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first_imgPetroGazz’ new import in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference may have joined the team for just a couple of days but she already feels a familial connection with the Angels.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Putin calls for ‘culture of no tolerance’ to doping Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Olena Lymareva-Flink arrived in the Philippines on Thursday and she didn’t waste any time in making herself familiar with her new team.The Ukrainian outside hitter immediately practiced with the team and her dedication to the craft was evident when she led the Angels over Iriga-Navy in straight sets, 25-22, 30-28, 25-13, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“These girls are super nice and everybody will support you and it’s really like a family,” said Lymareva-Flink. “Everybody helps everybody and I feel like I played with a family.”Lymareva-Flink replaced Kadi Kullerkann after the latter aggravated a recurring injury on her right knee. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding PetroGazz head coach Jerry Yee said was impressed with his import’s dedication especially with how Lymareva-Flink battled through partial dehydration in her first day in the Philippines.“She’s a hard worker, she’s been traveling for so long so when she arrived she didn’t want to get some rest and she wanted to practice immediately,” said Yee in Filipino. “She already had a problem in her first practice because of the heat and we gave her Hyrdite so she would feel better.”Lymareva-Flink, who had 16 points in her debut, said she can’t afford to take it easy in her first game since she was familiar with the Angels’ standing in the league.“We have a game and I should prepare myself for it because it was a very important game for the team,” said Lymareva-Flink whose team improved to 2-3.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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first_imgThe Green Machine: Conor Greene helped Dungloe to a crucial victory over Termon in the Donegal SFC. Pic by Mary Bonner.Dungloe continued their unbeaten run this season by recording an excellent win over Termon at Rosses Park in the Donegal SFC earlier this afternoon. Dungloe won the Division Two title and went the entire league campaign unbeaten, they took that form with them into the championship and earned a crucial win against Termon.Conor Greene was outstanding for the hosts and he was ably assisted by Adrian Sweeney who was as lethal as ever. Dungloe opened the scoring through Adrian Sweeney and Greene, but the visitors posted three points in-a-row to take the lead.Two points from Daire McDaid and one from Christy Connaghan edged Termon ahead.Dungloe responded through Adam Neely to level up the game and that’s how it stayed until the break.Dungloe upped the tempo in the second-half and really took a stranglehold of the match. With Greene and Sweeney again the chief tormentors for Tony Boyle’s Dungloe side.They edged Dungloe out to lead by six with ten minutes to go.Termon rallied though through the outstanding Daire McDaid for Termon.He scored three points unanswered to bring Termon back to within a score of Dungloe, but Dungloe used their experience to run down the clock and secure the win.It was a tremendous individual display from McDaid who scored seven of Termon’s total of eight points. Next up for Dungloe is a derby match with local rivals Gaoth Dobhair next Sunday in Magheragallon.Termon host Killybegs next weekend in desperate need of a result to keep their Donegal SFC hopes alive.DUNGLOE EARN SUPER CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER TERMON was last modified: September 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal SFCdungloenewsSportTermonlast_img read more

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first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.TAMPA — Neither coach Kyle Shanahan nor his players blamed Sunday’s 27-9 loss on the potential distraction of Reuben Foster’s domestic-violence arrest and subsequent release.It was, however, a talking point before and after the game for obvious reasons, the least of which was how nothing compelling occurred on the field in the 49ers’ ninth loss in 11 games this season. Left tackle Joe Staley best summed up the …last_img read more

