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May 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 22, 2015

On the Web:

  • Target Settlement With MasterCard Fails to Get Bank Support - AP - "MasterCard Inc. says that not enough issuers approved the deal and that it's still working to resolve the matter."
  • Data Encryption In The Cloud: Square Pegs In Round Holes - Dark Reading - "This is where a line of research I’ve been pursuing, together with a number of fantastic colleagues, comes in. Back in 2009, we flipped the problem around. Forget about square pegs, and change encryption to be a primitive that allows easy specification of the target format — the ciphertexts produced by encryption should come out already formatted in the right “shape.” We called this “format-preserving encryption” (FPE), a name first coined by Terence Spies of HP (formerly Voltage Security)."
  • Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead on the Future of Bitcoin - StrictlyVC - "I think most of Wall Street realizes that the systems that move money are incredibly antiquated and incredibly inefficient. Most of them were designed in the 1950s. The main thing for wiring money – SWIFT – is basically sending messages and it’s very primitive and can be disrupted by Bitcoin very easily, and most banks would like to see that happen."
  • Bitcoin - The Miner's Dilemma - Published by the Swift Institute - "Authored by Ittay Eyal (Cornell University), this paper focuses on Bitcoin mining pools, an essential part of the bitcoin ecosystem. Mining pools enable small miners to operate with a reasonable business risk. However, when these pools grow too big, they pose a great danger to the entire bitcoin system. The research demonstrates, using The Miner’s Dilemma as a variation of The Prisoner’s Dilemma in game theory, that the current unstable state of the Bitcoin ecosystem can be rectified using a technique called pool block withholding, which in time would make the large public pools unprofitable and therefore encourage miner’s to gravitate to smaller private pools which are more stable. This evolution to smaller pools would stabilise the overall Bitcoin ecosystem."

On the Wires:

  • UK Payments Council: Cash overtaken by ‘non-cash’ payments in 2014 - "Figures published today (21 May) show that the total number of cash payments made by consumers, businesses and financial organisations in the UK fell to 48% last year (from 52% in 2013). This is the first time that ‘non-cash’ payments have exceeded those made with cash, reflecting the steady trend to use automated payment methods and debit cards rather than pay by notes and coins. However, cash remains the most popular payment method by volume, followed by the debit card, which accounted for 24% of all payments last year."
  • High Credit Card Fees Put a Dent in Car Tune-ups for Memorial Day Trips - "In the U.S. swipe fees– the fees that merchants pay every time a customer uses a debit or credit card – are higher than in any other country. These fees are merchants’ fastest-growing cost and their second-highest operating expense – only labor is more. Banks and credit card companies are price-fixing swipe fees and marking them up to make huge profits."

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May 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 21, 2015

On the Web:

  • PayPal is Forever Changing Commerce, Everywhere - PayPal Stories - "Today, at an event in San Francisco, we announced new relationships, product experiences and strategies to be able to deliver faster, safer and more elegant buying experiences as we prepare to become an independent, public company under the ticker PYPL."
  • Stripe to Land $5 Billion Valuation in New Investment - Re/code.net - "Stripe, the online payments company, is in talks to raise new investment dollars at around a $5 billion valuation, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal. The exact amount of the investment could not be learned."

On the Wires:

  • Bigcommerce and PayPal Collaborate to Introduce Seamless Payment Processing for Small and Mid-sized Retailers - “PayPal takes a partner-based approach to payments to help merchants and consumers connect more easily,” said Bill Ready, SVP of Global Merchant and NextGen Commerce at PayPal. “We’re excited to team-up with Bigcommerce to offer an end-to-end ecommerce solution that makes it easier than ever for their merchants to launch and grow their businesses. Together, we are giving merchants everything they need to open an online store in just minutes rather than weeks -- all bundled into a single integration.”

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Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 20, 2015

