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first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sara Slane, a senior vice president at the American Gaming Association, said she believes Congress is going to have a hard time catching up with states that are moving quickly to legalize and regulate sports betting.She said that many federal lawmakers already view sports betting as a states’ rights issue and that it will be difficult for Congress to roll back those efforts once betting operations are up and running.“I do see this as somewhat dead in the water,” she said of federal legislation. “This is going to largely unfold on the state level.”Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was noncommittal Tuesday.“I am deeply concerned about the social ills that can arise from gambling. At the same time, I have deep respect for the federalism principles that underlie today’s Supreme Court decision,” he said. He said his committee “will continue to examine the issue with an eye to striking the appropriate balance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In West Virginia, Republican Gov. Jim Justice allowed a sports betting bill to become law without his signature and later announced he had reached a deal for casinos to pay a fee to pro sports leagues. But casino operators denied there was a deal.On Monday, the high court struck down a federal law that limited sports betting to four states that met a 1991 deadline to legalize it: Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. It came on a court challenge from New Jersey. As a result of the ruling, states are now free to adopt laws regulating sports betting.Hours after the ruling, the NFL called on Congress to “enact a core regulatory framework” for legalized betting, citing “the potential harms posed by sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence in these events.”The NFL reasoned, too, that it would be easier to comply with one nationwide set of regulations than with 20 or 30 individual ones.The NBA likewise called for national regulation of sports betting.Hatch, one of the authors of the federal law that was thrown out by the Supreme Court, sided with the leagues.“The rapid rise of the internet means that sports betting across state lines is now just a click away,” he said. “We cannot allow this practice to proliferate amid uneven enforcement and a patchwork race to the regulatory bottom. At stake here is the very integrity of sports.”It’s unclear how eager Hatch’s colleagues are to wade into this debate. Lawmakers are spending more time in their home states as election season heats up. The legislative calendar is winding down. And some lawmakers with libertarian views favor letting states deal with the issue.Also, Congress has been unable in recent years to pass federal laws regulating online poker, fantasy sports or internet gambling.David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gambling Studies at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, predicted states will be reluctant to give up control over a potentially lucrative new source of tax revenue. If it passed a nationwide bill, Congress could require casinos, tracks or state governments to share some of their revenue with the sports leagues — or pay them what the leagues like to call “integrity fees,” designed to cover the costs of policing betting.The leagues have been making headway in negotiations on integrity fees with individual states, including Kansas, Connecticut, Indiana and New York, said Daniel Wallach, a sports law expert from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The leagues also have come down on their fee demands in several states, lowering them from 1 percent to 0.25 percent, he said.Wallach said the leagues, in seeking to be paid for sports betting, might also be able to make a compelling court case that they have intellectual property rights in the data that is used in wagering.On the other side of the negotiating table, the gambling industry might want to work out a grand compromise on giving a cut to the sports leagues, rather than “battle it out, state to state to state, winning some, losing some,” Wallach said.But state opposition remains strong. Within hours after the ruling, New Jersey lawmakers introduced a new bill to regulate sports betting that would drop the integrity fee that was in an earlier version.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Tepper to buy Panthers for record $2.2 billion In this Monday, May 14, 2018 photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multi-billion-dollar business expected to emerge from the decision. (AP Photo/John Locher)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multibillion-dollar business of gambling on pro and college games.The NFL, NBA and others want Congress to set uniform, nationwide rules on sports gambling for all states, saying the integrity of athletics is at stake. And an influential Republican on Capitol Hill, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, quickly announced plans to push for such legislation.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina But states are already moving quickly to enact their own laws, with some legislators wanting fans to be able to place wagers by the time football season starts this fall. And there are serious doubts Congress wants to get involved.“Sports are played on a national and sometimes international stage, crossing state borders and involving residents of numerous municipalities,” said Rummy Pandit, a gambling analyst with New Jersey’s Stockton University. “From that standpoint, federal regulation of sports betting makes sense. But the federal government has not historically been involved in the day-to-day regulation and oversight of gaming.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFor years the major sports leagues argued that gambling on games would lead to match-fixing and point-shaving. Now that they lost the court battle with Monday’s landmark ruling, many suspect that they are now pushing for federal legislation not for high-minded reasons, but because they see it as the easiest way to get a cut of the proceeds.Negotiating a piece of the action with Congress would be more efficient than trying to work out deals one by one with dozens of states. MOST READlast_img read more


