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Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of June 15, 2014

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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BlackBerry has entered into a three-year partnership with EnStream, a mobile commerce firm. Together the two organizations will form a joint venture that will focus on providing secure financial services to consumers and banks.  Read Original Content

Bendigo Bank, in partnership with Samsung Electronics Australia and Community Telco Australia, an Adelaide Bank telecommunication subsidiary, has released a retail point of sale mobile payment solution called “redy”, which gives consumers the capability of making a payment and even donating to a local charity by scanning unique QR codes.  Read Original Content

Gemalto, a leading digital security company and applications developer, has been chosen by China Telecom to assist in the launch of its new UpTeq Multi-Tenant NFC SIM card.  Read Original Content

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About 40 percent of flash sale e-retailer Beyond the Rack’s sales come from mobile devices, Richard Cohene, the company’s director of marketing, told attendees at the 2014 Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition.  Read Original Content

Amazon may soon become serious competition for PayPal as the company begins to manage subscription payments for startups and small companies. Amazon is growing bolder in its e-commerce efforts and the company is hoping to capture the support of the mobile audience with its new ventures.  Read Original Content
Etisalat has stepped up its challenge for Nigeria's largely untapped mobile commerce market with the launch of a new smartphone app to complement its existing m-commerce platform. The operator disclosed it had recorded more than 15 million application downloads on consumer SIM cards as of April 2014.  Read Original Content

Urban Airship, the global leader in the Mobile Marketing Association announced its collaboration at the Cannes Lions Festival, using beacon technology and the festival's official iPhone app to deliver proximity-targeted messages and content to attendees near the Mobile Marketing Association's Mobile Center of Innovation.  Read Original Content

The digital advertising titans at Amobee revealed ahead of the weekend that the company has signed agreements to acquire Adconion Direct North America and Adconion Australia, as well as Kontera Technologies, Inc.  Read Original Content

Forty-nine point two percent is close enough to half to say mobility has reached another tipping point. That’s the percentage of retail marketing e-mails opened on mobile devices in Q3/Q4 2013, according to a study of millions of retail e-mails by mobile marketing firm Knotice.  Read Original Content

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has added a feature to its Taobao mobile app that allows consumers to use their mobile phones to scan QR codes to win prizes or get product information.  Read Original Content

Creative formats like video ads are growing at an astounding rate as advertisers seek better ways to connect with consumers, new figures from Nexage show. In between Q1 of 2013 and Q1 of 2014, delivery of video ads grew by 404 percent. Read Original Content

As consumers in the United Kingdom become more interested in mobile shopping, retailers may be falling behind in their ability to accommodate this change in consumer behavior. A new report from Skava highlights this fact, showing that many of the country’s top retailers are not effectively engaging mobile consumers.  Read Original Content

The Priceline Group has agreed to acquire OpenTable for $103 per share in an all cash transaction valued at about $2.6 billion. The deal will move the company into restaurant marketing and will strengthen its position in mobile and search. Read Original Content

Mobile banking may be growing fast, but 74 percent of customers aren't prepared to pay any fees at all for mobile banking services, according to a Deloitte survey out of the United States.  Read Original Content

The Weather Company has now entered into a new location-based marketing partnership that is allowing it to connect its smartphone based ads with the real world so clicks won’t be required as it will bring consumers to physical stores, instead.  Read Original Content

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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.