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March 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 6, 2015

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March 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 5, 2015

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March 04, 2015

Citi and MasterCard Sign New 10-Year Global Agreement

Citi logo 140pxCitigroup and MasterCard have announced signing a new and expanded 10-year agreement. Citi will begin aligning the company’s consumer proprietary credit and debit portfolios to the MasterCard network in 2015 - although Citi will continue to work with other networks, including on consumer co-brands and commercial cards.

“Citi’s new global agreement with MasterCard harnesses the size and strength of Citi’s Card franchise, creating a path with MasterCard to influence the future of payments – from global acceptance to the creation of enhanced digital payment capabilities,” said Jud Linville, CEO of Citi Cards. “Deepening our partnership with MasterCard should speed the delivery of solutions for our consumer, small business and merchant clients, and add meaningful value to Citi. For almost half a century, MasterCard has been integral to Citi’s credit card business. MasterCard is well respected for their global leadership and role in driving payments innovation, and we are very pleased to continue our work together to make payments simpler, easier, and more secure.”

“Citi is an important partner and the world’s largest credit card issuer, operating in the fastest-growing markets,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We look forward to expanding our work together to deliver innovative payment solutions to Citi MasterCard cardmembers that drive loyalty and a great consumer experience.”

For nearly 50 years, Citi and MasterCard have worked together to provide credit and debit cards to consumers and businesses of all sizes. Citi was one of the first major bank partners for MasterPass, which allows cardmembers to pay with any enrolled credit card anywhere online or in app, using any device, eliminating the need to enter payment and shipping details for each purchase.

Earlier this week, Citi was announced as the new co-brand partner of Costco - along with Visa.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 4, 2015

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  • Credit Card Breach at Mandarian Oriental - Krebs on Security - “We can confirm that Mandarin Oriental has been alerted to a potential credit card breach and is currently conducting a thorough investigation to identify and resolve the issue,” the company said in an emailed statement.

  • Bitcoin for the Unbanked - Foreign Affairs - "How about combining M-Pesa with a digital currency? It would offer all the advantages of M-Pesa, but would make the costs to users even cheaper for those who import money into that system from abroad, because those remittances from rel atives in London or New York would arrive via bitcoin rather than the traditional banking system. Call it BitPesa."

  • Change agent: PayNearMe partners with Grameen America to help lift women out of poverty - PandoDaily - "PayNearMe, the cash transaction network that allows US consumers to pay bills and make online purchases using cash at more than 10,000 participating retailers across the country, has done just that. The company has entered a nationwide partnership with Grameen America, the nonprofit microfinance organization providing loans, savings programs, financial education, and credit establishment to women who live in poverty."

  • Antonopoulos to Australian Senate: Bitcoin Regulated by Math - Inside Bitcoins - "Contrary to popular misconception, bitcoin is not unregulated. Rather, several aspects of the bitcoin network and financial system are regulated by mathematical algorithms. The algorithmic regulation in bitcoin offers predictable, objective, measurable outcomes. Algorithmic regulation provides certainty without nationalist or geopolitical influence."

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  • Cardtronics Launches ATMpass - Tom Pierce, chief marketing officer, Cardtronics, said: "Consumers are interested in using the most convenient ATMs - Cardtronics ATMs - but less so in paying a surcharge fee. With ATMpass, Cardtronics offers cardholders the convenience of national retailers plus the ability to avoid ATM surcharge fees. Having cash access at a surcharge-free ATM in a retail location that is part of their day-to-day life is important to many people. For consumers who feel limited by their current ATM options, or don't have any surcharge-free ATMs near their home, work or school, ATMpass gives them control over ATM surcharge fees and the freedom to choose convenience."

  • MasterCard: Happy Birthday Priceless Surprises! - "Priceless Surprises is among the highest social media engagement generating initiatives live today, beating U.S. Twitter benchmarks within financial services and Facebook benchmarks across consumer industries. When compared against other MasterCard programs, Priceless Surprises engagement rate is three times higher."

  • Global Payments’ Integrated Solutions Division, OpenEdge, Secures Partnership with New West Technologies for Integration to Microsoft Dynamics AX - OpenEdge President, Sid Singh, added, “We’re pleased that New West and our other partners are experiencing the benefits of integrations with EdgeShield, a pre-certified, EMV compliant solution combined with point-to-point encryption and tokenization security.”

  • Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions Powers its All-New Foundry POS Solution with Powa Technologies - "MCPS’ Foundry POS is a powerful, cloud-based software application designed to meet the specific business needs of the retail and restaurant industries. Features include access to real time reports, including sales, inventory and employee management, as well as full integration with its Merchant Foundry CRM system."

  • ShopKeep Launches Serverless Sync - “With Serverless Sync, waiters and bartenders will no longer have to return to an individual register to update their checks or wait for a register to become available to input orders,” commented Jason Richelson, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of ShopKeep. “Instead, open checks will be accessible from any register running on the same WiFi network, allowing staff members to spend more time providing the best possible service.”

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

March 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 3, 2015

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  • Visa, Pizza Hut and Accenture Develop Connected Car Commerce Experience - “By 2020 it is estimated that more than 250 million vehicles worldwide will include some form of embedded connectivity1,” says Bill Gajda, senior vice president of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Visa Inc. “As the number of connected cars on the road increases, so does our ability to bring secure online commerce to consumers everywhere. We initially focused on a specific use case – ordering a meal on your way home – but we envision a world where consumers can seamlessly make many of their everyday purchases from the car.”
  • MasterCard and eTranzact Make it Easier for Millions of Nigerians to Receive Remittances - “For millions of Nigerians, the receipt of funds from friends and family is an important lifeline. HomeSend provides senders across the globe and the recipients in Nigeria with a convenient, safe, and cost effective money transfer channel,” says Omokehinde Ojomuyide, Vice President and Area Business Head for West Africa, MasterCard.
  • Elavon's Simplify Application Makes Payment Security for Mid-to-Large Size Businesses Simple - "Simplify is a software application that resides within a payment terminal that is integrated with a customer’s current POS or Property Management System (PMS). The application uses a layered approach to security that combines encryption, tokenization and EMV to mitigate vulnerabilities while cardholder data is in-transit, in-use and at-rest."
  • Stratos Launches First-To-Market Connected Payment Card, Shipping April 2015 - “Stratos exists to empower consumers to make smarter, more secure payment decisions – all with the benefit of consolidating the cards in their wallets,” said Thiago Olson, Co-Founder and CEO of Stratos. “Replacing the dumb plastic we carry every day, Stratos Card is connected hardware designed to improve how we pay with more security, better decisions and ease of use. Stratos is reinventing your wallet and cards just like the iPod and iTunes reinvented your CD collection.”

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March 02, 2015

PayPal to Acquire Paydiant

PayPal logo 140x60pxIn a blog post this morning, PayPal CEO Designee Dan Schulman announced that PayPal is acquiring Paydiant.

They're the folks that have helped companies like Subway, Harris Teeter, Capital One and many other build mobile payments, offers and loyality into ther own mobile applications. They also proved the mobile wallet platform for MCX whose members include many of the world's largest retailers including Walmart, Target, Sears, Wendy's, Exxon, CVS and many others.

He notes that the deal is expect to close in late March or April.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 2, 2015

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  • Costco Enters Into a Long Term Co-Brand Credit Card Agreement With Citi and an Acceptance and Co-Brand Agreement With Visa - "Under the terms of the agreements, Citi, the world's largest issuer of consumer credit cards, would become the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-brand credit cards and Visa will replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco in the United States and Puerto Rico beginning April 1, 2016."

  • Visa and Samsung Bring Mobile Payments to the New Samsung Galaxy S6 - “Working in partnership with Samsung, we are able to bring secure mobile payments to millions of consumers around the world,” said Ryan McInerney, global president, Visa Inc. “Combining Visa’s expertise in payment technology with Samsung’s global leadership in creating innovative mobile experiences gives more choice to financial institutions who want to enable their customers to pay with the new generation of mobile devices.”

  • MasterCard Works with Samsung to Deliver Samsung Pay - “This is an exciting time for payments,” said Ed McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer, MasterCard. “As consumers are increasingly relying on their mobile devices in their everyday lives, we are excited to work with an industry leader like Samsung to deliver new payment options to our cardholders around the world. We have been a pioneer of mobile commerce innovation for years and together we’re delivering a digital payment experience that is both simple and secure.”

  • U.S. Bank, Samsung Working on New Mobile-Payments Service - “We're thrilled to have payments become a core capability of the mobile phone,” said Pam Joseph, vice chairman and head of U.S. Bank Payment Services. “The result of mobile payments is that our customers can use the same, familiar credit-card payment system but with added security and convenience.”

