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Smartphones have opened up the possibility of turning mobile devices into virtual wallets. And today, PayPal has made a big land grab for mobile payments with its new iPhone app.
In addition to making it easier to send and receive payments from a mobile device, the app uses Bump Technologies to let users share money instantly by touching phones. With more companies getting into mobile payments all the time, this could go a long way to help PayPal retain digital payment dominance. But there's one clear reason this won't replace cash.
This week, both Twitter and Facebook have come out with big location news. Twitter is adding geolocation features and Facebook will soon let users share their location. Both of those announcements could strike fear in the heart of a mobile check-in service like Foursquare. But Foursquare is banking its success in the mobile check-in space on attention to detail. And the company also has some new features — that could be very useful for small businesses.
In the next few weeks, Foursquare is going to start sharing a free analytics tool that will help small businesses track — and communicate with — their customers.
This year, everyone's talking about who will be the new Foursquare
or Twitter at SxSW 2010. But it will also be interesting to see who will be
this year's big screw up. AT&T is working hard to make sure it won't
be them again.
A strong showing at the annual tech festival in Austin Texas can do great things for business. But for those that make a bad impression at SxSW, it can take a long time to recover. And last year at the festival, AT&T let down a lot of people. The telecom giant is determined not to let the same thing happen this year, but it's going to take a lot to win back stubborn techies.
Revenue starved publishers are getting excited about the iPad. Even before Apple's latest product had a name, magazine conglomerates were discussing their plans to deploy tablet-friendly versions of their publications on the device. This week, we're learning some of the details of Condé Nast's plans for the iPad.
And while it's great to see traditional publishers taking some initiative in a burgeoning digital space, there are more than a few reasons to think that many of them are jumping the gun at the chance to charge for content on a new device. Here are five.
As announced yesterday, LBi and Bigmouthmedia merged to create 'Europe's largest digital agency' in a deal worth £100m.
I've been speaking to LBi's Ewen Sturgeon, CEO UK & EMEA, to find some more details about the merger, and ask about trends in the sector in the coming year...
Voucher Cloud is an app developed by Invitation Digital that allows users to get discount vouchers straight to their mobile, as well as locating nearby businesses with special offers.
It's an excellent idea, and one which removes the need to print out vouchers to use discount codes offline. So does the app measure up?
Twitter is over three years old and many people still don't get it. Just last week, The NewYorker's George Packer called it “crack for media addicts.” But will real-time oversharing services make it into the mainstream?
At The Future of Space and Time talk during Social Media Week in New York on Wednesday, panelists from the tech world noted that conditioning larger audiences to share their real-time info and location will be necessary for such technologies to truly take off.
And for advertisers, this could be the key to actually serving those relevant ads everyone's always talking about.
As television audiences shrink, the networks are suddenly very interested in partnerships that bridge the digital divide. That might help explain why a big brand like Bravo TV would announce a partnership with a tiny startup like Foursquare today. And it might just work.
Starting this week, Foursquare will start awarding its users with badges that have Bravo themes when they visit over 500 locations associated with the network. The announcement is just one of many partnerships Foursquare has been quickly announcing, and it is just the kind of thing that networks need to do if they want to connect their television audiences with digital and real world products.
This week Google has brought marketers one step closer to actually tapping into the holy grail of local, mobile advertising with the simple addition of a hot link. Starting Thursday, Google search ads can include click-to-call links.
The look and feel of the ads won't change much, but letting users click on search results gets them one step closer to spending money at those establishments, which is why local businesses are getting excited about mobile advertising.
Apple's big announcement came and went this morning with more than a few surprises and disappointments (including a name that has made some women less than happy). But one unexpected announcement — a price point at less than half expected estimates — leaves a question unanswered. If the iPad only costs $499, is this the end of the Kindle?
Apple is certainly gunning for Kindle territory. After presenting the odd juxtaposition of Steve Jobs standing in front of a Kindle today, the Apple founder took a jab aimed directly at the heart of Amazon's e-reader business.
57% of merchants see online fraud as the greatest threat to their business, while they expect to lose an average of 1.8% of their income to fraud.
This is one of the findings from Cybersource's 2010 UK Online Fraud Report, which surveys consumers and retailers about how fraud affects their business and shopping habits.
Italian fashion retailer Yoox.com runs online stores in Europe, North America and Japan, with a global average of 5.9m monthly unique visitors.
I recently came across the Yoox.com mobile site, which looks to be a good example of how to do mobile commerce. I've been taking a closer look at the site...