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December 19, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 19, 2014

On the Web:

  • Securing the Future of Payments: A Special Report from the Payments Security Task Force - Visa/MasterCard - "This week in the U.S., the Payments Security Task Force introduced a white paper that looks at three of the most significant technologies – chip, tokenization and encryption – developed to protect card information and make it useless if stolen." Download White Paper Here
  • Starbucks To Square: It's Over - ReadWrite - "Starbucks is not adopting Square Order in our stores," says Maggie Jantzen, a spokesperson for Starbucks. "We opted to build our own mobile ordering solution, leveraging our own mobile app and world-class loyalty program."
  • New York Regulator Outlines Changes to Bitcoin Rules - New York Times - "Although far from sweeping, the revised rules will address or eliminate many of the aspects that opponents had criticized for being vague or strict, including the types of companies that would be subject to the rules, Mr. Lawsky said in keynote remarks at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington."
  • Mobile NFC payments to exceed $130B by 2020: report - Mobile Commerce Daily - “The launch of Apple Pay will focus the minds of operators and competitors like Google Wallet, who have NFC-based payment offerings for longer, but have not really communicated or marketed it well to their customers.”
  • Mobile’s Rise Poses a Riddle for Banks - Wall St. Journal - "This year, for the first time, U.S. customers interacted with their banks more through mobile devices than any other means, according to a new study by consultancy Bain & Co. Mobile interactions are now 35% of the total, more than any other type, including traditional online channels, automated-teller machines and branch visits, the report showed."
  • Open APIs Hold the Key to the Future of Banking - Programmable Web - "One of the pillars of BBVA’s digital strategy is identifying and mobilizing “innovation stakeholders” from both within and outside BBVA. Through an open innovation framework, BBVA is building an open ecosystem that includes entrepreneurs, developers, students, customers and employees collaborating to create new value for both the community and BBVA in the new digital paradigm."
  • RBC first bank in North America with Host Card Emulation - "We are committed to providing our clients with the most innovative, convenient and secure solutions to pay how they want, when they want - HCE is a critical step," said Linda Mantia , Executive Vice-President of Digital, Payments and Cards, RBC. "HCE makes RBC Secure Cloud mobile payments even easier to use."
  • German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls - Washington Post - "Experts say it’s increasingly clear that SS7, first designed in the 1980s, is riddled with serious vulnerabilities that undermine the privacy of the world’s billions of cellular customers."
  • Clustering bitcoin accounts using heuristics - O'Reilly Radar - “It turns out in reality, though, the way most users and services are using bitcoin, was really not following any of the guidelines that you would need to follow in order to achieve this notion of pseudo-anonymity. So, basically, what we were able to do is develop certain heuristics for clustering together different public keys, or different pseudonyms."

On the Wires:

  • Huntington Bank to Offer Apple Pay to Customers - “We are delighted to soon offer our customers the option of Apple Pay,” said Mark Sheehan, executive vice president and payments and channels director at Huntington. “Apple Pay is another in a series of initiatives Huntington has undertaken to make banking easier, along with rolling out mobile deposit and Quick Balance, which allows customers to use their phones or tablets to find their balances fast. Huntington is excited about what the future holds and looks forward to bringing this technology to our customers.”
  • The European Union Helps Consumers by Capping Swipe Fees While the U.S. Lags - "The 28 countries of the European Union agreed with a committee of the EU’s Parliament to cap the fees merchants pay banks every time a customer swipes a card at 0.2 percent on debit cards and at 0.3 percent on credit cards. Countries can also set a five-cent cap on debit transactions. The agreement also makes the card business more transparent, so that consumers can see how much swipe fees raise prices where they shop."
  • Mozido Acquires Majority Ownership in Mobile Commerce Company CorFire - “CorFire is a strong global mobile commerce player. By adding its strength in NFC-enabled mobile wallets to Mozido’s extensive mobile financial services and retail marketing capabilities, we can now give merchants around the world access to a powerful mobile ecosystem that adds monetization features to mobile programs,” said Michael Liberty, founder and Chairman of Global Strategic Initiatives at Mozido.

