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Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of August 11, 2013

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

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The most recent data from comScore indicates the mobile commerce market has increased by 24 percent over the last year, and this has represented a massive spike in sales to $4.7 billion dollars.  Read Original Content

Mobile commerce is expected to grow rapidly over the next five years. This growth is driven by the introduction of the tablets and the next generation smartphones. Mind Commerce predicts that the location commerce will be one of the key initiatives across the mobile/wireless value chain within the next three years.  Read Original Content

According to new research from Onavo Insights, men use mobile payments more as a whole, but the mobile commerce app at Starbucks was an exception, where women made up 54 percent of users. The lowest percentage of females was at Square Wallet, at 21 percent.  Read Original Content

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Passengers on railway networks across France will soon be able to use smartphones to pay for fare.  It has just been announced that TGV trains in France will now accept mobile payments from passengers who will be able to use wireless systems to pay for their travel fare.  Read Original Content

Retail Digital reports that a new study from Jumio has found 65 percent of people who are making purchases via m-commerce services will abandon their carts before completing transactions, with over half of this proportion failing to go through with a sale as a result of concerns over security.  Read Original Content
Canadian retailer Bootlegger has announced the launch of its new mobile commerce website and iPhone application. The solution, which was developed by New York-based GPShopper, is among the first mobile websites and applications available in the Canadian retail marketplace.  Read Original Content

Pulse, a debit and ATM network operator in the U.S., has announced its partnership with Paydiant, a mobile commerce organization. Through this partnership, pulse plans to make the Paydiant mobile wallet available to its customers. Through Pulse, Paydiant will have access to financial service firms and merchants.  Read Original Content

Isis, the mobile wallet joint venture of AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, has announced partnerships with Chase and American Express in preparation for its debut later this year.  Read Original Content

An Australian electronics retailer is now offering shoppers the opportunity to buy goods directly by scanning a QR code from its catalogue. Dick Smith Electronics, which has more than 325 locations, has partnered with the mobile payments provider Sniip Australia to employ its scan-to-buy technology.  Read Original Content

With more than 80 percent of its adult income-earning populace unbanked, the African nation of Zambia has an obvious need for mobile money solutions. Zoona, a Zambian startup, hopes to follow the example of M-PESA and take Zambia cashless. The company has raised up to $5 million in funding over the past year, according to Venture Burn, which follows startups in emerging markets.  Read Original Content

U.K. startup CloudZync has just launched a wallet app called Zync Wallet (on iOS and Windows Phone, with an Android app due later this year) that seeks to combine preloaded mobile payments with in-app loyalty schemes and a messaging space for customers and merchants to share info with each other.  Read Original Content

Hackers are building their own legitimate-looking mobile ad network that allows malware into mobile phones through a back door. The new ploy takes advantage of app developers' desperate need to monetize their apps. Once the app links to the malicious ad network and serves an ad, the phone is infected. At that point the malware usually begins racking up premium text service charges.  Read Original Content

Fifteen percent of people surveyed indicate they plan on paying more bills via a mobile phone or tablet over the next six months, according to a new Western Union Bill Payments Money Mindset Index, while 13 percent will pay via a mobile app or text message. Of those who paid a bill using a mobile device, 65 percent did so using smartphones and 25 percent using tablets.  Read Original Content

PayPal has just revealed it is rolling out a new mobile payments trial that will begin with customers in the United Kingdom who pay for products through the use of the PayPal app.  The trial will involve testing verification technology that uses facial recognition over a smartphone.  Read Original Content

Google Maps, one of the most popular apps on all Android and iPhone devices, has succumbed to the pressures of the marketplace. The Internet search leader announced that search results on the app would now include “relevant ads.”  The ads will appear at the bottom of the screen and will allow users to click for more information, directions or to phone the advertiser.  Read Original Content

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