Today in Mobile

It’s been a slow news day in mobile, but the Wall Street Journal is getting attention for this piece documenting Google’s efforts in mobile payments. Google has lined up some solid partners including MasterCard and Citigroup, and and the initiative also includes VeriFone — the company that makes credit card readers. But more important is the fact that Google and its partners are focusing on apps that can bring real value to mobile payments. There’s little value in the actual act of waving your phone rather than reaching for your (real) wallet, but apps that consumers like to use would go a long way in moving the needle for mobile payments.