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Mobile Wallet round up

Mobile wallets have been a hot topic for the last several years. The complexity of the offering combined with the numerous players implicated has meant that technical advancements are not always in line with business considerations.

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Ford’s Microsoft problem

The entirely rational leaders at Ford saw the need to improve their products and distinguish them in a crowded market. Its been obvious for a long time now that the car would get internet access and additional “smart” capabilities. Ford looked around and chose Microsoft as its technology partner.

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NFC adoption: 4 to 6 years out

American Express group president Dan Schulman says that wide spread adoption of NFC technology is four to six years out. Schilman cites one key but sometimes overlooked issue: its not a value proposition change, its a form factor change.

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Future of Mobile Money – infographic!

Infographics are so last year but this one from SapientNitro is really good. Going beyond the usual numbers and stats, the infograph actually tackles some of the main problems facing mobile money adoption and clearly delineates the players, the paths and the potential.

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Square scores Google Wallet co-founder

The exodus continue from Google Wallet with Square adding Rob von Behren to an unnamed position. With the recent moves from other key Google Wallet leaders, Jonathan Wall and Marc Freed-Finnegan, one has to wonder what is going on at Google to make key people leave.

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Broadcom 40NM NFC CMOS chip: for payments and beyond

Broadcom is gearing up for the P&T/Expo Comm in China this week with the announcement of its new 40NM NFC chip. Broadcom will be demoing the new chip set at the conference and has high hopes that it will provide a solid product to capture the rapidly growing demand for mobile communications options.

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Facebook f8 and NFC

GigaOm is reporting that NFC integration will be announced at F8 today. Watching now… False Alarm.

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Google Wallet and the future of money

Its been a big couple of weeks for the future of money game. Both Paypal and Mastercard announced their new initiatives and now Google rolls out the Wallet. Clearly 2011 is not the year of the mobile wallet!

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Ninja Fruit encorporates NFC

Following the launch of Angry Birds with Nokia of a NFC-based version with special unlockable content, Ninja Fruit announcements its version of an NFC enabled game. This continue the trend of looking beyond pure mobile transactions as the primary use of NFC technology.

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GigaOm’s top 25 mobile payment companies

Ryan Kim at GigaOm has a large post about the top 25 mobile payment companies. Mobile payment has been on the horizon for many years and finally had a break out in 2011. While its still early, mobile payments are going to be the next big thing as the world moves to mobile computing devices as primary platforms for accessing the web.

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