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January 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 30, 2015

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  • Cardholders Enjoy Simple and Secure Online Shopping As More U.S. Retailers Sign Up for MasterPass - “Consumers like shopping but paying for things online can be challenging,” said Michael Cyr, Group Executive, North America Market Development, MasterCard. “MasterPass helps turn every online payment experience into an express checkout lane.”
  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Financial Results - “Despite a mixed global economy, we delivered solid results for the quarter and for the full year in 2014,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “This year is off to a good start with several new wins, as well as renewals of some important customer agreements, with more in the pipeline. Looking ahead, we will continue to be at the forefront of our industry by driving payment innovation with solutions such as MasterPass, and by increasing electronic payments usage globally as demonstrated by our significant expanded acceptance footprint across Africa.”

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January 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 29, 2015

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  • Can RBC’s digital wallet beat Apple? - Globe and Mail - "The system doesn’t require the bank to share vital and valuable customer data with retailers, phone manufacturers or wireless service providers. RBC considers it to be a world-beating new technology, one that will make the bank a global player in the processing of mobile payments."
  • India Banking: Downwardly mobile - Economist - "The scheme’s initial goal has been surpassed: 120m accounts have been opened. Arun Jaitley, the finance minister, has claimed that almost every household in India now has access to banking."
  • With a Few Bits of Data, Researchers Identify ‘Anonymous’ People - New York Times - "In the study, titled “Unique in the Shopping Mall: On the Reidentifiability of Credit Card Metadata,” a group of data scientists analyzed credit card transactions made by 1.1 million people in 10,000 stores over a three-month period."
  • Now available in the UK: Send and request money right from Gmail - Google Commerce Blog - "Since we announced Send Money in Gmail, paying back your friends has never been so simple, whether you’re chipping in for lunch or reimbursing your housemate for your share of the rent. Today, we're excited to make this feature available for Gmail users in the UK."
  • The debit card fee driving US banks crazy – and costing consumers more than they realize - Guardian - "Here’s the problem, which most of us can relate to: banks love fees. But banks can’t levy a fee that isn’t “reasonable and proportional” to the cost of processing the transaction. That’s the rule under the terms of the Durbin amendment, which is part of the Dodd-Frank package of Wall Street banking reforms."
  • Retailers must embrace in-store pickup - Mobile Commerce Daily (John Pincott) - "Research by PricewaterhouseCoopers and AT Kearney shows that 80 percent of customers research their purchases online, but 75 percent of consumers still prefer to buy products in a physical store."

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  • Visa Europe: Record spend, transaction volume and e-commerce levels as revenues rise in 2014 - "Gross revenues grew 9% year-on-year to €1.9 billion while profits of €344 million were €80m higher than last year. This enables Visa Europe to invest more than €200 million in new payments technologies to accelerate the growth of digital payments."
  • PULSE Introduces New Brand Identity to Support Expanded Payments Solutions - “PULSE and the debit landscape have both changed considerably in recent years, and it was time for our brand identity to reflect those changes,” said PULSE President Dave Schneider. “At the same time, millions of cardholders know to look for the familiar PULSE logo at the point of sale and on ATMs, so our new look builds upon our existing strong brand equity.”
  • BitGo Launches Platform API to Secure and Scale the Next Generation of Bitcoin Businesses - “The BitGo Platform API can help businesses, both large and small, focus their development resources on core competencies and product differentiation while security is managed by the specialists. Now is the opportunity to create a bitcoin ecosystem free from hacks that plagued the industry over the last few years.”
  • VantageScore Solutions Announces Major Strides in Market Adoption - “With this surge in market adoption, the consumer finance industry, including the largest banks in the country, clearly have voted for choice in the marketplace and are taking advantage of the transformative differentiators offered by the VantageScore model,” said Barrett Burns, president and CEO of VantageScore Solutions.

