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August 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 19, 2015

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  • New American Express Serve® Prepaid Debit Account Earns Rewards - "American Express announced Serve Cash Back, a new prepaid debit Account option that will earn Accountholders 1% cash back on purchases. Consumers who spend in line with the 2012 – 2013 U.S. Department of Labor national averages for gas, groceries, dining out, clothing, transportation and entertainment using the Serve Cash Back Card could potentially earn more than $400 annually when earning 1% cash back."
  • In-store Shopping Experience a Major Factor in Major Purchase Decisions, Synchrony Financial Study Finds - "Results show that shoppers enjoy the immediacy and interaction of in-store purchases. Shopping in-store allows them to take the product home on the same day, see and feel the product, and interact with a store associate. Some respondents noted they simply like to shop at the retailer."

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July 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 30, 2015

On the Web:

  • Bitcoin and Blockchain: Two Revolutions for the Price of One? - Richard Gendal Brown - "“Digital” money is not the same as physical cash. And the world’s financial plumbing – payments systems, correspondent banking, SWIFT, … – is a direct consequence of this observation: physical cash really is fundamentally different to every other form of money: only physical cash is a bearer instrument. And only physical cash can be transferred without permission – censorship-resistant. Or so we thought."
  • The Evolution of Money, From Feathers to Credit Cards - Smithsonian Magazine - “Our exhibit represents the opportunity to show the diversity and strengths of this collection and to excite people to think about history, culture and innovation through numismatic objects,” says curator Ellen Feingold. “We embrace the theme of innovation, but we also really embrace the value of monetary objects for learning about history.”

On the Wires:

  • American Express and Best Buy Team Up to Enable Card Members to Use Membership Rewards Points on BestBuy.com - "American Express and Best Buy today announce the launch of a new e-commerce technology integration that enables U.S. Card Members enrolled in the Membership Rewards® program to seamlessly use their points for online purchases on BestBuy.com. Starting today, Card Members can use their Membership Rewards points for all or part of each online purchase and either pick it up in one of Best Buy’s stores or have it delivered to their door."
  • MasterCard Extends Partnership with Samsung to Deliver Samsung Pay in Europe - “Samsung Pay is pleased to join forces with MasterCard to offer a simple and safe mobile payment experience enabled for wider merchant acceptance to MasterCard cardholders and issuers in Europe,” said Injong Rhee, EVP of Samsung Electronics, Global Head of Samsung Pay. “Both organizations are committed to ground breaking fin-tech innovations that will deliver on the promise of a true mobile wallet.”
  • Instant Access to Information Changing Consumer Search Patterns When It Comes to Choosing Banking Products - “As financial institution customers have more and more interactions with consumer brands that provide multi-channel communications, they will demand those same channels when it comes to their interaction with banks and credit unions,” explained Scott Wallace, vice president of marketing, Deluxe Financial Services. “We believe this survey shows that customers want multiple research channels and tools before they will engage their local branch to open a new account.”
  • TSYS and Acquirer Systems Launch ASTREX to Simplify EMV Certification Process - “By using our simulator tool, VARs and ISVs can gain an edge on the competition by bringing powerful and efficient EMV solutions to market faster,” said Craig Ludwig, head of product for TSYS’ Merchant Services segment. “This not only allows them to easily meet the rapidly approaching October 1 EMV liability shift date, but also affords them the opportunity to offer EMV support to their merchants in an expedited timeframe — increasing the quality of their clients’ overall experience.”

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July 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 9, 2015

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July 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 8, 2015

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  • Digital River Teams up with Global Mass Payments Provider Payoneer - "We’re excited about working with Digital River to help meet the growing demands of their merchants. Payoneer’s all-in-one mass payout services are an exciting complement for Digital River merchants challenged with the complexities of global payouts,” said Scott Galit, Payoneer’s CEO. “Payoneer is fully committed to helping Digital River clients capitalize on international market opportunities by enabling them to pay globally as easily as they do locally.”
  • Capital One Teams with Vantiv to Enhance Payment Processing Solutions for Merchant Services Customers - "Capital One is committed to providing the most innovative technologies to our business customers," said Colleen Taylor, executive vice president, head of Treasury Management and Enterprise Payments, Capital One Bank. "By partnering with Vantiv, our clients will now benefit from Vantiv's industry-leading payment tools and services, which are designed to help them focus on what they do best - running and growing their businesses."
  • Ink from Chase Unveils New Design and Enhanced Features of Mobile Application - “The new Ink app was designed with one goal in mind: to simplify backend office management for small business owners so they can focus on their business,” said Laura Miller, President, Business Card at Chase. “By giving small business owners the ability to easily, quickly and more efficiently manage their finances and the financial activity of their employees, they have more time to focus on their passion and grow their small business.”
  • U.S. Bank Selects Biller Advantage from Fiserv to Enable Business Customers to Send e-Bills, Accept e-Payments - “Consumers are looking for ways to simplify their finances and streamline their bill payment process. Our business customers want to meet this demand and offer consumers the best and most user-friendly billing and payment options,” said Sam Robb, senior vice president, U.S. Bank. “Biller Advantage from Fiserv will allow us to offer a multichannel EBPP solution to our business customers – a new offering that will allow them to more efficiently send bills and quickly accept payments."
  • IDEX Enters into a Strategic Worldwide Biometric Card Partnership with a Global Payments Company - Dr. Hemant Mardia, CEO of IDEX stated, “We are very pleased to have been selected for this global company biometric card initiative enabled by our compelling low cost, turnkey fingerprint sensor solutions. The program will commence development during 2015. This partnership is expected to enable IDEX to secure a leading position in this emerging mass market for fingerprint sensor based biometric cards.”
  • Adyen Mobile Payments Index reveals 36% of global mobile payments are now on iPhone - “The continued rise in popularity of the iPhone for making online purchases, coupled with the higher ATV from shoppers using iOS, suggest that businesses – especially those that classify themselves as premium brands – should target this valuable demographic in particular,” said Roelant Prins, Chief Commercial Officer, Adyen. “Apple Pay, as it becomes available in more markets, represents a great opportunity for businesses to fulfil this as it enables them to deliver a seamless payment experience to iOS users.”
  • Fostering Innovation and Growth in Smart Card Programs –- Entrust Datacard Continues to Help Expand EMV Instant Issuance Market Adoption - "Entrust Datacard today announced that financial institutions have instantly issued over 2.1 million chip cards globally in 2015 utilizing Datacard® instant issuance hardware and associated software. That number is projected to grow as more financial organizations adopt the technology – especially within the U.S. where EMV migration is rapidly accelerating."

