I rant about the bevy of major retailers blocking out Apple Pay in favor of their upcoming CurrentC mobile payment system, why the move has absolutely nothing to do with collecting personal information and all to do with eliminating merchant credit card fees, and how the showdown ultimately comes down to who can shift mainstream consumer behavior first.
In addition, I laugh at Amazon’s poor pricing excuse for abysmal Fire Phone sales, applaud the FTC in going after wireless carriers for data throttling, explain the real psychological reason Google Inbox and e-mail apps of that ilk appeal to people, and how Facebook Rooms even as a concept is too confusing to ever gain adoption.
I conclude with a socio-political diatribe on how preconceived world views shape people’s interpretation of the news regardless of the source and that it’s best to be skeptical of any evidence presented to prove or disprove an issue.
Links from this episode:
- The Horrible No Good Apple Pay War No One Signed Up For
- The Real Reason Some Merchants Are Blocking Apple Pay
- CurrentC Is The Big Retailers’ Clunky Attempt To Kill Credit Card Fees
- Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation
- Former Google Wallet Head Launches Poynt Payment Terminal
- Starbucks CEO throws down gauntlet on mobile payments
- FTC sues AT&T over ‘deceptive’ throttling of unlimited data customers
- Amazon takes $170M write-down on Fire Phone
- Amazon exec: We priced the Fire phone wrong
- Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google
- Facebook Unveils Its Own Anonymous App
- Political Polarization & Media Habits
- Everything you think you know about the news is probably wrong
- Why “The Daily Show” isn’t the satire America needs
- Gawker: It’s Cool to Punish Other People for Their Words, Just Not Us
- The Problem With That Catcalling Video