Thursday, March 31, 2011

ViVOtech Approaches VeriFone to Acquire Hypercom’s US Assets

Competitive Mobile Payment, Loyalty, Marketing, Merchandising Solutions Market Demands Choice and Innovation, Says NFC Pioneer
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)- ViVOtech, the near field communication (NFC) software and systems company, today announced that it has approached VeriFone Systems, Inc. (NYSE: PAY) to acquire the U.S. assets of Hypercom Corporation (NYSE: HYC). VeriFone said in November it would divest Hypercom’s U.S. assets following its acquisition of the electronic payments company, which is expected to close in the second half of this year.
“NFC mobile commerce is on the cusp of becoming reality,” said Michael (Mick) Mullagh, ViVOtech CEO. “VIVOtech’s acquisition of the Hypercom U.S. assets would allow us to accelerate the adoption of this revolutionary new technology and ensure that a vigorous and competitive market emerges to drive innovation and choice.”
ViVOtech’s NFC software and systems are the broadest, most tested and deployed worldwide. VIVOtech provides the key building blocks of the NFC ecosystem: smart applications, wallet and provisioning software, and point of sale systems. To date, ViVOtech has shipped more than 800,000 contactless NFC readers. Through its direct and OEM channels VIVOtech has 80% share of U.S. deployments, including nearly 100% of VeriFone’s current U.S. contactless NFC reader deployments.
“We see this as a strategic and transformative opportunity for ViVOtech to enhance our next-generation NFC platform, and accelerate the adoption of in-store mobile payment, loyalty, marketing and merchandising solutions in the U.S.,” said Mullagh. “ViVOtech is the only U.S.-based company in a position to support and provide continuity to Hypercom’s customer base and become a strong, viable third competitor in the highly competitive U.S. market.”
ViVOtech believes the current payment and merchant ecosystem in the U.S. – including the customers and partners of the three leading providers, and emerging participants in the electronic and mobile payment market – will support ViVOtech’s acquisition of the Hypercom assets.
“We have the experience, the track record, the management team, and the unanimous support of our Board to pursue this acquisition and make it successful,” said Mullagh.
ViVOtech is well capitalized and has been strongly supported by a broad base of financial and strategic investors. The company has retained Morgan Keegan and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to assist in the evaluation of the Hypercom assets acquisition.
“We’re able to move quickly and help facilitate the regulatory approvals required to close the acquisition of Hypercom by VeriFone, and guarantee the emergence of a strong next generation NFC focused competitor in the US market,” said Mullagh.
About ViVOtech
ViVOtech, the near field communication (NFC) software and systems company, enables rich mobile commerce solutions for in-store payment, loyalty, marketing, and merchandising. Merchant, payment, mobile, web and advertising companies use ViVOtech solutions to enhance customer experience and grow their business. VIVOtech’s NFC software and systems are the broadest, most tested and deployed worldwide. Founded in 2001, Silicon Valley-based ViVOtech provides the key building blocks of the NFC ecosystem: smart applications, wallet and provisioning software, and point of sale systems. ViVOtech’s’ investors include Alloy Ventures, Citigroup, Draper Fisher Jurveston, First Data Corporation, Miven Ventures, Motorola Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, NCR, and Sprint. Join the NFC revolution at


Kristin Miller, (719) 634-8292

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Zong Releases Index of Global Mobile Spending

