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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."

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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!

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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On the Wires:

  • 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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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 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 9, 2015

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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!

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.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 8, 2015

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Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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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