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August 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 31, 2015

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  • Moneris Works with Verifone to Offer One of the First EMV-Certified Unattended Payment Solutions in the United States - “We are pleased to be working with Verifone to bring EMV-certified unattended payment solutions to the U.S. market,” said Chris Lee, President of North American Strategic Partnerships at Moneris. “Verifone is a key contributor to making an easy transition to EMV and contactless-ready solutions, providing the essential payment and commerce technology for businesses to take advantage of. Together we are delivering a leading-edge product that will make payments easier and more convenient for businesses and their customers in this growing environment.”
  • Bill.com and Xero Announce Direct Sync Availability for Small Businesses Everywhere - “Small businesses using Xero can now enjoy a more seamless and fluid way to manage their payments,” said René Lacerte, founder and CEO of Bill.com. “Our partnership with Xero enables businesses to manage their accounting and payment processes with ease and efficiency.”
  • BBPOS Launches WisePOS Smartphone for Q3 2015 Debut - “WisePOS provides mobile merchants and retailers a simpler, more reliable, more secure and optimally versatile mPOS device to accept payments anytime, anywhere, “said Ben Lo, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer of BBPOS. “ We are thrilled to bring this kind of revolutionary performance to customers, with demand at launch from an incredible roster of merchants who have managed payment acceptance and grown their businesses with help from BBPOS.”
  • IFX Forum and nexo Deliver First Universal ISO 20022 ATM Specification - "Our ATM-POS Working Group has historically been one of our most active and productive IFX committees, but supplying the massive amount of new ATM-related content to ISO 20022 by ourselves would have been a daunting task," said IFX Forum Chairman Richard A. DuVall of ACI Worldwide. "However, when the possibility of collaborating in this effort with nexo presented itself, it made the endeavour more feasible. We are very pleased to deliver today, with nexo, this much-needed content, which has been requested by the whole ATM industry."

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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!

August 28, 2015

Join Us for Payments in Portland! - September 16, 2015

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And we mean Oregon, not Maine!...

The payments industry is highly complex, growing rapidly, and presents fascinating opportunities and challenges for both incumbents and challengers. We have a number of companies in both categories in Portland - so let's get together and talk!

You are invited to the inaugural "Payments in Portland" event on September 16th, from 5:30 - 7:30. Come meet your peers (and your competitors!) and talk about what's happening - and what's not - in our industry. This first event is organized by Carol Coye Benson of Glenbrook Partners and Dr. Siva G Narendra of Tyfone. It is being (generously) hosted by Oregon Story Board, a startup accelerator in Portland's Old Town.

For this first event, we won't have any formal speakers - but we will do around-the-room introductions and talk about what would be useful for future events. This is Portland, so we'll have beer, and wine - and some snacks. Please join us - and RSVP here.

Questions? Send an email to carol@glenbrook.com or to siva@tyfone.com

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 28, 2015

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  • Bitcoin Technology Piques Interest on Wall St. - New York Times - "Many in the financial industry hope they can find a way to use the blockchain concept — what is often referred to as a distributed ledger — without using the blockchain associated with Bitcoin."
  • Ingenico Said to Join Bidding for U.K. Payments Firm Worldpay - Bloomberg - "Ingenico Group, a French payments-processing company, has joined the race to buy Worldpay Ltd. ahead of a planned initial public offering by the U.K. rival, according to a person familiar with the matter."
  • Payments firm iZettle raises 60 million euro, starts financing service - Reuters - "The firm, a maker of payment card readers for smartphones and tablets, said on Friday that the capital injection was led by previous investors Intel Capital and Zouk Capital. The funds will be used to support the expansion of the new service, called iZettle Advance, and boost growth in iZettle's existing business."

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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!

August 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 27, 2015

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  • Introducing the Square Appointments App - "The new Appointments app is available for iPhone –– even if you don’t process payments with Square. We want to empower you to do business anywhere, and our family of Square apps makes it easier to run your point of sale, check your sales reports, and book more business."
  • Consumers Believe Nontraditional Providers Will Drive Financial Industry Innovation, Says Research from Raddon Financial Group - “U.S. consumers continue to trust that banks and credit unions will provide them with the highest quality and most secure financial services available, and they believe that the emergence of nontraditional financial service providers has the potential to drive innovation in the industry,” said Bill Handel, vice president of research, Raddon Financial Group.
  • Consumers Rank Discounts and Savings on Fuel as Their #1 Preferred Reward - “This survey confirms what our merchant partners and over 5 million members have been telling us for the last three years,” said Brandon Logsdon, President and CEO of Dallas-based Excentus. “Today’s consumers clearly value the ability to earn rewards – like fuel savings – that have a meaningful and tangible impact on their household budget, making everyday life more affordable."

