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September 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 30, 2015

It's Time to Register! Upcoming Payments Boot Camps!

  • Glenbrook's fall season of payments education kicks off in October with two sessions of our Payments Boot Camp - one in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 13-14 and the other in New York City on October 20-21. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is now leading this important payments education curriculum - he'd love to meet you at one of these sessions. Contact Russ directly if you have any questions.

On the Web

  • My Half Life in Payments - PaymentsViews.com (Scott Loftesness) - "...it dawned on me that 2015 was my 30th anniversary year in the payments industry."

On the Wires

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 29, 2015

It's Time to Register! Upcoming Payments Boot Camps!

  • Glenbrook's fall season of payments education kicks off in October with two sessions of our Payments Boot Camp - one in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 13-14 and the other in New York City on October 20-21. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is now leading this important payments education curriculum - he'd love to meet you at one of these sessions. Contact Russ directly if you have any questions.

On the Web

  • U.S. court hears challenge to $5.7 billion Visa, MasterCard settlement - "A lawyer for retailers including Target and Amazon.com urged the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to reject the deal, saying it forces merchants to give up their rights to sue over various policies and practices."
  • As Online Data Theft Escalates, Banks Look to Retailers to Bear the Losses - New York Times - "Retailers and banks are spending billions of dollars to upgrade to the new chip cards. While they hope the cards will slam the door on criminals obtaining financial data that can be used to create and sell counterfeit cards, they warn that other windows for fraud will remain wide open."
  • Chip Cards Will Require Users to Dip Rather Than Swipe - New York Times - "For several seconds, slightly longer than most people may be used to, cards are inserted and left in the cashier’s payment terminal, which uses the chip to determine whether the card is legitimate."
  • Review: Samsung Pays Where Apple Can’t - Wall St. Journal - "But Samsung Pay faces an unusual hurdle: awkwardness. Attempting to use it for the past few weeks, I got the stink-eye from many merchants, as if I were some kind of con artist or hacker."
  • Mexico's Payment Restrictions Now Cover Bitcoin - CoinDesk - "Mexico's Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) has clarified its stance on bitcoin, deeming it a means of payment whilst placing a series of restrictions on transactions involving the digital currency."

On the Wires

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 28, 2015

It's Time to Register! Upcoming Payments Boot Camps

  • Glenbrook's fall season of payments education kicks off in October with two sessions of our Payments Boot Camp - one in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 13-14 and the other in New York City on October 20-21. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is now leading this important payments education curriculum - he'd love to meet you at one of these sessions. Contact Russ directly if you have any questions.

On the Web

  • The eGovernment – ePayment Conundrum - PaymentsViews.com (Erin McCune) - "As we work with governments to build their electronic payment strategies we sometimes need to temper their expectations given this all-too-familiar challenge. There have to be enough digitally delivered government services to warrant digital payment infrastructure, but you also need scalable, robust digital payments to support digital delivery of government services. At Glenbrook we’ve started calling this the “eGovernment-ePayment Conundrum” – and only partly in jest."
  • Banks: Card Breach at Hilton Hotel Properties - Krebs on Security - "Multiple sources in the banking industry say they have traced a pattern of credit card fraud that suggests hackers have compromised point-of-sale registers in gift shops and restaurants at a large number of Hilton Hotel and franchise properties across the United States. Hilton says it is investigating the claims."
  • Interchange Evidence? - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "The very weird survey response on surcharging and discounting makes me wonder about the overall representativeness and reliability of the survey."
  • With Bitcoin's Price Down, VCs Turning to Blockchain Technology - CoinDesk - "The rising interest in use cases for bitcoin's underlying distributed ledger, the blockchain, is influencing the investment strategies of venture capitalists..."

