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April 28, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 28, 2016

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  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports First-Quarter 2016 Financial Results - “The year is off to a good start with solid growth in revenue due to strong volume and transaction levels this quarter,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We continue to deliver against our strategy, looking to our investments and acquisitions to create a better cardholder experience, supported by a relentless commitment to security."
  • M/Chip Fast from MasterCard Speeds EMV Transactions and Shoppers Through Checkout - "As with standard EMV, M/Chip Fast provides counterfeit fraud protection by creating a unique code for each transaction. Once the code is generated, the card can be removed from the reader with the goal of both decreasing the processing time of the transaction and reducing the cardholder perception of a longer wait at checkout."
  • Start-ups Invited to Dive Into the Visa Developer Sandbox as Part of Second Annual Everywhere Initiative - “With payment and marketing innovation happening at break-neck speed, Visa is once again asking the start-up community for their best ideas to help move the industry forward,” said Shiv Singh, senior vice president, digital and marketing transformation at Visa. “With Visa’s rich set of APIs and SDKs, we are especially excited to see how our open platform can help fuel additional payment innovation with this year’s challenges.”
  • Visa Opens its First Innovation Center in Asia - “The pace of technological innovation across Asia Pacific is unprecedented and creating enormous opportunity for any company that touches the growing payment ecosystem,” said Chris Clark, group executive, Asia Pacific, Visa Inc. “With the doors of Visa’s Singapore innovation center now officially open, we look forward to working alongside clients and partners to imagine and build the creative and leading-edge mobile and digital experiences Asia Pacific is known to deliver to the rest of the world.”
  • Perk.com Inc. Adds Perk Points as Payment Method on the SuperRewards Platform - Ted Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of Perk.com, says, “In the payments industry, one of the most important developments of the 21st century is that people are able to make purchases with their time and attention rather than with physical money."

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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!

April 27, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 27, 2016

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  • PayPal Reports Strong First Quarter Results - "Our first quarter results continue to demonstrate the power of our global payments platform to attract and engage consumers, increasing our global scale and in turn attracting new merchants and partners to PayPal,” said Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. “Our focus on payments and ability to innovate for merchants and consumers continues to differentiate PayPal and drive our growth in a dynamic and competitive environment.”
  • Visa Brings Digital Payments to Rio 2016 Olympic Games as 1.2 Million Travelers Are Expected in Brazil - “Visa has always stood for universal acceptance and the most secure and fast way to pay across merchants, borders and currencies,” said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships at Visa Inc. “As we prepare for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Visa is transforming the way fans pay, giving them choice in how they want to pay for anything, anytime and everywhere.”
  • Citi Ventures Makes Strategic Investment in BlueVine - “BlueVine’s platform addresses pain points like cash flow management for the growing market of small businesses in need of financing,” said Arvind Purushotham, Managing Director and Co-head of Venture Capital at Citi Ventures. “We’re excited to champion and accelerate the growth of a company that is setting the industry standard in providing expanded access to capital on an easy-to-use digital platform.”
  • Shopify Announces Shopify Capital - "Most entrepreneurs and online businesses have a hard time securing financing through traditional sources. Shopify is able to tailor cash advances to each merchant’s needs, based on data processed through the Shopify platform. Accessing this financing is designed to be as simple as a few clicks, with money in the merchant’s account within a few days of acceptance."
  • Smart Payment Association Releases 2015 Smart Payment Card Shipment Figures - "In 2015, 56% of all smart card shipments globally (excluding the Americas) featured contactless technology – a 24% growth as compared to the year before."

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!

