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May 31, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 31, 2016

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  • Payveris Raises Additional $7.5 Million in Funding - "Through its suite of open APIs and widgets, Payveris provides financial institutions and their digital banking partners with unlimited control and flexibility of the user experience across any digital channel or application, enabling money to be moved to anyone, anywhere, anytime and with any device – all of this on a single, unified platform."
  • GoSwiff appoints Mark Patrick as new CEO - "Before joining GoSwiff, Mr. Patrick was Managing Director Asia Pacific for Ingenico ePayments, the online and mobile commerce division of Ingenico Group."

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 27, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 27, 2016

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PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 26, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 26, 2016

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PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 25, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 25, 2016

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  • Blockchain Technology: Possibilities for the U.S. Postal Service - US Postal Service Inspector General - "This paper takes an exploratory look at the technology and suggests that it may be wise for the Postal Service to explore and possibly experiment with blockchain technology in order to gain a better understanding of its potential impacts. The Postal Service could begin experimenting with financial applications and then naturally expand into other applications enabled by the technology."
  • India’s Central Bank Says a Third of ATMs It Surveyed Don’t Work - Wall St. Journal - "When the Reserve Bank of India recently surveyed 4,000-odd ATM machines across the country, they found that a third weren’t working, the central bank’s Deputy Governor S.S. Mundra said this week."
  • Money transfer company TransferWise raises further $26M at $1.1B valuation - TechCrunch - "Described as ‘top-up funding’, the $26 million round was led by investment management firm Baillie Gifford, with participation from existing investors."

ON THE WIRES

  • Tipalti Releases First-Ever Platform to Automate the Entire Accounts Payable Workflow - "For businesses looking to scale for growth without incurring additional AP staff, automating supplier payment operations are critical. Not only do finance organizations need to contend with automated invoice workflow and complex remittance processes, they need to employ best practice financial and compliance controls to reduce risk," said Chen Amit, CEO and Co-founder of Tipalti.
  • Align Obtains Insurance Covering Multi-Rail, Blockchain Payments - “Our new transaction protections further strengthen Align’s promise to provide the best possible experience for our clients, built on a foundation of trust and security,” said Align Commerce CEO and Co-founder Marwan Forzley. “Align’s policies extend to all means by which Align elects to fulfill customer transactions, including the blockchain, which we believe is an industry first.”
  • Dashlane Raises $22.5 Million in Series C Funding; Announces Strategic Partnership with TransUnion - "The company can also announce that Carl Pascarella, former CEO of Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), has joined its board as an independent director. "Dashlane's ability to facilitate payments and help reduce fraud is uniquely relevant for financial institutions," said Pascarella. "I am excited to have an opportunity to lend my experience to help the team at Dashlane accomplish their vision for secure information and online payments.""
  • New Spanish Payment Platform Bitnovo Allows Customers to Access Funds Directly From Their Bitcoin Wallet Using Debit Card - "Bitnovo´s prepaid debit cards are already available in euro denomination; these prepaid debit cards can be instantly charged with a simple Bitcoin transaction. The funds will be available for use as soon as the transaction is validated by the blockchain."
  • Balance Credit Launches Convenient Cash Payment System - “We are pleased with this expansion of our servicing options with MoneyGram and PayNearMe. Balance Credit customers can now make payments 24/7 right in their neighborhoods at locations which are convenient to where they shop, live or work," stated Gena Evertson, COO of Balance Credit.
  • FreshBooks Releases Credit Card Reader for Small Business Android Users - "This release follows the launch of the FreshBooks Card Reader for iOS earlier this year. In February, FreshBooks noted that more than 68% of the Card Reader's earliest users were already using EMV chip technology and similar high adoption rates are expected for Android users."

