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February 10, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 10, 2016

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Here's a quick reminder that we have two of our Glenbrook payments education events coming up later this month - both in Palo Alto, California - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Banc of California Teams with MasterCard for Debit Card Program - "We congratulate Banc of California on becoming a MasterCard issuer," said John Ainsworth, executive vice president of North America, MasterCard. "We are proud that Banc of California has selected MasterCard as their debit card network and we look forward to working with them as they grow their payment solutions business."
  • L.L.Bean Visa Card rewards lucky cardmember with $100,000 in Get Outdoors $100,000 Giveaway - "Our credit card program with L.L.Bean is all about rewarding cardmembers for their loyalty to one of the most iconic brands in the country," said Denny Nealon, head of partnerships at Barclaycard US. "The giveaway was simple and fun for our cardmembers and an example of just one of the exclusive benefits they enjoy when using their card at L.L.Bean and for everyday purchases."
  • First Data Reports Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Results - "During a quarter that saw First Data return to public ownership, we were pleased to post continued revenue growth, solid margin expansion, and the refinancing of all our high cost debt earlier than planned,” said Frank Bisignano, First Data Chairman and CEO.

EVENTS

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 08, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 8, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

EVENTS

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 01, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 1, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • ExxonMobil Smart Cardholders Now Save 6 Cents Off Every Gallon, Every Day - "Starting today, every time drivers fill up using their ExxonMobil Smart Card, they will enjoy a savings of six cents for each gallon of fuel they buy at an Exxon- or Mobil-branded retail station with no minimum purchase and no maximum savings cap – one of the most rewarding offers on a branded fuel credit card."
  • Global Payments Platform Launches New E-Wallet Solution for the Gaming Industry - “Although all gaming sites generally have a means of moving money throughout their site, often the experience is clunky and inefficient for the user, and causes high fees for the provider due to the need to use multiple payment vendors,” said Gay Hamilton, Chief Operations Officer at MiFinity Payments. “MiFinity is the only company to offer a wallet solution specifically for the gaming industry. With MiFinity’s E-Wallet, there is only one source of service, enabling gaming operators to offer a seamless and flexible experience to their end users, while streamlining their own costs and processes.”
  • Is a Higher Credit Score the Secret to Happiness in 2016?“The tension Americans are feeling with their credit scores is actually very healthy because this singular metric can impact their ability to achieve and afford big financial goals. Your credit score impacts whether you can purchase a home or car, obtain a loan to go to school or start a business and qualify for better interest rates,” says personal finance expert and Chase Slate financial education partner Farnoosh Torabi.

EVENTS

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

January 25, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 25, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Battle Between Signature & PIN Rages On - TMG Group Blog - "Regarding EMV chip credit cards at the point-of-sale, the argument over signature vs. PIN isn’t likely to be resolved anytime soon, as there are pros and cons for each."
  • Digital Asset Holdings: Moving Hyperledger to the Linux Foundation - Digital Asset Holdings Blog - "Digital Asset’s Hyperledger implementation is an enterprise-ready blockchain server with a client API. Hyperledger has a modular architecture and configurable protocol properties. Hyperledger employs an append-only log of financial transactions designed to be replicated at multiple organizations without centralized control."

ON THE WIRES

  • New DTCC White Paper Calls for Leveraging Distributed Ledger Technology to Solve Certain Long-Standing Operational Challenges - "The industry has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine and modernize its infrastructure to resolve long-standing operational challenges," said Michael Bodson, President and CEO at DTCC. "To realize the potential of distributed ledger technology in a responsible manner and to avoid a disconnected maze of siloed solutions, the industry must work together in a coordinated fashion."
  • U.S. Bank Repositions Brand, Launches “The Power of Possible” - “From 19th century pioneers to 21st century entrepreneurs, U.S. Bank has always focused on helping customers achieve financial success and security,” said Richard Davis, chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp. “Since the day we opened our doors, our employees have been passionately making possible happen for our customers, communities, and each other. Today we are formalizing it by introducing the Power of Possible.”
  • JCBI to Issue the First Virtual Card with CITIC in China - Kimihisa Imada, Deputy President of JCBI said, "Online shopping by Chinese consumers has been growing remarkably and now it's essential for shopping in daily life. On the other hand, that means the customer needs even better security. Virtual cards minimize the risk of card information being stolen and help prevent fraud. One of our most important missions is to provide a secure payment environment, and we will continue to work on doing that in cooperation with CITIC and other partner financial institutions in international markets."
  • Discover it® Secured Credit Card Helps Consumers Build or Rebuild Their Credit with Responsible Use - "The Discover it Secured Credit Card requires applicants to provide a security deposit, which Discover holds as collateral. After one year as a cardmember, Discover will begin to review Secured Credit Card accounts each month to see if cardmembers can transition to an account that does not require a security deposit."
  • CPI Card Group Joins the FIDO Alliance, Advocates for Worldwide Authentication Standards - “The decision to join the FIDO Alliance was born out of our vision to deliver world-class customer experiences through our technology, spanning smart payment card manufacturing to mobile payments services,” said Steve Montross, CEO of CPI Card Group. “As active stewards of consumer privacy and protection, our company is proud to join like-minded organizations to pool our resources to create safer transaction and computing environments for all.

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!
  • Real Time Payments in the US: Implications for the Payment Industry - Atlanta, GA - February 10, 2016. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be moderating this discussion on what "faster payments" really means, how it's been implemented in other countries, and how it may shape banking and how we pay.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

January 21, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 21, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • MasterCard on blockchain: 'We don't want to be blindsided' - Business Insider - "One of the top executives at MasterCard told Business Insider in an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the company was "very, very interested" in the technology."

