Today Apple said that its digital wallet platform Apple Pay is now accepting credit cards that account for 90% of purchases in the U.S. since many banks signed up in the last few weeks. Apple Pay lets you pay for goods and services through the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air (2nd generation) and iPad mini (3rd generation). Apple Pay is convenient because you do not have to swipe the magnetic stripe of your debit or credit card at terminals. Instead, you just have to wave your mobile device in front of the payment terminal.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com is testing a new way to offer same-day delivery to customers: yellow taxis. The test is taking place in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Amazon.com is working with taxi hailing service Flywheel. Flywheel loads up around 10 packages that are headed to a single zip code. Each package costs around $5 for delivery within an hour.
Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has invested in a new program called the “Laboratory for Social Machines” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The program will build new tools that analyze and enable communication on social platforms, according to VentureBeat.
In July, it was revealed that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) experimented with the News Feed to show how users responded when being shown positive stories versus negative stories.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has received approval by the European Union to purchase WhatsApp for $19 billion. The EU was concerned that Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp could harm communication in the telecommunications market. The European Commission has determined that the acquisition will not impede competition though.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is rumored to be working on a health app. The health app will revolve around a community. The app is currently in early stages. Rumors also suggest that Facebook is in talks with medical experts to build apps that are based on preventative care. There are millions of users on Facebook that discuss surviving cancer and offer tips about wellness.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is offering several new perks to its employees. Apple’s HR head Denise Young Smith sent out a memo that said new benefits include longer parental leave, education reimbursements for classes that employees have taken, expanded donation-matching, subsidized student loan refinancing, and the full acceleration of stock in the case of an employee death.