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 24, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 24, 2016

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PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 23, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 23, 2016

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  • Walmart Pay and the overcrowding of the mobile payment market - Tradestreaming - "Allen Weinberg, a partner at Glenbrook Partners, a payment strategy consulting firm based in San Francisco, CA., cautioned Tradestreaming that it’s premature to mourn MCX or CurrentC, given that Walmart has not formally abandoned the initiative."
  • Japan ATM heist reportedly involved 100 people who stole $12.7 million - ArsTechnica - "The thieves apparently went to ATMs like those found in 7-11s across Japan and swiped counterfeit South African credit cards, created using information from cards issued by South Africa's Standard Bank."
  • Bitcoin Catches On With Gold Bugs - Wall St. Journal - "In times of financial turmoil, I would prefer to see a portfolio full of bitcoin,” said Mr. Sukumar, who holds about one-third of his wealth in the digital currency.
  • Sydney Stock Exchange's blockchain system targets venture capital funds, commodities - Sydney Morning Herald - "Two-year-old Sydney Stock Exchange is building a blockchain settlement system to avoid high ASX fees and build a market for venture capital funds to exit their investments and commodities markets."
  • What The Mark Of The Beast Taught Me About The Future Of Money - BuzzFeed - "Silicon Valley has sold us on a cashless, cardless, walletless, supposedly frictionless future — but as I learned living in it for a month, we’re not quite there yet."
  • UK: Debit cards 'set to overtake cash' as most used payment method by 2021 - Telegraph (UK) - "Payments UK said card use is being boosted by the rising popularity of contactless "tap and go" payments, with mobile payment services such as Apple Pay and Android Pay also providing new opportunities for people to make payments without even needing their plastic to hand."
  • M-PESA founders to receive Africa’s financial inclusion medal of honor - Capital Business - "Michael Joseph, the Managing Director of Mobile Money at Vodafone and previously, the CEO of Safaricom Limited, Nick Hughes Co-Founder M-KOPA and former Head of Mobile Payment Solutions at Vodafone and Susie Lonie Mobile Payments Consultant at SJL Consulting Services will receive Africa’s Financial Medal of Honor on 17th August at Serena Kampala."
  • PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Urges Class of 2016 to “Do What Hasn’t Been Done” - Hamilton College News - "He recalled that when the PayPal founders told members of the global financial industry about their plan, those with more experience were certain that the new company could never work. “They were wrong; people around the world now rely on PayPal to move more than $200 billion every year…We learned that doing new things is difficult, but it is possible,” Thiel remarked."

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  • TSYS Introduces New Innovative Virtual Payment Solution - "TSYS Virtual Payment PreceptSM (VPP) is an innovative new solution that reduces risk, improves operational efficiency and greatly increases control over accounts payable and accounts receivable payments and reconciliation. VPP leverages existing TSYS technology with an improved processing design to deliver secure, virtual single-use accounts in real time with enhanced control over account and transactional base parameters."
  • MasterCard Puts New Cutting-Edge Fraud Prevention Tool into The Hands of Small Business Owners - "With a mobile app and desktop dashboard, merchants can easily and quickly customize their fraud settings – such as transaction size, country of origin and repeat transactions. Simplify Controls then auto-declines transactions to meet their risk tolerance and provides merchants with smart alerts so they can stay on top of potentially fraudulent activity."
  • BlueSnap & Kount Give Merchants the Data to Optimize Their Sales Funnel - "Anytime we can help merchants sell more things to more people in more places while reducing the risk of loss that is sometimes associated with increased sales, growth and expansion, everyone wins,” said Brad Wiskirchen, CEO, Kount. “The fact that BlueSnap has developed a report to assist their merchant base achieve these goals really shows the power of our collaboration.”
  • INSIDE Secure’s MatrixHCE™ Integrates Visa’s Token Services for HCE Mobile Payments - “INSIDE Secure is thrilled to extend our relationship with Visa to deploy issuer wallets based on MatrixHCE, one of the first mobile payment solutions for banks,” said Andrew McLennan, executive vice-president of INSIDE Secure’s Mobile Security Division. “MatrixHCE future proofs investment into payment solutions by meeting the latest HCE standard and anticipating future requirements including updatable whitebox cryptography to protect tokens, code and data.”
  • Payments UK: Debit cards to overtake cash payments by 2021 - "Cash was still the most popular payment method in 2015 accounting for roughly half (45.1%) of all payments. However it is predicted that by 2025 notes and coins will drop to being used for just over one in four (27%) payments. The tipping point for the most popular payment method will be reached in 2021 when 14.5 billion debit card payments are predicted, overtaking the forecast 13.0 billion cash payments for the first time."