ON THE WIRES

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!
  • Real Time Payments in the US: Implications for the Payment Industry - Atlanta, GA - February 10, 2016. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be moderating this discussion on what "faster payments" really means, how it's been implemented in other countries, and how it may shape banking and how we pay.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

January 20, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 20, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • New IMF Staff Paper Looks at How to Reap the Benefits and Curtail the Risks of Virtual Currencies - "Achieving a balanced regulatory framework that guards against risks without suffocating innovation is a challenge that will require extensive international cooperation, says a new staff paper, “Virtual Currencies and Beyond: Initial Considerations,” released today by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the World Economic Forum."
  • R3 brings eleven major global financial institutions together on a cloud based distributed ledger - "R3 and consortium member banks Barclays, BMO Financial Group, Credit Suisse, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, HSBC, Natixis, Royal Bank of Scotland, TD Bank, UBS, UniCredit and Wells Fargo each connected on an R3-managed private peer-to-peer distributed ledger, underpinned by Ethereum technology and hosted on a virtual private network in Microsoft Azure, the public cloud platform offering Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) in an accelerated development environment."
  • Global Payments Partners with Mobeewave to Offer Innovative Add-On-Free Mobile Payment Acceptance Solution - "The solution is designed to enable secure, in-person payment transactions, made with any contactless credit card or mobile wallet (e.g. Apple Pay®, Samsung Pay, Android Pay™), directly on an NFC-enabled mobile device, without the need for additional hardware such as a card reader or dongle."
  • Western Union Cross-Border Platform Connects Consumers to over One Billion Bank Accounts - "“The account payout network capability represents a natural evolution in Western Union's cross-border platform and omni-channel strategy to reach new digital-savvy, banked and mobile enabled consumers. Western Union is actively pursuing digital innovation enterprise wide, increasing consumers’ choice of money transfer channels and facilitating financial inclusion in emerging countries around the world."
  • InComm Digital Solutions Introduces Digital Open-Loop Prepaid Products - "The new products are digital versions of Visa gift or reward cards delivered to an email address and are redeemable on any U.S.-based e-commerce site where Visa debit cards are accepted."
  • Nielsen Study: Innovation in Mobile Technology, Payment Options & Retail Strategy Drive Borderless Shopping - "As technology and the retail landscape rapidly evolve, payment practices are also changing. More than half of respondents who say they shopped online during the past six months paid with a traditional credit card (53%), but roughly four-in-10 used a digital payment system such as PayPal (43%), debit card (39%) or direct debit from their bank account (38%)."
  • Merchants to Face More Chargeback Challenges as CNP Fraud Escalates - "Our research revealed that almost two-thirds of physical goods merchants believe that outsourcing fraud mitigation and chargeback management has become cost effective. We believe working with a third-party solution provider who specializes in end-to-end management of CNP transactions will be the future for online merchants who are already at a higher risk for this type of fraud than their brick-and-mortar peers."
  • Moneris launches business-to-business payment solutions to optimize commercial card acceptance - "Moneris' B2B services target business suppliers accepting payments from commercial customers and card issuing partners who require support enabling suppliers for card acceptance. Suppliers will be offered accounts receivable solutions that move them off of traditional cheque and invoicing systems, speed up payment delivery times and optimize business operations. Card-issuers will benefit from supplier enablement services that help simplify the migration to electronic payment acceptance for suppliers. "
  • Visa Inc. Appoints Lynne Biggar as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer - "While at Time Inc., Ms. Biggar was responsible for marketing to consumers for all Time Inc. brands across all channels, direct marketing company Synapse, Time Inc. Retail, Time Inc. Books, Consumer Insights, Data Solutions and Time Customer Service. Prior to her role at Time Inc. she spent more than 20 years at American Express in a variety of general management and marketing positions in both the US and international divisions and was a member of the company’s Global Management Team."

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!
  • Real Time Payments in the US: Implications for the Payment Industry - Atlanta, GA - February 10, 2016. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be moderating this discussion on what "faster payments" really means, how it's been implemented in other countries, and how it may shape banking and how we pay.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

January 19, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 19, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • The Really Big Questions in Payments - PaymentsViews.com (Carol Coye Benson) - "Glenbrook’s Allen Weinberg wrote a few weeks ago about his view of the Grand Challenges in payments…. a daunting list, and one I agree with. But I want to extend his discussion on one of his challenges: “Realigned value chain economics in a push payment world”, and add two more: “What is the proper role for government in the issuance of money?” and “Who owns the payment address?”"
  • As More Pay by Smartphone, Banks Scramble to Keep Up - New York Times - "If the banks fail to meet the challenge, Brian Moynihan, the chief executive of Bank of America, warned in November, “it may allow part of our industry to be forever taken away from us.”"
  • Cash still king for many consumers - Chain Store Age - "While more than half (57%) of Millennials reported using a greater variety of payment methods than before, nearly half (45%) of that group also said that they’re more likely to pay more with cash now than they did a few years ago."
  • Keep Calm and Bitcoin On - Medium (Valery Vavilov) - “Visa and PayPal already exist, and within national borders they do what they do quite well. It’s silly to try to turn Bitcoin into yet another Visa and PayPal.”
  • Intel Launches Skylake vPro with Intel Authenticate - AnandTech - "Intel is launching Intel Authenticate today, and it will require a 6th generation Intel Core processor with vPro. Authenticate will combine several factors of authentication into a single login, which, in theory, should be easier for the end user as well."

