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May 23, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 23, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Walmart Pay and the overcrowding of the mobile payment market - Tradestreaming - "Allen Weinberg, a partner at Glenbrook Partners, a payment strategy consulting firm based in San Francisco, CA., cautioned Tradestreaming that it’s premature to mourn MCX or CurrentC, given that Walmart has not formally abandoned the initiative."
  • Japan ATM heist reportedly involved 100 people who stole $12.7 million - ArsTechnica - "The thieves apparently went to ATMs like those found in 7-11s across Japan and swiped counterfeit South African credit cards, created using information from cards issued by South Africa's Standard Bank."
  • Bitcoin Catches On With Gold Bugs - Wall St. Journal - "In times of financial turmoil, I would prefer to see a portfolio full of bitcoin,” said Mr. Sukumar, who holds about one-third of his wealth in the digital currency.
  • Sydney Stock Exchange's blockchain system targets venture capital funds, commodities - Sydney Morning Herald - "Two-year-old Sydney Stock Exchange is building a blockchain settlement system to avoid high ASX fees and build a market for venture capital funds to exit their investments and commodities markets."
  • What The Mark Of The Beast Taught Me About The Future Of Money - BuzzFeed - "Silicon Valley has sold us on a cashless, cardless, walletless, supposedly frictionless future — but as I learned living in it for a month, we’re not quite there yet."
  • UK: Debit cards 'set to overtake cash' as most used payment method by 2021 - Telegraph (UK) - "Payments UK said card use is being boosted by the rising popularity of contactless "tap and go" payments, with mobile payment services such as Apple Pay and Android Pay also providing new opportunities for people to make payments without even needing their plastic to hand."
  • M-PESA founders to receive Africa’s financial inclusion medal of honor - Capital Business - "Michael Joseph, the Managing Director of Mobile Money at Vodafone and previously, the CEO of Safaricom Limited, Nick Hughes Co-Founder M-KOPA and former Head of Mobile Payment Solutions at Vodafone and Susie Lonie Mobile Payments Consultant at SJL Consulting Services will receive Africa’s Financial Medal of Honor on 17th August at Serena Kampala."
  • PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Urges Class of 2016 to “Do What Hasn’t Been Done” - Hamilton College News - "He recalled that when the PayPal founders told members of the global financial industry about their plan, those with more experience were certain that the new company could never work. “They were wrong; people around the world now rely on PayPal to move more than $200 billion every year…We learned that doing new things is difficult, but it is possible,” Thiel remarked."

ON THE WIRES

  • TSYS Introduces New Innovative Virtual Payment Solution - "TSYS Virtual Payment PreceptSM (VPP) is an innovative new solution that reduces risk, improves operational efficiency and greatly increases control over accounts payable and accounts receivable payments and reconciliation. VPP leverages existing TSYS technology with an improved processing design to deliver secure, virtual single-use accounts in real time with enhanced control over account and transactional base parameters."
  • MasterCard Puts New Cutting-Edge Fraud Prevention Tool into The Hands of Small Business Owners - "With a mobile app and desktop dashboard, merchants can easily and quickly customize their fraud settings – such as transaction size, country of origin and repeat transactions. Simplify Controls then auto-declines transactions to meet their risk tolerance and provides merchants with smart alerts so they can stay on top of potentially fraudulent activity."
  • BlueSnap & Kount Give Merchants the Data to Optimize Their Sales Funnel - "Anytime we can help merchants sell more things to more people in more places while reducing the risk of loss that is sometimes associated with increased sales, growth and expansion, everyone wins,” said Brad Wiskirchen, CEO, Kount. “The fact that BlueSnap has developed a report to assist their merchant base achieve these goals really shows the power of our collaboration.”
  • INSIDE Secure’s MatrixHCE™ Integrates Visa’s Token Services for HCE Mobile Payments - “INSIDE Secure is thrilled to extend our relationship with Visa to deploy issuer wallets based on MatrixHCE, one of the first mobile payment solutions for banks,” said Andrew McLennan, executive vice-president of INSIDE Secure’s Mobile Security Division. “MatrixHCE future proofs investment into payment solutions by meeting the latest HCE standard and anticipating future requirements including updatable whitebox cryptography to protect tokens, code and data.”
  • Payments UK: Debit cards to overtake cash payments by 2021 - "Cash was still the most popular payment method in 2015 accounting for roughly half (45.1%) of all payments. However it is predicted that by 2025 notes and coins will drop to being used for just over one in four (27%) payments. The tipping point for the most popular payment method will be reached in 2021 when 14.5 billion debit card payments are predicted, overtaking the forecast 13.0 billion cash payments for the first time."

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 12, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 12, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Linq3 Partners with Verifone to Bring Play at the Pump Lottery to Gas Stations - "Play at the Pump brings the lottery to busy consumers, delivering a fast, convenient and secure way to play and win on-the-go. With a quick swipe of a payment card at the gas pump, consumers can purchase lottery draw games in less than 20 seconds."
  • TSYS Signs Leading African Banking Group - "TSYS today announced that Ecobank, the leading pan-African banking group, has deployed the latest version of the PRIME payments solution platform, PRIME 4, to support its acquirer processing of MasterCard, Visa and UnionPay International point-of-sale (POS) transactions across 28 countries in Middle Africa."

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 02, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 2, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Data Analytics, Lending, and the Next 100 Million Borrowers - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "This Payments on Fire podcast with Lenddo.com’ s founder Jeff Stewart takes a look at lending in developing countries, social and mobile data sources, and examines the algorithmic “black box” that is at the heart of the company’ s approach to making credit decisions in “thin file” markets."
  • Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash - Bloomberg - "The event -- announced in a statement this Monday -- marked a key moment in the evolution of blockchain, notable both for what was achieved, as well as how many firms were involved."
  • Circle Then and Now: Bitcoin’s Early Champions Challenge a Blockchain World - CoinDesk - "[Circle] was not positioned as a bitcoin thing, it was [about] making money work," Allaire said. "It was positioned as a way to move value around. We tried to define the product around instant money, and underneath it was bitcoin."
  • Australian Entrepreneur Says He Created Bitcoin, but Doubts Persist - New York Times - "Craig Steven Wright, a computer entrepreneur, told the BBC, The Economist and GQ that he was the currency’s founder. He said he had been forced to come forward because so many people were pursuing him."
  • 60 Minutes: Shaking Up the Financial Industry - CBS News - "Lesley Stahl meets some of the fintechies challenging the establishment, seeking to reinvent nearly every aspect of modern banking" - features Stripe
  • The Business Blockchain - AVC (Fred Wilson) - "If you think you might want to start a business based on blockchain technology or if you think blockchain technology is going to reshape a market you are working in, or if you just want to understand this thing that your son or daughter is obsessed about, then this is a great book to read." - see book on Amazon.com
  • Silicon Valley Looks at Something New: Starting a Bank - Wall St. Journal - "Warburg Pincus’s new bet on the future of banking borrows from the industry’s past. The New York firm is leading an investment round of more than $27 million in San Francisco-based Varo Money Inc...."
  • Tencent backs down in mobile payments war with Alibaba - FT.com - "The shift marks a partial de-escalation of its market-share battle with Alipay, the payment service run by Alibaba’s financial affiliate Ant Financial."
  • Paytm banks on Wipro to ensure it’s on right side of law - Economic Times - "Wipro will implement core-banking solutions for Paytm and also the programme to manage the integration of other key systems like anti-money laundering and regulatory reporting solutions."

