On the Web:
- Full SEPA is Here, At Last - PaymentsViews.com (Manfred Schuck) - "Today, on the doorstep to August 1st, the latest ECB statistics show that the change-over goals have been met and the rate of SEPA-payments is very close to one hundred percent."
- Stellar - Stripe Blog - "Stellar is (like Bitcoin) a decentralized payment network; unlike Bitcoin, it supports transactions in arbitrary currencies—you can use dollars, Euros, bitcoins, or anything else. Stellar implements something very close to the idealized "IP layer for money" idea that we described last week. You can find more details (and obtain your first "stellars", the network's native currency) by reading their launch post."
- Target, for First Time, Chooses an Outsider as C.E.O. - New York Times - "The move was a clear sign that the retailer was casting aside its longtime custom of promoting top executives from within as it looked to right itself."
- Amazon, First Data enter quickly expanding mobile gift cards space - Mobile Commerce Daily - “This is a great opportunity for Amazon to test the ‘mobile wallet waters’ by rolling out a mobile wallet that’s not currently focused on payments – rather focused on ‘consumer-first’ content like gift and loyalty cards..."
- Safaricom ordered to open M-Pesa platform - Kenya Broadcasting Corp - "The telecom industry in Kenya is headed for a major re-alignment following an order to Safaricom to open up her mobile money platform."
- Apple reveals new Security Control Features for Future iWallet - Patently Apple - "On July 31, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new security control features for their future iWallet application."
- Wikimedia Foundation Partners with Coinbase to Accept Bitcoin for Donations; Coinbase Now Offering 0% Processing Fees for Non-Profits - Coinbase Blog - "Following the Wikimedia Foundation’s lead, all registered 501(c) organizations are now eligible to receive free bitcoin payment processing using Coinbase."
On the Wires:
- MasterCard Incorporated Reports Second-Quarter 2014 Financial Results - “We are pleased with another quarter of solid performance, driven by healthy volume and revenue growth,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We continue to invest in our strategic initiatives, including acquisitions, while strengthening partnerships with banks, merchants, governments and mobile operators to grow and improve our business and theirs.”
- Vantiv Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results - "The second quarter marks an exciting time at Vantiv," said Charles Drucker, president and chief executive officer at Vantiv. "We delivered another solid quarter of growth, and we executed on many of our strategic initiatives. By investing in high-growth channels, we have positioned Vantiv as a leader in the industry that will win share as the market evolves."
- LifeLock Announces New Personalized Alerts Across Credit Cards, Checking, Savings and Investment Accounts - LifeLock President Hilary Schneider said, “Only LifeLock can monitor for identity theft across such a broad array of a consumer’s financial accounts, going significantly beyond simple credit monitoring. Consumers now have even more tools to give themselves peace of mind. This is particularly important in a digital world where identity thieves are constantly changing tactics"
- BitFury Announces Hosted Mining Services - "BitFury is one of the oldest and largest Bitcoin miners in the world. Some 40 percent of all Bitcoins are mined using BitFury chips."
Updates from Glenbrook:
- Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps: Aug 5-6 in San Jose, CA.; Oct 7-8 in Palo Alto, CA.; Oct 21-22 in New York City; Dec 9-10 in Palo Alto, CA.
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