ON THE WIRES

  • Sam’s Club to Accept Visa Credit Cards - “Sam’s Club is the eighth largest retailer in the U.S. and we are thrilled to open up Visa credit acceptance in their more than 650 clubs across the U.S. and Puerto Rico,” said Ramón Martín, senior vice president, merchant solutions, Visa Inc.
  • American Express OPEN Launches No Annual Fee SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card - "American Express OPEN today announced the launch of the no annual feei SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card, which for the first time offers small businesses greater buying power traditionally found on a charge cardii, while also providing more opportunities to earn cash back from a larger list of business expense categories."
  • More than 100 FIDO Certified Products Fuel Global Adoption of FIDO Strong Authentication - “This explosion of FIDO Certified products and adoption numbers confirm industry-wide endorsement of FIDO as the new strong authentication technology standard,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. “This increasing availability of FIDO Certified solutions creates an unprecedented opportunity for organizations to implement simple, usable and strong authentication and better protect customers, employees and data from the risks of data breaches, hacking and identity theft.”
  • BitGo Eliminates Bitcoin Transaction Delays With Launch of BitGo Instant - "BitGo Inc. is today announcing the launch of BitGo Instant, the world’s first way to safely receive zero-confirm Bitcoin transactions with a full financial guarantee."

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!
  • Real Time Payments in the US: Implications for the Payment Industry - Atlanta, GA - February 10, 2016. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be moderating this discussion on what "faster payments" really means, how it's been implemented in other countries, and how it may shape banking and how we pay.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

January 18, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 18, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Networks Put Their Money on Checkout for Mobile - PaymentsViews.com Podcast "These checkout assistants—you could even stretch the definition a bit and think of them as wallets—use the payment tokenization specification from EMVCo. But as products from competitive networks, each has unique attributes, never mind its own APIs specification. Glenbrook’s Russ Jones takes us for a pretty deep dive into how these tools work. And the benefits they provide to merchants especially in mobile commerce."(Russ Jones/George Peabody) -
  • Is Bitcoin Breaking Up? - Wall St. Journal - "This isn’t the first time somebody has written bitcoin’s obituary. What is different is this obit was being written by a prominent insider, and it hit a raw nerve in the community. "
  • The Bitcoin experiment is NOT over - Medium (Ron Gross) - "What’s nice about Bitcoin, as opposed to say the banking industry, is that wars escalate to be open, rather than fought behind closed doors. We air our dirty laundry out in the open."
  • Restructuring the Financial Infrastructure, Patrick Collison, CEO Stripe - Medium (Robert Siegel) - "As engineers compare notes on the ease-of-use and speed with which they are enabling revenue systems for their companies, a virtuous circle is reinforced where not only is there an increased velocity in which companies deploy systems such as Stripe, but also there is an unleashing of creativity around all aspects of the shopping and purchasing experience."
  • Android Pay Rewards “Tap 10” Could Land You a Free Chromecast, Songs on Google Play Music - DroidLife - "The promo is called “Tap 10” and involves paying for items with Android Pay, hence the “Tap” portion of the name. The idea is pretty simple – the more you tap and pay, the more free stuff you get."

ON THE WIRES

  • Federal Reserve Selects IBM to Modernize its Retail Payments Processing Platform - “By modernizing our payments systems, we will be well positioned to converge our existing retail payment operations and payment infrastructure onto a unified platform,” said Brian Egan, Senior Vice President, of the Retail Payments Office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. “This will enable us to process payments more cost effectively and position us to more quickly adapt to changes in the ACH and electronic check payments environment. Both of these outcomes are consistent with our strategies to continue to provide financial institutions with high quality and cost effective ACH and electronic check clearing services”.
  • CFDFE, CFPA and Visa Partner to Promote Innovative Financial Inclusion Activities and Support Poverty Alleviation in China - "Visa today announced it will partner with the China Foundation for Development of Financial Education (CFDFE) to build a "China Financial Inclusion and Education (Jinhui Project) International Demonstration Zone" in the Great Xing'an Mountain Poverty Alleviation Area. Also, in a strategic partnership, Visa and the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) will conduct a mobile-phone based financial education pilot program in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and explore a new mode of targeted poverty alleviation."
  • Wirecard to Become Strategic Development Partner of Visa Europe Collab / Cooperation to Serve the FinTech Space - "As a strategic development partner of Visa Europe Collab, Wirecard will provide its technology and banking solutions as well as its in-depth market expertise. The aim of this close collaboration is to jointly offer FinTech start-ups and technology entrepreneurs the insight, partner networks and essential tools like platforms and interfaces to develop services are set to revolutionise the payment experience."
  • AJB Announces New U.S. EMV Host Certifications with First Data and Elavon - "AJB has completed host certifications with American Express, ChasePaymentech (Tampa), Elavon (Fusebox), First Data (Buypass, Nashville, North and Rapid Connect) and Vantiv (ISO & 610)."

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!
  • Real Time Payments in the US: Implications for the Payment Industry - Atlanta, GA - February 10, 2016. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be moderating this discussion on what "faster payments" really means, how it's been implemented in other countries, and how it may shape banking and how we pay.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

January 15, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 15, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Hyatt Card Breach Hit 250 Hotels in 50 Nations - Krebs on Security - "Instead of just mandating that banks and retailers shift in lockstep on a to handling chip cards, U.S. lawmakers and regulators have for years delegated (abdicated?) accountability for credit card security to a booming industry of auditors and assessors who’ve been trying to secure a technology (magnetic stripe-based cards) that is 60 years old and is about as secure as mailing your credit card number on a postcard."
  • A Bitcoin Believer’s Crisis of Faith - New York Times - "Mr. Hearn, until recently one of the most prominent leaders of the Bitcoin project, became so disillusioned that in December he sold the few hundred Bitcoins he had left and quietly took a job at a new start-up."
  • Bitcoin Is Dead, Long Live Bitcoin - A VC (Fred Wilson) - "Sometimes it takes a crisis to get everyone in a room. That’s how the federal budget has been settled for many years now. And that may be how the blocksize debate gets settled too."
  • Mobile Payment Platform Minkasu Raises $1M Seed Round - TechCrunch - "The startup’s iOS and Android app stores encrypted credit card information, does not need passwords, and lets shoppers complete transactions with one click."

