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 I'm not so sure.  I think everyone is still thinking too small.   I hesitate to even mention this possibility as I don't want to jinx it, but the ultimate holy grail would obviously be to own the process from end to end, as impossible as that sounds.  Apple will (at least initially) own the front end on the customer side because they are at the center of this new world and they have the only mobile devices equipped for this.  Most of the middlemen are currently still in...
 3 comments:  1) Very good of you to add: "as far as we know" !     Because we really don't know. Most people just assume that it's in Google's best interest to hold this data to themselves, but there are no laws that require them to do so.  Ultimately, when the value of selling that data or using it in other undesirable ways exceeds the value of keeping it internal, Google will sell it or use it as they see fit.  Not if, but when.  Public company, shareholder value is...
 Another way of saying this is: "All the things I buy online are tracked".  Or offline, for that matter, when you use credit/debit cards. Seems like you may not care, just something to consider.  What most people don't think about is that the companies tracking your behavior are not doing it for you, they're doing it for themselves. It's extremely valuable data, both aggregated and disaggregated, and you have virtually no say in (or knowledge of) what happens to that data...
 Ah, but when they're good enough, you won't even know you're boffing a machine!  Blade Runner was just set 20 years too early.
 If it will allow me to pay anonymously, as is currently possible with existing iTunes store, it might even get me onboard.  Didn't Apple just add the capability to directly drop cash on your iTunes account?  Yes, it's here: http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/181412/first-look-using-passbook-at-an-apple-store-to-buy-itunes-app-store-credit If whatever new-fangled scheme revealed tomorrow requires a tie-in with a bank-issued credit card, I have no interest (except as an AAPL...
  Ha!  I called it, right on the button:Our brains are far more capable than people think.  Well, certainly for some people that's obviously not true, but I know you are perfectly capable of remembering a single timestamp (non-complex data) in your head for an hour or two without breaking a sweat.  But that's okay, you can keep thinking this.  Heck, if you're right, and you really are that forgetful, our conversation here is pointless, because it will be forgotten by...
 My brain?  Thanks a lot!  Screw the "General Purpose".  I think we all know what kind of robots will be the holy grail when they can look and act humanoid.  Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, I hope Apple enters this field.  They would likely be the best at creating something attractive and stylish, not just functional!
 "Time saver"?  To me, that feels like you spent extra time doing something you didn't need to do at all.  My method?  I simply note what time it is, as or before I get out of the car.  Zero seconds taken, and the added benefit of engaging my brain!   Are we really to the point in human evolution where we need to rely on phones and centralized services to remember when our parking expires?  Seriously, this is much bigger than parking meters, it feels like just one of many...
 So sad, but true.  Most people are indeed stupid enough to think that it'll never happen to them. You may not be able to give people common sense, but you can change people's behavior -- at least around the edges.  I've spent the better part of the last decade "educating" people (and lots of young people) about this stuff.  The results vary a lot, but almost everyone I've spent appreciable time around has reduced their digital/online footprint to some extent.  Anything...
 iWallet sounds way too much like google's service. Maybe iPay?  Short and sweet.
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