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Google wallet users given an extra five spot

Google wallet users given an extra five spot

If you're a Google Wallet user, you will know that the services had some issues this year with provisioning and other things. Those issues prevented some users from being able to use the service and Google is looking to make up for some of that irritation with free money. If you're a Google Wallet user, you will notice when you open up the app you have an extra five dollars sitting there.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus will hit Sprint April 15 says rumor

Samsung Galaxy Nexus will hit Sprint April 15 says rumor

The latest entry in what is the closest to being "the official" Android product line will be available on a new carrier less than a month from now. That is to say, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone, which Google had an active hand in developing, will be losing its Verizon exclusivity and moving to the Sprint network on April 15, complete with the ability to connect to the new carrier's 4G LTE infrastructure.

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Geode turns your iPhone into a virtual wallet

Geode turns your iPhone into a virtual wallet

There's been a lot of talk lately about Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and its ability to turn your phone into a virtual credit card, or potentially even allow you to use other payment providers as through they were a credit card. But the problem is this only applies to you if you have a certain phone (not the iPhone), you bank at certain financial institutions, and you live in certain areas of the country.

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PayPal digital wallet introduced

PayPal digital wallet introduced

PayPal has just lifted off the covers of its new digital wallet platform, which now only aims to further increase its presence in emerging digital payments but also adds some new and interesting features to the market. For example, users can specify various rules for automatically selecting a specific payment method based on purchase price or merchant. It will reportedly replace the existing PayPal.com home page, which hasn't been updated in years.

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PaymentOne mobile payment service set for huge rebranding

PaymentOne mobile payment service set for huge rebranding

PaymentOne, a company that specializes in the largely untapped market of billing non-mobile charges to a user's mobile phone account, is now PayOne and it plans to aggressively move forward in its endeavors. 2012 will be the year of mobile payment advancement and while PayOne is different than what we've been focused on (namely NFC technology) it fits nicely into that growing trend of using your phone to pay for stuff.

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Green Dot acquires mobile technology company Loopt

Green Dot acquires mobile technology company Loopt

Green Dot, a leader in prepaid debit cards, has acquired Loopt to increase its presence in the mobile sector, a move that symbolizes just how strong the link between banking and mobile has become. Neither company has given an indication of exactly what the new partnership will focus on, but Green Dot says it is necessary to keep up-to-date in the mobile space given all the changes that are underway.

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Juniper says NFC payments will hit $74 billion by 2015

Juniper says NFC payments will hit $74 billion by 2015

Let's face it. If you've actually paid for somethiing using software and hardware that's built into your phone, you're in the significantly vast minority. That is, at least, assuming you live in the US. But in just a few years, if it's not part of your daily routine you may look as outdated as someone who doesn't have a smartphone today. This trend is going to grow, and it's gonna grow quickly.

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Google Wallet ditches support for rooted smartphones

Google Wallet ditches support for rooted smartphones

Google Wallet has some significant issues with security already this year. A potential hack was discovered in February that could have exposed credit cards. However, no evidence of credit card abuse or theft was noted. The security flaw was only exploitable on rooted Android devices. It seems Google is taking a different route with potential security flaws on rooted Android devices; it has decided to end support for rooted smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S III due April with NFC push tip marketeers

Samsung Galaxy S III due April with NFC push tip marketeers

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S III in April, a Samsung-affiliated marketing executive has apparently confirmed, with a UK campaign tying the much-anticipated smartphone into the 2012 Olympics tipped. An April release had been tipped previously, but according to ZDNet Korea the Chiel Worldwide marketing agency has confirmed that a huge promotion will kick off that month for the Android device.

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