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April 08, 2006

Consumer Directed Health Care Conference - Payors, Funding

The Consumer Directed Health Care Conference (CDHCC) being held in the San Francisco Bay Area on May 8th – 10th has special programming for Payors and the Funding Community including information on the convergence of healthcare and financial services in the Banking Strategies in a Consumer-Driven Market.

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Blish - Online Marketplace for Digital Content

Blish, a new marketplace for buyers and sellers of digital content, is now up in beta.

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Gbuy May Steal eBay's Show

India's Economic Times reports on Google's plans for payments, quoting Google's Alan Eustace: "We have a great relationship with eBay, it’s a great company, but it is not the only answer to payments on the Internet."

Your Kid's Teacher: The Bank

Diya Gullapalli writes for the Wall St. Journal about financial education and literacy programs developed by financial services firms including Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Visa USA.

Wal-Mart's Banking Plans Worry The Industry

Marcus Kabel reports for the Associated Press about Wal-Mart's banking plans and how the banking industry is in a tizzy about them.

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Biometric Scanning Offers Vending New Payment Options

Michael L. Kasavana writes for AMonline.com about biometric payments and the potential for using a biocard for vending applications.

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Gift Card Roundtable Chat

Potentials Magazine gathered six gift card industry experts for its first Gift Card Roundtable.

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April 07, 2006

Wal-Mart To Face Foes Of Bank Bid On Monday

Reuters reports on Wal-Mart's upcoming public hearings - beginning on Monday - regarding its pending application to start a special purpose ILC bank.

Update on Paybox

I had a brief email exchange this morning with Ralph Meister, CMO of paybox solutions AG, to learn more about what paybox has been up to in the mobile payments space. Paybox is based in Frankfurt, Germany.

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ING Direct CEO On New Competition From Big Banks

Jonathan Stempel reports for Reuters on comments by ING Direct CEO Arkadi Kuhlmann about the recent entry of Citibank, HSBC and others into offering high yield online accounts similar to what ING Direct has been offering for years.

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Capital One Leading Credit Card Brand

Capital One is the leading credit card issuer brand, according to the Issuer Brand Index (IBI monitored in Cardbeat®, a syndicated market research tracking study run by Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG).

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Placing A Fingerprint Scanner Inside Credit Cards

SmartMetric, Inc. has announced it has developed a practical fingerprint microchip/sensor for use in any type of wallet-sized plastic card-credit cards, ID cards, smart cards, drivers licenses, passports and more.

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NFC Appealing But Lacks Infrastructure

Mary Catherine O'Connor writes for RFID Journal about two recent studies of Near-Field Communications, one by Philips and Visa and a second by ABI Research.

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April 06, 2006

Business Ecosystems For Mobile Contactless Devices

Mobey Forum has announced it has completed an extensive evaluation on the future development of the mobile financial services business ecosystem (PDF).

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Check Image Exchange Volume Surges In March

SVPCO-Electronic Clearing Services has announced that the average number of daily items in March grew 24.2% to an all-time high of 1.2 million. For the first quarter of 2006, the total number of daily image items was 62.5 million, compared to 52 million for all of 2005.

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PayPal Mobile Announced

PayPal's announcement on the launch of PayPal Mobile has been released.

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PayPal Mobile - Text to Buy and Text to Give Update

PayPal has updated it's Text to Buy offer page this morning with twenty-two examples of items that can be easily purchased using PayPal Mobile's new Text to Buy feature. Included are goods from merchants including shirts, DVD's, watches, tools as well as items from charitable organizations such as Unicef, Amnesty International, Starlight Starbright, and more.

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Bravo Deal With PayPal Mobile

Multichannel News reports this morning that Bravo has entered into an arrangement with PayPal to enable viewers of its "Top Chef" series to purchase products through PayPal Mobile - presumably using PayPal's new Text to Buy feature. Reuters Eric Auchard reports that PayPal has also signed up News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Viacom's MTV, and the NBA Store for its Text to Buy service.

Pesky Passwords

Larry Ponemon reports for CSO Magazine on the results of a survey of password usage that confirms user frustrations with being required to remember multiple passwords for multiple systems.

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Headline News - Thursday, April 6, 2006

Note: Throughout the day, as Payments News happens, this post is updated.

April 05, 2006

Comparing PayPal Mobile, Obopay and TextPayMe

At Glenbrook, we've put together a preliminary comparison table that compares a number of the attributes of PayPal Mobile, Obopay and TextPayMe. It will probably need to be updated after PayPal officially announces PayPal Mobile tomorrow - and we'd like to remind you again that we said this comparison table was preliminary or, as Google would say, it's in beta. We certainly haven't had time to "make it pretty" either! Comments/corrections/feedback appreciated! Click here to view the table.

PayPal Releases Mobile Payment Service

Mylene Mangalindan reports for the Wall St. Journal that PayPal will formally introduce its mobile payment service tomorrow as PayPal President Jeff Jordan delivers a keynote address to the CTIA Wireless 2006 conference.

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Card Issuers Stymied By Chinese Who Pay Credit Cards In Full

Bloomberg reports on recent experience by HSBC and Citigroup in China where only 2 percent of cardholders frequently revolve an outstanding balance on their credit cards.

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Philips, Visa Study Consumer Interest in NFC-enabled Contactless

Royal Philips Electronics and Visa International have released the results of a new usability study of Near Field Communication (NFC) and contactless payment technology concluding that consumers like the convenience, ease of use and "coolness" of making transactions with their mobile phones.

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G&D, MasterCard Launch Mobile Personalization Solution

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and MasterCard International have announced the launch of "the world's first full-scale over-the-air (OTA) secure personalization payment solution for mobile phone-based payments."

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Billeo Closes Series A Investment Led By Altos Ventures

Online bill management provider Billeo has announced that it has secured $4 million in Series A funding from Altos Ventures, Claremont Creek Ventures, and Pacifica Fund.

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ABN AMRO, First Data Provide Global Payment Processing

ABN AMRO and First Data have announced they are teaming up to provide global merchants with a one-stop solution for card transactions in international markets and major currencies in a five-year merchant acquiring and processing relationship.

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PreCash To Form China eCash

PreCash has announced it has signed a joint venture agreement to form China eCash to provide prepaid replenishment to markets including the Chinese mobile communications market.

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