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Not paying by smartphone? You soon will, many bet

Even though most consumers don’t use their smartphones to pay for anything, some of the world’s largest financial­ institutions and dozens of small tech start-ups are making big bets on the adoption of the so-called mobile wallet.

Many of them gathered Wednesday at Harvard University to hash out the future of buying and selling via smartphones and other Internet-connected gadgets during a two-day forum that includes MasterCard, PayPal, and the Boston mobile payments start-up Scvngr Inc. Even a former vice president showed up: Al Gore, whose new book, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” deals with the worldwide impact of technological innovations.

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