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Mobile Minutes: Chipotle values mobile; Capitol One launches mobile wallet; Google and mobile search; Twitter’s chairman

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October 15, 2015

635802682917311914-chipotlecioChipotle puts focus on mobile, taps first CIO
With hopes of improving its mobile presence, fast-casual chain Chipotle Mexican Grill announced on Monday they’ve hired the company’s first chief information officer. The Denver-based Mexican restaurant chain has tapped Curt Garner, who held the same role at the Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks, for the position. The move comes as the push to expand mobile ordering and payment is growing in the fast food and fast casual industries.
Read more on USA Today.

You can now make purchases with Capital One’s mobile wallet
With the rise of Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay it was only a matter of time before banks started using mobile technology to let consumers make in-store purchases. In an update to its mobile wallet, Capital One is adding contactless payments to its Android wallet app, thanks to an integration with Android Pay. Starting today, Capital One customers can now use the app to pay at stores that accept near-field communication (NFC) payments.
Read more on Venture Beat

Can Google retain its edge in mobile search?
A recent report from comScore shows that the number of users on mobile has outnumbered that on desktops. Going forward, advertisers will focus more on mobile marketing strategies as mobile searches have exceeded PC searches, according to a recent report by Google.
Read more on Forbes.

Twitter names Omid Kordestani as executive chairman
Twitter has appointed Omid Kordestani, who until recently was Google’s chief business officer, as its executive chairman. Jack Dorsey, the company’s chief executive and former chairman, announced the choice in a series of Twitter messages on Wednesday morning. “Omid is a proven & experienced leader, who will directly help & coach me and our leadership, and help us recruit the best folks to Twitter,” he wrote.
Read more on the New York Times

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