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June 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 25, 2015

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  • The sale of Visa Europe: a potential setback for merchants in the fight against fees - Treasury Insider - "The news that Visa Inc. is in discussions to purchase its former subsidiary Visa Europe in a possible US$20 billion deal certainly falls into this category – and should be a major concern for European merchants."
  • Suspect in $55 Million A.T.M. Scheme Is Extradited to U.S. - New York Times - "Prosecutors said that hackers including Mr. Findikoglu wormed their way into the computer systems of financial institutions that process prepaid debit cards. Next, they said, the hackers significantly raised the withdrawal limits normally set for the cards, which are often used to pay employees or aid disaster victims."
  • Go New Places with PayPal and Uber - PayPal Forward Blog - "PayPal is now available as a payment option to Uber riders in Canada, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden."
  • HDFC’s PayZapp, India’s First Apple Pay Feature, Enters Mobile Payments - MF Monitor - "Being introduced by the largest private bank, PayZapp, on the back of ApplePay, may emerge as a game changer, as it eliminates the various intervening steps required to pass a mobile transaction, following RBI norms of two-factor authentication."
  • Before paying with bitcoins… - Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information Blog - "In fact, the FTC has received hundreds of complaints involving bitcoins and other virtual currencies. The two most common problems? Online merchants who don’t deliver the product on time — or at all — and merchants who give refunds in store credit, rather than currency."

On the Wires:

  • Organization Announcement: American Express - "With that in mind, today I am announcing the realignment of several businesses and reporting lines in a way that leverages the strengths of our executive team to help us build momentum and capitalize on the growth opportunities we have across the company."
  • FICO Sees 25 Percent Jump in Cross-Border Fraud on UK Debit Cards in 2014 - "Criminals are now opting for card-not-present and cross-border fraud," said Martin Warwick, FICO's fraud chief in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "The alarming rise in cross-border fraud demands new technology, such as proximity location services that can identify whether the customer's mobile is in the same place where the transaction is occurring. The UK reduced cross-border card fraud from £230 million in 2008 down to £80 million in 2011. But cross-border fraud has nearly doubled since then, and it's time to get it back under control."
  • The Nilson Report: U.S. Household and Credit Card Debt 2014 - "Total household debt in the U.S. was $13.512 trillion at the end of 2014 and credit cards accounted for 6.52% or $881.57 billion, according to the annual report on credit card debt in the U.S. published by The Nilson Report, the top trade newsletter covering the card and mobile payment industries."
  • Auth0 Raises Series A Led By Bessemer to Take the Pain Out of Identity Security - “It’s now painfully obvious that insecure or incomplete authentication implementations are creating vulnerabilities, jeopardizing customer trust, and hindering enterprise adoption of cloud and mobile services,” observed VeriSign co-founder David Cowan, a partner at BVP. “So Bessemer is thrilled to partner with the best identity team in the world to deliver secure login as a service — as easy to use as Twilio, SendGrid and Stripe.”
  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR now live in the UK - “Launching SEQR in the US and the UK has been a top priority for us at Seamless. By offering a smart, adaptable mobile payment service, we’ve been able to attract some of the biggest operators in the market. Now that we’re starting to work with merchants and consumers, we’re creating the right conditions to be able to establish ourselves as the biggest mobile payments provider in the UK as well, a market with around 60 million potential customers,” says Peter Fredell, CEO of Seamless.

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June 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 22, 2015

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June 11, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 11, 2015

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  • Wences Casares: The Bitcoin-Obsessed Serial Entrepreneur - CoinDesk - "I truly believe that it may change the world more than the Internet did. I truly believe that [because of the] 4 billion people who live on cash today. It is the biggest step forward in the democratisation of money we've ever seen."
  • Apple's most important service is about to get so much better - Business Insider - "It's no coincidence Jennifer Bailey was chosen to be the first woman to appear on stage at an Apple keynote. As the VP of Apple Pay, she's in charge of Apple's most important service, which aims to revolutionize how we pay for goods."

On the Wires:

  • Bank of America Merchant Services Provides American Express® OptBlue® Program to Small Businesses - “Bank of America Merchant Services is committed to making business simpler and easier on Main Street,” said Tim Tynan, chief executive officer of Bank of America Merchant Services. “OptBlue will allow our small business clients to accept and manage American Express transactions in a simpler and easier way, so they can spend more time focused on their own business.”
  • U.S. Bank Renews Multiple Payment Solutions, Will Work with Fiserv to Deliver Integrated, Real-Time Payment Experience to Consumers - “The Fiserv digital payment suite enables convenient and secure money movement for our customers through the online, mobile and tablet channels,” said Niti Badarinath, SVP, head of omnichannel experience, U.S. Bank. “Whether people are paying bills, sending money to others or transferring funds between their own accounts, we want to provide a seamless experience that allows customers to focus on moving their money from point A to point B, without having to think about how that happens."
  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR Now Live in USA - "We are now all set strategically and have more merchants on the way in. Many businesses are interested in mobile payments, which I also witnessed during my time at Visa, Monitise and PayPal, who are all investing heavily in mobile payments. But everyone has been waiting for a mobile payment solution that can be implemented easily and cost effectively. SEQR is that solution," says Daniel Bessmert, General Manager of SEQR in the U.S.

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June 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 3, 2015

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  • 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."

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June 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 1, 2015

On the Web:

  • On Ed Gilligan - Medium (Megan Quinn) - "At best, startups are ignored and at worst, distrusted. Ed broke that mold. He was willing to pursue new ideas, take measured risks, run tests and lend some brand credibility and marketing power to fledgling companies doing interesting work."
  • The First Battle In The Mobile Payments War Is Over - TechCrunch (Dana Stalder) - "t’s been a tale of conflict, closed door bargaining, and one with a David vs Goliath subplot and huge fortunes at stake. Many watched and waited as PayPal and Google battled the oligopoly of the Networks (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), only to be surprised by a twist ending."
  • Bitcoin app issues critical update after rare bug leads to total crypto breakdown - Guardian - "Bitcoin wallet application Blockchain has rushed to release an update after a critical bug left multiple users unaware that they were sharing a bitcoin wallet..."

On the Wires:

  • Discover Doubles Cash Rewards for New Discover it® Cardmembers after First Year - "Starting today, Discover is extending an exclusive offer to new Discover it® cardmembers that doubles all of the cash rewards they’ve earned at the end of their first year for accounts that are open at the time of doubling. There are no limits on how much a cardmember can earn, and they can redeem in any amount, any time, and their rewards never expire."
  • Chase Mobile® App for iPhone® Introduces Touch ID™ - “We’re focused on making mobile banking faster and simpler,” said Gavin Michael, Head of Digital for Chase. “Touch ID has been the number one request of our customers – and we are excited to deliver it to them.”

