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Day November 15, 2010

Android 2.3 Gingerbread supports NFC contactless payments

TechCrunch is reporting that Google CEO Eric Schmidt let loose at Web Summit 2.0 that Near Field Communication (NFC) support was baked into Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

NFC is a mobile technology that will allow for phones equipped with a special chip to perform specific actions in proximity to special sensors. The applications abound, but the most prevalent one is the ability to make and accept payments via mobile phone.

With Nokia and Apple slated to reveal NFC compatible devices in 2011, it looks like the mobile phone might make yet another item obsolete: the wallet.

via TechCrunch

WSJ: Apple gets digital rights to Beatles — live streaming, new logo will have to wait

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that tomorrow’s iTunes announcement will be that Apple has finally acquired digital rights to the Beatles catalog.

Apple Inc. is preparing to announce that its iTunes Store will soon start carrying music by the Beatles, according to people familiar with the situation, a move that would fill in a glaring gap in the collection of the world’s largest music retailer.

Looks like iTunes in the cloud is the pipe dream now.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Apple debuting cloud streaming service, iTunes.com tomorrow?

When Apple devotes its entire home page to an announcement, you know something big is coming. So what could Apple be planning with iTunes? I’m betting that iOS 4.2, AirPlay, and the debut of a cloud streaming service utilizing Apple’s acquisition of LaLa and that brand new data center in North Carolina have something to do with it. I would also expect the new 90-second song previews to take effect tomorrow, although I wouldn’t get your hopes up if you’re a Beatles fan. But who knows? All this hoopla could just be over a new desktop icon. We’ll know for sure at 10 am EDT tomorrow.

Source: Apple via CrunchGear