Tag Archives: Google

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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Understanding the knowledge graph

Today Google introduced a new feature in its search environment, the Knowledge Graph. The stated goal of the project is to help users find information faster and more easily.

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AliveWeb infographic

With Skype/Facebook and Google hangouts promoting real time video chat there is talk of the AliveWeb. You can even use Hangouts to watch youtube videos with your friends. (Detailed how to after the jump.)

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Nexus S Enables the NFC Secure Element

Sprint watcher Sprintfeed has dug up an announcement flyer for a July 11th update for the Nexus S that includes enabling the secure features of the existing NFC capabilities on the phone. The new capabilities brings the world one step closer to the Google Wallet.

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Google+, NFC and consumer adoption

If you are one of the handful of people worldwide that both has a Nexus S and made it into the Google+ beta then you too can check out the NFC tag reading and Google+ sharing capabilities spotted in the wild by software developer Ridzuan Ashim. The Google+ integration points towards Google’s continued efforts to influence consumer behavior around the general use of NFC technology.

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Google installs Coulomb electric vehicle chargers

Google has installed 71 Coulomb electric vehicle chargers at its Mountain View headquarters and has plans to install up to 250 with a goal of having 5% of its parking spaces EV charging enabled.

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Google Offers launches in Portland

Google Offers is a key part of the overall Google Wallet program and it launched in Portland on Wednesday. The plan is to roll out to additional cities include New York and San Fransisco this summer. The move is seen as an effort to combat Groupon in the deals and local shopping space.

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Osama Bedier, Google’s vice president of payments

Paypal sues Google

Following Google’s announcement of the Google Wallet, Paypal files suit (PDF) against two Google employees. Osama Bedier, Google’s vice president of payments, and Stephanie Tilenius, Google’s vice president of commerce,are both charged with using confidential information from Paypal in their roles developing Google’s mobile payment product.

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Google Wallet and Offers

Google Wallet and Mastercard

Techcrunch is at the Google “partner event” in NYC today and as expected Google has annoucned its NFC payment initiative with partners Citi, Mastercard, FirstData, and Sprint. Stephanie Tilenius, Google’s VP of Commerce, also introduced Google offers which allows consumers to redeme coupons from and initial roster of retailers including Macy’s, Subway, Walgreens, and Toys R Us.

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Google and Sprint partner on NFC payments

Bloomberg is reporting that people close to the situation say that Google and Sprint will announce a partnership to bring NFC transactions to Sprint users this year. There are limited details at this point but both Google and Sprint have been talking about rolling NFC services and this news seems to indicate they are close to an offering. Google has sent out invitations for a press event on May 26th so maybe more information will become available then.

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