshift plans to keep changing the way businesses make and receive payments through an open, cloud-based platform that connects a half million companies.  more »
American Express' Serve
American Express' Serve prepaid account has its roots as a digital wallet, but the card issuer is finding many of its enrollments are coming through a very non-digital process: in-person activations at mobile phone stores.  more »
Facebook is reportedly close to obtaining a license to operate as an electronic money institution in Ireland, a move that builds on the company's years of experience handling payments on its home turf.  more »
Strevus' Ken Hoang
As state regulators take more interest in Bitcoin, third-party vendors are looking to apply the expertise they built in other markets to digital currency. One such vendor, Strevus, has a background in securitization, which is another volatile and risky market.  more »

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