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drag2share: The Mobile Payments Rush Is On, And The Winners Will Shape The Future Of Transactions And Commerce

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/VJprYkEcHvs/a-primer-on-the-mobile-payments-market-2013-9

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PayPal is close to a deal to acquire Braintree, a company that specializes in powering mobile transactions. Meanwhile, Facebook announced that it’s pairing up with payment companies to roll out “Autofill,” which makes it easier for its users to buy things straight from their phones.

Mobile devices are edging closer to fulfilling their long-delayed promise as digital wallets, and tech and financial services players do not want to be left out.

Consumers and merchants are beginning to see the advantage of channeling offline payments through mobile devices, rather than transacting in coins and cash, credit cards — or clunky register systems.

In a new report from BI Intelligence,  we explain the main reasons why mobile payments are poised for takeoff, provide proprietary estimates for the growth and size of the mobile payments market in the years to come, and analyze the specific trends that will help shape the growth in mobile payments, including user concerns around security. We track the demographic and geographic nature of ! the cons umers who will drive the growth, merchant-side adoption, and the mobile payments solutions that will lead the charge.


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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 news No Comments

If You’re Still Unimpressed With Bitcoin Wait Until You See This Bitcoin ATM

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/robocoin-bitcoin-atm-2013-9

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RoboCoin is a digital kiosk that lets its customers buy and sell Bitcoin for cash. For all intents and purposes, it’s a Bitcoin ATM.

Brothers Mark and John Russell of Las Vegas are the brains of the operation, having already run a software company that builds software powering more conventional ATMs. Russell was already an avid Bitcoiner, so building a Bitcoin ATM was just a natural extension of what they were already doing.

Here’s how it works. You put your cash deposit into the machine and either it tell it to generate a digital Bitcoin wallet for you and put your money there, or give the machine a preexisting wallet address for depositing your coins. It will print a QR code as a receipt of your transaction. About 10 minutes later, the Bitcoin network will push your transaction through, giving you access to your new Bitcoins.

If you want cash for your Bitcoins, bring your QR code back to a RoboCoin kiosk, scan it, and watch as it dispenses your physical money. Bitcoin to cash instantly, cash to Bitcoin almost instantly (consider the three- or four-day waiting period).

The Russells don’t intend to operate the RoboCoins themselves, but will instead sell the devices to operating partners for $18,500 (the price will later rise to $20,000). It’s not clear where the brothers foresee the ATMs being placed. Those who buy the kiosks will have to be smart when it comes to following financial regulations. These ATMs are essentially a money-launderer’s dream come true, but that’s hardly the point here. Where Bitcoin likely feels intractable for some, RoboCoin brings it into the physical world. Suddenly we’re dealing with Bitcoin right in front of us in terms that we understand – it’s just like any ATM you’ve used a thousand times before. It simply builds a bridge between digital and physical currency.

The first RoboCoin kiosk will open later this year in Vancouver and will spread quickly thereafter, according to the plan. The Glas! ers tell us there’s already plenty of interest. Check out the video below to see what a sample transaction looks like:

 


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Monday, September 9th, 2013 news No Comments

Amazon Just Made Its Own Currency, Amazon Coins

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5981745/amazon-just-made-its-own-currency-amazon-coins

Amazon Just Made Its Own Currency, Amazon CoinsAmazon’s got a new way to buy stuff for anyone who has a Kindle Fire. Amazon Coins are a virtual currency that will come out in May, and work for all app and in-app purchases on the Kindle Fire.

The Coins will function exactly the same as real money, and developers will still get their standard cut. Amazon thinks it will help drive more business, and that makes some sense. Especially with apps and games for kids, it seems like a nice addition where you can maybe set up a Coins purse without allowing access to another payment method. And since Amazon will obviously never stop accepting real money—unlike virtual currency-only merchants like Xbox Live—you don’t have quite the locked-in headache here, either. [Amazon]

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 news No Comments

What is BitCoin?

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5803518/what-is-bitcoin

What Is BitCoin?Maybe you’ve heard of BitCoin—it wants to shake the entire global economy. And some people think it might! It’s online money—an alternative to dollars and euros. Well what’s that mean? It’s complicated, but we break it down.

BitCoin is a digital currency…

BitCoin is not real money. It’s an online “currency”—virtual tokens that can be exchanged for goods and services at places that accept it, the same way you’d give someone a dollar for a cookie.

…with mega aspirations…

In their YouTube manifesto, BitCoin’s creators say they’re going to revolutionize global finance the way the web changed publishing. So! Kind of a lofty goal, aiming to be a global currency up there with (or replacing) the dollar. Right now, that’s still the pipiest of pipe dreams.

…that’s exchanged via P2P…

When you write your friend a check, money from your account is withdrawn from your bank, and then transferred to her bank, and then she withdraws it as cash (maybe). With BitCoin, there are no middlemen (other than the users that comprise the network itself). Money goes straight from you to whomever, through the BitCoin P2P system, with no intermediary agency passing along the chips.

…and generated by its users…

This is where it starts to get a little weird! Unlike traditional currency, that’s backed up by something, (be it gold, silver, or a central bank), BitCoins are generated out of thin air. Through a process called “mining,” a little app sits on your computer and slowly—very slowly—creates new BitCoins in exchange for providing the computational power to process transactions. When a new batch of coins is ready, they’re distributed in probabilistic accordance to whomever had the highest computing power in the mining process. The system is rigged so that no more than 21 million BitCoins will ever exist—so the mining process will yield less and less as time goes on, and more people sign up. This makes the whole system a lot sweeter for early adopters.

…to be spent at the few places BitCoin is accepted…

Not many places accept BitCoin at the moment, unlike traditional currency. But! There’s decent incentive for small businesses to use it—it’s free to use, and there aren’t any transaction fees. At the moment you can buy the services of a web designer, indie PC games, homemade jewelry, guns, and, increasingly, illegal drugs. If the internet is the Wild West, BitCoin is its wampum.

…or converted into real money.

Just like you can trade in yen for dollars, you can swap your BitCoins with other users for several “real world” currencies. And right now, the BitCoin is trading very high! As I write this, one BitCoin is worth $7.5. Not too shabby at all.

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