Discounted iTunes codes wipe out PayPal gifts launch supplies
PayPal has launched an online gift store, with Apple as its only launch partner, in preparation for holiday season shopping. The PayPal Digital Gifts store, coming a week after the service provided support for prepaid credit cards, will allow existing PayPal users in the United States to buy gifts and gift cards to provide to other people.
Channel 4 on-demand video service reaches Roku, Now TV streaming devices
4oD, the on-demand video service from British broadcaster Channel 4 is now available to use on the Roku and the Now TV streaming set-top boxes in the United Kingdom. The on-demand offering from Channel 4 accompanies similar services such as the BBC iPlayer and Demand 5 on the devices, as well as Sky's own Now TV prepaid Internet-based satellite television service.
Buyout to bolster PayPal capabilities
eBay has agreed to acquire Braintree, a company that specializes in payment systems, for approximately $800 million in cash. The startup will initially operate as a separate division under eBay's PayPal division, which has served as a dominant competitor in the payment-services market.
Changes to come after freezing, releasing Indiegogo campaign funds
PayPal is pledging to overhaul its policies to improve how it deals with crowdfunding campaigns in the future. The payment service is looking into what it needs to change in order to preserve security while also allowing for such funding events to take place, after it recently and publicly froze funds destined to prominent crowdfunded projects.
Plug-in dongle detects PayPal app on smartphones, alerts merchant
PayPal has introduced a new dongle for mobile transactions that allows for hands-free payments in stores. The PayPal Beacon, designed to be plugged in at retail environments, uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to communicate with smartphones running the PayPal mobile app, with customers able to allow payments to continue by confirming with store employees, rather than pressing anything on their smartphone.
New features aimed at restaurants
PayPal has redesigned its mobile apps for iOS and Android, adding options for paying at local businesses and placing orders ahead of time. A new 'Shop' tab helps users find which local retailers and eateries support PayPal payments, with options for checking in and opening a tab directly from the app interface.
Developer kit to allow Card.io-based credit card scanning
Payment service PayPal has launched a new software development kit for Android. Following on from the iOS version launched in March, the Android SDK will allow developers to integrate PayPal payments into their apps, providing them with an alternative payment processing system to Google Play, and the option to pay for in-app items or services by credit or debit card.
iPad version of PayPal Here released in US
PayPal has expanded its PayPal Here mobile payment service with an iPad optimized app. The app differs from the iPhone version through support for multiple employee logins within one account, and an interface optimized for the iPad's larger display. Payments can be accepted in several different ways within the app, including swiping a credit card with the PayPal Here reader, entering a number manually, scanning the card with technology acquired from Card.io, accepting a cheque, or using cash. eBay's RedLaser feature is also directly integrated into the app, allowing users to scan barcodes to make purchases or add inventory.
Uses card scans to help verify transactions
Online payment service PayPal has launched a new iOS SDK for developers. The tool should let iOS apps integrate PayPal checkouts directly, including optional direct credit card payments. For those, apps will have to rely on PayPal's card.io system, which involves taking a photo of a credit card for scanning purposes.
Initial roll-out in UK uses new Chip & Pin device
PayPal is rolling out a new version of its Here mobile payments system for Europe. Starting in the UK, the payments service will be providing businesses a pocket-sized device that will offer Chip & PIN protection for payments through a retailer's mobile phone, instead of the triangular attachment used in the United States.
Two more store announcements expected shortly
Despite slightly missing its goal of 20 major retail partners accepting its in-store payment platform by the end of 2012, Paypal has made good on its promise just weeks after the start of the new year. In an update made by the payment processor today, PayPal has boosted its major chain acceptance list to 21, adding Home Depot, Guitar Center, Barnes & Noble, and JC Penney. PayPal claims to have two more partner companies able to accept the program soon.
British hacker faces 10 years in prison for attacks
A British hacker has been found guilty for his part in a Distributed Denial of Service attack against payment services. Anonymous member Christopher Weatherhead, attacked MasterCard, Visa, and Paypal after they turned away from processing payments for Wikileaks, as well as music industry companies, in attacks costing those involved over $5.6 million.
Demonstrates 82-inch slate, PayPal in-app purchasing
Microsoft has sold over four million upgrades for Windows 8 in the first few days after its launch. Speaking at the Build developers event on the Microsoft campus, CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed the number in his keynote speech, alongside announcements for more Windows 8 apps, such as PayPal, Dropbox, and ESPN.
