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May 30, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 30, 2014

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  • Mobile Payments: Merchants' Perspectives - Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City - "In the Second Quarter Economic Review, Fumiko Hayashi and Terri Bradford examine merchants' mobile payments preferences and find some attributes of mobile payments, such as an enhanced customer experience, have clear beneficial effects."
  • Dwolla boss goes after $13.1 billion paycheck industry, opens mind to bitcoin - "“My primary gripe with the system is that we have the technology for banks to talk to one another in real time, but for whatever reason, when I went out to try to use it, no one had built it..."
  • Thieves Planted Malware to Hack ATMs - Krebs on Security - "A recent ATM skimming attack in which thieves used a specialized device to physically insert malicious software into a cash machine may be a harbinger of more sophisticated scams to come."

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May 29, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 29, 2014

On the Web:

  • What’s Your GPA? - PaymentsViews.com (Jay DeWitt) - "Based on knowledge we’ve developed through industry benchmarks, client work, and our own operational experience in the payments business, the GPA program quickly assesses your payments organization and recommends targeted, actionable steps you can take to optimize your payments business."
  • The Cost of Checks in Small Business Payments - Dwolla Blog - "Our latest release of Next Day Transfers allows businesses, government agencies, and non-profits to move funds in and out of the Dwolla network faster than ever, increasing control of your cash flow and reducing billing or procurement cycles."
  • How Should Bitcoin Be Regulated? - Montreal Economic Institute (David Descôteaux) - "This Economic Note presents an analysis of the situation in Canada and in other countries that have adopted regulatory frameworks for Bitcoin."
  • DISH Teams Up with Coinbase to Become Largest Company to Accept Bitcoin - Coinbase Blog - "DISH today announced they are the largest company and first subscription model pay-TV provider to accept bitcoin..."

On the Wires:

  • Bitcoin’s future hinges on a clear legal status - “These clear rules, as well as a tax treatment that allows Bitcoin to be used as a currency, explain why the digital currency is popular in Germany and why this country was one of the first Bitcoin hubs. Canada has so far been quite welcoming to Bitcoin, and in clarifying its own regulatory framework, it should ensure that it remains so,” concludes David Descôteaux.

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May 28, 2014

MasterCard Strengthens U.S. Cardholder Security

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard has announced new enhancements intended to provide its U.S. cardholders with greater protection from fraud and identity theft.

All MasterCard credit, debit, prepaid and small business cards issued in the U.S. will now carry Identity Theft Resolution assistance. MasterCard says its new program will provide help in canceling missing cards and alerting credit reporting agencies, as well as targeting searches to detect if stolen personal and confidential data appears online. The new Identity Theft coverage extension begins in July 2014.

MasterCard is also extending its zero liability policy in the U.S. to include all MasterCard PIN-based and ATM transactions. This is in addition to coverage already provided on signature debit and credit transactions. The Zero Liability coverage extension takes effect in October 2014.

“Fraud prevention and detection is a 24/7 job at MasterCard. The changes that we’re making in cardholder protection combined with our efforts to move the U.S. payments industry to EMV chip technology will help deliver safer shopping experiences to consumers,” said Chris McWilton, president, North American Markets for MasterCard.

MasterCard noted that tanks and financial institutions issuing MasterCard-branded cards provide financial indemnity against fraud.

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May 27, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 27, 2014

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  • Intuit to Acquire Check - "Intuit Inc. today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Check, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based leader in mobile bill pay that serves 10 million registered users."
  • Punjab Social Security Program Designed to Bring Financial Inclusion to Millions - "Financial inclusion in Pakistan got a boost today with the announcement that MasterCard and the Bank of Punjab have launched a Social Security Program to automate and streamline government disbursement, subsidy and assistance programs. This first-of-its-kind initiative is aimed at driving financial inclusion specifically in Punjab – the largest province in Pakistan."
  • TSYS Extends Payments Agreement with Canadian Tire - “TSYS has been a great partner through the years, working closely with us to understand our needs as we continue to grow and expand our payments programs,” said Bonnie Agosthino, vice president, CTC and CTFS Delivery for Canadian Tire.
  • iPayment Partners with VeriFone to Bring Next Generation POS to Main Street Merchants - "iPayment POS is designed for the more than 150,000 small business merchants iPayment currently serves directly, through independent sales organizations (ISOs) and other multiple direct distribution channels throughout the U.S."

