If you're into mobile payments, there were lots of interesting articles on the topic published last week. If you're not, take a look at one or two of the summary articles listed below:
The Guardian's Mobile phones bring the cashless society closer provides an overview of the ideas, concepts and issues associated with mobile payments. Europe is farther along in the adoption of mobile payment technologies than the U.S., so it's useful to see what's happening there.
Singularity Hub's New Google Wallet Will Face Stiff Competition nicely reviews the Google Wallet and postions it against various competitors big and small. The article also has 5 embedded, short videos illustrating different products.
Waiting for the New Mobile Payments Frontier from the NY Times Bits blog has links to other stories. It also points out that:
"The mobile phone will eventually take over your wallet, replacing your credit cards, cash and coupons. But it could be some time before this new type of transaction becomes an everyday reality."
Forrester weighed in on Google's announcement. Google Is Right When It Says That Mobile Payments Are Just Starting describes why it will take a couple of years for NFC to become common and what Google is really after - data.