On the Wires

  • Samsung’s Groundbreaking Mobile Payment Service – Samsung Pay – Available Starting Today in the United States - “Samsung Pay works with almost any card terminal from day one and Galaxy owners can shop with a wallet they never knew was always in their hands,” said Injong Rhee, EVP of Samsung Electronics, Global Head of Samsung Pay. “As the leader in innovation, Samsung is proud to introduce the first mobile payment solution that allows you to pay almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card today.” - To participate initially, consumers need to have a participating MasterCard, Visa or American Express card issued by Bank of America, Citi, American Express or U.S. Bank. Samsung Pay also offers merchant credit cards through its relationship with Synchrony Financial...
  • U.S. Bank and Elavon Bring More Mobile Payment Choices to Customers with Samsung Pay - “Being one of the first to offer our cardmembers and merchant customers Samsung Pay is a great example of our focus on our customers,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer at U.S. Bank. “This is an important step in the continuing evolution of payments and consistent with providing our customers the convenience of doing business with us how, when and where they want."
  • Synchrony Financial Takes the Lead in Enabling Private Label Credit Card Benefits for Samsung Pay - “Today’s announcement further highlights Synchrony Financial’s leadership in mobile payments technology,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Through our innovation and strategic partnerships, we are helping shape the future of how private label credit cards work in mobile wallets. We are proud to offer our merchant partners and their customers the value and benefits of our private label credit cards in Samsung Pay’s secure, simple and widely accepted mobile wallet.”
  • First Data Strengthens Digital Wallet Leadership with Support of Samsung Pay - “First Data continues to lead the way in enabling mobile commerce globally,” said Barry McCarthy, Executive Vice President and Head of Network and Security Solutions at First Data. “With the launch of Samsung Pay, we are extending our innovative technology to ensure that, as consumers increasingly move to digital payments, First Data can enable any card in any digital wallet.”
  • ACI Worldwide Helps Define and Drive Industry Standards for Real-Time Payments - "The Scheme Management Board (SMB) of the European Payments Council (EPC) has recently invited ACI’s Barry Kislingbury, lead solution consultant, to participate in the EPC Scheme Technical Forum (ESTF). With the introduction of numerous international real-time, immediate payments initiatives, the focus on the formats used to process such messages has become critical—particularly within Europe."
  • UK Alternative Finance Market for Businesses Projected to Reach £10 Billion by 2020 Says Fiserv Research - Travers Clarke-Walker, Chief Marketing Officer, International Group, Fiserv said, “Our research suggests that improved and user-friendly technology is impelling the growth of alternative finance in the U.K. We have seen the P2B and crowd-funding sectors engaging in a concerted marketing push, which is likely to raise awareness significantly. The buzz around alternative finance for SMEs is giving alternative financers legitimacy and encouraging SMEs to try these alternative funding options.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 25, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 24, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • MasterCard Transforms Aid Distribution - "MasterCard today launched the MasterCard Aid Network, an end-to-end, non-financial service designed to streamline aid distribution even in the absence of telecommunications infrastructure. Now, impacted populations can secure basic needs swiftly with the simple dip of a card."
  • Prosper Marketplace to Acquire Leading Personal Finance Company BillGuard - “Both BillGuard and Prosper Marketplace are focused on empowering consumers to be financially secure, smart and successful,” said Yaron Samid, co-founder and CEO of BillGuard. “Joining forces means that BillGuard can continue to innovate while contributing to the evolution of Prosper Marketplace as a full-service financial management company.”
  • Wells Fargo: Text and Email Alerts to Customers Exceed Half a Billion This Year - “Customers feel good when they have timely information that lets them know where they stand when it comes to their finances,” said Brett Pitts, head of digital for Wells Fargo Virtual Channels. “Email and text alerts offer just that, allowing them to make decisions that can save them money and make their banking easier.”
  • Seamless Launches Tomorrow’s Digital Cash Register – Free Cash Register Included in SEQR That Eliminates the Need for Physical Card Readers - "Seamless is launching a digital cash register for the company’s SEQR payment solution. All SEQR users will now have access to the digital cash register, which becomes a standard feature of the SEQR app. The solution enables small enterprises and private individuals to receive payment without the need for a physical card reader or incurring high transaction costs."
  • PowaPOS Expands Global Footprint Through Partnership with Canadian Leader CT-Payment - “By integrating CT-Payment into our SDK, our companies have removed the burden from the ISV and ISO of becoming payments experts, and provided them with a value-added service they can use to get their merchants to market faster,” said Jeff Dumbrell, CEO, PowaPOS. “And, with CT-Payment’s Interac certification, we both dramatically simplify the transition to tablet POS that Canadian merchants are seeking; while also ensuring that the most advanced, secure payment processing is available.”
  • TSYS Signs Payments Agreement with Premier Bank - "TSYS (NYSE: TSS) announced today that The Premier Bank Limited, a leading commercial bank in Bangladesh, has signed an agreement to upgrade to PRIME 4, the latest version of TSYS’ PRIME payment solutions platform."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 23, 2015