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May 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 14, 2015

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  • PayPal: Powering the Potential of PYPL - PayPal Forward Blog - "I’m honored and thrilled that PayPal is returning to its roots as an independent company. In the second half of 2015 we’ll once again be publicly traded on NASDAQ with our original stock ticker symbol PYPL. This is a meaningful symbol for the company because it represents our unbroken commitment to the spirit of the original vision that sparked the launch of PayPal 17 years ago."
  • Credit-Card Firms Reap Rewards of Consumer Brand Loyalty - Wall St. Journal - "Stuck with slow growth prospects in a saturated market, banks that issue credit cards are increasingly churning out cards that are aimed at creditworthy customers loyal to a store, airline or hotel."
  • Distinction between online, offline blurs for shoppers, but not retailers: report - Mobile Commerce Daily - “We are quickly moving toward a point where there is really no ‘online’ or ‘offline’ if consumers are connected all the time,” said Kasey Lobaugh, Deloitte Digital’s chief retail innovation officer. “However, there’s a divide between the digital functionality retailers provide and the experience consumers want."
  • NTT Docomo’s Iris Scan Phone - Wall St. Journal - "Forget passcodes or fingerprint scans. Now you can unlock a smartphone with the blink of an eye."

On the Wires:

  • American Express Announces Exporting Program to Help Middle Market Companies Grow Globally - “Exporting represents a $928 billion opportunity1 for U.S. mid-sized companies2 over the next 10 years, yet only 17% of middle market firms currently trade internationally3,” said Susan Sobbott, president, Global Corporate Payments, American Express. “The Grow Global program is designed to help demystify the complexities of exporting, and help companies seize the opportunities available by tapping into markets outside the U.S.”
  • Sally Provides Update on Payment Card Investigation - “We believe it is in the best interests of our customers to alert them that we now have sufficient evidence to confirm that an illegal intrusion into our payment card systems has indeed occurred. However, we will not speculate on the scope of the intrusion as our forensics investigation is still underway,” said Chris Brickman, President and CEO.

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May 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 13, 2015

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  • Square raises more money to make small business loans - Fortune - "The company announced on Tuesday that Square Capital, its loan-making division, has raised an additional investment from previous backer, Chicago-based Victory Park Capital ..."
  • Bitcoin may never make it to Wall Street, but its tech will - Wired - "Angel refers to this concept as “the stockchain,” and like Peterson, he sees Nasdaq’s private market technology as a stepping stone to a blockchain-based public market."
  • Blockchain Tech Could Improve Banking, Says EBA Report - CoinDesk - "Blockchain technology has the potential to reduce costs, improve product offerings and increase speed for banks, according to the most recent report from the Euro Banking Association (EBA)."
  • Blockchain technology spells the end of middlemen - Canadian Business - "Blockchain technology’s potential beyond bitcoin is huge: It could replace the multi-trillion-dollar market in third-party verification services that underpins the modern global economy. Services and institutions that act as middlemen to facilitate and verify financial transactions, contract relationships, record-keeping and asset transfers could all be disrupted by blockchains..."

On the Wires:

  • New GSMA Report Finds That Latin America and the Caribbean Have Fastest Growth in Mobile Financial Services Globally - “Great progress has been made in deepening financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last three years,” said Sebastian Cabello, Head, GSMA Latin America. “The region has seen a major increase in the number of adults with bank accounts, however, approximately half of all adults in LAC still remain unbanked. Mobile money services are a powerful tool for expanding financial access in developing markets and will play a critical role in continuing to build a healthy digital financial ecosystem in the region.”
  • Accenture and Moven Join Forces to Transform Digital Banking Solutions - “We set out to change what the world thinks of as a day-to-day bank account, starting from scratch with mobile, and providing customers with advice on spending and savings,” said Brett King, Moven’s CEO and founder. “The alliance with Accenture will be invaluable in helping us mobilize our services globally as we grow to tens of millions of users in a dozen countries. Accenture's phenomenal footprint with the biggest banks in the world, combined with the digital and end-user experience from Accenture Interactive and Fjord, made it the only choice for this global alliance partnership."
  • American Express Board Authorizes Repurchase of up to 150 Million Shares, Announces 12 Percent Dividend Increase - "As previously announced on March 11, 2015, the company was informed that the Federal Reserve did not object to the company’s 2015 capital plan to repurchase up to $6.6 billion of common shares through the second quarter of 2016, as well as to increase the company’s quarterly dividend to $0.29 per share beginning with the second quarter 2015 dividend declaration."
  • Zoho Introduces ACH Payments in its Financial Suite with Forte - "Zoho is now able to offer their customers the ability to accept ACH/eChecks, credit and debit card payments quickly and with confidence using Forte’s robust processing services. In addition, each account includes unlimited access to Forte’s payment gateway, virtual terminal, online reporting and payment tokenization and storage services."

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May 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 4, 2015

On the Wires:

  • American Express Launches New Plenti SM Cobrand Credit Card and Membership Rewards® Points Transfer Relationship - "Plenti is the first loyalty coalition involving major U.S. brands that lets consumers earn Plenti points at one place and use them for savings at another. Partners include many of the places where customers shop and spend every day, such as AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s, Mobil, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hulu."
  • Plenti℠ – First US Coalition Loyalty Program Available Now - "Plenti members can use any form of payment that the partner accepts at checkout – cash, credit, debit or prepaid. This means that if they have a card product with other rewards benefits, they’ll earn those rewards in addition to the points collected through Plenti."
  • Visa Launches Online Toolkit to Educate Business Owners on Benefits of Chip Technology - “Chip technology will bring an important new layer of security for credit and debit cards by helping to make stolen account information useless to criminals,” said Stephanie Ericksen, vice president of Risk Products, Visa Inc. “It is a priority to increase merchant awareness and understanding, given a liability shift in October 2015, after which merchants who are not ready to accept chip cards may be responsible for counterfeit fraud.”
  • Payment Security Task Force: Issuers Forecast U.S. Shift to Chip Cards To Be Nearly Complete by 2017 - "Eight financial institutions, representing approximately 50 percent of the total U.S. payment card volume, estimate that 63 percent of their credit and debit cards will contain EMV chips by the end of this year, expanding to 98 percent by the end of 2017. The forecast reaffirms the ongoing commitment to chip migration as a step toward increasing U.S. payment security across the ecosystem."
  • MasterCard Business Network 2.0: For U.S. Business Owners, It’s About Time…And Money - “Business owners have a split second to switch from being the CTO to the CFO to the CMO of their companies. MasterCard Business Network 2.0 helps save time by putting c-suite level information at business owners’ fingertips, all just a click away,” said Jay Singer, senior vice president of U.S. Commercial Products, MasterCard. "We give business owners the information they need, at the moment they need it, helping their businesses grow. And we are now offering these tools at significant savings."
  • FIS Reinvents Banking Access in India, One ‘e-Lobby’ at a Time - “Karnataka Bank’s mission is to serve our customers in a technologically savvy, high-quality manner,” said Sri. P. Jayarama Bhat, managing director & chief executive officer, Karnataka Bank. “Not only will FIS’ support allow us to better focus on our customers, it also will make us one of the first mid-sized banks in India to provide e-lobby access, extending more convenient access to our customers and allowing us to better compete with larger banks.”