Zong Payment Index Shows Strong Growth in Mobile Payments Worldwide
MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zong today released the first installment of a new monthly report, the Zong Payment Index (ZPI), which tracks the spending patterns of Zong’s global user base and is broken down by its top 40 markets. The ZPI reflects three factors: (1) consumer willingness to use their mobile phone to buy digital goods online; (2) consumer ability to use their mobile phone to make purchases as determined by mobile operator policies (e.g., spending limits) and (3) the cost of mobile payments as determined by mobile operators’ fees which sometimes result in consumer surcharges.
“We are releasing the information publicly so that the industry can also gain from the value of these insights and extrapolate the results to other areas of mobile payments.”
The index is anchored by metrics from January 2010 and measures average monthly spend per user in comparison to that baseline.
“The ZPI helps us understand how our customers are using Zong and how we can improve the experience for them. We are dissecting how the different factors such as merchant availability and operator policies have a huge and direct effect on consumer behavior,” said David Marcus, CEO of Zong. “We are releasing the information publicly so that the industry can also gain from the value of these insights and extrapolate the results to other areas of mobile payments.”
The first installment of the ZPI introduces data and analysis up to February 2011. A summary of key findings include:
#1. The global aggregate index shows that the average monthly spend per Zong user is up 37% in the last 12 months. This growth is attributed to an increase in available Zong merchant locations, lower transaction fees, and the introduction of higher spending limits set by mobile operators.
#2. Total spend per Zong customer increased more than 50% in the last 12 months in Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany and The Netherlands. Growth in user spend is primarily a result of operators changing spending limits and allowing customers to spend more per transaction when using Zong.
#3. In the US, the monthly spend per user decreased 8% from January 2011 to February 2011. This was primarily driven by a top tier carrier temporarily decreasing the monthly spending limit from $100 to $25. The limit has since increased back to $100, allowing for an expected growth in monthly spend per Zong customer.
The full report is now available at Each monthly report will be found and archived here.
About Zong
Zong is the leading mobile payments platform for sellers of digital goods and services. Its frictionless payment experience converts shoppers into buyers at rates up to 10 times greater than traditional payment methods. Zong leverages direct connections with mobile network operators around the world to provide a secure payment solution with unrivaled connectivity and service quality. Zong is the mobile payment provider for Facebook Credits and is also accepted at over a thousand digital merchant sites. Reaching 3.2 billion mobile users, Zong provides localized payment capabilities in over 40 countries in 21 languages. Zong is based in Menlo Park with offices in Paris, Geneva, and Dusseldorf, and is backed by Matrix Partners, Advent Venture Partners and Newbury Ventures. For more information, please visit


Brew Media Relations
Dorothy Jean, 212-677-4835 x12

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Samsung & Visa Join Forces in "Olympic Effort" to Enable NFC Mobile Payments

Pioneering alliance to bring mobile payments to the UK and around the world in the run up to and during London 2012

