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November 27, 2013

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SimplyTapp Announces Series A Funding From Lightspeed Venture Partners

SimplyTapp 140pxSimplyTapp has announced that it has raised its Series A round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and continued support from Blue Sky Capital.

Lightspeed gives us the backing we need to grow the company at just the right time," said Doug Yeager, CEO of SimplyTapp. "They really understand the space and share our vision for the future of mobile enabled payments. We are thrilled to have them as our partner."

SimplyTapp Inc. was founded in 2011 by Doug Yeager and Ted Fifelski for the purpose of breaking down the barriers in the mobile payments ecosystem for developers. The company created Host Card Emulation (HCE) and deployed it into the CyanogenMod operating system in early 2012 to bypass the network operator's SIM card to complete a mobile payment at a point of sale terminal. Google launched HCE with the latest Android 4.4, KitKat and now uses HCE within the Google wallet implementation on the Nexus 5.

The SimplyTapp team will bring secure open innovation to developers and issuers that have been dominated by complexity," said Tim Danford of Lightspeed Venture Partners. "HCE is getting significant interest, I'm looking forward to working with the team to build a market leading company."

The company has implemented the first platform that leverages HCE for mobile payments. A main advantage of the platform is the ability to leverage existing POS hardware infrastructure without requiring merchant adaptation. The platform is open to developers and card issuers; allowing for innovation in mainstream card issuance to go beyond PayPal and Stripe. Through secure and open APIs, SimplyTapp enables developers to include HCE payments in their applications. The service automates the process of securely storing issuer's card credentials in the cloud.

PayPal Now Accepts Prepaid Gift Cards

PayPal logo 140pxPayPal has announced that it now supports using prepaid gift cards through PayPal Checkout.

After months of research and investigations, we discovered a patent-pending and innovative way to allow the usage of prepaid gift cards so that you can seamlessly apply them to the purchase of products and services anywhere PayPal is accepted – just in time for the holidays!

PayPal notes that with the addition of prepaid gift card support: "As long as the merchants you are shopping with accept PayPal, you can be assured that you now have extra buying power on top of your existing debit, credit cards or banks."

Visa Launches V.me Across Europe

Visa logo 60pxhVisa Europe has announced that V.me by Visa, the first pan-European digital wallet service to be offered by banks and financial institutions, is now live in the UK, France, Spain and Poland. The UK’s Nationwide Building Society is joined by leading issuers BPCE and LCL in France, with ING Bank Slaski now in pilot in Poland and multiple pilots also underway in Spain. Visa says that other major issuers will launch soon in all four markets, including RBS in the UK.

Steve Perry, Chief Commercial Officer, Visa Europe, says:

V.me by Visa gives merchants and issuers an acceptance mark that will work across Europe. Mobile phones, tablets and the use of digital payments have changed the nature of commerce: consumers want to be able to buy from the merchant of their choice via any device without sharing their card details. That’s why we’re working with our members and merchants to give them the benefit of V.me by Visa’s scale and international reach.”

Offering simple, secure online payments, V.me by Visa is designed to increase consumer confidence in online shopping and reduce the proportion of sales that are abandoned during the checkout process. In the UK any cardholder can sign up to participate in the launch. In other markets the service is currently being offered to a select group of consumers, with wider availability to follow in the coming months. More than 1,400 merchants accept V.me by Visa today, with soon-to-launch retailers including Universal Music in the UK and Allopneus, Aquarelle, Brandalley, Leclerc Drive, Made.com and Pecheur.com in France. By January 2014, up to 4,000 merchants will accept V.me by Visa thanks to strategic partnerships with main services suppliers in the payment industry, notably WorldPay in the UK, as well as Be2bill (Rentabiliweb), Payzen (Lyra Network), Payline by Monext, Paybox (Point VeriFone), SystemPay (Natixis Paiements) and Worldline (Atos subsidiary in e-payment services) in France.

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