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 20, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 20, 2016

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PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 19, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 19, 2016

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  • Thunder, Lightning and Interledger - Medium (Adrian Hope-Bailie) - "It’s still very early to tell, but on first appraisal, it looks like Blockchain has taken a great stride in fixing a major limiting factor of Bitcoin and one that made it very difficult to use Bitcoin with Interledger; transaction speed."
  • Android Pay wants to streamline Web payments and customer signups - ArsTechnica - "In a call with Ars on Tuesday, Senior Director of Product Management for Android Pay Pali Bhat said that the Android Pay team has been working to increase user signups and encourage continued use of the platform, something that all mobile payment platforms have struggled with in the last five years."
  • Google Home: A Voice-Activated Device That Already Knows You - New York Times - “Before I got an [Amazon] Echo I thought it was a joke and a bad idea,” said Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray. “But I saw the utility and ended up buying five of them for my family.”
  • Android Pay now in the UK, new countries on the way - Android Official Blog - "You will be able to use Android Pay everywhere contactless payments are accepted including your favourite high street stores like Boots, Starbucks and Waitrose and pay for the Tube, bus and train with Transport for London."

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  • Chime Brings Apple Pay to Members, Adds 'Pay Friends' Feature and Closes $9MM in Financing - "The mobile banking company also closed an additional $9 million of funding and has raised a total of $21 million to date. Lauren Kolodny, recently named to the Forbes 30 under 30 Venture Capital list, led the financing for Aspect Ventures and has joined Chime's board."
  • Vocalink Signs Deal With Unionpay International - "Under the deal, VocaLink will provide ATM transaction processing and UnionPay sponsored access, providing acquirers with a fast go to market solution, which allows them to accept transactions from a growing market. On average, the value of UnionPay card withdrawals from UK ATMs are five times the average value of UK ATM withdrawals."
  • ATM is a New Skimmer: Crooks Bring ATMs on Their Side - "The Skimer group starts its operations by getting access to the ATM system - either through physical access, or via the bank's internal network."

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 18, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 18, 2016

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  • Payments on Fire Podcast: Shoptalk Conference 2016 - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "Take a listen to my conversations with start-ups Tuku (in-store digital content delivery), Belly (in-store loyalty), Bold Financial Technologies (payout management for Treasury) and established fintech provider ACI Worldwide.
  • PayPal's first Analyst Day - PayPal is holding its first ever Analyst Day briefing today beginning at 8:30 AM Pacific. The presentation slides are here.
  • Enhancing Android Pay APIs - Android Developers Blog - "We believe that mobile payments can make for a better, more secure shopping experience - so we're in this together for the long haul. We’re building a robust Android Pay ecosystem, one that’s open and scalable, to enable developers to drive mobile payments - and their businesses - forward. We're very excited for the road ahead and we hope you are too."
  • J.P. Morgan Reduced Some Employees’ Access to Swift System in Recent Weeks - Wall St. Journal - "The New York bank took the steps in recent weeks to keep tighter control on its links to the service, those people said."
  • MCX bows out as opportunity narrows for new mobile payment entries - Mobile Commerce Daily - "With a Chase Pay partnership in place, MCX is shifting gears, postponing its consumer payments application, CurrentC, and focusing on building relationships with additional banks instead ..."
  • What Happened to the Revolving Credit Card Balances of 2009? - Payment Cards Center - Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia - "We examine the paydown and charge-off of March 2009 revolving credit card balances. We find that 75 percent of those balances had been paid off or charged off within four years. Charge-offs played a much smaller role in balance reduction than did paydown (27.8 versus 72.2 percent)..."
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  • The Blockchain Expert: In Search of Tech’s Near-Mythical Beast - Wall St. Journal - "The problem is few technologists have deep experience building systems that use a blockchain. Those who do are in high demand."

