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December 15, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 15, 2014

On the Web:

  • Google Shopping to Counter Amazon - Wall St. Journal - "Google has approached retailers about creating a “buy” button for its online shopping site that would be similar to Amazon’s popular “one-click ordering” feature, according to people familiar with the discussions."
  • Small Bank in Kansas Is a Financial Testing Ground - New York Times - "The creation of the new bank, and the maintenance of the old one, are the work of a couple who were born in India and ended up in Kansas after living in Silicon Valley and passing through jobs at Google and Lehman Brothers."
  • Why Silicon Valley thinks we hate our wallets - SFGate.com - “In that sense, there’s a little bit of a don’t fix what ain’t broke approach that I would argue for,” said Levchin. “Innovating around the user interface of payments is a little gratuitous.”
  • PayPal expands lending programme to merchants - FT - "Paypal’s merchant lending programme launched last September and has since made more than 35,000 loans at a maximum of $60,000."
  • Square Competitor ShopKeep Giving Away Free Equipment to Accept Apple Pay - Re/code.net - "The free giveaway underscores the fierce competition among young companies such as ShopKeep, Square and Poynt, as well as bigger players like First Data, to get small businesses to ditch their clunky point-of-sale equipment for newer, modernized checkout software and hardware."
  • Perseverance Pays Off: The Lending Club Story - Jeff Crowe - Norwest Venture Partners - "The Lending Club story is a testament to the importance of keeping one’s cool during periods of high stress and not giving up on a great idea."

On the Wires:

  • Stockpile Partners with Yodlee to Offer “Invest Your Change” and “Gift Cards of Stock” for Easy and Affordable Investing - “Our offerings give banks a whole new way to engage with their customers and build a deeper relationship,” said Avi Lele, CEO of Stockpile. “When I was a kid, people gave savings bonds or stock certificates as gifts for graduation, birthdays and weddings, but these days, banks miss out on gift giving and investment. We’re removing the obstacles associated with investing, and making it fun, easy, and affordable for everyone.”
  • American Express Serve® Announces Research Pilot to Encourage Consumer Saving - “Rarely do researchers have the opportunity to test their theories in real world environments, using actual financial products, and directly with their target customers,” said Neal Sample, President, Enterprise Growth, American Express. “We see tremendous potential in enabling researchers to use our Serve software platform to improve the lives of the financially underserved. This is why we established our Financial Innovation Lab, and it’s why we are pleased to be working on this research pilot.”
  • Fiserv Research Reveals Rapid Growth of Mobile Bill Payments, Multiple Billing and Payment Choices Key to Customer Satisfaction - “Mobile bill pay is becoming a go-to-channel alongside traditional bill payment methods, creating a ripe opportunity for billers to rethink and expand their multichannel strategies to help stimulate customer satisfaction,” said Eric Leiserson, senior research analyst, Biller Solutions, Fiserv. “Billers that cast a wider billing and payment net with offerings that meet the diverse needs of their customers extend their reach and build stronger, more loyal relationships with customers across channels.”
  • Fraud-proof Credit Cards Possible with Quantum Physics - "This innovative security measure, known as Quantum-Secure Authentication, can confirm the identity of any person or object, including debit and credit cards, even if essential information (like the complete structure of the card) has been stolen. It uses the unique quantum properties of light to create a secure question-and-answer (Q&A) exchange that cannot be “spoofed” or copied."

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December 09, 2014

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November 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 17, 2014

