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Apple takes possession of the Mobeewave domain name, a year after acquiring a startup that allows smartphones to accept payments via NFC

Apple has taken ownership of the Mobeewave.com domain name, according to a WHOIS record discovered by MacRumors. The domain name was previously owned by payment startup Mobeewave, which Apple acquired last year.

Mobeewave has created a system that allows shoppers to use a credit card or smartphone on another phone to process a payment. The technology works with NFC, which is built into all modern iPhones.

Apple typically buys startups to turn their technology into features in its products, and the feature could in the future allow iPhones to be used as payment terminals with no additional hardware required. Apple has hired the entire Mobeewave team, which includes dozens of employees, and the company continues to work from Montreal, where it is based.

Prior to the acquisition, Mobeewave demonstrated the simplicity of its technology by showing users entering a transaction amount into an app and tapping an NFC-enabled card on the back of a smartphone.

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The complete domain transfer contact information is redacted for privacy, but the domain information of the record lists Apple’s name servers. The domain is no longer active, although at some point in the future Apple may choose to redirect it to a related product page or to support pages for an upcoming product.

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