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The Chinese government just hit the brakes on finance-minded internet firms and their “virtual credit cards”

The latest attempts by China’s two biggest internet firms to expand into financial services have just been thwarted. China’s central bank ordered Alibaba and Tencent on Friday (Mar. 14) to stop processing payments through “virtual credit cards,” the new online financial products that they announced …

China

Testing out Loop’s programmable credit card

Boston payments startup Loop on Wednesday has released its interesting take on the digital wallet to consumers, selling a programmable fob and a …

When Founders And Investors Split Over An Acquisition Offer

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tomio Geron is head of content at startup</i> <i>Exitround</i><i>. This is part of a series of posts on the tech M&A market. Follow him on Twitter @tomiogeron.</i><p>For one founder who recently sold his startup, it was the culmination of a long journey. At the same time, the founder, who spoke to me on …

Taco Bell will start taking orders via smartphone later this year

Fourthmeal is going mobile. Later this year, Taco Bell will start accepting orders via smartphone, according to trade publication <i>Nation's Restaurant News</i><i>.</i> Rather than turn elsewhere for an existing mobile ordering solution, the fast food chain has reportedly spent more than two years perfecting its …

OpenTable goes beyond reservations, opens private beta for new dining payments service

OpenTable may soon make getting out of a restaurant just as easy as getting in.<p>After teasing the service back in September, OpenTable last night revealed new details about its “pilot” payment program — a feature which lets users pay for their meals via the app.<p>Kashyap Deorah, the general management …

Offline Identity Theft Prevention

Contrary to popular belief, identity fraud does not always begin online. According to Travelers claim data, 44 percent of ID fraud cases happen when …

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here’s What It Takes

We asked the most privacy-aware people we could find what it would take to go off the radar. Hint: You’re going to need to do more than throw away your laptop.<p>Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice. Both times, she wore sunglasses to …

Privacy

This is not the year of wearables but the year the hype dies, says Evernote CEO

This has been a big week for smartwatches, especially here on Quartz. So far we’ve already published four pieces on the putative next big thing. Much of that was linked to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the industry’s annual jamboree for new products, during which smartwatch pioneers Pebble …

Wearable Tech

The Inside Story Of Snapchat: The World's Hottest App Or A $3 Billion Disappearing Act?

<b>THIRTEEN MONTHS AGO</b> Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, the richest twentysomething in history, reached out to Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel, who oversees a revenue-less app that makes photos disappear, with an invitation, delivered to his personal e-mail account: Come to Menlo Park and let’s get to know each …

Apple Is Already Way Ahead In Mobile Payments

Pundits (including me) have been predicting Apple’s entry into the mobile payment space — using a smartphone instead of a credit card to buy stuff in the real world — for years.<p>It hasn’t been a hard prediction to make. The financial rewards are enormous, and Apple has filed multiple patents around …

Animated iWatch Concept Is the Most Realistic You've Ever Seen

Although Apple remains tight-lipped about any plans to release a wearable device, the persistent rumors and concept mock-ups continue to stir …

It's Not Just You: Gmail Is Slow

Google is experiencing a glitch with Gmail that's causing the web mail service to slow down for some users. Although it's not nearly as far-reaching …

Light Table wants to give you coding superpowers

Chris Granger is a computer programmer who thinks programming kinda sucks. It's too complicated and too esoteric and too sprawling. But he hopes that …