Please participate in this quick survey on B2B Payments:

  • Glenbrook's Erin McCune writes: We have plenty of strong opinions about B2B payments, but we're eager for YOUR perspectives. Please take a moment to answer our brief survey (only 5 questions!) here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B2B2015-PN

On the Web:

  • First Data Aims to Raise $3 Billion in IPO - Wall St. Journal - "Payment processing giant First Data Corp. is planning to raise $3 billion in an initial public offering slated to kick off this week..."
  • Coming Soon to Checkouts: Microchip-Card Payment Systems - New York Times - "Visa drew a line in the sand four years ago: American merchants would have until October 2015 to update their systems or absorb the losses themselves. Other major card networks quickly adopted the same deadline."
  • EMV's 12 Elephant Fail and the Case for Contactless - LinkedIn Pulse (Nick Holland) - "Now, I’d not profess to be the smartest guy, but I do know a thing or two about the payments industry and for me, this was an awkward experience."
  • Square Opening St. Louis Office - CBS St. Louis - “St. Louis is an important part of Square’s history,” Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. “It’s an incredible city and my hometown, and we’re excited to further invest in the community. Go Cards!”

On the Wires:

  • Enhancements to Federal Reserve Bank Same-Day ACH Service - "The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced the approval of enhancements to the Federal Reserve Banks' same-day automated clearing house (ACH) service. The enhancements are intended to align the Reserve Banks' same-day ACH service with recent amendments to NACHA's ACH operating rules and will facilitate the use of the ACH network for certain time-critical payments, accelerate final settlement, and improve funds availability to payment recipients."
  • First Data and Pivotal Team Up to Deliver Simple and Secure Payment Services to Spring Developers - “At First Data, we are committed to working with the developer community to unlock the next big breakthrough in fintech,” said Guy Chiarello, President, First Data. “We are thrilled to join with Pivotal, a major force in the developer ecosystem, as we continue to attract developer talent and deliver ongoing innovation in payments.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 22, 2015

On the Web:

  • Inside the Global Payments Boot Camp - PaymentsViews.com (Russ Jones) - "Last year we expanded our Payments Boot Camp program to include a series of one-day workshops that give us an opportunity to dive a little deeper into a topic to share our experience and insights in a more interactive forum. And no topic has as much “real-world” demand as Global Payments. It’s a broad area to explore, and I wanted to share how we’ve structured the narrative."
  • The 21 Bitcoin Computer - "Today we’re announcing a new kind of device for sale: the 21 Bitcoin Computer, the first computer with native hardware and software support for the Bitcoin protocol."
  • Circle Granted First BitLicense by NYDFS - CoinDesk - "Bitcoin wallet Circle says it has become the first company to receive a BitLicense from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS)."

On the Wires:

  • Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay Now Available to Customers Nationwide - “Bringing Mobile Order and Pay to our customers is about meeting their needs of convenience and customization at any time of the day,” said Adam Brotman, Starbucks chief digital officer. “The fact that it also represents the fastest technology application rollout we have ever done is indicative of the strength of our digital ecosystem, how well it has been received by both our customers and store partners and the impact we think it can have on the future of retail.”
  • MyCheck Breaks New Ground with Menu Reordering Capability for Custom Mobile Payment Apps - “MyCheck’s reordering capability is a powerful technological innovation that revolutionizes in-location ordering and the guest experience because unlike tablet solutions, our branded mobile payment apps seamlessly connect to the point-of-sale, link guest consumption to rewards and foster ongoing brand engagement,” said Tal Nathanel, U.S. CEO of MyCheck.
  • Kohl’s Amps Up Digital to Make Omnichannel Shopping Easier than Ever - "Beginning this fall, Kohl’s customers will have a new easy, secure and private way to pay in stores with the rollout of Apple Pay, as well as the ability to use Apple Pay within the Kohl’s app. Kohl’s customers will also be able to add their Kohl’s Charge card as a form of payment within Apple Pay. Kohl’s customers will be able to complete purchases easily, quickly and securely across all digital channels with Visa Checkout, which will be available on Kohls.com and mobile devices."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 21, 2015

On the Web:

  • Bank of America Files Patent for Cryptocurrency Wire Transfer System - CoinDesk - "The patent, filed on 17th March, 2014, and published 17th September, seeks to protect a system by which electronic funds could be sent between customer accounts using the underlying blockchain of a given cryptocurrency as the rails for payment."
  • First Data Buys Spree Commerce To Move Into Open Source Payments Technology - TechCrunch - "Prior to this, Spree had raised $6.5 million from investors that include AOL (parent of TechCrunch), Thrive, True Ventures, Vegas Tech Fund and others."
  • Inside Target Corp., Days After 2013 Breach - Krebs on Security - "The results of that confidential investigation — until now never publicly revealed — confirm what pundits have long suspected: Once inside Target’s network, there was nothing to stop attackers from gaining direct and complete access to every single cash register in every Target store."
  • Visa shelves mobile payment venture in India - Times of India - "The company Movida India, the joint venture that Visa had formed five years ago in partnership with Monitise Plc UK, has shut shop and Naushad Contractor, head of the 50:50 JV, has quit, three persons aware of the development told ET."

On the Wires:

  • Costco Extends Partnership with Elavon; Enhances Payment Processing Offerings to Business Customers - Guy Harris, Elavon’s North America president stated, “The renewal of this relationship is a natural fit. Costco’s steadfast focus on creating quality solutions for its members and Elavon’s commitment to premier customer service will continue to provide tangible benefits for members, including saving the average member hundreds of dollars annually.”
  • New ACI Worldwide Survey: 6 out 10 U.S. Consumers with Credit Cards are Not Ready for EMV - “The survey data validates the trends we have seen over the past year; with less than a month to go until the EMV liability shift, a staggering number of consumers are neither educated on nor aware of EMV; they don’t know why they have new chip-enabled cards,” said Mike Braatz, senior vice president, Payments Risk Management, ACI Worldwide. “And if consumers are unaware, the implications for retailers come October and throughout the holiday shopping season could be major, especially as retailers prepare for this new payment experience."
  • Card1 Debuts Universal Card Technology Connecting Conventional Payment Card to Digital Wallet Platform - "The Card1 card is a conventional, plastic payment card and requires no power or charging to use. The Card1 companion mobile wallet app enables consumers to easily add payment cards to enabled digital wallets using a mobile phone camera and secure payments made with a Card1 card."
  • ShopKeep Acquires Ambur POS - "Ambur provides an excellent point of sale app that was created by a restaurant owner, for restaurant owners.” said Norm Merritt, ShopKeep’s President and CEO. “This acquisition allows ShopKeep to further our reach into the restaurant industry and expand our overall market share amongst independent merchants.”
  • Jeff Jones Named President of U.S. Bank Corporate Payment Systems - “Jeff’s management acumen, demonstrated over many years at the bank, makes him the ideal choice to take the reins of our corporate payments business and position it for robust growth,” said U.S. Bank Vice Chairman for Payment Services Shailesh Kotwal.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 18, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • How Ready Are U.S. Merchants for EMV? - "The Strawhecker Group (TSG) released survey results today that illustrated only 27 percent of U.S. merchants will be EMV-ready by the October 1st liability shift. This represents a sizable decline from 34 percent estimated in March."
  • Boku Brings Carrier Billing to the Coffee Shop - "Boku, the global leader in mobile payments using carrier billing, announced a new partnership with Japan’s largest coffee chain, Ueshima Coffee Co., part of the UCC Group, to bring carrier billing to its brick and mortar coffee shops across Japan. This is a first of its kind partnership that allows customers to top up their Ueshima Coffee cards using their mobile phone in order to purchase coffee, food, and other products in any Ueshima coffee shop."
  • Himanshu Patel Appointed Chief Financial Officer of First Data Corporation - “Himanshu was one of the first executives to join the company after I arrived at First Data and, since then, has served as a thoughtful and trusted advisor for everyone on the leadership team, including me,” said Frank Bisignano, Chairman and CEO of First Data. “With Himanshu in this new role, First Data will have a world-class executive with an in-depth knowledge of both the financial community and payments industry as we approach the next chapter of our transformation.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 17, 2015

On the Web:

  • Designing the Uber Cash Experience - Medium (Matthew Moore) - "We immediately discovered that users in India live in a different payments landscape than most Uber riders around the globe. The difference: 95% of Indians don’t have access to a credit card, and due to local regulations, paying for anything digitally is a cumbersome process."
  • Who’s Behind Bluetooth Skimming in Mexico? - Krebs on Security - "What follows is a look at a mysterious new ATM company in Mexico that sources say may be tied to the skimming activity."