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first_img“It would be interesting to see if he actually trained for something like the Dusi exactly what level he could achieve. I would love to see him with somebody like a Martin Dreyer, but he’s still got many, many years to give back to sport in South Africa and we should be looking at him inspiring younger kids, just as Martin Dreyer is doing in the Change A Life programme.” This time around, in Sofia, Parkin is showing no signs of slowing down. He will be taking on swimming, road cycling and mountain biking but, rather disappointingly, even for a man with an Olympic silver medal, he remains largely uncelebrated in South Africa. 12 July 2013 Ambassador PaddlerRiddin believes Parkin could be a top Dusi paddler if he chose to focus on the extremely testing challenge of paddling and portaging. Parkin has been a familiar face at the world’s largest open water swimming event, the Midmar Mile, for many years and twice won the men’s open event in 2000 and 2002. It was at the Midmar Mile that he first made his mark. Riddin, who has also paddled numerous Dusis with Parkin as his partner, added: “I look at how he is putting back into swimming, now coaching, as well as still competing at the Midmar Mile, having completed the feat of being the only person to do 16 Midmar Miles in a weekend, swimming to the start and then swimming the event.” Starting in the second batch of swimmers in the 13-and-under age group, behind all the seeds, he powered through the field and, when the times had been adjusted, he had taken a stunning victory. It was astounding, but Parkin has been doing astounding things all his life. His Olympic silver medal is the most obvious highlight in a career filled with them. ‘An inspiration’ “Terence Parkin, who has been deaf for virtually all his life, has achieved, to me, a hell of a lot more,” Riddin told SAinfo this week. “He also got a silver medal in an able-bodied Olympic Games, and he didn’t get as much credit [for it as he should have received], and I think we should be looking at it and saying he is an inspiration to the whole of South Africa.” Wayne Riddin, the head coach of the South African team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, where Parkin won silver in the 200 metres breaststroke, said that while he recognises what swimmer Natalie du Toit has achieved as a star of the Paralympic world, Parkin has probably achieved more in his career. Multi-talented Riddin pointed out that last year, 12 years after Parkin medalled at the Sydney Olympics, he took part in the South African Olympic trials, and while Neil Versfeld won a place in the 200 metres breaststroke, Parkin was second in a time comparable to that which he swam in Sydney. Parkin is set to add to his amazing record at the Summer Deaflympics, which take place in Sofia, Bulgaria from 26 July to 4 August. While Phelps finished his Olympic career with 18 gold medals and 22 medals in total, the South African star will go to Germany having already won 29 Deaflympics gold medals. In 2005 in Melbourne, his return was an eye-popping Deaflympics record of 12 gold medals and a silver. “Terence is this icon,” Cluer said. “He’s one of the Princess of Monaco’s [former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock’s] 14 ambassadors around the world.” center_img He had to do something, Cluer told SAinfo, so he called up Andrew McLean of Cycle Lab, who in turn got together with Willie du Plooy of KTM Bike Industries, and they arranged two state-of-the-art KTM bicycles, for road and mountain biking, for Parkin to use at the Deaflympics. Citing Parkin’s influence in the deaf world, Cluer explained: “He’s such an icon in the deaf community, so much so that last year at our Energiser Night Race in Johannesburg he brought 150 deaf athletes to the event.” That list of ambassadors includes the world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, former Formula One world champion Jenson Button, five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, and two-time overall World Cup champion skier Aksel Lund Svindal. Parkin has always been a star in swimming, but he has not restricted himself to the pool. At the 2009 Deaflympics, he contested the road race and picked up a bronze medal. That followed his achievement of winning road race gold at the 2006 World Deaf Cycling Championships and silver in the cross-country mountain biking event. Nowadays, Parkin regularly swims all eight miles annually at the Midmar Mile, raising money for charities associated with deafness. Now living in Johannesburg, he joins over half the total field of the event, about 9 000 swimmers, to faithfully make the journey down to the dam in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. “It was my first experience of him as a deaf swimmer in an able-bodied team, and I remember that he was that fun guy, always with a smile on his face, and he’s still that same guy today. He’s still got that face where he comes in and he’s a happy guy in the swimming world, and it’s probably a comfort zone for him.” Michael Phelps has won more medals than any other Olympic athlete. South Africa’s Terence Parkin occupies a similar place in the world of Deaflympics – only he has won more medals, including more golds, than the US legend, and his career is still going strong. Before anyone thinks the Deaflympics are not a big deal, the last time they were held, in Taiwan in 2009, 4 000 athletes were in attendance. To compare that with the Paralympics, at London in 2012 there were about 4 237 athletes that took part. There was a time, when he was competing on the World Cup swimming circuit, that Parkin held every single Deaflympic record in short course swimming. World record holder Yet, through it all, Parkin has retained his humility, as