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June 10, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 10, 2016

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ON THE WEB

  • Will an iPhone App Make Your Bank Extinct? - Wall St. Journal - "Through the credit-card industry and the broader lending industry, banks kept customers on the brink of peak financial indebtedness with deliberately complex contracts and concepts like minimum payment, which is essentially a trap."
  • Starbucks has more customer money on cards than many banks have in deposits - MarketWatch - "Starbucks ... had $1.2 billion loaded onto Starbucks cards and the Starbucks mobile app as of the first quarter of 2016, according to the data."
  • White House Council of Economic Advisors: Financial Inclusion in the United States (PDF)"A lack of financial inclusion has broader consequences for the macroeconomy, having the potential to hurt both equity and efficiency by reducing access to credit, which can be essential for entrepreneurship, homeownership, and economic development more broadly." -
  • The Federal Reserve system - Economist - "Most modern economies have just one central bank, empowered by the government. That America’s central bank is more complex is the result of a series of political compromises struck in 1913, when the Fed was formed, and then again in 1935, when it was reorganised."

ON THE WIRES

  • VocaLink: Four of the UK’s biggest high street banks have signed up to launch “Pay by Bank app” Mobile payment service - David Yates, CEO VocaLink, said, “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with four of the UK’s biggest financial institutions, alongside the growing number of retailers who are supporting Pay by Bank app. This service is a convenient way to pay with your mobile and we look forward to working with a number of high street brands to bring Pay by Bank app to millions of UK banking customers."
  • InstaMed Launches ERA/EFT Transaction Adoption Guarantee - “There is significant opportunity to eliminate the cost and hassle of paper checks and EOPs which benefits both payers and providers. The InstaMed Network is built to address this problem. Our national scale and market penetration allow us to connect providers and payers quickly, and our value proposition to both continues to increase as we build out the InstaMed Network."
  • Wendy's Update On Unusual Credit Card Activity - "The Company believes this series of cybersecurity attacks resulted from certain service providers' remote access credentials being compromised, allowing access to the POS system in certain franchise restaurants serviced by those providers."

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.

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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, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 18, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • 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."

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 04, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 4, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • 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.

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 27, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 27, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • 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.

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 15, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 15, 2016

ON THE WEB

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!

October 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 27, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • MasterCard and Cardlytics Partner to Deliver an Integrated Card-Linked Loyalty Program for Banks of All Sizes - "MasterCard and Cardlytics today announced an agreement to deliver targeted card-linked services to US banks of all sizes. The new partnership will match Cardlytics card-linked marketing solutions and advertising expertise with MasterCard’s bank partners and its offers and rewards platform to deliver a solution that is unsurpassed in the loyalty business."
  • FIS and The Clearing House Team to Execute a Ubiquitous Real-Time Payment System for the U.S. - "As a global leader in the payments industry, we are proud to join this critical initiative to deliver a game changing real-time payments ecosystem to the U.S. marketplace,” said Nancy Langer, chief product officer, FIS. “We have long invested in delivering real-time money movement capabilities to our clients and view this partnership as an extension of our strategy to disrupt the status quo and empower our clients through new payment paradigms.”
  • Affirm Announces Omnichannel Installment Payment Products for Telesales and Physical Stores - “Our new telesales and in-store payment products help strengthen Affirm’s omnichannel presence,” said Levchin. “Installments are much more than just a way to defer payment temporarily. We now have sufficient data that shows they help merchants boost sales and help consumers, who may not have credit cards or choose not to use them, pay for their online and in-store purchases in a way that best matches their monthly budgets.”
  • Marqeta Adds Leading FinTech and Commerce Brands to Its Payment Innovation Platform; Closes $25 Million Series C Round - "Today, at Money20/20 2015, Marqeta, the Open API issuer processor platform, announced a host of new marquee customers, including Affirm, DoorDash, HyperWallet and Kabbage, alongside known customers such as Facebook, Bento for Business and Perk. Marqeta also confirmed closing a $25 million Series C round."
  • InAuth Launches Game-Changing Device Reputation Network, InExchange - “This is a definite game-changer in the industry”, said InAuth CEO, Lisa Stanton. “Our ability to utilize device identification technology to create a network that enables protection from even the first instance of fraud is unique to only InAuth. Participating in InExchange is a win-win for both consumers and businesses. Consumers want to be able to do more with their mobile without any unnecessary friction, and businesses want to protect their brand and bottom line from fraud losses.”
  • Samsung Pay Advantage Significantly Expands Mobile Payment Merchant Acceptance and Drives Consumer Adoption - "After one month, the numbers say it all: Consumers who have used Samsung Pay are using it repeatedly because it works almost anywhere you can swipe or tap a card," said Thomas Ko, global co-general manager of Samsung Pay. “We’re thrilled to introduce new partners that will build on our early success, and move us even closer to a world in which your mobile phone is a true mobile wallet."
  • Blackhawk Network Announces Partnership to Integrate Gift Cards Into Samsung Pay - "We are thrilled to complement Samsung Pay's groundbreaking mobile payment technology with the upcoming integration of gift cards into the application," said Talbott Roche, president of Blackhawk Network. "Consumers often have several gift cards at any given time, and the ability to integrate them into a single mobile payment solution, coupled with Samsung Pay's unique MST technology allowing for convenient redemption, is expected to provide a value add to Samsung Pay users."
  • BlockCypher Assets API Enables Any Asset on the Blockchain in Only One Step - "With one simple API call, an organization can now issue any asset as custom digital tokens (colored coins) and transfer them securely using the blockchain. “Colored coins” is a term that describes a class of methods for representing and managing real-world assets on the blockchain."
  • FIS Helps Accelerate Acceptance of Mobile Payments at the Pump - "FIS today announced a technology agreement with SAP (NYSE: SAP), in which FIS will integrate the FIS Mobile Payment Enablement Gateway solution with SAP® Vehicles Network running on SAP HANA® Cloud Platform."
  • New GSMA Report Sees North America Leading Global Adoption of New Mobile Technologies - “The North American mobile industry has been the strongest performing of any developed region globally for some time, characterised by substantial subscriber growth, the early adoption of new technologies, high levels of mobile usage and strong revenue trends,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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!

