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App Analytics Startup Adjust Raises $7.6 Million Series C

Well, what do we have here? A European series C round. Berlin-headquartered app analytics startup Adjust (if we can still call the company a startup) has raised a $7.6 million further round of funding from ACTIVE Venture Partners, and existing investors Target Partners, Iris Capital and Capnamic …

eBay’s Braintree now accepting Bitcoin, expands One Touch payment options

SAN FRANCISCO — PayPal-owned Braintree is welcoming cryptocurrency fans with open arms as it opens up support for Bitcoin payments. Braintree is opening up its One Touch system to Bitcoin and PayPal accounts as well, the company announced today.<p>Over the last few years, Bitcoin (and other …

EBay's mobile payment unit making move to embrace bitcoins

EBay's mobile payment unit said it will soon enable merchants to accept payments in bitcoins, making it the latest mainstream company to embrace the upstart digital currency.<p>Bill Ready, chief executive of EBay's<p>Braintreeunit, said at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco that Braintree …

Apple Pay Officially Announced, A Secure Way to Pay Using Your iPhone

We’ve seen a handful of rumors and leaks hinting at the launch of a mobile payment system from Apple in the iPhone 6. And, it turns out they were …

Aussie Personal Finance Startup Pocketbook Hits 100,000 Users

Most people usually neglect keeping track of their personal finances. With multiple bank and credit card accounts, bank fees get all too much for us to handle. To put us back in control of our money, Aussie FinTech startup, Pocketbook has come to the rescue with an intuitive mobile app.<p>By solving a …

Can Apple turn its iPhone and Watch into a wallet?

In any checkout line these days, many consumers are staring down at their smartphones.<p>With its new<p>iPhone 6and Apple Pay system, Apple Inc. hopes to get many of them to use the same phone like a credit card, promising easier and more secure transactions.<p>Previous efforts to replace plastic credit …

Purported working iPhone 6 appears online, shows new Passbook icon depicting mobile payments

A user on Weibo has uploaded a set of photos and a video of what looks like a working iPhone 6 (update: Here’s a video review of what looks like the same phone). The device’s software does not have the same tells as the Android fakes seen many times before. It features a new looking Passbook icon, …

Finger scanner for internet banking launched by Barclays

People could be able to get into their internet bank accounts just by putting their fingers into a portable scanner in future.<p>The technology is being launched by Barclays, for businesses first of all and potentially for personal customers in the future.<p>The BBC's personal finance correspondent Simon …

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Geomarketing ad platform xAd takes $50M to get huge

xAd announced a $50 million raise for its mobile geomarketing platform today, but the company says it doesn’t even need the money; it’s building its business on profit alone.<p>The funding may be yet another sign that growth funds are looking to get in on the future of mobile advertising.<p>Yext, a local …

WSJ: iWatch, iPhone 6 to link via NFC, watch coming in two sizes with curved OLED screens

A new report from The Wall Street Journal today is corroborating many previous rumors about Apple’s upcoming wearable, including that the device will include some form of NFC technology and will be shipping in multiple sizes. Furthermore, the report notes that Apple will also be bringing NFC to its …

Apple Is Reportedly Getting A Sweet Deal From Big Banks As It Pushes Into Mobile Payments

According to the report, Apple has reached agreements with companies including American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America.<p>Apple's platform will get what's called "card present" transaction rates, which is the same rate as when a customer swipes a card at the …

FinTech

Apple’s NFC Payments Play Could Make Its Wearable A Computing Friction Killer

Apple could be gearing up to make its so-called ‘iWatch’ a payment device powered by NFC, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. But including near-field communications tech in the iWatch (and the iPhone 6, too, if the report is correct) will open the door for much more than just …

KnCMiner Raises $14 Million To Take Bitcoin Mining To The Moon

Swedish maker of bitcoin miners, KnCMiner, has announced a $14 million Series A to help build out new mining chips along with hosted mining services. Founded by Sam Cole and Andreas Kenner, the company raised with GP Bullhound advising. Creandum led the round.<p>“The funding will enable KnCMiner to …