On the Wires:

  • Intuit and OnDeck to Launch $100M Small Business Lending Fund - “This new product is all about empowering small businesses to leverage the power of their own data so that they can take advantage of better financing options,” said Dan Wernikoff, executive vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Small Business Group. “Small businesses rely on financing to power their growth, to invest in new employees, new equipment, and new opportunities. We’re excited to continue working with OnDeck to fuel more small business success.”
  • Modernizing Canada's Payment System requires a holistic approach - "The global payments ecosystem is changing, enabled by new technology and driven by changing user demands," said Gerry Gaetz, President and CEO of the CPA. "In Canada, we are taking a holistic approach to modernizing our systems, which includes significant research, a global perspective and industry consultation. This particular piece of research is a first step and will help frame industry discussions as we move forward."
  • TSYS Supports Android Pay - "TSYS’ new Host Card Emulation (HCE) solution enhances its existing TSYS Enterprise Tokenization solution to empower mobile payment solutions like Android Pay. It allows payment card information to be stored in the cloud and transferred by a tap of the mobile device at the merchant terminal."
  • Digital River Inks Payments Agreement with Online China Travel Leader Ctrip - “With one of China’s leading online travel websites, Ctrip has become one of the best-known travel brands in the country,” said Hayden Reed, Digital River’s senior vice president and general manager of Digital River World Payments. “China’s travel sector continues to see accelerated growth. Backed by our leadership position in the payments marketplace, we look forward to helping Ctrip advance their online travel offering and raise their global profile.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 16, 2015

Heading to Portland!

Your editor is on his way to Portland, Oregon for this afternoon's Payments in Portland event. I'll be joining my partner Carol Coye Benson for this inaugural get together of Portland-based "payments geeks". Hope to see many of you there!

On the Web:

  • IBM Adapts Bitcoin Technology for Smart Contracts - Wall St. Journal - "Within the next few months, the venerable tech giant plans to release open source software that could be used to create digital contracts that—like bitcoin transactions—would be recorded publicly and securely on a world-wide computer network."
  • St. Paul judge certifies class-action status to banks in Target breach suit - StarTribune - "A federal judge in St. Paul on Tuesday granted class-action status to financial institutions suing Target Corp. for damages related to the 2013 cyberattack on its data system."
  • Submerging Payments, Part II - Finsurgency (Matt Harris) - "Over time, consumers won’t say “I’ll choose the card that has the best mobile interface”; they will choose Uber (or Apple Pay, Paypal, etc) and whatever funding mechanism they selected at inception will just fire away."

On the Wires:

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 15, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 15, 2015

On the Web:

  • India – A Good Approach for Financial Inclusion - PaymentsViews.com (Carol Coye Benson) - "My progressive friends in the U.S. are appalled by this central, government-controlled identity system. They see only threats to individual control over identity. I recognize this as a challenge, and I doubt that this type of system will find a home any time soon in the developed world."
  • Global Investment Banks Back Blockchain Initiative - CoinDesk - "Nine major investment banks including J.P. Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs have partnered with distributed ledger startup R3CEV."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Introduces EMV Chip-based Biometrics - “There is increasing demand for biometrics as a more convenient and secure alternative to signatures or PINs, especially as biometrics technologies have become more reliable and available,” said Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk Products and Business Intelligence, Visa Inc. “However, to support wide adoption, it is equally important that solutions are scalable and based on open standards. Building on the EMV chip standard provides a common, interoperable foundation, as well as encourages innovation in cutting-edge biometric solutions.”
  • Bank of America Introduces Fingerprint and Touch ID Sign-in for Its Mobile Banking App - The new updates include the introduction of fingerprint and Touch ID sign-in, in addition to the launch of an Apple Watch mobile banking app, streamlined “Accounts Overview” page and new Security Center for more than 31 million active digital banking customers.
  • SecureKey Ushers in New Era of Convenience, Security and Privacy for Accessing Online Services in the United States - “SecureKey’s consumer-oriented ID network enables stronger digital identities, eliminating many of the challenges currently associated with accessing online services,” said Dominic Venturo, EVP and Chief Innovation Officer at U.S. Bank. “We look forward to collaborating with SecureKey to grow this ecosystem of trusted credentials for the benefit of our customers nationwide.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 14, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • Fiserv Successfully Pilots CardFree Cash at ATMs Via Accel Debit Payments Network - “Today’s consumers have come to expect immediate, easy and secure access to their money,” said Vincent Brennan, president, Card Services, Fiserv. “Card replacement can take time, and wire transfers can be expensive. Instant access to funds without a card helps financial institutions improve service and security.”
  • MUFG Union Bank Launches New Commercial Card Program for Corporate Clients - “We are pleased to offer our new Commercial Card Program to our corporate clients who are seeking the latest technology and services to meet their transaction banking needs and improve productivity,” said Managing Director Ray Fattell, Head of Product and Innovation at MUFG. “Our team employed a buyer-initiated payments approach in developing these products that distinguishes us in the marketplace."
  • Mozido and PayEase Launch TradeEase, Bring First Cross-Border O2O e-Commerce Payments to China and Russia - “The potential for economic development within China and Russia has never been more evident,” said Ron Hynes, executive vice president and head of global markets. “At Mozido, we’re proud to be establishing our foothold in these growing regions by enabling the first-ever cross-border O2O commerce between the countries.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 11, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 11, 2015

