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Samsung Galaxy S5′s Fingerprint Authentication Hacked And Used To Perform Paypal Transaction

While Apple iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner got pwned in a similar fashion, the problem with Samsung implementation is that they are using this to authorize payments on their device as shown in the video demonstration shared below.

New, simple to use mobile payment solution will change the eCommerce scene

The biggest hurdle in growth of eCommerce is availability of online payment methods like credit/debit-cards and Internet banking with end-users, this is particularly true in-case of developing countries where these payment methods are not available with the majority of masses.

A perfect solution to this would be payments via mobile phones which almost everybody has, the great news is we already have such mobile payment solution. Check out the screenshot below and you will notice an "Pay using your mobile" option with the usual payment options, in the example below facebook is using the mobile payment service "Zong" from Paypal to target there users en masse - whether they have an online payment facility available or not.

The solution not only targets users without any online payment facility, but also provides an dead simple to use, new-user friendly payment facility. A user simply needs to send a text-message within a given time after initiating the checkout to complete the payment, once completed the user is charged by their cellphone service provider and the carrier settles this with merchant.

Mobile payment

PayPal Enforces New Limit's For Indian Users Citing RBI Guidelines

After payment reversals and blocking withdrawals in past for Indian users, PayPal has once again some worrying news for Indian users - citing RBI (Reserve Bank of India) guidelines PayPal has amended it's user agreement for India effectively blocking them from sending money in their PayPal account balance which can only be withdrawn to an Indian bank account now, and has also limited received payments to US$500 per transaction for any export-related goods or services.

PayPal Limits

PayPal Blocks Electronic Withdrawal For Indian Users

Few months ago PayPal started having issues with Indian regulations and blocked withdrawls for Indian users but the matter was resolved soon, it seems their are still some regulatory hurdles left as PayPal has now stopped electronic withdrawals to Indian banks for the time-being. The bank emailed all users informing about the decision stating that until the matter is taken care of users can withdraw money via Cheques and they will refund the $5 USD cheque withdrawal fee for any cheque withdrawals made on July 29, 2010 onwards.

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Paypal To Resume Bank Withdrawal To India, Does Not Require Importer Exporter Code (IEC)

PaypalWe were first to report the ongoing Paypal issue with Indian customers. Few days ago Paypal updated their customers about the situation informing that Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) has blocked these transactions citing import/export laws, despite being the information being pretty clear about the need of Importer Exporter Code (IEC) needed only if you are an exporter (see quote below) blogs started posting information that Indian users need to apply for IEC code via Ministry of Commerce and Industry to withdraw any money from Paypal in future.

Misinterpreted part of PayPal's information update :

However, if you are an exporter, you will continue to be able to use the PayPal service for payments of goods and services. In fact, with the changes we are making to our system, PayPal is now set to be a more powerful engine for exporters in India. With purpose codes for export transactions and FIRCs (Foreign Inward Remittance Certificates), you should now be able to get the export related benefits you seek.

However, to put an end to all the confusion Paypal has now posted an update on their blog clarifying that users wont need the Importer Exporter Code (IEC) if they do not export goods but will simply require to quote a newly introduced "purpose code" which allows banks to furnish information required by the Reserve Bank of India to identify the nature of the cross border transaction. Withdrawals to Indian bank accounts will resume from 3rd March 2010 and you can find the appropriate "purpose code" in the table at the end of the post.

Paypal Reversing Money For Personal Payments Sent To Or From India

PaypalPaypal can be called the eCurrency fueling the online commerce allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet, powered by 73 million active users it operates in 190 markets allowing customers to send, receive, and hold funds in 19 currencies worldwide including India. However, for some unknown reasons Paypal has now blocked personal payments to be sent to or from India - add to that they are reversing transactions made during past two days sending back the money to senders automatically.

Paypal Reversing Payments
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