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October 14, 2013

Headline News from - 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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August 20, 2013

Headline News from - August 20, 2013

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  • Mobile payment: what will it really look like? - The Telegraph - "Meanwhile, payments are vanishing into apps, and that’s gaining ground. Mobile payments are taking off, just not in the way that people thought."
  • The Debt Collection Company that Helps You Get a Job - HBR Blog - "We've got to do more than hope they hear about a job, let's help them find one."
  • Bitcoin now 'unit of account' in Germany - Guardian - "Germany's ministry of finance has formally recognised the digital currency Bitcoin as a "unit of account" which can be used for private transactions..."
  • PayPal under attack.. Not just Facebook… - FinVentures (Tom Noyes) - "The strategic threat for Paypal is that the nature of competition is changing as advertisers and channels couple payments with other services (social, community, advertising, …) to deliver a better COMMERCE experience through insight into customer data."

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December 22, 2010

Treasury Extends Direct Deposit to Millions of Americans, Phasing Out Paper Checks for Federal Benefit Payments

treasury_logo_80px.pngThe U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued a final rule to "extend the safety and convenience of electronic payments to all Americans receiving federal benefit and non-tax payments. Anyone applying for benefits on or after May 1, 2011, will receive their payments electronically, while those already receiving paper checks will need to switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013."

Eight in ten federal benefit recipients already use direct deposit; the new rule is designed to push the other 20% over the line to electronic payments. The move is expected to save Social Security $1 Billion.

April 01, 2009

NBPCA's Consumer Tips for Using Unemployment Benefits Cards

Following some recent press coverage of fees associated with the use of unemployment benefits cards in some states, the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA), a non-profit, inter-industry trade association created to advance the success of branded prepaid cards, (cards usable wherever American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa cards are accepted), has issued consumer tips for having a positive experience with unemployment benefits cards. READ MORE »

January 04, 2008

Treasury Details Social Security Prepaid Card Plans

In a press release this morning, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Management Service (FMS) announced it has "designated Comerica Bank as its financial agent in a new initiative to give millions of unbanked Americans the option of using a prepaid debit card for receiving Social Security and other federal benefit payments. The "Direct Express®" card provides a safer and more convenient alternative to paper checks. Comerica Bank was selected, in part, because of its experience as a prepaid card issuer for millions of benefit recipients, particularly for state government programs." The press release does not provide any information about which card network brand will be on the new cards.


US Treasury Plans Social Security Debit Card - Direct Express

Eleanor Laise reports for the Wall St. Journal on plans by the US Treasury Department to "introduce a prepaid debit card for Social Security recipients in an effort to provide safer and cheaper benefits payments." The card will be issued by Comerica Bank.

September 02, 2006

Pre-Paid Plastic Set to Save on Cheques

James Daw reports for the Toronto Star about the pre-paid benefits cards that Mint Technology Corp. has introduced. "There is an underserved market that needs a sort of virtual bank account," says Mint president Frank Maduri.


August 31, 2006

TeacherDollars - Special Purpose Debit Cards Supporting Teachers

Evolution Benefits has announced a pilot test with the Hartford Public Schools of TeacherDollars, a new debit card program developed with funding from The Robert & Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation, card technology from Evolution Benefits, and program leadership from the Hartford Public Schools.


New York State Jobless Benefits Via A Debit Card

Jerry Gleeson reports for the Journal News (NY) about New York State's plans to begin paying unemployment benefits into accounts that will be accessed via debit cards.

February 07, 2006

SHPS To Offer Multi-Purse Debit Card

SHPSSHPS, a provider of healthcare spending accounts, has announced an agreement with First Data Healthcare Services and UMB Bank Healthcare Services to offer a multi-purse debit card and related transaction processing services for SHPS' client's spending account programs.


December 22, 2004

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