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    Downtown uses Bluetooth beacons to deliver orders to customers’ tables

    September 2nd, 2014

    A café in Palo Alto, California is using a new service developed by startup Downtown that lets customers order and pay for their meals with their mobile phone. Bluetooth beacons placed at each table link… More

    PayPal tests beacons

    May 19th, 2014

    PayPal Beacon, a mobile payment service that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to let shoppers make “hands free” payments, is now undergoing pilot testing in Palo Alto. “We’re trying to make the payments disappear for people who want them to disappear,” Hill Ferguson, PayPal’s chief product officer, told Bloomberg TV. PayPal Beacon is also being pilot tested in Australia, ahead of a wider rollout planned for later this year.

    Poken moves to Silicon Valley with $2m investment

    March 16th, 2012

    NFC gadget and marketing platform provider Poken has announced a US$2M investment round led by Swisscom Ventures and Credit Suisse. The company provides a platform that organisations can use to enable customers to connect online with… More

    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

    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

    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 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