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Here, on these archive pages, you'll find all of the articles on Payments News for Google Checkout listed in date sequence beginning with the most recent article at the top of the page.

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January 08, 2014

Headline News from - January 8, 2014

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On the Web:

  • Inside Bitcoin - John Patrick - "Banks, credit card companies, and money transfer companies do not like Bitcoin because the new digital currency model threatens the status quo and related fees. In the early days of the World Wide Web, there were similar views to what we hear about Bitcoin."
  • The MTA Plans to Turn New Yorkers’ Smartphones into Subway Passes - Skift - "The MTA plans to have a next-generation fare payment system in place by 2019, says agency spokesman Aaron Donovan."
  • Real-time Fraud Prevention - Emerging Payments Strategies (FIS) - "The better your anti-fraud strategies and solutions, the better you’ll be at protecting your institution and your cardholders. These pressures are driving the industry toward more and more real-time solutions that attempt to stop fraud before it starts."
  • Bitcoin isn’t Money—It’s the Internet of Money - The Umlaut (Eli Dourado) - "The Internet model improves upon the traditional telephone model by making possible what Vint Cerf calls “permissionless innovation.” Tim Berners-Lee was able to launch the World Wide Web without waiting for Internet service providers to support it."
  • Bitcoin Woos Washington to Ensure Lawmakers Don’t Kill It - Bloomberg - "The outreach is aimed at ensuring that wary lawmakers don’t kill the embryonic industry and regulators provide a clear set of rules to play by."
  • Bitcoin Banned by Alibaba’s Taobao After China Tightens Rules - Bloomberg - "Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s largest e-commerce website, will ban the sale of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies after the country’s central bank tightened regulations in December."
  • Alibaba Online-Payment Affiliate Teams With Sina Corp. - "The affiliate, called Alipay, said on its official microblog account that the new service allows users of Sina's Weibo microblog service to make online and offline payments through their Alipay accounts."

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September 19, 2013

Google Launches Google Wallet app for iPhone

Google logo 140pxGoogle today announced the first Google Wallet app for iPhone (iOS v6.0+). The non-NFC-based functionality of the iPhone version parallels that of the Android version released earlier this week.

May 21, 2013

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May 20, 2013

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May 16, 2013

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May 15, 2013

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May 10, 2013

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July 03, 2012

Recap - Google I/O Developers Conference

Google logo 140pxGoogle last week made two payment-related announcements at the Google I/O Developers Conference about Google Wallet.
  • Google Wallet for Digital Goods. Google has renamed the In-App Payments API to 'Google Wallet for Digital Goods' and added support for recurring subscriptions and small ticket price optimization; merchants will pay the lesser of 5% or 1.9% + $0.30 depending on ticket size. Details are on the Google Commerce blog.

  • Save-to-Wallet. Google announced the Save-to-Wallet API with two variations: one to save merchant offers to the wallet and one to save payment cards to the wallet. Google says, "The Save-To-Wallet API is part of the vision for Google Wallet to be the one-stop-shop for holding everything you'd carry in a regular wallet." Specifics on the Save-To-Wallet Offer API are available now. No details were provided on the Save-To-Wallet Payment Cards API.

The Save-to-Wallet APIs are announced in a session called "Introducing Google Wallet Cloud APIs". See this video to see what was said and demonstrated.

June 28, 2012

May 07, 2012

Payments Views - Who We’re Watching in Payments 2012

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxOver on Payments Views, our sister blog, Glenbrook's Russ Jones takes a quick look at eBay, Google, and Facebook, comparing what each is doing in the world of online payments. We'll be taking a deep dive into all three -- plus Visa and Square -- at a special Payments 2012 Workshop being held May 15th in Santa Clara, CA. This workshop is designed for Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp Alumni.

April 06, 2012

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November 16, 2011

Google Checkout is Transitioning to Google Wallet

Google logo 140pxGoogle has announced on their blog that they are merging their two wallets (Google Checkout online and Google Wallet in phone) into a single wallet that can be used online from your computer and used in-store with your phone.

August 22, 2011

June 08, 2011

Google I/O Commerce Recap

Google logo 140px Google has made all the commerce-related sessions from its recent Google I/O Developers Conference available via YouTube. Topics covered in the Commerce Track included Google Checkout, In-App Payments for the Web, Google Shopping APIs, and Google OnePass. Unfortunately, Google Offers and Google Wallet were announced after the developers conference and are not included.

June 02, 2011

May 03, 2011

Google I/O Developer Conference

Google logo 140pxThis is year's Google I/O Developer Conference is the first to feature a track devoted to payments and commerce, including sessions on:
  • Introducing In-App Payments for the Web
  • Google Checkout: A Foundation For Payments
  • Google One Pass: A simple, flexible, Web API for paywalls
  • Integrating to eBooks: APIs to Sell and Read eBooks for Affiliates, Retailers and Device Makers
Full session details are here; the conference is May 10-11 at Moscone Center in San Franciso.

