kottke.org posts about Square

Starbucks to accept Square paymentsAug 08 2012

I hope this will make saying "put it on Jason" a lot less awkward.

When Starbucks builds the Square Directory into their apps and in-store Digital Network, it gives Square new visibility, driving more customers to opt-in to Square. And with nearly 7,000 Starbucks stores soon accepting Square, these new payers will be able to find your business (including coffeehouses) and pay with their name, building community and creating value.

Update: Dan Frommer has more on how Square's partnership with Starbucks will work.

Starbucks isn't doing anything radical with its cashier / point of sale design / philosophy yet. There won't be any pre-ordering drinks a block away, or paying anywhere in the cafe like you can at an Apple Store. Schultz says Starbucks has tried some of that and it's "highly complicated."

Apple should buy Square and FoursquareApr 30 2012

Huh, this is an interesting idea: Apple should acquire both Foursquare and Square.

To summarize: after the deal, Apple will immediately become a giant payments company, with an installation base that is expected to encompass half of all mobile devices sold. The company will have the best local search abilities, far exceeding any existing recommendation engine. And due to its enormous reach, it will possess a payment system that merchants will line up to support.

Payment in your pantsNov 04 2011

Square's Card Case app for iPhone or Android automatically opens a tab for you at your favorite spots (using your phone's location) and you just pay by saying your name.

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