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January 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 28, 2015

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  • Why Apple Pay will Succeed where Others have Failed - First Data blog - "But this time, one thing is markedly different: by aligning the launch of Apple Pay with the Card Associations’ Payment Tokenization efforts, what we are witnessing is the realization of interoperability, reliability and security standards that have been a long time in coming to the U.S."

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January 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 27, 2015

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  • USA Technologies Announces Support for Apple Pay - "This immediately adds approximately 200,000 Apple Pay acceptance points to the growing list of locations officially supporting Apple Pay, bringing the advanced mobile payments service to owners and operators of coffee brewers, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment, parking pay stations and other self-serve appliances."
  • Blackhawk Network Announces Launch of Blackhawk Engagement Solutions - "Blackhawk Network is a leader in providing unique and easily accessible prepaid and egift content. It was natural for us to extend our solutions beyond retail with the incentives marketplace where we meet needs of consumers, employees and business partners," said Talbott Roche, Blackhawk Network's president.
  • Digital River Expands in India Through a Partnership with Ecommerce Provider Net Distribution Services - “Ecommerce is evolving at a rapid pace in India,” said Ajay Miglani, chief executive officer of NDS. “We are very excited to be working with Digital River to deliver a high-performance ecommerce solution to the market and accelerate our clients’ online expansion plans.”
  • New Publication Establishes Guidelines for Evolving Payroll Card Industry - “A high-quality card can help hard-working Americans plan for the future and take control of their financial health,” said Jennifer Tescher, President & CEO, CFSI. “We are pleased that MasterCard and Visa are putting our Compass Guide to Payroll Cards into practice, and we look forward to working with them to ensure consumers have access to the high-quality products they need.”
  • Western Union Offers Apple Pay™ as New Pay-In Option for Money Transfer Customers - “Our customers have an expectation of using mobile technology to make money transfer service and product accessibility easier. Western Union is rising to the occasion as we harness our system with modifications to link cash and digital transfers between retail locations, mobile phones, prepaid cards, online and traditional bank accounts and ATMs,” said David Thompson, Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Technology and Chief Information Officer.
  • TCF Bank Now Offering Apple Pay Integration with Debit and Credit Cards - “Consumers want fast, convenient and secure ways to pay for purchases,” said Mark Jeter, Managing Director of Branch Banking at TCF Bank. “With Apple Pay, TCF Bank customers now can make payments at thousands of participating retailers or when they make in-app purchases with the confidence that their personal and financial information is protected.”
  • TSYS and Banco CSF S.A. Extend Payments Agreement - "TSYS supports Carrefour’s 12 million hybrid and private-label cards in circulation in Brazil on its market-leading TS Prime® processing solution. The Carrefour portfolio has grown 64% since the Carrefour and TSYS card program began in 2012."
  • Prosper Marketplace Acquires American HealthCare Lending - “This acquisition is an important part of our strategy to grow awareness and expand our product offerings and capabilities into new vertical markets,” said Aaron Vermut, CEO, Prosper Marketplace.

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January 26, 2015

U.S. Federal Reserve Issues “Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System”

FedThe U.S. Federal Reserve has issued “Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System,” calling it "a multi-faceted plan for collaborating with payment system stakeholders including large and small businesses, emerging payments firms, card networks, payment processors, consumers and financial institutions to enhance the speed, safety and efficiency of the U.S. payment system."

“A safer, more efficient and faster payment system contributes to public confidence and economic growth,” said Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome H. Powell, who will co-chair the initiative’s oversight committee. “We look forward to working with payment stakeholders to realize this vision.”

“Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System” communicates desired outcomes for the payment system and outlines the strategies and tactics the Federal Reserve will pursue, in collaboration with stakeholders, to help the country achieve these outcomes. The paper outlines the Federal Reserve’s intent to establish a task force to identify effective approaches for implementing safe, ubiquitous, faster payment capabilities. The paper also calls for a task force to advise the Federal Reserve on reducing payment fraud and advancing the safety, security and resiliency of the payment system. Additionally, the Federal Reserve will pursue efforts to enhance payment system efficiency through work on standards, directories and business-to-business payment improvements, alongside efforts to enhance Fed-provided services for same-day automated clearing house (ACH), risk management and settlement.