October 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 21, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Visa Launches New Platform to Help Card Issuers Market and Grow Their Business - "Visa Inc. today announced the launch of Visa Integrated Marketing Solutions (VIMS), a card marketing platform designed to help small to medium-sized issuers optimize their marketing efforts. The VIMS platform enables the development and execution of key marketing services across the customer lifecycle – from acquiring new customers to cardholder retention."
  • W3C Starts Web Payments Standards Work to Streamline the Online "Check-Out" Process - "The industry has looked to digital wallets as a way to improve security and usability, as well as to support marketing initiatives. And yet, users have not yet wholeheartedly embraced them," said W3C CEO Dr. Jeff Jaffe. "We believe that one reason for this is that the digital wallet market is fragmented and providers use incompatible programming interfaces."
  • Diebold Software Innovation Slashes Fraud Exposure Through Secure Onboarding To Digital Payments - "SimplyTapp believes extending consumer relationships through mobile devices is critical to the future of banking," said Doug Yeager, SimplyTapp chief executive officer and co-founder. "Together with Diebold's secure self-service technology and our leading Cloud Token Solution, the need for highly secure authentication and card onboarding can now be fully realized at the convenience and familiarity of a bank's ATM."
  • Synchrony Financial Launches CarCareONE Mobile App to Deliver Account Servicing, Store Locator Functionality, and Special Offers to Millions of Cardholders’ Smartphones - “Our CarCareONE app offers a new platform for our automotive merchants to engage with their customers wherever they are,” said Glenn Marino, executive vice president & CEO of Synchrony Financial’s Payment Solutions platform. “We know that financing is an important consideration for drivers dealing with an unexpected repair or routine maintenance, and this innovative app provides CarCareONE cardholders a useful tool to manage their account, locate services for all their auto maintenance needs, and find valuable offers from our network of retailers and service shops across the country.”
  • Buy With Affirm, Pay in Monthly Installments Now Available to 3dcart eCommerce Merchants - “Installments aren't just a slick way for consumers to temporarily defer payment," said Levchin. "It’s how Affirm helps eTailers boost sales and consumers, who may not have credit cards or who choose not to use them, pay for their purchases in a way that best matches their monthly budgets."
  • Intuit and Fundbox Partner to Tackle #1 Pain Point Faced by Small Businesses: Cash Flow - Fundbox CEO Eyal Shinar added, “We are thrilled to become a more deeply embedded solution within Intuit’s QuickBooks ecosystem - we know millions of SMBs will benefit from this partnership.
  • SumUp Expands To U.S. With Launch Of EMV Card Terminal - "It's a perfect time to bring SumUp to the U.S. The shift to EMV chip cards puts more costly fraud liability on stores without chip terminals -- but only half of small businesses are even aware of EMV liability," said Daniel Klein, CEO of SumUp. "EMV is the norm around the world, and SumUp is the platform of choice for EMV transactions in 14 countries today. We are here to help U.S. merchants and partners such as cash register vendors to transition quickly and securely to EMV, by making payments as easy as possible for their customers."
  • Discover Financial Services Joins Banking Industry Architecture Network - "Discover Financial Services recently joined the Banking Industry Architecture Network, a not-for-profit industry standards association, to leverage a banking-industry-specific framework and standard messaging to speed the delivery of new products and services."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 21, 2015