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PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 17, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 17, 2016

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PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 16, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 16, 2016

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PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 13, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 13, 2016

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  • Is Friendly Fraud Spoiling the EMV Transition? - FIS Payments Leader Blog (Brian Beacom) - ""It was never meant to be like this. The global migration from magnetic stripe cards to the more secure chip-embedded cards was intended to add another layer of security against fraud. However, the reality is that during the transition to full EMV compliance, chargebacks are skyrocketing and it is the merchants who are paying the price."
  • Once Again, Thieves Enter Swift Financial Network and Steal - New York Times - "New details about a second attack involving Swift — the messaging system used by thousands of banks and companies to move money around the world — are emerging as investigators are still trying to solve the $81 million heist from the central bank of Bangladesh in February."
  • $1B Bangladesh hackers implicated in attack on Vietnamese bank, Sony hack - ArsTecnica - "SWIFT didn't name the other bank, but BAE Systems, which has been investigating the Bangladesh attack, has said that a Vietnamese commercial bank has been hit by closely related malware in a report of its own."
  • R3 eyes $200m for next step in blockchain journey - Financial News - "New York-based R3 is asking members for money in return for equity stakes in a new utility that will run blockchain-powered applications for financial institutions."
  • UK shows off prototype of digital iPhone driving license using Apple’s Wallet app - 9to5Mac - "Development of the feature has been made possible by recent changes to laws for UK driving licenses that abolished the paper counterpart to the photo card last year."

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  • Paul Deighton Joins Square's Board of Directors - "Today Square announced that Lord Paul Deighton of the United Kingdom joined its Board of Directors. Deighton served as the United Kingdom’s Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, CEO of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and as a partner at Goldman Sachs. ... Deighton replaces Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who has stepped down from Square’s Board."

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 12, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 12, 2016

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  • Linq3 Partners with Verifone to Bring Play at the Pump Lottery to Gas Stations - "Play at the Pump brings the lottery to busy consumers, delivering a fast, convenient and secure way to play and win on-the-go. With a quick swipe of a payment card at the gas pump, consumers can purchase lottery draw games in less than 20 seconds."
  • TSYS Signs Leading African Banking Group - "TSYS today announced that Ecobank, the leading pan-African banking group, has deployed the latest version of the PRIME payments solution platform, PRIME 4, to support its acquirer processing of MasterCard, Visa and UnionPay International point-of-sale (POS) transactions across 28 countries in Middle Africa."

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 11, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 11, 2016

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  • A Large Merchant Focuses on its Payments Strategy - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "To learn what's top of mind for a large scale retailer, take a listen to Dean Sheaffer, SVP of Financial Services at Boscov’s Inc., the U.S.’s largest family-owned department store. In this Payments on Fire podcast, Dean addresses payments as a sales tool, payments and data security, and the potential of Faster Money."
  • The Problem With Those Annoying Chip Cards - Money - "At this point you may be wondering—what was wrong with the old system? Why can’t I just avoid the longer wait and swipe my card like I used to?"
  • Four Genuine Blockchain Use Cases - CoinDesk (Gideon Greenspan) - "To begin with, the first idea that we (and many others) started with, appears to be wrong. This idea, inspired by bitcoin directly, was that private blockchains (or "shared ledgers") could be used to directly settle the majority of payment and exchange transactions in the finance sector..."
  • Cultivating Female Leadership in #Payments - TMG Blog - "While women have made great strides in achieving leadership roles in the financial services industry, there is much work yet to be done."
  • Checking in with spear phishing, criminals check out with hotel credit card data - ArsTechnica - "Hotel chains focus on hospitality, but their security practices have made them entirely too hospitable a target for data theft."

ON THE WIRES

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 10, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 10, 2016

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GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 09, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 9, 2016

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  • Jumio Wins Court Approval of Sale to Centana - Wall St. Journal - "Jumio chose Centana’s $850,000 offer over a much larger offer from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, which the company’s shareholders vehemently opposed."
  • What you need to know about blockchain technology - Toronto Star - "So what is it? Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolutionary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure, peer-to-peer, instant and frictionless."
  • How blockchains could change the world - McKinsey (Don Tapscott interview) - "In this interview with McKinsey’s Rik Kirkland, Tapscott explains how blockchains—an open-source distributed database using state-of-the-art cryptography—may facilitate collaboration and tracking of all kinds of transactions and interactions."
  • Bitcoin: Identity crisis - FT.com - "The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto has tantalised bitcoin’s digital treasure hunters from the earliest days of its existence."

