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Industry News: Mobile bill payment grows

Mobile bill payment use is growing rapidly among U.S. consumers, with 27 million U.S. online households now paying at least one bill from their phone, up nearly 70 percent over 2013, according to Fiserv’s Seventh Annual Billing Household Survey. Mobile Payments Today – Mobile bill payment grows


Industry News: Mobile phones: Early adopters ring the changes with payment revolution

High quality global journalism requires investment. When it comes to everyday banking, Japan is a paradox. The country has some of the most advanced infrastructure in the world but remains a cash-based society. Many Japanese choose to pay utility bills with hard currency at convenience stores. Restaurants and small businesses often only accept cash. And it is Click to continue →


Black Friday - were online retailers fully prepared this year?

This year £810m was spent on British Black Friday as UK Christmas bargain hunters placed 404,835 orders online[1]. Across the globe, Cyber Monday sales jumped 17% from last year, totalling nearly $2.04 billion, the heaviest online spending day in history and the first day ever to surpass $2bn in sales,[2] according to ComScore. But were Click to continue →


Industry News: Google Shopping to Counter Amazon

Testing ‘Buy Now’ Button, Other Enhancements to Build Online Commerce Site. Google Inc. plans to push deeper into online commerce by enhancing its Google Shopping service with features that more directly challenge Amazon. Wall Street Journal – Google Shopping to Counter Amazon


Industry News: Bitcoin stalls after hitting record prices in 2013

The cryptocurrency has plummeted 50% in price so far this year and experts expect its expansion to slow. After skyrocketing to more than a thousand dollars in price late last year and attracting global attention, bitcoin, the leading digital currency, has stalled. Figures obtained by Reuters show that while “wallets” – cyberspeak for accounts – are being created at a steady Click to continue →