On the Web:

  • Visa In $21bn Bid To Merge US, European Units - Sky News - "The American payments giant Visa has tabled a $21bn (£13.4bn) offer to acquire its European sister company in a deal that would crystallise huge windfalls for some of Britain's biggest banks."
  • Mobile Banking and Mobile Payment Practices of U.S. Financial Institutions: Results from 2014 Survey of FIs in Five Federal Reserve Districts - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Payment Strategies team offers insights into the mobile banking practices and mobile payment plans of banks and credit unions in five Federal Reserve Districts: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Richmond. The report presents the consolidated findings from a joint survey that was conducted in the third quarter of 2014."
  • Credit Scores Are Rising, and Becoming More Visible - New York Times - "The national average FICO score is now 695 — the highest it has been in at least a decade, according to the latest analysis from Fair Isaac Corporation, the score’s creator. Nearly 20 percent of consumers now have scores above 800."
  • Apple Posts New iPhone Advert: “Apple Pay” - MacStories.net - "The new advert, "Apple Pay", naturally focuses on Apple Pay, demonstrating Apple's contactless payment method available on the iPhone 6 in the US and UK."
  • Forking hell - Economist - "The dispute is as ideological as it is technical. The Bitcoin community has a process to settle such controversies, but it is by design slow and produces decisions only when everybody is happy."

On the Wires:

  • Affirm Financing Now Available to Shopify Merchants - "Affirm, the financial technology company led by PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin, today announced that Buy with Affirm, a payment option for consumers, is now available to merchants on Shopify, a leading cloud-based multichannel platform. The integration will provide Shopify’s U.S. merchants with the ability to offer shoppers installment financing at checkout."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 7, 2015

On the Web:

  • PayPal co-founder raises $275 million to reinvent credit - "Banks and financial institutions have not created products that serve younger generations in the most efficient way, according to Max Levchin, the co-founder of eBay-owned payments giant PayPal."
  • BitBeat: Day After FinCEN Bombshell, Ripple Labs Addresses Concerns - Wall St. Journal - "Even with these clarifications, questions and speculation will continue to percolate around FinCEN’s dramatic action against the second-biggest digital currency in market capitalization terms."
  • Visa Moves At The Speed Of Money - Forbes - "None of which seems to faze Visa’s chief executive, Charlie Scharf. In time, he says, would-be Visa disruptors all discover–just as Internet upstarts PayPal, Square and Uber did–that it is simply easier and more economical to work with his leviathan than fight it."