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung and Visa today announced plans to bring the latest innovation in payment technology to the market as part of their sponsorships of London 2012, enabling consumers to make mobile payments using the Samsung Olympic and Paralympic Games mobile handset. Before and during the Games, the innovation will transform the payment experience in London and globally, enabling faster, more convenient payments via mobile phone.
“We look forward to working with financial institutions and mobile operators alongside Samsung to make this initiative a success.”
Samsung and Visa’s new strategic alliance is designed to leave a lasting legacy in the market post-2012.
Samsung Electronics, the Worldwide Olympic Partner for Wireless Communications Equipment, and Visa, the Worldwide Olympic Partner and exclusive Payment Services sponsor are combining their sponsorship assets and leadership in technology to ensure that the Olympic and Paralympic Games mobile handset available to the general public will be equipped with technology that enables mobile payments, Near Field Communications (NFC) and Visa’s contactless payment technology. To make payments, customers simply select the Visa mobile contactless application, select pay and hold the phone in front of a contactless reader at the point of purchase.
Visa is working with banks and retailers worldwide to roll-out acceptance for Visa contactless cards, as well as mobile phones, as part of an industry wide roll-out of contactless technology. In London there are already more than 60,000 locations where contactless payments are accepted and contactless and electronic card payments will be available in the run-up to and during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With the momentum to commercialise mobile payments globally, consumers will be able to make mobile contactless payments in the run up to and during the Games in many countries around the world.
Samsung and Visa will work together to provide the contactless enabled Olympics handset to Visa and Samsung sponsored athletes as part of this initiative. Samsung and Visa also plan to make the handset available for consumers to purchase through mobile network operators and other distributors. A Visa-enabled SIM card will be required for use with the device in order to make purchases at retailers who have the contactless payment system.
“Visa, like Samsung, shares the vision of leveraging our Olympic and Paralympic Games sponsorship to leave a lasting legacy in the market for banks, retailers, mobile operators and consumers. We are not only breaking new ground for Olympic partnerships, we are committed to enabling consumers to connect with mobile and contactless payments technology for 2012 and beyond,” said Peter Ayliffe, CEO of Visa Europe. “We look forward to working with financial institutions and mobile operators alongside Samsung to make this initiative a success.”
“Innovation is a key business driver for Visa and mobile payments are one of the main areas we're focusing on. The Olympic and Paralympic Games enables us to accelerate our business goals and this partnership plays a large role in achieving them,” said Mariano Dima, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Payment Solutions at Visa Europe.
Samsung and Visa are committed to enabling consumers to create meaningful connections with the Olympic and Paralympic Games and enjoy a better, smarter life through the leading mobile payment technology. Samsung has demonstrated its leadership in NFC-enabled phone technology, since it launched one of the first commercial NFC phones in France in 2010. It then unveiled the industry’s first Android phone equipped with NFC capabilities last year, followed by the NFC-enabled bada smartphone, introduced at the Mobile World Congress 2011.
“As a pioneer in mobile technology, Samsung is striving for long term change in the way we use mobile payments. In London next year, we regard the greatest show on earth as the perfect opportunity to showcase how this technology can make a positive difference to people’s lives - enabling them to feel closer to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This mobile payment device will be available in the UK initially, and we plan to expand the service to other countries in Europe and around the world where contactless payment facilities are available in the near future,” said Seokpil Kim, President & CEO of Samsung Electronics Europe.
Gyehyun Kwon, Vice President & Head of Worldwide Sports Marketing, Samsung Electronics added, “This marks the very first partnership between two Worldwide Olympic Partners of the London 2012 Games. We are delighted to be joining forces with Visa to make the Olympic Games more accessible and convenient for everyone. This fits extremely well with our ambition to enable more people to participate in the Games through our smart technology.”
Visa and Samsung will work with mobile network operators, financial institutions and retailers around the world to bring the convenience, security and reliability of Visa’s contactless technology to mobile users worldwide. Currently, Visa mobile payments are being rolled out in countries across the globe including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Brazil, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the United States.
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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit
About Samsung’s Involvement in the Olympic Games
Samsung began its Olympic Games involvement as a local sponsor of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. Beginning with the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, the company extended its commitment to the Olympic Movement as the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, providing its proprietary wireless communications program, called Wireless Olympic Works (WOW), and mobile phones. These innovative mobile phone technologies provide the Olympic Family with real-time information and communications services. Samsung also supports the Olympic Torch Relay and hosts the Samsung Mobile Explorers to share the excitement of the Olympic Games with people around the world and enable everyone to participate in the Games through its smart mobile technology. Samsung’s commitment as a Worldwide Olympic Partner continues through to Rio 2016.
About Samsung’s Involvement in the Paralympic Games
Samsung is a Worldwide Partner of the IPC in the category 'Mobile Telecommunications'. The partnership was launched on the eve of the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, which Samsung supported as an Official Games Partner for the first time ever.
About Visa Europe
In Europe, there are 427 million Visa debit, credit and commercial cards. In the 12 months ending December 2010 those cards were used to make purchases and cash withdrawals to the value of €1.6 trillion. 12.5% of consumer spending at point of sale in Europe is with a Visa card, and more than 70% of that is on Visa debit cards.
Visa Europe is owned and operated by more than 4,000 European member banks and was incorporated in July 2004. In October 2007, Visa Europe became independent of the new global Visa Inc., with an exclusive, irrevocable and perpetual licence in Europe. As a dedicated European payment system it is able to respond quickly to the specific market needs of European banks and their customers - cardholders and retailers - and to meet the European Commission’s objective to create a true internal market for payments.
Visa enjoys unsurpassed acceptance around the world. In addition, Visa/PLUS is one of the world’s largest global ATM networks, offering cash access in local currency in over 200 countries.
For more information, visit
About Visa Inc.
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world’s most advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more than 20,000 transactions a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank, and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: Pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information,
About Visa’s Involvement in the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Visa is proud to be a worldwide partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Visa plays an integral role in the Games, having been a committed sponsor for 25 years. Visa Europe is also the presenting partner of Team 2012 – 1,200 British athletes who are striving to compete at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. This is the first time that such a large group of athletes has been supported in this way. At every Olympic and Paralympic Games, Visa creates and manages the entire payment system infrastructure and network throughout all Games venues. Visa has been a worldwide Olympic Games sponsor since 1986 as well as a worldwide sponsor of the Paralympic Games since 2002 and is the exclusive payment card and official payment network of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
About NFC and contactless technology
The mobile phone is as ubiquitous for consumers as their wallet, so it is logical that the mobile phone and payments industries should come together to realise this next stage in mobile evolution. During the last twelve months, there has been significant progress towards mobile payments becoming a reality, as manufacturers standardise technology, numerous mobile payment trials are successfully completed and contactless technology starts to gain mainstream acceptance.
Visa’s offerings take advantage of a wide range of new technologies. Phones equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology make it possible for the devices to initiate Visa contactless transactions. The advent of phones that support next generation high speed networks can enable near real-time transaction alerts for added levels of security, fast and convenient purchases via the mobile internet, and deliver retailer offers tailored to life style and location. These developments have inspired Visa, mobile operators, handset manufacturers, and banks to work together to incorporate payment as a mobile application.

