June 13, 2013 |
Forget ka-ching. Its all tap-tap these days. Restaurants and shop owners fed up with antiquated cash registers and expensive credit card terminals are switching to cheaper devices that plug into smartphones and tablets. And companies such as PayPal, Square Inc. and Groupon Inc. are rushing to meet them, developing sleeker stands to mount tablets running their software or hooking up with existing systems. The shift is happening as mobile devices permeate many facets of consumers' lives, including the way they shop and pay for everyday items.
May 16, 2008 |
EBay Inc. has launched the PayPal Pay Later credit service, allowing certain U.S. buyers financing with no payments for 90 days. The deferred-payment option is available for purchases from $50 to $199. The program is a partnership with GE Money Bank, a unit of General Electric Co., EBay said. San Jose-based EBay is trying to steer more users to its PayPal system for Internet transactions as it competes with Amazon.com.
March 29, 2012 |
If your buddy owes you money, lacking cash is no excuse if he's got an iPhone. Just like sending contact information with the Bump app, you can now transfer money the same way with Bump Pay . The free app asks for your email address when it's initially opened. You and your iPhone-wielding friend bump hands; when you feel the vibration, the money's a-moving. The money will be associated with the email address you enter. If that one doesn't have a PayPal account associated with it, PayPal will send you an email to prompt you to create an account to get your money.
April 10, 2014 |
The fight between activist investor Carl Icahn and eBay Inc. has been settled as the two sides have quietly reached a truce, Ebay said Thursday. The two had been embroiled in a public spat over accusations by Icahn that two members of eBay's board of directors had conflicts of interest and that the company had failed to get the full value for Skype, a video chat service, when it was sold. Icahn also urged eBay to sell a minority stake in...
January 11, 2012 |
People increasingly turned to mobile shopping over the holidays. And they didn't just browse, they bought. Sales over mobile devices during December doubled from the same month in 2010, according to a survey from IBM. About 11% of total online sales in that month were on smartphones and tablet computers, up from 5.5% a year earlier. That tracks with growth in overall online spending, which rose 7.5% in December compared to the same period a year ago, following double-digit growth over Black Friday and Cyber Monday in November.
September 19, 2011 |
EBay Inc. is building a new division to woo developers and attract more merchants as the company tries to emulate the success of Apple Inc.'s iOS platform in the e-commerce world. EBay's main business is still its giant online marketplaces, which bring shoppers and sellers together. The company's other big division is the payment business PayPal, and it acquired GSI Commerce this year to add a third division. But a fourth business has emerged in recent months called X.commerce.
February 24, 2008 |
Money can't buy you love -- in fact, it's probably the root of your relationship problems. Nearly 60% of American couples said in a recent survey that they argue over money at least once a month -- more than they bicker over sex or household responsibilities. The online poll of 1,500 people, conducted for PayPal, also found that although about half of U.S. couples share a bank account, nearly 1 in 4 shop online as a way to keep their partners in the dark about what they're buying.
January 24, 2012
Yahoo's latest financial results show the Internet company is still losing ground in the battle for online advertising. The fourth-quarter breakdown announced Tuesday is the latest in a succession of ho-hum performances. Yahoo Inc. recently hired former PayPal executive Scott Thompson as CEO in its latest attempt at a turnaround. The company earned $296 million, or 24 cents per share, in the October-to-December period. That is down 5 percent from $312 million, or 24 cents per share, a year earlier.
June 13, 2012 |
Square, the mobile payment start-up, announced it has hired a chief financial officer while also giving some metrics for the state of the company. Sarah Friar, a former VP atsalesforce.com, was announced by Square as its chief financial officer Wednesday. “Square was founded on a commitment to help people start and grow their business,” Friar said in a press release from the company. “I'm thrilled to join a company driving meaningful economic growth while revolutionizing the payment experience for consumers.” Friar's hiring comes as the young company is rumored to be seeking another round of funding, which has become a little harder for tech companies recently, thanks to Facebook and its IPO . But it isn't all bad in the world of Square.
May 26, 2012 |
Groupon has begun testing a mobile credit card reader, encroaching on a domain innovated by Square that PayPal has also recently entered. The Groupon payment platform will charge a 1.8% transaction fee along with a 15-cent transaction charge. At that rate, the fee is less than Square's 2.75% or the 2.7% charged by PayPal Here and Verifone SAIL, another player in the market. However, Groupon's competitors don't have a transaction fee. Groupon is giving the card readers away free to merchants along with an iPod Touch, according to VentureBeat That's more than Groupon's competitors, which just hand out readers.