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PayPal tests NFC payments in Stockholm

December 20th, 2011

“Over the next few months we’ll be testing many different proximity payments technologies (including NFC) and exploring numerous partnership opportunities,” says the online payments giant. More

Liquidators in at Zapa

October 24th, 2011

Dublin-based Zapa Technology has appointed a provisional liquidator, according to the Irish Times. The NFC retail payments and rewards specialist, which continues to trade while a buyer is sought, owes €700,000 to creditors and has been unable to obtain funding to extend its Zapa Tag system. Zapa is the second high-profile proprietary NFC payments system to run into trouble this year, after Bling Nation suspended its US operations in June.

Isis picks Austin for second NFC pilot

June 22nd, 2011

The Isis NFC joint venture between AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA has chosen the city of Austin, Texas as the site of its second test. The decision to add Austin as a second test market alongside the previously… More

NFC pioneer Bling Nation suspends mobile payments service

June 13th, 2011

Bling Nation, the company behind the first commercial NFC payments system in the US, has suspended service while it seeks to revamp its business model, American Banker reports. Bling Nation’s technology was specifically designed to reduce… More

NFC stack for POS terminals to let retailers process multiple payments types, coupons, check-ins and more

May 5th, 2011

A new NFC stack from Merchant360 will allow POS terminals to be turned from simple card payments devices into multi-functional NFC access points that retailers can use to process a wide range of emerging mobile payments services, marketing and advertising solutions and even social networking services. More

Bling Nation rolls out FanConnect mobile social rewards to Austin, Texas

March 29th, 2011

Bling Nation has announced the launch of its FanConnect service in Austin, Texas, expanding the reach of its social rewards program where consumers can tap to earn, redeem and share rewards with their social networks… More

PayPal outlines vision for mobile ‘wallet in the cloud’

March 29th, 2011

PayPal has outlined its vision for providing consumers with a mobile ‘wallet in the cloud’, but revealed it is agnostic about NFC as a technology for turning that aim into reality, ReadWriteWeb reports. Speaking at… More

PayPal hires head of retail and prepaid products to support move into in-store payments

March 17th, 2011

Don Kingsborough, founder of prepaid payments specialist Blackhawk Network, has joined PayPal as the online payments giant moves further towards the world of offline shopping. The firm said on its blog it was “thrilled” at the appointment… More

Bank of America adds BlackBerry phones to NFC trial

Bank of America adds BlackBerry phones to NFC trial

February 26th, 2011

BoyGeniusReport has revealed details of a new invitation-only NFC payments trial to be conducted by Bank of America. Select customers who take part in the trial will use BlackBerry mobile phones equipped with a microSD NFC device… More

Google poaches top payments exec Osama Bedier from PayPal

Google poaches top payments exec Osama Bedier from PayPal

January 28th, 2011

Osama Bedier, PayPal’s vice president of product development and a key player in the company’s move towards mobile payments, has joined Google. In a post on the PayPal blog, Scott Guilfoyle, the company’s CTO, writes… More

First Android NFC apps begin to appear

January 14th, 2011

The first NFC apps are starting to appear in the Android Market, just weeks after the NFC-enabled ‘Gingerbread’ version of the mobile operating system made its debut. More

Could Apple’s iTunes announcement include NFC?

Could Apple’s iTunes announcement include NFC?

November 16th, 2010

OPINION: The last 48 hours have seen a rush of announcements showing that near field communication is moving rapidly to widespread adoption: Android: Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt has revealed that the next generation Android Gingerbread… More

Bling Nation to launch national US mobile payments service in early 2011

Bling Nation to launch national US mobile payments service in early 2011

November 15th, 2010

Bling Nation is set to roll out its mobile payments technology across the United States in early 2011, Forbes reports, and also plans to launch its service in other countries next year. The company “is… More

Bling Nation adds mobile rewards and Facebook integration to merchants’ POS terminals

Bling Nation adds mobile rewards and Facebook integration to merchants’ POS terminals

October 26th, 2010

Bling Nation has launched FanConnect, a new platform that enables merchants to offer mobile rewards and connect with customers via social networking services at the checkout. By tapping their BlingTag, a contactless sticker attached to… More

Fifth Third to offer Bling Nation’s mobile payments technology to financial institutions across the US

October 6th, 2010

Fifth Third Processing Solutions, the third largest payments processor in the USA, has signed an agreement with Bling Nation that will allow its financial institution customers to provide Bling-based services to consumers as a turnkey solution. More

Facebook distributes Bling Nation payment tags to staff amid rumours of a major Silicon Valley NFC plan

September 27th, 2010

The Bling Nation NFC sticker trial in Silicon Valley has expanded from its beginnings at PayPal’s headquarters to include the Stanford University campus, Palo Alto city services and Facebook’s offices — as rumours of a major NFC play by some of Silicon Valley’s leading companies begin to emerge.  More

US NFC payments market heats up — but advertising revenues will be the way to make it pay

August 18th, 2010

OPINION: Almost from nowhere, interest in near field communication technology has exploded in the US over the last few weeks as key potential market players have begun to reveal their hands. More

‘Mobile wallet solutions are our top priority’ says PayPal boss

August 17th, 2010

The company is to “develop software that transforms mobile phones and other devices into ‘digital wallets’ that consumers can use to buy merchandise, keep coupons and store loyalty program data.” More

PayPal begins move into retail store payments with Bling Nation pilot

PayPal begins move into retail store payments with Bling Nation pilot

July 14th, 2010

Online payments giant PayPal has partnered with Bling Nation for a trial that will see consumers being able to use their PayPal accounts to make payments in retail stores. The pilot will take place in Palo… More

Bankers’ Bank of the West to offer Bling Nation’s payments service to its 330 member banks

Bankers’ Bank of the West to offer Bling Nation’s payments service to its 330 member banks

May 13th, 2010

Bling Nation has signed a deal with Bankers’ Bank of the West, a provider of correspondent services to more than 330 community banks in the Rocky Mountain and western states of the USA. The deal… More

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