Tech news from around the web:

  • Apple is planning a service that would allow customers to use their iPhones and iPads to make purchases, reports Bloomberg. The company is set to introduce Near Field Communication technology – a system that can beam and receive information at a distance of up to 4 inches – into the next generation of the iPhone and iPad. According to TechCrunch, if Apple can tie NFC directly into its  iTunes payment system, “it could change everything”.
  • The New York Times is poised to unveil its long-heralded online paywall, says the Wall Street Journal. The new system, expected to be rolled out next month, will see the NYT sell an internet-only subscription for unlimited access to the site, as well as a broader digital package that bundles the site with its iPad application.

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Sony is expected to demonstrate its new motion controller for the PlayStation 3 at the 2010 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, which opened today.

However, STMicroelectronics, the chipmaker whose accelerometers were behind Nintendo’s Wii remote, is poised to take controllers to the next level with as many as 11 measures of sensitivity. Read more