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May 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 1, 2015

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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.”

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April 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 20, 2015

On the Web:

  • The Year Of Mobile Payments - TechCrunch - "Expectations have changed. The proliferation of mobile money services shows that people – even the unbanked – demand better than the lengthy queues, cumbersome processes, and high fees offered by the incumbent international money transfer “super racket.”"
  • ICICI Bank launches ‘Tap n Pay’, a contactless payment service in arrangement with Tech Mahindra - Telecom Tiger - "‘Tap n Pay’ is a prepaid account, which can be availed by customers of any bank by simply registering for it and transferring money online from any bank account. ICICI Bank customers can also transfer money to the Tap-n-Pay account through an SMS. To start with, this solution is being offered at large campuses of corporate offices."
  • Samsung SDS enters biometric security business - Korea Times - "This system will be applied to all devices that need to receive user authorization such as smartphones, vehicles, IoT-based devices, door locks, smart homes, shopping, transaction and financial products," Kim said. "All corporate clients in those areas are our potential customers."
  • Westpac boss sees NZ as innovation lab - New Zealand Herald - "Westpac Group chief executive Brian Hartzer has embarked on a mission to transform the bank into a world-leading service company, with the Kiwi operations playing a Trojan horse role when it comes to innovations."
  • New Law to Strip Social Security Numbers From Medicare Cards - New York Times - “The Social Security number is the key to identity theft, and thieves are having a field day with seniors’ Medicare cards,” said Representative Sam Johnson, Republican of Texas...

On the Wires:

  • Verifone selects Thales to protect card holder data - "Thales, leader in critical information systems and cybersecurity, announces that Verifone now uses Thales nShield hardware security modules (HSMs) for its end-to-end payment encryption solution – VeriShield Total Protect – to provide robust, high speed, scalable crypto to protect card holder data, whether transmitted from a card or mobile device, right from the moment of capture."
  • GlobeOne Announces LOI with MetaBank to Bring New Mobile Banking Network to United States - "GlobeOne expects to launch in the United States and Mexico in the fourth quarter of 2015, and it will expand its integrated global network as new banking partners are secured around the world. GlobeOne’s innovative app will offer a no-minimum demand deposit account with debit card, a security savings account, a line of credit, domestic and international transfers between GlobeOne members, and access to the global income-building SocialBoost program, which gives members the opportunity to earn a new income stream while helping those who need it most."
  • WEX Virtual Payments Expands Currency Offering in Europe - Myles Stephenson, managing director of WEX Europe said, “We’ve listened to our customers’ needs and business challenges, and implemented a solution that provides even more cost-effective ways to make international payments. This update enables WEX Europe customers to pay their global suppliers in local currencies more efficiently.”
  • Entrust Datacard Enters Strategic Partnership with Financial Software and Systems (FSS) - Commenting on the partnership, Nagaraj Mylandla, managing director of FSS, said, “FSS has always been on the forefront of bringing new technologies to the payments domain in India. Today, banks in India are focusing on new technologies to build a deeper engagement with their customers. The hosted instant card issuance solution that we are introducing through our partnership with Entrust Datacard is one such technology that will assist banks in India to achieve service excellence.”
  • EastPay Launches Subsidiary, EastPay Advisory Services - "EastPay, a Regional Payments Association, has announced the formation of EastPay Advisory Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary that will provide payments risk management, compliance, and consulting services to financial institutions and businesses."

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April 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 17, 2015

On the Web:

  • Square’s Jack Dorsey Puts It All Together - BuzzFeed News - "Once a media darling, he hasn’t spoken on the record to the tech press since a New York Times interview in December of last year. It’s not that he’s been hiding, exactly, but he has lowered his profile considerably."
  • PayPal, OFAC, and why regulators play rough - WePay Blog - "When OFAC comes down, they come down hard. In PayPal’s case, that multi-million dollar fine came as the result of less than $50K in transactions over a period of years."
  • Accidental Apple Pay triggers: When iPhone and NFC don't get along - iMore - "But would it be too hard to have a "Dismiss" software button in the top right corner, in case Apple Pay is triggered accidentally? Or keep NFC from working when Airplane mode is enabled?"
  • Could the Chip Card Transition Lead to More Online and Small-Merchant Fraud? - n>genuity - Going forward, the trick will be keeping the checkout process both easy and secure, says George Peabody, a partner at Glenbrook Partners. "The challenge is friction from a checkout point of view. If merchants are looking for security perfection, then they are going to be turning away good sales."
  • PayPal Wants You to Inject Your Username and Eat Your Password - Wall St. Journal Digits - "In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Leblanc said that passwords were broken, and that it was time to replace the concepts and methods of username and password verification."

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April 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 16, 2015

On the Web:

  • A Stanford professor claims to have invented a Bitcoin-like system that can handle payments faster and with more security - MIT Technology Review - "Stanford professor David Mazières thinks he has a faster, more flexible, and more secure alternative. If Mazières is correct, his technology could make digital payments and other transactions cheaper, safer, and easier—particularly across borders. He released the design for his system in a white paper last Wednesday."
  • Bitcoin and the Cypherpunks - Reason.com - "Decentralized peer-to-peer marketplaces became technically possible only in 2009, when a shadowy figure calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto gave the world a new form of virtual currency called Bitcoin. More than just a new form of money, Bitcoin is also a protocol, or system for managing information, that has the capacity to undergird—and revolutionize—much of the Internet."
  • Former Yahoo Exec Appointed COO of Ripple Labs - CoinDesk - "Ripple Labs has appointed former Yahoo and AOL executive Brad Garlinghouse as its new COO."
  • How Do Speed and Security Influence Consumers' Payment Behavior? - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "This brief draws upon new data from the 2013 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice and employs econometric modeling and simulation to complement FRFS-commissioned market research on end users' preferences."
  • U.S. Consumer Holdings and Use of $1 Bills - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "This report examines the $1 bill holdings of adults in the United States using data from the Diary of Consumer Payments Choice (DCPC)."

