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Enemies of Apple Pay push for CurrentC

Retailers take sides in the battle of mobile payment technology, with some disabling NFC sensors in favor of an app that tracks customer data. Also, Amazon takes on Chromecast, and Fitbit launches new wristbands.

Apple pushed mobile payments forward when it launched Apple Pay. But now, several retailers are pushing back and blocking NFC technology from being used in stores. Pharmacy chains Rite Aid and CVS disabled the sensors that allowed customers to use Apple Pay and Google Wallet . More than 50 other major retailers have also sided against NFC payments, and instead will encourage customers to use the app CurrentC. Watch CNET Update to learn why some retailers are teaming up for CurrentC:

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Also in this tech-news roundup, get the details on Amazon's new Fire TV Stick , which is competing against the Chromecast and Roku's streaming stick.

The Fire TV Stick could be a popular stocking stuffer, but two of the three new Fitbit wristbands won't be out in time for the holidays. And speaking of holiday shopping, Microsoft slashed the price of the Xbox One by $50 until the end of the year.

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Enemies of Apple Pay push for CurrentC