first_img“I think broadcast, that will be allowed. The logistics and the rest Fiba said will work with us on how to execute that,” he said.RELATED VIDEO Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Filipino crowd during Gilas Pilipinas’ home game vs Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere will be no Filipino fans cheering in the gallery for Gilas Pilipinas in its next home game in the second round of the 2018 Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.The national team will play against Qatar on September 17  “behind closed doors” as part of the sanctions handed out by Fiba on Thursday on top of suspensions and whopping fines.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The Philippines has also been placed under probationary status by Fiba for two more home games for a period of three years.READ: Aussies ‘feared for safety’ after brawl vs Gilas“If there is no untoward incident in the Qatar game, the next game will be held with the public in attendance. Any time there’s a similar incident, I hope to god nothing more, then they can put us in a closed door again. In the next three years, we better have no similar incident,” explained SBP executive director Sonny Barios.Panlilio saw the probationary period as a chance for the country “to show that maybe this is a just a blip in our basketball history.”Panlilio, though, is confident that the game against Qatar can still be broadcast on various platforms so fans can watch from their homes.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Organizers firm up schedule for 2020 Tokyo Olympicscenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio admitted that having to play without the country’s “sixth man” is going to be painful.READ: 10 Gilas players, 2 coaches suspended by Fiba for brawlFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It is painful obviously to have a closed door, it’s similar to the games in the NCAA before. I think it’s driving a lesson to everybody that we could have done it in a better way, ” said Panlilio in a press conference Thursday after Fiba’s announcement.“Of course, it’s painful [without the] people who want to watch us live, the fans who have always been our sixth man in all these competitions.”last_img read more


first_imgChief Justice Francis S. Korkpor (left) ruled to uphold Cllr. Philip A. Z. Banks’ (center) testimony as an expert witness, even though Banks was accused of testifying in favor of Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh (right).Managers’ lawyers to produce another ‘expert witness’  Lawyers representing the House of Representatives, also known as the Managers’ Legal Team in the ongoing impeachment trial of Associate Justice Kabineh Mohammed Ja’neh, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, suffered a setback when Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr., denied the motion to remove the testimony of ‘expert witness’ Cllr. Philip A. Z. Banks from the ‘Impeachment Trial Records.’Chief Justice Korkpor, now presiding over the Ja’neh impeachment trial, said the Managers’ lawyer, particularly Cllr. Albert Sims, should have allowed the jurors (the Senators) to make the decision whether the expert witness, Cllr. Philip A. Z. Banks, is qualified or neutral to serve as an ‘expert witness,’ in the ongoing trial. Cllr. Banks is a retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.The Chief Justice ruling was prompted following a motion of application to remove Banks’ testimonies by the Managers’ Lawyers on three counts, including that Banks does not have a degree in Constitutional Law, excepts he teaches Constitutional Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law of the University of Liberia, which itself does not give  him the right to be an expert witness in constitutional issues.The petitioner’s counsel (the Managers’ Lawyers) also argued that Banks’ testimony should also be removed from the trial record, “because his provision in the constitution, which he relied upon to indicate that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional has been settled by the Supreme Court.”“The Supreme Court is the final interpreter of all constitutional matters, and no single man or expert has the authority to declare unconstitutional a provision in the constitution that the Supreme Court has declared valid,” Cllr. Sims argued.He further argued that the expert witness, Retired Associate Justice Banks, is not a neutral witness as evident by his testimony, numerous testimonies… and that he should have just given his expert opinion, and left the rest to trial lawyers. But for the expert witness to admit issuing writ of prohibition to halt the payment of the Road Fund Act, suggests his testimony should be erased from the trial record.Prior to the petitioners’ motion of removal of the expert witness’ testimonies, the Managers’ Lawyer in their questions, said  Cllr. Banks as expert witness in constitutional law, does not have a degree in constitutional law, neither has he published any book or article in any professional journal, nor was he a member in the National Constitutional Commission.Cllr. Banks in response, told the forum that he had a graduate degree; he did a graduate studies in constitutional law as visiting scholar to Yale University in the U.S. and had published a number of works, including a publication that dealt with the independence of the Judiciary, published in the Liberian Law Journal.