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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!

August 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 26, 2015

On the Web:

  • Wirecard Said to Join Worldpay Contest With $9.4 Billion Bid - Bloomberg - "German payments processor Wirecard AG has joined the bidding for U.K. rival Worldpay Ltd., according to people with knowledge of the matter."
  • PayPal One Touch is Now Being Used By Millions of People and Available in 16 Countries - "One Touch is the biggest change to online shopping in more than a decade. It is a faster, safer way for consumers to check out at merchant sites, whether in mobile apps, on mobile web or online -- across platforms and payment types. Since launching One Touch, we’ve gotten phenomenal feedback from consumers and merchants alike. One Touch has led to a 50% or greater improvement in conversion of PayPal on mobile and we believe ushers in a major upgrade in the way consumers and merchants will connect in the coming decade. "

On the Wires:

  • First American Payment Systems Releases Payment Integration Tools for Partners and Developers - "As the payments world evolves, ISV partners are looking to increase revenue and differentiate their product offerings in the marketplace,” said Neil Randel, Chief Executive Officer for First American Payment Systems. “1stPayBlaze provides that functionality to the ISV community, as well as to their existing and new merchants, backed by our award-winning customer service and technical support. Our tools allow developers to incorporate this advanced technology within their software or website quickly and easily, eliminating many of the complex integration steps required in certifications.”
  • New Payment Technology is an Ace for MasterCard and The Barclays - "Golf fans using the latest in payment technology from MasterCard can get their food and drinks faster whether they are on the course, in the clubhouse or visiting the MasterCard Club on the ninth fairway during The Barclays in Edison, NJ. Concession point of sale terminals throughout Plainfield Country Club will be enabled to accept contactless payments and Qkr! with MasterPass, giving spectators a chance to use some of the newest payment technologies."
  • QCash Financial Offers QCash and QCash Plus as White Label Products to Financial Institutions - "QCash Financial’s product suite enables financial institutions to offer small-dollar, short-term loans quickly via a mobile device, from a branch or online to consumers. The suite is currently comprised of fee-based, small-dollar loans (QCash), and interest-based, near small-dollar loans (QCash Plus), both of which use the data analytics, technology and underwriting engine powered by QCash."

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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!

August 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 25, 2015

On the Web:

  • Inside the Fight Over Bitcoin’s Future - New Yorker - "A terrific rumpus broke out in the world of Bitcoin last week, when veteran developers Gavin Andresen and Mike Hearn published Bitcoin XT, a competing version of Bitcoin Core, the open-source program that generates new bitcoins, verifies all transactions, and records them on the massive distributed ledger known as the blockchain."
  • The FTC Has the Authority to Enforce Data Security: FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. - TeachPrivacy - "This is a very important case. The FTC achieved a huge win in this case, preserving its power to regulate data security (and privacy by implication). The FTC strengthened its power, as its victory in this case was a strong one, making clear that the FTC has broad authority to enforce to protect data security. "

On the Wires:

  • Apriva and Global Payments Sign Agreement to Provide Secure, EMV Mobile POS Solutions to U.S. Merchants - “Mobile payments are increasingly crucial in today’s market. Merchants that haven’t embraced a mobile solution risk missing out on users who expect to be able to pay with their mobile device as well as via traditional methods,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation at Global Payments. “AprivaPay Plus complements our existing suite of mobile solutions by giving our merchants the tools needed to offer a cutting-edge mobile solution, designed to provide the transaction security EMV affords.”
  • INSIDE Secure’s Award-Winning HCE Payment Solution Achieves Visa Ready Approval - “INSIDE Secure is extremely pleased to receive functional Visa Ready approval for MatrixHCE, one of the first mobile payment solutions for financial institutions,” said Martin Bergenwall, EVP of INSIDE Secure’s Mobile Security Division. “MatrixHCE not only meets the latest HCE standard, but it also incorporates potential future requirements including updatable whitebox cryptography to protect tokens, code and data.”
  • Nok Nok Labs Announces Second Closing of $16.25M Series C Financing to Fuel Global Expansion - "New strategic investors were added to the oversubscribed round, including DaouKiwoom Group from South Korea; DOCOMO Capital from Japan; and Thundersoft from China. The round also includes current investors DCM Ventures, Lenovo Group, ONSET Ventures and Raven Ventures and related affiliates."
  • Study Reveals Old-Fashioned Payments Processes Impact the Cost of Doing Business - "Through a survey of US and UK finance professionals, Currency Cloud found the US has a lot to learn from its UK counterparts when it comes to international payments, with nearly half (47 percent) of US businesses still relying on old-fashioned paper checks. In contrast, the majority of UK businesses (70 percent) make international payments electronically."
  • TSYS Executives Discuss Women’s Impact in Payments Industry - "TSYS today announced that Sarah Hartman, senior director of Consumer Payment Solutions, and Christina Hall, director of business development for Commercial Services, will speak at today’s annual Women in Payments® Symposium in Atlanta."

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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!

August 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 24, 2015

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  • Stanford Joins NYU and Duke in Offering Bitcoin Course - CoinDesk - "The college's new course, Crypto Currencies: Bitcoin and Friends, launches on 21st September. Besides Stanford students, it will be open to professionals completing their graduate certificate in cyber security."
  • Next-Gen Cybersecurity Is All About Behavior Recognition - TechCrunch - "Rather than focusing on stopping cybercriminals with walls, new technologies are emerging that work to identify cybercriminals instead. Take the relatively new startup BioCatch, which received $11.6 million in funding over three rounds. BioCatch’s technology works to identify patterns of user behavior in certain applications, creating user profiles that can then be matched to subsequent visits."

On the Wires:

  • Bharti Airtel And Uber Announce First-Of-Its-Kind Strategic Partnership - "We are thrilled to announce an innovative collaboration with Bharti Airtel – the largest wireless carrier in India and third largest wireless carrier in the world. Through this partnership, riders in India can pay for their trips with Airtel’s mobile wallet, Airtel Money. Additionally, Mumbaikars will now be the first in India to enjoy free high-speed internet from Uber, powered by Airtel 4G. This service will soon be rolled out for all Uber riders pan India."
  • Visa Checkout Expands Global Availability with New Merchants and Issuers - “It’s great to see banks like CMB and SPDB bringing best-in-class enrollment experiences to their customers in China who are eager to shop overseas,” said Senior Vice President of Visa’s Digital Solutions, Sam Shrauger, who recently outlined Visa’s Checkout strategy in a pymnts.com article. “As more merchants and issuers integrate Visa Checkout, the number of consumers seeing the benefit of a faster online checkout experience also grows. We’re starting to see the network effect kick-in.”
  • Dailymotion Selects Payoneer for Cross-Border Mass Payouts to Its Global Network of Video Creators - “The global banking infrastructure is complex and expensive. Payoneer has simplified the user experience by removing the limitations that typically surround international money transfers for business,” said Scott Galit, CEO of Payoneer. “We’ve built a broad set of payment capabilities that enable companies like Dailymotion to scale their businesses globally with a single API connection to Payoneer that enables them to make payments in over 200 countries quickly, securely and in local currency.”
  • Synchrony Connect Completes Program Rollout with New Portal to Engage Business Partners with Insights and Experience Beyond Credit - "Synchrony Connect offers Synchrony business partners a broad range of Synchrony expertise, insights, and tools in non-credit areas delivered through webinars, one-on-one engagements, consulting projects, multi-client and cross-industry events, and the new online portal."
  • POS on Cloud and Clutch Partner to Serve Advanced Customer Solutions to Restaurants and Retailers - "Clutch’s advanced Consumer Management technology will be fully integrated with POS on Cloud’s solution for restaurants and retailers, providing streamlined gift card, loyalty and customer intelligence programs for their merchants. This integration is accessible on mobile and countertop POS terminals and is designed to be streamlined and easy-to-operate in order to maximize the benefits to both merchants and their customers."
  • Michael Walsh, Former CEO of CyberSource, Joins Board of Directors of Forter - "Michael Walsh's appointment exemplifies the company's commitment to delivering first-class global e-commerce fraud prevention regardless of the payment type, channel, or device," said Michael Reitblat, Co-Founder & CEO of Forter. "Michael is an expert in merchant payment and fraud management and his unique retailer and consumer experience make Michael a valuable asset to Forter's Board of Directors. We are confident that he will help guide Forter to new heights as we reinforce and expand our leadership position in the e-commerce ecosystem."
  • FIS Opens Financial Inclusion Lab in India to Drive Banking Access - "The lab is the first of its kind in India and the seventh FIS lab focused on innovation. It is designed to provide a working, collaborative environment for FIS to cooperate with business leaders, government organizations and NGOs across the country to create and test solutions that will help increase financial literacy for the majority of India’s unbanked population."

