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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 1, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 1, 2012

We've collided head-on with the month of August, and today we had some interesting news stories to ring in the eighth month of the year. Surprisingly enough, we didn't have too much news about the ongoing trial between Apple and Samsung, except for the part where Samsung made Apple really angry by sending evidence that the original iPhone was inspired by Sony designs out to the press. Samsung found itself in a bit of hot water after that leak, so this evening it seems that Samsung has managed to get on Judge Lucy Koh's bad side. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said today that the Galaxy Nexus can remain on sale until August 20 despite Apple's request for its preliminary injunction against the phone to be restored, so if you've been planning to buy one, your window to do so has been extended.

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SlashGear 101: is Google Wallet safe?

SlashGear 101: is Google Wallet safe?

We've had our fair share of experience with Google Wallet since it launched several months ago, and now that it's been updated to include all major credit and debit cards, it's time to once again address the most important question of all: is it safe? As it turns out, Google Wallet is really, really safe. You've got several ways to lock down your account, and starting today, you've also got a remote shutdown option too. Additionally, just as it is with any other use of a credit card, each use of Google Wallet at "more than 200,000 retail locations" across the USA require that you show a picture ID to make it work.

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Google Wallet now supports all major credit and debit cards

Google Wallet now supports all major credit and debit cards

Google has pushed out a new update for its Google Wallet app, and this update comes with some pretty big changes. First and foremost, you can now use any credit or debit card from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, so Google Wallet users are no longer restricted in that respect. Along with support for a broader range of credit cards comes some changes to how Google will store your card data, so read on to find out more.

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Google reportedly working on Wallet 2.0

Google reportedly working on Wallet 2.0

While the thought and idea behind Google Wallet is an excellent one, most carriers want nothing to do with Google's mobile payment solution. With only one US carrier launching a device with Google Wallet pre-installed, the rest are seeking other solutions such as Isis for their payment methods. Today however we are hearing talks that Google is reportedly working on Wallet 2.0 to up their game.

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Isis solidifies American Express support

Isis solidifies American Express support

The biggest competitor to Google Wallet - and when I say biggest competitor I mean it's going to chew up Google Wallet and spit it out like a piece of bad meat - has just joined forces with American Express to have the three biggest credit card issuers already flipping the switch with its mobile payment platform. Isis, a joint venture between T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, is steadily making its way to a nationwide launch.

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MasterCard unveils PayPass Button and software

MasterCard unveils PayPass Button and software

MasterCard was one of the first companies to actively pursue contact payments in the US, and today they're announcing plants to incorporate their PayPass system across web and mobile platforms. In addition to the standard contactless PayPass kiosks that you've likely already seen in US gas stations and other retailers, MasterCard is readying the PayPass Button to sync payments for online merchants as well. In practice, it bears a striking resemblance to PayPal, with the benefit of being already integrated with your credit card.

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Google Wallet benefits from European Commission probe into rival platform

Google Wallet benefits from European Commission probe into rival platform

Google has been operating its Wallet service in the US for a while. Google Wallet is a swipe and pay using your mobile phone payment service. Google reportedly has plans to launch the service in Europe in the coming months. It appears that a European Commission probe into a rival service that is being prepared by a conglomerate of European mobile phone carriers, including Vodafone, O2, and Everything Everywhere is underway.

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Google CEO reiterates Android open ecosystem for 2012

Google CEO reiterates Android open ecosystem for 2012

The current CEO of Google, Larry Page, has sent out a state of the union address under the title CEO Letter to address many topics, Android not least of all. In his words on Android specifically, he spoke not only of the lovely new experiences Google has with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Google Wallet and mentions the search giant's relatively recent announcement of plans to acquire Motorola Mobility. In this mention, he make sure to make the world know that Google plans on continuing to work with a wide variety of hardware partners with their Android open environment experience.

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Google Wallet co-founder jumps ship to Square

Google Wallet co-founder jumps ship to Square

The man who co-founded the Google Wallet mobile payment platform and was instrumental in setting up the core of its technology has now left Google and will be working for a competing payment platform, Square. Square has gained significant traction for its frictionless credit card reader that lets iPhone owners accept plastic payments anywhere, anytime, and they pay nothing except a small transaction fee for every purchase.

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