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February 27, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 27, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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January 09, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 9, 2014

Next Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps: Feb 4-5 in Palo Alto, CA; March 18-19 in New York City. Alternatively, you can request a private Payments Workshop held on-site at your location.

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January 07, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 7, 2014

Next Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps: Feb 4-5 in Palo Alto, CA; March 18-19 in New York City. Alternatively, you can request a private Payments Workshop held on-site at your location.

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  • Explain Bitcoin Like I’m Five - Medium (nikSter) - "We didn’t need a third person there to help us make the transfer. We didn’t need to pull in Uncle Tommy (who’s a famous judge) to sit with us on the bench and confirm that the apple went from me to you."
  • Bitcoin Series 15 - The discontinuity that is bitcoin - Ledra Capital - "Bitcoin is like that. It won't replace the financial system, the Fed or the nation-state. It will supplement the financial system in a big and important way, push it to be more innovative and efficient and, finally, will merge with it, in the same way that IP delivery has crept into telephony and video infrastructure over time."
  • German Central Bank Official Issues Another Bitcoin Warning - CoinDesk - "He stressed that regulators and central bankers across Europe are discussing bitcoin and trying to raise public awareness, but so far no concrete action has been taken, apart from public warnings."
  • Bitcoin me: How to make your own digital currency - Guardian - "It turns out, though, that cloning bitcoin is actually harder than it looks."
  • Bezos-backed money transfer startup Remitly lands $5.5M - GeekWire - "A TechStars Seattle grad formerly known as BeamIt Mobile, Remitly has created a cheaper and faster method for individuals to send money across borders."
  • 8 Retail Predictions in “Store” for 2014 - VeriFone Blog - "As it is the start of the year we thought we would have a look at some of the issues that will be impacting retail stores in 2014 and try and predict some of the trends and challenges we’ll see along the way as retailers respond."

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December 18, 2013

Counterfeit Card Fraud Declines in Australian Following Chip Rollout

The Australian Payments Clearing Association has published new industry card fraud results for the year ending June 30, 2013. During the period, the rate of fraud on all Australian-issued payment cards dropped from 47.4c to 46.1c in every $1,000 transacted.

Counterfeit and skimming fraud on Australian-issued payment cards dropped by 29% to $37.8 million over the 12 month period. This total consists of $24.3 million occurring in Australia - a 4% increase - primarily due to skimming at ATMs, and $13.5 million occurring overseas - a drop of 55%.

December 12, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 12, 2013

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  • Coinbase - Chris Dixon - "The press tends to portray Bitcoin as either a speculative bubble or a scheme for supporting criminal activity. In Silicon Valley, by contrast, Bitcoin is generally viewed as a profound technological breakthrough."
  • Fidelity now allows clients to put bitcoins in IRAs - MarketWatch - "Fidelity has partnered with SecondMarket’s Bitcoin Investment Trust to allow its clients to save for their retirement by putting the virtual currency in self-directed IRAs."
  • Mobile Payments Specialist Loop Raises $10 Million in Series A - NetBanker - "But the company's technology breakthrough: the ability to project a short-term magnetic field that impersonates the action of swiping a mag stripe through a card reader, appears likely to deliver on the contactless promise of NFC without the hardware adoption headaches of NFC."
  • The Future of SWIFT: a meeting with Gottfried Leibbrandt - Financial Services Club Blog - "In a stimulating but short presentation, he began by discussing the key elements of change in the SWIFT model, one of which is the ability to pretty much process anything for virtually nothing."
  • EAC partners adopt seamless pay system - The East African - "Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda central banks have interconnected their payment systems offering traders and bank customers an alternative method of sending and receiving money."
  • Bitcoin Law: Compliance and Avoidance Strategies - CoinDesk - "In this multi-part series, I will give a basic primer on the state of US law as it applies to digital currency entrepreneurs."
  • Bitcoin Foundation Officially Launches International Chapters - CoinDesk - "The Bitcoin Foundation has officially rolled out its internationalization programme, signing national affiliates in Canada and Australia..."