On the Web:

  • Welcome to a new Google Wallet - Google Commerce Blog - "Today, we’re announcing a new Google Wallet app -- now focused exclusively on sending and receiving money. You can use Google Wallet with your Android or iOS device to send money to anyone in the US with an email address, even if they are not a Wallet user. And now, when you receive money through Google Wallet, you can quickly cash out to a debit card or linked bank account."
  • Online Bank Simple Ditches All Its Fees - TechCrunch - “This revenue model is a manifestation of our belief that you should have access to your money when you need it, without paying fees,” explains Simple co-founder and CEO Josh Reich.
  • A Venezuelan in Silicon Valley Finds a Niche in Finance - New York Times - "Both feel indebted to Meyer Malka, 41, a Venezuelan known as Micky. In 2012 he formed the venture capital firm Ribbit Capital here. Since then, he has become a rising force in Silicon Valley and one of the few Latin Americans to crack its upper echelon."
  • Visa Hires 1,000 Tech Professionals, Reduces Reliance on Outside Contractors - Wall St. Journal - "Visa Inc. is about halfway to hiring the 2,000 technology professionals it intends to add by 2017, a goal set a year ago as the company works to improve and expand its digital financial services."
  • Tencent’s WeChat App to Offer Personal Loans in Minutes - Wall St. Journal - "The new WeChat feature called Weilidai -- which literally means “a tiny bit of loan”—allows users to borrow up to 200,000 yuan ($31,350) without guarantee or collateral."
  • Fundbox Secures $50 Million More To Power Small Businesses - TechCrunch - "For small businesses that run on invoices, Fundbox issues loans in the exact amount of each invoice so that business owners don’t have to wait the 30, 60 or 90 days it typically takes to get paid."

On the Wires:

  • Abra Closes Series A Financing; Has Raised over $14 Million to Date to Disrupt the Global Money Transfer Market - RRE Ventures Managing Partner and Abra Co-Founder Jim Robinson is particularly excited about the potential of Abra to disrupt the global money transfer market. “As early proponents of Blockchain technology, we believe that Abra is one of the companies that’s fully leveraging the potential of the technology by reducing friction in financial services. It’s not about Bitcoin for the sake of Bitcoin – it’s about how the technology can solve problems for consumers worldwide, even if they don’t know what the Blockchain is.”
  • Android Pay™ Available for Wells Fargo Customers - “Today, we’re pleased to participate in Android Pay, increasing the availability of mobile payments to millions of Android device-loving Wells Fargo customers. This represents the latest offering in our commitment to give customers new, innovative ways to pay safely and easily, how and where they want,” said Jim Smith, head of Virtual Channels for Wells Fargo.
  • U.S. Bank and Elavon Customers Can Make and Accept Payments with Android Devices - “Adding Android Pay as a mobile payment option for our cardmembers and merchant customers is one more way we make it convenient for our customers to do business with U.S. Bank and Elavon,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer at U.S. Bank. “Android Pay aligns with our commitment to innovation that leads to better experiences for our customers.”
  • Regions Debit, Credit and Now Cards Are Available for Use with Android Pay - “Regions was one of the first banks in the nation to be announced as a participant in this service. This is another step forward in enabling our customers to manage their finances when and where they choose,” said Scott Peters, head of Regions Consumer Services.
  • Payment-Banking-Telecommunications: Trends and Challenges for the Years Ahead - "Companies from the banking sector are now capable of offering digital transactions and payments, and have as such completely flattened the payment, banks and telecommunications landscape, leaving them to be reshaped from the ground up."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