ON THE WIRES

  • Verifone Expands Services Offering for Large Retailers in the U.S. and Canada with Agreement to Acquire AJB Software - “Combining AJB’s offerings with Verifone’s services creates an unmatched set of hardware-neutral solutions—giving merchants the ability to select from a wider range of products that best meet their business requirements,” said AJB founder and president, Naresh Bangia. “Ultimately, this enables AJB and Verifone clients to receive stronger value and support—all from a single vendor.”
  • First Data Announces Clover® Go - "The EMV-enabled card reader plugs into an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone and works with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, allowing business owners of all sizes to seamlessly and securely accept payments outside of a traditional brick-and-mortar setting. Clover Go provides multi-merchant and multi-user functionality, enabling business owners to toggle between different store locations and provide access to an unlimited number of employees."

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

January 14, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 14, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Adyen Expands Next Generation Point of Sale Solution to U.S. Merchants - “The $22 trillion retail industry has been on the verge of delivering a true omnichannel shopping experience for years, but outdated and siloed payment systems have been in the way,” said Pieter Van der Does, co-founder and CEO of Adyen. “With Adyen’s omnichannel solution, forward-looking retailers will have the platform they need to surprise and delight shoppers with new experiences that also grow their revenue.”
  • Verifone to Deliver End-to-End, EMV-Ready Payment Solution to Microsoft Dynamics Customers - “In addition to simplified payment management, merchants want the most efficient, secure and hassle-free ways to support EMV, NFC, mobile wallets and other emerging payment methods that also offer new engagement opportunities with their customers,” said Jim Surber, regional head of Payment as a Service, North America, Verifone. “Partnering with Microsoft Dynamics - provider of industry leading point of sale software and omni-channel retail and commerce solutions - will greatly expedite our ability to deliver these capabilities to a vast number of merchants across the U.S.”
  • Hyatt Completes Payment Card Incident Investigation - “Protecting customer information is critically important to Hyatt, and we take the security of customer data very seriously,” said Chuck Floyd, global president of operations for Hyatt. “We have been working tirelessly to complete our investigation, and we now have more complete information that we want to share so that customers can take steps to protect themselves. Additionally, we want to assure customers that we took steps to strengthen the security of our systems in order to help prevent this from happening in the future.”

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

January 12, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 12, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Wells Fargo Launches Third Propel American Express Card - “In 2014, we launched our first two Propel American Express Cards as part of our goal to earn more of our customers’ business,” said Beverly Anderson, head of Consumer Financial Services for Wells Fargo. “Since then, we have heard from our customers that they like the Propel 365 Card and Propel World Card but wanted us to find a way to offer a card with similar features without paying an annual fee – so that’s what we did.”
  • More Leading Merchants Choose Visa Checkout to Increase Online and Mobile Sales - "Starbucks, Walgreens, NFL Shop, HSN and Match are among the new merchants taking advantage of Visa Checkout’s ability to deliver seamless digital payments. Walmart.com will also begin supporting Visa Checkout this year."
  • Introducing Uber Trip Experiences - "During the holidays, we completed our billionth trip. Added together that’s a lot of time riders spend in an Uber. Which got us thinking … what if developers could also offer users of their apps new ways to enjoy themselves — or get stuff done — while they’re on the road?"
  • FreedomPay Expands Global Products and Services on Microsoft Azure - "With this collaboration, FreedomPay offers end-to-end protection for credit card payments made through FreedomPay’s Commerce Platform, which is supported by Azure. The FreedomPay Commerce Platform is the world’s first PCI-Validated P2PE payments solution with EMV, NFC, DCC and real-time data capabilities that can deliver on a global scale."
  • Remitly Approaches $1 Billion in Annualized Mobile Money Transfers as Company Continues Rapid Growth - "Remitly offers money transfers from the United States to the Philippines, India and Mexico, which alone account for more than 35 percent of all remittances originating in the United States. The company will continue to take a customer-focused approach by focusing on the largest markets as it expands globally."
  • Network International to launch cashless, cardless and mobile-free payment solution - "The next generation solution, led by Dubai Smart Government (DSG) and developed by Quisk, will be deployed by Network International across its points of sale (POS) merchant network in the United Arab Emirates in 2016, enabling people to conduct payment transactions without the use of cash, cards or their mobile phones."

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

January 11, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 11, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

January 08, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 8, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Bitcoin: How the Isle of Man is leading a cryptocurrency revolution - Independent (UK) - "While some jurisdictions, including the UK, continue to be cautious on cryptocurrencies, this crown dependency in the Irish Sea has set out its stall to become a global leader in the sector. Many are now referring to the Isle of Man as “Bitcoin Island”."
  • PayPal, others buy stolen data from criminals to protect users - San Francisco Chronicle - "A dozen people — including several current and former senior executives at major Silicon Valley mainstays and cybersecurity vendors — detailed to The Chronicle the process and its importance to counterintelligence investigations."

ON THE WIRES

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

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January 07, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 7, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • MasterCard embeds payment in devices - Chain Store Age - "This collaboration builds upon MasterCard’s October 2015 introduction of the Commerce for Every Device program to enable any consumer gadget, accessory or wearable to become a payment device."
  • Five Fintech Trends for 2016 - BBVA Blog - "The blockchain infrastructure was reinforced in 2015, with strengthening involving mining, exchanges, wallets and processors. 2016 is about innovating on top of it."