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  • NYSE to Launch NYSE Bitcoin Index, NYXBT - “Bitcoin values are quickly becoming a data point that our customers want to follow as they consider transacting, trading or investing with this emerging asset class,” said NYSE Group President Thomas Farley. “As a global index leader and administrator of ICE LIBOR, ICE Futures U.S. Dollar Index and many other notable benchmarks, we are pleased to bring transparency to this market. By combining our technology infrastructure with our expertise in index calculation and data management, we will continue to launch complimentary products based on our rigorous standards and proprietary index methodology.”
  • The BPCE Group and Oberthur Technologies Launch a World-Exclusive Innovation: the First Dynamic Cryptogram Payment Card - "Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne, in association with Natixis Payment Solutions and Oberthur Technologies (OT), a world leader in digital security solutions, announce the pilot of the first payment card integrating Motion CodeTM, OT’s dynamic cryptogram solution. This world-first replaces the three-figure security code on the back of the card with a 'mini-screen' displaying a code that automatically changes periodically."
  • TA Associates Announces Investment in Procare Software - "Procare’s payment processing offering, Tuition Express®, allows for automated collection of tuition, fees and other payments, and is directly integrated into the company’s software suite. Tuition Express helps increase the reliability of billing information, simplify reconciliation and reduce duplicate data entry."
  • Telecom Companies Gain Easy, Digital Way to Collect Cash Payments Through PayNearMe and Telinta Partnership - "Having an easy way to pay for telecom services is a necessity for all consumers," said Danny Shader, PayNearMe's founder and CEO. "This partnership helps friends and families stay in touch across thousands of miles, regardless of whether they choose to pay through plastic or cash. Telecom service providers who use PayNearMe will find that it is a unique competitive advantage over others in the industry who are not yet serving this segment of the population."

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May 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 19, 2015

On the Web:

  • A bitcoin miner in every device and in every hand - Medium (Balaji Srinivasan) - "21 is now officially open for business — and business development. After much hard work, we’ve created an embeddable mining chip which we call the BitShare that comes in a variety of form factors. The 21 BitShare can be embedded into an internet-connected device as a standalone chip or integrated into an existing chipset as a block of IP to generate a continuous stream of digital currency for use in a wide variety of applications."
  • How Silicon Valley Joined the Bitcoin Gold Rush - FastCompany - "Wences agreed with Hoffman that Bitcoin was unlikely to be catch on as a payment method anytime soon. But for now, Wences believed that Bitcoin would first gain popularity as a globally available asset, similar to gold. Like gold, which was also not used in everyday transactions, Bitcoin’s value was as a digital asset where people could store wealth."
  • NYSE Launches Bitcoin Index Powered by Coinbase - Coinable Blog - "Today the New York Stock Exchange launched the NYSE Bitcoin Index (NYXBT), a benchmark for the daily price of bitcoin. NYXBT represents the U.S. Dollar value of one bitcoin, based on transactions occurring on Coinbase Exchange and other select bitcoin exchanges."
  • Leaderless Bitcoin Struggles to Make Its Most Crucial Decision - MIT Technology Review - "Under the one-megabyte-per-block limit, the network can process only about three transactions per second. If Bitcoin becomes a mainstream payment system, or even a platform for all kinds of other online business besides payments (see “Why Bitcoin Could Be Much More Than a Currency”), it’s going to have to process a lot more. Visa, by comparison, says its network can process more than 24,000 transactions per second."
  • Digital Gold - AVC (Fred Wilson) - "A lot of people ask me “are you still bullish on Bitcoin” and that question irritates me. Because it suggests that Bitcoin is simple. Bitcoin is not simple, it is not going away, and it continues to fascinate me more than almost anything out there in the tech sector."
  • Why banks (and PayPal) don't simplify - Financial Services Club Blog - "A bank cannot compete with a specialist who is simplifying a marketplace or financial activity, because an incumbent bank's systems and structures are usually too rigid, old and inflexible to change. That is why the new entrant simplifier can create P2P credit at less than 100 basis points differential (1% difference between their lending and savings rates) compared to a bank's 400 basis points or more. A bank has to cover the costs of their heritage buildings, people and infrastructure. A start-up has none of that legacy or overhead."

On the Wires:

  • NACHA Membership Approves Same Day ACH - “The financial services industry has come together through private-sector rulemaking to increase the speed of payments,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “Same Day ACH serves as an immediate action the industry has undertaken to modernize the payments system, and creates a building block for a variety of products and services. Same Day ACH creates value for end users through the certainty of its reach to all bank accounts in the U.S.”
  • MasterCard Makes Sending and Receiving Money Faster, Easier and More Secure with MasterCard Send - "Through a single connection to the MasterCard Send platform, businesses, merchants, governments, non-profits, issuers and other senders can send money to consumers whether they are banked or unbanked, and located domestically or abroad. By digitizing personal payments that are typically handled via cash or check, MasterCard is providing greater convenience, choice and security to both payment senders and receivers in developed and developing markets."
  • Visa Checkout Announces Enrolled Customer Conversion Rate of Nearly 70 Percent - "A new report from comScore* found that Visa Checkout shoppers convert to online buyers at a rate of 69 percent. This is likely because Visa Checkout customers complete online transactions faster than other shoppers who have to re-enter card and shipping information every time they want to purchase in the traditional check out flow."
  • QuickBooks Online Gets in Sync with PayPal - “Our collaboration with PayPal, and the app we’ve built as a result, further broadens our thriving payments ecosystem,” said Eric Dunn, Intuit's senior vice president for payments and commerce solutions. “Intuit is committed to delivering a range of personalized best-in-class payments solutions for small businesses. Our open platform allows small businesses to use the tools of their choice and therefore operate efficiently in a frictionless environment.”
  • Ripple Labs Closes $28 Million Series A Funding Round - "Ripple Labs, the global leader in distributed payments technology and supporters of the Ripple protocol, today announced that it closed a $28 million Series A funding round that includes IDG Capital Partners and the venture arms of CME Group and global data storage company Seagate Technology. Other new investors include Jerry Yang's AME Cloud Ventures, ChinaRock Capital Management, China Growth Capital, and Wicklow Capital, the investment vehicle for Dan Tierney and Stephen Schuler, co-founders of GETCO (now KCG)."
  • New Ponemon Institute Survey Reveals Time to Identify Advanced Threats is 98 Days for Financial Services Firms, 197 Days for Retail - “The big takeaway from our research is that more investment is needed in both security operations staff and in security tools, which can help companies efficiently and accurately detect and respond to security incidents,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder, Ponemon Institute. “The time to detect an advanced threat is far too long; attackers are getting in and staying long enough that the damage caused is often irreparable.”

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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 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 18, 2015

On the Web:

  • Can Google Outsell Amazon and eBay? - Wall St. Journal - "Google Inc. will launch buy buttons on its search-result pages in coming weeks, a controversial step by the company toward becoming an online marketplace rivaling those run by Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc."
  • Reid Hoffman: Why the block chain matters - Wired UK - "Why? Because in my experience, the most transformative ideas are not the ones that achieve broad consensus early on. Instead, they're the ones that are so uniquely out there, so contrarian, that even informed observers have wildly differing opinions regarding their potential value."
  • Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto and the Birth of Bitcoin - New York Times - "It may be impossible to prove Satoshi’s identity until the person or people behind Bitcoin’s curtain decide to come forward and prove ownership of Satoshi’s old electronic accounts. At this point, the creator’s identity is no longer important to Bitcoin’s future."
  • Apple Pay seeks alliance with Alipay in China - Want China Times - "Apple CEO Tim Cook said during his trip to China on May 13 that Apple Pay is seeking to ally with Alibaba's Alipay in tapping the Chinese market in order to challenge the dominant status of China UnionPay."

On the Wires:

  • Oberthur Technologies Partners with Samsung for the Launch of Samsung Pay in Europe - "We are very proud to have been the first selected by Samsung for the launch of Samsung Pay in Europe and to bring this new service to the many banks who will partner with us in Europe. Combining our unmatched expertise in the secure provisioning of payment means and other services with PEARL by OT® eSE we are connecting Samsung to a large ecosystem of service providers worldwide,” said Marek Juda, Managing Director of the Solutions Business Unit at OT.
  • NCR Unveils Orderman7 Mobile POS Solution for the Hospitality Industry - "With Orderman7’s large, high-resolution 5-inch HD display, users can assist customers in all types of situations, even in direct sunlight. The Orderman7 gives hospitality employees a “smartphone-like” experience combined with shock-resistant and water-tight design, while featuring programmable side buttons for the most frequently used functions."
  • Toshiba and ITAB Join Forces to Offer Cutting Edge Innovation in Checkout - “In a retail landscape that changes so rapidly, joining in an alliance with Toshiba enables us to deliver unique solutions to the retail market that leverage the combined strengths of both companies,” said Niklas Thoresson, Chief Business Officer, ITAB. “Through our joint solutions, retailers have the opportunity to improve sales and efficiency in their store operations.”