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May 23, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 23, 2014

To our readers in the United States, we hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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May 22, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 22, 2014

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May 21, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 21, 2014

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May 20, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 20, 2014

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May 19, 2014

MasterCard Acquires ElectraCard Services

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Opus Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd., to acquire its subsidiary, ElectraCard Services Private Limited, a provider of software solutions and processing services for electronic payment and card systems. MasterCard previously had a minority investment in ECS. This transaction is anticipated to close in the second quarter of 2014.

Commenting on the acquisition, Vicky Bindra, president, Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa, MasterCard, said:

The acquisition of ECS strengthens our capabilities and enables us to offer a true end-to-end solution for our customers. ECS’s expertise complements MasterCard’s products and services, making us an even stronger player in the field of processing and switching. We welcome ECS and its talented team into the MasterCard family, and we look forward to working alongside them.”

ECS, headquartered in Pune, India has a customer base that includes financial institutions, retailers and telcos in over 25 countries globally. ECS’ suite of products enables customers to issue and manage all types of payment cards and electronically process card transactions across multiple channels such as ATM, POS, internet and mobile. MasterCard’s acquisition of ECS extends its product offerings and adds to the company’s turnkey issuing processing, acquiring processing and switching solutions.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 19, 2014

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May 16, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 16, 2014

On the Web:

  • There Is No Such Thing As An International Wire - PaymentsViews.com (Erin McCune) - "I am writing this post on an airplane, en route to Amsterdam for Bitcoin 2014 where I will be exploring alternatives to the complicated, unpredictable and expensive correspondent banking process."
  • What We Have Been Up to at Circle - The Circle Blog (Jeremy Allaire) - "First, it’s really important to understand that our focus is on promoting and supporting Bitcoin as a payment utility and as a secure store of value. We’re not interested in or focused on the speculative value of Bitcoin."
  • Circle Reveals Roadmap for Bringing Bitcoin to Mainstream Market - CoinDesk - "Perhaps most notably, Circle revealed its intention to act as a “digital custodian” for its customers, allowing consumers to access bitcoin without running bitcoin software, managing private keys or storing bitcoin in a secure location."

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May 15, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 15, 2014

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  • Payments regulation: a summary of the latest views - Financial Services Club Blog (Chris Skinner) - "This new generation could be real-time payments, which were discussed in a strategy roundtable session. At present there are around 35 faster or real-time payments initiatives launched or under development globally."
  • EMV migration won't save retail - Fierce RetailIT - "Some contend that fraud will actually increase during the shift to EMV cards."

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May 14, 2014

American Express Expands OptBlue Merchant Acquirer Program

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express has announced the expansion of OptBlue, its new merchant acquiring program that extends U.S. small merchant acceptance coverage for its cards.

Amex reports there are now 10 participating acquirers in OptBlue, five of which are among the top 10 in the United States. New to the program are: First Data, EVO, Merchant e-Solutions and First American Payments Systems. The program was announced at American Express’ Financial Community meeting earlier this year with Vantiv, Global Payments, Heartland Payment Systems, Worldpay, Transfirst and JetPay as the first participants. Participating acquirers will provide a full one-stop servicing solution for American Express Card® acceptance to eligible U.S. small merchants.

OptBlue is part of American Express’ ongoing commitment to enhance the U.S. small merchant experience and is an evolution of our acquiring business,” said Ed Jay, Executive Vice President, Merchant Services - Americas, American Express.

“The program will help deliver a smart and easy solution for U.S. small merchants to enjoy the benefits of American Express Card acceptance while making it convenient for consumers to Shop Small® year round.”

With OptBlue, participating acquirers can offer U.S. small merchants the benefit of a single statement, one settlement process, and one contact for all the major card brands. Acquirers determine merchant pricing in addition to providing payment processing and servicing. OptBlue will help expand American Express’ U.S. small merchant coverage, providing consumers more payment options at local businesses. American Express continues to receive the same transactional information it does today, allowing OptBlue merchants to benefit from the valuable tools, services and marketing that the Company delivers to small merchants. OptBlue is limited to eligible U.S. small merchants that have a projected American Express charge volume of less than $1 million per year.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 14, 2014

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May 13, 2014

Vantiv to Acquire Mercury Payment Systems from Silver Lake

Vantiv logo 140pxVantiv has announced an agreement to acquire Mercury Payment Systems, LLC for an aggregate price of $1.65 billion. Mercury is a payment technology and service leader whose solutions are embedded into point-of-sale software applications and brought to market through their dealer and developer partners. Mercury is currently majority-owned by Silver Lake.

