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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

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

July 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.”

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 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

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 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

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 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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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!

March 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 30, 2015

On the Web:

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.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education Update!

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!

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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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

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  • 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.

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August 05, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 5, 2014

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  • 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."

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July 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 24, 2014

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  • 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.

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July 23, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 23, 2014

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  • TSYS Reports Second Quarter 2014 Total Revenues Increased 30.4% - "We set another milestone this quarter with total revenues of over $600 million for the first time in TSYS’ history. It was an outstanding quarter with our consolidated adjusted operating margin improving 357 basis points over the first quarter to 24.94%," said Philip W. Tomlinson, chairman and chief executive officer of TSYS.
  • OT Expands Its M2M and IoT Offer to Application Enablement with Cumulocity - “Connected objects are expected to reach tens of billions by 2020. OT’s comprehensive, robust and flexible M2M offer is designed to help our customers tackle the challenges and seize the full benefits of upcoming Internet of Things growth while addressing the very important security aspects related to IoT. By joining forces with Cumulocity we are extending our offer beyond connectivity and security and moving up the M2M value chain” said Marek Juda, Managing Director of the Solutions Business Unit at OT.

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July 10, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 10, 2014

On the Web:

  • Learnings from the Bitcoin Workshop - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "We are certainly intrigued by the capabilities of math-based currencies, but think it’s unrealistic to believe that they might quickly overtake incumbent payment systems that already work well for common use cases. We’re far more focused on identifying payments use cases that still exhibit significant points of friction that might be neatly lubricated by the application of MBC technology."
  • "State of Bitcoin Q2 2014 Report Reveals Expanding Bitcoin Economy - CoinDesk - "This State of Bitcoin Q2 report focuses on data and events in the second quarter of 2014 through to the present day."
  • U.S. Companies Step Up Business Conducted in Yuan - Wall St. Journal - "The yuan is making inroads with U.S. firms now because it is becoming more cost-efficient to pay in the currency. American importers can often negotiate better prices with Chinese suppliers if they agree to use yuan to make a purchase."
  • Safaricom opens M-Pesa to its rivals - Mobile World Live - "Other operators are being granted access for the first time to the all-powerful network of agents that underpin the dominance of mobile money service M-Pesa, according to Business Daily."
  • Button Wants To Bring Loyalty Rewards To The On-Demand Economy - TechCrunch - "With that funding, the team hopes to bring new cloud-based tools to mobile app makers that reward users for engaging in apps that they’re already using."
  • How Prepared is Restaurant Industry for end of Swipe & Sign? - Hospitality Technology - "EMV preparedness is on restaurants’ radar, with 70% of those surveyed agreeing that it is important to have a well-defined roadmap for EMV preparedness. When asked about their organization’s current approach to preparing, however, just 26% report having some form of road-map in place; likely due to the lack of a standard."
  • If you don’t have a bank account, how do you manage your money? - Boston Globe (Evan Horowitz) - "The most basic thing to keep in mind is that while these alternative financial services are regulated, they are not subject to the same regulations as banks are."
  • How ACH works: A developer perspective - Part 1 - Zenpayroll Engineering Blog - "I remember when we first started building ZenPayroll, we spent a many weeks struggling to understand how the ACH system works and learning how we can write software to tap into it."
  • How ACH works: A developer perspective - Part 2 - Zenpayroll Engineering Blog - "About 95% of the time, things go exactly as planned. This post will explain the other 5% cases (called ACH returns) and how they are handled."
  • How ACH works: A developer perspective - Part 3 - Zenpayroll Engineering Blog - "Parts 1, 2, and 3 of this series should give a pretty good overview of the ACH protocol at a high level, although for the sake of clarity, much has been simplified in these posts. There are tons more details and nuances that make ACH payments a very interesting problem."
  • Google Ventures launches $100 mln fund to invest in Europe - Reuters PE Hub - "We believe Europe’s startup scene has enormous potential. We’ve seen compelling new companies emerge from places like London, Paris, Berlin, the Nordic region and beyond—SoundCloud, Spotify, Supercell and many others."
  • IBM Wants to Invent the Chips of the Future, Not Make Them - New York Times Bits Blog (Steve Lohr) - "IBM’s research agenda is a recognition that the end of the silicon era of computing, using complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technology, or CMOS, is finally on the horizon."
  • Marc Andreesen and Jim Barksdale on How to Make Money - HBR Idealist - "The tech luminaries on bundling and unbundling in the digital age."

