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Ebay and PayPal acquisitions point way ahead for mobile payments

May 17th, 2011

Recent acquisitions by eBay and its PayPal subsidiary are beginning to draw a picture of how the company plans to move from the online world to providing a full mobile shopping service including merchant payments and marketing… More

Samsung Galaxy S II with NFC to begin shipping “later this year”

May 13th, 2011

Samsung has begun shipping the first units of its Galaxy S II smartphone but, outside Korea, it looks as though only the non-NFC version will be available — for now. More

Google raises concerns over the viability of NFC card emulation mode for mobile payments

May 11th, 2011

“I’d love to see peer-to-peer used for payment,” Google’s Nick Pelly told a packed audience at the I/O conference’s ‘How to NFC’ session, as he responded to questions regarding the future of mobile payments on Android devices.  More

Google: “Dozens of NFC phones in the pipeline for 2011″

May 11th, 2011

Google’s Nick Pelly told delegates at Google I/O today that “dozens of NFC phones are in the pipeline” for later this year. Answering a question at the end of the ‘How to NFC‘ session about… More

Intuit demos NFC payments solution at Google I/O

May 10th, 2011

Financial software company Intuit is showcasing a concept demonstration at the Google I/O developers conference in California this week that reimagines its GoPayment mobile credit card processing application using near field communication. A video produced by Intuit… More

Google and Foursquare offer NFC check-ins at I/O event

May 9th, 2011

Delegates attending the Google I/O developer conference in California this week will be able to check in to Foursquare using NFC phones. According to the Foursquare blog: We think a lot about the future of location, and, every… More

Inside Secure heading for stock market flotation?

May 9th, 2011

NFC and contactless chip specialist Inside Secure has hired two banks in preparation for an initial public offering on the Paris stock market, according to a Reuters report based on information received from “people familiar with the… More

Google recruits EMEA head of commerce marketing “to lead its mobile wallet and offers division”

May 9th, 2011

The appearance, and then swift disappearance, of a job vacancy for someone to head up a new ‘mobile wallet and offers division’ at Google provides the strongest confirmation yet that the internet giant has big plans for NFC. More

McDonald’s UK goes contactless, considers NFC loyalty programmes

May 9th, 2011

McDonald’s will have installed contactless point-of-sale terminals in all its restaurants in the UK by the end of this month, Mark Fabes, the fast food giant’s UK IT director, has revealed. Faster transaction speeds are… More

Visiting health workers check in with Mobiwire’s Cosy Phone

May 6th, 2011

Connectivity specialists MobiWire have teamed up with a health technology provider to introduce NFC to remote patient care by providing real-time communication and information transfer between visiting care workers and their offices. Working with UK-based Advanced Health… More

RIM UK: BlackBerry phones have unique advantages for NFC

May 6th, 2011

BlackBerry phones have a number of advantages when it comes to NFC, says Research in Motion (RIM) UK MD Stephen Bates. Battery life, in-built security and the BlackBerry Messenger service are all factors that will… More

NXP: Up to 100m NFC phones could be produced this year

May 6th, 2011

“Every time we talk to our friends at Google, they tell us to double the numbers for the Android expectations,” says NXP CEO Rick Clemmer. More

Turkcell launches commercial NFC payments with Yapi Kredi Bank

May 5th, 2011

The Turkish mobile network operator’s new Cep-T Cüzdan mobile wallet service lets subscribers make payments with an NFC phone or using SIM+antenna add-ons that enable transactions to be made with existing mobile phones. More

European Payments Council launches public consultation on mobile contactless payments

May 5th, 2011

The payments organisation is calling on the industry to provide feedback on its suggested NFC interoperability guidelines by 17 June. More

NFC stack for POS terminals to let retailers process multiple payments types, coupons, check-ins and more

May 5th, 2011

A new NFC stack from Merchant360 will allow POS terminals to be turned from simple card payments devices into multi-functional NFC access points that retailers can use to process a wide range of emerging mobile payments services, marketing and advertising solutions and even social networking services. More

NFC news in brief • 3 May 2011

May 3rd, 2011

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: New online NFC store • eBay buys hyperlocal ads firm • Connecthings launches reader/writer app • Google’s Groupon rival hits Portland • Chase offers chip and pin in US • Visa and Gap working on real-time mobile discounts • Nokia to transfer Symbian jobs • and a brace of research reports… More

RIM unveils BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 NFC phones

May 2nd, 2011

After months of speculation, Research in Motion has formally announced that its new touchscreen BlackBerry Bold smartphones will come with near field communication capabilities. More

Visa unveils mobile payment best practice guidelines

May 2nd, 2011

The card giant has set out best practices and minimum standards for encryption and made clear the solution provider’s responsibilities to secure cardholder data when mobile devices are used to accept payment. More

UPM adds two new NFC tags

May 2nd, 2011

NFC and RFID tag supplier UPM RFID has added two new types of NFC tag to its range. The new Circus and MiniBlock tags are smaller than the company’s existing BullsEye, RaceTrack and MiniTrack tags and… More

Confirmed: Google developing NFC solutions for retailers

May 2nd, 2011

“We’re working with Google on the development of NFC applications for merchants,” the chief executive of POS terminal maker Ingenico has told French reporters. More

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