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Mobile payments: Retailers weigh cost of using Amazon’s system, even if price is right

Will book sellers, bike shop owners and electronics stores use Amazon as its payment provider if they are already worried about it stealing their business? Earlier today, Amazon rolled out a new mobile payments service that looks like a great deal. For an introductory period, lasting 16 months, Amazon will charge retailers 1.75 percent per transaction, and once that period ends, it… Read More


Amazon begins testing a mobile wallet app, but stops short of enabling payments

Amazon has 244 million active customers, who trust the e-commerce behemoth to keep their credit cards on file, and yet, the Seattle-based company has done very little to exploit that position. At least, not until now. Last week, Amazon quietly rolled out a mobile application called the Amazon Wallet that will allow customers to scan and save gift… Read More


Isis mobile wallet to change name to avoid confusion with ISIS militant group

Isis, the digital wallet venture started by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T, says it will roll out a new brand — aiming to avoid confusion with the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, commonly known as ISIS. “However coincidental, we have no interest in sharing a name with a group whose name has become synonymous with violence and our hearts go out… Read More


Mobile-ticketing startup GlobeSherpa lands $1.3M to sell transit tickets on the go

GlobeSherpa, a Portland-based provider of secure mobile ticketing software and services, today announced a $1.3 million series B capital funding led by The Oregon Angel Fund to help the startup expand its business across the globe.  “We are excited to be supported by investors at the Oregon Angel Fund (OAF), who saw the success and solutions we’ve provided… Read More


Square without the dongle: Buck debuts free mobile invoice service

Many paper products are moving to the digital world. Buck, a Seattle-based mobile payments company, is following suit and helping businesses save time with paperless mobile invoices. The latest product from Buck is called Mobile Invoice, a free service that allows any company to send invoices via mobile phone and receive payments immediately. There is no software… Read More

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Cash-based payment platform PayNearMe lands funding from Maveron

PayNearMe, a cash-based payment platform based in Silicon Valley, just raised a $10 million Series D round from investors including Seattle-based Maveron. This is interesting to note because Maveron, the consumer tech-focused VC firm, is co-led by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Back in August, Starbucks invested $25 million in Square, the well-known mobile payments company…. Read More


New mobile coffee service makes you feel like a rock star

While it won’t literally transform you into a guitar-wielding musical prophet, Buck’s new mobile coffee service is hoping to make you feel that way. Buck, a Seattle-based mobile payments company, today introduced Coffee Like A Rock Star, a service that enables people to order and pay for coffee from their mobile phone, then walk up and get their coffee. Buck… Read More


Now for sale at Starbucks: Square mobile card readers

Starbucks offers much more than coffee; food, CD’s and mugs, just to name a few. Now, you’ll be able to buy mobile card readers as well. Less than two months after Starbucks and Square formally rolled out their partnership to allow coffee lovers a new way to pay for their java, customers can now buy Square mobile card readers… Read More


Baristas rejoice: Digital tipping coming to Starbucks apps next year

Purchasing a tall vanilla latte at Starbucks could get a little easier beginning next month thanks in part to the company’s partnership with mobile payments technology provider Square. In a presentation at the Starbucks Global Leadership Conference in Houston today, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Square CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the Square technology will be rolled… Read More


A faster way to pay for your haircut at Rudy’s

Mobile technologies are changing the way we do a lot of things, from reading books to taking photos to consuming news. Now, a new service being rolled out by PayPal and Erply promises to change the way you pay for your haircut, among other things. Rudy’s, the popular Seattle, LA and Portland barbershop chain, is one… Read More


Today food trucks, tomorrow the world? Mobile wallet app LevelUp targets Seattle geeks

If you’ve gotten a free lunch at a South Lake Union food truck lately, it’s probably thanks to Boston-based mobile wallet app LevelUp. “I probably see those guys out there at least once a week,” said Mark Worster, founder of food truck locator and resource hub “They’re good to talk to.” LevelUp, a product… Read More