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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!

August 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 21, 2015

On the Web:

  • Visa In $21bn Bid To Merge US, European Units - Sky News - "The American payments giant Visa has tabled a $21bn (£13.4bn) offer to acquire its European sister company in a deal that would crystallise huge windfalls for some of Britain's biggest banks."
  • Mobile Banking and Mobile Payment Practices of U.S. Financial Institutions: Results from 2014 Survey of FIs in Five Federal Reserve Districts - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Payment Strategies team offers insights into the mobile banking practices and mobile payment plans of banks and credit unions in five Federal Reserve Districts: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Richmond. The report presents the consolidated findings from a joint survey that was conducted in the third quarter of 2014."
  • Credit Scores Are Rising, and Becoming More Visible - New York Times - "The national average FICO score is now 695 — the highest it has been in at least a decade, according to the latest analysis from Fair Isaac Corporation, the score’s creator. Nearly 20 percent of consumers now have scores above 800."
  • Apple Posts New iPhone Advert: “Apple Pay” - MacStories.net - "The new advert, "Apple Pay", naturally focuses on Apple Pay, demonstrating Apple's contactless payment method available on the iPhone 6 in the US and UK."
  • Forking hell - Economist - "The dispute is as ideological as it is technical. The Bitcoin community has a process to settle such controversies, but it is by design slow and produces decisions only when everybody is happy."

On the Wires:

  • Affirm Financing Now Available to Shopify Merchants - "Affirm, the financial technology company led by PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin, today announced that Buy with Affirm, a payment option for consumers, is now available to merchants on Shopify, a leading cloud-based multichannel platform. The integration will provide Shopify’s U.S. merchants with the ability to offer shoppers installment financing at checkout."

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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!

August 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 20, 2015

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  • Discover Announces Strategic Network Service Agreement with Brazilian Domestic Card Network, Elo - “Discover has a long-standing history of leveraging its unique payments infrastructure to create mutually beneficial relationships around the globe,” said Joe Hurley, Senior Vice President Global Business Development, Discover Network. “Striking an agreement with Elo offers great benefits to both companies, most importantly, Elo Global cardholders will have the ability to use their card of choice when traveling abroad.”
  • TSYS Launches New Suite of Business Intelligence Products - "At TSYS, we are revolutionizing how our clients turn data into results by understanding the need to better integrate analytics into business strategies," said Kim Ohlrogge, group executive of Global Product, TSYS. "We view analytics as a key focus for future innovation and are working to address the time and usability challenges many issuers have today with their existing dashboards and reporting tools."

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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!

August 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 19, 2015

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  • New American Express Serve® Prepaid Debit Account Earns Rewards - "American Express announced Serve Cash Back, a new prepaid debit Account option that will earn Accountholders 1% cash back on purchases. Consumers who spend in line with the 2012 – 2013 U.S. Department of Labor national averages for gas, groceries, dining out, clothing, transportation and entertainment using the Serve Cash Back Card could potentially earn more than $400 annually when earning 1% cash back."
  • In-store Shopping Experience a Major Factor in Major Purchase Decisions, Synchrony Financial Study Finds - "Results show that shoppers enjoy the immediacy and interaction of in-store purchases. Shopping in-store allows them to take the product home on the same day, see and feel the product, and interact with a store associate. Some respondents noted they simply like to shop at the retailer."

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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!

