Girl Scout cookies go high-tech: Smartphone sales
(AP) -- The Girl Scouts were selling their cookies the old-fashioned way, pulling a creaky-wheeled red wagon laden with Thin Mints and Samoas down a suburban street. But the affair took a decidedly 21st-century ...
Google to set up a mobile payment system this year?
NEC launches portable terminal for electronic money payment
NEC Corporation announced today the launch of a new portable terminal for electronic money payment, the "Multi-Service Terminal / Portable," which enables retailers to conveniently expand the availability ...
Tickets, coupons among uses for tap-to-pay phones
(AP) -- Cell phones are usually used to communicate with people far away. This year, they'll get the ability to do the opposite: communicate with things that are close enough to touch.
Smartphones seen driving travel bookings: Abacus
More people are set to book their travels while on the move due to a phenomenal rise in the number of smartphones, with Asia leading the way, a key industry player said Wednesday.
Pay for a latte by mobile at Starbucks
US coffee chain Starbucks on Wednesday began allowing customers in its US stores to keep their cash and credit cards in their wallets and pay for their drinks with mobile phones.
New mortgage design would minimize home foreclosures
With mortgage loan defaults on the rise yet again, two mortgage researchers are proposing a new type of mortgage contract that automatically resets the balance and the monthly payment based on the mortgaged home's market ...
Visa claims new software catches more fraud
(AP) -- It's not just consumers who have to make hard choices when paying with plastic.
FBI in hunt for pro-WikiLeaks hackers: report
The FBI has joined the hunt for hackers who took down websites like PayPal, after they stopped processing payments to whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, US media reports said Friday.
Sony and Sharp launch e-readers, tablets in Japan
Sony and Sharp upped the rivalry stakes in the heated e-reader and tablet market with the head-to-head launch on Friday of their latest devices in Japan, along with tens of thousands of e-book titles.
WikiLeaks' payment processor to sue card companies
(AP) -- WikiLeaks' payment processor said Thursday that it was preparing to sue credit card companies Visa and MasterCard over their refusal to process donations to the secret-spilling website.
Electronic payments crowd out checks in US: Fed
Electronic payments have surged in the United States to more than 75 percent of all noncash payments as check usage continues to fall by the wayside, a Federal Reserve report showed Wednesday.
Dwolla a new player in electronic money transfers
(AP) -- Just as plastic rendered paper checks nearly obsolete, gadgets may soon do the same to credit and debit cards.
Wireless carriers team up on mobile payment network
Three of the largest US wireless carriers announced on Wednesday they are teaming up to build a national network to make payments by mobile phones.