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July 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 3, 2014

On the Web:

  • Irish Central Banker Envisions Hybrid Bitcoin-Fiat Future - CoinDesk - "To begin his talks, Murphy invited gathered attendees to join him on a thought experiment that envisioned a world in which digital currencies are used for payments in “a substantial amount” of goods and services."
  • How Bitcoin can transform the developing world - Guardian (Jamie Bartlett) - "The end game for crypto-currencies like Bitcoin is a perfect, frictionless market: a peer-to-peer currency where I could transfer Bitcoin directly to wherever I want without having to go via any intermediary at all."
  • Apple invention changes iPhone user authentication settings based on location - Apple Insider - "For example, a user may only need a simple four-digit passcode to unlock a device while at home, but authentication via Apple's Touch ID when in public areas like a shopping mall."
  • M-PESA: The Best of Both Worlds - BBVA Research - "M-PESA, a mobile banking and payment system in Kenya, represents the gold standard for innovative financial services. It creates an environment where even the most poverty stricken resident of a remote African village can become “financially included”."
  • Here Are Four Threats the Internet Faces in the Next Decade - Wall St. Journal Digits - "What are the biggest threats to the Internet? To mark its 25th anniversary, Pew Research Center asked thousands of thinkers, businesspeople, analysts and other esteemed technology followers to consider what the Internet might look like in a decade..."
  • Network Effects: the Entrepreneur, the Investor, and the Poor in Bangladesh - GSMA Blog - "Today there is a small but thriving young crowd of new entrepreneurs, tech hubs, and startups that are just beginning to scratch the surface of solving some of Bangladesh’s biggest problems in health, transportation, education, and financial services."
  • In-room Wi-Fi could hit 4.6Gbps with new tri-band chips - ArsTechnica - "Qualcomm has purchased Wilocity, a startup making Wi-Fi chips that support multi-gigabit streaming by operating in the 60GHz band."

On the Wires:

  • eBay and Argos Move to Next Stage of Click & Collect Partnership - Tanya Lawler, UK Vice President, eBay, said: “Retail has changed and shoppers are in the driving seat like never before. They want to shop anytime, anywhere, on any device and British shoppers love to Click & Collect. It’s a service being rapidly adopted by larger retailers and this partnership with Argos now gives tens of thousands of sellers the chance to capitalise on Click & Collect, even if they have no high street presence of their own.”

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June 30, 2014

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June 11, 2014

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May 09, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 9, 2014

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  • Coming Soon!

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April 28, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 28, 2014

On the Web:

  • The Problem with Payments - Stratechery (Ben Thompson) - "This is why I, for the foreseeable future, expect to see little if any progress in the United States."
  • How bitcoin is moving money in Africa - USA Today - "The key characteristics of this digital cash also happen to make it a great fit for people who aren't so down with advanced digital technology: the 326 million Africans who lack access to basic banking services."
  • Walmart, ACH and the Elusive P2P Solution - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "The Walmart-2-Walmart service is a step forward but it’s not a perfect solution. Walmart certainly has plenty of stores in the U.S. but now it’s just another of the growing number of financial networks that is, effectively, just another island nation to itself."
  • Yelp Can Now Show if a Business Accepts Bitcoin - NewsBTC - "It’s unclear just when Yelp added this feature in, but they’ve certainly done so quietly."
  • VC Investment in European Fintech Hits Post-Dot-Com High - "Payment companies and big data companies have become a hot spot for venture capitalists, according to several investors."
  • Northwest’s cheap power drawing bitcoin miners - The Spokesman Review - “I am only personally aware of two bitcoin mining firms locating in Grant County,” Boss said. “But I’ve been told that at least five others are in the process of locating in the area.”

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April 25, 2014

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April 23, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 23, 2014

On the Web:

  • SATOSHI'S REVOLUTION: How The Creator Of Bitcoin May Have Stumbled Onto Something Much, Much Bigger - Business Insider - ""For the first time, two people can exchange a piece of digital property, without any prior relationship, and in a secure way, over the Internet," Jeff Garzik, one of Bitcoin's core developers..."
  • Africa’s Tech Edge - The Atlantic - "How the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age..."
  • It's Time for the Industry to Embrace Phased-In, Same-Day ACH - American Banker BankThink (Pat Thelen) - "As an industry, we're at a crossroads on whether to evolve or be left behind. If we choose not to evolve, we risk becoming irrelevant."
  • Beyond their breach - BillGuard Blog - "At this point, we might as well walk around with our credit card numbers plastered on our foreheads."
  • The Mobile Security Journey at Wells Fargo - Bank Systems & Technology - "With mobile adoption growing so fast and providing a constant touchpoint with customers (Wells’ mobile customers log in an average of 13 times each day), embedding security, without hurting the customer experience, is a top priority for the bank, Ajami shares."

On the Wires:

  • IDC Financial Insights Unveils Results from 2014 Consumer Payments Survey - "After several years of growth, the market for 'alternative' payment methods is now entering a period where adoption gains may come more slowly and where simply providing an alternative isn't enough. Instead, providers need to offer products that add value beyond the payment," said James Wester, practice director for Worldwide Payment Strategies and the author of the report.
  • Domino's Pizza® Now Accepting Payment via Google Wallet - "Google Wallet is a great technology that allows customers even more flexibility and convenience when it comes to paying for their Domino's orders."
  • Digital River Extends Its SMB Payments Solution to U.K. Merchants - "The solution offers small and medium enterprises, commerce providers, systems integrators and developers turn-key access to credit card processing capabilities for Visa, MasterCard and Maestro cards in Euros and Pound Sterling."
  • 2Checkout Appoints Shawn Budde as CEO - "Mr. Budde has more than 25 years of experience in the finance industry including executive roles at Citibank and Capital One; data analytics experience at Sears Holdings; and as co-founder and President at ZestFinance, a VC-backed technology company."

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April 09, 2014

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April 02, 2014

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