Apple CEO Tim Cook announced this week that his firm has about 800 million iTunes accounts, up from 575 million in June 2013. Mobile payments could turn all of those iTunes accounts into a "gold mine," judges Nigam Arora, editor of the Arora Report and contributor to Forbes.
The number and total value of merger and acquisition activity in the mobile payments sector dropped significantly last year, but the sector is poised for strong growth, says Mooreland Partners.
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Facebook is planning to launch a mobile ad network this month, Re/code reports.
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The mobile payment market is attracting big retailers who want to reduce transaction costs and increase customer loyalty, Reuters reports.
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The mobile biometrics market is forecast by TechNavio to see a 156.9 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. Factors fueling the growth include the use of mobile devices for financial transactions and other security applications.
In another blow to adoption of near-field communications for mobile payments, Best Buy and 7-Eleven are shutting down NFC capabilities at their retail stores, according to a report by Mobile Commerce Daily.