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April 04, 2014

First Data Names Michael Manos as Chief Technology Officer

First data logo 140x60pxFirst Data has announced the appointment of Michael Manos as chief technology officer. Manos will be responsible for First Data's global technology infrastructure, be based in Atlanta, and report to company president, Guy Chiarello.

Mike is a key addition to our world-class leadership team and his knowledge and expertise enhances our ability to provide our clients with cutting-edge technology,” said Chiarello.

“He is a seasoned technology management executive with a proven track record of successful revenue generation. Mike’s leadership will be invaluable as we continue to improve our financial position and seek to grow First Data’s business as the global leader and most trusted, reliable and secure network.”

Manos joins First Data from AOL Inc., where he served as CTO of AOL’s Brand Group. Prior to joining AOL, he was a vice president at Nokia where he was responsible for the global operations, consolidation and restructuring of service operations for commercial-facing products and services.

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April 03, 2014

Equifax Partners with Jumio for Mobile Commerce

Equifax logo 140pxEquifax has announced a partnership with Jumio to develop "a series of solutions that will create a more streamlined, secure mobile transaction process for both consumers and retailers."

One of the biggest challenges facing the mobile commerce industry is shopping cart abandonment. Almost 47 percent of consumers have abandoned a mobile purchase specifically due to the difficulty of entering personal information and card data on a small device. By leveraging the strengths of Equifax 1-Touch Services and Jumio’s proprietary Netverify and Netswipe technology, Equifax will be able to auto-fill the personally identifiable information needed to complete a transaction on a mobile device. Equifax consumer information resources will be utilized in tandem with Jumio’s authentication and validation capabilities to reduce fraud, increase purchases and ultimately improve the consumer mobile commerce experience.

“The partnership with Jumio will bring our mobile commerce capabilities to the forefront of a very dynamic, cutting-edge industry,” said Anand Krishnaswamy, Vice President of Mobile Commerce, Equifax Inc.

“Our joint initiatives are unmatched in the market, and we’ll be working very closely with Jumio to take our technologies and solutions to the next level by making mobile transactions easier than ever and more secure for consumers and retailers alike. Consumer identity verification, device authentication and credit card origination can now be done in real-time with just the tap of a finger.”

The solutions will also be integrated with the Equifax Mobile Wallet functionality, allowing consumers to access their cards on their mobile device to use for purchases. Shoppers can choose to either scan their credit card with their smartphone, or utilize their smartphones in-store at the checkout counter to complete the transaction. Additionally, users can opt in for instant, store-brand credit card offers. If the line of credit is extended to the user, they can instantly use the card on their mobile device. Most importantly to the consumer – no consumer credit data is stored or cached on their smartphones.

First Data Adds MasterCard Common Debit EMV Support for STAR Issuers

First data logo 140x60pxFirst Data and MasterCard have announced an agreement in which First Data’s STAR® Network will participate in MasterCard’s common U.S. Debit EMV solution. The companies say that this agreement, combined with other recent industry announcements, provides a cost-effective solution and accelerates the ability for EMV functionality to be implemented across the U.S.

By working together, MasterCard and First Data will deliver enhanced choices in how debit card issuers identify and apply multiple network relationships to ensure Regulation II compliance in a cost-effective way. Merchants and acquirers will continue to route transactions as they prefer, without host systems reprograming.

First Data again demonstrates its leadership position in the advancement of EMV in the U.S. with STAR being one of the first debit networks to assist issuers, acquirers, and merchants with equal access to a shared EMV chip card technology, without restrictions on cardholder verification methods,” said Barry McCarthy, president, First Data Financial Services.

“This agreement, and other EMV agreements we have recently announced, helps accelerate the migration to EMV adoption, and moves the entire industry a step closer to additional debit payment security,” McCarthy added.