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December 11, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 11, 2013

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  • Evenly Joins Square - Square Engineering Blog - "Evenly’s app made it easy for anyone to send or collect payments from friends, anywhere, anytime."
  • PayPal Looks Ahead: Six Predictions for 2014 - PayPal Forward Blog (David Marcus) - "My job at PayPal gives me a unique opportunity to work with peers and strategize with partners across many industries about solving real problems and delivering exciting new experiences for consumers and retailers. That leads to a pretty privileged view into what’s coming next." PayPal Increases Mobile Investment as Smartphones Replace Cash - BusinessWeek - “It’s going to take years,” for mobile technology to become the main way to pay, Marcus said. “But we’re in it for the long run.”
  • Everything you need to know about the Volcker Rule - Guardian - "A rule to keep banks from gambling with their customers' money may finally be realised after years of resistance from Wall Street..."
  • First Mover Australians: Turning Mobile into Contactless Payments - MasterCard Blog - "To borrow a phrase from the CommBank blog, Australians can’t get enough of contactless payments. The country is the number one MasterCard PayPass market in the world..."
  • iBeacon Pioneers Estimote Raise $3.1M Seed Round - TechCrunch - “We are shipping thousands of beacons per week and more than 10,000 developers around the world are already experimenting with Estimote beacons in contextual computing applications.”
  • JPMorgan files patent for Bitcoin-style payment system - FT.com - "Like Bitcoin, JPMorgan’s proposed system would allow people to make anonymous, electronic payments over the internet..."
  • For Bitcoin, Square Peg Meets Round Hole Under the Law - New York Times - "The development of Bitcoin, the virtual currency that is not issued by any government, presents challenges for the authorities to use laws that were not designed for the digital world to combat illegal conduct."
  • Be Careful With Coin - New York Times - "Consider this as well: When you buy it, you are agreeing to terms of service that give you no protection."
  • A Medical Credit Card Has Surprising Costs - New York Times - "On Tuesday, the agency announced that it was ordering GE Capital Retail Bank and its CareCredit medical credit card unit to refund up to $34.1 million..."

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December 05, 2013

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October 24, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 24, 2013

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami Nov 4-7, 2013.
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October 17, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 17, 2013

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on October 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer". Elizabeth will also be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
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October 14, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 13, 2013

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  • Venmo's Social, Increasingly Hilarious Payments Community - Fast Company - "The shared payment notes give insight into what your friends are up to; they're also often amusing to read."
  • Xerox Glitch Halts Food-Stamp Use - Wall St. Journal - "Shoppers in 17 states were unable to use food stamps and other government aid through debit-style electronic benefits cards for more than 10 hours on Saturday..."
  • Why did we create Wisely? - Wisely Blog - "At Wisely, we’re building the most credible search engine for the physical world, powered by payment data. Why is it the most credible? Because, Wisely brings transparency to how people spend money."
  • Mobile Payments - Two Major Systems Set To Go In The US - Forbes - "Merchants want a system that is secure, won’t steal their data, provides a good marketing platform and the lowest possible cost for transaction. Consumers want something that is secure and simple to use."
  • Not Ready to Adopt Mobile Payments? You're Not Alone - BusinessNewsDaily - "The technology to accept payments via mobile devices is ripe and ready, but a recent industry study shows that it will take at least two more years for mobile payments to truly become mainstream."
  • The Rise of PayPal as a Major Payments Player - Bank Marketing Strategy - "While some of the 'innovation' at PayPal may not seem new or disruptive (such as the use of QR codes), the ability to quickly build scale by using the existing payments infrastructure may be the key to PayPal's success."
  • Small Business Success with PayPal: ChinaTour.Net - PayPal Forward Blog - "...PayPal has helped the ChinaTour.Net online air ticket business avoid an 85% risk of malicious fraud..."
  • Stuck in a Dispute Between PayPal and Itself - New York Times (David Segal) - "If PayPal isn’t the most reviled online company in the country, which is?"
  • Mint Wireless to launch local version of US payments start-up Square - Financial Review (Australia) - "But where Square has built its own user base by selling direct to businesses, Mr Teoh told The Australian Financial Review that Australia’s heavy regulations and existing market structure required them to work through the banks and telcos."
  • Divide and Conquer: Commerce Battlefield - FinVentures (Tom Noyes) - "Banks are NOT the center of commerce, just as my ISP or MNO is not the reason I shop at Amazon."
  • Unbreakable encryption comes to the U.S. - CNNMoney - "As revelations about the depth and breadth of the NSA's digital eavesdropping program continue to come to light, Ohio-based Battelle Memorial Institute is rolling out a new kind of network encryption designed to be virtually un-hackable -- not only now, but in the future."
  • Leading Economist Predicts a Bitcoin Backlash - Mashable - "Simon Johnson, a professor of entrepreneurship at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, expects Bitcoin to face political pressure and aggressive lobbying from big banks because of its disruptive nature."
  • Privacy and fraud dominate discussion at LA bitcoin event - CoinDesk - "All in all, the event signified the fact that bitcoin is growing and that LA area technology enthusiasts are ready to do business with BTC."

