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Google's swipe into the physical world

Christina Medici Scolaro
Google dabbles with debit cards

Google is attempting to enter the physical world with its new Wallet card. It isn't a credit card, it's a prepaid debit card that can be used to spend money already in a person's Wallet balance.

Not everyone thinks it's Google's greatest idea.

Jennifer Jolly, host of USA Today's "Tech Now" said, "Google's time, energy and money would be better spent fixing the issues that have made Google Wallet—and [near-field communication] in general—so slow to set the mobile world on fire."

Jolly said Google could have focused on many other fixes to the current system, which include security, timing and education.