August 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 18, 2015

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  • Richmond Fed's Economic Quarterly Looks at Durbin Amendment Impact on Merchants - "Based on a survey conducted two years after the regulation went into effect in 2011, Richmond Fed economist Zhu Wang and his co-authors Scarlett Schwartz and Neil Mitchell investigate the impact of the regulation on the costs to merchants of accepting debit cards. They also examine merchant reactions to the regulation in terms of changing prices and debit card restrictions. The survey results suggest that the regulation has had limited and unequal impact on merchants' debit-acceptance costs."
  • Pay Anyone From Your Wrist - "The latest Square Cash release affords anyone the ability to quickly send a payment to friends, family, or anyone nearby conveniently from their Apple Watch. Beginning today, anyone can access the app on their Apple Watch by downloading the latest Square Cash app for iOS."
  • Visa and QIWI Announce the Mass Launch of Contactless Smartphone Payments - "QIWI and Visa Inc. have announced implementation of a new stage of their strategic partnership, which has resulted in integration of Visa payWave's contactless technology into Visa QIWI Wallet."
  • Star Wars Comes to Chase Disney Visa Credit Cards - "Marking the first Star Wars brand collaboration for a credit card for The Walt Disney Company, Chase Card Services and Disney, are putting The Force in Cardmembers’ wallets with the introduction of three exclusive Star Wars designs to the Disney Visa Credit Card family, accompanied by exciting, new and exclusive Star Wars perks for all Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers."
  • First Tech Federal Credit Union and MasterCard Announce First U.S. Biometric Payments Pilot - "The pilot will test the potential of delivering greater security and convenience to First Tech’s U.S. cardholders by verifying identity via facial photographs or fingerprint scans conducted on smartphones."
  • Capital Prepaid Offers Mobile Check Cashing to BlazePaysSM Visa® Prepaid Cardholders - "Our goal is to make the BlazePays Card the most convenient and economical payment tool for consumers," said Jay Kurian, President of Capital Prepaid. "With mobile check cashing, consumers can now load funds to a BlazePays Card regardless of where they reside in the U.S."

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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!

August 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 17, 2015

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  • MasterCard on Changes Coming in Payment Card Security - Wall St. Journal Risk and Compliance Journal - "Ajay Bhalla, president of enterprise security solutions at MasterCard Inc., talks about the introduction of chip-based cards to the U.S. and what’s on the horizon for payment-cards security."
  • The Bitcoin XT Fork - AVC.com (Fred Wilson) - "It will be fascinating to watch this play out. If you are used to big corporations or governmental institutions making decisions behind closed doors about how your financial systems work, then you might enjoy watching a new model of innovation and technology evolution unfold."
  • $2b fee sticking point as Apple wrangles with Australia's big four banks - Australian Financial Review - "Commonwealth Bank of Australia chief executive Ian Narev would not comment on the progress of negotiations with Apple, but said Apple's attempts to offer Apple Pay in Australia won't be as easy as it was in the US given Australian banks' record of innovation. "
  • ApplePay Grows in Popularity, Users Happy with Platform - TMG Blog - "Recent data from 451 Research concludes 45 percent of smartphone owners who plan to use mobile payment apps over the next three months will opt for Apple Pay."

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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!

August 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 13, 2015

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  • Samsung Announces Launch Dates for Groundbreaking Mobile Payment Service: Samsung Pay - "Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., unveiled today that Samsung Pay, a secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service that can be used to make purchases nearly everywhere cards are accepted, will launch in Korea on August 20 and in the U.S. on September 28. Samsung plans to roll out the service in the U.K., Spain and China, with partners to be named in each market."
  • Synchrony Financial Enables Private Label Credit Card Benefits Through Samsung Pay - “We continue to make our cards valuable to consumers, retailers and merchants and are pleased to securely offer the benefits of our private label credit cards through Samsung Pay,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Through our ongoing innovation and strategic partnerships, we have developed a mobile platform that we can rapidly integrate with providers’ wallets while preserving the value of Synchrony Bank’s private label credit cards and patented Dual Cards for whichever mobile wallet our partners and customers choose.”
  • Samsung Joins the Visa Digital Enablement Program - “Samsung Pay is now one more way consumers can make secure payments based on tokens -- technology that is quickly becoming the standard for safe mobile payments,” said Jim McCarthy, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Visa. “Similar to how Samsung Pay is reaching mass merchant acceptance on day one, VDEP is making it easy and cost-effective for payment providers, financial institutions and technology companies like Samsung to take full advantage of token technology and bring secure mobile payments to consumers everywhere.”
  • Discover to Bring Samsung Pay to Cardmembers - “Discover remains committed to providing cardmembers with simple, convenient and versatile payment options,” said Diane Offereins, Discover’s president of payment services. “Adding Samsung Pay expands our ability to offer innovative and secure mobile payment services, enhancing the customer experience that cardmembers have come to expect from Discover.”
  • Heartland, VersaPay Help Merchants Move to Electronic Invoicing - "Heartland Payment Systems and VersaPay have announced they are collaborating to help merchants improve their accounts receivable through a cloud-based software solution utilizing the Heartland Portico™ Gateway and VersaPay ARC® platform."

