payments

  • Google Tests “Tap 10,” A Rewards Program For Android Pay Users

    Google Tests “Tap 10,” A Rewards Program For Android Pay Users

    Google confirmed it’s now running a limited promotion in the U.S. dubbed “Tap 10,” which is aimed at increasing usage of its Android Pay mobile payments service, a rival to Apple Pay and others. Some Android users are being gifted rewards like a free Chromecast or free songs, movies, or subscriptions on Google Play in exchange for using Android Pay at local stores. The… Read More

  • Walmart Will Launch Its Own Mobile Payments Service

    Walmart Will Launch Its Own Mobile Payments Service

    Mega-chain Walmart announced today that it plans to offer mobile payments to its shoppers. Called Walmart Pay, the service will launch next year as a feature in Walmart’s existing smartphone app. The company accounts for about 10 percent of retail sales in the U.S., so Walmart Pay can potentially pose a challenge to Apple Pay and Android Pay if enough customers start using it. Read More

  • From Flipping Burgers To A $2.25B Fintech Startup

    Klarna co-founder and CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski took the stage at Disrupt London today to discuss his payment startup and the wider financial tech ecosystem in Europe and in the U.S. Klarna isn’t a household name outside of Europe yet. The company only launched there in September, thanks to a partnership with Overstock.com. Still, Siemiatkowski, who met his co-founder when they worked… Read More

  • Walgreens Becomes First Retailer To Integrate Its Loyalty Program With Apple Pay

    Walgreens Becomes First Retailer To Integrate Its Loyalty Program With Apple Pay

    Drug store chain Walgreens announced this morning its loyalty program will now be available through Apple Pay – making it the first U.S. retailer to integrate their customer rewards platform with Apple’s mobile payments service. The added support will allow the chain’s over 85 million Balance Rewards members the ability to use Apple Pay at checkout using either their iPhone… Read More

  • The PayPal Here Card Reader Comes To U.S. With Support For EMV, Apple Pay, Android Pay & More

    The PayPal Here Card Reader Comes To U.S. With Support For EMV, Apple Pay, Android Pay & More

    With the arrival of Apple Pay and, more recently, Android Pay, consumers are becoming more comfortable with alternative ways of paying that don’t involve credit card swipes. And now, with the U.S.’s transition to EMV – smart cards that store data on chips instead of magnetic stripes, which offers increased security – many business owners will have to upgrade their… Read More

  • Bravo’s App Makes It Easy To Tip When You Don’t Have Cash

    Bravo’s App Makes It Easy To Tip When You Don’t Have Cash

    Though the majority of today’s payment transactions are digital – credit card swipes, online bill pay, tap-and-pay at point of sale, etc. – there are still a few places where cash has yet to die out. You still often need a handful of small bills to tip service professionals like valets, baristas, the great band at your local bar, and more. Taking these sorts of small… Read More

  • Payments Startup ShopKeep Buys Ambur To Cater Better To Restaurants

    Payments Startup ShopKeep Buys Ambur To Cater Better To Restaurants

    More consolidation underway in the area of point of sale services. New York-based payment startup ShopKeep is buying Ambur, a payments service for restaurants, food trucks and other food and drink establishments. ShopKeep will keep the product alive as it integrates it, and will be taking on Ambur’s 1,500 customers in the process. The terms of the deal were not disclosed… Read More

  • First Data Buys Spree Commerce To Move Into Open Source Payments Technology

    First Data Buys Spree Commerce To Move Into Open Source Payments Technology

    Another move by a large company to up its stakes in the world of open source technologies: Payments giant First Data Corporation has acquired Spree Commerce, an open source storefront platform originally based on Ruby on Rails. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed — we are trying to find out — but Spree’s CEO Sean Schofield says in a blog post confirming the deal that… Read More

  • PayPal Launches PayPal.Me, A Simpler Way To Request Money Using Your Own Personalized URL

    PayPal Launches PayPal.Me, A Simpler Way To Request Money Using Your Own Personalized URL

    PayPal today is launching a new take on peer-to-peer payments with the debut of a platform it’s calling PayPal.Me. For the first time, PayPal customers will be able to set up their own user profiles which are associated with a personalized URL (e.g. paypal.me/username), which can then be shared with others via text, over email, on instant messenger, via social media, or anywhere else, as… Read More