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September 05, 2013

Braintree Adds Additional Fraud Protection for Merchants

Braintree logo 140pxBraintree has announced "it has enhanced its payment platform with additional fraud protection for its merchants that leverages the purchasing behavior across a large network of online and mobile companies. Now all Braintree merchants, from startups to enterprises, benefit from this powerful network effect that shields them from a variety of threats, reducing the risk of fraudulent activity and losses to their business."

"Our experience in processing more than $10 billion of online and mobile commerce annually has given us the data and expertise needed to deliver comprehensive tools that further protect our merchants and stop fraudsters," said Bill Ready, CEO, Braintree.

"Fraud is not a problem limited to large merchants. Our goal is to provide startups everything they need to grow and scale, including fraud protection."

By analyzing purchasing activity from thousands of online and mobile retailers, Braintree creates rules that take into account hundreds of variables across the network for merchants to apply to their business. Braintree goes beyond looking at a customer's purchase behavior at a single merchant by analyzing purchasing behavior across a large number of merchants. With these insights, Braintree can accurately recognize fraud and take appropriate actions.

Fraud Tools are now available to all Braintree merchants at no additional cost. To learn more visit: www.braintreepayments.com/fraud-protection.

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

September 04, 2013

Isis Announces Support from POS Vendors for Proprietary NFC SmartTap™ Acceptance

Isis logo 140x60pxIsis has announced that a number of payment terminal manufacturers and software providers are integrating its Isis-proprietary SmartTap™ capabilities into a wide range of point-of-sale (POS) offerings. Vendors include Ingenico, VeriFone, Equinox, Wayne, Gilbarco Veeder-Root among others.

Isis says its SmartTap protocol is "a new, proprietary mobile commerce software specification that leverages near field communications (NFC) technology, a standard feature on most new smartphones. When supported in an NFC reader or payment terminal, the SmartTap protocol enables Isis Mobile Wallet™ users to pay, present loyalty cards and redeem offers in a single transaction." A SmartTap-enabled POS terminal automatically recognizes and applies loyalty cards loaded in the Isis Mobile Wallet. Similarly, Isis Mobile Wallet users benefit from the ability to receive, store and present offers with SmartTap-enabled merchants.

“NFC is the international standard for mobile payments,” said Jim Stapleton, chief sales officer, Isis.

“The proliferation of SmartTap capabilities at the point-of-sale takes mobile payments one step further, providing rich commerce features that offer an effortless consumer experience and drive engagement and loyalty in a way previously not possible. By providing Isis Ready™ solutions, POS, payment terminal and reader providers can deliver innovative technologies that will benefit merchants for years to come.”

“Roughly one-sixth of U.S. payment terminals are replaced each year. To fully benefit from mobile payments, this hardware replacement must be accompanied with a software infrastructure that enables the compelling shopping, selling and loyalty solutions that will drive changes in merchant and consumer behavior,” said Rick Oglesby, senior analyst, Aite Group. “This announcement demonstrates Isis’ resolve in bringing a fully functioning mobile commerce environment to market with their national rollout.”

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

September 03, 2013

Discover Takes Equity Stake in EMVCo as 6th Owner-Member

Discover logo 140pxDiscover Financial Services has announced it has acquired a one-sixth share of EMVCo - the EMV standards body - from the respective holdings of its current member-owners American Express, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa and plans to "have an equal interest in the standards body, actively contributing to the management, technical work and operations of EMVCo. Discover will work alongside EMVCo’s existing members to manage and evolve the contact and contactless EMV industry specifications to facilitate worldwide interoperability and acceptance of secure chip payment instruments."

Beth Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Discover Network, said:

Discover is committed to achieving a global, ubiquitous payments landscape that is based on universally defined industry specifications and standards. This is particularly important as innovative transaction solutions are introduced such as contactless and mobile chip-based payments. We look forward to adding our expertise to these discussions and contributing to the global specification development efforts of EMVCo.”
Discover is the second new member to join EMVCo in 2013. In May, the standards body announced that UnionPay had become its fifth owner-member.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 3, 2013

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  • GSMA's MMU releases infographic on the Kenyan experience with mobile money - GSMA Mobile Money for the Unbanked Blog - "The Kenyan Journey to Digital Financial Inclusion is an infographic that chronicles the development of mobile money in the country tracing how policy decisions and product innovations worked together to connect three quarters of the Kenyan people to electronic payments and other products."

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

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