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PayPal, Starbucks pilot beacon-enabled payments using Samsung wearables

April 24, 2014

PayPal is piloting a new payment method in its on-campus Starbucks that links together Bluetooth Low Energy beacons with Samsung Galaxy smart wearables to enable payments without the need for a bank card or even a smartphone.

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Pizza 73 brings in fundraising dough via mobile

April 22, 2014

Canadian pizza restaurant Pizza 73 has seen a six percent increase since last year in mobile or Web-based orders.

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Text-to-Pledge turns SMS messaging into philanthropy

April 21, 2014

Funds raised since the 2007 inception of Text-to-Pledge succeeded the $25 Million benchmark last month during the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party in Los Angeles.

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LevelUp cuts fees again but goal of total elimination remains elusive

April 16, 2014

LevelUp has cut back its processing fees from 2 percent to just 1.95 percent, bringing it one step closer to achieving its goal of reducing the investments that retailers traditionally pour into mobile payments.

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Amazon, Facebook look to differentiate mobile payments with data

April 15, 2014

Facebook and Amazon both bring a lot to the mobile payment industry in terms of data, but it remains to be seen how each will fare in winning over consumers and retailers to use their services versus an already-established competitor.

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Social integration is least desirable app feature for mobile-savvy shoppers

April 15, 2014

According to a study recently released by Catalina, integrating social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ were the least valued features for shopping applications.

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PayPal tries fingerprinting to cement smart watch-triggered sales

April 14, 2014

As Apple is slowly easing its way into fingerprinting, PayPal is going in big with the form of payment technology by enabling commerce from devices strapped to consumers’ wrists.

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Google’s lofty mobile payments goals face significant threat from retailers

April 11, 2014

Google continues to move away from near-field-communication with a bigger bet on a cloud-based system that makes mobile payments accessible to more marketers even though retailers are still skeptical on the Internet giant’s intentions.

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Payment apps headed toward shakeout as merchant offerings multiply

April 9, 2014

With no clear leader in mobile payments, a rapidly growing number of merchants are planning branded payment apps threatening to cause consumer fatigue and a shakeout.

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1800Flowers delivers on the value of sentiment via crowdsourcing

April 8, 2014

1800Flowers is exploring crowdsourcing to reduce costs and enhance the delivery experience for customers.

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