September 10, 2015

Android Pay Begins Roll Out

Android Pay 140pxGoogle has announced the beginning of the roll out of Android Pay - saying it will be "rolling out gradually over the next few days, and this is just the beginning. We will continue to add even more features, banks and store locations in the coming months, making it even easier to pay with your Android phone."
Android Pay works with all NFC-enabled Android devices (running KitKat 4.4+), on any mobile carrier, at every tap and pay ready location across the US. Android Pay will support credit and debit cards from the four major payment networks: American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. These cards are issued by many of the most popular US banks and credit unions, including American Express, Bank of America, Discover, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, Regions Bank, USAA, and U.S. Bank. Citi and Wells Fargo will be available in the next few days, Capital One is coming soon, and we’re adding new banks all the time.
Google also announced that "later this year, you’ll also be able to use Android Pay to speed through mobile checkout in your favorite apps. And with select merchants, you'll soon be able to transmit your loyalty cards and special offers with just a tap."

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 10, 2015

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  • Sam’s Club Locations to Accept American Express Cards - Tracey Brown, chief member officer at Sam’s Club, said: “We strive to give more value to our members – more savings, great experiences and quality merchandise. Everything we do ties back to how we can better serve our members. The acceptance of the American Express Card underscores our commitment to bring greater ease and flexibility to our members’ shopping experience. American Express – known for their exceptional customer service, loyal, higher-spending Card Members and advocacy of small businesses - will help to extend the value of membership.”
  • One of Every Four Debit Cards to be Converted to Chip by End of 2015 - "Based on these plans, 25 percent of U.S. debit cards – approximately 71 million cards – will be migrated to chip by the end of 2015. The percentage is expected to rise to 73 percent by the end of 2016 and 96 percent by the end of 2017."
  • Feedzai Partners with Socure, Offering Joint Fraud Prevention Solution for Financial Institutions - "With the Socure partnership, online and social data becomes another source of data that Feedzai's software uses to detect fraud and minimize risks. Additional data sources used by Feedzai include session clickstream, access frequency, and malware signatures, among others."
  • Federal Reserve System Appoints Payments Security Strategy Leader - "The Federal Reserve System on Thursday announced the appointment of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Senior Vice President Todd Aadland as its Payments Security Strategy Leader. In this role, Aadland will lead the System's activities to address fraud risk and advance the safety, security and resiliency of the payment system."

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September 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 9, 2015

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September 08, 2015

MasterCard Launches Digital Enablement Express Program - Google, Samsung Join

MasterCard logo 140pxThis morning MasterCard announced the launch of a new Digital Enablement Express (Express) program designed to expedites the process of digitizing and tokenizing MasterCard accounts through the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES).

According to the press release, "financial institutions of all sizes gain immediate access to the latest digital payments services, while MasterCard partners – digital wallet providers, device manufacturers, card on file merchants and other digital payment providers – have a simple onboarding process to engage with all participating banks."

Capital One, Fifth Third Bank and KeyBank are among the first issuers to announce their support for the program.

MasterCard is working relentlessly to increase payment security and enable innovative new digital services for consumers, to the benefit of all participants in our network,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer at MasterCard.

“Express now allows key technology partners to make their offerings available to all MasterCard issuers in a simple, safe and consistent manner, extending our network model into digital enablement.”

In conjunction with the announcement of Express, MasterCard also announced that Google and Samsung have joined the program.

Participation details for Express can be found on MasterCard's website.

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September 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 3, 2015

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  • Credit-Card Fraudsters Pump Gas Stations for Profit - Wall St. Journal - "The crime wave has been driven by the flood of stolen credit-card data easily accessible online, much of which was swiped in high-profile breaches."
  • Cashback cull: Tesco halves Clubcard points for 2.8m credit card holders - The Telegraph - "Millions of Tesco credit card holders will see their cash earnings halved overnight as a result of new European laws that have forced several high street lenders to withdraw cashback deals."
  • Small Businesses Are Slow to Embrace New Chip-Card System - Wall St. Journal - "Many small businesses aren’t switching, mainly because they don’t know about the shift or don’t see any payoff from the new systems, which are slightly slower."
  • 4 trends in fintech startups - O'Reilly Radar - "It’s hard for incumbents to innovate existing businesses in house, and this is where startups thrive: testing new business models and pushing the limits of technology unencumbered by regulations or corporate baggage. Hackathons and startup competitions are where innovative ideas are tested."