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  • Apple Adds UnionPay Payment Option for App Store Customers in China - “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.”
  • Blockstream closes $21M seed round - "I’m excited to announce today Blockstream closed a $21 million seed round. Our nearly 40 investors include many well-known pioneers of the Internet and financial services sectors."
  • Scripps Networks Interactive and Hearst Magazines Create Original Cross-Platform Content Partnership to Support the Launch of the Citi® Double Cash Card - "Citi, Scripps Networks Interactive and Hearst Magazines today announced a cross-platform marketing relationship that presents seasonal cooking, entertaining and gifting ideas across Food Network and HGTV digital and magazine properties to support the launch of the Citi Double Cash Card."
  • MoneyPass Network Partners with MasterCard on U.S. Common Debit AID Solution - “Our collaboration with MasterCard will enable the MoneyPass Network to process chip-based ATM transactions on MasterCard Debit cards,” said Troy Cullen, President of Elan Financial Services. “We are confident the agreement we have reached with MasterCard will further expand EMV adoption goals within the United States."
  • Dollar General Now Accepting American Express - “We strive to provide our customers with a simple and hassle-free shopping experience,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief operating officer. “The acceptance of the American Express card makes shopping even easier by offering additional flexibility in customers’ payment choices and is consistent with many of our new initiatives, including DG Digital Coupons, which are all aimed at making it easy to save time and save money at Dollar General.”

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November 12, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 12, 2014

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  • American Express Launches the New americanexpress.com - "The new website enhances the Card Member’s digital experience by providing increased financial clarity, simplifying online payments, and providing new account and spending insights. Inspired by customer feedback, American Express designers and engineers have created a new design that is sleek, simple and smart."
  • American Express, Brooklyn Nets, and Barclays Center Give Guests the Ability to Pay with Smartphones at Events - "Built on the American Express Serve® platform, Brooklyn eWallet lets guests use their smartphone to purchase food and drinks at any Barclays Center event without reaching for their wallet."
  • Fiserv Names Kevin Schultz Group President - “Kevin brings a strong payments background and intense client focus to his new role,” said Jeffery Yabuki, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fiserv. “We believe his industry knowledge and leadership experience will help us to deliver on the opportunities we see to create new value for financial institutions and their customers.”

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November 11, 2014

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November 06, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 6, 2014

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  • Mastercard to Acquire TNS’ Payment Gateway Business - "MasterCard will acquire TNS’ eCommerce and card-present payment gateways, which will become part of the DataCash payment gateway suite. With the addition of TNS’ Payment Gateway Services, DataCash will be able to drive additional growth of the eCommerce category – and use of MasterCard-branded products – in North America and Latin America."
  • TSYS Releases White Paper on the Multilateral Interchange Fee (MIF) Regulations Impacting German Banks - "TSYS today announced the release of a white paper titled “How Issuers in Germany Can Replace Threatened Interchange Fees.” The paper explores the financial threat to German issuers of proposed changes to the Multilateral Interchange Fee (MIF) regulations in the European Union, and outlines initiatives to support additional revenue growth."
  • BluePay Announces Acquisition of Caledon, a Canadian Payment Technology and Processing Company - “We are very excited about the acquisition of Caledon,” said John Rante, BluePay CEO. “Caledon’s great reputation, direct connections to the card brands, and B2B focus will allow BluePay the opportunity to increase our payment acceptance capabilities for Canadian and U.S. merchants, as well as enhance our technology.”
  • GSMA Introduces Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers - "The GSMA today launched a Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers, outlining a series of common business principles to enable the development of safe and responsible digital financial services. The first mobile network operators (MNOs) to endorse the Code are Airtel, Avea, Axiata, Etisalat, Millicom, MTN, Ooredoo, Orange, Telenor, Vodafone and Zain."

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November 03, 2014

American Express Introduces New Online and Mobile Payment Security Services

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express has announced the launch of American Express Token Service, a suite of solutions designed to enable its card-issuing partners, processors, acquirers and merchants to create a safer online and mobile payments environment for consumers.

With American Express Token Service, traditional card account numbers are replaced with unique “tokens,” which can then be used to complete payment transactions online, in a mobile app or in-store with a mobile Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled device. By using tokens, merchants and digital wallet operators will no longer need to store consumers’ sensitive payment account information in their systems. In addition, tokens can be assigned for use with a specific merchant, transaction type or payment device to provide further protection against fraud.

American Express Token Service is available in the U.S., and international rollout is expected to begin in 2015.

