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October 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 9, 2015

What I'm Reading...

  • This weekend your editor will be reading former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's new book about the financial crisis: The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath. From the description: "Rich with detail of the decision-making process in Washington and indelible portraits of the major players, The Courage to Act recounts and explains the worst financial crisis and economic slump in America since the Great Depression, providing an insider’s account of the policy response."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

On the Wires

  • FBI Says Chip-Based Credit Cards Safer But Need PIN to Protect Against Fraud - "The National Retail Federation today said it agreed with a warning from the FBI that new chip-based credit cards are safer than traditional cards but still vulnerable to fraud and need to be used with a PIN instead of a signature to minimize risk."
  • Apple Pay Now Available on the Fly Delta App - "Our Fly Delta app has come a long way since it was first introduced in 2010. More than 18 million customers have now downloaded the Fly Delta app and we are excited to be the first U.S. based airline to allow our customers to book and pay for their tickets with Apple Pay. By providing a way to pay for flights with just the touch of a fingertip, Delta continues to optimize our robust mobile channels and provide an easy-to-use and seamless digital experience for our customers," said Rhonda Crawford, Vice President - eCommerce.

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!

October 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 8, 2015

On the Web

  • Apple Pay Will Soon Work at Starbucks - Re/code.net - "Apple Pay head Jennifer Bailey broke the news Thursday onstage at Code/Mobile at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif."
  • Fast-tracking Merchant Payment Acceptance in India! - Sanjay Swamy - "Many people think the cost of signing up a merchant, the cost of the terminal and the Merchant Discount Rate are the reasons why the penetration is low — and while these are factors, they are not the real reason. The reality is many merchants who want to accept cards are just not allowed to, and those who are have to toil hard to do so."
  • Nigerian mobile money leader Paga is doubling down on building a payments giant - Quartz - "Now, its persistence seems to be paying off with the completion of $13 million in series B financing. It was backed by a raft of investors led by Adlevo Capital, with participation from Omidyar Network, Goodwell West Africa, Acumen Fund, and Capricorn Investment Group to grow the Paga mobile peer-to-peer platform."
  • On What Law Firms Can Do With the Blockchain - Bloomberg BNA - "As we finish up our series, it’s time to answer a question we’ve ignored up until now — what should law firms be doing to leverage these technologies and position themselves to be leaders in a blockchain dominated world?"

On the Wires

  • Mobile Contribution to Sub-Saharan African Economy Surpasses US$100 Billion, Finds New GSMA Study - “The mobile industry remains a key driver of economic growth and employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, making a vital contribution given the population growth and high unemployment levels seen in many countries in the region,” said Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Technology Officer at the GSMA. “Despite revenue and margin pressures, local mobile operators continue to invest heavily to extend network coverage to serve unconnected communities and accelerate the migration to high-speed 3G/4G mobile broadband networks."
  • CardFlight Announces $4.2 Million Investment From Leading Payment Industry Executives and Venture Capital Funds - "We're excited to be adding investors with such deep experience growing and scaling startups in the payments industry," said Derek Webster, Founder and CEO of CardFlight. "This round of funding further validates CardFlight's leadership in mobile payments and will enable us to roll out even more advanced solutions in the months and years ahead."
  • Mozido and TabbedOut Partner to Improve Consumer Dining Experience - "The partnership will provide a full set of features to hospitality locations allowing their consumers an application to discover locations, join wait-lists, make reservations, order, split, pay, and leave feedback all from their mobile phones."
  • Diverse Consumers Overwhelmingly Optimistic About Financial Future - "When asked about personal finances, on average 60 percent of African American, Asian and Hispanic consumers said they expect their financial situation to be “somewhat” or “much” better a year from now, compared to 48 percent of the combined general population."

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!

October 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 7, 2015

On the Web

  • Why Apple Pay’s Slow Start Doesn’t Mean It’s a Failure - MIT Technology Review - "Former Google Wallet chief Osama Bedier, now CEO of checkout terminal startup Poynt, says a third of locations are likely to have NFC capability by the end of next year. He thinks that’s the tipping point after which consumers will start to demand that nearly all the stores they frequent take mobile wallets."
  • Sue the Bank? You May Get Your Shot - Wall St. Journal - "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is moving toward new rules giving borrowers more rights to sue banks and credit-card companies..."
  • Chinese Hackers Breached LoopPay, a Contributor to Samsung Pay - New York Times - "LoopPay executives said the Codoso hackers appeared to have been after the company’s technology, known as magnetic secure transmission, or MST, which is a key part of the Samsung Pay mobile payment wallet that made its public debut in the United States last week."