February 16, 2011

Google Introduces 'One Pass' Digital Content Service

Google logo 140pxGoogle has announced Google One Pass, their new digital content service that lets publishers set their own prices and terms for access to premium content.
Readers who purchase from a One Pass publisher can access their content on tablets, smartphones and websites using a single sign-on with an email and password. Importantly, the service helps publishers authenticate existing subscribers so that readers don’t have to re-subscribe in order to access their content on new devices.
For publishers, Google claims the service supports subscription access, metered access, "freemium" content access, discounted access for print subscribers, and per-click access for occasional readers. Payments piece is handled via Google Checkout; Google takes a 10% cut.

Website is here; blog announcement is here.

October 01, 2010

Headline News - October 1, 2010

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June 30, 2010

Google Checkout Introduces the Android Payment Extension

Google CheckoutIn a blog post on the Official Google Checkout Blog earlier today, Google introduced the Android Payment Extension - a way to allow mobile merchants to quickly set up a store and accept payments via Google Checkout and Android.

The post describes the steps involved - as a merchant you signup for Google Checkout, create a webstore, list the items for sale in a Google Spreadsheet, and install the Android Payment Extension.

Once you're setup, at a craft fair, for example, you'd create a cart on your laptop based on what the customer verbally tells you they want to buy. You then click on the Checkout with Android button and the customer scans the QR code on your laptop using their Android phone - which takes them to the buy page where they can complete the purchase on their phone.

Seems to me this is yet another example of using optical (bar codes and mobile phone cameras) to leapfrog the grid lock that seems to exist re: other connectivity solutions.

November 26, 2009

Holiday Discounts from PayPal, Google Checkout, Amazon Payments

Some nifty discounts are available - almost any way you want to pay online.

Both PayPal and Google Checkout are serving up discounts for purchases this holiday season. Here's PayPal's Deal page - and here's Google Checkout's Deal page.

Not to be outdone, Amazon Payments is also offering special holiday deals if you shop with Amazon Payments.

American Express also has its Daily Wish specials promotion underway this week while Discover is promoting special discounts along with a 5% cashback offer. And, if you'd prefer to just pay with Visa or MasterCard, they have their discount pages as well.

With just a few extra clicks while shopping online this holiday season, you can find some valuable savings!

October 30, 2009

Google Checkout Eases Promotions Management for Merchants

Google Checkout has introduced a new feature that allows merchants based in the U.S. to create and to run their own Checkout promotions at any time. From the Google Checkout blog: "Starting today, you can sign in to your Checkout merchant account, go to the 'Tools' tab, and click the 'Promotions' link to create a Checkout promotion in less than a minute. You'll be able to specify the date and time you'd like the promotion to run, as well as choose from a variety of dollar-off discounts to offer your buyers."

September 10, 2009

Google Planning Micropayments as part of Google Checkout

Google-checkout_logo-140px.jpgIn a blog post titled "Google Plans Tools to Help News Media Charge for Content", Miguel Helft writes for the New York Times that "Google is planning to roll out a system of micropayments within the next year and hopes that newspapers will use it as they look for new ways to charge users for their content."

July 31, 2009

Google Checkout Adds Store Gadget to Make Online Selling Easier

Google-checkout_logo-140px.jpgGoogle Checkout has introduced the Google Checkout store gadget, a new Google Labs-developed feature that allows online sellers to "create an online store that's powered by Google Checkout and has inventory managed in a Google Docs spreadsheet." You can embed your online store anywhere you'd like -- on Google Sites, Blogger, or your personal website. Signup for it here.

March 20, 2009

Google Checkout Adds Subscriptions

Over on, Glenbrook's Russ Jones takes a look at Google Checkout's beta version of subscription payments.

March 12, 2009

A Look at Pricing - PayPal, Google Checkout, Amazon Checkout

Following yesterday's fee change announcement by Google Checkout, Glenbrook's Scott Loftesness has just posted a look at pricing across the three major online payment providers over on

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March 11, 2009

Google Announces Tiered Pricing for Google Checkout

Google has announced a new tiered pricing plan for merchant fees for Google Checkout. Beginning May 5, Google Checkout's fees will vary based upon a merchant's monthly sales processed through Checkout. The new pricing plan removes the credit for Google AdWords advertising that was part of the original fee structure for Google Checkout. Here are the details for US merchants and for UK merchants. An additional 1% fee is charged on all cross-border transactions. Google Checkout continues to not charge any monthly, setup or gateway service fees.

February 12, 2009

YouTube Piloting For-Fee Downloads via Google Checkout

In a post titled "YouTube Goes Offline", Thai Tran writes on the YouTube blog that video content creators can now sell their work - "for a small fee paid through Google Checkout" - in a pilot program.

January 15, 2009

Google Checkout to Start Charging Fees for Non-Profits

Prem Ramaswami, Product Manager, Google Checkout writes on the Checkout blog that Google will begin charging processing fees to non-profits using Google Checkout who are no members of Google's Grants program.

October 29, 2008

Google Checkout Introduces New Shopping Cart for Sellers

Google Checkout has introduced a new shopping cart feature for sellers - saying that: "With the Google Checkout shopping cart, your buyers can add multiple items to their shopping cart, change item quantities, and remove items -- all without leaving your site. When buyers are ready to check out, they can complete their purchases with Google Checkout." Details here.

June 05, 2008

Google Checkout Summer Savings

Google has announced that over 50 Google Checkout stores will be offering savings of $10 off purchases of $60 or more to buyers using Google Checkout through June 23rd.
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