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Starbucks To Accept Square App Payments & To Add Digital Tipping Next Year

Starbucks and mobile payments company Square will allow coffee customers to pay with their Square Wallet app beginning next month. In addition, Starbucks will enable digital tipping on its existing mobile payment apps, as well as on Square Wallet in U.S. stores in summer 2013.

The new features are just the next step in Starbucks’ and Square’s partnership in mobile payments. This past August, Starbucks and Square announced plans to process credit and debit card transactions. Starbucks first launched a Square-powered mobile payment app in 2011. Since then, Starbucks has processed more than 70 million mobile transactions. Starbucks also recently began accepting mobile payments through Apple’s iOS 6 Passbook, a mobile wallet tool.

But you don’t have to be Starbucks to accept mobile payments. Square works with many small businesses. If you are interested in accepting mobile payments, check out our how-to post on the subject. And if you are new to mobile payments, check out this list of apps for making mobile payments.

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Should Facebook ‘Likes’ Be Protected by the First Amendment? (PC Magazine)
The Declaration of Independence proclaims the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of … liking friends’ Facebook statuses? That’s what the American Civil Liberties Union is proposing in its appeal of an April ruling that said the social network’s “Like” button is not protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment right to free speech. Politico District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson ruled this spring that several employees of the Hampton Virginia Sheriff’s Office, who were allegedly fired because they “liked” the Facebook page of Sheriff B.J. Roberts’ opponent in the 2009 election, didn’t do enough to warrant constitutional protection. “It is the Court’s conclusion that merely ‘liking’ a Facebook page is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection,” Jackson wrote in his opinion. The Verge Facebook this week filed a briefing in support of former deputy sheriff Daniel Ray Carter. The company “has a vital interest in ensuring that speech on Facebook and in other online communities is afforded the same constitutional protection as speech in newspapers, on television, and in the town square,” according to the document. The Wall Street Journal The social network is testing a new mobile ad product for app developers, the company said in a blog post Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reported in July on the new ad product and the technology that will power it, which lets Facebook target consumers based on the apps they use. Bloomberg The service helps game makers and other software developers encourage users to install applications on their mobile devices, Facebook said yesterday in a blog. The mobile-ad service is also designed to help app developers measure the effectiveness of their ads. Read more

Black Friday Tip: Starbucks Cup Magic iPhone App Can Send eGifts

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The free Starbucks Cup Magic for iPhone app gained attention for its entertaining Augmented Reality interaction with Red Cup beverages at Starbucks. You can see what I found for the latte I bought in the video embeddded below. However, if you are in the U.S., there is one more feature you might find useful: eGifting.

There are a variety of card designs to choose from. A message of up to 160 characters can be added to the card. Starbucks eGift Cards can be given in any amount you choose. However, the app provides preset options amounts too. eGifts are delivered via email and can be scheduled.

If you do not have an iPhone, you can use this web page to send Starbucks eGift cards.

https://www.starbucks.com/shop/card/egift

Starbucks Pick of the Week Adding Book Excerpts & TV Episodes to the Free Songs & Apps

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Social Times’ Bilal Hameed picked up on iPhone apps being added to Starbucks’ Pick of the Week last week. Previously, the program provided a free song from iTunes every week. However, it seems Starbucks wasn’t quite done with making changes to the Pick of the Week program. This week Starbucks announced that in addition to a free song and free app, the Pick of the Week program would also provide free chapters from books from the iBookstore as well as free TV episodes andn “other media types” (presumably music videos).
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Jonathan’s Card a Clever Starbucks Viral Marketing Stunt?

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I wrote yesterday about what appeared to be an unusual but interesting experiment by a lone developer who made his Starbucks card account useable by anyone. He did this by publishing the QR code that is displayed by the iPhone and Android Starbucks apps for payment when at a Starbucks. He asked that people refill the card and tweeted the amount of money held by the virtual card. Over $5,000 had been added to the card in 19 days since the start of the so-called experiment.

Twitter+Starbucks App Account = Social Coffee Experiment : Jonathan’s Card

However, the coffee business strategies blog (Andrew Hetzel) did a bit of detective work and concludes that Jonathan’s card is a Starbucks viral marketing campaign. Hetzel found that Jonathan Stark is Vice President of Application Architecture for Mobiquity which listed Starbucks as a client until the client page was removed.

Starbucks and the ‘Starkbucks’ Jonathan’s Card Viral Marketing Campaign

Was it a stunt paid for by Starbucks? If so, it was a clever one that got a lot of people to write about it and only cost $5000+ whatever fee Mobiquity received to run it.

Twitter+Starbucks App Account = Social Coffee Experiment : Jonathan’s Card

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There’s an interesting social experiment going on that involves a Twitter account, Starbucks mobile apps and a bit of web software development. The Twitter account is found here:

@jonathanscard

If you go there, you’ll see a series of mesages indicating money added to the Starbucks card account as well as when it is empty. During the period I watched the stream, it went zero several times in a single hour. It was also replenished in a single hour. So, what is going on there? The answer to that is on Jonathan Stark’s website for this odd little project:

Jonathan’s Card

Hi! I’m Jonathan Stark. You can download this picture of my Starbucks card to your phone and buy coffee at Starbucks with it. Seriously. My card gets charged, you don’t. Details are here.

If you’re feeling generous, you can also add money to my Starbucks card by doing this and enjoy some serious good karma.

You might guess that the card would simply go to zero once and then be unusable. And yet, that is not what is happending. Instead, it looks like people are refilling the card. Although the number is changing frequently, here’s what a snapshot of its activity looked like as of about 8pm Pacific Daylight Time on August 8, 2011.

Date started: July 20, 2011, 11:53:08 PDT
Number of times the card was used to buy something at Starbucks: 489
Number of times someone added funds to the card: 293
Amount added since the start of the experiment: $5,312.82

In the roughly 19 days this experiment has been going on, the card has been replenished at the rate of about $280 per day.

Via TechCrunch: I Am Jonathan’s Starbucks Card: A Social Payment Experiment (With Free Coffee)