April 26, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 26, 2016

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  • Alibaba Affiliate Ant Financial Raises $4.5 Billion in Largest Private Tech Funding Round - Wall St. Journal - "Ant Financial, which operates Alipay, China’s biggest online-payments platform by transaction volume, raised its latest funding round from a clutch of investors including a Chinese sovereign-wealth fund and the country’s biggest insurers..."
  • A look inside Stripe’s API platform - Medium (Gordon Wintry) - "For this edition, I spoke with Cristina Cordova from Stripe. She shared how the company approaches partnerships to help grow the platform."
  • W3C Publishes First Public Working Drafts of Payment Specifications - "The W3C Web Payments Working Group has published the first public drafts of payment specifications which include a Payment Request API, payment method identifiers, and basic card payment."
  • All About Fraud: How Crooks Get the CVV - Krebs on Security - "A longtime reader recently asked: “How do online fraudsters get the 3-digit card verification value (CVV or CVV2) code printed on the back of customer cards if merchants are forbidden from storing this information?"
  • Canadian Fintech comes to Menlo Park on May 9. They'll be pitching their ideas and participating in a discussion of the environment for Fintech here and in Canada. Sign up here with BayPay.

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  • Pitney Bowes Launches Cloud-Based Payments Engine for Shipping and eCommerce Platforms - "By leveraging the Pitney Bowes Bank, an FDIC insured institution charted in Utah, the company is able to provide uniform payments products, lending terms and interest rates in the U.S."
  • International Telecommunication Union to discuss deliverables for future digital financial services roadmap - Speaking ahead of the event, Sacha Polverini, Chairman of the Focus Group and Senior Programme Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) programme said: “The work we are doing is incredibly important. It is the first time ITU has partnered with international organizations like the World Bank, CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association), AFI (Alliance for Financial Inclusion) and others to initiate a forum like this.”
  • U.S. Bank Launches New Pilot App for Local Businesses in Lawrence, Kansas - "U.S. Bank has launched Deal Local, a new mobile app designed to help local businesses attract new customers and build loyalty with their existing customers through deals and rewards. Exclusive to Lawrence as a pilot, the app is live in the Apple and Google Play app stores and is already being used by Mass St. favorites Weaver’s, Milton’s Café and Hobbs, among others."
  • Global Payments Completes Merger with Heartland Payment Systems - “We are delighted to announce the completion of this landmark transaction,” said Jeffrey S. Sloan, Chief Executive Officer of Global Payments. “The transformative partnership with Heartland will further accelerate revenue growth, operating margin expansion and cash earnings per share growth and create the leading provider of integrated payments technology solutions worldwide.”
  • Remitly Secures $38.5 Million in Series C Funding - "Stripes Group led this round and was joined by Vulcan Capital, both new investors in Remitly. Existing Remitly investors also contributed to the round including DFJ, DN Capital, Bezos Expeditions and Trilogy Equity Partners, among others."
  • Rising payment fraud in UK overwhelming merchants with misunderstood chargebacks - "The figures from Financial Fraud Action UK reveal that financial fraud losses grew by 26% in 2015. The research further highlights the growth in payment card fraud, up 18% over the same period to £567.5m and the value of card-not-present (CNP) fraud, including ecommerce, which was up 20% to £398.2m."

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!

April 25, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 25, 2016

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  • The Clearing House and FIS Submit Joint Proposal to Fed’s Faster Payments Task Force - “TCH is implementing a foundational clearing and settlement system whose core attributes will enable financial institutions to develop innovative new products for their customers,” said Jim Aramanda, CEO of The Clearing House. “We know that if our system meets the needs of customers in terms of innovative services, speed, efficiency, and security there is no reason it won’t also align with the Task Force’s criteria.”
  • CPA Leads Transition to Electronic Payments with Launch of Global Messaging Standard in Canada - “Our participant financial institutions endorse ISO 20022 because it is clear that consumers and businesses alike will benefit from exchanging more data with electronic payments,” said Gerry Gaetz, President and CEO of the CPA. “The adoption of ISO 20022 will enable the Canadian financial community to provide better service, both domestically and across borders, to their customers.”
  • Dynamic Scrip Introduces ‘Dynamic Pay’ Mobile Rewards Program - "As one of the largest mobile payment retail networks in the country, Dynamic Pay offers up to 10% cash back to consumers for everyday purchases at over 200 national retailers spanning more than 300,000 locations around the U.S."
  • First Data’s Transformation Includes Major Strides in Diversity Programs & Recognition - "For the second consecutive year, First Data was named one of the Top 25 Noteworthy companies for diversity, a list cultivated from a pool of more than 1,800 companies."
  • TSYS Extends Payments Agreement with HealthEquity - “Our renewed partnership with TSYS will enable us to continue to grow our business quickly and efficiently,” said Jon Soldan, executive vice president of Operations at HealthEquity. “We look forward to working in partnership with TSYS to provide industry-leading service for our partners.”

