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January 27, 2009
Near Field Communications World

Visa and Kasikornbank launch NFC payments trial in Thailand

Customers can upload their Visa card account to a Nokia 6212 handset containing Visa’s payWave contactless application and then make purchases at any of 1,000 merchant locations equipped to handle contactless transactions.

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January 26, 2009
SOA World Magazine

INSIDE Contactless Awarded Red Herring Top 100 Global Company

INSIDE Contactless, the world leader in advanced open-standard contactless chip technologies, today announced that it has been awarded as one of the Red Herring Top 100 Global Companies. 1800 successful and highly eligible companies contended for these awards, and the Red Herring editorial team selected INSIDE Contactless after a detailed evaluation process based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, innovation, management, global strategy and ecosystem integration.

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January 24, 2009
The New York Times

Cellphones as Credit Cards? Americans Must Wait

Imagine a technology that lets you pay for products just by waving your cellphone over a reader.
The technology exists, and, in fact, people in Japan have been using it for the last five years to pay for everything from train tickets to groceries to candy in vending machines. And in small-scale trials around the world, including in Atlanta, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, nearly everyone has liked using this form of payment.

*Also covered in CIO Today, CNET News, the International Herald Tribune and the Press Democrat.

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January 21, 2009
Contactless-Intelligence.tv

OMNICARD 2009 Interview featuring Koichi Tagawa, Chairman of the NFC Forum, Part Two

Click to access video Koichi Tagawa, Chairman of the NFC Forum, joins Steve Atkins in the C-ITV Studio to speak about the expected challenges and next steps regarding large scale NFC implementation.

January 21, 2009
Contactless-Intelligence.tv

OMNICARD 2009 Interview featuring Koichi Tagawa, Chairman of the NFC Forum, Part One

Click to access video Koichi Tagawa, Chairman of the NFC Forum, joins Steve Atkins in the C-ITV Studio to speak about the expected challenges and next steps regarding large scale NFC implementation.

January 19, 2009
Near Field Communications World

NFC Forum offers competition webcast briefing

Have you been wondering about whether you should enter the NFC Forum’s global competition? The deadline has now been extended and you can get some last-minute advice from a webcast on January 27.

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January 15, 2009
NFC News

NFC Forum extends competition deadline

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication technology, announced it is extending the submission deadline for the NFC Forum Global Competition to February 28. The new deadline allows an additional four weeks for development and submission of competition entries.

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January 14, 2009
SOA World Magazine

NFC Forum Extends Global Competition Submission Deadline to February 28, 2009

The NFC Forum (www.nfc-forum.org), a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced it is extending the submission deadline for the NFC Forum Global Competition (www.nfc-forum.org/competition) to February 28, 2009. The new deadline allows an additional four weeks for development and submission of competition entries. To learn more, prospective entrants and other interested parties are invited to join the NFC Forum Global Competition Webcast Briefing on January 27, 2009 at 9am EST / 3pm CET / 11pm JST. Webcast registration is available at: http://register.webcastgroup.com/event/?wid=0780127094481.

*Also covered in Ad-Hoc-News (Germany), Altavista.com, Centre Daily Times (PA), Earthtimes, MarketWatch, My Fox Phoenix, PR-inside.com, Scottrade.com, SmartBrief, StreetInsider.com, TelecomWeb, TMCnet.com, Topix and Yahoo! Finance.

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January 7, 2009
Marketing Innovation Group

Marketing predictions for 2009

As you may remember from last year, in January I try to review what has happened in the last 12 months and predict what might happen in the next 12 months. I have begun with my first five predictions and you can watch out for a further five in next week’s MIG newsletter.

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