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December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays from Payments News

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxThis is the last post of the year for Payments News. We'll be back on January 3rd, 2012 with daily coverage of interesting developments in the world of payments. Thank you for your support in 2011 and best wishes to you and your family this holiday season.

- Russ

eBay Acquires BillSAFE to Enhance PayPal in Germany

PayPal logo 140px eBay has announced that it has acquired BillSAFE, a payment-upon-invoice payment provider in Germany.
By combining BillSAFE with PayPal, which serves more than 15 million accounts in Germany, PayPal believes the addition of BILLSAFE will provide a comprehensive payment service for merchants and consumers. BillSAFE works with merchants of all sizes in Germany, giving them a simple and secure way to let shoppers purchase using an invoice. Customers simply select the item they want to buy, and then they receive an invoice for payment after the item is received.

The BillSAFE website is at

Linkables Go Mobile

Linkable networks logo 140x60px Linkable Networks has announced that consumers can now experience Linkables on-the-go via a new partnership with mphoria, an emerging mobile and social merchandising platform. The company also announced that CardStar will be the first mobile app to feature Linkables.
“Going mobile couldn’t come at a better time, fresh off the launch of our Linkables platform and with growing consumer demand for savings throughout the shopping experience,” said Tom Burgess, CEO of Linkable Networks. “Consumers are increasingly using their smartphones to shop and adopting mobile platforms to seek out savings. Our partnership with mphoria and CardStar will enable those savvy shoppers to experience modern digital coupons at their fingertips and link them to their existing credit or debit card. Shoppers should be on the lookout for the Linkables logo in mobile ads to add new savings to their digital wallets.”

December 21, 2011

mopay Extends Carrier Billing Capabilities by Introducing Broadband Billing

Mopay logo 140pxmopay announced its product extension into broadband billing. "This new alternative billing channel available on the mopay payments platform enables online merchants to charge purchases directly to consumers’ Internet service provider accounts. Two of the top-five mopay customers already use mopay broadband billing in their payments portfolios and have seen significant increase in business volume since its launch."

Mobeam Partners with Procter & Gamble to Reinvent the Coupon

Mobeam logo 140pxProcter & Gamble and Mobeam have announced a partnership to bring the "first-ever fully mobile couponing system to market. The innovation, created by Mobeam of California, makes electronic coupons presented on a phone or other mobile device scannable, so shoppers need only their phones/handhelds, not a stack of coupons, at check out."

December 20, 2011

Payments Views - A Look Back at Payments in 2011

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxOver on Payments Views, Glenbrook's Scott Loftesness takes a look back at payments in 2011.
At Glenbrook, we thrive on thinking about how payments are evolving and how these changes will affect us in the years ahead. In this look back at the important payments themes of 2011, we share a summary of some of our best thinking over the course of 2011 from our web site.

Intuit Announces Availability of GoPayment Prepaid Visa Card

Intuit logo 140pxAs part of its GoPayment mobile payment offering, Intuit has announced the launch of the Intuit GoPayment Prepaid Visa Card.
“The GoPayment Card adds new value to those using GoPayment. In addition to helping them get paid, we’re helping them make payments,” said Chris Hylen, vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Payment Solutions division. “This is just the beginning. Intuit will roll out new, innovative features for GoPayment that help users make payments in a variety of ways.”

Current Opportunities on

PaymentsJobs logo 140pxSeveral new positions for payments professionals have recently been posted to Glenbrook's payments industry job board in the last 30 days: Is your company hiring? Are you in the market for qualified payments professionals? You can reach the best candidates here! Post your job openings for payments professionals on!

Latinia Introduces 'Tweet Banking'

Latinia logo 140pxLatinia, a Spanish messaging vendor, has announced a ‘tweet banking’ notification product.
Latinia strictly proposes the use of Twitter as an alert [communications] channel, via direct messages (DM), where the convenience of the clients prevails, being able to choose which channel to use to receive status of their accounts, cash withdrawals, etc., whether via SMS, push-notes or Twitter. In Latinia we have called it ‘tweet banking’. To this respect, Latinia has introduced the latest innovation of its infrastructure product LIMSP during this past year, after the implementation of push notifications, working on opening to new asynchronous channels on its service delivery product line-up.

December 19, 2011

VeriFone Enters Long-Term Strategic Partnership with NBC Owned Stations

Verifone logo 140pxVeriFone and NBC Owned Television Stations have announced a significant long-term strategic and advertising sales agreement.
This new partnership, effective January 1, 2012, will deliver audiences across the country access to NBCUniversal’s award-winning news, information and entertainment programming in more than 12,000 taxi cabs as well as at thousands of gas stations and other digital out-of-home platforms in the future. The agreement will also provide advertisers unmatched capabilities to engage consumers interactively through e-commerce, couponing and microsites.

Reserve Bank of Australia Requests Feedback on Proposed Merchant Surcharging Rules

Reserve bank australia The Reserve Bank of Australia is considering tightening its current rules that permit merchant surcharging on Visa and MasterCard products.
The proposed variation will allow scheme rules to limit surcharges to a reasonable cost of acceptance, while still ensuring that merchants cannot be prevented from fully recovering their costs. The need for this change arises because in recent years some surcharging practices that potentially compromise price signals, such as surcharging in excess of card acceptance costs, have become more widespread. The Board believes that the proposed variation will improve the efficiency of the payments system by providing better price signals to cardholders.

Comments are due back by Feb 10, 2012.

EMVCo Delivers Update On Its EMV Contactless Mobile Payments

EMVco logo 140pxEMVCo has announced publication of a white paper providing an update on its work to securely standardise contactless mobile payments (CMP).
Patricia Partelow, EMVCo Executive Committee Chair, comments: “EMVCo recognises the great potential of using a mobile handset to initiate a payment. At the same time, we acknowledge that this creates new challenges for the payments market that must be resolved to implement a secure, efficient and sustainable infrastructure. EMVCo has been working over the last few years to ensure that its specifications and testing processes meet the requirements of this emerging payment environment and the development of this white paper delivers a full update on the activity. The document also aims to enhance the understanding of EMV technology among CMP industry stakeholders.”

The white paper is free to download from EMVCo’s website.


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