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

December 18, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 18, 2014

On the Web:

  • Square Is Resurrecting Wallet, Its Pay-By-Name Mobile App, And Giving It Away - ReadWrite - "Square is "retiring" Wallet but its putting its key feature—the ability to pay in stores by saying your name, without taking out a wallet or even your phone—inside Square Order."
  • Silicon Valley Bank -- At The Core Of A Tech Network - Forbes - “We are doing something very, very different. We help them build a sound, scalable operating infrastructure that they would go to an investor and say they have worked with Silicon Valley Bank and the bank has looked over its fraud and compliance.”
  • Amazon Confirms Rollout of One-Hour Delivery Service - Wall St. Journal - "The service, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is available in parts of New York, though Amazon said it would expand to other cities next year. Amazon will charge $7.99 for delivery within an hour, though two-hour delivery is free..."
  • Billing and Payments — a potted history - FastMail Blog - "As a credit card merchant, an important thing is the chargeback rate — that is, the percentage of your payments that the cardholders dispute with their bank. If this rate gets too high, then the payment gateways deem you to be risky, and they will charge much higher fees, or cancel your account completely."
  • Complex Solutions to a Simple Problem - Krebs on Security - "The main reason so many of these newfangled technologies are even being proposed is that the United States lags 20 years behind Europe and the rest of the world in adopting chip/smartcard technology in credit and debit cards."
  • Lawsky Outlines Revisions to New York's BitLicense in DC Speech - CoinDesk - "Ben Lawsky announced the latest revisions to the draft BitLicense today in Washington, DC, announcing a host of changes in response to reactions from its public comment period."
  • Payments startup Tipalti moves HQ to Palo Alto from Southern California - San Francisco Business Times - Tipalti also hired Rob Israch as chief marketing officer as the company "prepares for significant revenue growth."

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

December 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 17, 2014

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On the Wires:

  • ChowNow Becomes The First Online Ordering Platform To Integrate Apple Pay - "The addition of Apple Pay benefits both restaurants and their customers. Rather than manually inputting their credit card number and billing address, customers with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or the forthcoming Apple Watch, can complete their order simply by using their fingerprint. As a result of the added convenience and security, restaurants should see increased order volumes, and hence a more profitable to-go business."
  • ID Insight Debuts Next-Generation Address Verification - "Safe2Ship processes addresses to ensure each is a valid and legitimate delivery point, verifies the customer’s identifying information using ID Insight’s consolidated databases of billions of records, and identifies and appends the best address if the customer does not reside at the address provided."
  • A New Way to Pay with Commerce Bank Credit and Debit Cards Using Apple Pay - “Apple Pay is a significant step forward in mobile payments and we are happy to be able to offer this feature to our customers,” said Carl Bradbury, Commerce Bank director of consumer card products. “With Apple Pay, our customers will now have the option to make purchases both securely and conveniently in stores and within apps with the latest iPhones and iPads.”
  • Mint Streamlines Bill-Paying With New Mint Bills - “Mint has historically served as a rear-view mirror for personal finances, providing consumers a look back at their money,” said Barry Saik, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Consumer Ecosystem Group. “Today, we’re taking a more forward-looking approach, helping people to anticipate and accomplish must-do financial tasks, such as paying bills, so they can feel confident and in control of their money.”
  • Global Payments and Bank of the Philippine Islands Form Strategic Joint Venture - "We are delighted to enter into this partnership with BPI in the Philippines, one of our fastest growing markets," said Jeff Sloan, Chief Executive Officer of Global Payments. "This joint venture highlights our strategy to drive accelerating growth by expanding direct distribution in Asia. It will also allow us to add significant merchants to our existing business in the Philippines, further leverage our technological strengths and provide superior product and service offerings to BPI customers in a highly attractive market," Sloan continued.

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

December 16, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 16, 2014

On the Web:

  • Banks: Park-n-Fly Online Card Breach - Krebs on Security - "...Park-n-Fly said it recently engaged multiple outside security firms to investigate breach claims made by financial institutions, but so far has been unable to find a breach of its systems."
  • Mobile rewards gain stature as currency for airlines - Mobile Commerce Daily - “Last month, we began offering our MileagePlus X mobile app to a test group of members, enabling them to use their mobile devices to earn miles when making purchases at certain stores.”
  • Dozens More Companies Sign Up for Apple Pay - New York Times - "On Tuesday, Apple announced that in recent weeks the company had signed up dozens more banks, retail stores and start-ups to adopt Apple Pay..."
  • Samsung in Talks to Launch Apple Pay Competitor - Re/code.net - "It is not yet clear if Samsung has reached a deal with the startup, Burlington, Massachusetts-based LoopPay. One source said the deal could still fall apart. A prototype of the payments system working on a Samsung phone has been created, the other source said."
  • Australian Regulator: Bitcoin is Not a Financial Product - CoinDesk - "Digital currencies are not a financial product and operators do not need licenses to trade or hold them, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has said."

