James Wester / James Wester is a technology writer and blogger with over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications in the technology and payments sectors. Prior to joining MobilePaymentsToday.com as editor he worked as Director of Corporate Communications for Chase Paymentech and ran payment operations for AOL. James has a BA in English from Drury University in Springfield, MO and an MS in IT Management from the University of Virginia.
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Journey into the near future of mobile payments [infographic]

From shopping on their phones to ditching change at the parking meter, consumers are embracing mobile payments for an ever larger number of daily tasks.

Ribbon turns on in-stream payments, Twitter turns them off

Well, nuts. San Francisco-based startup Ribbon announced this morning that it had turned on in-stream payments through its service as well as integration with YouTube.

In small trial, M&S shows its big hopes for mobile payments

M&S; mobile payment pilot shows a retailer's commitment to the mobile channel.

Amex, Walmart expand BlueBird features

Account holders can order checks, deposit up to $100K annually into FDIC-insured accounts.

LevelUp rolls out its first white label app for DC-based eateries

Restaurant chain sweetgreen has launched a mobile payment and loyalty app for use in its 16 locations.

Merchant Warehouse shows its genius

Merchant services provider rolls out its new Genius customer engagement platform.

FIS acquires mobile banking startup mFoundry

FIS goes from investor to owner of leading mobile banking company.

SALT Technology gets more than a dash of funding

Mobile payment startup raises $2 million from group of private investors.

VeriFone casts SAIL adrift

Retail POS maker announced it will divest its mobile POS business and pursue channel strategy.

Square update offers gift cards, Passbook integration

Just in time for last-minute gifters (though curiously too late for the beginning of the holiday shopping season) Square has released new updates for its Square Wallet and Square Register apps. On the Square Wallet side, the company has added...

Mobile payment execs assemble!

Startup Cardfree unites experienced mobile payment veterans, nets $10 million in Series A funding.

Isis announces its pilot programs are now up and running

Isis flips the switch in test markets Austin and Salt Lake City.

Square snags another retail partner in AT&T

Square has signed a new retail partner. The company said its mobile credit card readers will be sold at AT&T's 1,000 retail outlets.

SumUp joins European mobile POS fracas with $20M in Series A funding

The market's appetite for mobile point-of-sale solutions has yet to be sated. At least that's what some investors are betting when it comes to another European mobile POS company, SumUp.

Major merchants launch their own mobile payment method

Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy announce Merchant Customer Exchange to compete with Google Wallet, Isis.

Square and Starbucks to form mobile payment partnership

Coffee giant to invest $25 million in payment company and accept Pay with Square.

GoPago enters tablet POS market with GoPago LIVE

Mobile app-maker offers free hardware and no upfront costs for its new POS solution.

Mobile payments inviting plenty of regulatory scrutiny

Regulators looking to keep consumers safe from the perils of mobile payments.

Rebooted Google Wallet now accepts any credit card

New features let users link any major card to their mobile wallet.

The Uber fight and regulatory perils

Washington D.C.'s efforts to set the car provider's fees underscore the pain of regulation.

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