PayPal: Making business
and consumer news

Posted by on April 21, 2016 at 4:19 pm

PayPal has been showing up quite a bit in the news lately, and not just in the business press. Consumers are well aware that PayPal nixed its plans to build a facility in North Carolina following Governor Pat McCrory’s signing of the Public Facilities Privacy and Securities Act.  PayPal is making news in the trade [...]

Say goodbye to
Google Wallet Card

Posted by on April 5, 2016 at 7:29 pm

But not to Google Wallet. Google Wallet is getting out of the loadable debit card business. A few days ago, an email from the Google Wallet Team told cardholders, “After careful consideration, we’ve decided that we’ll no longer support the Wallet Card as of June 30.” Nor does it appear that Google plans to replace [...]

Of cryptocards
and being first

Posted by on March 30, 2016 at 4:06 pm

In a feat of logic, the BitPlastic, Xapo, CoinKite, and Bit-x cards each claim to have arrived before the others FROM THE MOMENT in 2009 when Bitcoin debuted as the world’s first decentralized cryptocurrency, I knew it was a question of time before someone introduced the world’s first cryptocurrency-based debit card. What I hadn’t expected [...]

What do you mean,
that’s not marketing?

Posted by on March 21, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Maybe it was his red face. Maybe it was the steam coming from his ears. Either way, it was clear that Brent was worked up. Asked what was bugging him, Brent replied that, just the evening before, his neighbor said something rather insulting. “You’re in marketing?” the neighbor said. “So is Mike, down the street.” The [...]

A marketing warning
in a bowl of cereal

Posted by on February 29, 2016 at 4:07 pm

EACH TIME A NEW generation rises, supposedly every 20 or so years, two things happen. The first thing that happens is that someone decides the new generation needs a name. There have been deserved names like “Greatest” and creative names like “Baby Boomers” and “Baby Busters.” As for names like “Generation X,” “Generation Y,” and [...]