2014 in review, part II: Security, bitcoin, carrier billing, and mPOS

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Data breaches were a hot-button topic in 2014, maybe even more so than Apple Pay.

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2014 in review, part I: Apple Pay, MCX, the UK, and beacons

Mobile payments took a large leap forward in the last 12 months, but there's still a lot this industry can strive to accomplish.

The chicken or the egg? Loyalty will drive mobile payments

Tiago Soromenho, founder of Mozido's StickyStreet mobile loyalty solution, gives his view on why this is still a longstanding issue.

The retailer side of the bitcoin equation

Three merchants discuss why they began accepting virtual currencies for payment – and how accepting bitcoin has changed their business.

Virtual currencies: bitcoin and beyond [infographic]

An array of virtual currencies are making their presence known.

Mobile shoppers want better customer care right now

John Hibel, director of marketing at Contact Solutions Inc., lays out the issues merchants face as consumers shop more on their smart devices.

Mobile payments rule the early holiday shopping season

Consumers now more than ever are using their smartphones and tablets to shop on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

CardMobili brings digital wallet capabilities to MNOs

The company is partnering with direct carrier biller Bango to enable consumers to buy physical items and charge them to their monthly mobile bill.

Apple Pay's missing one thing retailers crave: Data

The mobile payments system diminishes the ability to track shopper behavior. This is among the reasons why some major retailers are not accepting it, writes the President and CEO of LoyaltyOne Inc. Bryan Pearson.

Webinar explores 5 mistakes retailers make with mobile

Presentation examines the checkout process, speed, security concerns and more.

BitPay preps Florida city as bitcoin haven as bowl game approaches

As the lead sponsor for the St. Petersburg Bowl, the processor wants the area's merchants to be able to accept the cryptocurrency at their stores.

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WingCash makes its digital wallet brand available to merchants

Brand Cash is a closed-loop, digital currency that a business creates with WingCash, and that a consumer can use either for online purchases or at a brick-and-mortar store with a smartphone.

ShopKeep giving away free readers for Apple Pay and EMV acceptance

The device, powered by Ingenico Mobile Solutions, connects to the ShopKeep register app via Bluetooth.

Global mobile NFC payments to exceed $130 billion by 2020

This equates to 254 million mobile users making five payments per month at an average of slightly less than $9 per transaction.

NCR Silver POS adds LevelUp

NCR Silver merchants can activate the LevelUp application as a payment option in their POS system.

First Data and Verifone partner to fight consumer payment data theft

First Data will offer Verifone's Secure Commerce Architecture (SCA) to provide safer, streamlined transactions and expedite EMV integration in the United States.

Bindo adds invoicing to tablet-based POS

Retailers can now deliver invoices directly to individual customers through Bindo's new invoicing feature.

Interactive Customer Experience Summit coming to Chicago in June

The conference will focus on technologies such as digital signage, self-service kiosks, mobile and tablets, as well as emerging technologies like beacons, virtual assistants and augmented reality.

ShopKeep reveals new website

Company is giving new customers a free credit card reader that supports NFC and chip cards.

Square reaches $100 million single-day sales milestone

Square also announced over 40 percent of its payment volume comes from sellers who process over $125,000 a year.

CardFlight inks pact with merchant services provider for mobile POS

Partnership to provide a custom mobile POS solution to merchants through its sponsor bank's network of retail branches.

Boost Mobile, Sprint apps feature gift card function

Consumers can buy gift cards from top retailers in gaming, entertainment, casual dining and apparel.

BitStraat providing free tablets to Amsterdam retailers

Goal is "to make Amsterdam the bitcoin capital."

Stripe worth $3.5 billion

Company raises $70 million in new funding round.

Braintee expands One Touch outside US

Merchants in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. now have the ability to add the checkout option to their mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Brazilian bank to deploy Verifone mPOS device

Banrisul Cartões selected Verifone's product following a test by door-to-door cosmetics merchants and taxi cab drivers.

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