Google Wallet Launches Promotion With Popular Android Apps In A Bid To Increase Its Brand Recognition

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Several Android apps are offering discounts for customers using Google Wallet’s “Buy with Google” button, as the company tries to ramp up adoption of its payment processing service. The button, which allows 2-click checkouts on mobile apps, is one of the strategies Google is deploying in its multi-pronged attack on PayPal’s dominance.

While the “Buy with Google” button for Android allows Google Wallet to leverage the world’s most popular mobile operating system, relatively few merchants are using it. These include Airbnb, Expedia, Fancy, newegg.com (mobile site also), Priceline.com, Ruelala, Tabbedout and Uber, all of which are currently offering promotions to customers who checkout using Google Wallet. Other apps with the button include Booking.com, GoPago, NFC Task Launcher and Wrapp.

The company unveiled the Google Wallet Instant Buy Android API in May, which gives merchants and developers selling physical goods and…

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Spurs Showing That There’s No Need for Super Teams

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Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh.

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol.

Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson.

These are the first of three teams who decided to go the “super team” route.  While I wouldn’t exactly call the Brooklyn Nets a super team right now, they still have three very highly paid players, so I’m dropping them in this category.  The talks are that Chris Paul and Dwight Howard could potentially end up in Houston after this offseason as well, which would make for another team to go under this list.

Currently, those teams above have combined to get one championship.  The other team (the Lakers) are breaking up more than likely, and the third team doesn’t even look like a contender.  The Heat could get another title on Thursday, but after that, I truly think that they won’t get another one with this same big three.

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