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Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 6, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Pitney Bowes Expands Cross-Border Ecommerce Capabilities with the Acquisition of Borderfree - “The acquisition of Borderfree not only makes sense for our clients, it accelerates our strategic vision to grow our company through expansion of our digital commerce businesses,” said Marc B. Lautenbach, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pitney Bowes. “The combination of Borderfree’s cross-border ecommerce capabilities with our own solutions expands our portfolio of offerings and extends our global reach."
  • FinCEN Fines Ripple Labs Inc. in First Civil Enforcement Action Against a Virtual Currency Exchanger - "Ripple Labs willfully violated several requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) by acting as a money services business (MSB) and selling its virtual currency, known as XRP, without registering with FinCEN, and by failing to implement and maintain an adequate anti-money laundering (AML) program designed to protect its products from use by money launderers or terrorist financiers."
  • Tipalti Expands International ACH Global Payments Coverage - “As our network economy customers continue to expand their international partner and supplier footprint to new markets, we will continue to provide more and more payment options around the world to support our clients’ rapid global growth,” said Chen Amit, founder and CEO of Tipalti.
  • WEX Inc. Introduces FlexCard, the New Revolving Fuel Card for Small Businesses - “Although many businesses are enjoying lower fuel prices today, our research shows that nearly half of businesses’ operating costs are fleet related and about half of that is for fuel,” said Peggy Watson, WEX’s vice president of North America fleet product and marketing. “For 30 years, WEX has helped businesses manage fuel and vehicle services expenses, and this customized solution addresses small businesses’ need for cash flow flexibility.”
  • AcceptEmail, Western Europe’s Leader in Consumer Bill Payments, Opens for Business in New York - "AcceptEmail is the market leader for consumer remittances in Western Europe. IntelligentHQ.com named the company one ofEurope’s 50 Hottest FinTech Companies in 2014 for its smart email and mobile billing solutions. Companies that send AcceptEmails experience up to 50% quicker payments, 70% lower billing and reminder costs, and 20% improved customer satisfaction (net promoter scores)."
  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR to Be Launched in the US This Summer - "SEQR has received a warm welcome here in the US, because of its value propositions for both the merchants and consumers. Having seasoned market industry personnel on staff has also been key to actively cultivating our partnerships and together we have developed the services to fit the local market, says Kenneth Douglas SVP Business and Partnership Development for SEQR in the US."
  • Smart Payment Association (SPA) releases total market estimate 2014 figures - "In 2014, over 2050 million chip payment cards were shipped across the world. The figure was reached just three years after global shipments exceeded the one billion mark in 2011."

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September 30, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 30, 2014

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September 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 24, 2014

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July 09, 2014

Affirm Introduces Split Pay - Enabling Installment Payments for eCommerce

Affirm 70x70Affirm, a new consumer finance service, has announced its new Split Pay service that lets online merchants offer installment payments to consumers at the point of sale. Using Split Pay, online shoppers can make a purchase and pay across multiple months with simple, clear financing fees the Affirm says are a fraction of credit card interest rates.

Consumers want and need an easy-to-use alternative to credit cards when they’re shopping online, especially underserved populations like Millennials, enthusiasts, and the vast population of debit card users,” said Affirm Founder Max Levchin.

“Consumer financing has been available to the largest online and many brick and mortar merchants for years. We’re now bringing this powerful financing to all online merchants, large and small.”

Affirm says there is zero risk for the eTailer as it pays its merchants in full at the time of settlement and their customers enjoy payments stretched out in monthly installments. Affirm says its Split Pay is consumer-friendly by providing clear terms and a fixed set of payments and consumers "are never hit with surprises or large fees as they often are with revolving credit."

Affirm says it "uses the power of big data to make better, faster financing decisions about shoppers at the point of purchase. The only information a first time user provides is top-of-mind facts such as their name, mobile phone number, and birthday. And once approved, there is no user name or password to remember for future use."

Affirm was started in 2012 by Levchin, co-founder of PayPal, Nathan Gettings, co-founder of Palantir, and Jeff Kaditz, formerly Chief Data Officer of ngmoco.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 9, 2014

On the Web:

  • Braintree's Reverse Takeover Of PayPal Begins - ReadWrite (Owen Thomas) - "The most interesting aspect of v.zero, compared to previous versions, is that it has support for PayPal built in, and makes it trivially easy for developers to add PayPal as a payment method."
  • Braintree v.zero SDK – faster integration, drop-in UI, and Pay with PayPal - Braintree Payments Blog - "Today, we’re releasing the Braintree v.zero SDK, the new foundation for accepting payments with Braintree. It enables slick buying experiences, offers customizable drop-in UI features across platforms, and for the first time enables Pay with PayPal."
  • The Global Bitcoin Opportunity: Why Index is Backing Xapo - Index Ventures Blog (Mike Volpi) - "We’re excited to back Wences and his team as they continue to build on their global dominance in the Bitcoin vault market. In the months to come, we’ll see a lot of innovation in Bitcoin storage and transactions from Xapo, and we’re thrilled to support the development of the Bitcoin universe."
  • The Next Big Thing You Missed: Startup’s Plan to Remake Banks and Replace Credit Cards Just Might Work - Wired - "After raising $45 million in venture funding, Affirm recently launched a new service called Split Pay, which lets customers pay for online purchases in installments, instead of upfront."
  • Copay (beta), An Open Source Multisig Wallet - BitPay Blog - "BitPay is pleased to announce Copay, an open source, multi-signature wallet. Copay was born out of our own need to securely store Bitcoins and we felt it needed to be shared. We believe that multi-signature technology will play an important role in helping people secure their bitcoins against loss or theft."
  • Mobile E-Commerce Hits All-Time High: New Custora E-Commerce Pulse Report - Custora Blog - "In the past four years, the mobile e-commerce market grew 19-fold: From $2.2 billion in 2010 to $42.8 billion in 2013. This represents 1875% growth over these four years, and 111% 4-year CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate)."
  • New approaches to anomaly detection - O'Reilly Radar (Ellen Friedman) - "Windowing and sparse coding, a simplified form of deep learning, provide a way to deal with complex repetitive patterns when you need to build a model to accurately predict them."
  • Bitcoin Foundation Hires Firm to Lobby Congress on Cryptocurrencies - CoinDesk - "The Bitcoin Foundation is stepping up its US lobbying efforts by hiring Washington, DC-based firm Thorsen French Advocacy."
  • How One Law Firm is Helping Bitcoin Startups Find Success - CoinDesk - "Perkins Coie currently represents between 40-50 bitcoin companies, a number driven by the firm’s relatively long experience and network of contacts in Silicon Valley."
  • Signals from Foo Camp 2014 - O'Reilly Radar (Mac Slocum) - "Foo Camp, our annual gathering in Sebastopol, Calif., brings together people we know and admire, and those we’d like to know better."
  • PunchClock: Fun With iBeacons - Panic Blog - "With this new technology in-hand, it wasn’t too long before I put together a brand new office In/Out tracker called PunchClock. It uses a combination of a geo-fence and iBeacon tracking..."

On the Wires:

  • Michael Walsh Joins Warburg Pincus as Industry Advisor - Mr. Walsh commented, "The payments industry is dynamic and ever changing so now is the ideal time to collaborate with Warburg Pincus and identify the companies and entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of the industry. I look forward to partnering with the firm to build on its track record of investing in this critical area of TMT.”
  • Hasso Plattner Ventures increases iZettle Series C to 45M Euro ($61M) - "Hasso Plattner Ventures joins in investing in the Series C round of funding, which was led in May by London based growth investor Zouk Capital with participation from Dawn Capital and Intel Capital, and Series A and B investors Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Northzone, Creandum and the Nordic financial services group SEB."
  • First Data Launches PayLucky™ Solutions - “First Data exists to help our clients grow their businesses and what the gaming industry needs to grow, and serve their customers better, is a dynamic one-stop-shop for the widest variety of payment options that include debit, credit, check, mobile, loyalty and prepaid processing” said Jonathon O’Connor, general manager, Online Gambling and Alternative Markets.
  • MasterCard and Silicon Valley Bank Continue Commitment to Startup Success with Commerce.Innovated. - “Our aim is to increase our client’s probability of success, help them navigate their growth, and connect with potential partners to achieve their ambitious goals. This program is a perfect example of that and we’re looking forward to meeting the new applicants,” said Reetika Grewal, head of Silicon Valley Bank’s payments strategy.
  • mopay Signs Global Carrier Billing Contract with Leading China Mobile Gaming Company Chukong Technologies - Ingo Lippert, mopay CEO, said, “Chukong is one of the top go-to partners for global developers who want to publish in the Asia-Pacific region. Our mopay team takes great pride in being the carrier billing partner of choice for one of Asia’s most innovative and successful mobile apps companies.”
  • Beepi Becomes First Peer-to-Peer Marketplace to Accept Bitcoin Payments for Cars - “Integrating with bitcoin is a natural extension of our promise to deliver the easiest way to purchase a car in the 21st century.”

Updates from Glenbrook:

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