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A reported 81 percent of young consumers around the world are “interested” or “very interested” in employing wireless handsets as a “wallet” linked to bank accounts and loyalty cards.

http://www.warc.com/News/TopNews.asp?ID=27323

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The location-based services market is forecast to reach $21 billion by 2015 and will total 1.24 billion subscribers.

http://www.companiesandmarkets.com/news/gps-to-drive-21-billion-location-based-services-market-n158.aspx

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Consumers are turning to mobile handsets to purchase everything from gift vouchers to flat-screen TVs, and retailers around the world are struggling to keep up with the pace of change.

http://adage.com/globalnews/article?article_id=146362

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Twenty-nine percent of U.S. adults shopping online for Halloween are using their mobile phones, looking for everything from candy to costumes for the upcoming Halloween holiday.

http://www.internetretailer.com/2010/10/06/halloween-shoppers-show-no-fear-m-commerce

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A bubble similar to the dot-com mania of the late 1990s is inflating in the mobile payments industry in South Africa, and many of companies are going to be hurt when it bursts.

http://www.techcentral.co.za/m-commerce-gold-rush-doesnt-stack-up/17848/

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Pure-play etailers such as Play.com and Amazon are outperforming their high street rivals when it comes to implementing mobile commerce, boasting superior design and functionality.

http://www.internetretailing.net/2010/10/pure-play-retailers-are-leading-the-way-in-mobile-commerce-but-many-e-tailers-are-hiking-prices-for-mobile/

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Walmart.com has designed a mobile commerce home page that is what mobile design experts call “light”—only a few small graphic elements, emphasis on text in category listings, a site search box.

http://www.internetretailer.com/2010/10/06/walmartcom-dressed-success-mobile-performance

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PayPal has just unveiled a new feature to its free iPhone app that allows customers to make a deposit by simply taking a photo of a check.

http://www.technewsdaily.com/paypal-photo-check-deposit-iphone-application-1414/

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A strategic mobile partner can unleash the knowledge that your firm has gained about your customers, their purchase habits, shopping preferences, demo and psychographics, to optimize the ROI of your mobile offering.

http://smartsoftmobile.com/wordpress/2010/10/12/best-practices-how-should-a-retailer-select-a-strategic-mobile-partner/

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CIOs and IT experts should expect (and prepare for) a shift toward a massively mobile future by 2015.

http://www.internetevolution.com/author.asp?section_id=774&doc_id=198206&f_src=internetevolution_gnews

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Sales Simplicity Software, a sales automation, CRM and e-marketing application for the builder, developer and senior living industries, discovered an untapped need among its customers when it rolled out the first mobile version of its application about a year ago.

http://www.crmbuyer.com/story/Mobile-App-Helps-Home-Builders-Close-Weekend-Deals-70940.html?wlc=1286738726

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ProSent Mobile, a leading provider of next generation mobile interactive platforms, has teamed up with Dole Food to promote food and nutrition issues via Facebook and Twitter.

http://web-self-service.tmcnet.com/topics/mobile-answers/articles/107433-dole-prosent-mobile-bring-facebook-twitter-recipes-mobile.htm

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U.S. Bank and Monitise Americas have launched AccelaPay mobile banking, giving U.S. Bank AccelaPay Visa cardholders convenient, free access to their accounts anywhere and anytime using their mobile phone.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-bank-and-monitise-americas-introduce-free-mobile-banking-service-for-prepaid-cardholders-2010-10-05?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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Cardmobili, the leading provider of mobile loyalty and member services and recent winner of the Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2010 award, will fully support Windows Phone 7 devices, upon immediate launch date of Windows Phone 7.

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/08/2291722/cardmobili-to-deliver-the-first.html

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Bank of America is not unique in embracing mobile banking, nor are they necessarily the most advanced technologically. They are, however, moving full speed ahead with the latest in banking trends, and the trends are rapidly moving in the direction of increased access and freedom for customers.

http://www.creditloan.com/blog/2010/10/07/bank-of-america-is-charging-ahead-with-mobile-banking/

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Mobile banking is expected to grow exponentially over the next 12 months, as the world’s adoption of smartphones increases.

http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/articles.php?art_id=2979

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Location-based services are the hottest segment in social media. These applications are changing the way people experience everyday activities like shopping, eating, traveling, watching a movie or taking a picture.

http://www.headlightblog.com/2010/10/location-based-services-the-hottest-segment-in-social-media/

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With the release of the new iPhone from Apple earlier this year and the ability of its operating system to more effectively run background apps and services, there are a host of possibilities for new location-based services.

http://www.directionsmag.com/articles/the-case-for-predefined-geofences/135948

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A new study by mobile ad network Millennial Media and comScore suggests that a small segment of mobile consumers prefer to shop via mobile phone rather than other ways.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=136325

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