TSYS to Broadcast First-Quarter 2011 Results

COLUMBUS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TSYS (NYSE: TSS) will issue its first-quarter earnings report on April 26, 2011, at approximately 4:00 p.m. EDT. A conference call to discuss these results, business trends and future projections will be held on April 26, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Shareholders and other interested persons may listen to this conference call via simultaneous internet broadcast at by clicking on the link under "Webcasts" on the homepage. You must download Windows Media Player (free download available) before accessing the conference call or the replay. The conference call will be archived for 12 months and will be available starting 30 to 45 minutes after the call ends.
About TSYS
TSYS (NYSE: TSS) is reshaping a new era in digital commerce, connecting consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses and governments. Through unmatched customer service and industry insight, TSYS creates a better experience for buyers and sellers, supporting cross-border payments in more than 85 countries. Offering merchant payment-acceptance solutions as well as services in credit, debit, prepaid, mobile, chip, healthcare, installments, money transfer and more, TSYS makes it possible for those in the global marketplace to conduct safe and secure electronic transactions with trust and convenience.
TSYS’ headquarters are located in Columbus, Georgia, with local offices spread across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. TSYS provides services to more than half of the top 20 international banks. For more information, please visit us at


TSYS Investor Relations
Shawn Roberts, +1-706-644-6081

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NRF Welcomes Bernanke Promise to Complete Swipe Fee Reform Regulations by Summer

