Payment Picks: Twitter Gains “Buy Now” Utility, Singapore Immersed in Payment Fraud

Several notable developments transpired this past week across the world of payments, highlighted by a new Ecommerce function for Twitter

paymentmagSeveral notable developments transpired this past week across the world of payments, highlighted by a new Ecommerce function for Twitter and an alarmingly high outbreak of online payment fraud permeating Singapore. Below is a list of the biggest story lines from Payment Magnates.

Tencent Acquires 20% Stake of Chinese Craigslist, for $736 Million

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tencentIn an effort to expand its Ecommerce reach in China, the Chinese tech giant, Tencent, has acquired a 20% stake in private listing portal for $736 million. is a C2C private listing website comparable to, and boasts an average of 130 million unique monthly visitors. The classifieds website also launched an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange this past October. An initial price of $15 per share quickly rose to $22 during its first day of being listed, and now averages at around $50+.

As part of the agreement Tencent has purchased the 20% stake for $40 per share, just over 24% less than the listed $51.77 per share price, according to when the market closed this past Thursday, June 26th.

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Online Payment Fraud in Singapore Surpasses 25%

A recent fraud study conducted by global payments firm, ACI Worldwide, has found that over a quarter of Ecommerce consumers in Singapore have fallen victim to online fraud in the past 5 years.

The robust study polled a total of 6,100 consumers across 20 countries. While the fraud rate in other countries is significantly higher, with countries like the US, China and India averaging a 40% fraud rate, Singapore still has a moderately high rate on a global scale.

“Twenty-eight per cent of respondents in Singapore have indicated that they have experienced card fraud in the past five years,” said Mr. Subhashish Bose, senior fraud consultant for ACI Worldwide.

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Skrill Group Appoints New CFO

skrillAlternative payment method provider, Skrill. has appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO) in the form of David Clarke.

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Clarke will oversee the financial management of Skrill Group’s global operations, which include Skrill, paysafecard and payolution. Clarke joins Skrill from Lebara Mobile, where he held the position of CFO until April of 2013.

Prior to his position at Lebara Mobile, Clarke served as VP and CFO EMEA for PayPal for nearly a decade. He also has financial experience after working at Logical, BroadVision, New Era of Networks Limited and Cantor Fitzgerald, holding senior finance roles.

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Twitter Goes Ecommerce with the Addition of “Buy Now” Button

twitterTwitter, in a surprising move, has begun to offer in-tweet purchases with the addition of a “Buy Now” button on select shared tweets.

Without any official announcement, the Ecommerce-enabled tweets began popping up from what seems to be a test account sharing listing from Fancy. Another hint the tweets are from a test account, are the prices which range from a few dollars up to $500 million.

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Get Paid with GoDaddy. GoDaddy Now Offering Payments through PayPal, Stripe, and Dwolla

godaddyDomain and web services provider, GoDaddy, is delving in to the world of Ecommerce by offering an online and mobile payment service called “Get Paid”.

GoDaddy has partnered with payment providers PayPal, Stripe, Dwolla and ACH (Echecks) to offer Ewallet, credit card and debit card support.

GoDaddy will first offer the payment service to its 9 million US registered users. The service will be offered in 3 tiers ranging from $4 per month up to $15, depending on added features, such as expense tracking and connecting and integrating bank accounts. GoDaddy will not charge any additional transaction fees besides the monthly cost. However, transaction fees will be charged by the participating payment providers accordingly.

Get Paid is not GoDaddy’s first foray into Ecommerce.

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