The emergence of integrated payment technology at the point-of-sale delivers a differentiated merchant experience and creates a highly-efficient, cloud-based delivery model for customer acquisition and retention,” said Charles Drucker, president and chief executive officer of Vantiv.

“By combining Mercury’s distribution network and innovative solutions with Vantiv’s technology platform and products, we are developing a payments eco-system that allows us to serve these clients in new and exciting ways. Bringing the companies together will dramatically enhance our distribution and technology capabilities to serve a number of large and growing industry verticals.”

Vantiv said that the acquisition of Mercury accelerates Vantiv’s growth in the integrated payments space, which is expected to increase significantly over the next several years to potentially represent over 30% of total payments volume by 20171. The transaction results in a combination of leading technology, distribution and scale, which along with Vantiv’s presence in online and omni-channel commerce, significantly increases Vantiv’s penetration into high-growth channels.

BitPay Raises $30M in Series A Led by Index Ventures

Bitpay logo 140pxBitPay has announced a Series A funding round of $30M (€22M), led by Index Ventures, with participation from Horizons Ventures, Founders Fund, Felicis Ventures, RRE Ventures, TTV Capital, Sir Richard Branson, and AME Cloud Ventures.

With total accumulated investment reaching $32.7M, BitPay says it has now raised more venture funding than any other bitcoin startup. This fundraising round includes venture capital from London, Geneva, New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong. Jan Hammer from Index Ventures will be joining BitPay’s Board of Directors, along with Mr. Jimmy Furland who represents the original investor group.

BitPay notes that it processes $1 million per day in bitcoin payments for over 30,000 merchants, 50% of whom are in the U.S., with 30% in Europe and 20% across the rest of the world. Its customers include WordPress, TigerDirect, and Shopify. In addition to BitPay’s core merchant acquiring products, the company is also developing open source projects around Bitcoin such as Bitcore, Insight, and Copay.

Bitcoin is a borderless and frictionless payment system, which is nearing a tipping-point moment in terms of merchant adoption,” said BitPay co-founder Tony Gallippi.

“Unlike existing payment technologies such as credit cards, with their high fees and risk of fraud and chargebacks, Bitcoin was designed for the Internet age, offering companies a lower-cost, lower-risk alternative.”

BitPay also announced that Stephen Pair has also moved to the position of CEO and Mr. Tony Gallippi is now Executive Chairman.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 13, 2014

On the Web:

  • Dark Wallet and Bitcoin Regulation - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "For those of us who believe that our tools give us the ability to create positive change, the next task will the development of stronger mechanisms to secure privacy and security on the Bitcoin ecosystem instead of increasing its vulnerability to regulation."
  • Square Finally Gives Up on Square Wallet and Bets on New Order-Ahead App - Re/Code.net (Jason Del Rey) - "As of today, Square has pulled the app from the Apple and Google app stores. At the same time, it is introducing Square Order, an app that lets shoppers place pick-up orders from, and pay at, coffee shops, cafes and other Square merchants..."
  • The Future of Retail Checkout: No Checkout at All? - The Atlantic - “People have said when checkout is working really well, it will feel like stealing. You grab a pair of shoes and you just walk out.”

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May 12, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 12, 2014

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May 09, 2014

iZettle Raises $55 MM Series C Financing

IZettle logoiZettle has announced closing a €40 million Series C funding led by London-based growth investor Zouk Capital with participation from Dawn Capital and Intel Capital, and Series A and B investors Creandum, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Northzone and SEB Private Equity. Investors in previous rounds include American Express, MasterCard and Banco Santander.

Using a card for payment is second nature to all of us, so it remains extraordinary that millions of small companies and traders are still locked out of this system by their size,” said Medlock. “iZettle gives this huge market the ability to accept card payments, helping smaller enterprises save time, paper and energy while professionalising their operations.”

