Alibaba opens its mobile payment system to 4 million US stores

Chinese internet titan Alibaba has struck a deal to let its global AliPay customers buy things in the US through First Data, makers of the Clover point-of-sale system. Just don't mistake this for a full American expansion to compete with Apple Pay an…

WhatsApp’s digital payments push will begin in India

Three years after buying WhatsApp, Facebook still hasn't quite figured out how to make money off of messaging service's massive user base. According to a report from India-based media company The Ken and confirmed by Bloomberg WhatsApp will be jumpin…

The Galaxy S8 may use your face for secure mobile payments

Facial recognition is a done thing. So are contactless payments. So why not put them together? Samsung might do just that according to Bloomberg sources. The incoming Galaxy S8 will reportedly feature facial recognition payment tech "within months of…

Google gives up on ‘Hands Free’ wireless mobile payments

Google has ended its "Hands Free" payment scheme, which let you live the retail dream of paying wirelessly with no need to pull out a card or phone. The program, which ran only in San Francisco's South Bay area, first detects if you're in a participa…

Tesco’s mobile payment app is ready for everyone

To keep up in the supermarket wars, Tesco is rolling out support for its PayQwiq app nationwide. That means you can walk into any UK store, peruse the shelves for your weekly shop and then pay with the app at checkout. You can spend up to £250…

Sweetgreen will stop accepting cash payments in 2017

Money makes the world go around, but it's not always necessary to have greenbacks in your pocket any more. Healthy fast food joint Sweetgreen has revealed that it's going to stop accepting cash payments at the majority of its stores in 2017. The comp…

New York City now lets you pay for parking with your phone

New York City is making good on its promise to have smarter parking meters before 2016 is over. As of December 19th, the first ParkNYC-capable Muni-Meters are live in midtown Manhattan — you can now pay for parking through a smartphone app (or the w…

Square Cash plugs its virtual card into Apple Pay

The Square Cash service added a "virtual debit card" feature back in September, and tonight during the Code Commerce event, CEO Jack Dorsey announced that it's integrating with Apple Pay. The virtual Visa debit card lets Square Cash users spend their…