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Apple Pay’s halo effect evident in Subway Softcard partnership

September 17, 2014

The excitement around Apple Pay is helping to shine a new light on NFC-enabled mobile payments solution Softcard – previously known as Isis – which had been languishing, as evidenced by a new deal to support mobile payments and loyalty at Subway.

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Disneyland scares up mobile ticketing for Halloween

September 16, 2014

Theme park Disneyland has initiated a trek towards mobile ticketing with a new option to buy tickets via mobile devices for its Halloween celebrations.

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United Way partners with bitcoin to streamline donations

September 16, 2014

United Way Worldwide is the first nonprofit to partner with bitcoin platform Coinbase to provide donors with a more streamlined approach of contributing to its Innovation Fund via virtual currency.

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Evernote drives growth via Alipay’s new mobile-optimized checkout

September 16, 2014

Evernote, a note-taking and archiving application, has partnered with global payment provider Adyen to use Alipay’s mobile-optimized checkout system for Chinese users.

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Pep Boys connects with Passbook, driving incremental value

September 15, 2014

Pep Boys reports promising results after partnering with Apple’s Passbook and Android’s Google Wallet to enhance mobile wallet features and offer quick, redeemable coupons to customers.

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Apple Pay vs. MCX: Which has bigger potential in mobile payments?

September 12, 2014

While big retailers such as Walmart and Best Buy are eschewing Apple’s new digital wallet in order to support retailer-driven alternative MCX, ultimately the winning vote will be cast by consumers, where Apple has the advantage.

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Millennials are open to new forms of payment: report

September 12, 2014

As brands and retailers explore the opportunity with mobile wallets, consideration should be given to how they can be used to gain the attention of millennials, who have careful spending habits and technologically inclined mindsets.

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Will Uber, HotelTonight welcome Bitcoin after adoption by PayPal’s Braintree?

September 10, 2014

PayPal’s decision to accept Bitcoin through its Braintree payments system could lead to more widespread opportunities for the digital currency, given Braintree’s established database of clients.

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Twitter’s Buy button unlikely to be a big revenue driver

September 9, 2014

Twitter’s testing of a “Buy” button gives social shopping a boost, although the move is not likely to significantly enhance revenue, given the social-media site’s strength is handling quick, fast information rather than ecommerce.

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Apple iWatch expected to address demand for payments-enabled wearables

September 5, 2014

Apple’s anticipated launch next week of an iWatch with a payment component will address the interests of young consumers, who view mobile banking and payment capabilities as the most important qualities for wearables to possess.

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