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Starbucks Adding Digital Tipping, Mobile Ordering to its Mobile App

Starbucks-appPopular coffee chain, Starbucks, will be adding a new feature to its iPhone coffee app on March 19: digital tipping. In a press release about the new app update, Starbucks “has been a top suggestion on MyStarbucksIdea.com, an online community for people to share, vote, discuss and put into action ideas on how to enhance the Starbucks Experience.” The new update will also include a shake to pay feature which allows users to bring up their Starbucks’s card barcode for payment.

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Starbucks Admits its Payment App Stored Unencrypted Usernames and Passwords

starbucks powermatApp security, and security in general have been a major focus for most developers and retailers, especially since the security hack of Neiman Marcus and Target during the holiday season. Now, the latest, is the negligent storage of usernames and passwords of Starbuck’s payment app, which was reported to be simply accessible by plugging a smartphone into a computer.

The security flaw was first reported by Computer World, on January 15, 2014, which prompted Starbucks to issue the following statement the next day:  Read more

How to Send Starbucks Coffee eGifts via Twitter

Starbucks and Twitter are teaming up to bring everyone more caffeine to their Twitter stream – with Starbucks Tweet a Coffee. To send your favorite Twitter personality a jump start to their day, visit Starbucks.com/tweetacoffee to create a Starbucks rewards account, then tweet @tweetacoffee to your recipient to send $5 worth of caffeine.

The first 100,000 coffee tweets will receive a free $5 gift for giving.

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Facebook Begins Rollout Of Embedded Posts (AllFacebook)
Facebook Wednesday announced the rollout of embedded posts, which will allow users to add public posts from the social network elsewhere on the Web, such as on blogs and websites, with those posts including photos, videos, hashtags and other content. Readers will also be able to like and share directly via embedded posts.

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Google Ousts AT&T at Starbucks With Faster Free Wi-Fi

The internet is getting faster at Starbucks now that Google is replacing AT&T at the nation’s largest coffee chain and home away from home workstation. Google is promising a 10x boost in speed with up to 100x boost in speed in Google Fiber cities like Austin. The transition will start in August and take about eighteen months to complete. Just look for the “Google Starbucks” SSID.

Official announcement:

Coffee shop + Internet—it’s a pairing that many of us have come to rely on. WiFi access makes work time, downtime, travel time and lots of in-between times more enjoyable and productive. That’s why we’re teaming up with Starbucks to bring faster, free WiFi connections to all 7,000 company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States over the next 18 months. When your local Starbucks WiFi network goes Google, you’ll be able to surf the web at speeds up to 10x faster than before. If you’re in a Google Fiber city, we’re hoping to get you a connection that’s up to 100x faster.