On the Wires:

  • American Express and Jawbone Partner to Launch UP4 – The First-Of-Its-Kind Fitness Wearable with Built-In Amex Payments Technology - "In partnership with Jawbone, a leader in advanced fitness trackers, we have created a seamless payment experience all in the tap of a wrist," said Leslie Berland, executive vice president, Digital Partnerships and Development at American Express. "We believe this unique technology will delight our active, digitally-savvy Card Members in a powerful way and drive a new type of engagement at hundreds of thousands of merchant locations nationwide.”
  • Target Announces Settlement Agreement with MasterCard - Scott Kennedy, President, Financial & Retail Services at Target, stated “We are hopeful that Target’s agreement to pay up to $19 million to settle the claims of MasterCard and its issuers will result in a high level of issuer acceptance. Target intends to continue to defend itself vigorously against any assessments made by MasterCard on behalf of MasterCard issuers that do not accept their offers.”
  • National Geographic and First Bankcard Launch New Visa® Card with Exclusive Discounts, Special Access and Member Benefits - “For more than a century, National Geographic explorers and photographers have traveled the world to capture stunning images and collect compelling stories,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing, North America. “Together with First Bankcard, we’ve created an innovative program that encourages consumers to explore with us by providing meaningful travel benefits, unique access to our content, membership benefits and relevant discounts."
  • PayPal: Strong American Dollar Driving European Travel - “Our research found that one in five (21 percent) of Americans are considering a trip to Europe and nearly half of those travelers cite the strengthening dollar as a factor in their decision-making (47 percent),” said Carey Kolaja, Vice President, Head of Global Consumer Products at PayPal. “Yet, for many, international travel is still a daunting concept – shrouded by the mysteries of currency exchange rates, foreign transaction fees and financial safety. As a leading global payments processor, PayPal is uniquely positioned to help alleviate concerns, making planning a trip to Europe as simple, seamless and secure as going to the local grocery store.”

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April 15, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 15, 2015

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  • Ingenico Group Enables Long John Silver’s to Deploy an End-to-End Secure Payment Solution Combining EMV and Point-to-Point Encryption - “As we prepared for the advent of chip-based cards, we also wanted to implement a solution with point-to-point encryption (P2PE) to provide bulletproof security over our customers’ cardholder data, while also easing the process of meeting increasingly complex PCI requirements,” said Craig Daniel, chief financial officer for Long John Silver’s.
  • NCR Signals Massive Makeover to Banking with Highly Secure Cloud-Based ATM Software Platform - “NCR’s Kalpana software is the most disruptive change to the ATM ecosystem in decades. Business and consumer applications are increasingly turning to enterprise or cloud-based solutions that reshape security and enable fast, nimble and dynamic customer experiences,” said Andy Heyman, president, NCR Financial Services. “Kalpana software is ideal for financial institutions and independent ATM deployers looking to improve security, quickly advance service delivery through technology, and reshape their cost to serve.”
  • Trustonic and Mobeewave Partner to Provide Unprecedented Security Level in Mobile Payment - "Up to now mPOS solutions have not completely secured the interaction with consumers on mobile devices unless merchants used add-on devices. Now, just by downloading the Mobeewave mPOS application into merchant mobile devices supporting the Trustonic technology, the consumers will be able to securely tap their contactless card or smartphone against the merchant’s mobile device. The Trustonic TEE technology secures the interaction with the cardholder on the merchant’s device itself by leveraging the Trusted User Interface."

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March 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 26, 2015

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  • No Password, No Problem: FIS Adds Biometric Access to Mobile Solutions - “One-touch Cardless Cash® is unlike anything else in the market,” said Douglas Brown, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Financial Services, FIS. “The ability to access your account and withdraw money with just your fingerprint will make ATM access faster, safer and easier for users. It’s a true homerun.”
  • How Ready are U.S. Merchants for EMV? - "TSG survey finds just 34% of merchants in the US will be EMV-ready by October 2015."
  • PCI Council Publishes Guidance on Penetration Testing - "Today the PCI Security Standards Council publishedPenetration Testing Guidance to help organizations establish a strong methodology for regularly testing security controls and processes to protect the cardholder data environment in accordance with PCI DSS Requirement 11.3."
  • Federal Reserve survey provides information on mobile financial services - "The use of mobile phones to access bank accounts, credit cards, or other financial accounts continued to increase among adults in the United States last year, according to a Federal Reserve Board report, Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2015. The report is the Board's fourth looking at how consumers access banking services using mobile phones ("mobile banking"), and their payments for goods and services using mobile phones ("mobile payments"), as well as their use of mobile phones to inform their shopping decisions."
  • TSYS CIO Ken Tye To Retire - "During Tye’s tenure, in the mid-1990’s, he led a team responsible for building TS2, still considered the industry’s most technologically advanced payment processing system in the market today. Most recently, Tye has led the team creating a more open technology environment to power TSYS’ next generation of digital innovation and consumer servicing."

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March 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 25, 2015

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  • Global Payments Acquires Realex Payments, Expanding Its International Ecommerce Offerings - Colm Lyon, CEO of Realex Payments, added, "We are thrilled to be joining the Global Payments team. The combination of Global Payments' multinational acquiring expertise with Realex Payments’ technologies and employees will position us well for global growth and expansion."
  • Rise in “Mobile-Only” Users Will Require Rethinking Mobile Banking Says Fiserv White Paper - "According to Fiserv estimates, mobile-only users make up about 15 percent of a typical financial institutions’ mobile banking user base. Mobile-only users are defined as those who access their accounts using only their smartphones. Although the segment is small, it is growing, and it makes up an integral part of the mobile banking population."
  • Pay with OpenTable Now Available for Android - "Millions of diners use our apps to discover and book the perfect table," said Jocelyn Mangan, OpenTable Senior Vice President, Product Management.  "We're excited to provide Android users with a payment experience that is intuitive and integrated into the OpenTable app they know and love." 
  • ShopKeep Launches Integrated Payments - "ShopKeep Payments will be a new division of ShopKeep, and will leverage technology from Payment Revolution, an independent sales organization and a full service credit card processing firm that specializes in custom solutions. ShopKeep Payments will also offer best-in-class residual payouts to its interested, certified value-added resellers and referral partners"