On the Wires:

  • Adyen Raises $250 Million in Funding to Accelerate Growth of Its Global Payments Platform - “Adyen is at the forefront of a rapidly globalizing payments market with tremendous growth potential,” said Jonathan Korngold, managing director and global head of General Atlantic’s Financial Services Sector. He continued, “In addition to exponential growth in e-commerce, we are also seeing a rise in consumer demand for integrated experiences across in-store and online shopping. Considering the inherent opportunities in both of these trends, we believe that Adyen is well-positioned to extend its position as the leading global payments solution in the years to come.”
  • First Data and Verifone Partner to Combat Consumer Payment Data Theft - "While EMV acceptance in the marketplace will strengthen data protection, it creates a burden on merchants and those that serve them,” said Guy Chiarello, president of First Data. “This partnership with Verifone furthers our objective of working with the leading payment technology providers to benefit merchants and their customers.”
  • EMV Chip Technology Is the Future of U.S. Payments: Get the Facts in New EMV Migration Forum Infographic - "The Forum developed this resource to be a high-level, easy-to-read visual guide to the must-know facts about chip technology and the U.S. migration. We think this will be a particularly useful aid for payment stakeholders in building their own educational materials on chip payments."
  • ShopKeep Apple Pay & Chip Card Reader Available Now - "ShopKeep’s new reader offers independent business owners the latest in payment technology and additional security features for each credit card transaction. The device, powered by Ingenico Mobile Solutions, the leading mobile commerce platform provider, connects to the ShopKeep register app via Bluetooth. It retails for $249, and for a limited time, new customers will receive a free reader upon signing up for a ShopKeep account."
  • NCR Silver POS Integrates with LevelUp to Provide Merchants with New Payment Option - "NCR Silver merchants can activate the LevelUp application as a payment option in their POS system. Once activated, customers pay by scanning unique QR codes generated by the LevelUp app during checkout."
  • Time Inc. Partners with Coinbase to Become the First Major Magazine Publisher to Accept Bitcoin Payments - "Time Inc. joins a growing list of businesses, such as Overstock.com, Google and Expedia, partnering with Coinbase to integrate bitcoin into their customer payment options."
  • Elavon and Union Bank Extend Alliance Relationship - “Merchant Services is an important offering that helps our customers grow their businesses,” said Brian Milton, managing director of Retail Home Equity, Credit Card and Merchant Services for Union Bank. “By combining our banking expertise with Elavon's premier payment-processing network, our customers have a one-stop solution for all of their banking and payment-processing needs.”
  • Apple's® iBeacon™ Technology Made Simple for Retailers, App Developers and Consumers with New BeaconStream End-to-End Solution - "By offering intelligent software and better beacons, we've made it easy for every part of the ecosystem to generate and experience the magical moments that iBeacon technology delivers," said Venkat Nallapati, CEO, BeaconStream. "Our breakthrough solution removes the complexity of implementing real-world interactions with consumers and offers superior features to enhance and track return-on-investment."

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

December 15, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 15, 2014

On the Web:

  • Google Shopping to Counter Amazon - Wall St. Journal - "Google has approached retailers about creating a “buy” button for its online shopping site that would be similar to Amazon’s popular “one-click ordering” feature, according to people familiar with the discussions."
  • Small Bank in Kansas Is a Financial Testing Ground - New York Times - "The creation of the new bank, and the maintenance of the old one, are the work of a couple who were born in India and ended up in Kansas after living in Silicon Valley and passing through jobs at Google and Lehman Brothers."
  • Why Silicon Valley thinks we hate our wallets - SFGate.com - “In that sense, there’s a little bit of a don’t fix what ain’t broke approach that I would argue for,” said Levchin. “Innovating around the user interface of payments is a little gratuitous.”
  • PayPal expands lending programme to merchants - FT - "Paypal’s merchant lending programme launched last September and has since made more than 35,000 loans at a maximum of $60,000."
  • Square Competitor ShopKeep Giving Away Free Equipment to Accept Apple Pay - Re/code.net - "The free giveaway underscores the fierce competition among young companies such as ShopKeep, Square and Poynt, as well as bigger players like First Data, to get small businesses to ditch their clunky point-of-sale equipment for newer, modernized checkout software and hardware."
  • Perseverance Pays Off: The Lending Club Story - Jeff Crowe - Norwest Venture Partners - "The Lending Club story is a testament to the importance of keeping one’s cool during periods of high stress and not giving up on a great idea."

