Monday , January 22, 2018

E-Commerce

Micropayments Could Hit 10% of All POS Transactions

Transactions amounting to $10 or less could potentially amount to at least 10% of all point-of-sale payment transactions processed annually in North America, a bonanza of transaction volume that goes a long way toward explaining why giant card companies and small startup processors alike are chasing the so-called micropayments market. …

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Web-Based Drivers’ License Renewal May Be Coming

The state of Washington, home to Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com and considered one of the most digitally advanced states in the country, has passed the 1 million mark in electronic transactions on its Web site, and plans next to allow citizens to renew their drivers' licenses online. According to an …

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A Cryptographer Says He Holds the Key to a Digital Currency

The dream of a digital currency, a form of money invented just for electronic transactions and just as anonymous as cash in the physical world, is at least as old as the original concept of the Mondex smart card 10 years ago. Next came Cybercash, Digicash, Beenz, Flooz, and others. …

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Survey: Better Content Might Ignite Online Micropayments

A survey released today at a conference on micropayments reveals the extent to which Americans are willing to buy content from Web sites at prices measured in the pennies. Extrapolations from the survey show that 4 million Americans made micropayments for digital content costing $2 and under in the past …

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Another Micropayment System Gets Ready for Rollout

The rising number of online content providers is provoking a steady stream of startups looking to facilitate payment of small fees for everything from ringtones to comics to newsletter items and songs. One of the latest is Palo Alto, Calif.-based Bitpass, which is in it the beta stage of attracting …

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Payment by Phone Bill Picks Up Momentum

A payment service that allows Internet content and service providers to bill their customers via their phone bill has been gaining momentum. Although San Jose, Calif.-based PaymentOne, a billing service for 50 large Internet service companies, provides those companies with six different payment options, the PhoneBill choice is being used …

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Nation’s First Shared Ticketing Machines Go Live

McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, has installed and switched on the nation's first ticketing kiosks serving multiple airlines. The airport's initial installation, which cost it about $2 million in hardware and software, includes more than 30 self-service machines at the airport itself and another six hooked up at the Las …

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Peppercoin Assaults the Micropayments Market

A service that has been in alpha test for the past three months to allow consumers to make micropayments for entertainment services is expected to be rolled out in the next month. Early participants in the service offered by Waltham, Mass.-based Peppercoin Inc. include Music Rebellion, an online service that …

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Microsoft and Vodafone Work to Link PC-Wireless Transactions

Microsoft Corp. and Vodafone Group PLC are working together on technology standards that would allow personal computers to exploit wireless networks for functions ranging from user authentication to payment to text messages. A company that sells online games, for instance, could use the new mobile Web specifications to accept micropayments …

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Behind a Web-Based Network’s Explosive Growth

A Web-based payments transaction processing program has been growing at about 400% annually since it branched out beyond the hospitality industry. When Las Vegas-based Shift4 Corp. developed its $$$ on the Net system for nearby resorts five years ago, the system was designed to allow the hotel, gift shops, casinos, …

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