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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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Four horses of the Internet infographic

Fast company looks at the business operations of the Internet’s big four companies; Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. who packs the most disruption? You decide.

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Apple waits on NFC

I guess its a foregone conclusion that the iPhone 5 or 4S that’s suppose to be coming in September will not have a NFC chip. I was hoping that Apple would start including NFC chips in its phones and tablets but I can understand why they are going to wait.

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Square lands in Apple’s online and retail locations

Mobile payment app and hardware provider Square gets a big boost today from its inclusion in the Apple online store and will begin selling in Apple retail locations this week. Square is aimed at the lower tie of credit card processing, a level or two below the sweet spot for larger companies like Verifone.

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A White Space phone!

WOW!!! I am going to be crushed if this is an April Fool’s joke. Microsoft and Noiki’s new partnership is going to produce a phone that uses the White Space! Daily Wireless has the scoop: “Nokia and Microsoft are expected to officially announce the new white space initiative in Brussels, Belgium, this June, where they will demonstrate phones and tablets based on the new system.

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NFC experts talk about Isis, Google and Apple

I found a talk with three industry experts about the prospects for NFC payment, via phones or cards, in the US. I posted my notes below the image. In general they all seemed to think that this time is different because of the mobile phone and believe the primary driver of consumer adoption will be the introduction of personalized marketing communications from brands.

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Apple: MVNO 2.0 and then some

Gigaom’s Stacy Higginbotham had a great post last week based on a Bloomberg article about Apple’s new plans for a universal sim card and back end “pairing” service provided by Gemalto.

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Apple NFC: $6.2 trillion American market

A Bloomberg article covers the likelihood that the next generation of iPhones and iPads will be NFC enabled. With its already establish market position in online commerce via iTunes Apple could position itself to tap into the $6.2 trillion American credit card transaction ecosystem.

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Google: mobile wallet in 2011, Schmidt stepping down as CEO

In an article on the Harvard Review, Google CEO Eric Schmidt talks about Google’s 2011 strategic initiatives, and they are all mobile. The second is about mobile money.

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Pixelmator: Apple App store win

Pixelmator is great, fast and perfect for those people that need to do some image editing but don’t want to drop $800 on Photoshop.

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