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Person-to-person mobile payments don't interest USA & Europe

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Use of mobiles for authentication to boom in next 5 years

The number of people using mobile phones to authenticate financial transactions will increase from under three million users this year to over 20 million users by 2014. That's the prediction from Goode Intelligence in its latest analyst report, 'The Mobile Phone As An Authentication Device'.

SMS One-Time Password products and services will be the fastest growing area for mobile phone authentication in the next one to two years, driven by growing adoption of smartphones.

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Google announces new price comparison app for mobile shopping

Google has announced a new Android application called Google Shopper. It uses the phone's camera to recognise books, CDs, DVDs, video games and most product barcodes – rather like the company's 'Goggles' app – and then searches online for prices, reviews and specifications.

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This week’s final Mobile World Congress podcast

In the last of our series of special podcasts from Mobile World Congress 2010, Mark Bridge interviews Jeff Taylor – a co-founder of INQ Mobile, now its Marketing & Strategy Director – and Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of voice encryption company Cellcrypt.

Download the MP3, subscribe on iTunes or use our RSS podcast feed.

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Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Congress

Mark Bridge writes:

We queued in the rain outside the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza hotel. We sat on the floor in a basement room. And we watched on TV as Steve Ballmer announced Windows Phone 7 Series.

The life of a reporter is not a glamorous one.

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