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 06, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 6, 2016

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GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 05, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 5, 2016

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  • Samsung Reinvents the Refrigerator - "Groceries by MasterCard – Order groceries online from leading retailers like Fresh Direct and ShopRite and pay for them through a simple, single check-out with any U.S.-issued credit or debit cards."sa
  • GlobalPlatform and FIDO Alliance sign memorandum of understanding to ease identity authentication - "The two industry associations are working to ease FIDO authenticator development on GlobalPlatform-based secure component products. This will enable service providers to efficiently incorporate user authentication features – such as voice recognition and biometrics – as part of their GlobalPlatform-secure deployments."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 04, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 4, 2016

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  • Five Answers – Sort of – to the Big Questions on Blockchain and Bitcoin - PaymentsViews.com (Carol Coye Benson) - "I’m back from two days at Consensus 2016 in NYC, and reporting as promised into my investigation of the Five Big Questions."
  • 21 Inc Unveils Plan to Make Every Computer a Bitcoin Computer - CoinDesk - "Freely available, the software allows any connected device to join the 21 network, enabling connectivity with the 21 Marketplace and providing capabilities that were previously only available to owners of the 21 Bitcoin Computer."
  • Financial fraud targeting older adults often involves appeals to emotions like anger, excitement - Stanford News - “When emotionally aroused, either excited or frustrated, older adults may be more susceptible to being victimized by scammers than are younger individuals,” said Ian H. Gotlib, the David Starr Jordan Professor of Psychology and chair of the Stanford Psychology Department. “In the present study, they were more likely to want to pay for an item advertised misleadingly, regardless of how credible they believed the advertisement was.”
  • Faster Payments: Is Same-Day Fast Enough? - FIS Payments Leader - "Markets around the world have been rolling out real-time payment systems over the last decade. But is the instant gratification from true real-time payments the only solution for unmet consumer and corporate needs? Would same-day payments meet most, if not all, of the same needs?"

ON THE WIRES

  • Kohl’s Charge and Yes2You Rewards Now Easy as One Tap in Apple Pay - “Kohl’s is blending the physical and digital shopping experiences in more ways than ever before. Offering conveniences to Kohl’s customers that make it easy for them – like a seamless one-tap checkout in Apple Pay that integrates our value-driven Yes2You Rewards loyalty program – is one of the ways that we are leading as an omnichannel retailer,” said Ratnakar Lavu, Kohl’s chief technology officer.
  • Android Pay and Samsung Pay now available for BBVA Compass cardholders - "In today's fast paced world, it's imperative that we ensure our customers' need for convenience is kept at the forefront," said BBVA Compass Director of Payments Ryan Kraynick. "Android Pay and Samsung Pay are payment options that may make customers' lives a little easier."
  • i2c Expands Platform-Level Payment Control Features - "With card controls features integrated in our platform, issuers can more easily provide consumers with customizable features like real-time alerts that give them immediate updates on critical account information like suspicious transactions," said Lisa Fugate, vice president, credit processing, at i2c. "i2c was the first payment processor to offer card controls, and industry adoption has confirmed their value to issuers and cardholders."
  • Affirm Appoints eBay Executive Carl Gish as Company’s First Chief Marketing Officer - “eBay notwithstanding, the kind of skills and know-how Carl built while developing the Dove Real Beauty campaign for Unilever, and as Dyson’s North American CMO, is exactly the deep consumer brand marketing expertise and talent Affirm needs in its next wave of growth,” said Affirm Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Max Levchin.
  • Entrust Datacard Achieves Instant Issuance Milestone – Over 10 Million EMV Chip Cards Instantly Issued within the U.S. in One Year - "Giving consumers the ability to walk into a branch location to immediately receive an EMV card has helped turn a consumer experience from negative to positive."
  • Nuspay Selects Microsoft Azure for Next-Gen Digital Currency Platform - "The Nuspay Digital Currency (NDC) cryptocurrency ecosystem was engineered to meet and exceed the current and future challenges facing governments, central banks, monetary authorities and enterprises seeking to deploy digital currency. Additionally Nuspay is in the process of developing an international digital currency exchange with planned sites in Singapore and the Caribbean."
  • 3dcart Now Offers Comprehensive Vantiv Payment Processing Integration to Online Stores - “3dcart is committed to creating tight integrations with the best eCommerce partners on the market, and the results of those initiatives help provide online merchants with access to diverse payment processing options,” said 3dcart CEO Gonzalo Gil.

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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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!