ON THE WIRES

  • Chain and Global Financial Firms Unveil Open Standard for Blockchain - "Chain, Inc., a leading provider of blockchain technology, today announced the public release of Chain Open Standard 1 (Chain OS 1), an open source blockchain protocol developed over the last 18 months through a unique collaboration between the Silicon Valley company and global financial services firms."
  • Fortumo makes a push in Africa, launching payments in Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia & Senegal - "In Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Senegal the percentage of bank card owners is only 2%. At the same time, carrier billing is available to any prepaid or postpaid mobile account owner. This means merchants using carrier billing can reach a paying audience twenty times bigger than with traditional payment methods."

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!

February 19, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 19, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Here's a quick reminder that we have two of our Glenbrook payments education events coming up later this month - both in Palo Alto, California - 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.

EVENTS

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!

January 28, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 28, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2016 Results - “We continue to be pleased with our financial performance given the uneven global economy and the ongoing negative effects of the strong U.S. dollar. While we continue to see relatively strong payments volume growth, these factors have meaningfully reduced our cross-border volume and revenue growth. While these headwinds do not appear to be abating in the short-term as we had hoped, the fundamentals of our business remain strong and our long-term growth trajectory remains intact as we navigate through this uncertain environment,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.
  • Credit Karma Now Serves 50 Million Members - "Credit Karma’s 50 million-strong member base accounts for 22 percent of all Americans with a credit profile in the United States, who use the platform to help them manage over $3 trillion in household debt. The company has given away more than one billion free credit scores since launching its product in March 2008, without charging members a penny to use its service."
  • Alliance Data Reports Full-Year 2015 Results - Ed Heffernan, president and chief executive officer of Alliance Data, commented, "It was an exceptional year for Alliance Data as we drove 20 percent growth in both revenue and core EPS despite substantial FX headwinds. Overall, the scorecard for all three segments is largely positive."
  • ID Experts Raises $5 Million in Financing from BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Advantage Fund - "We look at this investment as a strategic partnership with ID Experts," said Tom Hawes, M.D., Managing Director at Sandbox Industries who will join the Board of Directors at ID Experts. "ID Experts is poised for rapid growth with its data breach and identity protection solutions, especially in the healthcare space with its innovative MIDAS™ medical identity monitoring service."

EVENTS

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!

December 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 2, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

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!

November 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 19, 2015

On the Web

  • Why Square Has to Get Out of the Payments Circle - Wall St. Journal - "Square has gone public as a payments company. Its share price from here will depend on the company’s ability to reshape itself."
  • Square Shares Jump on Trading Debut - New York Times - "At the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the shares were up 45 percent, at $13.07. Earlier, the stock was up as much as 64 percent."
  • For Its I.P.O., Square Scales Back Valuation by $3 Billion - New York Times - "Square — valued in a private financing last year at $6 billion — priced its initial public offering at a level that gave the payments company a valuation of $2.9 billion."
  • Getting The Deal Done - AVC (Fred Wilson) - "If you believe in your business and yourself, take the money and get back to work. A financing is not an exit. The price matters less than the cash most of the time."
  • Startup Fuels Africa’s Mobile-Payment Boom - Wall St. Journal - "Founded in 2009, MFS Africa has pioneered a mobile payment platform embraced by the continent’s biggest telecommunications operators, which count about 500 million customers combined."

On the Wires

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

November 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 9, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • PAX Appointed Leading Payment Vendor at Russia's Sberbank - "PAX Technology, a global leader in the provision of secure electronic payment terminal solutions, has become the major payment terminal supplier to Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia."
  • ShopWithMe Introduces the World's First Smart, Interactive Retail Store - "Jonathan Jenkins, Founder and CEO of WithMe, created a "smart store" to bring the best of both offline and online shopping together under one roof, while creating personalized experiences for every shopper. The store itself is completely mobile, and designed to be mass-produced so they can be deployed across the US or shipped anywhere around the world."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 8, 2015

On the Web

  • Apple Pay Will Soon Work at Starbucks - Re/code.net - "Apple Pay head Jennifer Bailey broke the news Thursday onstage at Code/Mobile at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif."
  • Fast-tracking Merchant Payment Acceptance in India! - Sanjay Swamy - "Many people think the cost of signing up a merchant, the cost of the terminal and the Merchant Discount Rate are the reasons why the penetration is low — and while these are factors, they are not the real reason. The reality is many merchants who want to accept cards are just not allowed to, and those who are have to toil hard to do so."
  • Nigerian mobile money leader Paga is doubling down on building a payments giant - Quartz - "Now, its persistence seems to be paying off with the completion of $13 million in series B financing. It was backed by a raft of investors led by Adlevo Capital, with participation from Omidyar Network, Goodwell West Africa, Acumen Fund, and Capricorn Investment Group to grow the Paga mobile peer-to-peer platform."
  • On What Law Firms Can Do With the Blockchain - Bloomberg BNA - "As we finish up our series, it’s time to answer a question we’ve ignored up until now — what should law firms be doing to leverage these technologies and position themselves to be leaders in a blockchain dominated world?"

