Square, the mobile payment startup, introduced Square Cash, which is their form of sending and receiving cash over email. The service, much like Google Wallet, Venmo, and others, lets you send money by simply adding the amount of money you wish to send as the subject line and copying email@example.com on the message. To receive the money, you just click through the email onto the Square Cash website, where you enter the debit card information for the account you want to transfer the money into. It works with any email address, and provided you have square, you’re all set. It’s another very viable player in the mobile payments sphere that’s increasingly heating up.
If you find your mailbox to be a little outdated, maybe it’s time to add Outbox to the mix. Outbox is a service that digitizes snail mail, and can forward important physical products delivered by mail. The company recently took on additional investments to expand from San Francisco into New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. While the operation is currently small, it certainly has some implications for advertisers as it offers a filtering solution for mail recipients tired of junk mail. Should it take off, Outbox could reduce the effect of direct mail advertising significantly, while offering a secondary avenue of advertising through the service itself.