New Tech Observer

New Tech Observer

Google, Facebook, Amazon Create New Lobbying Group

Posted: 04 Aug 2012 07:00 AM PDT

The Internet Association is a group of tech giants: Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Ebay that are sharing resources to lobby in favor of an "open Internet". From the Internet Association Web site:
The Internet Association is dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect an open, innovative and free Internet.
From the Washington Post Article:
The association is expected to officially launch in September, when it will release its full list of sponsors and members. Its most prominent members are Silicon Valley giants Google, Facebook, eBay and Amazon, according to a person familiar with the group's plans. Those firms face a slew of regulatory issues that directly affect their businesses: privacy legislation, online sales tax reforms, cybersecurity and proposed anti-piracy and copyright laws.


Google Wallet Moves to the Cloud

Posted: 03 Aug 2012 01:58 PM PDT

Google has announced changes to Google Wallet - the app that allows subscribers to use their mobile device to purchase items. Google wallet will now store the subscribers authentication information in the cloud and allow subscribers to remotely disable the app if their phone goes missing. From the Washington Post article:
Google's update is the latest effort to solve a series of pressing concerns for Google Wallet. One, clearly, is that of adoption: As Google knows, it's tough to get mobile users interested in a mobile payment system that it only supports a single credit card, as Google Wallet did previously. 
Two, Google is also trying hard to bridge the gap between openness and security, the latter of which has been a pressing concern for Google Wallet since the beginning.