“Alibaba CEO Jack Ma created a stir at a technology conference Monday night when he expressed interest in partnering with Apple on its new payments system, Apple Pay,” John Mason reports for TheStreet. “Alibaba — the Chinese Internet giant that recently went public in the U.S. — has its own payments system, Alipay, with some 300 million users. Apple just entered the payments market a week ago. Tying Apple Pay with Alibaba would create a massive new electronic payments system that could transform the fledgling industry.”
“Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was also at the conference, said he would talk with Ma soon about joining forces. Cook also announced that more than one million credit cards were activated with Apple Pay within the first 72 hours the service was open to the public,” Mason reports. “The important part of Cook’s announcement is that the response to Apple Pay seemed to be overwhelming. That’s what is needed to spur the latest technology onwards.”
“Apple has almost a cult following. No other maker of computer applications has such a large group to true believers,” Mason opines. “Just because Apple does something immediately draws a large crowd of the faithful.”
MacDailyNews Take: You know, like Ping.
“This group of followers tends to be young and tech-savvy. They represent the next generation. They point to what the future is going to look like,” Mason writes. “Still, there hasn’t been quite enough buzz yet. But now, it seems as if that buzz has arrived with Apple Pay…”
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MacDailyNews Take: In just one week, Apple Pay has already facilitated more transactions than all other ‘contact less’ payment methods combined! (Which shows how much of an epic faceplant Google Wallet has been; released over three years ago on September 19, 2011.)
Boycott CVS and Rite Aid and any other company that willfully turns off NFC in a effort to block the vastly more secure, much more private, and far easier-to-use Apple Pay service.
• Email complaints to CVS Customer Relations here.
• Email complaints to Rite Aid Customer Relations here.
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