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February 26, 2015

Headline News from - February 26, 2015

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  • A Different Type of Start Up: Payments in Afghanistan - (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."

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  • 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 25, 2015

Headline News from - February 25, 2015

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February 17, 2014

Headline News from - February 17, 2014

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January 15, 2014

Headline News from - January 15, 2014

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December 18, 2013

Headline News from - December 18, 2013

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November 19, 2013

Headline News from - November 19, 2013

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  • Mapping Bitcoin - New York Times Bits Blog - "One striking thing about the map: Bitcoin is increasingly a Chinese craze."
  • Bitcoin: More than Money - (Jerry Brito) - "At its core, Bitcoin is a completely decentralized ledger system. It can be thought of as a massive online version of an accountant's book in which transactions are recorded by deducting from one account and adding to another."
  • Buying Your Holiday Gifts With Bitcoin (Fred Wilson) - "When the citizens of the world will be able to buy and sell from each other and from retailers of all shapes and sizes via Bitcoin, then we will have truly realized the potential of a global digital currency."
  • Regulators See Value in Bitcoin, and Investors Hasten to Agree - New York Times - "The virtual currency bitcoin took a big step toward the mainstream on Monday as federal authorities signaled their willingness to accept it as a legitimate payment alternative."
  • Authorities See Worth of Bitcoin - Wall St. Journal - "Senior U.S. law-enforcement and regulatory officials said they see benefits in digital forms of money and are making progress in tackling its risks."
  • This Senate hearing is a Bitcoin lovefest - Washington Post - "All three Obama administration officials expressed concern about Bitcoin being used for illicit uses. But they also stressed that Bitcoin has important legitimate uses and that regulators need to be careful not to stifle innovation in virtual currencies."
  • IngoMoney cashes in $8.4M from Camden Partners - Atlanta Business Journal - "Ingo's algorithms decide in real time whether or not it's a safe risk for a customer bank to accept a check."
  • A Day in the Life of Getting Isis Mobile Payments Up & Running - "Since the ISIS mobile payment platform launched nationwide last week, I decided to give it a try."
  • PR Agencies: What the Visa Shakeup Could Mean for the Industry - "But Visa is the first to draw a line in the sand and have their internal workforce add the work of three agencies to their assumedly already packed to-do lists, choosing not to outsource at all."

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June 20, 2013

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June 05, 2013

Discover Partners with Barclaycard to Expand Discover, Diners Club Acceptance

Discover logo 140pxBarclaycard and Diners Club International, a business unit of Discover Financial Services, have announced an agreement to enable the acceptance of Discover and Diners Club cards by merchants using Barclaycard’s payment acquiring services starting in early 2015. Merchants using Barclaycard’s payment acquiring services will be able to accept payments from Discover, Diners Club International and Discover Network partners cardholders.

“Diners Club International and Discover Network cards already are accepted at millions of merchant locations worldwide, and this agreement with Barclaycard will increase our presence in the UK, a key tourist destination for our cardmembers,” said Gerry Wagner, VP of global acceptance for Discover Financial Services.

“Not only will our cardmembers benefit from this increased acceptance, but Barclaycard Global Payment Acceptance merchants will find it easier to accept Discover Network and Diners Club International cards as method of payment, both in person and online.”

May 10, 2013

Headline News - May 10, 2013

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May 08, 2013

Headline News - May 8, 2013

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April 29, 2013

Headline News - April 29, 2013

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September 13, 2012

Google 'Save to Wallet API for Payments Cards' Goes Live

Google logo 140pxGoogle says its 'Save to Wallet API for Payment Cards' is now live, with both Discover and Barclaycard US the first to let their cardholders directly insert their cards into the Google Wallet. The blog post has some good screen shots. Barclaycard's companion announcement is here.

April 19, 2012

Headline News - April 19, 2011

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March 05, 2012

Barclaycard Introduces Crowdsourced Credit Card

Barclaycard logo 140pxBarclaycard US has announced the Barclaycard Ring MasterCard card, "the first social credit card to be designed and built through the power of community crowdsourcing. Driven by the influence of an online community of cardmembers, the new card will offer a low interest rate, low fees, simple terms and the opportunity for cardmembers to shape and share in the product’s financial success."

More information is a available on the Barclaycard Ring website. This video illustrates the concept.

February 27, 2012

Chase, Capital One and Barclaycard to use Isis Mobile Wallet

Isis logo 140x60pxIsis has announced that Chase, Capital One and Barclaycard have entered into agreements to enable their credit, debit and prepaid cards to be placed into the Isis Mobile Wallet.

“Today’s announcement is testament to the vision and commitment of Chase, Capital One and Barclaycard to make mobile commerce a real and positive experience for their customers,” said Michael Abbott, CEO, Isis. “Mobile commerce is more than a new way to pay; it’s about extending the relationships consumers enjoy with their banks and merchants into a powerful and convenient new form factor.”
Isis is the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless.

February 16, 2012

Barclays Jumps Into Mobile Money Transfer With Pingit

Barclays logo 140pxBarclays announced that it has launched Europe’s first person-to-person service for sending and receiving money using mobile phone numbers.

Antony Jenkins, Chief Executive, Barclays Retail and Business Banking said: “Barclays Pingit could revolutionise the way people send and receive money. For friends splitting the cost of dinner, repaying a borrowed £10 or people sending money to a son or daughter at university, it’s free, quick, convenient, secure, and easy to use. You can send and receive money in seconds, without having to enter account details.