On the Wires

  • Mobile Contribution to Sub-Saharan African Economy Surpasses US$100 Billion, Finds New GSMA Study - “The mobile industry remains a key driver of economic growth and employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, making a vital contribution given the population growth and high unemployment levels seen in many countries in the region,” said Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Technology Officer at the GSMA. “Despite revenue and margin pressures, local mobile operators continue to invest heavily to extend network coverage to serve unconnected communities and accelerate the migration to high-speed 3G/4G mobile broadband networks."
  • CardFlight Announces $4.2 Million Investment From Leading Payment Industry Executives and Venture Capital Funds - "We're excited to be adding investors with such deep experience growing and scaling startups in the payments industry," said Derek Webster, Founder and CEO of CardFlight. "This round of funding further validates CardFlight's leadership in mobile payments and will enable us to roll out even more advanced solutions in the months and years ahead."
  • Mozido and TabbedOut Partner to Improve Consumer Dining Experience - "The partnership will provide a full set of features to hospitality locations allowing their consumers an application to discover locations, join wait-lists, make reservations, order, split, pay, and leave feedback all from their mobile phones."
  • Diverse Consumers Overwhelmingly Optimistic About Financial Future - "When asked about personal finances, on average 60 percent of African American, Asian and Hispanic consumers said they expect their financial situation to be “somewhat” or “much” better a year from now, compared to 48 percent of the combined general population."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 6, 2015

On the Web

  • It’s About the Blockchain - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "2015’s story is the interest of fintech vendors, financial institutions, start-ups, and other enterprises in what blockchain ledgers have to offer. We’re seeing experimentation built on the bitcoin blockchain itself."
  • Turkey launches a national credit card system - Daily Sabah - "Turkey launched a new electronic card payment clearing system, the Istanbul-based InterBank Card Center (BKM) announced yesterday. The system, named "TROY," will be operational from April 1, 2016, the BKM said."
  • Apple Pay Makes Inroads for Everyday Purchases - eMarketer - "Mobile payments are slow to catch on among the general population, but early adopters of the Apple Watch are also rapidly adopting Apple Pay, research suggests."
  • Apple Pay Faces Tough Crowd in First Year - Bloomberg - "Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has called 2015 the “year of Apple Pay.” So far it’s been underwhelming."
  • Note to Payments Innovators: You Need a Value Proposition! - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "The Fed is moving full-speed ahead on developing a faster payment system. But very few consumers actually need such a system. For all the complaints about our dated mag stripe card payments, they work really, really well. It's hard to come up with a clear value proposition for any replacement."
  • Trump Hotel Collection Confirms Card Breach - "The Trump Hotel Collection, a string of luxury hotel properties tied to business magnate and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, said last week that a year-long breach of its credit card system may have resulted in the theft of cards used at the hotels."
  • Australian Banks Unfriendly Towards Digital Currency - NewsBTC - "Not only will a negative attitude toward bitcoin affect the Australian market, but it could spread further afield. Many are fearful that this decision could have a long lasting negative effect that would influence the the country’s regulation process and opinions of consumers and lawmakers in other countries."
  • How Kenyan Banks Lost to Mpesa - Payments Africa - "Mpesa, a wildly successful payment platform contractually licensed to Safaricom, has prospered at the expense of what would have been banking services. Kenya’s banks have taken a back seat as Mpesa leads the payments market. It wasn’t always like this."
  • Santander InnoVentures Adds $4 Million to Ripple’s Series A Round - CoinDesk - "Ripple has received an additional $4m in funding from Santander InnoVentures, bringing its Series A total to $32m."
  • A New Chapter for Ripple - Ripple Blog - "We’re no longer experimenting. We’re delivering. That’s why we’re dropping the ‘Labs’ from Ripple Labs. From now on, it will just be Ripple—and Ripple is growing up."

On the Wires

  • MasterCard Identity Check to Simplify and Strengthen Online Shopping - "MasterCard today introduced MasterCard Identity Check, a suite of technology solutions that leverage advanced technologies to prove a consumer’s identity and further simplify the online shopping experience."
  • Visa and Chevron Bring Mobile Payments to the Pump - "Visa Inc. and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. today announced they will launch a mobile payments program at more than 20 Chevron-branded stations, accepting any NFC (near-field communications) payment service. The program, launching later this fall at select Chevron stations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, will offer consumers a simple and more secure way to pay at the pump with a range of mobile payment services."
  • Visa Inc. Appoints Demetrios Marantis to Lead Global Government Relations - “I’m honored to join Visa at an incredible time in this dynamic industry,” said Marantis. “The payments ecosystem is rapidly changing, and I am excited to be part of an organization leading the conversation about digital payments in an increasingly mobile world, both in the United States and globally.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

September 15, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 15, 2015

On the Web:

  • India – A Good Approach for Financial Inclusion - PaymentsViews.com (Carol Coye Benson) - "My progressive friends in the U.S. are appalled by this central, government-controlled identity system. They see only threats to individual control over identity. I recognize this as a challenge, and I doubt that this type of system will find a home any time soon in the developed world."
  • Global Investment Banks Back Blockchain Initiative - CoinDesk - "Nine major investment banks including J.P. Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs have partnered with distributed ledger startup R3CEV."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Introduces EMV Chip-based Biometrics - “There is increasing demand for biometrics as a more convenient and secure alternative to signatures or PINs, especially as biometrics technologies have become more reliable and available,” said Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk Products and Business Intelligence, Visa Inc. “However, to support wide adoption, it is equally important that solutions are scalable and based on open standards. Building on the EMV chip standard provides a common, interoperable foundation, as well as encourages innovation in cutting-edge biometric solutions.”
  • Bank of America Introduces Fingerprint and Touch ID Sign-in for Its Mobile Banking App - The new updates include the introduction of fingerprint and Touch ID sign-in, in addition to the launch of an Apple Watch mobile banking app, streamlined “Accounts Overview” page and new Security Center for more than 31 million active digital banking customers.
  • SecureKey Ushers in New Era of Convenience, Security and Privacy for Accessing Online Services in the United States - “SecureKey’s consumer-oriented ID network enables stronger digital identities, eliminating many of the challenges currently associated with accessing online services,” said Dominic Venturo, EVP and Chief Innovation Officer at U.S. Bank. “We look forward to collaborating with SecureKey to grow this ecosystem of trusted credentials for the benefit of our customers nationwide.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

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."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

July 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 21, 2015

On the Web:

  • Payments on Fire Podcast #23 – Ethoca and the Power of Data Collaboration - PaymentsViews.com - "That’s what Ethoca is about. Its growing network of merchants and issuers share their fraud data to improve fraud detection and lower chargeback rates. Take a listen to this discussion with Keith Briscoe, Ethoca’s CMO, on what’s possible through collaboration."
  • Time to democratize the banking system - CNBC - PayPal CEO Dan Schulman: "Not long ago, I spent a week using only what the banking industry calls "alternative financial services," relying on check-cashing offices and wire-transfer companies to support my daily finances. The results were deeply dispiriting. Accessing my own money became a part-time job, and the price of each transaction meant my checks yielded less than their value and my bills cost more than they should have."
  • First Data I.P.O. Is Likely to Be One of Year’s Largest - New York Times - "Renaissance Capital on Monday estimated that the company could raise $5 billion or more. First Data said it planned to use proceeds from the stock sale to repay some of its roughly $20 billion in long-term debt."
  • Gates Foundation's Kosta Peric on Blockchain Tech and the Unbanked - CoinDesk - “The very powerful thing about bitcoin in general and specially the technologies behind it, is they are essentially leapfrogging all the technology and providing a new system for processing these huge amounts of transactions for very small costs.”

