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Microsoft includes NFC in new W8 OS

Microsoft will include NFC technology in Windows 8, its current name for the next version of its operating system, according to an announcement from its Build developer conference.

Monitise wins patent for virtual credit card

UK mobile payment technology firm Monitise has been granted a patent for “a new way …

Second French city set for NFC

The city of Strasbourg will be the second in France to offer a commercial NFC service on 17 October, following the launch of the Cityzi service in Nice last year.

India mulls m-banking via USSD links

A senior official of the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) has suggested that certain non-financial transactions such as balance enquires could be shifted from bank ATM machines to mobile phones. The NPCI is talking to mobile operators about using the unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) channel to inform users about their bank balances, according to Economic Times.

MIG acquires m-payment firm Zaypay

UK company Mobile Interactive Group (MIG) has acquired Zaypay, a Dutch firm which specialises in monetisation solutions for developers.

Mobile operator-backed Buyster launches commercial service

French payments venture Buyster launched its mcommerce service in its home market on September 13. The internet payment venture, which originally set itself a mid-2011 launch date, allows users to make purchases through both mobile and fixed connections.

Australia warned on regulating mobile payments

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has been warned in a submission that introducing regulation is not likely to encourage funding for new mobile payment technologies.

Report: mobile payments to increase 30-fold in value by 2015

Canadian research firm IE Market Research (IEMR) predicts the gross value of global mobile payment transactions will reach US$945 billion in 2015, a 30-fold increase from the figure of US$31.5 billion in 2010.

3UK attacks rivals m-pay venture

The UK’s smallest mobile operator 3 has raised its concern with the European Commission about …

Canadas Rogers wants to be a bank

Rogers Communications, the largest mobile operator in Canada, has applied for a licence to offer …