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August 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 4, 2015

On the Web:

  • U.S. Judge Rejects American Express Class Action Settlement - New York Times - "A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected a proposed class action settlement between American Express Co and merchants who sued the company over swipe fees, ruling that a lawyer for the merchants compromised the fairness of the agreement."
  • China Proposes to Keep Online Payments in Check - Wall St. Journal - "The draft rules issued late Friday by China’s central bank place curbs on online payment services—limiting fund transfers, capping the size of daily transactions and increasing the requirements users must meet to prove their identities."
  • On Native Bitcoin Apps, Open Source Communities, and What Happened Before Satoshi Nakamoto Vanished - A16Z Blog - "This year, Switzerland-based bitcoin core developer Mike Hearn is an Andreessen Horowitz’ “developer in residence”, part of an effort to engage open source communities and especially focus on native applications built on top of bitcoin."
  • Using Distributed Ledgers as a Payment System - Phil Kenworthy - "The big step would be to extend the model so that the Banks would not just operate their own ledgers but that for the broader banking community. The Payment System would then become the network and rules mechanism by which the transactions would take place."

On the Wires:

  • PayPal Appoints New Chief Financial Officer - "PayPal Holdings, Inc. today announced John D. Rainey is joining the digital payments leader as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 24, 2015. Rainey joins PayPal from United Continental Holdings, Inc. where he was Executive Vice President and CFO at United Airlines."
  • Pivotal Payments becomes Principal Member of UnionPay International - "We're delighted to be able to partner with UnionPay in providing high quality, cost effective and secure cross-border payment services, putting our clients on a newly expanded global footing," said Philip Fayer, president and chief executive officer of Pivotal Payments. "We are not only providing our merchants with flexible payment solutions but accessibility to a much larger consumer market with a significant level of disposable income."

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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!

August 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 3, 2015

On the Web:

  • The extraordinary reinvention of Square - Fortune - "If sources close to the company are correct, Square’s revenue is growing at least 50% year over year."
  • In Papua New Guinea, Mobile Banking Brings Savings and Safety to Farmers - IFC - "Farmers can now get paid electronically – through their mobile phones. It’s cheaper and faster. The mobile banking service, pioneered by Bank South Pacific’s subsidiary, BSP Rural, allows buyers to transfer payments to growers’ bank accounts via text messages on their mobile phones."
  • The Mt.Gox Arrest Is The End Of The First Age Of Bitcoin - TechCrunch - "I’m far more optimistic these days in regard to bitcoin. While it is neither a silver bullet or a fiat currency replacement, it is a way to micro-pay artists for their work as much as it’s a way to send money between unbanked families."
  • Safaricom won’t let rivals share M-Pesa - Mediamax - "Safaricom has maintained it will not allow its mobile money platform, M-Pesa, to be spun off from the parent company, citing security risks for subscribers due to lack of clear guidelines and standards on cross-network cash transfers."
  • How the W3C is trying to standardize payments on the internet - The Next Web - "The organization in charge of online standards, the World Wide Web Consortium (or W3C), is facilitating the work of a so-called Web Payments Interest Group, a workgroup currently consisting of almost a hundred people from 44 companies and organizations. Since early 2014, the group has been actively working on creating a universal specification of how online payments should be described and conducted."
  • Friendly Fraud: Nothing to Smile About (Part 2) - Retail Payments Risk Forum - "A transaction that could be classified as friendly fraud might actually be one the customer just forget about, or one involving a family member using the customer's card without permission, or one with the customer actually not receiving the goods."

On the Wires:

  • Mercury Launches “Security Pays” Initiative to Improve Payments Security - "Mercury Payment Systems ... announced today its Security Pays initiative, designed to educate payments partners and business owners on how to protect their businesses from the multitude of security threats facing them today. Mercury is working to drive adoption of security standards, protocols and products across the industry to help payments partners and their business customers protect themselves."

  • Early Warning Improves Counterfeit Detection for Financial Institutions - "Early Warning’s Deposit Chek Service helps financial institutions of any size expedite funds availability decisions or accelerate preventive actions on deposited items based on whether an account is returning transactions; whether the payer’s account is in good standing; whether it is closed, or has insufficient funds; and if a stop-payment has been placed on an item."
  • BofA Merrill Achieves Top Placements in Nilson Rankings For Commercial Card - “It’s an exciting time to be a leader in the global payments area, where digital innovations and new mobile offerings are being introduced on an increasingly common basis,” said Ather Williams, head of Global Transaction Services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “Our clients are constantly looking for increased efficiency and improved analytics. We look forward to working with them on how together we can capitalize on these innovations to further their payment objectives and working capital.”
  • “Mr. NFC” Named Chairman of YellowPepper Board of Directors - "YellowPepper, Latin America’s leading mobile payment and banking company, today announced that Mohammad Khan, former president and founder of ViVOtech, a pioneering NFC software and hardware company that paved the way for mobile payments, has been named Chairman of YellowPepper Board of Directors."

