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June 08, 2012

Glenbrook's "Payments Systems in the U.S." now available for the iPad

Cover PSUSv2 225x225 75Glenbrook's "Payments Systems in the U.S." is now available in the iTunes Store for iPad readers. Originally published as a paperback, this is our first ebook edition of this foundational book!

Written by Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness, this book has been very highly reviewed (4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com).

Reviewers commented:

  • Without question, the best overview of the payments industry. Essential for payments professionals.
  • Excellent book for payment professionals!
  • An Excellent Primer on Payment Systems in U.S.!
  • This book is great for newcomers to the industry and a great resource for long-time industry professionals. Highly recommended...
If you're trying to get your head around how payments work in the US, this is the book for you! It's easy reading on your iPad. We hope you enjoy it!

June 07, 2012

LevelUp Raises $12 Million to Expand Mobile Payment Product

Levelup logo 140pxSCVNGR, the maker of LevelUp, announced that it has raised $12 million in funding with participation from existing investors Highland Capital Partners, Google Ventures, Balderton Capital and new investors Continental Investors and Transmedia Capital.
Launched by Boston-based SCVNGR in July 2011, LevelUp enables its users to pay with their phones by linking their credit or debit card to the app and scanning it at checkout. In turn, businesses on LevelUp are able to attract new customers with incentives while motivating them to become regular customers with loyalty rewards.

Federal Reserve Reports Consumer Credit for April 2012

FedThe US Federal Reserve has reported its latest G.19 Consumer Credit statistics - finding that "consumer credit increased at an annual rate of 3% in April. Revolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 4.75%, while nonrevolving credit increased at an annual rate of 7%."

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it has restructured the G.19 Consumer Credit statistics to reflect regulatory filing changes for U.S.-chartered depository institutions among other things.

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated.

June 06, 2012

Shopkick Taps Giftango to Power Digital Gift Cards as Mobile Reward

Giftango logo 140pxGiftango announced that shopkick has selected Giftango as a key provider of digital eGift card fulfillment.
Giftango’s platform connects shopkick users with their gift card of choice to deliver rewards instantly. Through a secure and consistent user experience across the entire mobile gifting environment, Giftango’s channel partner solutions and mobile API allow any loyalty partner – in this case the largest location-based, shopping app provider – to painlessly navigate a retail brand’s eGift card program.

June 05, 2012

IdentityMind Launches its Antifraud Platform

IdentityMind logo 140x60px IdentityMind, a new on-demand platform tracking Internet identities and providing next generation anti-fraud services for online commerce, recently announced the availability of its Antifraud Platform for the general market.
IdentityMind proactive fraud prevention Platform offers real-time evaluation of payment transactions, account creation and login verification protecting merchants from accepting fraudulent transactions, acquirers and payment service providers (PSP) from fraudulent account creation and fraudulent merchants.

Braintree Expands Processing Footprint to 30 Countries

Braintree logo 140pxBraintree announced that it is expanding its payments platform internationally to 30 countries, including the the UK, EU, Australia, and Canada.
“Online entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful forces for growth in today’s global economy. Braintree disrupted the payments industry in the U.S. by making payments easy for developers to integrate in minutes rather than months. We’re now disrupting the global payments industry by providing international start-ups with the same technology available to the best U.S. and multi-national e-commerce merchants,” said Bill Ready, CEO of Braintree. “We’re answering the call of our customers and thousands of start-ups around the world for a truly global online and mobile payments solution. We will help e-commerce businesses and startups around the world launch, support, and scale successful businesses while giving our existing U.S. customers new ways to expand overseas.”

Braintree claims it currently processes more than $4B in card transactions each year, including nearly $1B in mobile payments.

QuickBooks Point of Sale Goes Mobile With GoPayment

Intuit logo 140pxIntuit has announced the its newest point-of-sale product that integrates with GoPayment mobile payment processing support.
“With 10 years of point of sale experience, we understand the challenges small retailers face when trying to grow their business,” said Chris Hylen, vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Payment Solutions division. “By integrating QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013 with GoPayment, we’re liberating retailers from their cash registers so they can better serve their customers and ring up more sales both in the store and on the go.”

June 04, 2012

Zooz Launches HTML5 Version of In-App Payment Solution

Zooz logo 140x60px ZooZ, a new provider of in-app mobile payment solutions, has announced that it is now offering an HTML5 mobile web version of its compact SDK, which requires just three lines of code for developers to “cut, paste, and go” in under 10 minutes.
This latest version of ZooZ’s solution extends full functionality to both HTML5 and hybrid apps on mobile and desktop browsers alike, and enables mobile developers to quickly and easily aggregate multiple payment sources such as credit cards, PayPal, and Google Wallet into one universal solution.

AT&T Video Bill

AT T logo 114pxAT&T has introduced a new billing service called 'AT&T Video Bill' that steps a customer through every part of their bill, explains the charges, and lets people pay their bill upon completion.
A few months ago, we introduced a service we call the U-verse video bill to new U-verse Voice, TV and Internet customers, as well as existing customers who change or upgrade their service. This is an automatically-generated, customized video with computer animation and voice narration that explains the elements of your bill.

Be sure to have a look at the demonstration video. Bill Pay isn't what it used to be.

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