American Express also announced that it has developed network specifications for Host Card Emulation (HCE). American Express’ HCE specifications provide its card-issuing partners with additional security options and solutions for payments made with mobile NFC-enabled devices that support Android OS KitKat. With HCE, card issuers use a secure cloud server to store their customers’ card account details, which can be transmitted from the cloud server to an NFC-enabled mobile device and then to a Point-of-Sale terminal in a fast, secure manner. American Express’ HCE specifications are available today globally.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 3, 2014

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  • Consumers Can Now Use Their Barclays, Navy Federal & USAA MasterCard in Apple Pay - "Owners of the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 can now use their U.S. MasterCard consumer credit or debit cards from Bank of America, Capital One, Citi, Wells Fargo, Barclaycard, USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union through Apple Pay."
  • Apple Pay Now Available for U.S. Bank Customers - “We couldn’t be more pleased to see this day arrive for our customers,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer at U.S. Bank. “Providing our customers the ability to securely pay where, when and how they want is a central theme for our payments business. Enabling our customers to use Apple Pay is the perfect example of how we bring that philosophy to life.”
  • U.S. Bank FlexPerks Adds American Express-Branded Cards to Award Winning Credit Card Lineup - “Adding American Express to the family of FlexPerks Rewards credit cards is part of our FlexPerks legacy of finding new and better ways to help customers earn rewards faster with value they can recognize,” said Cliff Cook, senior vice president for U.S. Bank’s retail credit card division.
  • Elavon Delivers Apple Pay, EMV & Security Solutions - "Our investments in mobile and other innovative technologies are now paying off for our customers: when a business is trying to accommodate the consumer who wants to pay with their smart phone, and the next person in line who presents a chip-embedded EMV card, they know they can rely on us to help them make the sale with enhanced security and a great customer experience.”
  • Verifone and MasterCard Bring Card-Linked Offers to Las Vegas for Money 2020 - "Targeted offers from merchants, in this case The Hard Rock Café on the Vegas strip, the Bali Hai and Royal Links golf courses and Dream Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, are displayed to taxi passengers on VNET–Taxi TV screens integrated with Verifone payment terminals."
  • Visa Selects Bangalore as Site for New Technology Center - India is fast becoming a global technology epicenter with an incredible pool of technology talent,” said Nitin Chandel, Senior Vice President of Visa’s Developer Platform based in India.
  • TSYS Creating a More Open Technology Environment to Power Innovation - "TSYS’ strategy leverages the scale of TSYS’ mainframe and distributed systems to connect with 3rd platform technologies including mobile, cloud, big data and social technologies."
  • Ingo Money to Acquire Fuze Network, Inc. - "Fuze enables its partners to add cash to more than one billion bankcards including credit, debit and prepaid cards. For example, a consumer cashing a check at a physical location can then disburse funds directly to the cards in their wallet."
  • LoopPay Launches New Mobile Payment Product Line, Accepted At 40X More Places Than Apple Pay - "The LoopPay CardCase can be purchased today for $49.95 for the iPhone 5/5s, 6 and 6 Plus, while Android users can purchase a standalone LoopPay Card accessory that is available separately for $39.95."
  • Verifone Reinforces Mission with New Brand Voice and Identity - "The Verifone brand reflects our vision and commitment to clients, while also speaking to our continued growth and leadership as a company as we pave new paths towards the future of commerce.”
  • Ingenico Mobile Solutions Launches the First Native mPOS Tablet App with Support for All Transactions Types: Magstripe, EMV and NFC - "This new version features a completely redesigned User Interface (UI) and is the first and only native tablet application for both iOS and Android that supports all mobile payment transaction types and all acceptance methods: magstripe, NFC, EMV chip & PIN, and EMV chip & sign."
  • BofA Merrill Announces Enhancements to Global Card Capabilities for Companies and Public Sector Clients - “Improved transparency and tighter control over expenses continue to be hot topics for organizations of all sizes in every region around the world,” said Percy Batliwalla, head of Sales for GTS. “As card programs grow in efficacy and sophistication, they are becoming an increasingly powerful tool for treasury departments – providing them the granular information they need to better manage and forecast their finances.”
  • CPI Card Group Launches CPIMobile™ with Sequent - "Sequent will enable CPI to deliver to global banks and other issuers a digital issuance solution that allows them to participate in almost any mobile wallet deployment, leveraging both Secure Element (SE) and Host Card Emulation (HCE) capabilities, and to enable their own banking apps for payments."
  • CPI Launches First EMV Prepaid Cards to Canadian Market with Berkeley Payment Solutions - “The Canadian market has already successfully migrated to EMV for financial debit and credit cards, benefiting from a significant reduction in fraud,” said Steve Montross, president and CEO of CPI Card Group. “Berkeley Payment Solutions has remained at the forefront of driving continuous innovation for its customers, and now, by extending EMV for Prepaid, truly demonstrates the company’s ability to anticipate and deliver solutions to meet the needs of its customers.”