ON THE WIRES

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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January 06, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 6, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Samsung Pay watch app coming soon - PhoneArena - "Samsung's own mobile payment system — Samsung Pay — will also become available on both the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic.
  • Ethereum Will Arrive (and 15 Other Blockchain Predictions for 2016) - CoinDesk - "Scalability will become the holy grail of public blockchain tech."
  • Record-Breaking Holiday Season for the App Store - Apple - "In the two weeks ending January 3, customers spent over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases, setting back-to-back weekly records for traffic and purchases. January 1, 2016 marked the biggest day in App Store history with customers spending over $144 million. It broke the previous single-day record set just a week earlier on Christmas Day."
  • Corporate Governance and Blockchains - Harvard Law School - David Yermack - "In this paper, I identify in more detail how the use of blockchains could affect corporate governance from the perspective of corporate managers, institutional investors, debt investors, auditors, and other groups."

ON THE WIRES

  • MasterCard and Coin Sign Agreement to Power Wearable Payments - “The great thing about the MasterCard program is that we are adding payment functionality to items that consumers are already using – fitness bands, jewelry, clothing, watches,” said Sherri Haymond, Senior Vice President, Digital Payments, MasterCard. “This makes the products more useful for consumers and enhances the value device manufacturers can deliver to their customers. Coin complements that approach and enables us to reach an expanded set of device partners.”
  • SWIFT announces 10% rebate on 2015 messaging - "The 10 percent rebate comes on top of the 2015 discount for high volume connections, which we estimate to have totalled EUR30 million," added Francis Vanbever, CFO at SWIFT. "In 2010, SWIFT set out a multi-year strategy to cut message prices in half by the end of 2015. We already reached our price reduction commitment at the end of 2014, one year ahead of schedule. By the end of 2015, the total price reduction over the 5-year period reached 57 percent."
  • MasterCard, Samsung Make Everyday Shopping Easier in Tomorrow’s Smart Home with Launch of Groceries by MasterCard App - "The first shopping app integrated into a refrigerator, Groceries by MasterCard connects consumers to leading grocers in the most convenient and efficient setting – their kitchen. Groceries redefines the family grocery shopping experience by allowing households to share, build, manage and modify their grocery lists and shopping carts throughout the week."

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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January 05, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 5, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Enough with the 2016 Predictions – Let’s Think Bigger! - Payments Views (Allen Weinberg) - "As I was slogging through the many payments-related articles and blog posts reminiscing about 2015 events and making predictions for what may or may not be ahead in 2016, I thought of a conversation I had with Scott Loftesness around 20 years ago, sometime in 1995 or 1996. "
  • The Future of Mobile Chatting: Commerce - Wall St. Journal - "Five years later, WeChat’s hundreds of millions of users in China tap the service to send money to friends, buy shoes and even book doctors’ appointments."
  • Apple Pay may have found its perfect market in China - Quartz (Ian Kar) - "All told, conditions couldn’t be better: retailers are ready to support the technology (which has been an issue in the US), consumers are comfortable and experienced with mobile payments, and a lot of iPhones are Apple Pay compatible."
  • Thought Bitcoin Was Dead? 2016 Is the Year It Goes Big - Wired - “In 2015, we saw a lot of financial institutions, banks, thought leaders say: ‘It’s not about bitcoin, it’s about blockchain.’ That is a mistruth.”
  • Man Has 1,497 Credit Cards - ABC News - "Walter Cavanagh has 1,497 valid credit cards -- all of which amount to a $1.7 million line of credit."

ON THE WIRES

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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January 04, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 4, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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December 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 22, 2015

PROGRAMMING NOTE

  • This is our last edition of 2015. Payments News will be taking a publishing hiatus for the holidays! We'll be off starting Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 - our next edition will be published on Monday, January 4. I want to extend to you my best wishes for a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year! I'll see you next year!

ON THE WEB

  • AmEx reinstates rule prohibiting merchant steering - MarketWatch (Robin Sidel) - "After receiving a favorable court ruling last week, American Express Co. is reinstating its longtime policy that prohibits merchants from steering customers to cheaper forms of payment."
  • How Blockchain Will Transform Business and Society - IBM Think Blog (Arvind Krishna) - "It’s essential for blockchain technology to be developed following the open source model so a critical mass of organizations will coalesce around it—and reap its full benefits."
  • Starbucks is 2015 Mobile Retailer of the Year - Mobile Commerce Daily - "Perhaps no other retailer today better understands the crossover between customers’ love affair with their smartphones and when and where they want to engage with the brand..."
  • National Security Implications of Virtual Currency - Rand Corporation - "This report examines the feasibility for non-state actors, including terrorist and insurgent groups, to increase their political and/or economic power by deploying a virtual currency (VC) for use in regular economic transactions."
  • How Jack Dorsey Runs Both Twitter, Square - Wall St. Journal - "For now, Mr. Dorsey appears to be sticking to a meticulous schedule with long hours."
  • SpaceX finally achieves its first successful landing - Economist - Editor's note: This has nothing to do with payments but a lot to do with economics - and technology. I couldn't resist mentioning it!

ON THE WIRES

  • Idaho Department of Agriculture is First to Launch NIC’s eGovExpress Digital Wallet - "Serving as a virtual pocketbook, eGovExpress securely consolidates Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, pre-paid gift cards and electronic check information into one password-protected online location, thus eliminating the need for customers to juggle multiple accounts in various places and repeatedly enter payment information."

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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December 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 18, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Apple & China UnionPay to Bring Apple Pay to China - “Apple Pay has revolutionized the way millions of people pay every day with their iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is an extremely important market for Apple and with China UnionPay and support from 15 of China’s leading banks, users will soon have a convenient, private and secure payment experience.”
  • CPA Releases Multi-Year Data on Canadian Payment Methods and Trends - "The research provides important insights for the industry and the Canadian Payments Association as we look to modernize the country's clearing and settlement systems," said Gerry Gaetz, President and CEO of the CPA. "While traditional payments clearly continue to fill a vital role, the data shows an accelerating shift to new channels for electronic payments."

