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Binbit confirms content exclusive with F.C. Barcelona

Mexico’s mobile VAS specialist Binbit has snapped up exclusive distribution of mobile content for F.C. Barcelona across 40 countries in Latin America, Asia and East Europe.

The three year deal will take the club’s digital IP to its most remote followers; Binbit has partnerships with more than 90 carriers worldwide.

Antoni Muntaner, chairman of Binbit, said: “We aim to create the largest mobile community of FC Barcelona mobile fans to offer them the best content of the team.”

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PayPal Android app now comes with fingerprint authentication

Android phone users can log into the PayPal app with a touch of the finger, said the payment firm in a blog.

The new biometric login applies only to devices using the Android Marshmallow OS, such as the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Samsung Galaxy S7.

PayPal already lets iOS users access its app via TouchID. Indeed, the firm says 60 per cent of daily PayPal app iOS logins are done with fingerprint.

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Wirecard’s revenue up a third in six months

Germany’s digital payment specialist Wirecard saw revenue grew by 33 per cent to €452 million in the first half of 2016, while EBITDA rose 35 per cent to €132 million.

The positive numbers arose from strong activity in payment processing, credit card acceptance, card issuing, mobile payment and mobile point of sale (mPOS).

Wirecard CEO Markus Braun said: “Alongside the constant shift from bricks and mortar transactions to online transactions and from cash payments to electronic transactions, Internet technologies are driving the convergence of all sales channels.”

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DOCOMO Digital: Pokémon Go powers ten per cent spike in all carrier billing

Nintendo’s all-conquering AR game Pokémon Go is a ‘rising tide that lifts all boats’.

DOCOMO Digital says the game has triggered a ten per cent increase in revenue across the top four merchants on the Google Play Store in the month since its launch in Europe.

DOCOMO Digital says it expected the game to depress revenues for rivals like Candy Crush and Clash of Clans, but it has actualy been a catalyst for more spend.

Hiroyuki Sato, Founder and CEO of DOCOMO Digital, says: “This data shows is that consumers are willing to increase the amount of money they spend on and through their mobile devices, which is very promising for the future of mCommerce.”

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Boku and Google bring carrier billing to Lithuania

Direct carrier billing giant Boku keeps on plugging new operators into Google Play. The latest is Lithuania’s Bite.

Android customers on Lithuania’s third largest network can now use carrier billing as a payment option when buying apps, in app purchases, games, music, movies and books on Google Play.

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