“This plan reflects the contributions and commitment of thousands of payment system participants who shared their expertise and perspectives during the past 18 months,” stated Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Federal Reserve’s Financial Services Policy Committee. “Consequently, we believe the strategies and tactics in the plan have broad support and strong prospects for success.” George will serve as executive sponsor for the payment system improvement initiative, a joint effort of the Federal Reserve Banks and Board of Governors.

The Federal Reserve’s strategic direction for financial services focuses on improving the end-to-end speed, safety and efficiency of the payment system. The Federal Reserve undertook an extensive 18-month research program aimed at identifying key gaps and opportunities, gaining industry and end-user perspectives on needs and priorities and defining ways to achieve payment improvements. “Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System” details the conclusions of those efforts.

To begin the next phase of industry engagement on payment system improvement, President George and Governor Powell will host a webcast, accessible via www.ustream.tv/federalreserve, at 1:00 p.m. EST on January 29. They will share views on the Federal Reserve’s vision for the future U.S. payment system and plans for collaborating with stakeholders to achieve shared goals. In addition, a subsequent series of FedForum teleseminars on February 4 and 10 will present an overview of the strategies and a question-and-answer session. Register at FedPaymentsImprovement.org for the FedForum events, and to submit advance questions for the January 29 webcast.

The Federal Reserve says it will continue to seek input and communicate progress on initiatives from all payment participants through live and virtual forums, surveys, industry- and Federal Reserve-sponsored groups and events, and online feedback mechanisms. To receive communications and invitations, join the FedPayments Improvement Community at FedPaymentsImprovement.org.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 26, 2015

On the Web:

  • Google taps WePay to put Wallet support in 200K more online stores - VentureBeat - “This integration with WePay will now expand its reach and allow us to support small business owners through WePay’s hosted payment offering, making it easier for them to accept payments online and on mobile devices,” says Steve Klebe, Business Development, Payments for Google.
  • Coinbase Launches First Regulated Bitcoin Exchange in the U.S. - Coinable Blog - "Coinbase Exchange provides a reliable and secure platform for bitcoin trading that is backed by investors such as the New York Stock Exchange."
  • First U.S. Bitcoin Exchange Set to Open - Wall St. Journal - "Coinbase Inc., a startup backed by $106 million from the New York Stock Exchange, banks and venture-capital firms, said its exchange will offer greater security for individuals and institutions to trade bitcoin and monitor real-time pricing of the cryptocurrency."
  • Stripe Partners With Intuit To Help On-Demand Workers Keep Track Of Their Finances - "Through the partnership, people who work for on-demand platforms that make their payments through Stripe will be able to easily connect with Intuit’s new QuickBooks Online Self-Employed software."
  • Increasing the GDP of the Internet - MIT Technology Review - "In an interview with MIT Technology Review’s San Francisco bureau chief, Tom Simonite, in the cafeteria at his company’s headquarters in the Mission district of San Francisco, CEO and cofounder Patrick Collison explains how he is trying to increase the small fraction of spending that takes place through e-commerce."
  • Inroads Made by Apple Pay Propel ‘Mobile Wallet’ Idea - Wall St. Journal - "Apple Inc. ’s payments service, now three months old, is making progress toward a goal that has eluded other mobile wallets: persuading people to use it."

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January 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 23, 2015

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  • Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution - Wall St. Journal - "No digital currency will soon dislodge the dollar, but bitcoin is much more than a currency. It is a radically new, decentralized system for managing the way societies exchange value."
  • Winklevoss Twins Aim to Take Bitcoin Mainstream - New York Times - "The exchange, which the twins have financed themselves, is a risky bet, given that the virtual currency industry has been a target of hackers and has faced existential questions about its legitimacy."

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