Monthly Archives: June 2013

Retailers in Brazil More Resistant to Mobile Payments Than Consumers

Retailers in Brazil More Resistant to Mobile Payments Than Consumers – eMarketer. Great insight as to the merchant sectors where demand is greater for mobile Payments. Sadly, the survey in Brazil coincides with the global trend that merchant are lagging … Continue reading

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Euros discarded as impoverished Greeks resort to bartering.

Euros discarded as impoverished Greeks resort to bartering | World news | guardian.co.uk. What happens when money dries out? Very interesting article on the emergence of alternative currencies, notably the case of this “TEM” in Greece.

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Why Consumers Choose Prepaid Cards?

Why Consumers Choose Prepaid Cards – TMG Blog. Here’s good insight from focus groups into the drivers of prepaid card adoption. Anonymity and hard budgeting constraints are the main ones. But it’s unclear how consumers perceive the fees applied to … Continue reading

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Don’t count NFC dead just yet…

Back in the real world (well, West London). I very interesting report by David Birch on a real life experience with Paypal Here (which launched a few weeks ago). His angle appealed to me a lot because lately I have … Continue reading

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PayPal launches the first battle to conquer the Visa/MC monopoly over POS terminals

PayPal Gives Small Businesses a Reason to Upgrade Their Old Registers! – #CashRegisterRIP | PayPal| Forward. It’s official. Paypal has launched the first serious attempt to challenge the credit card dominance by Visa/MC since American Express tried to create a … Continue reading

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Apple joins the race to compete for virtual currencies: ‘iMoney’

Apple to create virtual currency ‘iMoney’ – CoinDesk. Apple filed a patent to promote its own version of Bitcoin, after blocking some Bitcoin apps for iOS.

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US to crack down on virtual currency tax fraud

US to crack down on virtual currency tax fraud – FT.com. More news on the illegal activities using Bitcoin.

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