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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!

July 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 31, 2015

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  • Visa Inc. Appoints Eduardo Coello to Leadership Role for the Latin America and Caribbean Region - “I couldn’t be more pleased to see Eduardo Coello continue to lead Visa’s growth for LAC,” said Eduardo Eraña, current Group Executive for Visa Inc. LAC. “With his deep knowledge of the region, strong client relationships, proven industry expertise, and passion for innovation, he is the right leader to grow the business and further extend Visa’s leadership position.”
  • Heartland Introduces Heartland Out-of-Scope Solution for pcAmerica’s POS Merchants - "The Heartland Secure out-of-scope solution streamlines the POS provider’s path to Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) acceptance by taking the POS system completely out of the payment authorization process, which means no cardholder data is ever sent to the POS system."
  • Springboard Retail and Heartland Partner to Deliver Integrated Retail Solutions for Small Businesses - “Springboard Retail, designed by retailers, helps retailers drive sales, improve efficiency, and lower operating costs to be competitive in today's omni-channel retail world,” says Springboard Retail co-founder and CEO, Gordon Russell. “Springboard's simple and transparent pricing aligns well with Heartland's approach and Springboard Retail is pleased to endorse the Merchant Bill of Rights. By partnering with Heartland, Springboard Retail furthers our mission of helping our retailers grow and prosper now and into the future.”
  • Discover Card Offers a Good Grades Reward Program - "New student cardmembers who apply after July 23, 2015 will be rewarded with $20 in Cashback Bonus® if their grade point average is 3.0 (or equivalent) or higher each year they are enrolled in school, for the first five years from the account opening."

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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!

July 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 30, 2015

On the Web:

  • Bitcoin and Blockchain: Two Revolutions for the Price of One? - Richard Gendal Brown - "“Digital” money is not the same as physical cash. And the world’s financial plumbing – payments systems, correspondent banking, SWIFT, … – is a direct consequence of this observation: physical cash really is fundamentally different to every other form of money: only physical cash is a bearer instrument. And only physical cash can be transferred without permission – censorship-resistant. Or so we thought."
  • The Evolution of Money, From Feathers to Credit Cards - Smithsonian Magazine - “Our exhibit represents the opportunity to show the diversity and strengths of this collection and to excite people to think about history, culture and innovation through numismatic objects,” says curator Ellen Feingold. “We embrace the theme of innovation, but we also really embrace the value of monetary objects for learning about history.”

On the Wires:

  • American Express and Best Buy Team Up to Enable Card Members to Use Membership Rewards Points on BestBuy.com - "American Express and Best Buy today announce the launch of a new e-commerce technology integration that enables U.S. Card Members enrolled in the Membership Rewards® program to seamlessly use their points for online purchases on BestBuy.com. Starting today, Card Members can use their Membership Rewards points for all or part of each online purchase and either pick it up in one of Best Buy’s stores or have it delivered to their door."
  • MasterCard Extends Partnership with Samsung to Deliver Samsung Pay in Europe - “Samsung Pay is pleased to join forces with MasterCard to offer a simple and safe mobile payment experience enabled for wider merchant acceptance to MasterCard cardholders and issuers in Europe,” said Injong Rhee, EVP of Samsung Electronics, Global Head of Samsung Pay. “Both organizations are committed to ground breaking fin-tech innovations that will deliver on the promise of a true mobile wallet.”
  • Instant Access to Information Changing Consumer Search Patterns When It Comes to Choosing Banking Products - “As financial institution customers have more and more interactions with consumer brands that provide multi-channel communications, they will demand those same channels when it comes to their interaction with banks and credit unions,” explained Scott Wallace, vice president of marketing, Deluxe Financial Services. “We believe this survey shows that customers want multiple research channels and tools before they will engage their local branch to open a new account.”
  • TSYS and Acquirer Systems Launch ASTREX to Simplify EMV Certification Process - “By using our simulator tool, VARs and ISVs can gain an edge on the competition by bringing powerful and efficient EMV solutions to market faster,” said Craig Ludwig, head of product for TSYS’ Merchant Services segment. “This not only allows them to easily meet the rapidly approaching October 1 EMV liability shift date, but also affords them the opportunity to offer EMV support to their merchants in an expedited timeframe — increasing the quality of their clients’ overall experience.”

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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!

