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June 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 25, 2015

On the Web:

  • The sale of Visa Europe: a potential setback for merchants in the fight against fees - Treasury Insider - "The news that Visa Inc. is in discussions to purchase its former subsidiary Visa Europe in a possible US$20 billion deal certainly falls into this category – and should be a major concern for European merchants."
  • Suspect in $55 Million A.T.M. Scheme Is Extradited to U.S. - New York Times - "Prosecutors said that hackers including Mr. Findikoglu wormed their way into the computer systems of financial institutions that process prepaid debit cards. Next, they said, the hackers significantly raised the withdrawal limits normally set for the cards, which are often used to pay employees or aid disaster victims."
  • Go New Places with PayPal and Uber - PayPal Forward Blog - "PayPal is now available as a payment option to Uber riders in Canada, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden."
  • HDFC’s PayZapp, India’s First Apple Pay Feature, Enters Mobile Payments - MF Monitor - "Being introduced by the largest private bank, PayZapp, on the back of ApplePay, may emerge as a game changer, as it eliminates the various intervening steps required to pass a mobile transaction, following RBI norms of two-factor authentication."
  • Before paying with bitcoins… - Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information Blog - "In fact, the FTC has received hundreds of complaints involving bitcoins and other virtual currencies. The two most common problems? Online merchants who don’t deliver the product on time — or at all — and merchants who give refunds in store credit, rather than currency."

On the Wires:

  • Organization Announcement: American Express - "With that in mind, today I am announcing the realignment of several businesses and reporting lines in a way that leverages the strengths of our executive team to help us build momentum and capitalize on the growth opportunities we have across the company."
  • FICO Sees 25 Percent Jump in Cross-Border Fraud on UK Debit Cards in 2014 - "Criminals are now opting for card-not-present and cross-border fraud," said Martin Warwick, FICO's fraud chief in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "The alarming rise in cross-border fraud demands new technology, such as proximity location services that can identify whether the customer's mobile is in the same place where the transaction is occurring. The UK reduced cross-border card fraud from £230 million in 2008 down to £80 million in 2011. But cross-border fraud has nearly doubled since then, and it's time to get it back under control."
  • The Nilson Report: U.S. Household and Credit Card Debt 2014 - "Total household debt in the U.S. was $13.512 trillion at the end of 2014 and credit cards accounted for 6.52% or $881.57 billion, according to the annual report on credit card debt in the U.S. published by The Nilson Report, the top trade newsletter covering the card and mobile payment industries."
  • Auth0 Raises Series A Led By Bessemer to Take the Pain Out of Identity Security - “It’s now painfully obvious that insecure or incomplete authentication implementations are creating vulnerabilities, jeopardizing customer trust, and hindering enterprise adoption of cloud and mobile services,” observed VeriSign co-founder David Cowan, a partner at BVP. “So Bessemer is thrilled to partner with the best identity team in the world to deliver secure login as a service — as easy to use as Twilio, SendGrid and Stripe.”
  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR now live in the UK - “Launching SEQR in the US and the UK has been a top priority for us at Seamless. By offering a smart, adaptable mobile payment service, we’ve been able to attract some of the biggest operators in the market. Now that we’re starting to work with merchants and consumers, we’re creating the right conditions to be able to establish ourselves as the biggest mobile payments provider in the UK as well, a market with around 60 million potential customers,” says Peter Fredell, CEO of Seamless.

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June 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 24, 2015

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June 22, 2015

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June 18, 2015

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June 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 12, 2015

On the Web:

  • Is Payment Tokenization Ready for Primetime? Perspectives from Industry Stakeholders on the Tokenization Landscape - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "While still nascent, payment tokenization is the underlying security for Apple Pay transactions and will be for other use cases such as Android Pay and Samsung Pay. To better understand this emergent tokenization landscape, the authors conducted an industry stakeholder assessment by interviewing 31 organizations, including card networks, large and small financial institutions, payment processors, online payment providers, merchant groups, mobile carriers, mobile wallet solution providers, and standards bodies."
  • Introducing OB1 - Union Square Ventures Blog - "OB1 is a company formed to further the development of OpenBazaar, an open source project that is refining a protocol that will enable anyone, anywhere to sell products and services to anyone, anywhere in a fully decentralized marketplace."

