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A Smart Wallet

The Potential for mobile payments is huge. So are the potential legal and regulatory hurdles. Banks, retailers, and pundits are paying a lot of attention to mobile payments, which typically involve the use of smartphones and tablets to pay for purchases.  But a lack of mobile infrastructure has kept the use of mobile payments fairly low… Continue Reading

The People Paradox

The marketplace for tech-savvy engineers and managers has become so competitive that companies like Yahoo! and Facebook are looking for new ways to find talent. One fresh approach they’re taking is to buy high-tech startups and absorb their talent. In May, Yahoo! tweeted about adding 22 entrepreneurs to “our growing mobile team” by buying three… Continue Reading

All That Glitters

Getting what you pay for—and then some More companies looking to keep pace with the fast-changing mobile market are busily buying up app developers. Google spent almost $1 billion in June to acquire traffic app developer Waze. Apptopia is a growing online marketplace for the buying and selling of rights to apps. But companies should… Continue Reading

Mobile Apps: No Surprises, Please

Widely applicable rules regarding consumer privacy disclosures in our increasingly mobile world are only now emerging. Government agencies, individual states, and professional associations are all weighing in on how mobile app developers should disclose how they collect, store, use, and protect the wide range of highly personal data being collected every day. The Application Privacy, Protection,… Continue Reading

Power to the People: Saving energy by sharing information

Social media adoption is increasing rapidly. So why not leverage this trend to realize a desired social outcome, like energy savings? That’s the inspiration behind a joint effort between San Francisco-based startup Opower, Facebook, and the National Resources Defense Council’s new app that empowers people to reduce their use of energy. Leveraging the Facebook platform,… Continue Reading

Informed Advertisers: How to disclose information online and on mobile platforms

Issued in 2000, the Federal Trade Commission’s “Dot Com Disclosures” document helps online businesses avoid deception with guidance on how to disclose “in a clear and conspicuous way” information material to any form of consumer interaction with its products or services. As D. Reed Freeman, Jr., a Morrison & Foerster partner focused on consumer protection… Continue Reading

When will mobile payments finally make it to the U.S.?

In some parts of the world, paying for items with your smartphone is old news. But when will mobile payments come stateside? That depends on how broadly you define m-commerce. “Anything you can do online with your laptop”—buy products, check bank accounts—“people will increasingly do over their mobile phones,” says Nick Holland, senior analyst with… Continue Reading