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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!

August 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 12, 2015

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August 11, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 11, 2015

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  • Rite Aid Stores Nationwide to Begin Accepting Mobile Payments August 15 - “Increasingly, consumers are actively seeking out and incorporating mobile technology into many facets of their life, including their shopping and purchasing decisions,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation. “By accepting mobile payments, we’re able to offer Rite Aid customers an easy and convenient checkout process, which we know is important to them.
  • Nymi, TD and MasterCard Announce World's First Biometrically Authenticated Wearable Payment Using Your Heartbeat - "The Nymi Band is a secure and continuous wearable authenticator that identifies a user based on their unique heartbeat (or electrocardiogram) through proprietary Nymi technology called HeartID™. Nymi has developed an NFC-enabled prototype of the Nymi Band for these pilots, which is linked to a user's MasterCard."
  • Canadian Payments Association Launches Initiatives to Support Modernization of Canada's Payments System - "The Canadian Payments Association (CPA) announced today two key initiatives to support its multi-year project to modernize Canada's core payments infrastructure. The CPA has begun a process to create a shared industry vision for the future of payments, and at the same time, is launching a public consultation on the introduction of a new global payments messaging standard."
  • Envestnet to Acquire Yodlee - "Yodlee is the preeminent name for data in financial services today. The core of every financial transaction and every financial decision is data. The Yodlee platform brings together client permissioned financial data and analytics in unique ways to power personalized and dynamic financial apps and generate business insights," said Bill Crager, President of Envestnet.
  • Global Card Fraud Losses Reach $16.31 Billion — Will Exceed $35 Billion in 2020 According to The Nilson Report - “Multiple factors contributed to that gap,” said David Robertson, Publisher of The Nilson Report. “Nothing mattered more than the lack of an EMV-compliant infrastructure.”
  • Moneris Launches PAYD Product Family Empowering Businesses to Accept Payments Anywhere in the U.S. - “Moneris is pleased to be one of the first to bring an EMV-enabled mPOS solution to the U.S. market,” said Chris Lee, President of North American Strategic Partnerships, Moneris. “PAYD Pro offers the latest security features and payment technology, while providing the convenience of quick and efficient mobile transactions."
  • Mobile Payments Start Up PaidEasy Closes $2,000,000 Seed Round of Funding - "With seamless integration into each individual merchants Point of Sale system, PaidEasy gives its users the ability to open, view, split, tip and pay their bills in real-time. PaidEasy will be available at both restaurants and bars to start with plans for other verticals in the hospitality industry for the immediate future."
  • Apple Pay™ Now Available to Bellco Members - “Our commitment to our members is to offer them the best, most convenient banking experience possible, and adding Apple Pay is just one more way we are working to live up to that commitment,” said Doug Ferraro, CEO of Bellco Credit Union. “Not only is Apple Pay simple and convenient, but it also adds a layer of privacy and security to making digital or in-store payments.”

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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!

August 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 10, 2015

On the Web:

  • When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China - A16Z.com Blog - "This post is all about WeChat, but it’s also about more than just WeChat. While seemingly just a messaging app, WeChat is actually more of a portal, a platform, and even a mobile operating system depending on how you look at it."
  • The Finanser Interviews: Kosta Peric, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Financial Services Club Blog - "Our goal is that the payment infrastructure supports the national currency. The majority of the users have to purchase things, to pay schools, to send money and this means that we need to use the national currency. Of course, bitcoin as a currency can be useful in some specific cases, like international remittances. But the major use cases of mobile money will be with the national currency."
  • ANZ Bank hires tech panel to advise board - ITnews - "ANZ has appointed Twitter APAC head of online sales Aliza Knox, former head of global retail and strategic development for PayPal Don Kinsborough, former CIO of Procter & Gamble Filippo Passerini, and head of strategy and engagement for Dimension Data Gerard Florian to the panel."

