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February 14, 2017

Headline News from - February 14, 2017

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  • Banks Look to Cellphones to Replace A.T.M. Cards - New York Times DealB%k - "Wallets can be lost, stolen or forgotten, but most people today wouldn’t be caught dead without their phones. Banks understand, and are grabbing on to that trend. Customers who don’t want to fumble around in their wallet for their A.T.M. card — or who have misplaced it for the umpteenth time — will soon be able to unlock cash dispensers’ coffers by using their phone."
  • JP Morgan, Santander Said to Join New Ethereum Blockchain Group - Coindesk - "Dubbed Enterprise Ethereum, the project's founding membership is said to include major financial institutions, tech giants and natural resources companies. According to sources, participating firms include JP Morgan, CME Group, BNY Mellon, Banco Santander, Microsoft, Red Hat, Cisco, Wipro and British Petroleum, among others. Blockchain startups BlockApps, Brainbot Technologies, ConsenSys, Nuco and Tendermint – as well as the Ethereum Foundation, the non-profit that oversees its code creation – are also said to be involved."
  • The payments industry authentication debate – A balance, not a trade-off - Payments Cards & Mobile - "This issue is very much top-of-mind at present following the European Banking Authority’s (EBA) consultation on strong customer authentication. The proposals and their implications are wide-ranging and could mean the end of frictionless online check-out in Europe."
  • More than 150,000 Kenyan merchants to get mobile payments with Masterpass QR - NFC World - "More than 150,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Kenya will be able to accept in-store mobile payments using QR code technology in 2017, using Mastercard’s Masterpass QR platform. The service is set to be introduced through “various financial institutions and other partners” from this month."
  • Kudi wants to make it easier to pay bills in places where internet access is limited - TechCrunch - "Making payments and sending money to friends and family in Nigeria can be cumbersome. Y Combinator-backed Kudi, which recently launched in Nigeria, is aiming to make it easier for people to pay bills and pay each other via messaging. At its core, Kudi is a chatbot, which lives inside Facebook Messenger and eventually Skype, that helps you transfer money, buy airtime for your phone, pay bills and stay on top of your accounts."
  • Payoneer launches API so companies can add embedded payment options to their services - TechCrunch - "Payoneer, a provider of payment technologies that lets vendors sell to international customers in local currencies — allowing for easier cross-border payments, is launching an API. The move lets billing companies and service providers embed payment technologies in their existing services."
  • Introducing the New Braintree Drop-in Mobile Payment UI - Braintree blog - "For the second iteration of our Drop-in UI, we went back to the drawing board and took a hard look at what the first version did well and where it fell short. We reached out to merchants who use this feature and asked them what worked for them and what we could do better. We also retooled the API to make our Drop-in UI flexible enough to fit into almost any app’s checkout flow."
  • Pizza Hut leverages mobile ordering and Alexa to drive sales - Mobile Commerce Daily - "Pizza Hut is hoping to tap into Amazon’s suite of mobile applications and Alexa devices with a new promotion that gives a discount to consumers who place an order through an Alexa device. "
  • Amazon’s Living Lab: Reimagining Retail on Seattle Streets - New York Times - "Amazon’s success in online commerce has transformed Seattle by bringing jobs, wealth and an almost insatiable appetite for office space — along with grumbling about how expensive the city is getting. At the same time, the company is putting its stamp on the city by using it as a lab for its expanding array of unconventional experiments in bricks-and-mortar retailing."


  • ABI Research Forecasts Nearly 6 Billion SIM Card Shipments in 2017 Despite Sharp Decline in NFC SIMs Worldwide - "ABI Research forecasts SIM Card shipments will reach nearly six billion in 2017 and maintain relatively stable growth until 2021 despite a sharp decline in NFC SIMs worldwide. The NFC SIM (known to the industry as Single Wire Protocol SIM) is losing its fight against the eSE (Embedded Secure Element) and HCE (Host Card Emulation), which continue to gain momentum due to ongoing interest from banks, financial institutions, and transportation authorities."


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