McDonald’s begins testing Mobile Order & Pay ahead of nationwide launch

 McDonald’s began testing mobile ordering and payments on Wednesday in select U.S. markets — the first to receive the technology as part of a pilot test aimed at working out the kinks ahead of a full rollout across the U.S. and to other international markets by year’s end. Read More

You can now send and request money in Gmail on Android

 Google Wallet has been integrated into Gmail on the web since 2013, but today Google is rolling out a new integration on mobile. Starting today, users of the Gmail app on Android will be able to send or request money with anyone, including those who don’t have a Gmail address, with just a tap. The user experience has been designed to make exchanging money as easy as attaching a file,… Read More

Jaguar launches in-car payments at Shell gas stations

imgp5939-edit-edit-edit-2-edit-2 In a first for in-car convenience features, Jaguar is teaming up with Shell to launch a new payment feature that lets you use Apple Pay or PayPal (with Android Pay coming later on) to easily pay for gas right within their vehicles at the pumps. The feature is coming to the UK first, but will roll out around the world after that. The feature requires installation of the Shell app to make… Read More

Kudi wants to make it easier to pay bills in places where internet access is limited

A man keeps his money in his back pocket in a Lagos om April 15, 2008. In Nigeria, where officials are keen to clean up a reputation for massive corruption, authorities insist that humble citizens show more respect for the country's currency, the naira. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images) Making payments and sending money to friends and family in Nigeria can be cumbersome. Y Combinator-backed Kudi, which recently launched in Nigeria, is aiming to make it easier for people to pay bills and pay each other via messaging. At its core, Kudi is a chatbot, which lives inside Facebook Messenger and eventually Skype, that helps you transfer money, buy airtime for your phone, pay bills… Read More

Symple wants to be Venmo for business payments

symple_mobile Between Venmo, Square Cash and even Snapcash, no one can argue that it’s hard to send money to a friend. But it wasn’t always this way. Paper checks used to be the de facto method of repayment — and it was messy, time-consuming and nowhere near instantaneous — someone could wait a month to cash a check you wrote them, leaving you with an annoying surprise when the… Read More

Android Pay is now available in Japan

android-pay Android Pay continues its international rollout with a launch in Japan today, some six weeks after Apple’s own mobile payment service reached Japanese shores. Read More

Facebook Messenger now supports PayPal payments in bots, will track your PayPal receipts

facebook-messenger-payments PayPal is deepening its relationship with Facebook, and will now become one of the payment options within Messenger, among other integrations. That means customers who shop via the growing number of chatbots from online merchants will be able to transact on Messenger using PayPal’s payment service. In addition, as part of this deal, PayPal says it will make it easier to link your… Read More

Zelle p2p payments push to compete with Venmo now has 19 US FI backers

Zelle The US finance industry might finally be getting its ducks in order to compete with the likes of PayPal-owned social payments platform Venmo. Today bank network operator Early Warning announced it has 19 US financial institutions signed up to a forthcoming payments network called Zelle, due to launch in early 2017. Read More