Middle Bit: Wells Fargo adds card-free feature to Omaha ATM’s

Wells Fargo is adding a card-free feature to its ATMs in the Omaha area. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Omaha-area Wells Fargo customers can use their phones to withdraw cash from the bank’s ATMs, according to a story Thursday in the Omaha World Herald.

According to the story, the bank this week activated a new card-free feature that lets account holders use mobile wallets on smartphones to verify their account credentials at ATMs. To use it, customers must open up their mobile wallet, place their phone near the NFC reader on the ATM and then enter their pin to proceed.

Compatible machines are identified with an icon on the front of the ATM. Of the 77 ATM location in Nebraska, 32 are equipped with the technology; 21 of those are in the Omaha area.

Remaining machines in the bank’s 13,000-machine network will be upgraded by 2019 with new technology.

Target works with Google for voice-assisted shopping, delivering

Minneapolis-based Target will begin taking orders from customers who use Google’s voice-activated assistant devices, according to a story in the Star Tribune Thursday.

In using Google’s voice assistant, shoppers are able to shop for nearly 100,000 items from Target with the exception of perishable food. The items are fulfilled from local Target stores and Google’s fleet of drivers deliver them to customers’ doorsteps two days later.

In New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, same-day delivery is also an option.

Delivery is free on orders of more than $35.

According to the story, shoppers are able to say commands out loud while using Google’s voice assistant, either through a Google Home device or a smartphone. Earlier this year, Google introduced voice shopping as a feature through Google Home in partnership with Costco, Walgreens, Petsmart and others.

Denver-based Welltok acquires Georgia’s Tea Leaves

Welltok expanded into hospitals on Wednesday with its purchase of Tea Leaves Health—a Georgia digital-health company—that uses data to help hospitals connect with patients and doctors, according to a story Wednesday in The Denver Post.

According to the story, the acquisition gives the Denver firm access to Tea Leave’ more than 400 hospitals, plus customers in 30 percent of the nation’s top health systems.

The company said it paid $83 million for Tea Leaves.

What else happened…

Illinois

Chicago companies launch plans for business in outer space – Chicago Tribune

Rauner says Illinois has ‘Great chance’ to snag Amazon HQ2 – Chicago Tribune

Iowa

Iowa struggles to fill high-tech STEM jobs – The Des Moines Register

Planting a Des Moines flag on “Data” – Gravitate Blog

Michigan

Amazon HQ in Detroit? It has its pros and cons – Detroit Free Press

Shuttling Detroit into the future – The Detroit News

Missouri

Is K.C enough for Amazon? – StartlandNews.com

SixThirty Cyber will bring five South Korean companies to St. Louis – STLtoday.com

Venture capital pitch event seeks high-growth applicants – StartlandNews.com

Wisconsin

Amazon headquarters pitch extends beyond Milwaukee – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel