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CTIA 2012 Keynote Day 2 with Spotify, Firefox, VISA, and EA: We’re here!

CTIA 2012 Keynote Day 2 with Spotify, Firefox, VISA, and EA: We’re here!

This morning we're live at the second full day of CTIA 2012 in New Orleans at the Day 2 keynote with no less than CEOs and Presidents of Spotify, Mozilla Firefox, Visa, and Electronic Arts. We'll be hearing from Daniel Ek, CEO and co-founder of Spotify and Gary Kovacs, CEO of the Mozilla Corporation. We'll also be hearing from John Partidge, President of VISA Incorporated as well as John Riccitiello, CEO of Electronic Arts (aka EA). Stick with us for the next hour (and the rest of the day, of course) for all the hot CTIA 2012 action!

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Samsung Galaxy S III named official Olympics 2012 phone

Samsung Galaxy S III named official Olympics 2012 phone

Samsung's Galaxy S III has been named the official phone of the Olympics 2012, with a special edition of the quadcore behemoth planned packing integrated Visa payWave wireless payments. However, the NFC-toting limited edition Galaxy S III won't be offered to the public, but only provided to Visa-sponsored athletes and trialists, who will be able to charge items and services to their phone with a simple swipe.

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Visa drops Global Payments following breach

Visa drops Global Payments following breach

Visa has dropped Global Payments from its list of compliant service providers following the security breach revealed last week that may have compromised as many as 1.5 million cardholder accounts. Global Payments CEO Paul Garcia believes that his company should return to the list once it comes back to compliance, although he didn't give a more specific time frame.

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Visa debuts V.me digital wallet service

Visa debuts V.me digital wallet service

It looks like just about all the credit card firms are jumping into the digital wallet realm trying to make it easier for consumers to rack up credit card debt and pay with branded debit cards. Visa has announced a new digital wallet service that is set to launch early in 2012. The new service will be called V.me and will apparently be able to offer PayPal some competition.

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Samsung VISA and NFC confirm partnership for Olympics 2011 phone

Samsung VISA and NFC confirm partnership for Olympics 2011 phone

All the way back in April if 2011 we first heard of the possibility of a Samsung / VISA device running with an NFC chip to assure it of widespread use. Now it's October, just 295 days to go until the actual Olympics 2012 events in London, and VISA has confirmed that the device is, indeed, on track to be released in advance (how early yet we still do not know) of the games come next year. This device is set to be widely adopted (in other words, inexpensive) and will be promoted as an Olympics games "must have" device.

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Google Wallet worries: NFC stickers MIA

Google Wallet worries: NFC stickers MIA

Google Wallet may have launched yesterday, but with only one handset, the Nexus S 4G, supported at launch and no mention of the NFC sticker system revealed last May, it's unclear how fast the payments system will spread. Both Google's Wallet site and the official announcement are conspicuously vague on the stickers - which were, it was originally suggested, intended as a workaround for those without the WiMAX Android phone - and there's extra emphasis on the Secure Element system the search giant uses to lock up customers' credit card details.

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ISIS Mobile Payment Network Adds MasterCard, Visa, And American Express

ISIS Mobile Payment Network Adds MasterCard, Visa, And American Express

The mobile payments arena was starting to look very fragmented with several different players each attempting to offer their own NFC-based system. Google announced their Google Wallet service in partnership with MasterCard, Visa hinted at its own service, while Discover teamed up with the ISIS network. But surprisingly, in an announcement today, it was revealed that MasterCard, Visa, and American Express have now all joined ISIS.

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Visa Announces Mobile Payments Plan, Most Comprehensive Say Analysts

Visa Announces Mobile Payments Plan, Most Comprehensive Say Analysts

Last week, Visa revealed that they were set to make a big announcement soon regarding their mobile payments strategy, and indeed they have today. They intend to launch their cross-channel digital wallet system in the U.S. and Canada by this fall. Their strategy is ambitious, but also deemed most comprehensive of all the mobile payments contenders, including Google, ISIS, and Sprint.

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Google Actively Recruiting Marketing Head for Mobile Wallet Efforts

Google Actively Recruiting Marketing Head for Mobile Wallet Efforts

Using your smartphone as your wallet, and being able to ditch the plastic cards may be getting closer. Google has been showing for some time that it is actively pursuing expanding NFC in many areas, and it looks like they have taken another step in that direction. They are actively recruiting an EMEA head of commerce marketing, and planning on expanding that division. Eric Schmidt said earlier this year that one of Google's strategic initiatives is to support adoption of mobile payments for Android, and they are making progress with the Nexus S 4G out yesterday supporting NFC.

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