Card.io purchase brings extra payment options to PayPal
PayPal has acquired mobile payment system Card.io. The mobile app system relies on taking a photo of a credit or debit card with the phone to get the card details, rather than swiping the magnetic strip through a portable reader used in other services such as Square. The purchase of Card.io by the payments firm will add another mobile payments system to its portfolio, alongside its already existing Paypal Here swipe add-on for handsets.
Collaboration aimed at getting people buying through TVs
PayPal and TiVo are teaming up to let TiVo owners buy goods through their TVs using only a remote control. Users will be able to link their TiVos with a PayPal account and purchase goods or donate money with just a few button presses. The new feature, part of PayPal's effort to expand to more devices, is expected to roll out this fall.
V.me by Visa coming to the UK, Spain, France
Visa Europe on Monday revealed that its V.me by Visa digital wallet service will launch in the fall in the UK, Spain, and France. At the same time, payments processor WorldPay will be a key development partner of the platform in the UK. More partners, such as banks and retailers, will be named before the autumn.
Bump Pay brings personal payments to iOS
Bump has just released a new iOS app, Bump Pay (free, iTunes), that lets users transfer money between their PayPal accounts by simply touching their devices. Users just need to put in their PayPal account details, and enter the amount of money they want to send to another iOS device. No fees exist outside of the PayPal transaction and the needed credit card.
PayPal Here reader and iPhone app arrive
As leaked earlier in the week, PayPal has unveiled its own direct equivalent to Square's reader. PayPal Here's triangular reader lets anyone with an iPhone take card payments and, as expected, PayPal payments. It claims an edge over Square in sheer variety of payment types, supporting options like debit cards, manually entered or scanned card info, and even check scanning in the US.
PayPal demonstrates changes to Digital Wallet
As expected, PayPal has demonstrated its newly redesigned Digital Wallet service. Two videos outlining the thorough changes to the service are embedded below, made by the eBay Ink blog. The desktop interface sports a plethora of options of how user can user their money, pay for purchases, and even split it into different accounts, or "buckets" as PayPal VP of global product and experience Sam Sharuger reveals.
PayPal may clash directly with Square hardware
PayPal's mobile payment technology may lead to a direct competitor to Square. leaks emerging from GigaOM would have a plug-in reader to let a smartphone, and presumably a tablet, take credit cards through a native app. Other than a possible triangle shape, not much was known about what it would entail besides a launch on Thursday.
PayPal mission not fazed by CEO departure
Despite the abrupt leaving of its CEO in January, PayPal is unfazed in its mission to make money off in-store payments, AllThingsD learned. Owned by eBay, the outfit had a number of demonstration set-ups of a grocery store, hardware store, and clothing store. In the San Jose area, PayPal has working registers set up in numerous Home Depot locations as part of a pilot program.
Yahoo loses Yang as new CEO takes over
(Update: more to come?) Yahoo on Tuesday said that its co-founder Jerry Yang was leaving the company. He had immediately resigned both from the Board of Directors and "all other positions" at the search giant, including a board spot at Alibaba. He sought to "pursue other interests" beyond the company but cast it as an amicable leap, putting his confidence in new CEO Scott Thompson.
Yahoo settles on permanent CEO from eBay division
Yahoo confirmed rumors Wednesday and picked PayPal president Scott Thompson as its new CEO. The nomination of the eBay division head followed months of uncertainty at the company following the firing of Carol Bartz in September. Thompson takes the position January 9.
HP offered just 7,850 refurbished TouchPads
This weekend's eBay TouchPad sale saw 7,850 of the refurbished devices find buyers, which is all the stock HP had on hand. The 16GB eBay listing saw 2,316 sales, priced at $99, while the 32GB model sold 5,534 units at $149. All were sold in less than 25 minutes, making eBay and PayPal work much slower and return a number of errors and unsuccessful transactions.
V.me aims for app, website integration
Visa has reportedly chosen the label V.me to represent its upcoming digital wallet service, which will be paired with a developer program. The service aims to compete with PayPal and other alternatives, providing users with a quick way to make web-based payments without typing in a full credit-card number.
PayPal uses P2P protocol to enable local exchanges
PayPal has announced that it has updated its PayPal Android app (free, Android Market) to version 3.0. In doing so, it has taken advantage of the P2P protocol within the NFC framework to enable friends to be able to tap their phones together to pay each other. The function is similar to its pre-existing Bump capability, but is now a much more direct action.
