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April 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Now You Can Sell on Twitter

Chirpify platform allows Twitter users to monetize their tweets.

If you ever wondered how to turn all your tweeting into profits, a chirp might just be what brings the egg to the nest.
Twitter has joined with Chirpify, a Portland-based social commerce platform that enables merchants to buy, sell, donate and transact through a simple tweet. Read More

April 24, 2012 · No comments

Payment Processors: Comparing Third Parties

Part 3 of a series about electronic payment providers and what merchants should look for

In Payment Processors: Unraveling the Mystery, we covered some basic payment processing terminology and discussed the top factors merchants should consider when shopping for a payment provider. Payment Processors: Gateways and Beyond discussed a few popular merchant gateways and a few emerging mobile payment apps. Read More

April 20, 2012 · No comments

Dwolla Introduces Pay Now Button

Payment option can be added to virtually any website.

Payments startup Dwolla has introduced a customizable Pay Now button that lets U.S.-based e-commerce merchants, bloggers and website owners enable a quick payment option.
The button, announced on the Dwolla blog, can be downloaded for free by Dwolla account holders, and used in any number of ways, according to Dwolla CEO Ben Milne. Read More

April 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

Payment Processors: Gateways and Beyond

Part 2 of a series about electronic payment providers and what merchants should look for

Today’s online retailers might have an edge on traditional brick-and-mortar stores because they don’t necessarily need as much experience or know-how to become successful. However, those with the most understanding about the behind-the-scenes of business are better equipped to make the right decision. Read More

April 10, 2012 · No comments

Payment Processors: Unraveling the Mystery

Part 1 of a series about electronic payment providers and what merchants should look for

If you do business online, the term “payment service provider” is most likely familiar to you, but knowing which payment provider to use can be a bit tricky.
Merchants who search for potential payment processors can find a large number of choices to sort through, and the task can seem daunting. Read More

April 4, 2012 · 3 Comments

PayPal Revamps its Payment Options

All-in-one solution, PayPal Payments, targets small businesses.

PayPal has repackaged its payment tools to provide an all-in-one solution meant to give small merchants more flexibility in how they receive payments.
The new offering, called PayPal Payments, is a tiered structure that rolls in online payments, mobile payments, in-person payments via PayPal Here, invoicing capability and debit card access to PayPal funds. Read More

February 10, 2012 · No comments

Facebook Taps Bango for Mobile Payments

Deal will support the social network's push into mobile commerce.

Mobile payments and analytics provider Bango announced an agreement to provide payment services to Facebook.
No details of the deal were shared, and terms were not disclosed.
It’s likely that Facebook will look to U.K.-based Bango to help it make money from mobile apps on its platform, and possibly support a move into e-commerce. Read More

February 7, 2012 · No comments

Etsy Adds Direct Checkout

Alternative payment feature available to U.S. merchants.

Select Etsy sellers in the U.S. now have another checkout option for their buyers, and more U.S. sellers can have this option, too, by letting the marketplace know they’re interested, officials announced today.
The marketplace for artisans noted on its blog that it has added direct checkout and is offering the feature to a small number of merchants in the U.S. Read More

February 3, 2012 · No comments

Facebook Eyes Payments Market

IPO to fund investments in payments system and apps partnerships.

Facebook intends to make a bigger play in the digital payments market following its planned IPO, which was officially announced Wednesday.
In its S-1 registration statement filed with the SEC, Facebook said it plans to invest more heavily to promote Facebook as a platform for third-party social products, and will enhance its payments system to support the move beyond virtual goods. Read More

January 9, 2012 · No comments

PayPal Misses EU Law’s Deadline

Faster money transfers delayed by 'technical challenges.'

The EU has implemented a new law that requires electronic bank transfers to arrive in the recipient’s account by the next business day. However, PayPal has reportedly been unable to meet the Jan. 1 deadline.
Transfers between PayPal accounts are processed almost instantly and PayPal reports that the EU standards for transfers into consumer bank accounts are already being met—except in the UK. Read More