Tag Archives: square

Facebook, Snapchat for transferring funds? Maybe.

Kimberley Carmona

Once a month, my roommate will text me the total amount of my share of the utility bills. Instead of writing her a check or finding a Chase ATM, I just Venmo her. Venmo is one of my favorite mobile…
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Interactivity 2.0: Silicon Valley sex workers embrace the Square app

Jay MacDonald

Square, the free square-shaped card reader, already transforms any Android device, iPhone or iPad into a nerd magnet.

Now, members of the oldest profession are using it to meet up with members of one of the youngest. The average tech salary of $96,000 tends to attract friends for hire, and the Square is helping to facilitate their interactivity.

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Emily’s list: Starbucks Square edition

Emily Crone

Mobile payments have slowly but surely wriggled their way into American markets. Starbucks was ahead of the curve, introducing an app last year that allowed customers to pay with their phone. Starting this fall, the coffee empire is switching to using Square, a company whose mobile app allows you to pay “effortlessly.” Your card on file will be charged, and you quickly leave the counter. In the future, things will get a little sci-fi. You won’t even need to take anything out of your pocket–you will be detected via GPS.

I think this will be really cool if Square catches on with other merchants. Though it takes away any tangible aspect of paying, which makes me wonder if people will find it easier to spend since it will just feel like play money. Read on for my roundup of my favorite posts from the personal finance blogosphere from the past week.

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Starbucks’ mobile payment app sees explosive growth

Matt Schulz

Millions of people have made purchases at Starbucks using just their smartphones, the coffee mega-retailer said.

That announcement on March 23 — perhaps our strong indication yet of people’s appetites for using mobile payments to buy everyday items — made headlines, but it’s just the latest example of the continued mainstreaming of mobile payments.

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Your holiday guide to credit card innovations and gadgets

Jeremy Simon

It’s been some time since I last updated you all on the must-have gadgets and gizmos related to credit cards. To make it up to you, ahead of the holidays, here are the latest payment card innovations — in the form of a Square, Piece of Cake and a Nintendo controller.
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