Standalone mini-store in Tribeca for 3 months
PayPal will open a popup store in the trendy Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan to showcase its point-of-sale features. PayPal will invite local merchants to visit the store, located at 174 Hudson, to see real-time demos of the company's payment processing technology for bricks and mortar stores. The store also features a QR code on the storefront window so pedestrians can learn more about the new payment options. In addition to handling payments, PayPal's new system is expected to allow consumers to check inventory in real-time, and provide location-aware and in-store offers from stores.
Overturns ruling by judge in earlier jury trial
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington today sided with e-tailer Amazon in an ongoing dispute with software developer Cordance over the use of one-click purchasing. The court overruled a decision by a trial judge who in turn had reversed a decision by a federal jury in a case over which the judge was presiding. The jury had found that, while Amazon might have infringed upon some components of Cordance's patent, the company's claims were invalid.
Google Wallet now live with more cards, one phone
As hinted earlier, Google Wallet on Monday went active for real users. The service in starting off will still work on just Citi MasterCards and the virtual Google Prepaid Card, but is now opening to rival cards. American Express, Discover, and Visa are all making their NFC specs available to let banks add the cards to the mobile payment system.
Apple takes on overcharges for Lion installs
Apple on Saturday began reversing some of the excess charges it accidentally applied to some Lion buyers. Both John Christman, the highlight example who was charged $3,878 more than the single copy he intended to download, as well as others, have said Apple would have the money back in their accounts within three to five days. Christman explained to MacRumors that Apple had revealed little while the refund request was ongoing but, when it got proof, refunded both the actual payments as well as the Paypal fees levied on top.
Blame bouncing between PayPal, Apple
Some people buying OS X Lion upgrades via PayPal are being overcharged, potentially in dramatic fashion, according to people responding to AppleInsider and Apple's support forums. In one case a person complains that they were charged about $3,878 on July 28th, the sum coming from 122 individual charges worth $31.79 each. "Apple blames PayPal, PayPal blames Apple," the person says. "They both are claiming to investigate, but I am stuck broke for three days now."
Paypal demonstrates NFC payments on Nexus S
PayPal at the the Mobile Beat 2011 conference in San Francisco Wednesday showed off its first Near Field Communications (NFC) widget for Android-powered devices. During a demonstration, funds were transferred simply by running the widget and tapping two Nexus S phones together. The new PayPal NFC widget lets users send or receive money. Holding phones together until they buzz, then entering a PayPal password or mobile PIN is all that's required to complete the transfer.
eBay buy of Zong expected to end by end of summer
Auction website eBay on Thursday revealed it bought mobile payment provider Zong for $240 million. It did so to reach four billion cell phone users as it already has PayPal for browser-based auction payments. Zong allows users to pay for their eBay purchases through their monthly cell phone bill.
Google to fight PayPal trade secret lawsuit
Google in a statement Friday afternoon planned to fight back against the eBay and PayPal lawsuit accusing it of stealing employees and trade secrets for Google Wallet. The company insisted that it would "respect trade secrets." It went on to argue that the staffers, Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius, had the right to leave for another company since experience was vital to moving up in the technology industry.
eBay and PayPal sue Google over trade secrets
eBay and its payment wing PayPal immediately followed up the launch of Google Wallet by suing Google and two executives for allegedly stealing trade secrets to help create the mobile payment technology. The online auction house accused Google's Wallet project lead Osama Bedier of feeding confidential PayPal information to Google to help it create the NFC mobile payment system and of making former eBay executive Stephanie Tilenius break a contract by having her join Google as its VP of commerce in February 2010, a month before she finished a consulting contract with eBay that had followed her exit from full-time work. Bedier also supposedly tried to poach PayPal employees while he was at Google.
Xbox 360 spring 2011 Dashboard pushes out today
Microsoft on Thursday sent word that the leaked out spring 2011 Xbox 360 update to the Dashboard was going live. The update brings the ability to buy any Xbox Live content using PayPal and thus avoid having to use a credit card. Its other core feature is support for a new disc format that gives about 1GB of space back while still improving the anti-piracy measures that had required all the extra data.
Xbox 360 spring 2011 update leaks for May 19
Microsoft's promised Xbox 360 spring Dashboard update should be ready in less than two weeks, a support document leaked Monday has shown. The upgrade should arrive May 19 with the new disc format intact. Most changes are strictly internal, according to Joystiq's contact in tech support, but a public-facing tweak would include support for PayPal to buy points and subscriptions.
Company seeks records covering two years
Sony has moved to subpoena PlayStation hacker George Hotz' PayPal records, as the company continues to push for its anti-jailbreaking lawsuit to stay in California. Despite the focus on a PS3 jailbreak that only emerged several months ago, Judge Joseph Spero granted the company's request to gain access to all of Hotz' PayPal records spanning from 2009 to 2011.
