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Could a little-noted provision in the Durbin Amendment strangle the nascent U.S. contactless-payments market in its crib? It’s a very real possibility, says a pair of researchers, and the consequences could deal a blow to the prospects for mobile payments that depend on a promising technology called near-field communication (NFC). “I see this as having a chilling effect on NFC,” says Andy Schmidt, research director for global payments at Needham, Mass.-based researcher TowerGroup. “It could short-circuit the value proposition behind millions of dollars of investment [in NFC].”