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STIB tests contactless bank cards on Brussels Metro

STIB testing use of bank card as metro ticket at entrance gates — The Brussels Times — “STIB is testing a new system of contactless payment at metro station Parc/Park to allow travellers to directly scan their bank card, instead of a ticket, at the gates. If everything goes well, all other metro stops, as well as the electric buses on bus line 33, will be fitted out with the contactless system over the next few months.” 


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Chinese supermarket to launch face recognition payments in Canada

Pay with your face system coming to Canada, but not everyone is on board — Yahoo Finance — “Ryan Li, Foodymart’s executive manager, sees the technology as an opportunity to grow his company’s business by attracting new customers, as well as cutting down on checkout times. Li also said between 50% and 60% of Foodymart customers have lived in China, and he expects most of them have previously interacted with a facial recognition payment system.” 


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Mastercard to let Indian merchants accept payments on NFC phones

Mastercard to launch solution for smartphones to become contactless acceptance devices — The Hindu BusinessLine — “If your phone has NFC, then it can become a point-of-sale (POS) device. A customer can tap the contactless card on the phone,” said Vikas Saraogi, vice president of acceptance development at Mastercard, adding that it is likely to be launched in India in the first half of next year.” 


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Uber moves into financial services with new Uber Money division

Uber announces deeper push into financial services with Uber Money — CNBC — “The company announced on Monday the formation of a new division called Uber Money to house its efforts, which include a digital wallet and upgraded debit and credit cards. The emphasis, at first, will be expanding Uber’s efforts to give its four million-plus drivers and couriers around the world access to a mobile bank account so they can get paid after each ride. Uber could one day offer a bank account to consumers on its platform, according to Uber Money head Peter Hazlehurst.” 


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Vancouver tests integrated public transportation, car and bike sharing transit card

Hand holding compass travel card

Employees of 14 Vancouver-based businesses have been issued with a new type of transit card that lets them use a single payment method for travel on public transport operator TransLink, for bike sharing with Mobi by Shaw Go and car sharing with Modo and Evo — and then “view expenses for each mode at the end of the month in one convenient location, through a streamlined expense report”... More


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Chick-fil-A adds NFC tags to restaurant tabletops

Smartphone on table with fast food

US fast food restaurant giant Chick-fil-A has launched a mobile ordering service that lets customers place food orders with their mobile phone and then tap a numbered NFC tag on their table to confirm where they are sitting so that their meal can be brought directly to their seat... More