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December 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 17, 2015

On the Web

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Updates from Glenbrook:

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December 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 14, 2015

On the Web

  • Interchange Regulation Comes to Europe - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "Interchange galvanizes the attention of regulators around the world like iron filings to a magnet. Everyone in card payments watches their moves closely because of its economic impact on merchants, card networks, issuers, acquirers and, in theory, consumer pricing. European regulators are among the most recent to weigh in."
  • Former Wall St titans shake-up banking with fintech investments - FT.com - "They made their name on Wall Street. Now, they are trying to disrupt it."
  • Blockchain Startup Digital Asset Hires SWIFT and SunGard Veterans - CoinDesk - "“With more than 50 years of combined experience in the financial and technology sectors, Cris and Chris have a deep understanding not only of the marketplace, but of what we are building and they will be invaluable to our continued growth," Digital Asset CEO Blythe Masters said in a statement.

On the Wires

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December 11, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 11, 2015

What I'm Reading

  • This week your editor has been enjoying reading America's Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve by Roger Lowenstein.
  • From the description: "A tour de force of historical reportage, America’s Bank illuminates the tumultuous era and remarkable personalities that spurred the unlikely birth of America’s modern central bank, the Federal Reserve. Today, the Fed is the bedrock of the financial landscape, yet the fight to create it was so protracted and divisive that it seems a small miracle that it was ever established. "
  • How about you? What are you enjoying? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

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December 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 10, 2015

On the Web

  • Walmart Prepares to Enter Mobile Payments Business - New York Times - "Based on QR code technology, Walmart’s new payment system is meant to allow for a smoother trek through checkout lines, and to bridge the retailer’s e-commerce and in-store shopping experience."
  • Wal-Mart to Offer Smartphone Payments in Stores - Wall St. Journal - "The retail behemoth is adding a feature to its existing mobile app so consumers can pay at the register with any payment information stored in their Walmart.com account, including gift cards, debit cards or credit cards."
  • Edgecoin: Our Internal Blockchain for Founders - Medium (KPCB Edge) - "Today, we’re announcing Edgecoin — a private, permissioned blockchain we use as a ledger of record for founders. We started testing Edgecoin in early 2015 with founders in our portfolio and are now announcing it publicly as we begin scaling up the base of people using Edgecoin."
  • Commonwealth Bank says blockchain may transform trade finance, share trading - Sydney Morning Herald - "Blockchain technology could transform trade financing, share trading and many other parts of banking and the broader economy, says the chief information officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, David Whiteing."

On the Wires

  • Walmart Introduces Walmart Pay - "”The Walmart app was built to make shopping faster and easier,” said Neil Ashe, president and CEO of Walmart Global eCommerce. “Walmart Pay is the latest example – and a powerful addition – of how we are transforming the shopping experience by seamlessly connecting online, mobile and stores for the 140 million customers who shop with us weekly.”"
  • VocaLink and The Clearing House sign a groundbreaking deal to deliver national real-time payment services in the U.S. - James Aramanda, President and Chief Executive Officer at The Clearing House said: “Finalizing this partnership with VocaLink represents a significant milestone in our effort to make ubiquitous real-time payments a reality in the U.S. Once completed, customers will pay or receive money in real-time from any financial institution, and with its innovative extensible design the system will be built to provide the basis for payment solutions currently unimagined."
  • Samsung Pay Makes It Easy to Purchase, Store, Use and Share Gift Cards Directly from Your Phone - "With the support of more than 50 major retail gift cards and the launch of the in-app gift card store, Samsung Pay is bringing consumers an easier way to use gift cards,” said Injong Rhee, EVP of Samsung Electronics, Global Head of Samsung Pay.
  • SWIFT announces global payments innovation initiative - Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO, SWIFT said: "Correspondent banking serves the industry with millions of secure cross-border payments day in, day out; with this initiative we are building on those strengths, enabling banks to provide distinctive cross-border payments services and providing real benefits to end customers. This is a critical step in cross-border payments innovation."
  • Bank of America’s Year-End Millennial Snapshot Reveals the Great Recession and Family Experiences Impact Financial Attitudes - “The events taking place when millennials were coming of age are visibly impacting their financial decisions and behaviors. This will be especially apparent as they become the money managers for their households,” said John Jordan, Client Experience and Programs executive for Preferred and Small Business Banking at Bank of America.

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December 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 9, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • MasterCard Crowns Champion in the Inaugural Masters of Code Global Hackathon Series - "MoneyRemaid earned the title of Masters of Code by building a software platform to disrupt the way domestic workers in Southeast Asia could receive and manage their salaries. The team, comprised of a young woman and four young men, was awarded the grand prize of $100,000 seed funding, incubation in the MasterCard StartPath program, six months of executive mentoring and free payment processing for up to $250,000 in transactions for the first 12 months using Simplify Commerce."
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Selects CARDFREE as the Mobile Platform for its Next Generation Mobile Application to Include Mobile Ordering and Enhanced Features - "CARDFREE, the leading mobile commerce provider to large merchants, announced that it is the mobile application platform provider enabling Dunkin’ Donuts’ new On-the-Go Ordering app that is currently being tested in Portland, Maine. The company was selected by Dunkin’ Donuts to provide the mobile ordering application solution to make it easier and more convenient for members of the brand’s DD Perks® Rewards Program to place an order from their mobile phone."
  • The European Union Helps Merchants and Consumers by Reforming Its Credit-Card Market While the U.S. Lags - “The EU’s just and thoughtful action should spur policymakers in the U.S. to take a closer look at these bloated fees which, without competition, just keep growing,” said Lyle Beckwith, a senior vice president at NACS, the National Association of Convenience Stores, and a member of the Merchants Payments Coalition. “We applaud the EU for standing up to the credit-card giants who continue to fleece American merchants and consumers.”