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May 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 14, 2015

On the Web:

  • PayPal: Powering the Potential of PYPL - PayPal Forward Blog - "I’m honored and thrilled that PayPal is returning to its roots as an independent company. In the second half of 2015 we’ll once again be publicly traded on NASDAQ with our original stock ticker symbol PYPL. This is a meaningful symbol for the company because it represents our unbroken commitment to the spirit of the original vision that sparked the launch of PayPal 17 years ago."
  • Credit-Card Firms Reap Rewards of Consumer Brand Loyalty - Wall St. Journal - "Stuck with slow growth prospects in a saturated market, banks that issue credit cards are increasingly churning out cards that are aimed at creditworthy customers loyal to a store, airline or hotel."
  • Distinction between online, offline blurs for shoppers, but not retailers: report - Mobile Commerce Daily - “We are quickly moving toward a point where there is really no ‘online’ or ‘offline’ if consumers are connected all the time,” said Kasey Lobaugh, Deloitte Digital’s chief retail innovation officer. “However, there’s a divide between the digital functionality retailers provide and the experience consumers want."
  • NTT Docomo’s Iris Scan Phone - Wall St. Journal - "Forget passcodes or fingerprint scans. Now you can unlock a smartphone with the blink of an eye."

On the Wires:

  • American Express Announces Exporting Program to Help Middle Market Companies Grow Globally - “Exporting represents a $928 billion opportunity1 for U.S. mid-sized companies2 over the next 10 years, yet only 17% of middle market firms currently trade internationally3,” said Susan Sobbott, president, Global Corporate Payments, American Express. “The Grow Global program is designed to help demystify the complexities of exporting, and help companies seize the opportunities available by tapping into markets outside the U.S.”
  • Sally Provides Update on Payment Card Investigation - “We believe it is in the best interests of our customers to alert them that we now have sufficient evidence to confirm that an illegal intrusion into our payment card systems has indeed occurred. However, we will not speculate on the scope of the intrusion as our forensics investigation is still underway,” said Chris Brickman, President and CEO.

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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 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 13, 2015

On the Web:

  • Square raises more money to make small business loans - Fortune - "The company announced on Tuesday that Square Capital, its loan-making division, has raised an additional investment from previous backer, Chicago-based Victory Park Capital ..."
  • Bitcoin may never make it to Wall Street, but its tech will - Wired - "Angel refers to this concept as “the stockchain,” and like Peterson, he sees Nasdaq’s private market technology as a stepping stone to a blockchain-based public market."
  • Blockchain Tech Could Improve Banking, Says EBA Report - CoinDesk - "Blockchain technology has the potential to reduce costs, improve product offerings and increase speed for banks, according to the most recent report from the Euro Banking Association (EBA)."
  • Blockchain technology spells the end of middlemen - Canadian Business - "Blockchain technology’s potential beyond bitcoin is huge: It could replace the multi-trillion-dollar market in third-party verification services that underpins the modern global economy. Services and institutions that act as middlemen to facilitate and verify financial transactions, contract relationships, record-keeping and asset transfers could all be disrupted by blockchains..."

On the Wires:

  • New GSMA Report Finds That Latin America and the Caribbean Have Fastest Growth in Mobile Financial Services Globally - “Great progress has been made in deepening financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last three years,” said Sebastian Cabello, Head, GSMA Latin America. “The region has seen a major increase in the number of adults with bank accounts, however, approximately half of all adults in LAC still remain unbanked. Mobile money services are a powerful tool for expanding financial access in developing markets and will play a critical role in continuing to build a healthy digital financial ecosystem in the region.”
  • Accenture and Moven Join Forces to Transform Digital Banking Solutions - “We set out to change what the world thinks of as a day-to-day bank account, starting from scratch with mobile, and providing customers with advice on spending and savings,” said Brett King, Moven’s CEO and founder. “The alliance with Accenture will be invaluable in helping us mobilize our services globally as we grow to tens of millions of users in a dozen countries. Accenture's phenomenal footprint with the biggest banks in the world, combined with the digital and end-user experience from Accenture Interactive and Fjord, made it the only choice for this global alliance partnership."
  • American Express Board Authorizes Repurchase of up to 150 Million Shares, Announces 12 Percent Dividend Increase - "As previously announced on March 11, 2015, the company was informed that the Federal Reserve did not object to the company’s 2015 capital plan to repurchase up to $6.6 billion of common shares through the second quarter of 2016, as well as to increase the company’s quarterly dividend to $0.29 per share beginning with the second quarter 2015 dividend declaration."
  • Zoho Introduces ACH Payments in its Financial Suite with Forte - "Zoho is now able to offer their customers the ability to accept ACH/eChecks, credit and debit card payments quickly and with confidence using Forte’s robust processing services. In addition, each account includes unlimited access to Forte’s payment gateway, virtual terminal, online reporting and payment tokenization and storage services."

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