Yesterday Google announced the release of its Google Wallet app.

Taking advantage of near-field communications (NFC) technology, Google’s android now comes equiped with a app and an NFC chip that allows consumers to pay for goods and services with a quick swipe of their phone.

Different from Jack Dorsey’s Square technology, the phone does

As I was reading the NY Times this morning (in print, no less!), I came across the business section’s front page article, “Swiping is the Easy Part,” a story about using your mobile device like a credit card. And the ensuing struggle between banks, retailers, credit cards and mobile phone carriers who all