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Amazon unveils mobile card reader targeting Square, PayPal

Amazon.com has introduced a card reader coupled with smartphone and tablet apps that aim to provide small businesses with a way to accept payments on these devices.
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PayPal's two-factor authentication is easily beaten

A security feature offered by PayPal to help prevent accounts from being taken over by hackers can be easily circumvented, an Australian security researcher has found.

Retail industry rallies behind open standard for tokenization

A coalition of retail industry trade groups this week called for the creation of an open tokenization standard for protecting credit and debit card data from theft and misuse.

Visa launches 'Checkout' for quick and easy payments from any device

Visa announced a new simplified digital payment service called Visa Checkout, which is designed to allow customers to pay quickly for goods online on any connected device.

Google looks to expand Play store worldwide, adds PayPal support

Google aims to fuel international sales in the Play store by expanding the use of carrier billing and letting developers sell apps in more countries. The company has also added PayPal as a new payment method in countries such as the U.S. and Germany.

Hackers hit DogeVault virtual machines

An online wallet for the dog-themed cryptocurrency dogecoin said Thursday it lost 280 million coins, worth about $130,000, after attackers gained access to its virtual machines on Sunday.

Bitcoin payments startup raises $30M, looks to expand

Bitcoin payment processor BitPay raises $30 million to fund its international expansion.

PayPal rebrands, touting mobile payment abilities

PayPal has unveiled a new global branding campaign designed to put greater focus on its ability to let people make payments for goods and services anywhere and anytime.

Chicago Sun-Times to accept bitcoins

The Chicago Sun-Times is now accepting bitcoins as payment for subscription, becoming the first major U.S. newspaper to take the digital currency.

Isis CTO accuses retailers of turning off NFC and smartcard payment tech

A powerful group of retailers plans to roll out mobile payments in 2014 by scanning barcodes from smartphones, a move that sets up a potential battle with backers of NFC and Google Wallet.

Mobile Payments In Depth

How apps are changing fast food

The world of fast food is getting faster -- and redefining the future of mobile payments. Just look at what Taco Bell and Chipotle are doing.

Evan Schuman: Starbucks sat on its clear-text password problem for months

The company is dancing around the question of what it knew and when it knew it, but the security problem was not a revelation for it this week.

Evan Schuman: Starbucks releases security fix for mobile app

No independent verification yet that the problem has been eradicated.

Evan Schuman: Starbucks caught storing mobile passwords in clear text

In a case of convenience for users trumping security, Starbucks has been storing the passwords for its mobile-payment app, along with geolocation data, in clear text.

Evan Schuman: Starbucks and the art of persuasion

The coffee chain was smart enough to push mobile by not initially pushing mobile. It's an approach that can work for your business too, internally and externally.

Are we giving up on mobile payments already?

Mobile payments have still not caught on as U.S. users stick with their credit cards. Now the innovation is coming in the form of new debit cards.

Why Apple's 'indoor GPS' plan is brilliant

Apple's iBeacons system will enable purchases, contextual marketing, automated check-ins and much more. And it's closer than you think.

Computerworld Honors 2013: Mobile tech expands banking in Kenya

Commercial Bank of Africa, the 21st Century Achievement Award winner for emerging technology, develops a mobile phone platform that brings banking services to many Kenyans for the first time.

When low tech is better than high tech

Bleeding edge technology isn't always the best, notes Mike Elgan. The best technology is the one you actually use.

A short history of NFC

To understand where the technology is going, it's helpful to understand where it's been. And a bit about how it works, too.