Google disables provision of its prepaid cards and plans to open first retail store

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Following on from last week’s unearthing of its Wallet’s security issues Google is temporarily disabling the provision of its prepaid cards. At present only Citi Mastercards can be linked to the wallet so for consumers with different cards Google provides prepaid cards which are loaded up and used on the phone. Osama Bedier, Vice President of Google Wallet and Payments, said the step was taken “as a precaution until we issue a permanent fix.” Bedier reassures consumers that, despite last weeks events, with a PIN and the phone’s lock screen the Google Wallet “provides defences that plastic and leather simply don’t.”

In other news, Google is looking into opening its first retail store at its European headquarters in Dublin, Bloomberg.com reports. The decision follows a trial in which Google sold Chromebook OS computers at a London Currys and PC Wold store. The new store will be 1,323 square feet and will sell various, unspecified Google products. It is thought the move comes as a result of Google’s plans to expand its product base and move into closer competition with Apple. The search engine is currently in the process of buying smartphone manufacturer Motorola Mobility Holdings. If carried through, Google will employ more than 3,000 people in the Dublin area.

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