the long-time Midmar Mile organiser Wayne Riddin recalled: “I go back to when he travelled to Cairo with the SA junior team as an age group swimmer for the first time. “I’m a lot older and it has been a privilege that Terence has wanted to paddle the Dusi with me. He sits in the back of the canoe and is the powerhouse. It’s a pleasure because I realise how strong he is when he sits in the back of the boat,” said Riddin. Max Cluer is a friend of Parkin’s and a cycling commentator who has worked at the Olympics and at numerous top UCI mountain biking international events around the world. He was astonished to discover that Parkin would be attending this year’s Deaflympics with a seven-year old mountain bike. Before Parkin considers further options, however, there is the matter of the Deaflympics. His tally of gold medals stands at 29. Where will it be when this year’s Deaflympics are over? And will the former Olympic silver medallist be welcomed as a hero on his return to South Africa?last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the first update of the Ohio Crop Tour, the I-75 team, led by Matt Reese, brings you an update from the West side of the state brought to you by AgroLiquid, moving you closer to your target.last_img

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts MetroPCS, the 5th largest wireless carrier in the United States, has announced a new pricing structure that requires customers to pay extra to access video services other than YouTube, audio including Pandora or any VOIP service, over their mobile devices. GigaOm’s Ryan Kim says the move raises “the specter of consumers paying more for certain kinds of content and the potential for a fractured Internet experience, where users may not be free to jump easily from one site to another.”This could be a key move in the struggle over network neutrality or tiered pricing by content type.MetroPCS’s estimated 6.6 million customers will be given a range of discounted data options, from $40 through $60 per month. Though the $40 per month plan allows unlimited web page browsing and YouTube viewing, and admittedly comes with no contract required, you’ll need to pay more to access other types of media. As the company explains, “With the $50 and $60 service plans, consumers have more data access service choices to better fit their actual usage of certain streaming audio and video content, real-time Internet gaming, music and video downloads and other media applications.”The prospect of paying $40 per month for mobile data access and only being allowed to view online video or listen to online audio from a selected list of sources is just repugnant though, isn’t it?“What this all means,” Kim writes at GigaOm, “is that users can browse Facebook all day long and could click on any YouTube links to see the video. But if they click on a link to another video service, users can visit the site but won’t be able to view the video. Facebook videos are also likely blocked as are streaming music services such as Pandora. [MetroPCS spokesperson Drew Crowell] said YouTube doesn’t have a special relationship with MetroPCS. It was just one of the most popular multimedia sites among MetroPCS consumers so the carrier decided to allow unlimited access to it.”Does that sound fair to you? I must confess, when Google and Verizon made a joint announcement this Summer about Net Neutrality and excluded wireless from their support of it, I didn’t think it unreasonable. (I was nearly alone in this, too, I think.)I think I may have been wrong. Seeing a wireless network put tiered pricing into play makes me feel pretty ill. For some silly reason, I didn’t think they would really do it. The prospect of paying $40 per month for mobile data access and only being allowed to view online video or listen to online audio from a selected list of sources is just repugnant though, isn’t it?Here’s how GigaOm’s Ryan Kim puts it:These new plans, if they’re allowed to stand, show us what the future of mobile broadband will look like if operators have their way. It could be a frustrating experience for users, recreating a walled garden. It’s not surprising that MetroPCS is trying to push this agenda. Most operators would stand to gain a lot if they can get this type of plan to fly. Eventually, I expect MetroPCS won’t be the only operator looking to lay down new toll layers atop the mobile Internet.Related: British Telecom is working on something very similar, called Content Connect. marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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first_imgUpdate: Tom Hughes-Croucher of Joyent had this translated last week. The translation is here.Toshio Mori published a presentation on SlideShare on installing Node.js on a rooted Android phone. Although the slides are in Japanese, enough of the commands are in English that you can make out the steps.The presentation walks you through rooting your phone, installing QEMU (a virtualizer), running Debian Linux on QEMU and, finally, running Node.js. The actual steps are as follows: Related Posts Tags:#hack#How To klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Root the IS01Use qemu to build a Linux on an ARM environmentUse the ARM Linux environment to build Node.jsCopy the Node.js binary to the IS01Nodejs on android View more presentations from Toshio MoriConsidering that it has to be run through a Debian virtual machine, I’m not sure exactly what use this is other than maybe having a mobile Node.js environment to test code against. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Schüco windows have great performance specsMarc Rosenbaum, our Passivhaus energy consultant, ran the PHPP software and concluded that we met the Passivhaus standard with the Schüco windows without further modifications to the building envelope. His analysis showed that the Schüco windows yielded a total annual heat load of 4,350 BTU/square foot, comfortably below the Passivhaus standard of 4,760 BTU/square foot. (A lower annual heat load is better.) RELATED ARTICLES Pella windows are nicer, but they don’t perform very wellWe found the Pella windows to be superior to Schüco in all aspects except for performance. Since the Pella specs were not as good as those from Schüco, we knew it would cost us more money to upgrade other portions of the building envelope if we were to select Pella.We were surprised and dismayed to learn the results from Marc – using the Pella windows in our design yielded a total annual heat load of 7,960 BTU/square foot – well above the Passivhaus standard. The difference is mostly due to Pella’s poorer glazing. The overall R-value of the Pella window is R-4 – only half that of the Schüco.Regrettably, Pella’s top triple-pane krypton-filled window is inadequate for use in our Passivhaus! The incremental cost of enhancing the building envelope to make up for the low performance of the Pella window approaches that of the cost of the windows themselves.So we will look at two other alternatives. Stay tuned! But after looking closely at the Schüco windows and reflecting on them, we have decided not to use them. There was no single objection, but rather an accumulation of concerns, mostly subjective, that left us feeling uncomfortable. For example, a week after our meeting, we still have not received additional promised information, including a copy of the warranty.The Schüco website only lists commercial windows and makes no mention of residential windows, nor does it provide any links to U.S. distributors. We were told that Schüco divested its residential window business some five years ago, so it was unclear who (Schüco or the Massachusetts distributor) would honor any product delivery concerns or future warranty issues.There was not a solid heft when we tried opening and closing the heavy triple-pane windows. Perhaps that is due to Schüco using a thin aluminum reinforcement within the sash and frame rather than heavier gauge shaped steel we have seen in a competitive PVC window manufacturer. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the fifth article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.]When we first began looking at windows for our Passivhaus project, we started with a list of 15 window manufacturers. We whittled the list down to two: Schüco, which on paper looked like the best European-style window, and Pella, the best North American style window.Our architect, Chris Briley, has further refined the south facade of our house to add more glazing and reduce the roof overhang. Both actions were meant to enhance the net solar heat gain of the house and hopefully get us into compliance with the Passivhaus standard.Image 2 (below) shows what the revised south facade now looks like. The windows are now wider and taller, and the number of venting units is reduced.After visiting both Schüco and Pella showrooms and doing further research, we have decided … to look at other options.center_img The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus. Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectGoodbye Radiant FloorSelecting a General ContractorPlans and Pricing for Our House in MaineLooking Through Windows — Part 2Looking Through Windows — Part 3Looking Through Windows — Part 4Looking Through Windows — Part 5Looking Through Windows — Part 6Looking Through Windows — Part 7last_img read more

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first_imgIf Google’s lawyers didn’t just lie through their teeth in federal court, then a user of Gmail may have “no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties” like Google itself. But did Google just shoot itself in the foot, or is this splitting of legal hairs to a microscopic degree?The statement from Google is part of a summary motion to dismiss statement in a class-action lawsuit against the search giant that accuses Google of violating state and Federal wiretapping laws when the Gmail service automatically scans messages in a Gmail user’s inbox to determine which ads to display for the user.In the motion to dismiss filed in the Northern District of California Court in San Jose, Google argued that no one should expect privacy when they are using any service to process online communications:The state law wiretap claims of the Non-Gmail Plaintiffs fail for similar reasons. While the non-Gmail Plaintiffs are not bound to Google’s contractual terms, they nonetheless impliedly consent to Google’s practices by virtue of the fact that all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing.Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their communications are processed by the recipient’s ECS provider in the course of delivery. Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.’ Smith v. Maryland, 442 U.S. 735, 743-44 (1979).At this point, some Gmail users might start looking around to find another email provider. They might be well advised to do that for any number of reasons—*cough* PRISM!—but this may not be one of them.Keep reading the motion, though, and you will see that Google doesn’t intend to just ignore the privacy rights of its users—rights Google asserts quite often.“As numerous courts have held, the automated processing of email is so widely understood and accepted that the act of sending an email constitutes implied consent to automated processing as a matter of law,” the motion continues. In English, Google is arguing that any transfer of electronic messaging information will involve automated processes that users inherently understand involve some sort of recording of the message.Storing the message on a hard drive for later retrieval is one such automated process, Google argues, and the automatic scanning of emails for keywords to serve ads is simply another such process.Like I said, it’s a microscopic splitting of hairs.While the scanning of my email has never been a favorite thing, it is part of the bargain that I have consciously made with Google in order to take advantage of its free services. Others, like my colleague and fellow Hoosier Tom Henderson, don’t like that bargain and have chosen to opt out.Indeed, Google has never made a secret out of this practice of keyword scanning, and that’s another part of Google’s argument: the Gmail users in the lawsuit, they claim, knew Gmail was performing these scans and kept on using the service anyway.Google has had to fend off abuse of privacy complaints before, most recently from Microsoft’s “Scroogled” marketing campaign, which baldly claimed that “Google violates your privacy by reading every single word of every single email sent to and from Gmail accounts so they can better target you with ads.”And the organization that made the press announcement originally calling out Google’s motion to dismiss was Consumer Watchdog, a consumer advocacy group that runs, among other things, the anti-Google Inside Google site.To date, Google’s response has amounts to variations on the same argument made by their lawyers: the scanning is automated, the ad system that does the scanning is completely separate from the Google account system and users knew what they were getting into when they signed up for Google’s services.Users have a right to know what Google is up to. (Same goes for Microsoft, and Amazon and any other third-party cloud service provider.) But acting shocked about something that’s pretty much been known from the beginning is disingenuous, as is not taking the one step that could easily prevent privacy breaches: opting out. brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img Tags:#gmail#Google#Microsoft Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.The other shoe has dropped for Square. The once-hyped mobile payments company is killing off its Wallet payments app and replacing it with a new app called Order, which will allow users to order food and beverages ahead of time at their favorite cafes and restaurants. A few years ago, Square was the technology industry’s darling. Founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Square introduced the concept of attaching a credit card reader to one’s smartphone for mainstream consumers and businesses. Square was projected to have an initial public offering this year, but those plans may have stalled due to a tough competitive landscape and mounting losses.Now, Square is doing what scrambling tech companies do when times are tough: kill off a product and introduce a new one based off of gimmicks and marketing ploys.According to Jason Del Rey of Recode, Order will let consumers order ahead of the line from participating retailers and food establishments. Square could take up to 8% of the transaction with Order, which is well above the 2.75% industry standard it charges for in-store Wallet transactions.Square will continue to support Wallet users as it works to onboard them to Order.Quick Thought: Proof In The Pudding For An “Open” MicrosoftNobody wants to believe Microsoft is a more open, friendlier company these days. Microsoft’s stated interest is to spread its products, tools and apps across platforms, be it Windows or Android or iOS or Mac OS X or whatever. To achieve that goal, Microsoft doesn’t seem to mind taking advantage of open-source tools to fulfill its objective.The latest news on this front is that Microsoft is adopting open source Apache