“Building on its early successes in Europe, we’re excited about iZettle’s growth plans, and believe this round will give them the fire power required to execute on the next phase of expansion,” Medlock added.

“At the core of Zouk’s investment thesis is the emergence of what we call resource intelligence: recognising that not only should we be doing more with less, but that resources, process and systems are more connected than ever. iZettle is a great example of this concept in action.”


iZettle started in 2011, offering an easy way to take card payments using mini credit card readers that transform smartphones and tablets into cash registers. Today, small businesses come to iZettle for tools to grow their business: from complete point of sale solutions, to free sales overview apps like reports and graphs to spot sales opportunities and identify loyal customers.

Sweden’s Financial Supervisory Authority regulates iZettle, whose services are EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) approved and compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). In addition to Mexico and Brazil, the iZettle app, Chip & PIN and Chip & Signature readers, and free business management software are now available in the U.K., Spain, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 9, 2014

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May 08, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 8, 2014

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  • Citi Is First To Offer Banking Customers The Option To Use Rewards Points For Online Bill Payments - "We want our members to have the choice of using their points when and how they want," said Mary Hines Droesch, Head of ThankYou Rewards at Citi. "Whether you want to pay this month's cell phone or utility bill due next week, ThankYou Rewards lets you decide how you use your points."
  • Boku Signs Global Mobile Payments Partnership with Deutsche Telekom Group - “Strategic partnerships with key carrier groups are what will drive the entire mobile payments industry forward,” said James Patmore, Managing Director of EMEA for Boku. “As Boku continues to bring on large merchants with more sophisticated requirements, it requires a deeper level of coordination with the large carrier groups to offer a solution that can deliver across multiple markets and via multiple carriers. This deal is a key milestone in the continuing journey of making mobile payments an established payment system that is accessible to billions of consumers around the world.”
  • Zipmark Deposit(TM) Enables Businesses to Payout to Many Recipients at Once - "Zipmark Deposit™ is a unique payments service that allows businesses of any size to send an unlimited number of secure digital check payments at one time."
  • Ebates.com Announces Free New iPad App for Cash Back Shopping - “We are delighted to give our members and iPad users worldwide a terrific new way to save money on everything they buy from their device,” said Kevin H. Johnson, CEO of Ebates, Inc.

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May 07, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 7, 2014

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  • INSIDE Secure Launches New EMV-ready MicroPass Solution for US Payment Cards - "The US EMV compliant MicroPass solution comes with six options. Three are contact only solutions and three are dual interface payment solutions (contact and contactless)."
  • Global Prepaid Executive Scott Salmon Joins i2c - Mr. Salmon comments, “i2c is redefining what's possible in prepaid, debit, credit and emerging commerce programs. The opportunities that i2c's processing technology creates for APCEMEA markets is tremendous, and I am very excited to work with the i2c team to help clients in these regions capitalize on them.”

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May 06, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 6, 2014

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May 05, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 5, 2014

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  • Statement from Target’s Board of Directors - “Today we are announcing that, after extensive discussions, the board and Gregg Steinhafel have decided that now is the right time for new leadership at Target. Effective immediately, Gregg will step down from his positions as Chairman of the Target board of directors, president and CEO. John Mulligan, Target’s chief financial officer, has been appointed as interim president and chief executive officer."
  • Prosper Marketplace Announces $70 Million Investment Round Led by Francisco Partners - “We are thrilled to welcome Francisco Partners, IVP, and Phenomen Ventures as equity investors in Prosper Marketplace,” said Aaron Vermut, CEO, Prosper Marketplace.
  • TSYS Announces Executive Transition - "TSYS today announced the retirement of James B. Lipham as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective June 30, 2014, and the appointment by the TSYS Board of Directors of Paul M. Todd as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective July 1, 2014."

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May 02, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 2, 2014

On the Web:

  • Bitcoin and the Dólar Blue in Argentina - Medium (James Downer) - ..."Bitcoin won’t change the world overnight, but it has a distinct adoption advantage in certain sectors. The black market in Argentina may well just be one such area..."
  • Walgreens launches iBeacon pilot to bolster coupon personalization - Mobile Commerce Daily - "The iBeacon technology is being used as part of a bigger in-store mobile coupon initiative that lets consumers digitally clip coupons and redeem them via a bar code on a smartphone."
  • New Ways to #Authenticate Card-Not-Present Transactions - TMG Blog - "Unlike EMV, however, tokenization is a technology that is nearly invisible to the cardholder. Think of it like fraud-prevention strategies in the background of a portfolio – it’s another layer of security running completely behind-the-scenes."

