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March 14, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 14, 2014

On the Web:

  • Accidental disruption: Max Levchin discusses how close PayPal was to never existing at all! - PandoDaily - "It’s often said that it’s better to be lucky than good. Fortunately for PayPal, Levchin, Thiel, and the company’s other early execs were both lucky and good."
  • Consumers Not Powerless in the Face of Card Fraud - New York Times - "The United States is such a fraud-friendly country in part because we still use old-fashioned magnetic stripes on the back of our cards. This makes it relatively easy for thieves to make counterfeit ones."
  • Xapo Raises $20 Million To Bury Your Bitcoin Underground - TechCrunch - "The wallet, said Wences, works like a checking account while the vault works like a savings account. They have no intention of ever becoming an exchange."
  • Wearing Apple - furbo.org (Craig Hockenberry) - "But the biggest feature of all would be that this wearable device could support iBeacon."
  • China Suspends Two Forms of Smartphone Payments - Wall St. Journal - "A People's Bank of China official who declined to be named said the bank issued a directive Thursday ordering the suspension of online payments using QR codes and virtual credit cards in smartphone payment systems."
  • Introducing Myself - Bitcoin Foundation (Jim Harper, Global Policy Counsel) - "To that end—prioritizing—I have already begun a study of the risks that Bitcoin faces and their severity, how to address them and, when possible, how to measure success or failure."
  • Buffett: ‘Stay Away’ From Bitcoin - Wall St. Journal MoneyBeat - He called it “a very effective way” of transmitting money, but said that “a check is a way of transmitting money, too.”

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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!

March 13, 2014

A Look at the Evolution of Payments in Southern Africa

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn a new post titled How to Get Along and Do Good on our PaymentsViews blog, Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry writes about recent developments with payments in southern Africa led by the efforts of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Building on a new base of real time gross settlement (RTGS) systems in most countries (efforts supported by the World Bank), the central bank governors in the SADC countries agreed back in 2009 to deploy the additional infrastructures needed to easily exchange bank to bank payments among the SADC countries. These systems have become a regional inter-bank settlement system and a regional clearing capability for EFT credits and debits.
Be sure to read the rest of her post and comment here.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 13, 2014

On the Web:

  • Introducing Xapo - Xapo Blog - "At Xapo, we understand that Bitcoin’s ultimate success will be based on trust – both in the currency itself and in the industry’s security and service providers."
  • Building the Fort Knox for Bitcoin - wall St. Journal - "A Silicon Valley startup called Xapo is among a handful of young companies trying to become the Fort Knox of bitcoin, building secret bank vaults deep in the earth that would safely store millions of dollars worth of bitcoin code on computer drives."
  • New York BitLicense Order - Virtual Currency Report - "While the latest NYDFS statements leave a lot of unanswered questions and do not provide a clear path forward for virtual currency firms, it appears on balance to be a step forward for those virtual currency exchanges seeking licensure in New York."
  • Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It - Bloomberg BusinessWeek - "The biggest retail hack in U.S. history wasn’t particularly inventive, nor did it appear destined for success."
  • What is Apple’s commerce and payments strategy? - Mobile Commerce Daily (Tim Dunn) - "The stars are aligning for Apple to make a dynamic move into the commerce and payments space."
  • Bank of England: Digital Currencies are Similar to Commodities - CoinDesk - "“Digital currencies are not at present widely used as a medium of exchange. Instead, their popularity largely derives from their ability to serve as an asset class..."
  • Flypay Raises £1M To Make Settling Your Restaurant Bill “Waiter-Free” - TechCrunch - "Aiming to get the time it takes to ask for and settle a restaurant bill down from an average of ten minutes to closer to a minute, you simply scan an on-table QR code/NFC tag to first recall the bill."
  • How Real Is Loyalty and Rewards Fraud? - "The threat of fraud to rewards programs is real, and financial institutions and retailers must be cautioned about relaxing their guards just because a surge in fraud has yet to occur."

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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!

March 12, 2014

MasterCard, Fiserv Partner on Debit EMV for Accel Network

MasterCard LogoFiserv and MasterCard have announced an agreement to make MasterCard’s U.S. common debit EMV solution available for the Accel debit network.

Under the agreement, MasterCard issuers will be able to "select and implement network relationships, while merchants and acquirers will continue to route transactions as they prefer, without introducing multiple applications and complicated technology upgrades."

This represents our continued commitment to help issuers, merchants and others continue the migration to the EMV standard here in the U.S.,” said Chris McWilton, president, North American Markets, MasterCard.

“In this agreement, Fiserv and the Accel network are able to provide their customers a solution that can be activated today, delivering enhanced security while streamlining implementation and accelerating delivery of chip cards to our shared cardholders.”

“As a leader in card processing, we are committed to providing our clients with a simple, streamlined path to implement EMV,” said Kevin Gregoire, group president, Financial Institutions Group, Fiserv.

“We are pleased to partner with MasterCard as part of a comprehensive, Regulation II compliant solution that includes Accel Network processing, card production and personalization, and industry-leading fraud and risk mitigation.”

MasterCard says its U.S. common debit EMV solution is "consistent with the EMV Migration Forum’s recommendations, including a single common debit application identifier (AID) and single application on each card, as well as multiple ways to verify the cardholder’s identity."

Starbucks Enhances Starbucks App for iPhone

Starbucks logoStarbucks has announced upcoming enhancements to its mobile app for iPhone to be available March 19 - including "shake to pay" and "digital tipping".