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!

April 22, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 22, 2016

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  • Coachella Takes Payment Cards – Mostly - PaymentsViews.com (Sam Levitt) - "All in all, Coachella and Square teamed up to offer a much easier payment experience than in the past. Although I ended up using cash the rest of the weekend at all vendors – water or not – many people throughout the festival grounds were able to buy their meals, merchandise or beer with their cards."
  • Mastercard Close To £1bn Vocalink Takeover - Sky News - "Sky News has learnt that the 13 banks which are shareholders in Vocalink have approved a period of exclusivity within which Mastercard can negotiate a takeover of the company."
  • ETA Transact 2016 : Delivering Choice & Opening Opportunity - PayPal (Bill Ready) - "The entire commerce experience will be rewired in the next 3-5 years, as the industry shifts to mobile and enables new innovation. There’s never been a better time for industry players to come together to bring more choice and greater opportunities for consumers and businesses alike."
  • How the 'Faster' Chip Credit Cards Actually Work - St. Louis Post Dispatch - "Visa’s new tech works similarly to contactless cards, which communicate with a card reader via a radio frequency (RF) interface and, as such, don’t need to come into physical contact with it."

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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!

April 21, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 21, 2016

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  • Visa Inc. Reaches Preliminary Agreement to Amend Transaction With Visa Europe - "Visa Inc. today announced that, in response to feedback received from the European Commission, the Company and Visa Europe have reached preliminary agreement to amend their Transaction Agreement to eliminate the earn-out portion of the transaction consideration."
  • Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2016 Results - “Visa reported solid financial results in the fiscal second quarter. The continued headwinds of the strong U.S. dollar, lower oil prices, and an uneven global economy are driving continued weak cross-border spend, but domestic spend continues at reasonably strong levels consistent with last quarter."
  • MasterCard and Major League Baseball Extend, Expand Partnership - “MLB is one of our longest-tenured partners and during this time we’ve significantly expanded our relationship by taking it far beyond a traditional sponsorship,” said Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing Officer, MasterCard. “Baseball is a passion for many and through our partnership we’ve been able to deliver not only access for fans, but have incorporated new payment options, driven fan engagement around Priceless Causes and delivered truly memorable moments.”
  • Acorns Raises $30M in Funding to Expand its Micro-investing Products, Services, and Partnerships - "Acorns and PayPal share a vision of democratizing financial services and offering innovative solutions to help people build financial health," said Joanna Lambert, vice president of global consumer product and engineering at PayPal. "Technology is breaking down barriers to financial participation. PayPal is excited to support Acorns as they continue to use mobile technology to innovate in micro-investing, and empower millennials to take charge of their finances."
  • For Convenience or in an Emergency, CardFree Cash From Fiserv Enables Cardless Access to Cash at the ATM - Consumers live in an increasingly mobile world and want anytime, anywhere access to their money – experiencing financial services the same way they live their lives,” said David Keenan, senior vice president, Network Solutions, Fiserv. “CardFree Cash offers the convenience of the ATM and immediate access to cash without needing a card.”

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!