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Retail Federation welcomed today’s commitment by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that the agency will complete final swipe fee reform regulations in time for retailers to begin offering customers discounts and other benefits this summer as scheduled.
“The banking industry and some in Congress want to delay swipe fee reform for as long as two years, but Chairman Bernanke has made it clear that the Fed doesn’t need a delay in implementation”
“Retailers want to begin passing on swipe fee savings to their customers as soon as possible, and today’s announcement means those plans will be able to move forward as planned despite the anti-consumer efforts of some in Congress,” NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. “The Fed has received thousands of comments on this proposal and it is appropriate for that input to be carefully and thoroughly reviewed. If they take a few extra weeks, we understand.”
“The banking industry and some in Congress want to delay swipe fee reform for as long as two years, but Chairman Bernanke has made it clear that the Fed doesn’t need a delay in implementation,” Duncan said. “Congress held seven hearings and ordered two GAO studies of swipe fees before enacting this law last year. Congress has made its decision and should allow the Fed to complete its work. Delay beyond this summer’s deadline would amount to a $1 billion-a-month bailout for big banks.”
Bernanke said today that the high volume of comments received by the Fed and the issues they have raised mean the agency will slip beyond an April 21 deadline to complete final regulations. But he acknowledged that swipe fee reform legislation enacted last year will take effect on July 21 even without regulations and said “we are committed to completing the rulemaking for that provision in advance of that date.”
Regulations proposed by the Fed in December would lower debit card swipe fees from their current level of 1 to 2 percent of each transaction to a flat fee of no more than 12 cents per transaction for large banks that adhere to fees set by the card companies. Banks that set their own rates would be free to charge any fee they believe the market would bear provide that they do so independently. The move would reduce the current $20 billion a year in debit swipe fees by about 70 percent, or $1.2 billion a month. Financial institutions with less than $10 billion in assets are exempt.
Merchants are making a wide variety of plans to pass the savings along to customers who use debit cards, ranging from discounted prices to benefits and increased services such as free delivery at an appliance store, but would be unable to do so if reform is delayed. Some of the moves, such as hiring more sales associates to help customers, could result in significant job creation.
Legislation introduced earlier this month by House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee Chairwoman Shelley Moore Capito, D-W.Va., would delay implementation of swipe fee reform by a year and require a study of the issue. A similar bill introduced by Senator Jon Tester, D-Mont., calls for a two-year delay.
As the world's largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF's global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. In the United States, NRF represents the breadth and diversity of an industry with more than 1.6 million American companies that employ nearly 25 million workers and generated 2009 sales of $2.4 trillion.


National Retail Federation
J. Craig Shearman, 202-626-8134

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Senator Tester Wants Vote to Delay Debit Fee Cap for Two Years

Tester Pushes for Vote This Week to Delay Debit Fee Cap Rules
U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, is pushing for a chamber vote as soon as this week on a bill that would delay the start of a U.S. cap on debit-card transaction fees. The bill would put off by two years Federal Reserve rulemaking to cap debit-card interchange, or “swipe” fees, charged to merchants on each transaction. Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said today that the central bank wouldn’t meet an April 21 deadline to come up with a final rule. The cap, mandated by the Dodd-Frank law that overhauled the financial industry last year, must be in place by July 21. Tester is trying to attach his bill as an amendment to legislation concerning small-business investment.  <>

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Fed Will Miss April Debit Fee Rule Deadline

According to Dave Clarke at Reuters, debit regulation rules won't happen by April deadline...

* Bernanke says Fed will miss April rule issue deadline
* Says Fed hopes to have rule done by July 21
* Merchants groups encouraged by July commitment
* Banks urge delay (Adds industry consultant reaction) 
WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve will not meet an April 21 deadline for issuing a final rule cracking down on the fees banks charge merchants when a debit card is used, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said in a letter to U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday. The reduction in fees is required under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.
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MasterCard Exec: Debit Fee Regulation Equates with "Creeping Socialism"

 Article courtesy of Reuters

By Sarah N. Lynch
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opponents of a U.S. government crackdown on debit card processing fees called for delaying its implementation on Tuesday, with one top MasterCard executive equating the proposal with "creeping socialism." At a lively round-table event sponsored by, representatives of credit card companies and small banks duked it out with retail and consumer advocates who support pending rules that would greatly limit how much money banks can charge merchants for debit card transactions.  <<read more>>

Microsoft Incorporating NFC in Windows Phone 7

Now Microsoft wants NFC-enabled smartphones

Posted on Mar 29th 2011 by Starr Keshet - TG Daily
Microsoft, which only recently figured out how to do cut and paste with WP7, is apparently planning to equip its next-gen smartphones with NFC (near field communication) technology. The embedded feature would allow users to pay for items in participating stores simply by bumping or waving a Windows Phone 7 device against a compatible cash register.  According to Bloomberg, the NFC-enabled smartphones are all part of Redmond's cunning plan to "narrow" Android's wide, wide lead in the lucrative smartphone market. 