On the Wires:

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

July 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 6, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Visa Europe: 1 billion Visa contactless purchases made in last year - Sandra Alzetta, Executive Director of Core Products at Visa Europe said: “Contactless momentum continues to build as more and more people discover it’s often the quickest and most convenient way to pay for everyday things. Across Europe, usage levels have soared, with more than one billion contactless transactions made by Visa cardholders in the last 12 months alone."
  • Western Union Enhances Mobile Money Transfer Capabilities in Africa - “Western Union continues to grow its reach across Africa, while delivering an exceptional experience across retail and mobile platforms, allowing our customers to conveniently and reliably move money,” said Khalid Fellahi, senior vice president and general manager, Western Union Digital. “Furthermore, Western Union seeks to promote global economic opportunity by bridging gaps in the traditional financial services system, and strives to provide consumers with 24x7 access to Western Union services.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

June 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 8, 2015

On the Web:

  • E-commerce Fraud, Data, and EMV’s Impact on CNP Losses - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "This discussion with Tom Donlea, Director, e-Comm/Retail Practice at Whitepages, looks at how the data is provided to the merchant, the challenge of data sourcing in international markets, the care and control of PII, and what the US EMV roll-out could mean for CNP fraud."
  • Google Misses Out on Apple’s Slice of Mobile Transactions - Wall St. Journal - "Google isn’t getting transaction fees from bank issuers, said people familiar with the situation."
  • PayPal Holdings presentation for investors and analysts - Exhibit included in a June 8, 2015 eBay SEC filing
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Security Freeze - Krebs on Security - "Even if you haven’t noticed (or maybe you just haven’t actually received a breach notice), I’m here to tell you that if you’re an American, your basic personal data is already for sale. What follows is a primer on what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft as a result of all this data (s)pillage."
  • Westpac, ANZ trial Ripple payments, but big four reluctant on bitcoin - Financial Review (Australia) - "Executives at big four banking rivals are still adopting a more cautious stance on the future acceptance of bitcoin in the mainstream economy, pointing to the fact that it remains unregulated and fraught with risks related to money laundering."
  • Remittances at the Click of a Smartphone Button - New York Times - "While the likes of Western Union have offered international money transfers for decades, new tech start-ups and traditional telecom operators are taking advantage of the rapid rise of smartphones in many emerging economies to reduce the barriers — and costs — of sending cash overseas."
  • Why financial firms are investigating bitcoin tech - CNBC - "The blockchain is the financial challenge of our time," said Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, on Tuesday at the Exponential Finance Conference hosted by CNBC and Singularity University. "It is going to change the way that our financial world operates."

On the Wires:

  • Apple Pay Giving Shoppers Even More Ways to Pay - "Apple Pay will also give shoppers more ways to pay in the US, expanding merchant acceptance to over one million locations next month and bringing support for Discover this fall. With this addition, Apple Pay will accept credit and debit cards across all major card networks, issued by the most popular banks, representing 98 percent of all credit card purchase volume in the US."
  • U.S. Bank Gives Customers Access to Free Credit Score - “Knowing your score is important, but even more importantly, we want customers to understand how choices they make can affect their score in the future,” said Andrew Cecere, chief operating officer for U.S. Bank. “Having a good credit score makes it easier to take out a loan, rent an apartment or make a major purchase with the best possible terms. Offering CreditView through TransUnion helps our customers make wise choices, and is consistent with U.S. Bank’s broader efforts to promote personal financial responsibility.”
  • TSYS Enhances Card Production in the Migration to Chip Cards - “We have worked with our U.S. clients since last year as they prepare to issue chip cards in 2015, and it was clear to us early on that we could create an improved process,” said Bob Kellum, group executive of Output Services, TSYS. “This solution lets our issuers focus more on strategy and execution and less on managing new operational challenges. We have also included Chip Card on Demand in TSYS Card Shop to create custom chip cards.”

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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!

June 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 3, 2015

On the Web:

  • Glenbrook’s Elizabeth McQuerry is IPFA CEO - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "Glenbrook is delighted to announce that our partner Elizabeth McQuerry has been named to the position of CEO of IPFA, the International Payments Framework Association. IPFA will play an important role as real-time payments networks around the world start being connected in order to facilitate cross-border payments. Elizabeth will incorporate this work into her ongoing work with Glenbrook on a broad range of international payments projects".

  • Gates Foundation: Lessons Learned About Payments Systems - Ripple Blog - "The Gates Foundation recently published a comprehensive report on designing payments systems for financial inclusion called The Level One Project Guide."

  • NY Financial Regulator Lawsky Releases Final BitLicense Rules for Bitcoin Firms - Wall St. Journal - "The new rules, posted simultaneously on the Department of Financial Services’ website, require certain providers of virtual currency services operating in New York state—in particular, those with custody of customers’ funds and which exchange virtual currencies for dollars and other fiat currencies—to apply for a specially tailored DFS license."

  • Our thoughts on the BitLicense: California is Winning - Coin Center - "The current draft of California’s equivalent legislation, AB 1326, is much better than the BitLicense."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Inc. and Verifone Join Forces to Accelerate Omni Commerce Globally - "As part of the partnership, the companies will integrate industry leading platforms: Verifone will connect its point of sale gateway to Visa’s CyberSource global merchant payment management platform. This will provide merchants with a single platform to protect customer payment data, mitigate fraud, and integrate digital and offline payment systems."

  • Visa and FireEye Join Forces to Help Merchants, Financial Institutions Defend Against Targeted Attacks on Consumer Payment Data - "By combining Visa’s unparalleled view into global payments and FireEye’s industry-leading cyber security expertise, we intend to bring faster, actionable intelligence directly to players across the payments system,” said Charlie Scharf, CEO of Visa Inc. “Although we are leading efforts to render stolen data useless through smart technologies, data security remains foundational for merchants. We’re pleased to be working closely with FireEye, which has been at the front lines identifying and investigating some of the most significant compromises around the world, to provide critical cyber intelligence to merchants and financial institutions.”

  • Payoneer Expands Services in India, Offering Improved Cross-Border Payments from U.S. Companies to Indian Professionals and Businesses - “At Payoneer, we make it our mission to empower global commerce by enabling businesses and professionals to pay and get paid globally as easily they do locally,” said Scott Galit, CEO of Payoneer. “Previously, Indian freelancers, online marketers and other professionals faced high fees and slow transfer times, and our cross-border payments platform directly addresses these challenges.”

  • MasterCard Becomes First International Payments Network to Enter Somalia - “Somalia has made significant strides to rebuild the country and instil peace and stability. Today marks a historic milestone, signalling Somalia’s financial liberation following years of being excluded from participating in the global economy,” says Abdirahman Yusuf Ali Aynte, the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Somalia.