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October 17, 2014

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October 14, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 14, 2014

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  • Google Introduces a $95 Amazon Prime Competitor - "Now simply dubbed Google Express, the service offers delivery of goods such as clothing, books and packaged groceries from stores such as Costco, Target and Walgreens to customer doors on the same day, or day after, they are ordered."

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October 03, 2014

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October 01, 2014

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September 25, 2014

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September 15, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 15, 2014

On the Web:

  • The New AmEx - Barron's - "While 64% of card purchases were for travel and entertainment in 1990, those areas now make up just 26% of spending on the cards."
  • The Critical Path #122: Where the Money is - Asymco.com (Horace Dediu) - "How and why does Apple get paid for Apple Pay? Anders and Horace dive into the payments value chain and break it all down for you: whats in it for users, merchants, issuing banks and payment networks."
  • Why Apple Pay could succeed where others have had underwhelming results - ArsTechnica - "Instead, Apple Pay will succeed where others have seen only tepid results because of timing (that key element in both comedy and product launches)."
  • Did Apple just become a big bank? - TheHill.com - “People have been paying in the United States using plastic cards for 40 years. This is, without question, the most significant technological change in payments in four decades.”
  • The Digital Wallet Revolution - New York Times - "That’s the sort of thing that the current generation of digital wallets already promises; the only obstacle is adoption by retailers. But that won’t be an obstacle for long. Frictionless exchange is a killer app."
  • Digital Wallets - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "The term "digital wallet" gets used a lot without much precision. It's important to understand what a digital wallet is, and isn't."
  • Mobile operators abandon joint 'wave and pay' project as Apple looms - Telegraph (UK) - "Weve, a company owned by EE, O2 and Vodafone, has abandoned plans for a standard 'mobile wallet’ service that it was hoped would make it easier for retailers and banks to work with the operators."
  • The ATM and the Battle for Bitcoin’s Physical Interface - CoinDesk - "The ATM Industry Association released a position paper on bitcoin ATMs this month, calling for greater regulation and welcoming bitcoin ATM operators into the fold."

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September 12, 2014

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  • Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray at the Consumer Advisory Board Meeting - CFPB - "In short, at the Consumer Bureau, we are not content just to watch technology unfold before considering and taking appropriate action as it affects consumers in the financial marketplace. We intend to move forward alongside industry, keeping an eye out to protect consumers as these new technologies develop, not simply after-the-fact."
  • TSYS and iMobile3 Partner to Provide Apple Pay Integration - “TSYS’ partnership with iMobile3 allows our merchants to interact and connect with customers using a best-in-class mobile storefront experience and allows secure payments with Apple Pay. We expect Apple’s entry into mobile payments to revolutionize the industry and we are happy to be at the forefront along with iMobile3,” said Craig Ludwig, head of product, TSYS Merchant Services.