On the Wires:

  • American Express Adds Apple Pay for U.S. Corporate Cards - "Apple Pay allows American Express® Card Members to add their eligible Corporate Card and pay with their mobile devices at contactless merchants in stores, or within participating apps that accept American Express. American Express added Apple Pay for Consumer Cards and OPEN Small Business Cards in late 2014."
  • CashStar and Maritz Motivation Solutions Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver Personalized Digital Gift Card Offerings - “Maritz has established themselves as a clear leader in the loyalty and incentives market,” said Ben Kaplan, president and CEO of CashStar. “The strategic partnership with Maritz Motivation Solutions is a major proof point of CashStar’s increasing leadership in B2B gift card distribution.”
  • Aussie Firm Lokket Takes Apple Wallet to Chip & Pin (EMV) - “Consumers are increasingly mobile-first when it comes to making purchase decisions. By marrying real-time personalized mobile marketing messages with existing in-store redemption tools such as Chip & Pin (EMV) terminals, eliminates a lot of the headaches for retailers,“ said George Kaloudis, CEO & Founder of Lokket.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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August 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 6, 2015

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  • Debit Industry Changes Markedly in 10 Years of Debit Issuer Study - “The past decade saw a major shift in consumer preference to paying with debit cards, which accelerated after the 2008-2009 recession,” said Steve Sievert, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications for PULSE. “We believe there is still opportunity for debit growth, considering that consumer use of debit for smaller purchases is rising, and the average active debit card is used about five times per week.”
  • Worldwide EMV Payment Card Shipments Top 2.1 Billion in 2014 with 43% Issued into the United States and China, says ABI Research - ABI Research’s Senior Analyst Phil Sealy comments, “Although future growth for EMV card volumes may be limited, other revenue avenues are opening. All the major players including Gemalto, Oberthur Technologies, Giesecke & Devrient, and Morpho are balancing strategies in a bid to address next-generation opportunities."
  • BitPay Brings Bitcoin to Payments Companies on Three Continents - "During the first half of 2015, the company has signed deals with PSPs Payfirma, Sonic Payments, BillPro, Kadu, OpenPay, and Ixopay. These payments companies are based on three continents and, in total, serve more than 100 countries."
  • linked2pay® Launches Bank Centric Payments - “Bank Centric Payments leverages our proven, robust payments platform as a white label with the tools and access layers that make it easy and cost effective for a bank to provision low cost, feature-packed payment (card and ACH) solutions out to resellers and merchants (SMB and enterprise) in a secure and harmonized way" according to Robert McShirley, CEO of linked2pay.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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August 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 5, 2015

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  • Visa Opens Technology Center in Bangalore; Accelerates Digital Commerce Globally - “India has fast become one of the world’s most important technology epicentres with an incredible pool of technology talent,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc. “Our new center in Bangalore, which complements others planned for Singapore and the U.S., will help Visa to accelerate the development of next generation payment solutions that enable secure, digital commerce through connected devices like mobile phones, PCs, tablets and even cars.”
  • Square Will Name Ruth Simmons to Board of Directors - "As President of Brown University, Simmons made significant strides in improving Brown's standing as one of the world’s finest research universities, created initiatives to increase financial support and resources for students, and ensured that diversity informed every dimension of the university. Prior to Brown, she served as the President of Smith College, where she established the first engineering program at an American women's college."
  • Blumenthal Demands Explanation of Retailers Blocking New Secure Mobile Payment Methods - "U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protections and Data Security, requested answers from the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) whose members have blocked use of new mobile payment systems."
  • Pocket Systems Launches Online Fraud Prevention Device - "PocketKey technology is compatible with existing card processing gateways and card networks. The payment data from PocketKey looks exactly like the data generated by a magnetic swipe card and can therefore travel through payment gateways in precisely the same way."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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August 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 4, 2015

On the Web:

  • U.S. Judge Rejects American Express Class Action Settlement - New York Times - "A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected a proposed class action settlement between American Express Co and merchants who sued the company over swipe fees, ruling that a lawyer for the merchants compromised the fairness of the agreement."
  • China Proposes to Keep Online Payments in Check - Wall St. Journal - "The draft rules issued late Friday by China’s central bank place curbs on online payment services—limiting fund transfers, capping the size of daily transactions and increasing the requirements users must meet to prove their identities."
  • On Native Bitcoin Apps, Open Source Communities, and What Happened Before Satoshi Nakamoto Vanished - A16Z Blog - "This year, Switzerland-based bitcoin core developer Mike Hearn is an Andreessen Horowitz’ “developer in residence”, part of an effort to engage open source communities and especially focus on native applications built on top of bitcoin."
  • Using Distributed Ledgers as a Payment System - Phil Kenworthy - "The big step would be to extend the model so that the Banks would not just operate their own ledgers but that for the broader banking community. The Payment System would then become the network and rules mechanism by which the transactions would take place."