April 20, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 20, 2016

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  • Payments on Fire Podcast: On Internet Money – Talking Circle.com with Jeremy Allaire - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "The view that moving money is or should be an internet-wide capability is a guiding principle for Jeremy Allaire, founder and CEO of Circle. Take a listen to Jeremy on how Circle is connecting US dollars to British pound sterling, his plans for the euro, and how multiple technologies – blockchain and machine learning among them – enable money movement for Circle’s customers."
  • Why the Big Banks Can't Imagine Their Own Demises - New Yorker - "Later this year, the big banks will be given another shot at getting their living wills right. It’s important for the country that they do so, because we can’t have a sensible debate about whether and how to break up these institutions until we know how much of a risk they pose."

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  • New comScore Study Shows PayPal Online Checkout Conversion is 87.5%, Outperforms Competitors by 36% - “This comScore study shows that shoppers are completing their purchases with PayPal, at almost twice the rate of legacy systems,” said Bill Ready, senior vice president of product and engineering, PayPal. “As more commerce moves to mobile, having an easy way to checkout moves from a nice-to-have to a must-have. Last quarter, our customers made more than 15 million transactions a day on the PayPal platform, with 28% of them from mobile devices.”
  • SWIFT and Accenture outline path to Distributed Ledger Technology adoption within financial services - “Since the emergence of DLTs, the financial services industry has been looking for answers to questions about the potential use of these new technologies,” says Fabian Vandenreydt, Head of Securities, Innotribe and the SWIFT Institute, SWIFT. “The technology assessment has given us valuable insights into the necessary requirements for DLTs to succeed in financial services. It provides a clear state-of-play, outlining the different factors the technology needs to address, and the current maturity of DLTs in each of these areas."
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / Visa Inc. Convene Milestone Tenth Annual Global Financial Literacy Summit With Eye Toward Future - "At Visa, we have found that our most effective financial literacy programs come from strong partnerships between the public and private sector," said Nat Sillin, Visa's program lead for Financial Literacy. "Today's summit brings together well-respected leaders for an engaging discussion of how to improve financial education globally. We are encouraging summit attendees and webcast viewers to make their own commitment to advance personal finance education, which they can do by visiting www.finlitsummit.org."
  • Discover Global Network Signs with Computop to Increase International E-Commerce Merchant Acceptance - "This agreement is part of Discover Global Network’s ongoing effort to increase global acceptance, both online and in-store, through partnerships with leading payment service providers. By working with Computop, all cards running on the Discover Global Network will be provided with seamless and secure access to additional top merchants in the travel, e-commerce, hospitality and retail industries, among others."
  • RS Software Selected By Base Commerce - According to Jason Kafer, Chief Technology Officer of Base Commerce, “The depth of payments knowledge at RS Software is a critical value add to my business. I can achieve better control of the total cost of ownership related to my technology investment."
  • Samsung Pay Partners with Global POS Providers to Accelerate Mobile Payments Adoption - "Samsung announced today new partnerships with the world’s largest POS makers, including Verifone (NYSE: PAY), Ingenico Group, First Data and Clover, PAX Technology, Equinox, ID TECH, MagTek, USA ePay and OTI Global, to accelerate mobile payment adoption by ensuring the best possible user experience at merchants’ point-of-sale (POS) systems during checkout"
  • Moneris Partners with talech to Offer U.S. Merchants an mPOS and Business Management Solution via Banks - “Mobile is quickly emerging as the solution of choice for many merchants today as they look to increase their business efficiency and productivity,” said Chris Lee, President, North American Strategic Partnerships and Emerging Markets, Moneris Solutions. “With nearly half of all POS solutions expected to be mobile in the next three years, our partnership with talech allows us to deliver to merchants a complete business management solution.”
  • The Nilson Report Releases Top U.S. Debit Cards 2015 - "Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank, and U.S. Bank were the top 5 issuers based on combined signature-based and PIN-based debit as well as prepaid card spending."
  • First Data Launches Clover Online Store, An All-In-One eCommerce Solution - “Clover Online Store provides business owners with an ‘all-in-one’ integrated solution that includes shopping cart functionality, web design and all of the business management features that come with Clover,” said Guy Chiarello, President, First Data.

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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