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March 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 24, 2015

On the Web:

  • Understanding and Improving Consumer Financial Health in America - Center for Financial Services Innovation - "This research explores the state of financial health in America in a groundbreaking examination of consumer behaviors, attitudes, and preferences. In it, we define seven consumer financial health segments based on a combination of behaviors and attitudes, offering an analysis that goes beyond income, age, education, or credit score."
  • Optimal Payments to Acquire Digital Payments Rival - "Optimal Payments said on Monday that it had agreed to acquire the digital payment service Skrill Group in a cash-and-share deal that values the business at 1.1 billion euros, or about $1.2 billion."
  • Comments On The Proposed Bitlicense Regulations - AVC.com (Fred Wilson) - "This blog post is being submitted as a public comment on the revised Bitlicense regulations and should be read as such."
  • The New York BitLicense and California’s Digital Currency Bill – A Comparison - CoinCenter - "All in all, I’m optimistic that we’ll see progress in both New York and California. Each wants to be a leader in the exploding new FinTech space, they face increasing competition from the UK and other international jurisdictions, and they have each been quite receptive to input from those of us the cryptocurrency ecosystem."
  • Trouble at AmEx: Some cardholders can leave home without it - AP - "One of the biggest threats to AmEx is the slew of competing cards aimed at the well-to-do, sometimes with lower annual fees."

On the Wires:

  • Fiserv Completes First Tokenized Transactions via Accel Debit Payments Network - “Fiserv offers one of the first debit payment networks to enable tokenization, which is required for transactions such as those conducted using Apple Pay™,” said Kevin Gregoire, president, Financial Institutions Group, Fiserv. “Apple Pay is just one example of the rapid changes in the payments landscape, and it is important for Fiserv to equip our clients to deliver the capabilities consumers expect at an accelerated pace. We anticipate that tokenization will play an increasing role in the debit payments industry and Accel is well positioned to accommodate further developments.”

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March 20, 2015

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March 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 19, 2015

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  • American Express Announces New Co-Brand Relationship with Charles Schwab - “We look forward to working closely with Charles Schwab to develop a strong value proposition for the new cards,” said Josh Silverman, president of Consumer Products & Services for American Express. “The partnership is designed to generate positive economics over time for our shareholders, and allow our mutual customers to benefit from a relationship with two leading financial services brands.”
  • GlobeOne partners with InvestaBank and Bankaool to bring new mobile banking network to Mexico - “Only 45% of the population in Mexico has a bank account, which is why this partnership is an exciting development for Mexican consumers,” said Michael Wolper, GlobeOne member and Chief Marketing Officer. “Through GlobeOne’s growing global network, consumers will have access to the basic financial services necessary to build a strong financial future, and banks will have a new platform to serve the many digitally connected Mexican consumers who do not participate in the traditional, brick-and-mortar banking system.”

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March 18, 2015

American Express Launches Plenti Coalition Loyalty Program

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express has announced Plenti - calling it "the first U.S.-based coalition loyalty program."

AT&T, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy and Hulu are joining with American Express to launch the program where consumers can earn and use Plenti points for purchasing a wide range of products, regardless of the payment method consumers choose to use. Amex said the program will officially launch this spring and is expected to include more brands in additional categories.

Recent research indicates that nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of Americans say they would prefer a rewards program that allows them to shop at many stores versus a single brand. Plenti is designed to address that need, giving consumers options to earn points and additional value through special offers and product discounts. Plenti will be free to join, and consumers can earn points and discounts using any form of payment accepted by the participating brands, including cash, prepaid and any debit, charge or credit card.

“This is a perfect time for a coalition loyalty program in the U.S., as online marketing becomes more efficient and American consumers become more accustomed to rewards programs, special offers and discounts,” said Ed Gilligan, president at American Express. “With American Express’ deep experience with the Membership Rewards® program and acquisition of Loyalty Partner in 2011, we are the right company to operate a loyalty program of this scale, involving such celebrated brands.”

For more information, visit: www.plenti.com.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 18, 2015

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  • Openbay, Online Marketplace for Auto Repair, Now Supports Apple Pay - “Openbay remains the only nationwide mobile and web app for consumers to search for, compare mechanics, book an appointment and pay for auto repair,” said Rob Infantino, founder and CEO. “With Apple Pay, we continue to innovate and maintain a first-mover advantage for vehicle repair. The perceived nuisance of getting one’s car or truck serviced is becoming virtually frictionless.”
  • PAR Expands Mobile Point of Sale (POS) Solutions for Restaurant and Retail - “The addition of the PAR Tablet 5 and PAR Tablet POS underscores and reinforces our commitment to bring the best POS solutions to market for our customers,” said Karen E. Sammon, President of ParTech, Inc. “Mobile POS is one of the fastest growing trends in the restaurant and retail space and today’s announcement will help our customers provide better guest experiences in the course of their business.”

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February 27, 2015

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  • Visa to Acquire TrialPay - "As a payments technology partner to merchants globally, Visa will integrate TrialPay into its product portfolio as a simple, cost-effective way to help merchants acquire customers, drive traffic, and increase sales by reaching Visa cardholders with targeted offers."
  • CaixaBank develops new biometrics-based financial services - "CaixaBank launches the first application in Europe to support online banking transactions using voice commands. This represents the bank’s first service to explore the possibilities offered by biometrics to enhance customer interaction with banking channels."
  • American Express Adds New Benefits to Premier Rewards Gold Card - “We’re making one of our most popular cards even better. This latest investment for our Premier Rewards Gold Card Members is designed to deepen our relationship by providing more value in the areas they spend most -- from everyday spending on things like gas and groceries, to dining and larger travel purchases,” said Lisa Durocher, SVP, Consumer Charge Cards & Benefits at American Express.