July 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 29, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • TD Bank and MasterCard Partner to Drive Innovative Payment Solutions - "TD Bank ... announced an agreement with global payments technology company MasterCard to route debit and prepaid card transactions over MasterCard’s Maestro network. Through the agreement, MasterCard will process TD Bank’s debit card and prepaid card PIN transactions."
  • How America Pays in 2015 - “Consumers still have a strong preference for traditional payment methods like debit cards and prepaid cards. Those payments tools are not going away anytime soon, even as interest in and usage of new payment methods grows,” said Teri Llach, chief marketing officer at Blackhawk Network, a pioneer of prepaid gift cards, payments tools and rewards delivered via a robust and convenient network. “Our findings prove that payments is not either/or when it comes to legacy payments versus emerging products; it’s really about convenience and providing a mix of options.”
  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports Second-Quarter 2015 Financial Results - “Our business continues to perform well with good transaction and volume growth, particularly in cross-border, despite the mixed global economic environment and foreign exchange headwinds,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We are executing on our strategy to grow our business by focusing on winning new deals in our core payments business, while building out our data analytics, processing and safety applications. A blend of acquisitions and organic investments in these spaces remain at the foundation of our strategy.”
  • TSYS Reports Second Quarter Adjusted EPS Grew 29.0% - “For the second quarter in a row, we exceeded our expectations that resulted in another outstanding quarter and year-to-date performance. Organic revenue grew 13.7% year-to-date as we continue to deliver exceptional performance across our key metrics,” said M. Troy Woods, chairman, president and chief executive officer of TSYS.
  • Planes, Trains, and Cruises All Now Easier to Purchase Online as MasterPass Expands Travel Industry Acceptance - “Travel merchants are increasingly looking to drive efficiencies in the online booking process,” said Vib Prasad, Group Head of MasterPass at MasterCard. “MasterPass can provide a seamless checkout experience while delivering the security our cardholders have come to expect when using a MasterCard, so they can focus on enjoying their time away.”
  • AcceptEmail and PayWithMyBank® Partner to Bring Consumers Heightened Convenience in Bill Payments while Cutting Down on Billing Costs - “This is the best of both worlds,” said AcceptEmail CEO Peter Kwakernaak. “Billers who take advantage of the combination of AcceptEmail and PayWithMyBank need not make adjustments to their systems, website or Apps in order to get VerifiedACH with real-time confirmations. They will reap substantial savings too. ACH is far less expensive to transact than credit card payments, which often take a percentage of the invoice amount.”

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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!

July 28, 2015

Visa Invests in Stripe - Will Partner to Expand Online Commerce Globally

Stripe Logo 140pxVisa Inc. has announced a strategic investment in Stripe as part of a new partnership with Stripe to support new technologies and online payment experiences for merchants, developers and consumers worldwide. As part of this relationship, "Stripe will accelerate its international expansion, particularly in emerging markets, accessing Visa’s global footprint through its acquiring and issuing partners."
Given the explosive growth of new commerce experiences enabled by a global developer community, Visa is expanding its strategic relationships across the payments ecosystem,” said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president, innovation and strategic partnerships, Visa. “We are very excited to work with Stripe and leverage our combined assets to broaden our offering to new types of merchants and developers globally.”
Visa also noted that "Stripe will also be one of the first beta partners to connect to Visa’s network capabilities via APIs and SDKs, offering their developer community access to payment and risk management services, Visa’s tokenization service and security technologies."

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 28, 2015

On the Web:

  • Stripe, Digital Payments Start-Up, Raises New Funding and Partners With Visa - New York Times - "On Tuesday Stripe also announced a partnership with Visa, one of the world’s largest credit card companies, in which the two will work on ways to improve digital transactions. The companies said they expected to collaborate on initiatives like payments security, as well as software like website “buy buttons.”"
  • Lawyer Emails Put Visa, MasterCard Settlement at Risk - Wall St. Journal - "Lawyers representing roughly 100 big merchants, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Home Depot Inc., and 7-Eleven Inc., are expected on Tuesday to formally notify the card networks that they will seek to unravel the three-year-old pact..."
  • UK Interchange fee regulation: a consultation - HM Treasury - "This consultation invites views on the government’s proposed steps to meet the UK’s obligation to put in place an adequate and efficient regulatory regime to supervise compliance with the ‘Interchange Fee Regulation’ (IFR)."
  • UK: Rules proposed to tackle ‘unfair’ credit and debit card fees - FT.com - "A government consultation launched on Monday proposes rules to limit so-called interchange fees charged to a business when a customer pays using a card."
  • UK: Cap on card fees could lead to lower prices for consumers - Guardian - "In a consultation document, the Treasury said: “The government is clear that merchants are expected to pass these savings on to consumers in the form of lower prices.”
  • Wells Fargo Joins Other Banks in Testing Mobile Biometrics - "The bank’s mobile development efforts include testing an intelligent assistant, akin to Apple Inc.’s Siri, that enables consumers to conduct their banking by speaking commands into the phone, says Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo’s new Innovation Group."
  • The Truth About the Death of Cash - BBC - "Cash is essentially untraceable, it’s easy to carry, it’s widely accepted and it’s reliable. If the power goes out, or there’s a blip in the electronic systems that make the online commerce world go round, cash is there."
  • 8 Banking Giants Embracing Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "While major institutions found that bitcoin was perhaps problematic as a currency, they seem to increasingly believe that the blockchain, the protocol that manages and facilitates the exchange of bitcoin, offers benefits over their closed database systems."

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