On the Wires:

  • PayPal Appoints New Chief Financial Officer - "PayPal Holdings, Inc. today announced John D. Rainey is joining the digital payments leader as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 24, 2015. Rainey joins PayPal from United Continental Holdings, Inc. where he was Executive Vice President and CFO at United Airlines."
  • Pivotal Payments becomes Principal Member of UnionPay International - "We're delighted to be able to partner with UnionPay in providing high quality, cost effective and secure cross-border payment services, putting our clients on a newly expanded global footing," said Philip Fayer, president and chief executive officer of Pivotal Payments. "We are not only providing our merchants with flexible payment solutions but accessibility to a much larger consumer market with a significant level of disposable income."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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August 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 3, 2015

On the Web:

  • The extraordinary reinvention of Square - Fortune - "If sources close to the company are correct, Square’s revenue is growing at least 50% year over year."
  • In Papua New Guinea, Mobile Banking Brings Savings and Safety to Farmers - IFC - "Farmers can now get paid electronically – through their mobile phones. It’s cheaper and faster. The mobile banking service, pioneered by Bank South Pacific’s subsidiary, BSP Rural, allows buyers to transfer payments to growers’ bank accounts via text messages on their mobile phones."
  • The Mt.Gox Arrest Is The End Of The First Age Of Bitcoin - TechCrunch - "I’m far more optimistic these days in regard to bitcoin. While it is neither a silver bullet or a fiat currency replacement, it is a way to micro-pay artists for their work as much as it’s a way to send money between unbanked families."
  • Safaricom won’t let rivals share M-Pesa - Mediamax - "Safaricom has maintained it will not allow its mobile money platform, M-Pesa, to be spun off from the parent company, citing security risks for subscribers due to lack of clear guidelines and standards on cross-network cash transfers."
  • How the W3C is trying to standardize payments on the internet - The Next Web - "The organization in charge of online standards, the World Wide Web Consortium (or W3C), is facilitating the work of a so-called Web Payments Interest Group, a workgroup currently consisting of almost a hundred people from 44 companies and organizations. Since early 2014, the group has been actively working on creating a universal specification of how online payments should be described and conducted."
  • Friendly Fraud: Nothing to Smile About (Part 2) - Retail Payments Risk Forum - "A transaction that could be classified as friendly fraud might actually be one the customer just forget about, or one involving a family member using the customer's card without permission, or one with the customer actually not receiving the goods."

On the Wires:

  • Mercury Launches “Security Pays” Initiative to Improve Payments Security - "Mercury Payment Systems ... announced today its Security Pays initiative, designed to educate payments partners and business owners on how to protect their businesses from the multitude of security threats facing them today. Mercury is working to drive adoption of security standards, protocols and products across the industry to help payments partners and their business customers protect themselves."

  • Early Warning Improves Counterfeit Detection for Financial Institutions - "Early Warning’s Deposit Chek Service helps financial institutions of any size expedite funds availability decisions or accelerate preventive actions on deposited items based on whether an account is returning transactions; whether the payer’s account is in good standing; whether it is closed, or has insufficient funds; and if a stop-payment has been placed on an item."
  • BofA Merrill Achieves Top Placements in Nilson Rankings For Commercial Card - “It’s an exciting time to be a leader in the global payments area, where digital innovations and new mobile offerings are being introduced on an increasingly common basis,” said Ather Williams, head of Global Transaction Services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “Our clients are constantly looking for increased efficiency and improved analytics. We look forward to working with them on how together we can capitalize on these innovations to further their payment objectives and working capital.”
  • “Mr. NFC” Named Chairman of YellowPepper Board of Directors - "YellowPepper, Latin America’s leading mobile payment and banking company, today announced that Mohammad Khan, former president and founder of ViVOtech, a pioneering NFC software and hardware company that paved the way for mobile payments, has been named Chairman of YellowPepper Board of Directors."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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