Pirq Snaps Up $1.2 Million for Low-Tech Loyalty Program

Many believe that the future of tracking purchases and making payments lies with smartphone applications or NFC, but this company is betting on text messaging.
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Google Wallet Exec: No Surprise Digital Payments Are Slow Going

It took the credit card 50 years to become the ubiquitous payment form it is today, says Google’s Osama Bedier.
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The iPhone 5 Doesn’t Have NFC — So What?

When you ask the average person what is the underlying technology used to make the connection to their digital wallets, the answer will be “who cares?”

Google’s Nexus 7 Costs $152 to Make, IHS iSuppli Teardown Finds

Similar to the Kindle Fire, and yet different in so many ways.
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Samsung Hopes High-Tech Stickers Help Boost Near Field Communication

The company’s TecTiles can be used to perform various tasks, from joining a Wi-Fi network to checking in on Facebook. They’ll cost about $3 each in a pack of five.
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PayPal Says It’s Full Speed Ahead on Mobile Payments After President Resigns

PayPal’s VP of Mobile David Marcus makes the case for why its mobile payments strategy will prevail in a market surrounded by incumbents.
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Here’s How PayPal Is Pitching Mobile Payments to Major Retailers (Slideshow)

Check out the photos from a recent visit to PayPal’s San Jose headquarters, where AllThingsD got an exclusive peek at the company’s brand-new “Shopping Showcase.”
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Google’s Head of Consumer Payments, Vikas Gupta, Resigns

Vikas Gupta joined Google 18 months ago after it acquired Jambool, the virtual goods payment platform where he was a founder and CEO.
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PayPal’s First Mobile Payments Pilot Is With Big-Box Retailer Home Depot

Some good news for eBay, following the surprising announcement this week that PayPal was losing its top executive to Yahoo.
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MasterCard Makes Its First Mobile Payments Investment in mFoundry

MasterCard has made a strategic investment in seven-year-old mobile banking start-up mFoundry.
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