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Headline News from - January 30, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from and in an ebook version for your iPad.

On the Web:

  • Amazon’s Ambition in Physical Retail May Go Way Beyond Payments - Re/ - "The goal is to make this new collection of tools and services as critical to brick-and-mortar shops as its Amazon Web Services offering has become to online businesses."
  • Apple introduces us to a Major Financial System Beyond iWallet - Patently Apple - "On January 30, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a major patent application from Apple that reveals a new financial Systems Integration System." Meeting the Needs of Non-Traditional Consumers and Achieving Scale with Mobile Contactless Payments in the U.S. - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup - "In November 2013, the Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup (MPIW) met with academia, government, non-profits, card networks, mobile wallet providers, transit authorities, issuing banks, and retailers to gain a better understanding of fundamental consumer mobile payment adoption issues by exploring how mobile financial services and payments can meet the needs of non-traditional consumers and what is needed to achieve scale in the U.S. mobile payments market. The findings in this paper are based on the discussions at this meeting and include panelists' views on mobile technology and financial access considerations for the underserved consumer, broader consumer market adoption for mobile retail payments, and the transformational role of mobile technology for financial services."
  • Visa CEO Doesn’t See Bitcoin As Business Threat - CoinDesk - "Visa CEO Charlie Scharf offered his opinion of bitcoin and other emerging virtual currencies on 30th January in a conference call discussing Visa’s first-quarter fiscal earnings."
  • Fred Wilson's 5 Predictions for the Future of Your Money - Inc. - "If you like the way Wilson makes bets with his venture-capital fund, Union Square Ventures, which has invested in Etsy, Tumblr, and Twitter, you might just like the way he thinks about the future of currencies."
  • Why Bitcoin is here to stay - ZDNet - "...the drivers are simply too powerful - crypto-currency is around to stay and the changes to our global economy because of it will be staggering. So take a reality pill and strap in."
  • Coinbase and Mint Announce First Bitcoin Personal Finance Integration - "This partnership marks a milestone in the ongoing evolution of bitcoin as Mint becomes the first personal finance and money management tool enabling users to view their bitcoin transactions."
  • PayPal Wants Role In Apple’s Mobile Payments Dreams - Re/ - "Three payments industry executives tell Re/code that eBay-owned PayPal has been pitching Apple on helping the consumer electronics maker bring its long-rumored payments initiative to fruition."
  • Ribbon Takes On Square Cash, PayPal & Others With A Peer-To-Peer Payments Service That Lets You Send Money For Free - TechCrunch - "The difference here, besides not yet being available in a native app format, is that Ribbon works with both debit and credit card users, and will allow you to send payments to others without first having a Ribbon account."
  • Mobile Payments, Electric Cars and the Keys to Driving Change - Re/ - "The shared issues between e-cars and smartphone payments boil down to cost of hardware (the phone, the car), infrastructure (networks and merchant acceptance, filling stations), but perhaps most importantly, the catalyst for changing human behavior."
  • GhIPSS Urges Banks to Issue Local Cards - Payments Afrika - "Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) has urged banks to issue more proprietary ‘local’ ATM cards to their customers. Historically most banks in Ghana would issue international cards..."

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