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August 27, 2014

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August 20, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 20, 2014

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  • Introducing the Uber API - Uber Blog - "As of today, we officially open—to all developers—access to many of the primitives that power Uber’s magical experience. Apps can pass a destination address to the Uber app, display pickup times, provide fare estimates, access trip history and more."
  • Uber Launches An Open API With 11 Partners, Including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and United Airlines - TechCrunch - "That means any app that can send a destination address to Uber will be able to display pickup times and fare estimates without users having to leave their apps. For a small set of select partners, Uber will also allow users to request a car without having to open its own app."
  • A Chain Funding Update - Chain Blog - "Today, we’re pleased to announce that Chain has closed a $9.5M round of funding led by Khosla Ventures, who are joined by return backers RRE Ventures, Thrive Capital, and SV Angel."
  • UPS Investigating Possible Security Breach - New York Times BITS Blog - "UPS hired an information security firm and discovered that the malware was on its in-store cash register systems at 51 of its locations in 24 states, roughly 1 percent of UPS’s 4,470 franchises throughout the United States."
  • Wells Fargo Launches Accelerator To Promote Innovation In Financial Services - TechCrunch - "Sahni said the company had informally been running an accelerator-like program for years, looking out for smaller companies and helping them prepare for “prime time.” Now the bank is making it official so that it can give these startups exposure and guidance from across the company."
  • First Data, a Payment Processing Giant, Looks Beyond the Swipe - StreetFight - "Senior Vice President of First Data Ventures Peter Donat said the partnership will allow First Data to improve its analytics platform, which uses sales information to create actionable solutions for small to midsized businesses."
  • This is how PayPal will take over your phone - VentureBeat - "Braintree’s new SDK, combined with this new payment feature, has the potential to make PayPal the go-to payments destination for mobile consumers and developers alike."
  • Forget Passwords. Now Banks Can Track Your Typing Behavior On Phones - Forbes - “We’re monitoring the small stuff,” says Neil Costigan, founder of Behaviosec, the Swedish security startup behind the recent roll-out. “The flight between the keys, which corners of the keys you tend to hit, where you pause."

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August 15, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 15, 2014

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  • Why So Many Card Breaches? A Q&A - Krebs on Security - "For example, in my own economic analysis of the 40 million cards stolen in the Target breach, I estimate that the crooks responsible for that breach managed to sell only about 2-4 percent of the cards they stole."
  • Paper Boys - Inside the Dark, Labyrinthine, and Extremely Lucrative World of Consumer Debt Collection - New York Times Sunday Magazine
  • First Data vows lower fees in entry to Brazil payment market - Reuters - "First Data Corp plans to enter Brazil's card payment processing market through lower fees and additional services, a sign that robust demand for plastic money in Latin America's largest economy may not be enough for newcomers to gain market share."
  • On Prepaid - Finsurgency (Matt Harris) - "It is telling that the latent threat to financial institutions was always Wal‐Mart, and, in fact, prepaid partnerships with GreenDot and American Express enabled that latent threat to become very real."
  • Yahoo Dusts Off E-Commerce Service to Juice Revenue - Wall St. Journal Digits Blog - "In addition to renaming the service to Yahoo Stores, the company has added new tools for handling payments and building mobile versions of their storefronts, said Amit Kumar, head of Yahoo Small Business, in an interview."
  • For Merchants, Bitcoin Shows More Pop Than Potential - New York Times Dealbook - "There are benefits for merchants in offering Bitcoin as a payment option — lower processing fees rank high on the list — but some have questioned whether accepting virtual currency amounts to anything more than a marketing gimmick."
  • German Startup Says Its New Chip Halves Bitcoin Mining Energy - Wall St. Journal Digits Blog - "A German start-up is looking for funding to produce a new high-performance microchip that it says would make bitcoin mining much less energy intensive, and thus cheaper."