Time to cash in, miners: Bitcoin mining hardware company KnCMiner gets $14M

The price of Bitcoin might not be hitting record highs these days, but that doesn’t mean startups in the cryptocurrency business have hit a low point. Hardly.<p>Today we hear that KnCMiner, a company that cranks out chips and whole hardware units for mining Bitcoins and Litecoins, has found $14 …

Forget your PIN, Barclays just needs your veins

Barclays develops finger scanner that scans a person's blood flow to verify identity<p>Barclays is launching a vein scanner for customers as it steps up use of biometric recognition technology to combat banking fraud.<p>The bank has teamed up with Japanese technology firm Hitachi to develop a biometric …

Bank customers to sign in with 'finger vein' technology

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Chat App Payments Come to Korea

There’s plenty of speculation that Facebook will introduce mobile payments to its Messenger app in the future, and South Korea’s top chat app is giving the US company a glimpse of how it could work.<p>Kakao — which completed a $3 billion merger recently and has 154 million registered users worldwide — …

Barclays wants you to give it the finger instead of a PIN

PINs, passwords and authentication codes: they're a troublesome security solution that we'd love to see the back of. The bankers at Barclays know this, so they've looked to biometrics in a bid to banish them forever. Today, the company announced that it's teaming up with Hitachi to launch a new …

Android loses some US market share but remains top dog

Google's mobile OS remains firmly in first place in the US with a 51.5 percent market share, says ComScore, while Apple's iOS trails with 42.4 percent.<p>Android lost a tiny bit of ground in US market share this summer but still remained way ahead of Apple's iOS, according to a ComScore report …

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Millennials Are The Largest Group Of Smartphone Owners, And Adoption Is Still Growing

Millennials, one of the largest generational groups in the U.S., on par with the Baby Boomers, are also the largest group of smartphone owners, says Nielsen in a report out today. And their adoption of the devices is still growing: by the second quarter of this year, 85% of those aged 18 to 24 …

CVS and Walgreens reportedly on board with Apple’s mobile payment plans

Apple has reportedly been working with several national retailers about supporting its mobile payment system, and now a new report suggests that two pharmacy chains, CVS and Walgreens, have agreed to join up with Apple to roll the system out in their stores. The system is expected to be built into …

Apple's iPhone Payments System Will Reportedly Be Accepted At CVS And Walgreens

Apple is expected to announce its mobile payments platform along with new iPhones on Sept. 9. The new iPhones are said to have near-field communication (NFC) chips that can communicate with point of sale terminals when you tap the phone against them.<p>Apple is also expected to announce a new wearable …

Near Field Communication

Purported working iPhone 6 suggests Passbook will be Apple’s mobile wallet app

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Apple<p>Although it’s just a few days before the Tuesday Apple event, the iPhone 6 leaks and speculation haven’t stopped. …

Only 5 percent of Android users will switch to iPhone 6, says survey

A survey insists that only a small proportion of Android users will switch to Apple's new phone. But could that change when they actually see the iPhone 6?<p>Surveys are the naked selfies of the intellectual.<p>They reveal so much, yet the whole story seems rarely there. Some, indeed, reek of total …

Android News

TeleSign Partners with RSA on Phone Verification

Phone-based verification leader TeleSign has announced a partnership with security firm RSA to provide voice and text one-time passwords for RSA’s Adaptive Authentication product. Adaptive Authentication enables fraud detection and “risk-based authentication” for security-minded industries like …

Like the Galaxy S5, Samsung’s new devices get PayPal fingerprint authentication

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>PayPal’s mobile wallet app is expanding its support for Samsung’s latest devices. The company first added biometric security …

Nordstrom department stores are working with Apple on mobile payments (report)

Department store Nordstrom is apparently one of a group of merchant partners working with Apple on its new payments platform.<p>The department store has recently installed new point of sale systems that will work with the Apple payments platform, according to a report today from trade blog Bank …

Isis mobile wallet becomes Softcard to distance itself from terrorists

The Isis crew promised it would rebrand its mobile wallet to eliminate any confusion with ISIS, the Middle Eastern terrorist group, and today that change is at hand: meet Softcard. It's not a particularly bold name, but the payment company believes that the "inherent simplicity" of its new badging …