Remember the orgasmic furore we had to endure when Apple didn’t include NFC in the iPhone 5? The Gruber links to this Verge article:

When we asked why Samsung did not include NFC tap-to-pay features in Wallet, the company said that retailers prefer barcodes over NFC because they don’t have to install any new infrastructure to support it.

Good thing I’m not one of those people who says “told you so”. Filing under It’s Not Apple, So It’s Okay™