  • Bitfinex and BitGo Partner to Create World’s First Real-Time Proof of Reserve Bitcoin Exchange - “We’ve been working with Bitfinex for several months and are impressed by their dedication to security for their users,” said BitGo CEO Mike Belshe. “The industry has been clamoring for exchanges to adopt the multi-sig model, and we’re proud that Bitfinex selected BitGo’s platform to do it. This new level of transparency and security makes breaches such as those of Mt. Gox impossible.”

  • American Express and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Enhance Cobrand Credit Card Benefits - “The SPG Credit Card from American Express has always been a favorite among travel insiders, and the new benefits will deliver even greater value to the ‘always on’ traveler,” said Eva Reda, SVP, Co-brand Partnerships. “We understand what our Card Members want most, and we know the enhanced card will offer the convenience and value they seek.”

  • The Gold Standard Just Got Better; American Express Launches New Dining and Travel Benefits for Premier Rewards Gold Card - “The Premier Rewards Gold Card is the card for people hitting their stride in life and defining their own success. They seek and strive for the gold standard in their personal and professional pursuits. They’re making moves in their careers, but also prioritizing family and friends,” said Lisa Durocher, senior vice president, Consumer Charge Cards & Benefits at American Express. “Whether they’re traveling, dining out or cooking at home, the Premier Rewards Gold Card now gives them even richer rewards, with the flexibility, service, and security they need to keep life moving forward.”

  • U.S. Bank Upgrades Its Corporate Payments Mobile App - "Users can now request virtual card accounts and have them delivered right to their mobile devices to make payments."

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 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 26, 2015

On the Web:

  • One out of four accounts ‘dormant’ as mobile money takes over banking - The East African - "Nearly one out of every four bank accounts in East Africa remains inactive as consumers trade traditional banking for the convenience of mobile money services, the findings of two separate studies show."
  • NFC Mobile Payments: An Industry Snapshot - Mobey Forum - "In this paper, Mobey Forum has attempted to produce a one-stop-guide to assist our banking industry colleagues to better understand and compare the various payment options currently available. No solution has emerged from this analysis as a clear winner, indeed it may be that in some cases more than one payment option is a suitable ‘fit’."
  • Nasdaq to step up blockchain trials - FT.com - "Clearing houses are a wonderful invention, but if you have a public ledger that is trusted, you can evolve back to a bilateral (trading) world but proceed with instantaneous settlement.”
  • Announcing Xapo's Advisory Board - Xapo Blog - "Today Xapo is proud to announce the formation of its advisory board with three visionary leaders, Dee Hock, John Reed and Lawrence H. Summers."
  • MIT aims to give bitcoin research, development a stable home - Boston Globe - "A fledgling project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab is offering researchers and software developers a quiet home to work on bitcoin’s core technology, a computer science breakthrough that lets people trade money securely without paying a middleman."
  • Indonesians Start to Embrace Bitcoin - Wall St. Journal - “Many people think that Bitcoin is unheard of in Indonesia, but the fact is its popularity is soaring now,” said Oscar Darmawan, CEO of PT Bit Coin Indonesia, which owns bitcoin exchange site Bitcoin.co.id.
  • EBA Chairman: Banks Must Understand Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "Brennan's statement follows the publication of the EBA's Crypto technologies, a major IT innovation and catalyst for change report, which highlighted the blockchain's potential to improve banking, reduce costs and improve product offerings."as
  • Payment Processor Payza's Bitcoin Transactions Rise 20% Per Month - CoinDesk - "Payza, which serves 100,000 online merchants, also noted payments in the digital currency represent approximately 10% of its monthly withdrawal and deposit volume."
  • Docomo Seeks to Make Passwords Unnecessary - Wireless Week - "The carrier expects to become the world's first mobile operator to integrate online services with smartphones capable of FIDO-enabled multiple biometric authentication."
  • IRS system mined for over 100,000 taxpayer records by fraudsters - Ars Technica - "After the IRS disclosed more information, it became clear the user data was not obtained because of a direct hack of government systems. Rather, weak authentication used by the IRS to protect access to taxpayer data is likely at fault."

On the Wires:

  • Nordstrom and TD Bank Group Announce Strategic Credit Card Relationship - "Nordstrom and TD Bank Group (TD) announced today an agreement under which TD will acquire Nordstrom's existing U.S. Visa and private label consumer credit card portfolio, which currently totals approximately $2.2 billion in receivables. In addition, the two companies have entered into a separate long-term agreement under which TD will become the exclusive U.S. issuer of Nordstrom-branded Visa and private label consumer credit cards to Nordstrom customers."
  • Mitek to Acquire IDchecker, a Global Identity Verification Solutions Provider - "The acquisition of IDchecker demonstrates our commitment to delivering solutions that optimize the mobile channel for safe and secure customer acquisition," said James B. DeBello, president & CEO, Mitek. "By expanding our product portfolio, we will transform Mitek into a global provider of mobile capture and identity solutions in the multi-factor authentication market which is projected by the global market research firm MarketsandMarkets to be worth $10.75 billion by 2020."
  • Worldpay extends global payment acceptance capabilities to India - Ramesh Ganesan, Head of Transaction Banking at IndusInd Bank said: “We are delighted to offer eCommerce acquiring services in India in association with Worldpay. We are confident that the association will help both organisations to contribute to the growth of the ever growing Indian eCommerce industry. This partnership will allow each company to benefit from the other’s respective expertise in domestic and international payments thereby helping in promoting online payment services in India.”
  • TSYS and PAX Technology, Inc. Launch Semi-Integrated EMV Solution - “Making the switch to accept EMV transactions can be a confusing and daunting process, which is why it is important to us to offer our clients a simplified approach,” said Craig Ludwig, head of product for TSYS’ Merchant Services segment. “Our all-in-one solution developed with PAX not only reduces costs and time required for EMV certification, but also provides advanced security features to guard against credit card fraud.”
  • Digital River Names Hayden Reed Senior Vice President and General Manager for Digital River World Payments - "He joins Digital River from MasterCard Worldwide, where he served for ten years, most recently as the senior vice president and group head of emerging payments product for credential management. Prior to MasterCard Worldwide, he served in leadership positions with companies such as First Data Corporation; Electronic Commerce Payments, Inc.; CheckFree Corporation, which is now part of Fiserv, Inc.; Banc One Corporation, which was acquired by JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and Ernst & Young LLP."
  • InstaMed Releases 2014 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report - “The InstaMed Network has processed hundreds-of-billions of dollars in healthcare payments to date, which gives us a unique perspective on healthcare payment trends, including the growth in consumer payment responsibility," said Bill Marvin, President and CEO of InstaMed. "With the release of this annual report, we are leveraging our unique vantage point to educate the industry and promote awareness, change and greater efficiency in healthcare payments.”
  • Staples Celebrates Million Dollar Milestone for Staples Business Loans -"Staples teamed up with Lendio, an innovative financial technology firm and the leading small business-lending marketplace, to deliver a suite of funding options that help solve these challenges."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 21, 2015