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August 12, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 12, 2014

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  • Back to Square One - Fast Company (Austin Carr) - "There's need for the urgency. Square's Reader and Register products are no longer unique; a slew of upstarts and big rivals such as PayPal, NCR, and VeriFone now offer their own equivalent iPad systems, which threaten to eat away at Square's merchant share and payments business."
  • Reviewed: Xapo’s Bitcoin Debit Card - CoinDesk - "Upon debut, CoinDesk finds that the Xapo Debit Card has potential to be a useful bitcoin spending tool, but there are a few hiccups it must overcome first."
  • Shift Is Developing A Debit Card That Lets You Spend Digital Currency, Loyalty Points And Regular Money - TechCrunch - "In the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in the world, 100 people are testing out a debit card that lets them pay with bitcoin and Ripple, and, in the future, regular money and loyalty points."
  • Partnering with Clover & First Data - GoodLabs Blog - "With such massive scale, we were obviously thrilled to launch our first in-store integration on their Clover platform, and we can’t say enough awesome things about partnering with them."
  • First Data: Gyft Deal Will Help Us Evaluate Bitcoin - CoinDesk - "...though the focus of the acquisition was Gyft’s mobile gift card platform, the company intends to take advantage of Gyft’s position in the bitcoin space to further its knowledge of emerging payment methods."
  • Black Hat 2014: A New Smartcard Hack - IEEE Spectrum - "The U.S. scheme is a mixture, with some banks issuing chip-and-PIN cards and others going down the signature route. We may therefore be about to see a large natural experiment as to whether it is better to authenticate transactions with a signature or a PIN."
  • Improving Mobile Security with Biometrics - Portals and Rails Blog - "No matter what biometric authentication methodology a system uses, the most important step is validating each customer's biometrics upon enrollment in the program."
  • New York Prosecutors Charge Payday Loan Firms With Usury - New York Times - "Beneath the dizzying corporate structure, prosecutors said, was a simple goal: make expensive loans even in states that outlawed them."

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  • FleetCor Agrees to Acquire Comdata for $3.45 Billion - "As an issuer and a processor, Comdata provides fleet, virtual card, and gift card solutions to over 20,000 customers. It has approximately 1,300 employees and enables over $54 billion in payments annually."
  • Square Announces New Accounting and Inventory Integrations for Canadian Businesses - "Square's partner platform connects Square sellers with new applications that complement Square's register service. Continuing to build upon Square's powerful, affordable and accessible business solutions, the QuickBooks Online, Xero and Stitch Labs integrations are designed to simplify operations for businesses throughout Canada."
  • Digital River Expands Its Brazil Payments Offerings for Online Merchants - “Brazil is the fourth largest payment card market in the world,” said Souheil Badran, senior vice president and general manager of Digital River World Payments. “A number of our clients view Brazil as a strategic growth opportunity. We can help them navigate this highly complex market for cross border commerce, improve their authorization and conversion rates, and control overhead costs and risks associated with managing their own local entities.”
  • TSYS Enables Secure Commerce with Tokenization - "The proliferation of “card-on-file” models, both remote and proximity, has created an industry need to produce and use tokens including: card-on-file at a merchant’s cart, digital wallets, QR and Bar codes, NFC and chip."
  • CFPB Warns Consumers About Bitcoin - "“Virtual currencies may have potential benefits, but consumers need to be cautious and they need to be asking the right questions,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Virtual currencies are not backed by any government or central bank, and at this point consumers are stepping into the Wild West when they engage in the market.”
  • Fiserv White Paper Outlines the Unique Mobile Banking Needs of Business Customers - “With more businesses using digital banking services, there is a focus on providing specialized mobile banking capabilities which cater to the needs of this attractive market segment,” said Teri Carstensen, division president, Bank Solutions, Fiserv.
  • American Express unveils The Centurion(SM) Lounge in New York LaGuardia Airport - “New York might be the city that never sleeps, but our Card Members can now find an oasis at LaGuardia Airport to relax and refresh when they’re traveling into and out of the city,” said Lisa Durocher, Senior Vice President, Consumer Charge Cards & Benefits at American Express. “As our third Centurion Lounge, opening the LaGuardia Airport location marks a huge milestone for us, and brings us closer to our goal of creating a better airport experience for our Card Members.”
  • Commerce Bank Introduces the USA Triathlon Visa® Rewards Credit Card - “We are excited to enter into a relationship with USA Triathlon and to offer their members a customized credit card as way to show their support for the organization and enthusiasm for one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Olympic movement,” said Chad Doza, Senior Vice President of Consumer Credit Card.

