This Day in Tech: Google Wallet launches

Too busy to keep up with today's tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET and elsewhere for Monday, September 19.

Boonsri Dickinson
Boonsri Dickinson is a multimedia journalist who covers science, technology, and start-ups. She is a contributing editor at CBS SmartPlanet, and her work has appeared in Wired, New Scientist, Technology Review, and Discover magazine. E-mail Boonsri.
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Too busy to keep up with today's tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET and elsewhere for Monday, September 19.


Google Wallet launches today, but you probably can't use it yet. The digital wallet is available for the Samsung Nexus S on the Sprint Nextel network. The wallet uses near-field communication to allow you to pay with your mobile phone. "In the future, our goal is to make it possible for you to add all of your payment cards to Google Wallet, so you can say goodbye to even the biggest traditional wallets," said Osama Bedier, vice president of payments at Google.

While the iPad 3 will likely not make its debut this year, according to an analyst at J.P. Morgan, Apple will likely release two iPhone models before the end of the year.

• Smartphones get us closer to the idea of Big Brother. "Person of Interest" debuts on CBS this week to address concerns of living in a digital age. CNET takes a deeper look at the issue of privacy.

• Take this, Angry Birds. Foldit game leads to AIDS research breakthrough.

• What's going on at Netflix? CNET's Greg Sandoval writes about all the recent drama and how Netflix lost its mojo.

• Even before the iPhone 5 is released, Samsung is bringing Apple to court to ban the new phone in Korea.

• It looks like Apple is doing OK without Steve Jobs as CEO. Apple stocks hit an all-time peak today. The next major product will be the next iPhone, of course.

• CNET's Elinor Mills interviews Richard Clarke, the former U.S. cybersecurity and counterterrorism adviser, about the Patriot Act, WikiLeaks, and privacy.

• Google has acquired DailyDeal, a European Groupon clone.

Opera acquires Handster to move beyond browsers. Handster's services include white-label app stores and developer tools.

• Take a look at the U.S. Navy's next-generation radar technology.

• While Facebook may waste our time, the social network does help the economy. The Facebook app economy adds nearly 200,000 jobs and $15 billion to the economy.

• Japan's defense industry was hit by its first cyberattack. Reuters reports that hackers have gained access to Mitsubishi Heavy Industry's computers at headquarters as well as manufacturing and research sites.

• Hate talking on the phone? You're not alone: As it turns out, 73 percent of cell phone users text. Young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are heavy text users--averaging about 109.5 messages a day or 3,200 texts per month.