The feature was announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt by Facebook’s Messenger chief David Marcus, who noted that the payments system will support most credit cards and payment services including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Stripe, PayPal and Braintree. From the consumer side, users will see "Buy Now" links popping up in relevant chats. Tapping the link will bring up a quick payment confirmation tab that automatically defaults to whichever credit card a user has tied to their Facebook or Messenger account. The feature is currently available for certain developers as a closed beta, but businesses and devs can still apply to be included in the test run before it rolls out to all developers.
In addition to the speedy new payment system, the latest version of the Messenger Platform also allows developers to pull in additional UI elements like quick responses, shipping notifications or flight updates, as well as the ability to make Newsfeed ads point directly to Messenger chats. Finally, there are some new share features that allow users to forward individual chat messages or invite friends to start their own thread with a particular bot.
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Credit cards costing small businesses $100 a week
Business advocates say the system is pushing money into the credit card network at the expense of cheaper eftpos processing, which will end up costing shoppers money when small outfits can no longer absorb the cost.
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Apple Pay is a fast and novel experience on the iPhone. But it’s way better on the Apple Watch. The word I’d use to describe it is "frictionless."
If you own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, odds are you’ve tried Apple Pay, which is Apple’s new mobile payments system that’s as safe and secure as it is easy. On the iPhone, simply open the Passbook app, choose a credit card you have on file, hold your phone up to a payment terminal, and place your finger on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. As Apple… Continue reading