Beijing Transit says no to Apple Pay

It looks as if both the future of Apple Pay; and American-Chinese relations, are becoming far more complicated. One wonders if U.S. nationalists; like President Donald J. Trump (R-New York), will retaliate against Ant Financial’s Alipay digital wallet which is now widely available in the United States.

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Apple Pay is coming to Scandinavia and the Middle East

Apple Pay will be available in Scandinavia and the Middle East for the first time. The digital wallet will be rolled out in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sweden and Denmark later this year, TechCrunch reported. The announcement was made during Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) second-quarter 2017 earnings call.

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iPhone 8 Might Cost $1,200 and have no Fingerprint Reader

A shortage of parts might push the price on the most expensive Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) smartphone; the iPhone 8 to $1,399 (€1,226.06), analyst John Gruber told CNBC. Gruber thinks the iPhone 8 base price will be $1,199 (€1,050.79) and the highest end model will cost $1,399 (€1.226.06).

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Is this the End of Pandora?

We might be seeing Netflix’s (NASDAQ: NFLX) future at Pandora. Like Pandora, Netflix has built up a vast digital distribution platform which it uses to distribute entertainment content it has to pay for.

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“Venmo” for Apple Pay is Coming

Apple is trying to clone Venmo for two big reasons. The first is that users of Apple Pay’s biggest competitor; Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android Pay, can access PayPal accounts through that app. That means it might soon be possible use Venmo to send money via Android Pay.

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Limitless Apple Pay Sued, Android Pay arrives in Russia

Android Pay is supported by 15 Russian Banks; including Alfa-Bank, Bank Okrtite, Sberbank, Raiffeisenbank, Tinkoff Bank and VTB24. It will also work with Russian payment services such as ASSIST and Payture.

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Alipay Comes to America

Tim Cook’s worst nightmare then would be Walmart accepting Alipay but saying no to Apple Pay.

That would be a real coup for Ant because Walmart operates 4,672 stores in the United States; including 3,522 supercenters and 660 Sam’s Clubs. It might also force Apple and Alphabet to add QR code to their mobile wallets.

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Tim Cook: Apple Pay Grew by 450%

Tim Cook is hiding some important data about Apple Pay, for example he did not say how many users the digital wallet actually has. Cook’s omission of that important detail was deliberate; because it would show small Apple Pay’s footprint really is.

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The Strange Relationship between Apple Pay and Western Union

The growth is driven by millennials who are more likely to use digital payment solutions such as Venmo and less likely to have traditional bank accounts or credit cards. These people can get through their days with electronic solutions and cash but still need to receive funds from home and send the occasional money order.

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Is Warren Buffett Right about Walmart?

Buffett likes Amazon and dislikes Walmart. Something that a lot of us stock geeks overlook is that Buffett has been bullish on Amazon for a long time. Uncle Warren has never been fond of the Everything Store’s stock, but he’s been investing in the company’s debt for a long time. He bought $98.3 million worth of its junk bonds back in 2003. Therefore Buffett was an Amazon bull long before it was fashionable. He’s also on record as a Jeff Bezos fan.

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