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The big problems facing the concept of mobile payments are the lack of participating stores and the lack of public awareness. What the system needs is a big name to get involved. How about Starbucks? Yeah, that should do it.

Only this isn’t mobile payments as you know it; this is something a bit more special. Read more

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PayPal Here has just been announced at an event in the US. It’s a rival to Square, the start-up founded by Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, that lets small business take credit card payments through a smartphone, rather than a clunky PIN machine on the end of a cable that costs shops a fortune.

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Square, the mobile payments company founded by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, has scored a real win – placement in the Apple Store. Apple is now selling the Square hardware which hooks into an iPhone/iPod touch and lets anyone process and manage credit card payments.

The Square device is the only payments product featured in US Apple stores. It’s selling for $9.95 but users get $10 of credit when they sign up for an account and the apps are free.

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Mobile World Congress is the biggest event of the year for smartphone fanatics, and while the next Barcelona shindig isn’t scheduled until February of next year, the organisers have given word of the keynote speakers already – and they include two of Twitter‘s founders, and under different banners. What are they going to say?

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iPhone Paypal app payments have suddenly got a lot simpler with features from Bump, an app that transfers information when you touch iPhones. Read on to find out how your Paypal will turn your iPhone into your own personal debt collector and solve arguments about splitting the bill.

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You’ve made it through the snow drifts to the end of the week and we have a reward for you – this handy recap on all of the best gadget news you might have missed. We’ll have our CES catch-up for you at 9.30 but first, here’s your nourishing Techie Breakie…
Insane news first: Lady Gaga has been appointed a creative director at Polaroid. The barmy pop singer will be “developing prototypes in the vein of fashion/technology/photography innovation”. No, we don’t know quite what that means either. Head over to our Lady Gaga story to pick through the clues yourself.
A more sensible hire has been made by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s new firm, Square. The iPhone payments system creators have grabbed one of the key developer’s of Google’s Android mobile OS. Square for Android coming up? We think so.
Meanwhile we’ve got a pair of nifty little future stories for you – Vodafone says the Google Nexus One will be in the UK “within weeks” and Sony’s been asking Playstation Network lovers what features they’d be willing to pay a subscription for. The first hour of a game free? Now that does sound good…
Finally, there’s a storm of speculation surrounding Call of Duty. Reports suggest the next instalment, out before Christmas will find you fighting in Vietnam while there’s talk that Infinity Ward won’t make Modern Warfare 3. Head over here for all the runes, rumours and rampant speculation.
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Techie BreakieYou’ve made it through the snow drifts to the end of the week and we have a reward for you – this handy recap on all of the best gadget news you might have missed. We’ll have our CES catch-up for you at 9.30 but first, here’s your nourishing Techie Breakie…

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SquareSquare, the iPhone payment start-up lead by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, has grabbed one of the Google engineer’s behind the creation of Google Android. What does that mean for Square’s Android future?

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SquareSquare, the iPhone-friendly payment system launched by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, could be in a bit of trouble. It seems someone else owns the patent to the technology that Square will rely on. Will the portable payment service survive its patent problem?

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