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PayPal returns to its online roots

PayPal's recently launched Log In with PayPal platform allows consumers to use their PayPal credentials to log in to merchant websites and complete the checkout process without needing to enter personal or payment information. The service focuses on mobile internet, a popular and growing market, and is likely to prove more successful than PayPal's previous forays into mobile POS payments.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2013
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UnionPay set to shake up US card market

China UnionPay's entrance into the US payment card market with a prepaid card offering signals a bold strategic move by the payment network to not only tap into the growing popularity of prepaid cards, but also to expand its consumer reach and global brand presence. If successful, UnionPay could potentially spell bad news for major payment providers and their standing in the market.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2013
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Amazon mobile payments: secure but not convenient

Amazon appears to be contemplating a bold move into mobile payments, with prospective plans to develop an anonymous mobile payments service. By putting information privacy at the heart of the service, Amazon stands to tap into a lucrative opportunity, with strong evidence to suggest that mobile wallet security is still a major concern for many consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2013
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UniCredit biometrics faces hurdles ahead

UniCredit is rolling out a biometric payment authentication system called Papillon, which operates by scanning the pattern of veins in the hand. This is one of the more secure biometric propositions. Yet while Papillon may help to assuage consumer concerns about fraud, UniCredit will have to be careful in its implementation as the registration process may prove cumbersome.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2013
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Amex launches Twitter payments

American Express has extended its Sync service with social media site Twitter to allow users to pay for purchases using special hashtags. Although unlikely to remain anything but a niche offering, Amex's move is focused more on its traditional space of consumer targeting and reward programs.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2013
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ANZ goMoney and CBA Kaching point to significant mobile payment opportunities in Australia

According to figures released by ANZ and CBA regarding their respective goMoney and Kaching apps, mobile payments are becoming increasingly popular among Australian consumers. Although uptake of these apps has been strong, there is still great opportunity to encourage usage and grow the Australian mobile payments market.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2012
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Mobile POS: not just for rich countries

ABSA and Bank of America have both recently launched mobile POS services allowing small business customers to accept card payments using a smartphone. These rollouts in two very different markets highlight the growing popularity of mobile POS devices. Datamonitor research suggests that the opportunities for mobile POS are strongest in developing countries.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Dec 2012
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American Express enhances the TV viewing experience with mobile commerce

American Express's recent move to use TV viewing to boost its mobile commerce activity highlights a major growth opportunity for payment providers to boost engagement through a more tailored and direct avenue, as over half of US consumers currently use their mobile to shop online.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Nov 2012
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JCB learns from experience with new mobile wallet

The JCB Mobile Wallet will require significant long-term investment to garner any real payoffs - particularly with regards to its features and offers - as nearly half of Japanese consumers currently have a mobile wallet but do not use it.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Nov 2012
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Virtual currencies are on the radar of central banks, but regulations remain a long way off

The European Central Bank recently released its first study looking at the nature and impact of emerging virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Linden Dollars, and World of Warcraft Gold. While these currencies have grown strongly in recent years, in some instances resulting in extremely large virtual economies, they are likely to remain outside regulatory control.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2012

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