With shake to pay, customers can now bring the barcode of their Starbucks Card front and center at any time, simply by shaking their mobile device. Digital tipping gives customers the option to provide a tip in the following denominations: $0.50, $1.00, $2.00.

With more than 11 percent of transactions a week now happening with a mobile device in our stores, and nearly 10 million customers currently using our mobile app, we’re thrilled to make the digital experience even easier and more rewarding for our customers and partners,” said Adam Brotman, chief digital officer for Starbucks.

“This update to the Starbucks App for iPhone is an important next step in digital innovation at Starbucks and one of the many ways we’ll expand and improve our digital experience in the months to come.”

The Starbucks App for iPhone is available for download from the App Store or at http://sbux.co/StarbucksforiPhone. Additionally, customers can access their Starbucks account using Passbook, allowing customers’ mobile Starbucks Cards to appear on their iPhone screen automatically after they enter a favorite Starbucks® store.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 12, 2014

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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!

March 11, 2014

EMVCo Publishes Technical Framework for its Payment Tokenisation Specification

EMVco logo 140pxThe EMV Payment Tokenisation Specification - Technical Framework v1.0 has been published by EMVCo. The technical document is designed to allow market implementers to develop interoperable tokenisation solutions.

The new specification will help provide the payments community with a consistent, secure and globally interoperable environment to make digital payments when using a mobile handset, tablet, personal computer or other smart device. This will encourage industry efficiencies and security enhancements for digital commerce.

From a technical perspective, the document provides an insight into the role the specification will have in facilitating broad-based acceptance of a payment token as a replacement for a traditional card account number. This includes data message formats to ensure the interoperability of tokens and the consistent approach that should be used to route and authenticate a payment token. The framework also explains how security can be improved by limiting payment tokens for use in a specific environment, and how an existing ecosystem can advance to become globally interoperable.

Dave Meadon, current EMVCo Executive Committee Chair, comments:

It is vital that we have a consistent approach to identify and verify a payment token request, which is supported by industry agreed channel controls to manage where and when the payment token can be used. This level of consistency eliminates data vulnerabilities at key points in the transaction, which ultimately enhances security.”
EMVCo has publically released this document to encourage industry adoption of the specification and aid its evolution. The new specification will maintain compatibility with the current payment infrastructure and will be complementary to the existing EMV Chip Specifications to ensure consistency across all payment environments.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 11, 2014

On the Web:

  • Starbucks CEO on mobile payments - Fox News - "Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on the success and expansion of the company’s mobile payment platform."
  • Why I'm Joining PayPal - PayPal Forward Blog (Rakesh “Rocky” Agrawal) - "Part of my role at PayPal will be to help small businesses and entrepreneurs understand online commerce and payments."
  • A Deeper Look at Uber’s Dynamic Pricing Model - Above the Crowd (Bill Gurley) - "So why does Uber’s dynamic pricing even exist? The answer lies in understanding that Uber is fundamentally a marketplace, where supply is controlled not by the company but by the legion of independent contractors and transportation providers with whom they work."
  • Decentralizing Identity - Continuations (Albert Wenger) - "It is still early days for all of this, but the potential for these emerging decentralized identity systems is to further push power to the people and away from central authorities."
  • Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies: A Critical Insight - IBM Academy of Technology TechNotes - "Bitcoin allows you to transfer economic value to any individual, anywhere in the world, without the involvement or approval of a third party, at minimal cost. This architecture is unlike any payment sys-tem that has previously existed. We are now observing a proliferation of new entrants building on its insights."
  • Top 50 credit unions grow in the face of new regulations - SNL Financial - "After several years of growth, the nation's credit unions saw the first drop in aggregate net income since 2008."
  • McDonald’s Sweden takes mobile payments to the next level - Mobile Commerce Daily - "The technology is being powered by Seamless’ SEQR mobile wallet solution."
  • How Banks Should Respond to the New Players in Payments - Bank Systems & Technology - "Silicon Valley Bank has taken a different approach to new payments players, by using its unique position in the “cradle of innovation” to incubate payments startups in partnership with MasterCard, Reekita Grewal shared."
  • Millennials see banks as irrelevant | Scratch - "This turned out to be a longer post than I expected. The catalyst was the millennial belief in irrelevance of banks. This is not to be ignored or ignored at your banks peril."

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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!

March 10, 2014

UK Payments Council Details New Paym Mobile Payments Service

Paym logoThe UK Payments Council has announced that its new secure way for consumers to pay using just a mobile number will be called Paym [pronounced “Pay Em”] and has released the brand's logo as well.

According to the press release, "final testing for Paym is on track and the launch date will be announced in April, when participating banks and building societies will be able to use the logo. The industry-wide collaborative project is the first service with the potential to link up every current account in the country with a mobile number."

Adrian Kamellard, Chief Executive of the Payments Council, said:

We’re all used to the idea of a ‘mobile update’ to improve our apps - Paym is a mobile update for payments that means you can pay securely using just a mobile number. Paym will make it easier to repay a friend for cinema tickets, split a restaurant bill or settle up for a colleague’s birthday collection.”

“Paym is a great example of industry-wide collaboration that delivers tangible benefits for customers. The service has the potential to link up every bank account in the country with a mobile number - millions of people will be able to use it this year and we look forward to expanding Paym even further, so everyone can benefit from this easy, secure new way to pay.”

Paym will be integrated into customers’ existing mobile banking or payment apps as an additional way to pay, making it possible to send and receive payments using just a mobile number. At launch, customers of nine bank and building society brands - Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Cumberland Building Society, Danske Bank, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Santander and TSB Bank - will be able to use the new service.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 10, 201

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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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