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October 02, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 2, 2013

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our new series of Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps coming this October - 8th/9th in the San Francisco Bay Area and 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg and Erin McCune will be at Money2020 in Las Vegas October 6-10 - please reach out to them directly to catch up in person or set up a briefing at the conference. Erin will be moderating an Invoicing, Billing & Collections panel with Bill.com CEO Rene Lacerte, Billtrust CEO Flint Lane and Billhighway Chairman Vince Thomas.
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer".
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

August 01, 2013

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July 31, 2013

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July 23, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 23, 2013

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  • Glenbrook's Payments Boot Camp! - A special summer session of our popular Payments Boot Camp - in Half Moon Bay on August 6th and 7th is ALMOST SOLD OUT! We're also leading a half day course on Data In Payments - August 8th, also in Half Moon Bay. Join Carol, Scott and Russ for lively, interactive sessions - register now!
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July 22, 2013

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June 04, 2013

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April 29, 2013

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated.

September 13, 2012

First Data, Accenture, VocaLink Team Up on Real-time Payments in Australia

First data logo 140x60pxFirst Data has announced the signing of an exclusive teaming agreement with Accenture and VocaLink to introduce a technical solution for Immediate Payments in Australia. Immediate Payments would enable Australian consumers and businesses to transfer funds between bank accounts in real or near real-time, instead of waiting between one-to-three days.

“We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Accenture and VocaLink and look forward to engaging with the industry on potential governance models for our proposed technical solution,” said John Tait, managing director of First Data in Australia and New Zealand. “Our ultimate goal is to provide innovation to Australian consumers, and we recognise that this can only be achieved through a cooperative approach and defined by a broad group of stakeholders, driven at the industry level.”

August 23, 2012

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June 11, 2012

Strategic Review of Innovation in the Payments System

Reserve bank australiaThe Reserve Bank of Australia has released the conclusions of its Strategic Review of Innovation in the Payments System. The Review was announced in May 2010, with the aim of identifying areas in which innovation in the Australian payments system may be improved through more effective cooperation between stakeholders and regulators.

A key objective is the establishment of a system that would provide real-time retail payments, with real-time funds availability, by the end of 2016. This type of system has been a focus of innovation in a number of other countries.

January 24, 2012

MasterCard Pilots 'QkR' Line Busting Solution in Australia

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard has announced that Australia will be the first country to pilot QkR™, a new queue-busting mobile payment application developed by MasterCard that lets movie goers at selected La Premiere Hoyts cinemas order food and drinks directly from their seats by using their smart phone.

The new QkR by MasterCard in-cinema smart ordering service will be piloted by the Commonwealth Bank at a number of Hoyts cinemas for several weeks from January. Guests of Hoyts’ luxurious La Premiere cinemas in Sydney who have an iPhone or Android handset will be able to buy food and drink from the comfort of their cinema seats through an application downloaded to their phone. Purchases are then delivered directly to their seat.

December 19, 2011

Reserve Bank of Australia Requests Feedback on Proposed Merchant Surcharging Rules

Reserve bank australia The Reserve Bank of Australia is considering tightening its current rules that permit merchant surcharging on Visa and MasterCard products.

The proposed variation will allow scheme rules to limit surcharges to a reasonable cost of acceptance, while still ensuring that merchants cannot be prevented from fully recovering their costs. The need for this change arises because in recent years some surcharging practices that potentially compromise price signals, such as surcharging in excess of card acceptance costs, have become more widespread. The Board believes that the proposed variation will improve the efficiency of the payments system by providing better price signals to cardholders.

Comments are due back by Feb 10, 2012.

October 27, 2011

Kaching! CommonwealthBank of Australia Jumps into Mobile Payments

Commonwealthbank logo 140pxThe CommonwealthBank of Australia has launched an app for the iPhone called 'Kaching' that combines NFC, peer-to-peer payments, and social payments via Facebook. Good summary articles by NFC World, Hindustan Times, and The Australian.

October 24, 2011

September 22, 2011

Australia: Payment Systems Board Annual Report 2011

Reserve bank australiaThe Payment Systems Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia has published its Annual Report 2011. The report contains lots of interested data and graphs on payments behavior, interchange fees, merchant service fees, etc. in Australia.

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