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Maria Trombly is a talented writer and a thorough reporter with a strong sense for news who delivers on her commitments on deadline. She has an excellent reputation among Wall Street and technology executives and can be counted on to develop solid user and vendor sources. She has a clear, enticing writing style and requires […]

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Quick, accurate and innovative reporter »

Maria’s a quick, accurate and innovative reporter whose stories manage to be newsy, useful AND interesting — a rare combination.

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A local presence in markets around the globe »

Without the Trombly Ltd. reporters, I could not operate. They give me a local presence in markets around the globe, and are always willing to seek out new local sources. When mistakes are made–and every reporter makes mistakes from time to time–they are quick to figure out how the mistakes were made and offer corrections. […]

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Recent Articles

Hold the phone: retailers eye payments via smartphone »

Near Field Communication (NFC) will enable contactless mobile payments at the register An emerging technology called Near Field Communication will soon give new meaning to the phrase “tapped out.” Once NFC systems become widespread, which could happen as soon as next year, consumers will be able to pay for purchases at the checkout counter by […]

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Cyber Security Review »

As threats proliferate, here are five areas where companies need to strengthen and update their policies and practices. It’s particularly galling when a company specializing in security issues gets monumentally hacked. That was the case for Stratfor, which suffered a massive data breach just before the holidays that exposed thousands of client names, e-mail addresses […]

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Indian Rail Adds A Mobile-Booking Option »

Passengers on the Indian Railways, the world’s second-largest rail network, now may use their mobile phones to book their tickets through a new offering from the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. The agency, an information-technology venture under the Ministry of Railways, launched a mobile version of its popular online ticket-booking portal on Jan. 5. […]

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China UnionPay Sets A 2013 Nationwide Mobile-Payments Goal »

China UnionPay has enabled more than 3.8 million merchants to accept Near Field Communication-based payments as part of a push to expand mobile-payments acceptance in China, a spokesperson for the card organization tells PaymentsSource. The company has enabled point-of-sale terminals in more than 20 provinces to accept NFC payments, according to the spokesperson. China UnionPay’s […]

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Mobile Commerce Rising Rapidly In China »

Mobile e-commerce is taking off rapidly in China, according to a report released Oct. 26 by the Beijing-based iResearch Consulting Group. China’s total mobile market, including not only e-commerce but also games, advertising and other value-added services, reached 10.83 billion yuan (US $1.7 billion or 1.2 billion euros) in the third quarter of this year, […]

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Beijing Telecom To Support China UnionPay Mobile Payments »

The Beijing branch of China Telecom Corp. Ltd. has begun enabling customers to make payments using their China UnionPay cards over its mobile network as part of a pilot that launched Oct. 20. According to the company, interested customers must upgrade their phones at any of 70 Beijing Telecom outlets around Beijing. During the upgrade, […]

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Google’s Two-Factor Authentication More Widely Available »

Google’s two-factor authentication system is now available in 150 countries and 40 languages, the company recently said. The service — which was previously available only in English — allows individual users to opt for a second login step, which sends an authorization code to an iPhone, Android or BlackBerry device. Enrolment is done by the […]

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New Virtual Worlds Still Growing »

It may be tempting to assume that growth in virtual worlds has ground to a halt. After all, There.com has shut down, and Second Life is losing land area and has stopped publishing most usage statistics. Attention has shifted to social networking platforms and mobile devices. But the action hasn’t died off. Instead, it has […]

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Watch Your Avatars: Enterprise software helps set rules for virtual worlds »

Consumer-friendly technologies like Web-based e-mail and instant messaging, Twitter and Facebook have all brought compliance challenges, with companies typically reacting after something has gone wrong. With virtual environments and meetings, however, companies can get ahead of the trend, setting guidelines and preferred platforms before employees start adopting their own. Enterprise-class platforms like Teleplace and ProtoSphere […]

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SoftBank Launching Contactless-Payment Trial With Android Smartphones »

SoftBank Mobile Corp. start a Near Field Communication payment pilot with smartphones powered by Android 2.2 operating system late this quarter, the Tokyo-based subsidiary of Japanese telecommunication operator SoftBank Corp. announced Jan.18. Seven other companies also will participate, including MasterCard Worldwide; Kyodo Printing Inc.; HTC Corp.; Orient Corp., Japan’s largest service provider of MasterCard PayPass […]

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