Snapchat's Thinking About Getting Into the Mobile Payment Business

It looks like Snapchat, everybody's favorite disappearing message app, is getting ready to handle mobile payments. This week, the company filed two payments-related trademarks that seem to signal a shift in its business. But don't get any bright ideas about Snapchat the disappearing money app. There's probably a… » 7/17/14 11:00am 7/17/14 11:00am

Amazon's New Login Service Saves You From Signing Up for Accounts

Today, Amazon launched a new feature called "Login and Pay With Amazon" that allows you to use your Amazon account as both a payment method and login credentials for third-party retailers. It's the Amazon Payments feature that's already available combined with the third-party login service that's already available… » 10/08/13 2:40pm 10/08/13 2:40pm

OpenTable Wants to Fix the Single Most Annoying Thing About Eating Out

You just finished a delicious meal. You're itching to move on to the next spot to get more drinks. Or you're hoping to wrap up your meal so you can pay the sitter. Or maybe you just want to get the hell out of the restaurant just because. Whatever it is, you spend a snail's lifetime trying to flag down the waitress… » 7/30/13 9:00pm 7/30/13 9:00pm

PayPal's Signed Up a Major US Retailer For Non-NFC Payments

eBay's CEO confirmed Tuesday they'll be enabling customers to pay for products in a major US street store, with up to 20 national retailers adopting their payment service by 2012. How they intend to do this remains to be seen—whether they go the NFC route, or do something similar to the Pizza Express chain in the UK,… » 7/21/11 5:30am 7/21/11 5:30am

The Overblown Square Credit Card Reader Security Disaster

Square's credit card reader for iOS/Android devices is pretty awesome—it lets anybody quickly and easily start taking credit payments. But according to Douglass Bergeron, the CEO of competing company Verifone, the device itself isn't hardware-encrypted, meaning anyone could write an app that strips unprotected info… » 3/09/11 4:15pm 3/09/11 4:15pm