“In the work, I did not only deal with the constitutional history as related to the judiciary, but also dealt with the other branches of government. And over the last one year and the half, I have also been putting together a comprehensive volume on constitutional law, particularly Liberian constitutional law that will be about 1,000 pages,” Banks clarified.He also said when the Liberian system broke down during the civil war, he traveled to every institution he knew, including American law schools to gather materials that would put the legal system back in place.“The volume that is currently used in the Supreme Court is the handiwork I put together, with the help of few other Liberians, who have interest in the seeing the laws restored,” Banks said.He further argued that when he went to the National Constitution Commission, he served initially as the Senior research officer in the Legal Department, while Cllr. Winston Tubman was the director, but served for a short while, and was appointed as Minister of Justice, “and so I became the director.”However, the Managers’ Lawyers  announced a notice that they will provide  an expert witness to rebut Retired Justice Banks’ testimonies.Banks’ recent testimonies were in continuation of his testimonies, which began on Thursday, March 21, 2019 as an expert witness in the impeachment trial, but stressed  that though his appearance was in obedience to a subpoena issued for his appearance, “I appeared and saw the issues beyond Justice Ja’neh.”Asked whether he was at the hearing with the intention to influence the minds of the Senators, who are serving as jurors at the impeachment trial, Cllr. Banks responded: “You are not correct; it was only a few weeks ago when I had the occasion to speak at this year’s (February 11) Armed Forces Day celebration. I stated in my statement, and I reiterate it here that I went into the law and I remain in the law, because of the passion that I have for the law.”Cllr. Banks continued: “I repeated in that statement (from Armed Forces Day) that I personally suffered great pains and I see in my view that the law is not followed. I have been a strong advocate for many years, and my records at all of the conventions and assembles of the Bar Association attested that I have made appeals for Liberian lawyers to speak to those critical legal issues that affect our nation.”On the statement that the Liberian Constitution is a replica of that of the United States Constitution, the former Associate Justice said, “I am aware specifically, referencing impeachment, an obligation is imposed on the Legislature to promulgate rules of procedure, but more importantly the United States Constitution, as far as I am aware in relation to impeachment, it does not provide for due process of law. That due process of law was imposed by our framers and I indicated to you that many of the provisions in our Constitution have come from the experiences that our framers had with past governments.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img1 Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of Manchester City’s Champions League Group D opener against Juventus, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.The Argentina striker suffered a knee injury in a challenge from Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League win at Selhurst Park on Saturday.Aguero did not train with the rest of the squad ahead of Tuesday’s European encounter at the Etihad Stadium and Pellegrini later revealed he would not play in the match.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Pellegrini said: “Sergio is not fit for tomorrow. He has a kick in his knee. It is difficult for him.”Aguero, last season’s top scorer, could return for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham.Pellegrini said: “I hope so but we must wait. We will see this afternoon how long it will be.”On the positive side, David Silva and Raheem Sterling, who missed the Palace game with ankle and hamstring problems respectively, did both train and will be expected to be fit.Samir Nasri and Fernandinho both sat out the full session because of minor knocks but Pellegrini said he hoped “both will be 100 per cent fit tomorrow”. Sergio Aguero last_img read more


first_imgThat decision is being made by the U.S. Olympic Committee, which is conducting a separate investigation into sexual harassment allegations levied against Nardiello. “Someone in the organization probably has to make some decision soon about what happens with the World Cup,” USBSF president Jim Shea Sr. said. “As of right now, Tim’s still under suspension and he will stay that way until we have some kind of resolution. There’s always that hope that we can get it resolved.