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February 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 26, 2015

On the Web:

  • A Different Type of Start Up: Payments in Afghanistan - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "This is an inspiring story of bankers striving towards greater financial inclusion for their country’s citizens while building the base for electronic payments. The pay off here will almost certainly require years to be realized."
  • PayPal Holdings files Form 10 with the SEC - Late yesterday afternoon, PayPal Holdings filed its Form 10 information about the PayPal spinout process from eBay, details on PayPal’s stand-alone financials, and on the operating agreements between PayPal and eBay going forward.
  • Inside PayPal's Microlending Program - Entrepreneur - "Since launching the Working Capital program, PayPal has paid out more than $200 million, granting some 35,000 loans to 20,000 U.S. small businesses. Last fall, PayPal expanded the program to the U.K. and Australia."
  • Credit cards in America - Slowing charge - Economist - "Nonetheless, there are signs that the go-go years are gone: growth is tapering off, the margins received on lending are declining, and the cost of attracting customers is rising—even though America’s economy is on the up."
  • Boku Introduces “Phone-on-File” to Compete with Credit Cards on One-Time and Subscription Based Purchases - “A key element to the strength of companies like Amazon and Apple has been their ability to create frictionless checkout experiences using stored credit card information,” said Jon Prideaux, Boku CEO. “This is that same experience that Boku is bringing to the mobile phone number with Phone-on-File. Our goal is to make stored ‘phone-on-file’ every bit as powerful as a ‘card-on-file’ for the benefit of our merchant partners.”
  • Barclays pushes for social commerce with Twitter payments feature - Mobile Commerce Daily - "The Barclays Pingit app enables users to transmit payments to anyone with a mobile phone number in Britain, customize payments with messages or photos, send gift cards and make donations, among other features."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Partners with Financial Institutions Across the Globe to Enable Mobile Payment Services - “2015 is the year in which fast and safe mobile payments based on Visa technology will proliferate across the world,” said Sam Shrauger, senior vice president of digital solutions at Visa Inc. “We are very proud that Visa’s Digital Solution is now accessible to the broader market to be used across multiple devices and form factors – enabling secure, fast and engaging commerce experiences in any environment.”
  • CARDFREE Reaches Over 2 Million Consumers on Platform and Expands to International Markets - “With our team’s pedigree in the QSR space, we’ve been able to gain the largest competitive market share with top-50 QSRs in relatively short order,” explained Jon Squire, founder and chief executive officer of CARDFREE. “We’re excited to add international markets into the mix and to broaden our reach to other high volume verticals such as convenience and grocery."
  • Box Brings Financial Services Industry Securely to the Cloud - “Because of the highly sensitive nature of the data it deals with and the strict compliance standards it’s held to, the Financial Services industry has been slow to embrace cloud and mobile technologies,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO, Box. “However, leading firms are recognizing that mature cloud platforms not only offer agility and productivity, but also an opportunity for better security and visibility around their most valuable content. With Box for Financial Services, we’re making sure security and compliance concerns are no longer hurdles to information sharing and collaboration.”
  • Move over Selfies, Bank of the West Customers Use Their Smartphone Cameras to Pay Bills with Snap-to-Pay from Fiserv - “Our customers can now use their smartphone cameras to add a new bill for payment in about 30 seconds. Because the process is so quick and simple, we envision customers using this method to add new bills into bill pay regardless of if they plan to pay those bills online or on their phone,” said Jamie Armistead, executive vice president of Digital Channels, Bank of the West.
  • First Data Appoints Dan Charron as Executive Vice President, Global Business Solutions - “For nearly a quarter century, I’ve admired First Data from many angles, as competitor, joint venture partner, client, vendor, and now as part the team working to transform the business,” said Dan Charron. “I look forward to working across multiple functions and geographies to provide First Data’s six million clients across the world with the products, services and solutions they need to grow their business,” Charron added.
  • Verifi Adds Chris Derossi as New Chief Technology Officer - "Derossi brings a wealth of technology and payments experience to his new position at Verifi. Most recently, he was Chief Technology Officer at Ultimate Gaming, where he launched the first regulated and licensed online poker site in the United States."
  • Sisense Appoints Amir Orad Chief Executive Officer - "I am very excited to be appointed as the new CEO of Sisense and lead its winning team," said Mr. Orad. "Sisense is a successful innovative company with great people, cutting-edge technologies, and a fast growing loyal customer base. I am a big believer in the significant opportunity presented by the availability of massive amounts of complex data and how data driven companies can unlock great value from such information using Sisense's technology."

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February 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 24, 2015

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  • MasterCard Drives Host Card Emulation (HCE) Momentum with Mobile Payment Deployments in More than 15 Countries - “Our vision for digital payments is to create great experiences for consumers across all channels and all devices, and HCE and cloud-based software provide another path forward for MasterCard and our partners to deliver on that vision,” said James Anderson, Group Head and Senior Vice President, Shared Platform Services at MasterCard. “The approach will drive greatly expanded availability of mobile contactless and remote payments, through integration with MasterPass, our global digital platform.”
  • American Express Launches Nationwide Campaign to Help U.S. Small Merchants Fight Fraud - The nationwide campaign will help U.S. small merchants fight fraud through a $10 million reimbursement program designed to accelerate adoption of EMV payment terminals. It will also arm small merchants with knowledge about EMV’s security benefits. As part of American Express’ program, eligible merchants that have upgraded to an EMV terminal can request a one-time $100 reimbursement from American Express by visiting www.americanexpress.com/fightfraud."
  • For Finsphere, 'Mobile As Identity' Is Its Reason For Being - "Finsphere CEO Michael Buhrmann said Visa's MLC represents the first major commercial application of the "mobile as identity" concept. On a global basis, the value of this type of confirmation to banks and other issuers of credit and debit cards is estimated to exceed $3 billion annually for their handling of legitimate transactions that are denied unnecessarily because of suspected fraud."
  • Visa Europe: Payment tokenisation service launched - Sandra Alzetta, Executive Director, Core Products for Visa Europe commented: “This is an exciting time to be in the payment industry. We believe that 2015 will be the year that mobile payments will be in the hands of consumers across Europe. Tokenisation is one of the most important technologies to emerge in digital payments and has the potential to start a whole new chapter in the kinds of products that are developed. For that reason, we’ve designed this flexible and scalable service, enabling issuers, merchants and acquirers to provide consumers with the next generation of innovative payment methods – all with the high level of security they expect.”
  • Visa Europe: Global expansion of peer-to-peer payments capabilities - "Visa Europe has partnered with Singapore-based fastacash to enable a new feature for member banks to extend to their customers. This new social feature makes it easy for Visa Direct users to send peer-to-peer payments via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and LinkedIn."

