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Square Mobile Payments Headed To Your Local Starbucks In Early November

Square Mobile Payments Headed To Your Local Starbucks In Early November

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (left) and Square guru Jack Dorsey (right) are helping shape the future of mobile payments.

Back in August, Square announced a huge partnership with Starbucks. The coffee chain giant will be integrating Square’s mobile payment system into many of its U.S. stores this fall, and Starbucks has also invested $25 million in Square.

While we knew that Square was coming to Starbucks sometime later this year, it’s now been revealed that the partnership is launching in early November. Instead of having to use your credit card or cash, you’ll be able to use the free Square app to pay for your skinny vanilla latte.

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Starbucks Coming To iOS 6’s Passbook By The End Of The Month

Starbucks Coming To iOS 6’s Passbook By The End Of The Month

If you installed iOS 6 last week, you probably expected to be able to use your Starbucks rewards card in Passbook. For some unknown reason, Starbucks has not yet updated its iOS app with Passbook integration, but the company has confirmed that the update is coming “at the end of this month.”

Passbook, Apple’s approach to a virtual wallet in iOS 6, allows merchants to store coupons, tickets, passes and rewards cards in barcode form on an iOS device. Starbucks cardholders will be able to pay for their drinks and earn rewards with Passbook when the update comes out.

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Steve Jobs Widow Joins Forbes Rich List, Is Now The Richest Woman In Silicon Valley

Steve Jobs Widow Joins Forbes Rich List, Is Now The Richest Woman In Silicon Valley

Laurene Powell with husband Steve Jobs.

Forbes released their list of the richest people in the world today, and among the newcomers making the list is Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

Powell inherited Steve Jobs’ massive fortune, which Forbes estimates to be $11 billion, making her the wealthiest woman in Silicon Valley, and 28th richest person in the world.

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App Store Reality – Why You Won’t Pay For Apps, But Will For Coffee

App Store Reality – Why You Won’t Pay For Apps, But Will For Coffee

This is worth more than many apps, that’s why.

In a fantastic blog post, designer Josh Lehman begs us all to stop using the metaphor that many of us, press and developer alike, continue to spout when we hear a complaint about the price of a $0.99 app. “Look,” we say, again and again, “you’ll spend $4 on a cup of coffee at (insert your favorite coffe brand here, usually Starbucks), why won’t you spend a paltry $1 on my app?”

Lehman sees through the falsity of this argument, and then shows us why this attitude isn’t selling apps, either, regardless of its accuracy.

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With McDonald’s Trial, PayPal Is Trying To Be A Lot More Like The Apple Store

With McDonald’s Trial, PayPal Is Trying To Be A Lot More Like The Apple Store

PayPal looks to expand its mobile payment market share and features with an app-based payment trial at McDonald’s locations in France.

Square’s announcement of its partnership with Starbucks and the launch of new mobile payment company by several key retail and service chains were signs that the mobile payment industry and digital wallet concept is big business. Late last week, however, there was more news on the mobile payments front that proves that the race is far from over – one could even say that it’s barely started.

In a move that could make Square’s deal with Starbucks seem small and limited, Reuters reports that PayPal may soon be expanding its brand of mobile payments to include on the biggest fast food chains on the planet – McDonald’s. PayPal is currently testing a payment system in 30 McDonald’s locations in France. The company demoed the technology earlier this year.

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No More Swipe Fees For Small Businesses Using Square Payment Processing

No More Swipe Fees For Small Businesses Using Square Payment Processing

Square is courting small business with new rules and lower transaction fees.

Last week, Square announced a partnership with Starbucks to provide back-end payment processing and CRM for the coffee mega-company. Today, Square brings news of the other end of the business spectrum. Small businesses who make less than $250,000 per year will no longer have to pay the standard 2.75 percent per swipe processing fee (though they can still opt for this) if they pay one flat rate, currently set at $275 monthly.

If a small businesses chooses the flat rate option, they’ll essentially end up paying 1.3 percent per swipe – a significant savings if they meet the criteria. IF the business goes over the line, they’ll be charged the standard per-swipe rate.

This is Square making sure that it can have as many users as possible, from super corporate giants to small mom and pop shops with a bit of tech savvy.

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Soon You’ll Be Able To Pay With Square In Starbucks

Soon You’ll Be Able To Pay With Square In Starbucks

Square just announced a huge partnership with Starbucks that will put the hot mobile payment startup in 7,000 Starbucks nationwide this fall. The news means that Square users will be able to use the app to pay at select Starbucks locations and find nearby stores in the Square Directory.

As part of the partnership, Starbucks is investing a cool $25 million in Square and the CEO of Starbucks will be joining Square’s Board of Directors. This is definitely a win-win for Square, Starbucks, and the mobile payment industry as a whole.

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What The World Would Look Like If Apple Designed Every Ad [Gallery]

What The World Would Look Like If Apple Designed Every Ad [Gallery]

What would an “Applefied” Coca-Cola ad look like? Or Levi’s, and Starbucks? Art director Bryan Evans has been wondering that himself and has created a series of ads for popular products that mimic Apple’s style. Take a look at what the world would be like if every ad looked like an Apple ad.

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The New Maclocks MacBook Pro Security Case Helps You Say Goodbye To The Kensington Lock

The New Maclocks MacBook Pro Security Case Helps You Say Goodbye To The Kensington Lock

Add a security lock to your new MacBook Pro to ensure it isn’t an easy target for coffee shop con men.

In an effort to create the thinnest, lightest MacBook Pro it has ever released, Apple did away with a number of features that MacBook Pro users have become accustomed to, including the Kensington security lock. That means, of course, that you can no longer secure your $2,800 notebook to a table in Starbucks, and that it could easily be stolen from right under your nose the second you get up to order another cappuccino.

But Maclocks has a solution: the world’s first MacBook Pro security case and lock.

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WWDC Is Black Friday For Starbucks [Image]

WWDC Is Black Friday For Starbucks [Image]

You need copious amounts of coffee to wait in line for 9 hours.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference has spawned some huge lines this year, with many waiting outside San Francisco’s Moscone Center a full nine hours before the keynote will begin — as we showed you earlier. But it isn’t just Tim Cook and co. who will be enjoying all of the attention; the local Starbucks is struggling to keep up with thirsty attendees.