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Mobile Commerce News Weekly-Week of October 14, 2012

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

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eBay has announced that mobile apps have been downloaded 100 million times since being launched in late 2008, while users have listed 100 million items on its auction site using mobile devices. Read Original Content.

Mobile advertising should be mainstream in the next two to five years, predicts research firm Gartner in a report advising marketers to keep an eye on bar code marketing, mobile coupons and augmented reality. Read Original Content.

According to the Internet Advertising Bureau, Internet ad revenues reached $17 billion during the first half of 2012, compared to $14.9 billion in the year-ago period, with mobile ad spending going from $636m to $1.2bn over the same period. Read Original Content.

Founded in 1979, DSI is a global provider of Enterprise Mobility Solutions®, helping companies worldwide increase productivity and profitability regardless of data source, device type, operating system or network connectivity.  DSI serves clients globally through its offices in Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by DSI.

Passengers who use Dubai’s public transport network will soon be able to swipe their mobile phones to pay their fares. It will mean that people with smartphones can pass them over sensors on access gates at Dubai Metro and on buses and water taxis. Read Original Content.

Advertisers spent a total of $17 billion on online ads in the first half of 2012. Mobile advertising had the highest growth in spending for the first half of 2012, bringing in $1.2 billion, a 95 percent growth spurt from the same time last year. Read Original Content.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, always striving to utilize technology to benefit their fans, have unveiled innovative mobile ticketing initiatives aimed at making game day a smoother and more enjoyable experience for fans. Read Original Content.

A survey by MarketLive has revealed that 16 percent of consumers plan to do 'All' or 'Most' of their shopping via a smartphone or tablet this holiday season -- that's up from just 3 percent who planned to shop via mobile device last year. And 29 percent said they'll use their mobile phone to research gifts prior to a store visit. Read Original Content.

Mobile shopping will increase by nearly 50 per cent over the next two years, taking user numbers to 580 million by the end of 2014, according to Juniper Research's Mobile payments for digital and physical goods: Opportunity analysis 2012-2017 report. Read Original Content.

A study, commissioned by Google, found that three-quarters of visitors to a mobile-friendly site will return to that site, while 79 percent of people who find a site difficult to use on their mobile device will give up and look for another site. Read Original Content.

As such, eMarketer estimates that spending on mobile Internet ads in Japan will grow 27 percent to $1.7 billion in 2012 versus 35 percent growth in 2011. Mobile Internet advertising spending in the U.S. is expected to grow nearly 97 percent to $2.3 billion in 2012 up from $1.16 billion last year. Read Original Content.

TechNavio's analysts forecast the Mobile Commerce Payment market in China to grow at an annual rate of 41.67 percent over the period 2011-2015. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing adoption of mobile devices. Read Original Content.

Malaysia's mobile commerce industry will be one of the key beneficiaries of the Digital Malaysia initiative, and is expected to generate 3.4 billion ringgit in three years' time. Read Original Content.

According to a study sponsored by MasterCard, retailers are ramping up investment in new technology solutions to keep pace with customer demand: in the next year, 44 percent of retailers will offer contactless payment technologies in-store, voting this the single most important area for short-term investment. Read Original Content.

Sky Technologies has been making SAP mobility easy since 1998. With Sky, you can mobilize your business and empower your team with solutions that are quick to install, easy to use, highly secure, and already proven in hundreds of SAP mobility projects across the globe. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Sky Technologies.

A new report from PwC US and Kantar Retail suggests that the retail industry may be transitioning to a 'post-modern' consumer-centric era triggered by the speed of technological advancements, globalization and hyper-competition, both online and offline. Read Original Content.

Half of Britain's financial services firms think that mobile banking is already important to their customers, while 71% predict it will be by 2015, according to a survey from Fujitsu. Read Original Content.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.

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