1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. reported that it will begin accepting bitcoin beginning this fall on all their girting sites including FannieMay.com, Cheryls.com, ThePopcornFactory.com, 1-800-Baskets.com, FruitBouquets.com, and Stockyards.com Bitcoin is the world’s most widely used digital currency. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. is the world’s leading florist and gift shop.
A new study from Discover’s PULSE found that 84% of financial institutions reissued all exposed cards in response to the Target breach, compared to only 29% that typically reissue all exposed cards as a standard response to breaches. Overall, 14% of all debit cards were exposed in data breaches in 2013, compared to 5% in 2012. PULSE says 86% of financial institutions stated that they plan to begin issuing EMV debit cards in early 2015.
Stripe customers will soon be able add an Alipay option to their checkout. Stripe says it is building a universal platform for internet commerce; in order to enable China’s 1.3 billion people to buy from Stripe businesses, the company decided to add support for Alipay. With Stripe, Alipay users will simply enter their email address and a six-digit SMS code in Checkout. It works on either desktop or mobile. Stripe now processes billions of dollars a year for thousands of businesses
Russian Standard Bank, Samsung Electronics and MasterCard have announced the commercial launch of a contactless payment service on some flagship NFC-enabled Samsung devices. For MasterCard and Samsung, the Russian launch is the second one globally and the first in Europe and will help to accelerate the adoption of mobile payments.
Net Element, Inc., a technology-driven group specializing in mobile payments and value-added transactional services in emerging countries and in the United States, is pleased to announce that the Company completed the closing of a $10 Million credit facility from the payments industry-leading lender, RBL Capital Group, LLC. This closing represents the second funding in the $30 million financing round that was announced by the Company on April 22, 2014.
MasterCard’s (MC) Canada region Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) rose year-on-year (Y/Y) by 9.0% on a local currency basis in the first quarter (Q1/14) to US$27 billion. The average purchase ticket in MC Canada region has declined 9.5% Y/Y. One-year ago it stood at US$88.82, compared to US$85.11 in Q4/13 and US$80.36 in Q1/14, according to CardData. MC’ Cash Dollar Volume (CDV) was down sharply by 9.7% on a local currency basis in Q1/14 to US$2 billion. MC has 56 million cards-in-force (CIF) currently in the Canada region, compared to 50 million in Q1/13, about the same as Visa.
State Bank of India (SBI), the nation’s largest bank, has launched six digital branches across the country, as part of a pioneering program to offer next generation banking solutions to India’s growing mobile phone and internet-savvy customer base. SBI aims to transform the customer experience by delivering world-class service through all of its customer channels. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 293,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.
Newegg announced a partnership with BitPay to accept bitcoin payments on Newegg.com (#NeweggBitcoin). The company’s more than 25 million registered customers can now pay for more than 10.5 million products including electronics, computers, game consoles and household items using bitcoin through BitPay. Newegg’s acceptance of bitcoin payments adds yet another convenient and secure way for its customers to fulfill their e-shopping needs.