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August 04, 2014

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July 29, 2014

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July 08, 2014

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  • Opus Global Announces Acquisition of Hiperos - "Hiperos is a recognized global leader in third party management connecting over 300,000 third parties to many of the world’s largest companies across a range of industry verticals including energy, financial services, food, real estate, pharmaceuticals, and technology. Hiperos provides rapidly deployable, highly flexible SaaS-based solutions for a broad range of information management, risk, compliance and performance needs for many of the world’s Global 2000 companies..."

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June 23, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 23, 2014

On the Web:

  • The Fed Gets Some Mojo? - PaymentsViews.com (Carol Coye Benson) - "I was delighted to hear that they believe that a new, faster-payments infrastructure may be the best option for our industry."
  • Bitcoin and Charities Were Made For Each Other, They Just Don’t Know It Yet - A VC (Fred Wilson) - "This talk brings together three of the things I have been spending most of my time on over the past year (crowdfunding, bitcoin, and philanthropy). If you want to hear me talk about the things that get me up and out of bed in the morning, come to this."
  • Exclusive: McDonald's Is Secretly Testing Its Own Order-Ahead And Payments App - Business Insider - "McDonald’s is quietly testing an order-ahead and mobile payment app at a tiny handful of its more than 14,000 U.S. locations."
  • BancSouth Wins Big - Bank Lawyer's Blog - "A recent Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in favor of BankSouth bodes well for financial institutions who understand their obligations under UCC Article 4A and take those obligations seriously."
  • Card Wash: Card Breaches at Car Washes - Krebs on Security - "An investigation into a string of credit card breaches at dozens of car wash locations across the United States illustrates the challenges facing local law enforcement..."

On the Wires:

  • Bank of America Changes the Game With Preferred Rewards - “Preferred Rewards is the first program of its kind to offer clients benefits and rewards for everyday banking,” said Dean Athanasia, president of Preferred Banking at Bank of America. “It is the result of deep client research to develop and deliver a simple program that provides clients benefits and rewards they will actually use, and shows them how much we appreciate it when they choose to do more business with us.”
  • SimplyTapp Announces Self-Serve HCE Platform - "We are excited to make this exceptional offering to issuers and application developers; it is consistent the technology built into our agile and scalable platform. HCE is a new and tremendously empowering feature for card issuers, so it is important that the process of 'getting familiar with' and using the new technology be as friction free and open as possible," Doug Yeager, co-founder and CEO of SimplyTapp.
  • Housetab Mobile Application Launches in New York - "HouseTab is the only mobile payment app that provides convenient, multi-functional solutions for both payments and social networking, revolutionizing the social experience for its users."
  • American Express Names Laureen E. Seeger General Counsel - "Ms. Seeger, 52, has served as executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of McKesson since 2006."

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June 09, 2014

American Express, Uber Launch Mobile Loyalty Program

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express has announced a new partnership with Uber - saying it is "a first-of-its-kind technology integration into the Uber iOS app that allows U.S. Card Members enrolled in the Membership Rewards program to choose to earn 2x points or use points for Uber rides." Amex says this is the first time that consumers can use loyalty reward points seamlessly in-app and in real time for on-demand transportation in this way.

Our Membership Rewards program is known for delivering world-class value and we're focused on bringing it to life in innovative, relevant ways for our Card Members," said Leslie Berland, senior vice president, Digital Partnerships and Development at American Express.

"Through this new, slick and powerful integration with Uber, one of the most forward-looking, mobile-based services in the industry, we are leveraging our unique technology to add a real-time benefit where we know our Card Members want it."