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  • MasterCard Start Path to Build the Future of Commerce with Startups - “Start Path thoughtfully connects the right partners with the right startups to build the future of commerce together,” said Stephane Wyper, Global Lead of MasterCard Start Path. “And now with our global expansion, we will be able to target a broader range of startups and help them achieve success."
  • FLEETCOR Announces New Executive Appointments to its Comdata Business Units - “We’re delighted to welcome Greg and Kurt to the Comdata and FLEETCOR management team,” said Ron Clarke, Chairman and CEO of FLEETCOR. “Each brings successful general management experience to their new roles. We expect these executive additions will help accelerate the implementation of our Comdata growth plans.”

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September 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 2, 2015

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  • Former Visa CEO Joins Kash - "I doubt there are more than a handful of people who know as much about payments in the US as Joe Saunders. He was the CEO of Fleet Credit Card Services, CEO of Providian, and President of Card Services at Washington Mutual. He is joining Kash as the Chairman of our Board."
  • FDIC-Insured Institutions Earn $43 Billion in Second Quarter 2015 - "Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported aggregate net income of $43.0 billion in the second quarter of 2015, up $2.9 billion (7.3 percent) from a year earlier and the highest quarterly income on record. The increase in earnings was mainly attributable to a $3.6 billion rise in net operating revenue (net interest income plus total noninterest income). Financial results for the second quarter of 2015 are included in the FDIC's latest Quarterly Banking Profile released today."
  • Banking with the “Bat of an Eye”: First Internet Bank Offers Eyeprint ID Technology for Mobile Banking Access - “Eyeprint ID is the latest demonstration of First Internet Bank’s commitment to customer-centric digital banking,” said David Becker, President and CEO. “Eyeprint ID comes quickly after our introduction of Touch ID authentication earlier this year, which enables customers to log in with a fingerprint. Biometric technology allows us to provide innovative solutions to our customers’ need for secure, convenient account access.”
  • Shopkick Blows Past 15 Million Users, Doubles in One Year - “If you stacked all of the gift cards that users have received from shopkick, the pile would be 18 Empire State Buildings, or over four miles, high. That’s 15 billion Kicks, or $60 million, that we’ve rewarded to shopkick users just for shopping how they want to shop,” said Cyriac Roeding, co-founder and CEO of shopkick.
  • Xoom Launches Money Transfer Service to Singapore - “We are so excited to offer our money transfer services to customers with family and friends in Singapore,” said Iain Allison, Vice President of Business Development at Xoom. “We look forward to delivering convenient, safe, and economic service to the Singapore market."

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September 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 1, 2015

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  • Verifone and Aava Mobile Partner to Offer First Intel-Powered, “Pocketable” mPOS Solution - “Aava Mobile’s Inari5 tablet provides a level of durability, memory and processing speed greater than consumer-first mobile devices,” said Michelle Tinsley, Director of Mobility and Secure Payment for Intel’s Retail Solutions Division. “As the first Intel-based mobile handheld payment solution, integrating Aava’s tablet with Verifone’s remarkably flexible terminal yields a powerful enterprise-grade solution in terms of payment acceptance, advanced architecture support, and legacy system compatibility to enable retailers to get the most out of their mPOS investment.”
  • PayPal Study Reveals Adults Globally Owed More Than $51 Billion by Friends and Family - “As we see money going digital and mobile, people need more flexible ways to manage their money. It’s simple – we all want no-fuss ways to pay and get paid back, and avoid awkward IOU conversations,” said Matt Gromada, Director of Consumer Product Marketing at PayPal. “PayPal pioneered sending money digitally 16 years ago, and we are continuing to lead the way with our P2P offerings.”
  • TSYS Signs Payments Agreement with Metro Bank - “Metro Bank has a unique, customer-focused business that looks to reinvent the rules of banking,” said Gaylon Jowers, president of TSYS’ International Services segment. “At TSYS, we are constantly looking to change payments for the future, and working with forward-thinking banks like Metro Bank allows us to remain at the forefront of the U.K. payments market.”

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