On the Wires

  • Non-Cash Payments Grow Faster Than GDP Across All Regions Finds World Payments Report 2015 - "For more than a decade, the World Payments Report by Capgemini and the Royal Bank of Scotland has been the source of fundamental data, trends and commentary on global and regional non-cash payments, and the key regulatory and industry initiatives that govern them. This year’s report explores the impacts of an increasingly demanding regulatory landscape and the additional requirements to deliver incremental customer value through innovation and features insights derived from an online survey and executive interviews conducted in May 2015. "
  • MasterCard and P97 Drive Mobile Payments Innovation at Gas Stations and Convenience Stores - "The MasterCard fuel solution will leverage a wide range of MasterCard’s marketing and technical assets, and will utilize P97’s PetroZone® mobile commerce platform to integrate to existing gas station infrastructure. The new solution will enable fuel companies to develop innovative mobile apps for consumers to search for and navigate to the nearest or preferred gas station, make fast and simple mobile payments at the pump and convenience store, and receive personalized offers for in-store purchases."
  • New Credit Card Lets Travelers Earn Free Nights at Independent Hotels Even When Staying at Chains - “Until now, carrying a hotel loyalty credit card meant you were committing to a single hotel brand,” said Tom Quindlen, executive vice president and CEO of Retail Card, Synchrony Financial. “The Stash Visa Card changes all that. Now you can stay at any hotel and earn double Stash points.”
  • Hoover Institution: "Making Failure Feasible" Proposes Bold New Monetary Reforms - "The Hoover Institution Press today released Making Failure Feasible, which challenges current US banking policy and proposes bold monetary reforms, including adding a new Chapter 14 to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The ideas presented are the result of the Hoover Institution’s Resolution Project composed of a group of distinguished economists and scholars, including George Shultz, John Taylor, Thomas Jackson, and Kenneth Scott."
  • Paragon Application Systems’ Web FASTest™ Qualified for Discover® D-PAS - "Acquirers certifying for their chip transaction processing with Discover can now choose Web FASTest for acquirer-terminal end-to-end host simulation response for both contact and contactless D-PAS cards. Web FASTest simulates network processing so Acquirers/Merchants can validate compliance of their Terminals for D-PAS."

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!

October 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 6, 2015

On the Web

  • It’s About the Blockchain - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "2015’s story is the interest of fintech vendors, financial institutions, start-ups, and other enterprises in what blockchain ledgers have to offer. We’re seeing experimentation built on the bitcoin blockchain itself."
  • Turkey launches a national credit card system - Daily Sabah - "Turkey launched a new electronic card payment clearing system, the Istanbul-based InterBank Card Center (BKM) announced yesterday. The system, named "TROY," will be operational from April 1, 2016, the BKM said."
  • Apple Pay Makes Inroads for Everyday Purchases - eMarketer - "Mobile payments are slow to catch on among the general population, but early adopters of the Apple Watch are also rapidly adopting Apple Pay, research suggests."
  • Apple Pay Faces Tough Crowd in First Year - Bloomberg - "Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has called 2015 the “year of Apple Pay.” So far it’s been underwhelming."
  • Note to Payments Innovators: You Need a Value Proposition! - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "The Fed is moving full-speed ahead on developing a faster payment system. But very few consumers actually need such a system. For all the complaints about our dated mag stripe card payments, they work really, really well. It's hard to come up with a clear value proposition for any replacement."
  • Trump Hotel Collection Confirms Card Breach - "The Trump Hotel Collection, a string of luxury hotel properties tied to business magnate and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, said last week that a year-long breach of its credit card system may have resulted in the theft of cards used at the hotels."
  • Australian Banks Unfriendly Towards Digital Currency - NewsBTC - "Not only will a negative attitude toward bitcoin affect the Australian market, but it could spread further afield. Many are fearful that this decision could have a long lasting negative effect that would influence the the country’s regulation process and opinions of consumers and lawmakers in other countries."
  • How Kenyan Banks Lost to Mpesa - Payments Africa - "Mpesa, a wildly successful payment platform contractually licensed to Safaricom, has prospered at the expense of what would have been banking services. Kenya’s banks have taken a back seat as Mpesa leads the payments market. It wasn’t always like this."
  • Santander InnoVentures Adds $4 Million to Ripple’s Series A Round - CoinDesk - "Ripple has received an additional $4m in funding from Santander InnoVentures, bringing its Series A total to $32m."
  • A New Chapter for Ripple - Ripple Blog - "We’re no longer experimenting. We’re delivering. That’s why we’re dropping the ‘Labs’ from Ripple Labs. From now on, it will just be Ripple—and Ripple is growing up."

On the Wires

  • MasterCard Identity Check to Simplify and Strengthen Online Shopping - "MasterCard today introduced MasterCard Identity Check, a suite of technology solutions that leverage advanced technologies to prove a consumer’s identity and further simplify the online shopping experience."
  • Visa and Chevron Bring Mobile Payments to the Pump - "Visa Inc. and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. today announced they will launch a mobile payments program at more than 20 Chevron-branded stations, accepting any NFC (near-field communications) payment service. The program, launching later this fall at select Chevron stations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, will offer consumers a simple and more secure way to pay at the pump with a range of mobile payment services."
  • Visa Inc. Appoints Demetrios Marantis to Lead Global Government Relations - “I’m honored to join Visa at an incredible time in this dynamic industry,” said Marantis. “The payments ecosystem is rapidly changing, and I am excited to be part of an organization leading the conversation about digital payments in an increasingly mobile world, both in the United States and globally.”

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!

October 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 5, 2015

On the Web

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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!

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