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December 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 8, 2015

On the Web

  • Microsoft Azure Blockchain as a Service update - Microsoft Azure Blog - "It has been almost a month since we soft launched at the Ethereum DevCon1 in London, and I wanted to provide an update on where we are along with a general roadmap of what is to come."
  • Inquiring Minds Want to Know More about Card Fraud - Take on Payments Blog - "As I described in an earlier post, while doing research on expanding card fraud data collection in the Fed's upcoming 2016 triennial payments study, I came across a gap in publicly available detailed fraud data for the United States compared to what is available in other countries."

On the Wires

  • RS Software Selected To Deliver Digital Payments Platform - "RS Software Ltd. has been awarded a contract from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to build a Digital Payments Platform (DPP) to accommodate the continuing growth of e-commerce and digital payments in India."
  • Popularity of Gift Cards Grows in Canada - "Although gift cards have been around for over a decade, they continue to grow in popularity in Canada, and are a top gift choice this holiday season," said Steve Dekker, managing director of Blackhawk Canada. "Our annual gift card survey found that Canadians feel good about giving and receiving gift cards, prefer to purchase them in gift card malls, and are increasingly choosing egifts."
  • All Four Fiserv Patents Asserted Against FIS Found to be Unpatentable, all Appeals and Suit Against FIS Dismissed - "In December 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled that all claims in Fiserv’s asserted patents are unpatentable. The dispute has now been settled, with no monetary payment made or promised by either party. Fiserv will dismiss its appeals of the patent office decisions, and the parties will dismiss the federal district court lawsuit. The patents Fiserv asserted against FIS remain invalid."
  • NMI Launches FACe, the Gateway Platform for Payment Facilitators - “FACe effectively negates any need for payment facilitators to build their own technology,” said NMI CEO Roy Banks. “FACe saves payment facilitators the considerable time and capital required to engineer a payment platform from the ground up,” added Banks.

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December 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 7, 2015

On the Web

  • EMV’s Not-Very-Even Distribution - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "In a market where simplicity and consistency has economic value—Apple Pay, PayPal, Amazon One-Click—cards are seemingly harder to use than ever while mobile payment methods proliferate and evolve. Of course, some merchants have contactless, many don’t, and some have even turned it off. Don’t get me started on that topic."
  • R3 CEV says global bank blockchain should be operating within a year - Sydney Morning Herald - "Tim Swanson, who joined R3 full-time this year and is also a research fellow at the Singapore Management University, says the biggest challenge working with banks to design protocols for a working blockchain, the technology underpinning bitcoin, is managing expectations while at the same time pushing to build a working platform as quickly as possible."
  • Forced authorisation chip and PIN scam hitting high-end retailers - Bentham's Gaze - "The fraud works when the retailer has a one-piece Chip and PIN terminal that’s passed between the customer and retailer during the course of the transaction."
  • Silicon Valley’s Hometown Bank Booms, But Risks Are on Horizon - Wall St. Journal - "The boom in technology startups has made SVB one of America’s fastest-growing banking companies..."
  • TransferWise Wants To Take Over The World - TechCrunch - "The startup’s secret sauce is a peer-to-peer model. For instance, if you have GBP and want to send EUR, TransferWise will automatically match you with people who want GBP and give you EUR in exchange."
  • Why Suppliers Should Get on the Corporate Card Bandwagon - Spend Matters (Steve Pedersen) - "When it comes to accepting corporate cards as payment, many suppliers experience a “sticker shock” effect before ever taking time to look under the hood. Upon closer examination of the benefits of card acceptance, many suppliers realize that they’re signing up for a lot more horsepower than checks and wire payments alone can provide."

On the Wires

  • SWIFT expands Innotribe programme to address market challenges - "SWIFT announces that Innotribe, its innovation arm since 2009, will expand its programme to support innovation in emerging FinTech ecosystems, such as Africa and Latin America. Innotribe will also launch a new initiative that challenges the SWIFT community to actively collaborate and develop utility-based solutions for the benefit of the global financial services industry."
  • 10 Disruptive Digital Trends Retailers Need To Know - "The notion that ‘the store is dead’ is not, in our opinion, the future – rather, stores will become highly technology-enabled to deliver a super-personalized customer experience and become the hub of omni-channel customer-centricity. These new predictions highlight our view of the retail industry in the coming year.”
  • Wells Fargo Survey: 2015 Gains in Small Business Optimism Erased - “This has been an unusually slow economic recovery for everyone, and small business owners are certainly feeling that,” said Mark Vitner, Managing Director and Senior Economist for Wells Fargo Securities. “With the economy growing as slowly as it has been, it’s been difficult for many business owners to increase their sales, and this has been particularly burdensome for firms who have seen expenses rise, including healthcare costs."

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December 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 4, 2015

On the Web

  • Apple Makes A Beeline For Carrier Billing In Emerging Markets, Starting With Russia - Techcrunch - "It’s therefore a perfect storm for Apple and carrier billing: countries like Russia represent a lot of growth for Apple, and so it’s creating a way to make it easier for consumers in these markets to pay..."
  • MasterCard, Visa Named Top Global Innovators - Wall St. Journal - "Six financial services firms are ranked among Boston Consulting Group’s annual list of top 50 global innovators. This is after two years of drought when no financial companies made the cut."
  • Machine Learning and Big Data Know It Wasn’t You Who Just Swiped Your Credit Card - Scientific Computing - "Fraud detection is an arms race between good guys and bad guys. At the moment, the good guys seem to be gaining ground, with emerging innovations in IT technologies, such as chip and pin technologies, combined with encryption capabilities, machine learning, big data and, of course, cloud computing."
  • Our thoughts on Ethereum - Medium (KPCB Edge) - "We think Ethereum as a software platform significantly adds to the potential ways blockchain technology could be used in an application’s technology stack."
  • Q: What Might Drive Bitcoin Mass Adoption? - Medium - "As was the case on the early internet, the early pioneers mainly consist of the speculators, developers and scientists who see this potential, building out early infrastructure on top of the base transport layer, with the masses joining in only once the killer applications develop, not the other way around."