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonNardiello has been on paid administrative leave since Saturday, one day after skeleton slider Felicia Canfield came forward with allegations that the coach tried to touch her, kiss her, and spoke to her and other female athletes inappropriately. The mother of 2002 Olympic gold medalist Tristan Gale made similar claims on her daughter’s behalf, and another athlete has since come forward to say she heard Nardiello make inappropriate comments, Shea said. Shea would not identify the latest athlete to make allegations against Nardiello, other than saying that the athlete – like Gale and Canfield – is not under consideration for this year’s Olympic roster. The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation’s board will meet today, hoping to resolve embattled coach Tim Nardiello’s immediate status with the national team. The meeting could determine whether Nardiello will fly with the U.S. skeleton team to Germany for World Cup training on Thursday, but it’s unlikely to seal the coach’s fate with regard to the Olympics. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgChamps: St Mary’s StranorlarSt. Mary’s N.S., Stranorlar winners of Cumann na mBunscol Roinn 1 girls football.This was a very evenly contested game with St.Mary’s trailing by one point at the half time whistle.They took their chances in the second half scoring a number of excellent points from play. The final score was St. Mary’s 2-16, Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana 4-6.Well done to both teams on a great display of skill and excellent behaviour throughout the game.ALL HAIL ST MARY’S STRANORLAR AS GIRLS WIN COUNTY SCHOOLS TITLE was last modified: June 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALL HAIL ST MARY’S STRANORLAR AS GIRLS WIN COUNTY SCHOOLS TITLElast_img read more


first_imgCelebrity chef Conrad Gallagher’s latest venture has hit the wall.The Donegal cook, who once boasted to be the youngest Michelin star chef, was hanging out in LA where he opened his latest venture ‘PoshBurger Bistro.But after a series of mixed reviews and mishaps since it open in March, the restaurant has now closed. Gallagher, 42, from Letterkenny, was doing the cooking at the restaurant in Summerlin while his wife Candice was working out front of the eaterie.One famous newspaper, the Las Vegas Weekly, compared Gallagher’s burger menu to Noah’s Ark.“The menu is like Noah’s Ark, as the more common Black Angus is accompanied by lamb, wild boar and venison,” although specials such as elk, ostrich and duck were “conspicuously absent during my visits,” said the reviewer.The signs for the Donegal man’s latest venture looked ominous only weeks after opening. Only a month after opening, employees reported that they weren’t getting paid.Within two months, a local butcher reported that he wasn’t getting paid and another vendor said he reported PoshBurger to the district attorney’s office.Gallagher said he had plans for a small Las Vegas empire which included a small boutique food, wine shop and cooking school store called Gallagher the Grocer.However, this too appears to be on hold.DONEGAL CHEF GALLAGHER’S LATEST VENTURE FALLS FLAT! was last modified: July 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chefConrad GallagherLAPOSG BURGERlast_img read more


first_img27 May 2011India’s Suzlon Energy has signed a deal with African Clean Energy Developments (ACED) for the supply and construction of up to 200 wind turbines for the Cookhouse Wind Energy Facility in the Eastern Cape, for an undisclosed sum.The facility, which covers over 9 000 hectares and is located about 150km north-east of Port Elizabeth, is one of South Africa’s leading renewable energy projects, having received permission from the Department of Environmental Affairs in May 2010 for the erection of up to 200 wind turbines.The initial deal is 76 of Suzlon’s S88 series 2 Megawatt turbines, with an option to acquire 124 Turbines.“We at Suzlon are delighted to be supporting what is arguably the lead project in South Africa in terms of quality and development timelines,” Suzlon South Africa CEO Silas Zimu said in a statement this week. “The Cookhouse facility will not only provide clean and green energy, but also create many jobs and make a major contribution to local economic development.”Power purchase agreementThe contract is conditional to the Cookhouse Wind Energy Facility successfully securing a power purchase agreement under the South African REFIT (Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff) procurement process, due to commence in the coming months.Based on current expectations, installation is expected to commence in late 2011 or early 2012.African Clean Energy Developments is a joint venture between African Infrastructure Investment Managers (a company held by Old Mutual Investment Group and Macquarie Capital) and AFPOC Limited.Significant BEE participationACED is working closely with its partner, the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, and with its appointed mandated lead arrangers, Standard Bank and Nedbank, to finalise a financing package which will include a significant portion of broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership.“African Clean Energy Developments, along with its key stakeholders, are pleased to be working with Suzlon Energy Limited on our flagship South African project, the Cookhouse Wind Energy Facility,” said ACED managing director Thomas Donnelly.“Suzlon has demonstrated a clear commitment to the South African market, and to local economic development and job creation, two key objectives of the Cookhouse Wind Energy Facility.”Emerging markets experienceSuzlon Group MD Tulsi Tanti said that as a rapidly growing economy, South Africa was a very important market for the company, and that they were excited to bring to the table their vast emerging markets experience gained from countries like India, China, Brazil and others.