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    Hi all,

    FYI....the balance of the article is found at the supplied link.

    Take care,

    Jay

    Google, a Giant in Mobile Search, Seeks New Ways to Make It Pay
    By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER, April 24, 2011

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/te...gewanted=print

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In early 2008, in the early days of the iPhone era, Google engineers began noticing something unusual in the search engine’s logs. Owners of these new phones were doing a huge number of Web searches.

    But there was a problem: searching on a phone was less than ideal. It was hard to type on small screens. And most irritating for Google, which brags about its speed on every page of search results, was that Web pages were slow to load on phones.

    So Google started a project it code-named Grand Prix. In six weeks, engineers revamped mobile searching and hatched plans for new ways to search on the go, by talking or taking photos instead of typing.
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    Hi all,

    Here is some updated info. Please see the link for the entire article.

    Take care,

    Jay

    Google Takes Wraps Off Pay-By-Phone System
    By REUTERS, May 26, 2011, (Reporting by Maria Aspan, Jennifer Saba, and Sinead Carew; Editing by Robert MacMillan and Richard Chang)

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/...gewanted=print

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shoppers soon will be able to use mobile phones to pay for things at the checkout counter under a system unveiled by Google Inc and other major companies.

    Google, MasterCard, Citigroup, Sprint and transaction processing company First Data will make the service available this summer in New York and San Francisco, Google said on Thursday.

    The service, which competes with plans by Visa and other top U.S. banks and mobile phone companies, is similar to how people shop in Asia, where some customers already routinely wield smartphones like credit cards.

    For U.S. banks, mobile payments are a way to wean their customers from cash and make more money. Merchants pay banks fees every time a shopper buys something with a credit or debit card, and Google said it would not take a cut of those fees from the new pay-by-phone system.
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