The Barclays Pingit service will be available to current account customers of all UK banks and building societies, not just those with Barclays current accounts. Full details are at

August 17, 2011

Barclaycard Teams With Cartera Commerce on Merchant Funded Rewards

Cartera commerce logo 140x60pxCartera Commerce and Barclaycard US have announced a strategic partnership to reward Barclaycard customers for their shopping purchases.

“The pressure for card issuers to deliver more value to their customers has never been greater. We’re delighted to partner with Barclaycard to help proactively meet this challenge by making it easy for Barclaycard customers to earn rewards faster with card-linked offers,” commented Tom Beecher, President and CEO of Cartera Commerce. “When Barclaycard customers realize they can now earn merchandise or a dream trip faster than before by shopping with participating merchants, their loyalty credit card moves to top of wallet.”

November 15, 2010

US Telcos To Unveil Details On Mobile Payment JV

According to an update in the Wall Street Journal online, "Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA will formally announce their joint venture to create a mobile payment network, which will be financially backed by Barclays PLC (BCS) and Discover Financial Services (DFS), as soon as Tuesday, according to people familiar with the situation. The joint venture will be lead by Michael Abbott, formerly chief marketing officer at General Electric Co.'s (GE) GE Capital division. Discover and Barclays will also officially announce that they are participating in the venture. A formal announcement can come any time between Tuesday and Thursday."

November 09, 2010

September 27, 2010

Barclaycard Launches Next Generation Online Payments with SmartPay

barclays_logo_140px.pngBarclaycard has announced the launch of Barclaycard SmartPay, designed to help European retailers compete with domestic retailers in foreign markets by increasing support for local payment methods. "Developed in partnership with Adyen, it will revolutionize cross-border eCommerce by offering a simpler, seamless payment experience to consumers."

June 07, 2010

Barclaycard Announces Credit Card Issuing Agreement with NFL

Barclaycard US has announced an exclusive multi-year agreement with the National Football League to market credit cards bearing the NFL shield logo and the logos of each of the 32 NFL clubs.Fans may obtain these credit cards from Barclaycard starting in September via the web, at stadium displays, through in-bound telephone applications and via email and direct mail invitations." READ MORE »

January 26, 2010

Barclaycard's Contactless Video

Be sure to check out Barclaycard's rollercoaster video - featuring contactless payments. (I always loved that song by Boston! - and it's great in this video!) Is contactless cool?

And, there's another video about how the roller coaster video was made!

October 27, 2009

A Look at BarclayCard US

In an article titled "Barclaycard U.S. Taking Baby Steps into Public Eye" in today's American Banker, Maria Aspan writes about BarclayCard's US unit - and how it's trying to make US consumers aware of its name "in a really subtle way".

October 15, 2009

Barclays Posts Video Demonstrating Contactless Card Usage

In the UK, Barclays has posted a video demonstrating the use of its contactless cards at point of sale. Barclays says it's "the first bank to issue contactless debit cards as standard to the majority of current account customers."

July 27, 2009

Travelers More Conscious of Airline Credit Card Rewards Value

MasterCard Logo.jpgUS Airways, Barclaycard and MasterCard have announced a new suite of Dividend Miles Select benefits for US Airways Premier World MasterCard that enable award travel with fewer miles.

The results of a recent survey by MasterCard "demonstrated the heightened importance of travel rewards value in the current economy. More than half of surveyed Americans (51 percent) agree that the current economy has made them more conscious of the value and benefits of rewards credit cards, such as an airline co-brand card. Visiting family and friends is also now the most appealing vacation for the majority of travelers (54 percent) - particularly for college graduates, parents and married adults." READ MORE »

June 12, 2009

Barclaycard, Welcome Real-time Partner on Retailer Rewards in UK

Welcome_Real-time_logo.jpgBarclaycard has announced that it plans to introduce a retailer rewards scheme in partnership with Welcome Real-time "that will enable Barclaycard customers to benefit from a retailer rewards scheme that is expected to encompass retailers ranging from sole traders to major high street names." READ MORE »

February 17, 2009

Barclaycard Reveals Valentine's Day Spending in UK

Barclaycard Payment Acceptance in the UK says that "British shoppers are still willing to splash the cash on their loved ones at Valentine’s. Flowers remain a favourite choice for present giving, with purchases from florists on the 14 February up 168.8 per cent on the week before. Jewellery purchases remain popular, with purchases on Valentine’s Day showing a very strong uplift on the previous week’s sales, an increase of 67 per cent from Saturday 7 February to Saturday 14 February. Meanwhile, spending in restaurants experienced a 20 per cent uplift on the previous week." READ MORE »

January 06, 2009

Barclays To Roll-Out Contactless Visa Debit Cards in UK

In the UK, Barclays has announced that its customers will "soon be able to pay their way with the wave of a card as the bank is set to be the first in the UK to roll-out contactless VISA debit cards to its customers. From March, most Barclays debit cards that are issued or reissued will have contactless technology built in as standard. More than three million customers are expected to be using contactless debit cards by the end of the year." READ MORE »

November 19, 2008

Barclaycard Opens New Office in Long Island City, New York

Barclaycard, the credit card division of Barclays PLC, has announced that it is expanding its global operations by opening a new administrative office in Long Island City, New York. The company says it plans to hire more than 200 employees for the new location within the next 12 months and that the new office will primarily focus on credit risk with additional corporate finance and market analytics functions. It will support Barclaycard’s operations globally including its U.S. business headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. READ MORE »

October 07, 2008

Emerging Pockets of Cashlessness

Over on the Digital Money Forum blog, Dave Birch writes about a student In London who spends a whole day using just his Barclays OnePulse card - and then comes home to find his wallet (with his cash) on the kitchen table. Some believe that, in a few years, he wouldn't even need his card - just his ever-present mobile phone!

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