Indeed, Microsoft is only projected to claim a paltry 5.5% of the mobile OS market in 2011, compared to Android's whopping 39.5%, Apple's impressive 15.9% and BlackBerry's respectable 14.9%.

As expected, Redmond's NFC efforts will be bolstered by its recent deal (read payoff) with Nokia, which has confirmed that Symbian-based NFC smartphones will be standard by the end of 2011.

Although NFC-enabled WP7 devices could arrive as early as this year, Microsoft will likely continue to play catch up with Apple and Google, as both industry heavyweights are reportedly planning to debut NFC smartphones in the very near future.  <>

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American Express Plans Live Audio Webcast of the First Quarter 2011 Earnings Conference Call and of the Annual Meeting of Shareholders

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) plans to host a live audio webcast of its investor conference call at 5:00 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 to discuss first quarter 2011 financial results. The company's financial results are scheduled to be announced shortly after the market closes on that day.

The Company also plans to host a live audio webcast of its annual meeting of shareholders on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:00 am (EDT). The meeting will be held in the Auditorium at the Company’s headquarters located in lower Manhattan.
Live audio of both the investor conference call and the annual meeting of shareholders will be accessible to the general public at Earnings presentation materials and other earnings-related disclosures will be posted on the website prior to the conference call. Audio replays for both events will be available on the website following each event.

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NFC Mobile Weekly News March 30th

  1. Microsoft to Join Mobile Payment Race

    Mobiledia - Martin Gould - 1 hour ago
    It will use near-field communication, or NFC, technology to enable making payments by bringing the phone close to a special reader at the register. ...

  2. Microsoft Reportedly Planning Mobile Payments for Windows Phone 7

    Mobile Marketing Watch - 1 hour ago
    The first devices sporting mobile-payment technology could debut as early as this year, ... As it now stands, Microsoft controls 14 patents referencing NFC...

    Google to Launch Retail NFC Payment Processing Application 

    Vertical Systems Reseller (blog) - ‎12 hours ago‎
    Similar pilots have been rolled out where NFC chips are embedded into a credit card and payment is debited as customers walk through turnstiles or flash them in front of a register.

    WP7 To Get NFC Payments? 

    everythingWM - Tim Barribeau - ‎5 hours ago‎
    NFC (near field communications, if you want to get fancy) is a technology that's gaining a lot of momentum right now, and in its simplest application will allow you to pay for things just by waving your phone at them.
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    The NFC-Based Mobile Wallet Isn't Science Fiction... Yet 

    Banktech (blog) - Matt Gunn - ‎2 hours ago‎
    At its Innovation Gallery Walk last night, one of the things Intuit was demonstrating was a mobile NFC payment between two Nexus S devices.

    Microsoft To Add NFC to Windows Phone 7, Says Report 

    PCWorld - Ian Paul - ‎5 hours ago‎
    Microsoft is jumping on the one-swipe mobile payment bandwagon by introducing Near Field Communications (NFC) technology to Windows Phone 7, according to online rumors.

    Gemalto launches NFC software - world sees hardware 

    Register - Bill Ray - ‎9 hours ago‎
    Gemalto's new software platform can handle NFC payments on the SIM and is approved for MasterCard's PayPass - but that's less than half the NFC story no matter what you read elsewhere.

    Enabling payments on legacy hardware 

    Contactless News - ‎3 hours ago‎
    While the lack of near field communication handsets may be hampering widescale deployments of the payment technology, there are some companies carving a niche in supplying solutions that enableNFC payments on existing handsets.

    American Express takes first step towards NFC digital wallet 

    Near Field Communications World - Christopher Brown - ‎Mar 29, 2011‎
    American Express has made its first move towards NFC payments with the launch of a mobile digital wallet. Serve, the brand Amex gave to the alternative payment provider...

    NFC in 2011: Wells Fargo Tests Mobile Payments in San Francisco 

    ReadWriteWeb - Sarah Perez - ‎3 hours ago‎
    You can follow this series by clicking the tag (or bookmarking the tag) "NFC 2011." This post assumes you are familiar with the term NFC as well as the technology's use in mobile payments. If you're just starting to learn about NFC, you should begin ...

