Passbook a hit with baseball fans

Major League Baseball executives say they've seen impressive uptake of Apple's Passbook as a vehicle for distributing tickets to games. While mobile ticketing isn't the same thing as mobile payments, Passbook's success could help pave the way for conducting transactions on the phone.…

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MogoTix Looks to Accelerate Mobile Ticketing

MogoTix is launching a new ticketing service today that lets event holders and attendees use mobile tickets for events. This isn't the first such service, but MogoTix believes it has an elegant solution that satisfies both parties, and fully leverages mobile phones.…

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NFC + Retail = Fail

Amidst all the legitimate news coming out of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week was a (justifiably overlooked) little trial of Near Field Communications, better known as NFC. A consortium of the technology's backers gave 400 attendees Samsung handsets that had been loaded with airtime and about $100 to spend at local businesses. The failsafe scheme will enable NFC proponents to call the trial a success, as The Register wryly noted. Despite the proliferation of such easy successes and a host of rosy analyst forecasts, NFC's future isn't bright in the major markets where its backers most want it to thrive.…

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