May 03, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 3, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Deloitte Continues Growing Major Blockchain Initiative, Teaming With Five Technology Companies and Announcing 20 Prototypes in Development - "Blockchain is proving to be a major disruptive force in financial services," said Joe Guastella, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, and U.S. and global leader of the financial services practice. "The industry prototypes and pilots have shown this, and we continue to focus on helping our clients to make blockchain a reality for their businesses."
  • Zooz Closes $24m Investment Round - "We would like to thank our investors for supporting our vision for innovation in the payments sector," said Oren Levy, CEO of Zooz. "Retailers now understand the need for smart payment platforms that can help them expand into new markets quickly and cost-effectively, and that is where we excel."
  • RBC makes sending money simple, instant and now free - “Offering free e-Transfers supports our commitment to helping our clients seamlessly and quickly send money how they want and when they want,” said Linda Mantia, executive vice-president, Digital, Payments and Cards at RBC. “As clients embrace new technologies and increase their use of mobile we are always looking for ways to provide them with added value and convenience."
  • Bank of America Survey Finds Small Business Owners’ Confidence Down While Election-Year Anxiety Rises - “Our survey suggests that uncertainty over the upcoming elections is making small business owners less optimistic about their businesses and the economy than in recent years,” said Robb Hilson, Small Business executive, Bank of America. “As a result, they’re taking a wait-and-see approach before making major investments in the growth of their businesses."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 02, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 2, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Data Analytics, Lending, and the Next 100 Million Borrowers - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "This Payments on Fire podcast with Lenddo.com’ s founder Jeff Stewart takes a look at lending in developing countries, social and mobile data sources, and examines the algorithmic “black box” that is at the heart of the company’ s approach to making credit decisions in “thin file” markets."
  • Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash - Bloomberg - "The event -- announced in a statement this Monday -- marked a key moment in the evolution of blockchain, notable both for what was achieved, as well as how many firms were involved."
  • Circle Then and Now: Bitcoin’s Early Champions Challenge a Blockchain World - CoinDesk - "[Circle] was not positioned as a bitcoin thing, it was [about] making money work," Allaire said. "It was positioned as a way to move value around. We tried to define the product around instant money, and underneath it was bitcoin."
  • Australian Entrepreneur Says He Created Bitcoin, but Doubts Persist - New York Times - "Craig Steven Wright, a computer entrepreneur, told the BBC, The Economist and GQ that he was the currency’s founder. He said he had been forced to come forward because so many people were pursuing him."
  • 60 Minutes: Shaking Up the Financial Industry - CBS News - "Lesley Stahl meets some of the fintechies challenging the establishment, seeking to reinvent nearly every aspect of modern banking" - features Stripe
  • The Business Blockchain - AVC (Fred Wilson) - "If you think you might want to start a business based on blockchain technology or if you think blockchain technology is going to reshape a market you are working in, or if you just want to understand this thing that your son or daughter is obsessed about, then this is a great book to read." - see book on Amazon.com
  • Silicon Valley Looks at Something New: Starting a Bank - Wall St. Journal - "Warburg Pincus’s new bet on the future of banking borrows from the industry’s past. The New York firm is leading an investment round of more than $27 million in San Francisco-based Varo Money Inc...."
  • Tencent backs down in mobile payments war with Alibaba - FT.com - "The shift marks a partial de-escalation of its market-share battle with Alipay, the payment service run by Alibaba’s financial affiliate Ant Financial."
  • Paytm banks on Wipro to ensure it’s on right side of law - Economic Times - "Wipro will implement core-banking solutions for Paytm and also the programme to manage the integration of other key systems like anti-money laundering and regulatory reporting solutions."

ON THE WIRES

  • Chain and Global Financial Firms Unveil Open Standard for Blockchain - "Chain, Inc., a leading provider of blockchain technology, today announced the public release of Chain Open Standard 1 (Chain OS 1), an open source blockchain protocol developed over the last 18 months through a unique collaboration between the Silicon Valley company and global financial services firms."
  • Fortumo makes a push in Africa, launching payments in Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia & Senegal - "In Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Senegal the percentage of bank card owners is only 2%. At the same time, carrier billing is available to any prepaid or postpaid mobile account owner. This means merchants using carrier billing can reach a paying audience twenty times bigger than with traditional payment methods."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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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