On the Wires:

  • Stockpile Partners with Yodlee to Offer “Invest Your Change” and “Gift Cards of Stock” for Easy and Affordable Investing - “Our offerings give banks a whole new way to engage with their customers and build a deeper relationship,” said Avi Lele, CEO of Stockpile. “When I was a kid, people gave savings bonds or stock certificates as gifts for graduation, birthdays and weddings, but these days, banks miss out on gift giving and investment. We’re removing the obstacles associated with investing, and making it fun, easy, and affordable for everyone.”
  • American Express Serve® Announces Research Pilot to Encourage Consumer Saving - “Rarely do researchers have the opportunity to test their theories in real world environments, using actual financial products, and directly with their target customers,” said Neal Sample, President, Enterprise Growth, American Express. “We see tremendous potential in enabling researchers to use our Serve software platform to improve the lives of the financially underserved. This is why we established our Financial Innovation Lab, and it’s why we are pleased to be working on this research pilot.”
  • Fiserv Research Reveals Rapid Growth of Mobile Bill Payments, Multiple Billing and Payment Choices Key to Customer Satisfaction - “Mobile bill pay is becoming a go-to-channel alongside traditional bill payment methods, creating a ripe opportunity for billers to rethink and expand their multichannel strategies to help stimulate customer satisfaction,” said Eric Leiserson, senior research analyst, Biller Solutions, Fiserv. “Billers that cast a wider billing and payment net with offerings that meet the diverse needs of their customers extend their reach and build stronger, more loyal relationships with customers across channels.”
  • Fraud-proof Credit Cards Possible with Quantum Physics - "This innovative security measure, known as Quantum-Secure Authentication, can confirm the identity of any person or object, including debit and credit cards, even if essential information (like the complete structure of the card) has been stolen. It uses the unique quantum properties of light to create a secure question-and-answer (Q&A) exchange that cannot be “spoofed” or copied."

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

December 12, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 12, 2014

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • FirstBank Adds Person-to-Person Payment System to Its Powerful Mobile Banking App - "With this addition, FirstBank becomes the most recent bank to offer P2P payments through the clearXchange network, providing customers with an easy way to send and receive money via their mobile devices. FirstBank is the fourth member of the clearXchange network and will be going live today. It is the first regional bank in the nation to go live with the service."

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

December 11, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 11, 2014

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • American Express Creates New Technology Hub in Silicon Valley - “Technology innovation is driving the company’s ongoing digital transformation, and our team in Silicon Valley is focusing on core capabilities that we expect to be key to our ability to continue to innovate and move our business forward,” said Marc Gordon, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “By developing infrastructure and frameworks to be used broadly across the organization, the team in Palo Alto will play a crucial role in our global business growth and future success.”
  • American Express and Delta Extend Partnership - “We’re very pleased to extend our strategic partnership with Delta in a way that will deliver compelling value to our mutual customers and help to ensure that Card Members get more with Membership,” said Josh Silverman, President of Consumer Products & Services at American Express.
  • Bill.com Unveils New Solution to Accelerate Digitization of Payments for SMBs - “Our customers have told us they need a simple and secure solution for those times when they need to pay their vendors quickly,” said René Lacerte, CEO of Bill.com. “Fast Pay was developed in response to those unplanned or emergency situations. Now, SMBs in particular can rely on a seamless digital solution without the hassle of going to the bank to send wire transfers or scheduling pickups by FedEx or UPS.”
  • Blackbaud Welcomes Pete Kight to Board of Directors - "After founding CheckFree in 1981, Mr. Kight served as chief executive officer until its merger with Fiserv, Inc. in 2007. Under his leadership, CheckFree greatly expanded beyond its original core online bill payments business. At the time of its merger with Fiserv, CheckFree’s annual revenue exceeded $1 billion."

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

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