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  • No press releases worth covering! Have a great weekend!

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May 01, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 1, 2014

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  • Merchants and Billers: Leverage = Options x Time! - PaymentsViews.com (Jay DeWitt) - "The solution to these situations simple: figure out when your acquirer contract expires, and get it on your planning calendar so you’re teed up to begin negotiations 6-12 months before contract term."
  • In Bitcoin Debate, Larry Summers Sides with the History of Change - Wall St. Journal Moneybeat - "To Mr. Summers, the potential contained in bitcoin’s breakthrough technology, with its fast, low-cost system for confirming transactions, is demonstrated by problems with the current multi-layered system for domestic and global fund transfers."
  • Payment Innovation Is Not Enough For Retail - TechCrunch (Dax Desilva) - "Commerce is all about bringing the right product to the right shopper at the right time, but the payment only addresses the close. To differentiate, merchants need to focus on innovating everything else that happens long before we reach the register..."
  • The death of cash? Debit card use surges - Telegraph (UK) - "Plastic and automated payments are now the most popular method of payment by both volume and size of transactions, according to current account data published by Halifax."
  • HCE vs. BLE: Which has the bigger in-store potential? - Mobile Commerce Daily - "While both NFC and BLE are likely to bring some important innovations to the in-store experience, they also have their limitations."
  • EMV is Not a Panacea for Transaction Security - Verifone Blog (Jeff Wakefield) - "Yes, EMV is more secure than mag-stripe technology, and when fully rolled out it will do a good job of reducing card fraud. But until mag-stripes are eliminated from cards; mag-stripe readers are no longer in use, and until merchants completely eliminate usable data from their environments, EMV will remain a “better option,” but it won’t prevent the theft of cardholder entirely."
  • ‘Dark Wallet’ Is About to Make Bitcoin Money Laundering Easier Than Ever - Wired - "On Thursday, a collective of politically radical coders that calls itself unSystem plans to release the first version of Dark Wallet: a bitcoin application designed to protect its users’ identities far more strongly..."

On the Wires:

  • Chase Launches Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Signature Business Credit Card for Small Business Owners On the Go - "Chase Card Services and Marriott Rewards® today announced the launch of the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Signature® Business Credit Card designed for small business owners who travel frequently for business or pleasure. With the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card, small business owners have the ability to earn accelerated Marriott Reward points on all purchases, accumulate free night stays, and receive automatic Silver Elite Status once they become a cardholder."
  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports First-Quarter 2014 Financial Results - "The company reported net income of $870 million, up 14%, and earnings per diluted share of $0.73, up 18%, in each case versus the year-ago period."
  • Worldpay announces strategic acquisition of Cobre Bem Tecnologia - "Worldpay Group today announced that it has acquired Cobre Bem Tecnologia, a leading provider of payment solutions in Latin America, for an undisclosed amount. With this transaction, Worldpay’s eCommerce division will further strengthen its global reach, giving its customers access to a wide range of payment products in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Mexico."
  • Qualcomm Establishes Retail Solutions Subsidiary as Standalone Company -- Gimbal, Inc. - "The QRS team has made tremendous progress with the Gimbal technology platform and I am excited to continue leading this group as CEO of Gimbal, Inc.," said Rocco Fabiano, current president of QRS. "I am eager to continue working with this team under a new corporate structure that will permit the business to respond quickly to this rapidly evolving ecosystem."
  • Wells Fargo Commercial Cards Are Europe-Bound - "In a related announcement, Wells Fargo said all new USD WellsOne® Commercial Cards will be embedded with microprocessor chips defined by E.M.V. (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) standards. In addition, Wells Fargo has begun migrating all of its existing cardholders over in advance of the October 2015 deadline in the United States."
  • Wells Fargo Launches Wells Fargo Works for Small BusinessSM - "Wells Fargo Works for Small Business provides wide-ranging support for business owners throughout the U.S. to help them build knowledge, access capital and expand their community of support. Wells Fargo Works for Small Business encompasses the company’s commitment to helping small businesses grow."

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

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