[ATTACH=right]17430[/ATTACH]For years now, we've been promised new technologies that would merge the idea of virtual payments with actual brick and mortar retailers, but inevitably we just keep swiping those plastic cards. Meanwhile, the Japanese and others leapfrog ahead, happily waving their phones and other gadgets in front of those cool Near Field Communication (NFC) payment systems without ever having to fumble for a wallet. The problem, according to [URL="http://mobilepayusa.com"]MobilePayUSA[/URL] Founder [URL="http://twitter.com/@MobilePayUSA"]Randy Smith[/URL], is that while financial institutions and others have tried to push adoption of NFC here, retailers have balked at the up to $500 price tag to replace existing …

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In a strange part of what was otherwise and interesting and insightful [URL="http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/24/microsoft-ballmer-interview-exclusive-techcrunch-bing-mobile-azur/"]interview with TechCrunch[/URL] this week, [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/steve/"]Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer[/URL] went out of his way to avoid naming Google, instead referring to them repeatedly as "the incumbent." This seemed to be a deliberate strategy and left me shaking my head wondering why he couldn't refer to Google by name. (The whole interview is interesting, so I encourage you to watch it, but the part I'm referring to begins at around 6:30.) [B]The Harry Potter Strategy [/B] This reminded a bit of [URL="http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/"]Harry Potter[/URL], where of course they refer to …

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Yesterday I blogged about a blogger who didn't seem to realise he'd become a de facto publisher by putting his stuff on the Internet. He'd taken someone to court over a comment they'd made on his blog and - understandably - the judge considered that if he hadn't felt strongly enough to remove the comment from his own blog then it wasn't a court matter. Today I want to redress the balance a bit and talk about a blogger who has certainly found his 'responsibilities' catching up with him. Michael Arlington of Techcrunch - I know it's not usual to …

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