Cordance sues Apple and PayPal for one-click
Cordance late Monday sued Apple, PayPal and Victoria's Secret for allegedly copying its technology with one-click shopping. The Delaware-based complaint, made with the help of the previously unknown "exclusive licensee" and likely shell company Efficient Online Purchasing, accused the trio of violating a patent for an "object-based on-line transaction infrastructure." Apple was singled out for supposedly having infringed on purpose, although it wasn't said how or if the two companies had contact.
Connected to iPhone, Nano, pro software
PayPal has hired a 17-year Apple veteran, Sarah Brody, as its new VP of global design, the company has confirmed. Some of her design work can reportedly be seen in the first-generation iPhone, as well as in an early version of the iPod nano. Other examples are said to be located on the webpages for Final Cut Studio, Logic Studio and the general "Pro" page marketing Apple products to corporations and freelancers.
App failed to confirm authenticity of PayPal site
PayPal has quickly released an update to its popular iPhone app, after the company had become aware of a significant security vulnerability. The previous version reportedly failed to confirm the authenticity of PayPal's website, leaving a loophole that could have been exploited to gain unauthorized access to users' accounts.
iPhone app updated, takes in $100,000 overnight
A new feature in the iOS PayPal app's latest version is surprising the company with its popularity. Just 36 hours after it launched v2.7 -- adding the ability to "deposit" checks merely by taking a picture of the front and back -- the company has seen deposits exceed $100,000.
BlackBerry App World at 10K mark two years behind
RIM today quietly slipped word that BlackBerry App World has passed 10,000 apps. The figure comes 1.5 years after the mobile store launched and shortly after the launch of App World 2.0 last month. Its climb has been relatively brisk in 2010, moving up from about 7,000 in the spring.
No 'sudden increase' in fraud, source claims
A recent series of fraudulent iTunes downloads, tied to PayPal accounts, is not based on any new exploit, sources claim. Described as "close to Apple," the sources suggest that iTunes has not been compromised and that Apple isn't aware of any sudden jump in fraud. In reality, people are probably falling prey to variants of bot and phishing attacks that have been around for years, All Thing Digital writes.
Apple maintains old position on fraud
Some people are finding their PayPal accounts emptied of hundreds or thousands of dollars because of fraudulent iTunes purchases, reports reveal. One person complains of having been charged over $4,700, in a bill linked to almost 50 PayPal receipts worth $99.99 each. A more conventional example is a San Francisco woman, who was billed $650. By catching and reporting the problem early, it should be possible to get Apple or PayPal to reverse unwanted transactions.
BBerry App World matches Apple on price limits
RIM tonight took BlackBerry App World 2.0 out of beta and made it available to the wider BlackBerry community with a change to price policies meant to counter Apple. The company is now dropping its minimum $2.99 requirement for paid apps and will allow both 99-cent and $1.99 apps into the store. Free apps have always been an option.
PayPal claims workaround for in-app purchases
PayPal in a recent presentation said it would offer its system to pay for in-app purchases on both Android and the iPhone. The company's Benelux regional manager, Dennis van Allermeersch, said PayPal had developed a method that would let users sign into the service and pay without having to use an existing system like Google Checkout or, purportedly, an iTunes account. Van Allermeersch claimed that the method would be allowed in the iPhone's App Store.
Fusion Garage asking for bank info for refunds
Because of a delay of more than a month, those who ordered the JooJoo tablet and made a payment using PayPal are asking for refunds. JooJoo maker Fusion Garage is allegedly making this difficult, however, claiming PayPal is not forthcoming on issuing the refunds. Instead, Fusion Garage is asking buyers for direct account information, which is something most aren't comfortable divulging.
Service allows payment between two phones
PayPal on Tuesday unveiled an update to its Send Money app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Version 2.0 allows users send money via Bump, transferring funds after "bumping" together two iPhones. A new Split Check feature is designed to provide an easy way for people to split the cost of a meal, including tips and tax, and then reimburse each other.
Company claims large-scale patent violations
Apple and eBay are among many online retailers named in a new patent infringement lawsuit, reports say. Filed by TQP Development, the suit alleges that the defendants are violating a 14-year-old patent, titled Encrypted Data Transmission System Employing Means for Randomly Altering the Encryption Keys. The company uses the specific example of Apple's online store, noting that the website generates an assortment of pseudo-random keys for secure packet transmission.