On the Web:

  • Chip-Card Rollout Has Banks, Retailers Scrambling - Wall St. Journal - "Some 575 million of the new cards—representing about three-quarters of U.S. credit cards and about 40% of debit cards—are expected to be in the wallets of American consumers by year-end, making it the biggest rollout of new cards in decades."
  • Why We Still Use Checkbooks to Pay the Rent - Bloomberg - "Despite the convenience to landlords and tenants of managing lease payments digitally, 70 percent of U.S. renters still pay by check, according to PayLease, another e-rent facilitator."
  • Costco Gets a Lift by Adding Card Acceptance to Food Courts - Digital Transactions - "Costco quickly saw big lifts in average tickets at the food courts—PIN-debit sales came in 40% higher than the average cash ticket, and the average AmEx ticket was 50% higher than the average cash sale."
  • India Tech Startups: Seven Things That Blew My Mind - Re/code.net (Jason Del Rey) - "You’ll hear more from me in the coming weeks as I document my visit. For now, here’s some of the stuff that surprised this first-time visitor to India’s thriving tech scene."
  • Raytheon to Plow $1.7 Billion Into New Cyber Venture - Wall St. Journal - "Raytheon Chief Executive Tom Kennedy said the threat of cyberattacks such as the one suffered last year by Target Corp. is increasing as cloud computing and mobile services make companies more vulnerable to costly electronic intrusions by state-sponsored hackers, terrorists, organized crime or insiders."
  • Bitcoin Vs. Wall Street: A Love-Hate Story - TechCrunch - "Wall Street’s influence can bring bitcoin to the mainstream, and bitcoin can help bankers provide better banking services that are efficient and trustworthy."

On the Wires:

  • Capital One and Uber Partner to Bring Simplicity and Savings to Customers - "We're thrilled to partner with Capital One, a company that shares our vision of creating elegant, simple solutions to meet important consumer needs," said David Richter, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Uber. "Together, we'll provide a meaningful combination of savings and convenience to millions of customers."
  • Vodafone M-Pesa and MTN Mobile Money Agree to Interconnect Mobile Money Services - "This interconnect collaboration between the region’s two biggest mobile money operators will enable convenient and affordable international remittances between M-Pesa customers in Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique, and MTN Mobile Money customers in Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia."
  • PayPal Announces Two Strong Additions to PayPal Leadership Team - "Louise Pentland will become PayPal’s new General Counsel." "Jonathan Auerbach has been named PayPal’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Growth."
  • AICPA Survey: One-in-Four Americans Victimized by Information Security Breaches - “The increase in data breaches affecting personal information has given consumers significant cause to be cautious about their activities, both online and off,” said Ernie Almonte, chair of the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission. “Data breaches have the potential to seriously affect consumers’ finances and wreak havoc on their credit scores. The good news is that we are seeing Americans taking steps to safeguard their information and reduce their susceptibility to these attacks.”
  • Protect Your Bubble Improves the Customer Experience with Vindicia CashBox - “At Vindicia, we’re proud to be a part of the way Protect Your Bubble improves the experience of purchasing protection plans for consumers,” said Bryta Schulz, senior vice president of marketing for Vindicia. “CashBox overcomes the billing complexities that can frustrate consumers. Billing processes are more efficient with CashBox, but more importantly, it supports higher levels of customer satisfaction and retention.”

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!

April 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 8, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • Apple Pay Coming Soon to You: New Banks & Credit Unions Implement Mobile Payment Service for MasterCard Cardholders - “People are passionate about their devices and they’re ready for their connected devices to do more – including acting as a commerce device – as is evident by the positive reception and uptake of Apple Pay,” said Matt Barr, group head, U.S. Emerging Payments MasterCard. “Consumers want to be able to shop where they want, when they want and how they want – and they want to do so with the confidence that their money is safe and secure no matter how they choose to pay. Issuers are delivering on this by enabling their cards within emerging payment platforms like Apple Pay that deliver consumer choice.”
  • U.S. Bank Offers Prepaid Card Services for the American Red Cross - “Our prepaid card conversion to U.S. Bank will enable the American Red Cross to leverage technology in new ways,” said Steve Casey, corporate treasurer of the American Red Cross. “Most importantly, this new card technology will help the Red Cross deliver its mission more efficiently in communities across the country.”
  • Western Union Enables Skype Customers to Top up at Locations across the U.S. - Western Union’s Odilon Almeida, President, Americas and European Union, said, “The relationship is a logical one, as both Western Union and Skype have a mission to connect people when they are apart. “Western Union is optimizing its money transfer system to link cash and digital for money movement and payments across the globe. We are driving our innovation on the back of what our customers want. Skype is a classic example; where customers can enjoy full digital access with a walk-in payment option,” he said.

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March 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 30, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Contactless Card Payments enabled on Vodafone Wallet with Visa and Carta Worldwide - "Vodafone customers will soon be able to add bank cards to their Vodafone Wallet and use smartphones to pay for goods and services at contactless terminals, it was announced today. Following new agreements with Visa and Carta Worldwide, bank card payments via Vodafone Wallet will be enabled in European markets from the second quarter of 2015 onwards."
  • MasterCard Expands San Carlos Center of Excellence - "MasterCard today announced the expansion of its San Carlos Center of Excellence and the relocation of senior vice president of Emerging Merchants, Les Matthews, and his team to the company’s West Coast office. MasterCard will also add global communications support in San Carlos with the relocation of vice president, Worldwide Communications, Brian Gendron. The moves enhance the company’s presence on the ground in Silicon Valley – an important market for continuing to deepen MasterCard’s footprint with the tech community."
  • GTCR Announces Sale of Fundtech to DH Corporation - Aaron Cohen, Managing Director at GTCR, added: “This transaction marks another successful example of GTCR’s Leaders Strategy™, as we worked in partnership with an exceptional management team to execute this complex transformational merger. We are pleased that those efforts have resulted in building a market-leader in transaction banking software.”
  • According to New Chase Slate Credit Survey, Checking Your Credit Score Correlates to Financial Aptitude – Yet Gaps in Consumers’ Credit Health Awareness Still Exist - "The survey reveals that Americans who have previously checked their credit score consider a “good” score to be 719 on average1. This is 51 points higher than what is considered to be good by those who have never checked their score (668). What Americans may not realize is that even a score of 719 might not give them access to credit at the best rates."
  • TimesofMoney Announces Launch of 'Movit' - Talking about Movit, Avijit Nanda, Chief Executive Officer, TimesofMoney, says, “TimesofMoney has several success stories to its credit. We have engaged with international clients for Movit and in fact are in the process of deploying it in Africa currently. Since Movit’s primary delivery channel is the mobile phone, it gives a huge thrust to the financial inclusion agenda of governments in emerging economies of India, Asia & Africa where there is an ever-increasing mobile penetration.”
  • Powa Technologies and Merchant e-Solutions Partner to Support POS Application Developers’ Go-To-Market Strategies - “PowaPOS has a unique position in the tablet-based payments market right now. Its fully integrated hardware and universal OS support makes it particularly attractive to POS software developers and to us,” said Tom Bell, CEO, Merchant e-Solutions. “By partnering together, we’ll be able to provide developers with the best payments processing and hardware solutions on the market today.”