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December 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 3, 2015

On the Web

  • How Backpage Is Different from Choke Point - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "The truth is that Backpage has little in common with Operation Choke Point beyond the hydraulic regulatory idea of regulating a payments processor to regulate the recipient of the payments."
  • Credit-Card Rules Have Cut $16 Billion in Fees: Report - Wall St. Journal - "The biannual industry survey released Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said consumers saved more than $7 billion in credit-card late fees between 2011 and 2014."
  • Goldman Sachs: 'The Blockchain can change... well everything' - Business Insider - "While the Bitcoin hype cycle has gone quiet, Silicon Valley and Wall Street are betting that the underlying technology behind it, the Blockchain, can change... well everything."

On the Wires

  • CFPB Finds CARD Act Helped Consumers Avoid More Than $16 Billion in Gotcha Credit Card Fees - “The CARD Act has helped people avoid more than $16 billion in gotcha credit card fees,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The law made it easier for consumers to evaluate costs and risks by eliminating the worst back-end pricing practices in the market. There is more work to do. But with commonsense rules in place, credit cards are safer and more affordable, credit is more available, and companies remain profitable with improved customer satisfaction.”
  • Umpqua Holdings Corporation Creates New Subsidiary, Pivotus Ventures, Inc. - Pivotus will be headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley. “Like all industries, banking must evolve quickly to adapt to changing consumer behaviors and technologies. In collaboration with like-minded organizations, Pivotus will be focused on creating new digital models that accelerate growth, add accretive revenue and enhance the customer experience across all channels,” said Ray Davis, president and CEO of Umpqua Holdings Corporation. “By bringing together the expertise of companies nationally and internationally, Pivotus will be uniquely positioned to develop and scale industry-changing innovation quickly and effectively.”
  • Axis Bank Launches Display Debit Card for NRE Customers - Commenting on the launch, Rajiv Anand, Group Executive & Head Retail Banking at Axis Bank said “We are proud to be the first Indian bank to introduce Display Debit cards for our customers. The launch of the new card further reinforces our commitment to improving customer experience by deploying cutting-edge technology solutions that provide both security and convenience.”
  • Global Payments Offers a Full Range of EMV Certified Mobile Solutions - "We continue to provide our customers access to a suite of payments technology solutions designed to be the most secure in the industry," stated Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation. “As we lead with innovative point-of-sale solutions, we're pleased to be among the first to market a full range of EMV certified mobile solutions delivering exceptional functionality.”

Updates from Glenbrook:

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December 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 2, 2015

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November 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 30, 2015

On the Web

  • China's Mobile Payments War Is Going Global - AdvertisingAge - "For brands catering to Chinese consumers, whether at home or overseas, Alipay and WeChat payment are the two main mobile payment players to watch and understand; their intense competition is driving innovation and new consumer habits."
  • Trouble in the Checkout Line: Which Way to Pay? - Wall St. Journal - "The choice at checkout used to be simple: Cash or credit? Now consumers confront a dizzying array of payment possibilities: PIN or signature? Dip or swipe? Wave or tap? You really want to pay with your watch?"
  • Four E-Commerce Lessons From Black Friday Weekend 2015 - Re/code.net - "According to multiple studies, ecommerce sales on Thanksgiving this year grew more than on Black Friday."
  • Watch Out, Visa and MasterCard; Here Comes Blockchain - Barron's - "The virtual currency had a surge of popularity before a panic led to extreme skepticism about such fantasy money. But blockchain technology is a sound idea that’s separate from Bitcoin, and it could end up having a far greater impact than the currency."
  • With IPO out of the way, payments disrupter Square plots Aussie growth - Financial Review - "Square's Australian country manager, Ben Pfisterer told The Australian Financial Review the company was about to embark on a local hiring spree, which would focus on marketing and business development, while it figured out plans to roll out some of its more well-known products."
  • Apple's Failed Retail Revolution: Beacons Still Won't Be Big on Black Friday - Bloomberg - "A survey conducted by Forrester earlier this year found that only 3 percent of retailers use beacons; just 16 percent had plans to try the technology in the foreseeable future."

On the Wires

  • Swatch Partners With Visa for Pay-By-The-Wrist Contactless Payments - "Swatch SA and Visa Inc. together with Visa Europe have signed an agreement giving eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S., Switzerland and Brazil the ability to tap and pay with Swatch’s new "pay-by-the-wrist" watch."
  • BlueSnap Launches the Powered Buy Platform - “Converting a shopper to a buyer on a mobile device requires more than just having a mobile-optimized site or an app,” says Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO of BlueSnap. “We’ve spent the last year optimizing the set of capabilities that merchants need to solve their payments conversion problem — and built that into our Powered Buy Platform. Clients who’ve used it have seen their payment conversions increase dramatically – improving their sales literally overnight.”
  • Krispy Kreme® Launches Mobile Rewards Program Powered by NCR - “Our goal in developing the Krispy Kreme Rewards program was to enable guests to experience the joy that is Krispy Kreme and earn rewards for their loyalty,” said Tony Thompson, Krispy Kreme’s President and CEO. “It is critical for us to know our guests more personally and our mobile app provides the data that helps us meet the needs of today’s consumer.”

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