Cordova—commonly known as PhoneGap—as part of its Visual Studio integrated developer environment. PhoneGap is a service that allows developers to use Web properties like CSS, HTML and JavaScript to build Web applications and then “wrap” them to fit in the native app stores like Google Play and the Apple App Store.At this point, Microsoft just wants as many developers in its orbit as possible. If that means turning Visual Studio into a one-size-fits-all developer platform for iOS, Android and Windows/Windows Phone, so be it. After its initial bout of hype and success, Square has come to realize the immutable fact: Payments are hard.Square isn’t MasterCard, Visa or American Express, which all have massive install bases and capital runways to dip their toes into. But Square isn’t PayPal either; while it dabbles in real-world commerce and payments opportunities, PayPal ensures its existence for decades as the de facto online payments source. Square is a large startup with poor profit margins, a confused business model, mounting debt and no core service in which it holds the majority of its market segment.Wallets Are Made Of LeatherQuick, name one digital, smartphone-based wallet that everybody uses and talks about and is accepted at every merchant you want to buy something from.Still thinking? Mobile wallets were a big idea popularized in 2011, the same year that Square introduced its Wallet. Google started offering its Google Wallet starting that year, too. Between Google’s and Square’s wallets, about a billion dollars was spent trying to change the way people pay ($500 million each, if reports of each company’s finances are true). PayPal has a mobile wallet that can make real-world transactions, but I have yet to run into a store that accepts it (ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas notes a coffee shop in San Francisco—Bravado—takes PayPal’s mobile payments app, so it does exist in the wild). Boston-based LevelUp (formerly SCVNGR) has an interesting business model based on low interchange rates and marketing plans for its merchant partners, but its transaction volume is too small to make much of a difference. Interesting technologies mixed with mobile wallets like Loop have gained some mind share within the industry, but awkward implementations and nascent products make it more of a dream than a reality.As for Square Wallet, I use it daily … at one location: 1369 Coffee House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The shop instituted Square for credit card payments after years of being a cash-only business. The owners tell me they were quite upset when Square changed its interchange business model from one flat rate per month back to the 2.75% per transaction, which caused its monthly fee to go up by thousands of dollars. The shop is casually looking for alternatives.Quote Of The Day: “And if being the old-ish guy in the valley has taught me anything, it is that booms turn into busts, cycles end and greed gets it comeuppance. And we start all over again.” – Gigaom founder Om Malik in an article discussing if we are in another technology “bubble.”For entrepreneurs, the concept of a mobile wallet seems so logical that the payments industry looks like it’s ripe for disruption. If everybody is always carrying around a powerful computer in their pockets, it’s natural to consider loading payment information onto that secure device as an alternative to cash or plastic cards.The problem comes when this logical entrepreneurial spirit merges with an industry segment that is classically illogical. The payments system in the United States is a mess of entrenched interests, fragmented business opportunities, old infrastructure (like point-of-sale systems), back room handshakes and cut throat competition. The result is the status quo. People still carry around their leather wallets because that’s what they’ve always done: They prefer to pay with debit and credit cards because it’s just as easy as paying with their phones. The result is that mobile wallets have not gained critical mind share among the public. Some individuals may use it at their local shop once a day, but it’s a rare person that actively pays with their smartphone wherever they go. This behavior is not going to change any time soon, which means mobile wallets like Square are going to continue to struggle—at least until a more legitimate, easy-to-use and cost-effective solution comes along. More On Square And Mobile PaymentsWired doesn’t beat around the bush. Marcus Wohlsen writes, “Square Wallet Had Everything Going for It. And Now It’s Dead.“Steven Bertoni from Forbes writes, “Wallet was Square’s future, its big idea, its industry-changing product. Now it’s gone and I don’t know where Square plans to go.”Last month, The Wall Street Journal noted that Square lost $100 million in 2013.Brian Chen at the New York Times wrote last month about how consumers are failing to adopt mobile wallets.Business Insider Intelligence has long been bullish on mobile payments and to this point has been pretty consistently wrong. 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