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October 15th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 October 2014, 13:50

Groupe BPCE launches Twitter money transfers

Groupe BPCE, the second largest banking group in France, has launched a service that will let users of its S-Money mobile app send money transfers via Twitter.

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October 15th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 October 2014, 13:21

Tesco tests PowaTag mobile payments

UK supermarket giant Tesco is conducting a one week test of Powa's PowaTag mobile payments technology at its Dean Street store in London. To promote the service, a free lunchtime Meal Deal was offered on 13 and 14 October to the first five hundred shoppers to download the PowaTag app and use it to pay with their mobile phone.

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BLE

October 14th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 14 October 2014, 12:13

Hong Kong carrier SmarTone rolls out Bluetooth marketing platform to retailers

Hong Kong mobile network operator SmarTone has introduced ST Beacon, a marketing service that lets retailers send promotional messages to customers with an Android or iOS device using Bluetooth.

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BLE

October 13th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 13 October 2014, 15:53

Square lets customers make P2P payments via BLE

Square has added a feature to its Square Cash app that lets users leverage Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to make payments to anyone nearby, as well as an order ahead service for users of its Android and iOS apps.

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BLE

October 13th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 October 2014, 14:53

Hailo reports on BLE payments in taxis

Pay with Hailo, a service that uses Apple’s iBeacon technology to let users of the Hailo taxi hailing app pay drivers with their smartphone, is experiencing “steady growth”, Naoise Irwin, the company’s VP of strategic initiatives, has told NFC World+ — and Hailo now plans to roll out the service across its growing international network.

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NFC

October 9th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 9 October 2014, 18:44

Patent provides insights into the inner workings of Apple Pay

A newly published Apple patent application provides insights into how the iPhone maker’s new Apple Pay service will work, how the company has optimized the iPhone’s NFC capabilities to ensure the best possible user experience at the point of sale, and how secure payment credentials will be provisioned onto secondary devices such as the Apple Watch.

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October 9th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 9 October 2014, 13:44

CaixaBank rolls out contactless wristbands across Spain

Spain’s CaixaBank is making contactless wristbands available to customers at all of its branches, enabling customers to make payments at any of the more than 300,000 contactless terminals in Spain by simply touching the band to a merchant’s POS device.

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October 8th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 8 October 2014, 16:18

ALH rolls out Clipp mobile payments to 300 pubs across Australia

ALH Group, operator of more than 300 pubs in Australia, is to introduce a mobile payment service developed by Clipp that allows customers to “open, view, share and pay their bar tab or restaurant bill securely and instantly.”

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NFC

October 8th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 8 October 2014, 15:32

New Zealand banks and carriers to begin Semble NFC wallet rollout in November

TSM NZ, the NFC payments joint venture between New Zealand’s carriers and the Paymark payments network, has announced a new brand name, a November date for its first trials — and a marketing partnership with Samsung.

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October 8th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 8 October 2014, 12:14

Major UK merchants sign up for Zapp mobile payments

Zapp, the mobile payments startup formed by UK payments infrastructure operator VocaLink, has announced that major retail chains including Sainsbury’s, Asda, House of Fraser, Thomas Cook, Shop Direct, Spar and Clarks are to use its service to let customers make payments with their mobile phones. Rollout is due to begin in 2015.

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October 21st, 2014

Latest news

  1. Google discusses Wallet plans
  2. Johnny Rockets puts tablets in 200 restaurants
  3. Acer Pay is on the way
  4. Beep’nGo hits 5m downloads
  5. Newspaper tests BLE beacons
  6. 23% of Canadians have made a mobile payment
  7. Shopkick drives $1bn in revenue
  8. Perkwave builds in Apple Pay for pay-at-the-table
  9. Kotak launches P2P payments for Facebook
  10. Singtel charges Angry Birds toys to buyers phone bills
  11. iOS 8.1 brings Apple Pay NFC payments to iPhone
  12. Over 20m NFC devices now in use in Japan
  13. Bionym begins shipping wristband
  14. Amex commits $10m to EMV upgrades
  15. Twitter preps for Buy button launch
  16. Starbucks to offer mobile ordering and payments across US in 2015
  17. JPMorgan Chase CEO outlines mobile wallet strategy
  18. Capital One founder hails Apple Pay “breakthrough”
  19. MasterCard backs Zwipe fingerprint payment card
  20. Obama signs chip and pin law
 
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