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July 28th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 July 2014, 13:29

Zuckerberg: Facebook is working on payments but it will take time to get it right

Facebook is looking into the potential of adding payments capabilities across its business, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has explained during the company’s first earnings call following the hiring of PayPal boss David Marcus to head its messaging business — but the company won’t rush into the market and expects to take several years to fully develop its offering.

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July 28th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 July 2014, 12:13

Starbucks now processes six million mobile payments a week

Coffee chain giant Starbucks now has 12 million active users of its mobile app in the US and Canada alone. Customers make six million mobile payments a week — representing more than 15% of all transactions in its US stores — and the company is pursuing a range of opportunities to expand the potential of its mobile payments platform, CEO Howard Schultz has revealed.

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July 28th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 July 2014, 11:59

Hillshire sells more sausages with BLE beacons

A national in-store mobile marketing campaign that used Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and geofencing technology to drive sales and awareness of American Craft Link Sausages has seen a 20-fold increase in purchase intent by those exposed to messaging, a 36% increase in brand awareness and a lift in overall sales, owner Hillshire Brands has revealed.

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July 25th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 25 July 2014, 12:12

London Underground to accept NFC payments

Users of mobile network operator EE’s Cash on Tap NFC payments service will be able to use their mobile phone to pay for travel on the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground services from 16 September, when Transport for London (TfL) introduces the ability for passengers to pay for travel using contactless cards.

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July 24th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 24 July 2014, 20:15

Visa to launch new payments service in September, Apple could be the first customer

Visa has unveiled a suite of services designed to “facilitate secure payments across a broad range of internet-connected devices and wearables”. The announcement of the new Visa Digital Solutions service comes amid reports that Apple is in talks with the payments network to enter the mobile payments market this year and includes the news that Visa’s cloud-based tokenization service will go live in September 2014 — the same month that the next iPhone and the first iWatch are expected to launch.

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July 23rd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 July 2014, 12:02

Festival uses BLE to gain insights into attendee activity

This year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has used Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to track how visitors moved around the site so that it can “shape and streamline the festival in the future”.

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July 22nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 July 2014, 15:48

Amazon releases mobile wallet app for Android

Amazon Wallet, an Android app that lets users store gift cards and loyalty cards on their mobile phone, is now available to download from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Amazon Wallet also ships with the online retail giant’s recently launched Fire phone.

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July 22nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 July 2014, 15:18

Westpac trials HCE mobile payments in New Zealand

Westpac has begun a host card emulation (HCE) pilot in New Zealand, enabling customers’ credit and debit card details to be securely stored in the cloud and then used at the point of sale to make mobile payments on their Android NFC device.

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July 22nd, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 July 2014, 14:30

Consult Hyperion demos EMV mobile payments over BLE on an iPhone

UK payments technology specialist Consult Hyperion has unveiled a proof-of-concept solution that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and host card emulation (HCE) to enable both iPhone and Android NFC phone owners to make MasterCard, Visa and other open loop EMV payments at the point of sale.

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July 21st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 21 July 2014, 15:30

GSMA publishes NFC coupon and loyalty technical proposal

The GSMA has published Mobile Commerce, NFC Coupons and Loyalty Acceptance, a technical proposal based on open standards that aims to provide “the tools, knowledge and methodology for mobile operators and the wider retail ecosystem to work together to develop a consistent approach to mobile loyalty and couponing”.

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August 21st, 2014

Latest news

  1. Invitation to contribute to the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre
  2. Merchants to test BLE payments at Vilnius street fair
  3. Paym reaches 1m users
  4. SIMalliance publishes NFC paper
  5. One Stop gives mobile vouchers
  6. KakaoTalk to add payments
  7. London buses accept NFC payments
  8. Westpac NZ unveils augmented reality banking app
  9. UK contactless transactions surge
  10. Two hundred US shopping malls to use BLE beacons for shopper marketing
  11. GSMA publishes mobile money paper
  12. BLE guides the blind at SFO
  13. Analysts report on Apple/Visa partnership
  14. US merchant groups call for creation of open tokenization standards
  15. Facebook closes gifts business
  16. Amazon Wallet teams up with Blackhawk
  17. Square unveils EMV card reader
  18. Nestle runs NFC marketing campaign in 480 Woolworth stores across Australia
  19. American Express tests HCE for NFC payments
  20. Hilton to let guests unlock their doors with smartphones
 
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