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PayPal Is Buying StackMob For Christmas

Mobile backend service provider StackMob is being acquired in a deal expected to be announced soon, according to multiple TechCrunch sources.

Bitcoin Boom Spreads to IPhones With Mobile-Payment Apps

Matt Tuzzolo, who used to split restaurant bills by sending money via PayPal, now wields his iPhone to pay his fellow diners — in Bitcoins.

Shopping through PayPal Mobile increased 91%

While the inevitable last minute gift purchasing will still take place, with this year’s shortened shopping window (for the first time since 2002, there are only 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas), a growing number of consumers got an early jump.

Canada’s Rogers launching its own mobile wallet service for Android and BlackBerry

Rogers announced today that its suretap wallet will be available to customers in the coming weeks, making it the first mobile wallet from a carrier in Canada. The service will be available on select NFC-enabled smartphones, offering a co-branded virtual Rogers Prepaid MasterCard and gift cards from select national retailers as the first cards available for download.

Mobile payments tour stops at Canadian Starbucks

A shopping center in downtown Toronto. The occasion: A press tour to study the mobile payments landscape in Canada. The mission: To watch a mobile payment happen in real time. Will Giles, vice president of emerging payments for MasterCard Canada, agreed to reconnect with the group and walk us through some real transactions. (Our tour had started with Giles three days prior.)

Analysts: New iPhone will read your fingerprints

Apple’s latest iPhone will have fingerprint authentication, a major new technology that could give the Silicon Valley giant a valuable leg up in big markets such as enterprise computing and mobile payments, analysts and industry experts said ahead of the gadget’s launch Tuesday.

PayPal Canada and TouchBistro teams up for mobile check-in service

PayPal Canada today announced an agreement with innovative Canadian restaurant technology provider TouchBistro. This new collaboration will allow customers to use their smartphone to check-in and pay with PayPal at cafés and restaurants at the point of sale. PayPal’s check-in functionality integrated with TouchBistro’s point of sale (POS) technology will make it easy for restaurants to accept mobile payments and interact with their customers in new and exciting ways.