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March 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 4, 2015

On the Web:

  • Credit Card Breach at Mandarian Oriental - Krebs on Security - “We can confirm that Mandarin Oriental has been alerted to a potential credit card breach and is currently conducting a thorough investigation to identify and resolve the issue,” the company said in an emailed statement.

  • Bitcoin for the Unbanked - Foreign Affairs - "How about combining M-Pesa with a digital currency? It would offer all the advantages of M-Pesa, but would make the costs to users even cheaper for those who import money into that system from abroad, because those remittances from rel atives in London or New York would arrive via bitcoin rather than the traditional banking system. Call it BitPesa."

  • Change agent: PayNearMe partners with Grameen America to help lift women out of poverty - PandoDaily - "PayNearMe, the cash transaction network that allows US consumers to pay bills and make online purchases using cash at more than 10,000 participating retailers across the country, has done just that. The company has entered a nationwide partnership with Grameen America, the nonprofit microfinance organization providing loans, savings programs, financial education, and credit establishment to women who live in poverty."

  • Antonopoulos to Australian Senate: Bitcoin Regulated by Math - Inside Bitcoins - "Contrary to popular misconception, bitcoin is not unregulated. Rather, several aspects of the bitcoin network and financial system are regulated by mathematical algorithms. The algorithmic regulation in bitcoin offers predictable, objective, measurable outcomes. Algorithmic regulation provides certainty without nationalist or geopolitical influence."

On the Wires:

  • Cardtronics Launches ATMpass - Tom Pierce, chief marketing officer, Cardtronics, said: "Consumers are interested in using the most convenient ATMs - Cardtronics ATMs - but less so in paying a surcharge fee. With ATMpass, Cardtronics offers cardholders the convenience of national retailers plus the ability to avoid ATM surcharge fees. Having cash access at a surcharge-free ATM in a retail location that is part of their day-to-day life is important to many people. For consumers who feel limited by their current ATM options, or don't have any surcharge-free ATMs near their home, work or school, ATMpass gives them control over ATM surcharge fees and the freedom to choose convenience."

  • MasterCard: Happy Birthday Priceless Surprises! - "Priceless Surprises is among the highest social media engagement generating initiatives live today, beating U.S. Twitter benchmarks within financial services and Facebook benchmarks across consumer industries. When compared against other MasterCard programs, Priceless Surprises engagement rate is three times higher."

  • Global Payments’ Integrated Solutions Division, OpenEdge, Secures Partnership with New West Technologies for Integration to Microsoft Dynamics AX - OpenEdge President, Sid Singh, added, “We’re pleased that New West and our other partners are experiencing the benefits of integrations with EdgeShield, a pre-certified, EMV compliant solution combined with point-to-point encryption and tokenization security.”

  • Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions Powers its All-New Foundry POS Solution with Powa Technologies - "MCPS’ Foundry POS is a powerful, cloud-based software application designed to meet the specific business needs of the retail and restaurant industries. Features include access to real time reports, including sales, inventory and employee management, as well as full integration with its Merchant Foundry CRM system."

  • ShopKeep Launches Serverless Sync - “With Serverless Sync, waiters and bartenders will no longer have to return to an individual register to update their checks or wait for a register to become available to input orders,” commented Jason Richelson, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of ShopKeep. “Instead, open checks will be accessible from any register running on the same WiFi network, allowing staff members to spend more time providing the best possible service.”

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February 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 20, 2015

Glenbrook Meetup in Chicago - Wednesday, Feb 25

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February 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 5, 2015

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January 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 5, 2015

Dennis Moser - In Memoriam

  • Last week, on New Year's Day 2015, we lost our long-time friend and Glenbrook colleague Dennis Moser. Our tributes to Dennis are included here - if you knew and worked with Dennis, we'd welcome you adding your own memories of him.

On the Web:

  • Why New Credit Cards May Fall Short on Fraud Control - Wall St. Journal - "Big U.S. banks are steering clear of an advanced security measure used in credit cards around the world, opting for a system that is more convenient for shoppers but may leave them vulnerable to fraud."
  • Wire-Transfer Provider Xoom Hit by $31 Million International Fraud Scam - Digital Transactions - "Online wire-transfer provider Xoom Inc. reported Monday that it will take a $30.8 million one-time charge as a result of a scam in which the same amount of its cash was transferred abroad."
  • Tencent ushers China into the Internet banking era with the launch of WeBank - PandoDaily - "Tencent, maker of the hugely popular WeChat mobile chat application (as well as QQ instant messenger, Weibo microblogging platform, Dididache Taxi service, and PaiPai ecommerce platform) is the largest shareholder in the similarly named WeBank, with a 30 percent stake."
  • Making Change: Mobile Pay in Africa - Wall St. Journal - "Across Kenya, mobile money is breathing life into micro business. Companies whose business models are based on mobile payments have shown how targeting some of the world’s poorest customers can not only pay but also be a promising way to grow."
  • A Day with Apple Pay - New York Times - "Over all, though, my day of shopping showed that retailers and their cashiers have room for improvement when it comes to accepting and understanding mobile payments."
  • Intel unveils app that opens sites with user's face - USA Today - "Our goal is the elimination of passwords altogether," says Mark Hocking, a vice president with Intel Security.
  • No credit - Dr. Drang's Blog - "Tomorrow, I’ll start using my fifth credit card in the past 12 months. ... I’m not the only one who’s fed up with continually changing the credit card number on file with the companies I do business with."

On the Wires:

  • Progreso Financiero Soon to be Known as Oportun - "For over 8 years, our approach to lending has spearheaded the field of responsible, affordable and sustainable finance for the underserved. As we continue our mission, we want a name that builds on our customers’ perception of our company and what we do for them, and we wanted the name to be short and memorable. Oportun is based on the word Oportunidad, the Spanish word for Opportunity,” said Raul Vazquez, CEO of Progreso Financiero.

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December 09, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 9, 2014

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December 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 3, 2014

Last Call:

  • The last Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp of 2014 is being held next week, December 9 and 10, in Palo Alto, California. Our Payments Boot Camp provides a comprehensive introduction to the payments systems in the U.S., an overview of global payments, and lots of insights into what's happening in emerging payments. Join Carol Coye Benson and me for this final session of the year! - register here!

