PayPal use growing faster than Apple and Google Pay, Microsoft Plans Automated Store

Mobile payment apps are still a tough sell to America’s consumers and merchants, Kount’s data indicates. The company that can change that paradigm will make a fortune.

That means more two thirds of American retailers or 71% still refuse to accept mobile wallets. Once again it sounds as if Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is losing the payment wars, and Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) is not doing very well.

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Is Ripple integrating with Apple Pay?

Widely-used solutions like Apple Pay cannot work with cryptocurrencies because the sheer volume of payments that would generate would crash the altcoin system. Or worse payments might take hours to process, which enrage customers.

It sounds as if Ripple might have partially solved the blockchain scalability problem. One way it may have done is to provide a direct connection with bank accounts. The Ripple Team is planning to roll out Money App, a smartphone tap, designed to connect Ripple and bank accounts in Japan this fall.

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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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