Web Read Friday – October 24th

Web Read Friday

Welcome to this week’s Web Read Friday. We hope you find this industry news as interesting as we have.

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Apple Pay became available on October 20

Apple has unveiled that customers can start making payments with the touch of a finger on October 20, 2014, when Apple Pay becomes available in the US.

Apple Pay: A short-term wallet plan for 500 banks?

More than 500 financial institutions now are in line to support Apple Pay, but could their involvement in the scheme just be a placeholder until individual banks solidify their own mobile payments plans? At least one industry observer believes that is the case.

Expect 47% of US terminals to be EMV-enabled by 2016

The Payments Security Task Force today announced a forecast of participating acquirers who estimated that at least 47 percent of U.S. merchant terminals will be enabled for EMV chip technology by the end of 2015, according to a press release. The estimates are based on forecasts provided by acquirers representing approximately 80 percent of U.S. purchase volume.

US gov’t to introduce EMV for EBT cards

The Obama Administration is preparing to announce that federal agencies must begin using EMV-enabled chips in electronic benefits transfer cards distributed to citizens, according to a report by The Hill, which cited “multiple sources.”

eBay is doomed as Alibaba’s Alipay plans to go global

Just weeks after Alibaba’s new financial arm was revealed, the company has announced that its Alipay service is now expanding into the US and Russia, leaving eBay in further trouble.

Twitter Benchmarks by Industry

Companies are attracting an increasing number of consumers on Twitter, with brands recording an average of 43% increase in followers last year, according to a recent report from ExactTarget Marketing Cloud.

How to Build an Instagram Influencer Campaign in Six Steps

Fast-growing Instagram has exploded to over 200 million monthly active users in just three years. And although millions of businesses have joined Instagram, few have successfully figured out how to harness the popularity of the image-based social platform.

Twitter to roll out Buy button officially in early 2015

Twitter is aiming to launch its new Buy button officially in the first quarter of 2015 after trialing the payment method last month.

Marie Anik Paradis

Marie Anik is our bilingual web and graphic designer. When she is not busy updating our logo or creating wireframes, she can be found walking her three dogs or contemplating her next shoe purchase. Originally from Quebec City, she has lived out of a backpack on four continents for over a decade before settling down in Victoria. With a fantastic eye for design, Marie Anik ensures the Beanstream brand aligns over all channels. You can thank her with a (vegetarian) poutine and a good bottle of Russian River Chardonnay.

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