In January 2013, MasterCard was the first network to offer its proprietary technology to other U.S. debit networks in an effort to support the migration to EMV and enable the routing of PIN debit transactions over multiple, unaffiliated networks. This decision allows acquirers to brand transactions originating from the U.S. common AID (application identifier) for any debit networks that elect to participate.

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April 02, 2014

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April 01, 2014

A Look at a Modern API for Card Data

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn an article titled "Plaid – A Modern API for Card Data", Glenbrook's Russ Jones writes for PaymentsViews.com about Plaid - a new startup company that Russ says "is making the first serious attempt we’ve seen in a while that rethinks the quality of the transaction data."

Every consumer knows how confusing it can be to open up a statement or view their recent activity and find a bunch of transactions for purchases that are not obvious at first glance or maybe not even obvious after a detailed investigation. What is this? Is this a gas station? Was that me or somebody else using my card? And that’s with human reasoning. It gets a lot worse when you try to couple that level of transaction data quality with analytics and third party apps.

Be sure to read more of Russ' thoughts - and share your comments!

FIS Licenses Visa EMV Debit Technology

FIS logo 140pxFIS has announced a licensing agreement that will make the Visa® EMV debit solution available to all NYCE debit network participants. FIS says that the "agreement furthers the U.S. payments industry goal of EMV adoption and is NYCE’s first formal EMV license, which can be used by NYCE Network participants with respect to Visa card products."

Fundamental to the agreement is the support of key NYCE participant business flexibilities, including portability between debit networks for issuers, routing choice for merchants at the point of sale and issuers at NYCE ATMs. At the same time, it ensures that NYCE will have access to Visa EMV technology in perpetuity to support NYCE clients and NYCE will be able to support transactions using all authentication types.

EMV deployment is at a critical point in its business adoption in the U.S. and carries the promise of significantly reducing card-based fraud. Our challenge has been deploying EMV solutions in the U.S. without disrupting the business goals of any industry participant,” said Bob Woodbury, SVP and general manager, FIS Payments Networks. “This agreement will now enable us to offer this Visa-NYCE solution to all NYCE participants and will complement FIS’ substantial EMV card production and EFT processing capabilities.”

“NYCE’s participation in Visa’s common debit solution marks an important milestone in the industry’s efforts to adopt chip technology in the U.S.,” said Bill Sheedy, executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Government Relations, Visa Inc. “With the uncertainty of how to enable debit routing on EMV chip effectively resolved, issuers, acquirers and merchants can move forward in their implementations with confidence.”

FIS was a founding member of the Debit Network Alliance (DNA), already supports EMV card production and processing, and is launching EMV-based payment mechanisms that support overseas travel and personalization of debit and credit cards.

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March 31, 2014

Square Market Accepts Bitcoin

Square logo 140pxSquare has announced that "starting today, buyers can purchase goods and services on Square Market with Bitcoin."
Keeping it simple for the seller, the seller receives the amount of the purchased goods or services in USD and in the amount of USD advertised to the sellers' customer at the time of transaction, so the seller takes no risk on Bitcoin value fluctuations.

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March 30, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshops

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxThis week's PaymentsNews.com daily email and RSS feed distribution have been sponsored by Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshops.

This week we conducted the first of our new Bitcoin: Basics and Beyond workshops in Mountain View, CA. The next session of that workshop will be in New York City on June 25, 2014.

Next up in the Payments Insight series is a workshop on Data in Payments on April 22, 2014 in Mountain View, CA. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is leading this workshop - he writes:

Everyone is saying that "data's where the money is." Big data, small data, transaction data - we all know intuitively that this is important.

But what is payment data, really? How detailed is it? And, most important, who has access to it - and the ability to use it - at what point in the purchase value chain?

Glenbrook's Data in Payments Workshop takes apart these questions, and provides you with a comprehensive understanding of where the value of payments data is, and why it is important.

For more information about Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshops, you can learn more here - and be sure to contact Russ for more information about the Data in Payments workshop.

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