Tag Archive: Mobile Payments

‘NFC Sucks’

Sep. 20, ‘12: Cap Watkins: Apple (or anyone for that matter) doesn’t need to add a new technology to enable the future of payments and sharing. That future is already being invented with wi-fi and cellular data and is way better than anything … Continue reading →

What’s The Difference Between PayPal’s Discover Deal And Square’s Starbucks Partnership?

Aug. 23, ‘12: Lots of comparisons — some logical, some silly — between the two. It’s definitely a good move for PayPal, but I’m not sure how this “trumps” Square (All Things D) or will “outdo” Square (VentureBeat). They’re pretty different. PayPal & … Continue reading →

Let’s Clear Up Some Details About Square’s Big Partnership With Starbucks

Aug. 8, ‘12: Last night, Square announced that it would take over credit-card processing for Starbucks stores and that Starbucks would now accept Square as a payment tool. It’s a big deal, but it left more questions than answers. This morning, I attended … Continue reading →

Square Signs Up Starbucks

Aug. 8, ‘12: A surprising and interesting move. Here’s the press release and here’s Square CEO Jack Dorsey’s memo. In short, Square will start processing all of Starbucks’ credit card transactions and Starbucks stores will accept Square as a form of payment.* (Starbucks … Continue reading →

Notes From The West Coast

Jun. 19, ‘12: I spent last week at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Everything beyond the keynote was under NDA, so I can’t tell you about it. And this week, I’m on vacation in Portland and Vancouver, so I won’t be … Continue reading →

iOS 6 Passbook

Jun. 11, ‘12: The biggest surprise in today’s iOS 6 sneak peek is Passbook. The other stuff had pretty much all leaked — Facebook, maps, do-not-disturb, etc. — but Passbook is fascinating. On one hand, right now, it’s just an aggregation of your … Continue reading →

Square’s ‘Sexy Growth Curve’ Accelerates Again

Apr. 25, ‘12: In a Bloomberg article today, Square drops a new money stat: It is now processing payments at a $5 billion annualized rate. Square has been revealing these stats, with increasing payment volume, for more than a year — see last … Continue reading →

PayPal’s fake Square

Mar. 15, ‘12: Looks pretty much exactly like something eBay would design. Can’t wait for Yahoo’s take. (Joking aside, this is actually a pretty important market for eBay. Its whole case vs. Amazon is that it can further democratize e-commerce, and looping in … Continue reading →

Square’s Sexy Growth Curve

Mar. 5, ‘12: It is easy to be skeptical of Square, which — while very cool — also feels like it must somehow be overhyped. (Why did my local café stop using it? Why don’t I ever see it in use? Can it really replace most cash … Continue reading →

Here’s what I’m actually looking forward to in tech this year

Jan. 6, ‘12: “Predictions” season is over — thank goodness. But the folks at SAY Media — my advertising partner for SplatF, and my new employers via ReadWriteWeb — asked me to write a piece for their weekly newsletter about some of the … Continue reading →