Google's mobile-payments plan (week in review)
Google unveils its plan to turn your phone into a mobile wallet, while Microsoft unwraps a slew of updates for its Windows Phone 7. Also: Apple battles MacDefender.
Google wants to turn your smartphone into a mobile wallet.
After months of rumors,, services that will combine coupons and discounts and payments at the time people buy things through their phone. The company says it plans to bring all parts of the retail experience together to make "tomorrow's best shopping experience."
Coupons for items you buy regularly will pop up on your phone, or an item that the store you're shopping at is out of will pop up on the phone and let you buy that item online. When you go to a store's cashier, you can wave your phone over a terminal, which will charge your card.
Google Wallet uses NFC, or near-field communication, technology. NFC is a chip technology that, when placed in two different devices, lets small amounts of data be sent over very short distances between them. This can include data such as credit card information, train ticket info, and a coupon bar code.
Microsoft unveils 500 new updates to its Windows Phone mobile platform at an event in New York City.
Speaking in Japan, Microsoft's CEO reveals that the next-generation OS will launch next year along with " Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs." But did he jump the gun?
The phone giant's CEO defends the proposed acquisition to lawmakers, who question the company about market concentration and potential job losses
Apple has finally acknowledged the MacDefender malware with instructions to remove the software, along with promising that a future version of the Mac OS will protect against it.
New bill, first reported by CNET, says wireless providers won't have to comply with extensive data-logging requirements backed by law enforcement.
The Law and Regulations Commission in Taipei, Taiwan, writes letter to Sony asking that PlayStation customers get a better guarantee that a similar breach won't happen again, according to IDG.
Tweaks to Apple's retail store application for iOS add new features for customers using it inside of Apple's retail stores.
Apple starts rolling out a new system that makes use of iPads in its retail stores to display information about nearby products, taking the place of printed materials.
Barnes & Noble unveils a compact new $139 Nook, cutting the price on earlier models. The new Nook won't run apps, but the company says it's got several improvements for the core job of reading books.
The world's largest social network has joined the PhotoDNA program, which was developed by Microsoft Research with help from Dartmouth College.
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