  • Synchrony Financial Enables Private Label Credit Card Benefits Through the Samsung Pay Secure Mobile Wallet - “This fits perfectly into our mobile wallet strategy to build, partner and invest in the latest technologies to benefit our customers and our partners,” said Margaret Keane, President and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “We continue to make our cards valuable to consumers, retailers and merchants and are pleased to expand our capabilities to securely offer private label credit card benefits through this mobile payment solution.”

  • Visa and Airtel Extend Mobile Payments to Seven African Countries - “Mobile payments can transform the lives of people throughout Africa who commonly have access to a mobile phone, but not a bank,” said Vish Sowani, Vice President of MNO Partnerships for Visa. “For most new subscribers, this will represent their first payment account and bring some of the latest digital payment advancements into the everyday experiences of Airtel’s customers.”

  • Announcing Bango Grid: The Global Launch Pad for Carrier Billing - Ray Anderson, Bango CEO said: “There are more than 700 MNOs globally, with different billing systems. It is no surprise that even the most ambitious app stores have not yet achieved 100 MNO activations. Bango Grid is rocket fuel for app stores, providing the only way to increase carrier billing activations at scale. For the first time, the tools required to activate hundreds of markets are all in one place, through one integrated system. Backed-up by the Bango Payments Platform, app stores can now make carrier-billed payment a reality for every customer."

  • MasterCard Reveals Consumer Sentiment on Payments Evolves from “Why Mobile?” to “What’s Next?” in 24 Months - "According to the latest MasterCard research, consumers have shifted their focus from questioning the security of mobile payments to now discussing the possibilities of enhanced digital experiences on devices."

  • MasterCard and Cubic to Make Mobile Devices the Remote Control for Global Cities - “MasterCard and Cubic, both lead members in the Smart Cities Council, share a vision to improve quality of life for everyday citizens in cities and help authorities to better manage population growth and urban development,” said Will Judge, head of Urban Mobility, MasterCard Enterprise Partnerships. “Combining our expertise and reach allows us to ultimately drive greater value and make consumers’ lives easier and more enjoyable as they travel around and between connected cities.”

  • ACI Worldwide and STS PayOne Partner to Provide ePayment and Fraud Prevention Services to the Middle East - Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Janti Abdallah, STS PayOne General Manager, said: “We strive to offer the best ePayment solutions to our clients, which includes providing the highest levels of security and fraud prevention. We were among the first to adopt and promote 3D Secure in the region, in addition to PKI and SSL encryption, not to mention achieving PCI-DSS compliance. The partnership with ACI Worldwide is in line with this eagerness to adopt best practices in fraud prevention and sustain our distinction and innovation.”

  • Intel Launches New Mobile SoCs, LTE Solution - “The evolution of the mobile landscape and growth of smart, connected devices has led to increased demand for more connectivity and real-time, protected data on those devices,” said Krzanich. “All of these factors are driving a transformation of the network to accelerate the delivery of new personal computing experiences, services and capabilities in a safe and secure manner. Intel is one of the only companies in the world that can provide solutions end-to-end for the full spectrum of mobility.”

  • NXP Launches New Secure Service Development Platform for Secure Mobile Transactions - “The SSDP supports partners wanting to create new secure applications by removing the technical challenges they face in getting credentials on to the secure element in phones and wearable devices. Now, instead of taking months, new applications can be created and validated in a matter of weeks,” said Jeff Miles, VP Business Development, NXP Semiconductors. “The SSDP will streamline the process for the development community therefore enabling phone and wearable technology manufacturers to bring these new apps to market faster.”

  • Raise Welcomes Gift Card Pioneer Don Kingsborough to Board of Directors - “Don has had a career full of incredible successes, and the role he played in cementing gift cards as a shopping staple has really set the stage for what we do at Raise,” said George Bousis, founder and CEO of Raise. “He's seen everything on all sides of the spectrum and will be a valued advisor to the company as we rely on his unparalleled experience and know-how to help manage growth, expectations, hiring, infrastructure and more."

  • SecureKey Announces $19M in New Funding to Broaden Adoption of Its Identity Network Services - “SecureKey allows organizations to build or subscribe to an identity network that connects consumers to online services via a trusted third-party credential of their choice, where both privacy and security are paramount,” said Charles Walton, CEO of SecureKey. “The funding will help SecureKey accelerate its growth, as people, governments, and organizations worldwide embrace a future that removes the burden of passwords while giving consumers the convenience, choice, and control they deserve.”

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

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