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A second executive from Boku, a mobile payments company in San Francisco, has signed on with American Express. Erich Ringewald, who was Boku’s co-founder and CTO, will join the company as VP of Software Product Management for Amex’s U.S. Consumer Services business. In May, American Express hired David Yoo, an SVP at Boku, to be SVP of its Commerce Innovation team.
News Byteaid in the effort. The move is the carrier’s latest effort to enable network-specific features such as Internet telephony, text messaging and carrier billing, all tapping directly into Telefonica’s network. (This NewsByte has been updated, correcting an earlier mischaracterization of the service.)
News ByteBoku, which enables consumers to charge digital items to their wireless bill, is launching with French carriers Bouygues Telecom and SFR, in addition to already working with Orange France. Now most mobile-phone owners in France will be able to charge things, such as virtual goods in an online game, up to 10 Euros. Boku operates in 65 countries and across 230 carriers. Its main competitor, Zong, was acquired by eBay last month.