“The country has immense wind energy resources and the government of the Republic of South Africa has demonstrated praiseworthy vision and leadership to exploit this abundant renewable resource to power the nation’s growth,” Tanti said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces With read/write support in place, phones running the Android software and that include the necessary hardware would be NFC-, and therefore mobile payments-enabled.Google Goes Local with NFC Stickers, Hotpot ProgramIn addition to the technological support for NFC transactions in Android phones, Google has also launched a local advertising program called Hotpot. The program is focused on allowing businesses – primarily restaurants, bars and cafes it appears – to advertise themselves to customers by way of NFC-enabled window decals. Hotpot, still in its pilot phase in Portland, Oregon, lets a passerby wave an NFC phone at the sticker, which in turn takes them to a mobile Google Places Page for that business via their device’s Web browser.These Places Pages serve much of the same function as services like Yelp do – they provide a location’s name, address, phone number and other details alongside user-generated ratings and reviews. And you can see which establishments your friends liked, too.Google Acquires Mobile Payment Company, Tried to Get GrouponAnother recent Google acquisition, which flew under the radar until some eagle-eyed analysts at the 451 Group spotted it, was of mobile payments firm Zetawire. The small Canadian company had one thing going for it: a patent app for mobile banking, advertising, identity management, credit card and mobile coupon transaction processing. In other words, a complete mobile wallet solution.Google’s other recent, but failed, acquisition attempt – that of local couponing service Groupon – could have also tied into this mobile wallet initiative the company reportedly has in the works.Bloomberg’s article didn’t deliver much new information about any of these services, only confirming that indeed, the dots are being connected and something big from Google is well on its way.It also noted that NFC phone shipments are expected to rise to 220.1 million units by 2014, a figure that indicates that the mobile phone-toting world is ready for such a service to exist.Challenges to Google’s Mobile Payments: Carriers, Other Manufacturers, Credit Card Companies, More But Google won’t be without its challengers. PayPal is expected to dabble in NFC payments, too, this year. Apple hired an NFC expert and both Apple and RIM have filed NFC-related patents. Complete services from the likes of Visa and the mobile phone carriers themsevles have also either launched or will be launching this year. Even startups like Bling Nation are getting in on the action, NFC-enabling old phones by way of stickers.Google will have to walk a fine line if it wants to avoid the “creep” factor. People are already sensitive about the amount of data the Internet search company has on file. In fact, that issue is now being used as a marketing technique for the upstart search engine DuckDuckGo, which touts its privacy features by way of a website at donttrack.us(“When you search Google…your search term is sent to that site, along with your browser and computer info, which can identify you.”)How will people feel about a Google service that tracks their jaunts about town, their favorite local businesses, their couponing habits, their financial information, their bank accounts, their spending habits and their purchase history? Technology aside, that could be the biggest hurdle Google has to overcome to make their mobile payments business a successful one.ReadWriteWeb’s Related Coverage on NFC Developments:What’s Google’s Interest in Zetawire? An Android Mobile WalletNexus S and Gingerbread Phones to Get Full NFC Support SoonAT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile Join Forces in New Mobile Payments Venture Called “Isis”Google Aims to Replace Credit Cards with Addition of NFC to AndroidApple Hires NFC Expert, Mobile Payments Coming to iPhone? Tags:#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The news that Google may be considering its own mobile payments service shouldn’t actually be news to anyone who’s been following the Internet search giant’s latest moves – it’s just a matter of connecting the dots. But the insider reports over on Bloomberg Businessweek today confirm that the thought has at least crossed Google’s mind.According to “two people familiar with the plans,” Google may launch the new mobile payments service, which allows consumers to tap or wave their mobile phones at a cash register to pay for their purchases, sometime this year.Well, surprise, surprise.Connecting the Dots: Android Has NFC Google getting into payments? This isn’t as crazy an idea as it sounds. The company’s newest version of its Android mobile operating system, the revision code-named Gingerbread, has added support for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Although new to the U.S., many parts of Asia and Europe have long been using NFC to enable transactions, including everything from paying for subway tickets to purchasing Cokes from vending machines.NFC works by way of a small chip embedded into mobile phones or other devices (or even stickers!) that allows the device to transmit data over short distances.At the moment, the NFC support in Google’s Android software allows for one-way, read-only transmissions, but that limitation is only temporary. NXP’s Jeff Miles, the company’s director of mobile transactions, recently confirmed that Android would be updated to include both read/write support in a future version of the mobile software. The update is expected to show up in Gingerbread itself, instead of in an entirely new software version, like the forthcoming Honeycomb version, due out later this year. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more