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August 12 2013

Nextdoor : la startup qui pourrait (enfin) relever le défi du réseau social de proximité |…

Nextdoor : la startup qui pourrait (enfin) relever le défi du réseau social de proximité | fabernovel

Louis Moullard de FaberNovel revient sur NextDoor - - un Facebook de quartier, dont l’usage le plus populaire, pour l’instant, est la veille de voisinage pour signaler cambriolages, vols, détériorations... Le #weblocal est un cimetière empli de concepts, car il demeure difficile de bénéficier des effets de seuils pour grandir. Tags: internetactu2net fing internetactu (...)

#hyperlocal #citelabo #villelegere #villes2.0

July 07 2011

ePayments Week: AliPay gets physical

Here's what caught my attention in the payment space this week.

China's AliPay develops barcode payment system

AliPayChina's search engine giant, Alibaba, has launched a barcode-based mobile payment system for paying for real-world goods. Alibaba's payment subsidiary, Alipay, isn't waiting for near-field communications (NFC), and has developed an app on iOS, Android, and Nokia platforms. Similar to the well-known Starbucks app in the U.S., Alipay generates a unique barcode that merchants can scan with a barcode reader or their own smartphone camera. The system draw funds from a user's credit card or a prepaid AliPay account.

Like everything in China, the opportunity is tremendous. There's more than 420 million Internet users, including some portion that spent 400 billion yuan ($62 billion U.S.) online in the first quarter of 2010. Within this market, AliPay (which some U.S. readers may know as the subsidiary that was spun off from Alibaba without notifying key investors Yahoo and Softbank) held 45.5% of the market for online payments in China in 2010, followed by number two player Ten Pay. Earlier this year, AliPay announced that, having signed up 200 million users, it has more registered users than PayPal.

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An acoustic footprint for hyperlocal navigation

Batphone screenshotResearchers at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University have developed an app for recording an acoustic "fingerprint" of a room to see if this method can be used for indoor navigation. Stephen Tarzia, a computer engineering graduate student, developed the app — called Batphone — as a proof of concept. It records the ambient sounds in a room (air systems, computers, lights, appliances), filters out transitory sounds (like people talking), analyzes how the sounds are distributed, and creates a fingerprint. A release from McCormick says the current app is just a proof of concept, but that acoustic fingerprints could be used in the future to assist in check-ins or other hyperlocal apps in situations where GPS tracking is unavailable.

Juniper report: $670 billion in mCommerce in 2015

Digital goods like music, subscriptions, and gaming will continue to make up the largest part of mobile commerce over the next four years, but the growth rate in non-digital physical goods will rise much faster, according to a new report from Juniper Research. The report says that rising sales in physical goods, fueled in part by the advent of NFC technology that will let consumers pay for goods and services by tapping a reader at the cash register, will help spur "mCommerce" from $240 billion this year to $670 billion by 2015.

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January 27 2011

ePayments Week: Facebook's focus on mobile

Mobile, hyperlocal, privacy, and a PayPal departure topped the list of notable topics in the payment space this week.

Mobile is Facebook's top priority

FacebookFacebook's forays into mobile commerce are all around this week, as the social leader begins to tie together the elements that would make its Places app and other mobile functions into significant earners. On Tuesday, CTO Bret Taylor was at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco explaining that it was all about mobile this year for Facebook. Electronista has a good write-up, saying mobile is Facebook's fastest growing segment and that mobile users are twice as active as others. Given its prominence as the primary messaging system for so many people, expect to see Facebook increasingly integrated in mobile operating systems (as in Windows Mobile 7's interface) and not just as a stand-alone app. From a developer's perspective, it will be interesting to see how much of the action happens inside the Facebook app and how much of the Facebook-supporting activity happens out in the third-party app-mosphere.

On Wednesday Facebook said it had bought Seattle start-up Rel8tion, which (according to All Things D's Tricia Duryee) has been working on hyperlocal advertising. That term means different things to different people, but at its best, hyperlocal aims to deliver ads and coupons based on geolocation data accurate to three feet or less. As in, you're standing right in front of what a company wants you to buy. Facebook characterized the purchase as a "talent acquisition."

Finally, rumors are still churning that Facebook will close the loop with Facebook-branded phones, manufactured by handset maker HTC. All Things Digital's Ina Fried reminded us that these rumors have been around for a while and that with Facebook's prominence on some mobile interfaces, one wonders why it would bother with a hardware deal.

Straight faces, please, for Data Privacy Day

In a week that leads up to Data Privacy Day, we see so many conflicting signals that it's hard to know whether to be disgusted or just slightly nervous. On Wednesday, The Facebook Blog featured a post by one of the company's engineers detailing things Facebook is doing to improve security (e.g. opt-in to always connect using HTTPS, and new CAPTCHA system that verifies with friends' faces rather than passwords). But this came the same week that Facebook announced a plan to recycle your likes and check-ins as paid ads delivered to your friends' pages. Worse, there appears to be no way to opt-out — though I suspect that, as it has done before when it crossed lines that teed off members, Facebook will retreat from that position. The launch of a Groupon-style buying program on Wednesday, based on purchases made with Facebook credits, is certain to confuse the issue just a bit more.

Meanwhile, after 15 years playing first the heavy and then the waning superpower, Microsoft must certainly enjoy taking the high ground on the privacy issue. It released a report on Wednesday showing that as more users become aware of how much location data they are sharing, they are becoming increasingly worried.

Like buildings and politicians, perhaps even old software leviathans can gain respectability if they endure long enough.

Gartner: Mobile app revenue could triple in 2011

App Store iconMarket research firm Gartner predicts revenues from mobile app stores will triple over the next year. Revenue is projected to go from $5.2 billion in 2010 to $15 billion this year and on to $58 billion by 2014. Gartner bases the numbers — which include paid downloads and advertising — on growth trends, as well as expectations in the smart phone and tablet markets. The sum includes numbers from Google's Android Market, Nokia's Ovi, RIM, Microsoft, and Samsung ... but most of that revenue is attached to Apple. Gartner says Apple's App Store, which celebrated its 10 billionth app download recently, delivered 90 percent of last year's downloads and will continue to dominate in the near future.

PayPal platform lead departs

In its recent report on 2010 numbers, eBay emphasized the rising value of mobile, as it nearly tripled its gross mobile payments to $2 billion in 2010. The growth of that stream will continue to depend on the integration of PayPal with third-party apps built atop PayPal's open development platform.

That platform is changing leadership this week as Osama Bedier, who has led PayPal's efforts to develop the open platform, leaves for Google. PayPal's CTO Scott Guilfoyle made the announcement on Wednesday. Bedier will be replaced by Matthew Mengerink, a 10-year veteran of PayPal, who has led a variety of PayPal's architecture and development teams.

[Disclosure: O'Reilly works with PayPal on the PayPal X Developer Network.]

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