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Report: MCX's CurrentC to launch commercial mobile payment test next month, will go nationwide in Q3

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) will start a limited commercial test of its CurrentC-branded mobile payments service in some U.S. retail stores starting next month, according to a report from Bloomberg that cited unnamed sources familiar with the effort. According to Lowe's, a supporting MCX retailer, the CurrentC mobile payments service will launch commercially in the third quarter of this year.

Samsung acquires LoopPay, plans to integrate mobile payment technology into future devices

Samsung Electronics acquired mobile payment company LoopPay and said it will integrate the Boston-based startup's technology into future devices. Samsung is widely expected to announce the next iteration of its flagship Galaxy Android smartphone, likely the S6, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show, and that device may well be the first to integrate LoopPay's technology.

Ericsson's Connected Paper could tap 5G for 'capacitive coupling' tech

One technology that could take advantage of future 5G networks is Ericsson's Connected Paper, which transfers electrical signals through the human body to glean information from physical objects.

MCX: Exclusivity agreement on CurrentC that bars Apple Pay to expire in 'months, not years'

Merchant Customer Exchange CEO Dekkers Davidson said that the exclusive arrangement that bars MCX merchants from using Apple Pay will expire in "months, not years."

Apple Pay rival MCX open to using NFC technology in the future

The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) is willing to use Near Field Communications technology like its rivals, its CEO said. MCX is a consortium of some of the country's largest retailers that is setting up a mobile payments program that will stand as a rival to Apple Pay, Softcard and other mobile payment offerings.

Reports: CVS, Rite Aid drop support for Apple Pay, other NFC-based mobile payments

Drug store chains CVS and Rite Aid appear to have decided to stop supporting Apple Pay, the company's new mobile payments platform, as well as other payment methods that use Near Field Communications technology, according to multiple reports.

DoCoMo completes proof-of-concept NFV trials with 6 vendors

It appears that NTT DoCoMo's sphere of vendors capable of supplying network functions virtualization is getting bigger. The Japanese service provider announced it has completed proof-of-concept trials using the software and equipment of six vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC and Nokia Networks.

What's next for NFC following Apple Pay?

Following Apple's unveiling of Apple Pay, its mobile payments program that uses Near Field Communications technology, the NFC Forum launched its "Tap Into NFC" Developer Program. FierceDeveloper discussed the overall developer program and the future of NFC with Paula Hunter, the NFC Forum's executive director. Hot Seat

After Apple Pay, the NFC Forum's director digs into app developer community

The NFC Forum recently launched its "Tap Into NFC" Developer Program, which includes a website and a Twitter contest running Oct. 16-23. Using #Tapin2NFC, developers are invited to share what they like most about the program and site, including favorite products from the product showcase. A winning tweet will be selected at random and the winner will receive an NFC-enabled wearable device. FierceDeveloper got more details on the program and the future of NFC in this conversation with Paula Hunter, the NFC Forum's executive director. This interview has been edited and condensed.

Rumor Mill: Apple Pay mobile payments program to launch Oct. 18

Apple is set to launch its mobile payments service, Apple Pay, on Oct. 18, according to an internal Walgreens memo. The memo, first reported by  MacRumors, indicates that launch date, but it's unclear if the service will go live then or a little before.