    With Square In Its Sights, Intuit Readies A Tablet App For GoPayment 

    TechCrunch - ‎15 hours ago‎
    Mobile payments are finally taking off right now. But it is not mobile wallets for consumers with NFC-chipped mobile phones leading the way.

    Apple iPhone 5 Release Date Rumors - NFC Payment Feature Included? - ‎Mar 23, 2011‎
    Perhaps if more BlackBerry and Android devices have NFC, it would prompt retailers to upgrade their point-of-sale systems. What do you think of the concept of NFC payment features allowing you to pay for goods and services when you're out and about?

    Google Gets Closer to NFC Payment, But Has Yet to Reveal Other Players 

    American Banker - Sean Sposito - ‎Mar 24, 2011‎
    Samsung Electronics Ltd. in December announced a smartphone, the Nexus S, that runs Google's Android software and has a built-in NFC chip. However, the chip in the Nexus S is read-only, whereas payments typically require two-way signals.

    Google to launch NFC payment systems 

    Fortune - Seth Weintraub - ‎Mar 15, 2011‎
    According to a Bloomberg report today, Google (GOOG) will be testing its Near Field Communications (NFCpayment systems in the next four months, in the New York and San Fransisco areas.

    Inside Secure CEO Sees Mobile Payment Boom - Eric Jackson - ‎6 hours ago‎
    The entire NFC space has been hot as Google(GOOG) has announced support for contactlesspayments through its Android mobile operating system and as there has been much speculation about whether Apple(AAPL) will enter the space.

    Vivotech plans 2012 stock market launch 

    Near Field Communications World - Christopher Brown - ‎Mar 29, 2011‎
    "Mobile commerce will be bigger and grow faster than e-commerce did," Mullagh says. "This market will be absolutely huge.

    RIM And Carriers Gear For NFC Payment Information Battle 

    Hot Hardware - Ray Willington - ‎Mar 21, 2011‎
    Is RIM gearing up with a fight with carriers regarding mobile payments? That's the latest on the street, and based on the facts, we too agree that a battle is in store.

    YESpay-Wallet Launched – Payment Gateways To Drive Penetration 

    Retail Solutions Online (press release) - ‎Mar 29, 2011‎
    YESpay-Wallet supports roll out of retail couponing, loyalty and location-based mobile advertising and marketing services, many of which will use NFC in the future. Standard Visa/MasterCard Paymentapplications are also supported via the wallet.

    The Mobile Lowdown 03-29-11: RIM; Best Buy WiMax; NFC 

    MocoNews - ‎Mar 29, 2011‎
    —MasterCard: Amid lots of reports that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is teaming up with MasterCard (and others) for an NFC service—nothing confirmed as yet by any company, though—comes a bona fide announcement of an actual step by the payment giant, ...

    RIM Battling with Operators Over NFC Payments - ‎Mar 18, 2011‎
    Mobile Burn: RIM said to arguing with wireless carriers over the implementation of BlackBerry NFC payment systems. "RIM would like to build NFC capabilities directly into its BlackBerry phones and tablets, which would give them control over the ...

    NFC in 2011: A "Potentially Earth-Shaking Development" for Intuit 

    ReadWriteWeb - Sarah Perez - ‎Mar 29, 2011‎
    As you're exploring these resources, check out this helpful resource from our sponsors: Cultivating a Developer Ecosystem: Understanding Their Needs Intuit built a NFC-enabled version of its GoPayment mobile payment processing system over two years ago ...

    Report: Apple halts plans to add NFC payments to iPhone 5 

    Fiercemobilecontent - Jason Ankeny - ‎Mar 14, 2011‎
    Isis plans to introduce NFC payment services in key geographic markets within the next 18 months, partnering with Discover Financial Services to build the necessary mobile payment structure; Discover Financial Services' payment network is accepted at ...

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