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February 19, 2015

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On the Web:

  • American Express Loses Antitrust Suit Over Merchant Rules - Bloomberg - "AmEx failed to show that its so-called non-discrimination provisions, imposed on merchants who agree to accept its card, don’t harm competition, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn said in his ruling Thursday."
  • Visa Reaches Deal with Russia Over Payment System - Wall St. Journal - "Visa Inc. will transfer the processing of transactions made on its cards in Russia to a local payment system, Russia’s central bank and the company said Thursday."
  • Why Slow Electronic Payments Can Cause Cash Flow Problems - NPR Morning Edition - "In a recent speech to bankers, Richard Cordray, who heads the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said roughly half of all bank fees could be attributed to a slow payment system."
  • NPCI launches Unified Payments Interface - Livemint - "Any kind of payment, including for shopping and paying taxi fares, can be done using an application downloaded on a smartphone once all banks adopt the system. The pilot project will be launched in about four-five months, managing director and chief executive officer A.P. Hota said."
  • Stanford DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series: Putting Startup Success in Perspective - John Collison (Stripe) - "John Collison, co-founder and president of the online payment system Stripe, explains how even the most celebrated startups repeatedly encountered uncertainty and failures along the way. In conversation with Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig, Collison shares his thoughts on how a venture's path can evolve after its early days, even as the vision holds constant."
  • Heartland’s Decision to Wind Down Leaf Throws Spotlight on Tablet Software - Digital Transactions - "Meanwhile, some observers say the decision to wind down Leaf could be an early indicator that the 5-year-old tablet point-of-sale market is undergoing a shakeout."
  • American Express Will Debut ‘Inspiring’ Celebrity Ads at Oscars - Wall St. Journal - "The credit card giant will debut four 30-second heart-felt ads, created by WPP-owned Ogilvy & Mather, that feature noteworthy people who have beaten the odds and happen to use American Express."
  • Dell Expands Bitcoin Payments to UK and Canada - CoinDesk - "In remarks, Walsh suggested that the decision was prompted by customer demand and the positive feedback the company had so far received for its US offering."
  • Transit Mobile Payments: Driving Consumer Experience and Adoption - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "The author conducted interviews with 16 executives representing transit agencies, transport system integrators and companies that provide digital security solutions, mobile ticketing platforms, and mobile marketing solutions, and conducted secondary industry research. The purpose of the research was to assess whether transit mobile payments can help drive adoption of mobile payments in the US..."
  • Lenovo accused of compromising user security by installing adware on new PCs - Guardian - "It leaves any Lenovo user permanently open to a “man in the middle” attack any time they use a public Wi-Fi network, letting an eavesdropper read users’ web browsing at will."

On the Wires:

  • American Express Plans To Appeal Federal Court Ruling In Government Lawsuit - “American Express is disappointed in the court’s ruling, which we believe will harm competition to the detriment of consumers and merchants. American Express intends to appeal the court’s ruling at the appropriate time.”
  • US Treasury announces partnership with digital wallet providers PayPal, Dwolla for online payments - "The goal of these partnerships is to expand the options customers have for transactions with the Federal Government, providing customers greater choice and a better customer experience. For example, customers required to submit a court filing fee at a U.S. Court, or citizens who wish to make a donation to the National Endowment of the Arts, will have similar payment options currently available to them on popular private sector websites."
  • NPCI initiates an ecosystem for Unified Payments Interface - "National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organization for all retail payment system in India, has taken up a new initiative of implementing “Unified Payment Interface” to simplify and provide a single interface across all systems. The new interface is designed to enable all account holders to send and receive money from their smartphones with a single identifier – Aadhaar number, mobile number, virtual payments address – without entering any bank account information."
  • Visa Extends Easy and Secure Online Payments to New Markets Through Roll-out of Visa Checkout - "Today consumers from ten countries can sign up for Visa Checkout at www.visacheckout.com and start using the service. In the coming months, Visa will extend the service into new regions, so that by the end of 2015 Visa Checkout will be available in the following 16 markets: the U.S., Australia, and Canada ... as well as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and United Arab Emirates."
  • Branch Banking Remains Prevalent Despite the Growth of Online and Mobile Banking - "The study identifies four main factors that have influenced the number and distribution of banking offices over time: population growth, banking crises, legislative changes to branching laws, and technological innovation. In terms of technological change, there is little evidence that the emergence of new electronic channels for delivering banking services has substantially diminished the need for traditional branch offices where banking relationships are built."
  • FinTech Startup Azimo Shakes up Global Money Transfer Services to China - "The new service will provide Azimo’s potential 350 million European customers with the ability to send money direct to every personal bank account in China from just £/€1 for any amount sent."
  • FIS Demonstrates Caliber of Information Security with New ISO Certification - As FIS’ certification states with respect to meeting this standard: “The FIS ISMS supports the operations of strategic data centers by providing a secure and sustainable computing environment to support global financial institutions and commercial clients through the implementation of secure practices and work relationships with supporting functions.”

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February 12, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • American Express and CostCo U.S. Partnership Agreements Set to End March 31, 2016 - '...we were unable to reach terms that would have made economic sense for our Company and shareholders. Instead, we will focus on opportunities in other parts of our business where we see significant potential for growth and attractive returns over the moderate to long term.”
  • Bill.com Raises $50M to Fuel Growth and Innovation in Digital Payments for Businesses - "Silicon Valley Bank joined existing investors DCM Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, August Capital, Napier Park Global Capital, American Express Ventures and Commerce Ventures, bringing the total amount raised by the company to date to over $100 million."
  • Visa Launches Mobile Location Service to Improve Card Payment Experience When Traveling - “Wherever you are in the world, we want Visa transactions to be the most secure, convenient and seamless payment choice,” said Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of risk products and business intelligence, Visa Inc. “By matching the location of the cardholder through a cell phone or other mobile device, to the location of the purchase, Visa’s new service will enable banks to feel more confident about authorizing a transaction that might otherwise have been declined due to suspicion of fraud.”
  • Bitcoin Foundation and Leading Bitcoin Companies Engage theAudience to Launch Public Education Campaign on Bitcoin - “As the ecosystem matures, Bitcoin companies are stepping up to the plate. We’re excited to join a coordinated and concentrated effort to teach Bitcoin to the world’s almost 3 billion internet users -- two-thirds of which are from the developing world,” said Brock Pierce of Bitcoin Foundation.
  • SWIFT Institute announces research agenda for 2015 - "SWIFT is uniquely placed to bridge the gap between academic thinking and the financial services industry, leveraging topics of mutual interest," said Peter Ware, Director, SWIFT Institute at SWIFT. "Since the launch of the Institute, we have made great progress in achieving this goal and will continue to do so with new research in 2015 focused on topics of global importance. Our aim is to help the global financial community better understand and manage the obstacles it is facing through new research and greater dialogue at events."
  • CardLinx Publishes New Standards Enabling Interoperability and Broader Use of Card-Linking - Silvio Tavares, President and CEO of The CardLinx Association, said, “This first set of voluntary standards for the card-linked industry is an important step forward in delivering scale and improving ease of use for merchants and consumers.”

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