1. Google tests live chat with businesses from search results
Google is testing out a service that incorporates live chat with businesses right into search results, via a new link that shows whether a business is currently available, and immediately launches a chat via Google Hangouts (on either desktop or mobile) if they are.
2. Panasonic: new mobile solutions for omnichannel retailers
These new retail solutions are a POS cradle for Toughpad, Moduler POS system and a retail Windows tablet with Integrated payment technologies for retailers, supermarkets, fast food restaurants and the hospitality sector.
3. Yahoo muscles in on mobile search advertising
Inernet giant Yahoo will try to muscle in on the lucrative world of mobile search and advertising. To do so, the company announced that it has created a platform for mobile developers who want to take advantage of Yahoo tools in their apps.
4. Google pads its wallet
Google on Monday announced a two-pronged thrust to beef up its efforts in the mobile wallet arena. It has struck agreements with Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile to preinstall the Google Wallet app, including its tap-and-pay functionality, on Android phones the carriers will offer later this year in the United States.
5. Japanese cosmetics provider goes mobile with IBM
Shiseido Co. Ltd., a global cosmetics manufacturer, will empower its nearly 10,000 beauty consultants in Japan with IBM mobile apps designed to provide new customer services, customer-centric product improvements and social innovations.