Earlier this morning news broke that Rob von Behren, co-founding engineer of Google Wallet was leaving the web giant and was joining Square, the San Francisco-payment company co-founded by by Jack Dorsey. Already many are wondering if Square is going to support near-field communications (NFC) in the near future?
The right question is — what is going on at Google Wallet? Earlier in the year, Jonathan Wall, another Google Wallet co-founder and his colleague Marc Freed-Finnegan left Google to start Tappmo, a startup focusing on mobile commerce. That senior guys like Wall and von Behren are quitting shows that something seriously has gone awry at Google Wallet, something the NFC Times outlines in great detail on their blog post.
As for Square, the company is pretty clear about its attitude towards NFC. Square COO Keith Rabois has been pretty blunt about why he (and Square) find NFC of little value. At our Mobilize…
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