Once a Card Member with an eligible Card on file with Uber downloads the latest version of the Uber iOS app, they will see a prompt to enroll their Card in the program - in just one tap. Once enrolled, eligible Card Members have a new in-app option to toggle between "Earn 2x Points" or "Use Points" for Uber rides. Card Members who choose to "Earn 2x Points" or "Use Points" will receive an on-screen ride summary and email receipt from Uber showing that 2x Membership Rewards points were earned or that points were redeemed.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 9, 2014

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June 05, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 5, 2014

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  • Bank Shot: How Merchants Find Themselves in a Game Without Refs or Rules When It Comes to Credit Cards - "A study commissioned by the Merchants Payments Coalition found that just introducing a modest measure of fairness to the debit-card business saved consumers almost $6 billion during the reform’s first year in effect and created more than 37,000 jobs. If Congress had also introduced the same level of fairness to credit cards, consumers would have saved another $15 billion and retailers would have created almost 100,000 more jobs."
  • Bank of America Merchant Services Expands to Canada - “Our U. S.-based clients continue to expand globally, and we believe this new organization will best serve their needs by providing best-in-class solutions,” said Tim Tynan, chief executive officer of Bank of America Merchant Services. “We are also honored and excited about servicing the needs of new, future clients in the Canadian market.”
  • American Express Serve® and Bluebird® Show You Where Your Money Goes With Free Tools That Track Spending and Budgets - "With these new tools, we’re making it simple for our customers to know where their money is being spent, so they can track and manage their finances easily,” said Dan Schulman, group president, Enterprise Growth at American Express. “We’re focused on providing comprehensive and affordable options for the nearly 70 million unbanked and underbanked households in America."

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May 21, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 21, 2014

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May 14, 2014

American Express Expands OptBlue Merchant Acquirer Program

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express has announced the expansion of OptBlue, its new merchant acquiring program that extends U.S. small merchant acceptance coverage for its cards.

Amex reports there are now 10 participating acquirers in OptBlue, five of which are among the top 10 in the United States. New to the program are: First Data, EVO, Merchant e-Solutions and First American Payments Systems. The program was announced at American Express’ Financial Community meeting earlier this year with Vantiv, Global Payments, Heartland Payment Systems, Worldpay, Transfirst and JetPay as the first participants. Participating acquirers will provide a full one-stop servicing solution for American Express Card® acceptance to eligible U.S. small merchants.

OptBlue is part of American Express’ ongoing commitment to enhance the U.S. small merchant experience and is an evolution of our acquiring business,” said Ed Jay, Executive Vice President, Merchant Services - Americas, American Express.

“The program will help deliver a smart and easy solution for U.S. small merchants to enjoy the benefits of American Express Card acceptance while making it convenient for consumers to Shop Small® year round.”

With OptBlue, participating acquirers can offer U.S. small merchants the benefit of a single statement, one settlement process, and one contact for all the major card brands. Acquirers determine merchant pricing in addition to providing payment processing and servicing. OptBlue will help expand American Express’ U.S. small merchant coverage, providing consumers more payment options at local businesses. American Express continues to receive the same transactional information it does today, allowing OptBlue merchants to benefit from the valuable tools, services and marketing that the Company delivers to small merchants. OptBlue is limited to eligible U.S. small merchants that have a projected American Express charge volume of less than $1 million per year.

May 06, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 6, 2014

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April 21, 2014

American Express Expands Serve Distribution to Walmart

American Express announced that American Express Serve, its full service reloadable prepaid account, will be available for purchase at 4,100 Walmart stores nationwide. The Walmart stores will also become a part of Serve’s free cash reloading network - extending the network across 19,500 U.S. Walmart, CVS/pharmacy®, and participating 7-ELEVEN® locations.

By offering American Express Serve alongside Bluebird at Walmart, we’re expanding our portfolio of products to meet the needs of more Walmart shoppers,” said Dan Schulman, group president, Enterprise Growth at American Express.

“Bluebird is a great option for the “unhappily banked” who are looking for a true alternative to the fees and hidden charges often associated with debit and checking. With Serve, our full service reloadable prepaid account, we can now provide the nearly 70 million Americans who are unbanked or underbanked1 a simple and affordable way to move and manage their money.”

According to Aite Group, the addition of 4,100 Walmart stores across the U.S. to the American Express Serve and InComm free cash reload network makes it the largest network in the U.S.

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