Giftbit lets retailers create their own e-commerce currency

disrupt_sf16_giftbit-3795 Giftbit, a company that operates a digital gift card marketplace for online retailers, is launching a new product today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF that will enable merchants to easily create their own custom currency — meaning gift cards, promo codes and refund credits — without having to build their own, internal systems. Available as an API, the new service drops into the… Read More

Square Cash users can now spend their balance with a virtual debit card

square-cash-ios Here’s a cool feature from Square Cash – the company launched a virtual card product yesterday, which gives every user a virtual Visa debit card number that they can use to spend their balance anywhere that accepts Visa. This means that you could spend your Square Cash balance on Amazon (or any online shopping site) by simply entering this virtual card number as a payment option.… Read More

Signifyd raises $19 million to help with online fraud protection

fraud_protection___chargeback_prevention_for_ecommerce Online merchants spend a lot of money on chargebacks, which are demands by credit card providers to reimburse for fraudulent charges. That’s why Signifyd created technology that assesses a transaction risk before the card is processed. The San Jose-based company is raising $19 million in financing for its fraud protection services. Investors include Menlo Ventures, TriplePoint Capital… Read More

Allbirds raises $7.25 million, unveils new shoe colors

allbirds If you’ve walked around San Francisco, you’ve probably seen them. An eco-friendly and comfortable wool shoe, Allbirds has already developed a cult following in the tech world. Venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and several people on TechCrunch staff wear them. I’ve never worn a pair but TC’s Megan Rose Dickey, Josh Constine and Andrew Sweeney had good things to say… Read More

Klarna launches its first credit product with new U.S. partnerships

brand_frida_woman_surfing_mobile The online financing giant Klarna is continuing its rollout in the U.S. with a host of new partnerships and a new product so online shoppers in the U.S. and Europe  can actually take out loans from the company. It’s the next step for the Stockholm-based business as it continues on the road toward becoming a global financial player. Klarna already provides “try before you… Read More

Slice’s new browser add-on will email you when prices drop

slice-watch Slice, a company best known to consumers for its mobile shopping assistant that helps you find the best deals, track packages, organize your receipts, and more, is out today with a new service aimed at helping online shoppers save. Called Slice Watch, its latest app lives in your web browser instead, allowing you to track price drops on items you find online. The idea is something akin to a… Read More

Shopify launches its POS app and card reader in the UK

Shopify POS UK Shopify is launching its retail hardware and point-of-sale app for merchants in the UK. The reader supports tap, chip and swipe payments, letting retailers accept both contactless and traditional card-based payments, and the free app works in tandem with the reader device on either iPhone or iPad. The Shopify app and reader combo means sellers can accept a range of payment options at… Read More

Amazon’s Prime Now service starts delivering test drives from Hyundai

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 12.57.56 PM Amazon’s same-day delivery service Prime Now, which is today available in more than a couple of dozen U.S. metros, is experimenting with another type of service that goes beyond traditional purchases: it’s offering consumers the ability to test drive cars. Specifically, Amazon has partnered with Hyundai to offer test drives of the 2017 Elantra through a new program called… Read More

Amazon launches a dedicated shop for items featured on Product Hunt

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.01.58 AM Amazon has teamed up with Product Hunt – the San Francisco-based startup that helps curate and surface the hottest new apps, websites, gadgets, tech creations, and more – by offering a collection of products for purchase that have previously trended on Product Hunt’s website. This new collection, called “Featured on Product Hunt,” is available as a part of… Read More