We decided to create The Mobile Internet Report largely in PowerPoint and publish it on the web, expecting that bits and pieces of it will be cut / pasted / redistributed and debated / dismissed / lauded. Our goal is to get our thoughts and data into the conversation about what may be the biggest technology trend ever, one that may help make us all more informed in ways that are unique to the web circa 2009, and beyond."
According to Dave Brown, chief operating officer at Adirondack Trust Company, “We’re going into this to promote local merchants and buying local. This is a way our merchants can offer an alternative payment method that we think will appeal to a lot of people.”
“We are pleased to have reached an equitable settlement with American Express,” commented Bob Carr, Heartland’s chairman and chief executive officer. “This settlement marks the first agreement with a card brand related to the intrusion.”
“Discover's results this quarter reflect stronger than expected credit performance and our on-going investments to strengthen the Discover franchise,” said David Nelms, Discover’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We were very pleased with the stability of our sales volume, our expanded merchant acceptance and the continued growth of our direct-to-consumer banking business.”
The free educational webinar, "Top 10 Reasons for Considering EMV in the U.S," will take place on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time/10:00 a.m. Pacific time. To register, please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org/pages/activities-events-top-ten-reasons-us-should-consider-emv.
Russ notes that "we’re wondering if this season might represent a significant inflection point in the shift towards online retail?"
"We have received great feedback from consumers on the iPhone application, and we are excited to bring this successful app to the greeting card aisle," said Dan Miller, vice president of product management and user experience at AmericanGreetings.com. "This is a great example of how American Greetings is continuing to expand our presence for consumers to offer solutions and great value wherever they shop."
In an article titled "Credit-Card Mail May Be Boring, But Ignoring It Could Cost You" in Wednesday's Wall St. Journal, Karen Blumenthal writes to remind us all to read all "those disclosure letters that banks and credit-card companies are sending you in coming months—or at least try really hard."
What could be more fun, right? Bluementhal's article provides a great set of tips about what to look for in the fine print, how to respond, etc. Too bad we have to keep our hands in our pockets the whole time! Happy holidays! ;-)
The second webinar in our new Payments Essentials Webinar Series is scheduled this Thursday, December 17, beginning at 10:30 AM Pacific. Led by Russ Jones, Thursday's webinar is focused on helping you understand the fundamentals of the new PayPal X Platform, with particular focus on the first two platform services -- Adaptive Payments and Adaptive Accounts. For more information and to register for this webinar ($249 fee), click here.
On January 14, we'll be holding the first webinar in our Essentials of eCommerce Payments Management series on the topic of Mobile Commerce for eCommerce Merchants. Read on for more information on this webinar.
Topics in this issue include coverage of three conferences held by the center in 2009: The Future of Consumer Credit Counseling, Understanding the Housing and Mortgage Markets: What Data Do We Have? What Data Do We Need?, and Recent Developments in Consumer Credit and Payments.