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The Global Slowdown Is Making Asia's Debt Mountain Even Worse

While all eyes are on Europe, falling inflation (and the threat of full-blown <i>deflation</i>) are major hazards in Asia, too. When economies grow more slowly, if they can't slow their debt accumulation down by the same pace, those liabilities get bigger and bigger in comparison to GDP. Paired with …

Google adds more countries for carrier billing and Play Card

Since a lot of people are expected to buy smartphones and tablets this coming Christmas season, it’s important for Google to have as many payment …

Microsoft brings Windows Phone carrier billing to China, India, Brazil, and Verizon in the U.S.

Microsoft today announced new Windows Phone partnerships for carrier billing, which lets customers charge app and other content digital purchases directly to their phone bill. In fact, the company says it is the first global smartphone platform to bring carrier billing to China, India, and …

Sprint could face $105 million fine over unauthorized customer billing

Sprint can't catch a break. As if its financial woes weren't enough, the outfit was recently accused of letting consumers get billed for "tens of millions" of dollars in unauthorized charges for premium text messages between 2004 and 2013. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's official …

Safaricom to launch carrier billing in partnership with Fortumo - Capital Business

You can now buy apps and online digital content using your Safaricom credit. US-based mobile payments firm Fortumo announced the partnership that …

Here's Why eBay Is In Trouble

eBay reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 on Wednesday night, and it was mostly brutal news from the online marketplace. The company's revenue fell short of expectations, and the company announced it will cut 2,400 jobs, or 7% of its total workforce, early this year.<p>So why is eBay's …

Inside Uber’s staggering U.S. growth: 40,000 drivers joined in December and average $19 per hour

In a quest to answer critics who claim Uber is driving down wages among drivers, the company released an ambitious study today of its U.S. drivers. The study argues that the company’s explosive growth is being fueled by competitive pay and flexible work schedules that are attracting hoards of new …

One word explains why Google would pay $100M for a failing payments app

Apple.<p>Rumor has it Google might buy mobile payments company Softcard — a move that could help Google compete with Apple’s fledgling Apple Pay payments service.<p>Softcard is a joint venture between Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile that was formerly known as ISIS. Like Apply Pay, it relies on Near-Field …

It’s official: Spotify is Taylor Swift-proof

Spotify’s impressive growth continues.<p>The Sweden-based streaming-music service announced today that it’s hit 15 million paying subscribers globally, and that it’s total user base (i.e including those who use its free service, which involves listening to ads) now stands at 60 million.<p>In other words, …

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Spotify Makes The Shift To Mobile With 52% Of Listening Now On Phones And Tablets

Why have Apple and Google suddenly gotten so interested in streaming music? Because it could rally people to iOS or Android since mobile is where they listen, according to new stats I’ve attained about Spotify.<p>The company has been telling its brand advertisers that mobile now accounts for the …

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