On the Web:

  • Sweden’s Klarna to Invest $100 Million in U.S. Launch - Wall St. Journal - "Unlike other tech startups, which tend to prefer working out of Silicon Valley or New York, the Swedish company has decided to set up shop in Columbus, Ohio."
  • Mobile Wallets: A Smart Way to Pay? - Kiplinger - "Using your smartphone to store your credit card and bank information is convenient and secure, but don’t leave your wallet at home just yet."
  • Apple Pay from the Front Lines - GonzoBanker - "After using my iPhone for less than a month to make about a dozen payments, I’ve actually started to unintentionally reach for my phone instead of my wallet when it’s time to pay for something. Yikes."
  • With Fraud Afoot, Shield Your Wallet - New York Times - "That is why it’s a good idea to use a credit card when shopping online, or if you must use a debit card, use it in conjunction with something like PayPal..."
  • Preparing for Chip-and-PIN Cards in the United States - New York Times - "In total, roughly 70 percent of credit cards and 40 percent of debit cards are expected to use the technology by the end of next year, though the introduction of upgraded checkout systems will not be completed until the end of the decade."
  • Taking One Touch™ Mobile Payments International - Braintree Blog - "Today, in an effort to help people and businesses connect more seamlessly, reduce friction from buying on mobile and support innovation globally, we’re rolling out One Touch with PayPal in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK."
  • Seeing Explosive Mobile Growth as We Open Our New Office in San Francisco - Braintree Blog - "Our data confirms what we’ve known all along -- mobile is becoming the primary computing device and consumers are starting to expect a frictionless buying experience on mobile."
  • Why Apple Pay may be the gateway drug bitcoin needs - Gigaom - "Most consumers don’t understand the technology that is transferring the USD in their iPhone to the Walgreens, so if that was replaced with bitcoin’s blockchain technology, one may not notice."
  • This Investor Thinks Bitcoin Will Change EVERYTHING — Not Just Finance - Business Insider UK - "The Bitcoin block chain is different because everything underlying it is published, and there's no central controlling entity."
  • O’Reilly Media Unveils Blockchain Event, Announces Bitcoin Integration Nationwide - Coinbase Blog - "Taking place this winter in San Francisco, the one-day event will give attendees an opportunity to learn about Bitcoin’s significance and potential, and educate them on ways to leverage its tools, technologies and processes to expand and contribute to the ecosystem."

On the Wires:

  • New Innovation Lab in East Africa to Expand Digital Financial Services - "MasterCard Labs for Financial Inclusion launching in East Africa with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop financial services that help people build better futures..."
  • Amadeus and Worldpay partnership further simplifies travel payments - Celia Pereiro, Head of Travel Payments at Amadeus commented: “We are pleased to partner with one of Europe’s largest payment services providers. Worldpay will help us to fulfil our customers’ payment needs across the globe through a simple payment experience offered to their travellers."
  • MasterCard Takes Priceless Surprises To New Heights - “Today’s surprise is just one way we’re taking our Priceless Surprises platform to a whole new level by bringing in new partners and delivering surprises through new platforms to drive cardholder affinity,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing officer, MasterCard.

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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!

September 30, 2014

Out of Africa: Watching the Evolution of Mobile Money

PaymentsViews logo 140px Glenbrook's Bryan Derman is just back from a client engagement in Nairobi and shares his perspective on mobile money in Kenya.
While M-Pesa started and still embodies the phenomenon, other players have entered the market in Kenya, ranging from other wireless telcos to innovative banks, raw start-ups, and the Kenyan postal service (acting mainly as a distribution channel). In addition, the success of M-Pesa is driving investment in mobile money systems across Africa and in many developing economies around the world.
The full post is over on Payments Views.

September 02, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 2, 2014

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • EPIC and U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation Network Announce Global Card Acceptance - “EPIC has tapped into the power of our well-established platform for processing card transactions,” said U.S. Bank Payment Sales and Client Relationship Executive Jeff Rankin. “Adding the EPIC Card as a payment option at all of our FBO-serviced locations makes both the EPIC Card and the U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation Network even more convenient for customers.”
  • Monitise : Board and Executive Management Changes - "Mike Dreyer, former Global Head of Technology at Visa Inc., has been appointed President, Americas. Mike, who now oversees all sales activity and major accounts spanning the US, Canada and Latin America, reports to Monitise co-CEO Elizabeth Buse."
  • IDology and Jumio Partner to Enhance the Manual Document Review Process - “IDology and Jumio share the same goal – to make identity verification easy for businesses while simultaneously making that process seamless and without hassle for the customer,” said Daniel Mattes, Founder and CEO, Jumio.

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!

August 05, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 5, 2014

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • Newegg Adds Visa Checkout to Streamline the Shopping Experience - “Visa Checkout is a great service that helps our customers make their purchases on Newegg quickly and conveniently,” said Soren Mills, Chief Marketing Officer of Newegg North America. “It removes much of the tedium inherent to the online checkout process, especially for our customers who like to shop on mobile devices.”
  • Citi to Source $2.5 Billion to “Power Africa” - Jim Cowles, CEO of Citi for the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region, said, “We are proud to be a partner in this phenomenal project, an initiative to double the number of people who have access to electricity across Africa. Citi has a unique footprint in Africa and a commitment to enabling progress on the Continent through our technical expertise, financing and risk mitigation tools.”
  • Paychex Announces Payroll Card Solution for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses - "NetSpend ... will serve as the exclusive program manager and processor for the Skylight PayOptions Program. BofI Federal Bank, Member FDIC, issues the Skylight ONE Prepaid MasterCard."

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!

July 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 24, 2014

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • LoopPay Secures Investment from Visa Inc. - “Visa continually evaluates and invests in new technologies that have the potential to transform mobile devices into secure payment vehicles,” said Jim McCarthy, senior vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships, Visa Inc. “LoopPay has developed compelling technology that has the potential to enable merchants to accept payments from mobile devices using their existing point-of-sale infrastructure.”
  • Citi® Commercial Cards Joins With Concur® to Offer a New, Enhanced Reporting Solution - We’re excited to partner with Concur, a recognized leader in the industry, to provide these reporting packages to our clients. These enhanced travel reports will not only provide efficiencies for our customers by automating current manual processes, but also enable clients to make key travel program decisions more quickly and with more confidence,” noted Manish Kohli, Citi’s Global Head of Commercial Cards.
  • Discover® Fuels Summer Fun with Cashback Bonus® at Gas Stations - “Discover cardmembers who are commuting or traveling can earn up to $75 Cashback Bonus for the many miles they drive during the summer months,” said Heather L. Roche, vice president of rewards at Discover.

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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