On the Wires:

  • Kraken Bitcoin Exchange Introduces Bitcoin Dark Pool - "The Kraken dark pool is an order book not visible to the rest of the market. Each trader only knows their own orders. Traders can anonymously place large buy or sell orders without revealing their interest to other traders."
  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR’s MyShop Opens Mobile E-Sales for Everyone - ”It as been much too difficult and expensive for individuals and small companies to sell and buy goods via their smartphones. With MyShop, we want to change that. It doesn’t matter if you’re an individual who wishes to sell your summer tires, or an entrepreneur wishing to start a mobile e-shop. We’re making it simple, safe and free of charge,” says Peter Fredell, CEO of Seamless.
  • Visa Inc. Elects Lloyd A. Carney to Its Board of Directors - "Mr. Carney was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a director of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., a global supplier of networking hardware and software, in January 2013. Prior to this role, he was CEO and a director of Xsigo Systems, an information technology and hardware company, from 2008 to 2012."

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June 11, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 11, 2015

On the Web:

  • Wences Casares: The Bitcoin-Obsessed Serial Entrepreneur - CoinDesk - "I truly believe that it may change the world more than the Internet did. I truly believe that [because of the] 4 billion people who live on cash today. It is the biggest step forward in the democratisation of money we've ever seen."
  • Apple's most important service is about to get so much better - Business Insider - "It's no coincidence Jennifer Bailey was chosen to be the first woman to appear on stage at an Apple keynote. As the VP of Apple Pay, she's in charge of Apple's most important service, which aims to revolutionize how we pay for goods."

On the Wires:

  • Bank of America Merchant Services Provides American Express® OptBlue® Program to Small Businesses - “Bank of America Merchant Services is committed to making business simpler and easier on Main Street,” said Tim Tynan, chief executive officer of Bank of America Merchant Services. “OptBlue will allow our small business clients to accept and manage American Express transactions in a simpler and easier way, so they can spend more time focused on their own business.”
  • U.S. Bank Renews Multiple Payment Solutions, Will Work with Fiserv to Deliver Integrated, Real-Time Payment Experience to Consumers - “The Fiserv digital payment suite enables convenient and secure money movement for our customers through the online, mobile and tablet channels,” said Niti Badarinath, SVP, head of omnichannel experience, U.S. Bank. “Whether people are paying bills, sending money to others or transferring funds between their own accounts, we want to provide a seamless experience that allows customers to focus on moving their money from point A to point B, without having to think about how that happens."
  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR Now Live in USA - "We are now all set strategically and have more merchants on the way in. Many businesses are interested in mobile payments, which I also witnessed during my time at Visa, Monitise and PayPal, who are all investing heavily in mobile payments. But everyone has been waiting for a mobile payment solution that can be implemented easily and cost effectively. SEQR is that solution," says Daniel Bessmert, General Manager of SEQR in the U.S.

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June 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 8, 2015

On the Web:

  • E-commerce Fraud, Data, and EMV’s Impact on CNP Losses - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "This discussion with Tom Donlea, Director, e-Comm/Retail Practice at Whitepages, looks at how the data is provided to the merchant, the challenge of data sourcing in international markets, the care and control of PII, and what the US EMV roll-out could mean for CNP fraud."
  • Google Misses Out on Apple’s Slice of Mobile Transactions - Wall St. Journal - "Google isn’t getting transaction fees from bank issuers, said people familiar with the situation."
  • PayPal Holdings presentation for investors and analysts - Exhibit included in a June 8, 2015 eBay SEC filing
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Security Freeze - Krebs on Security - "Even if you haven’t noticed (or maybe you just haven’t actually received a breach notice), I’m here to tell you that if you’re an American, your basic personal data is already for sale. What follows is a primer on what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft as a result of all this data (s)pillage."
  • Westpac, ANZ trial Ripple payments, but big four reluctant on bitcoin - Financial Review (Australia) - "Executives at big four banking rivals are still adopting a more cautious stance on the future acceptance of bitcoin in the mainstream economy, pointing to the fact that it remains unregulated and fraught with risks related to money laundering."
  • Remittances at the Click of a Smartphone Button - New York Times - "While the likes of Western Union have offered international money transfers for decades, new tech start-ups and traditional telecom operators are taking advantage of the rapid rise of smartphones in many emerging economies to reduce the barriers — and costs — of sending cash overseas."
  • Why financial firms are investigating bitcoin tech - CNBC - "The blockchain is the financial challenge of our time," said Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, on Tuesday at the Exponential Finance Conference hosted by CNBC and Singularity University. "It is going to change the way that our financial world operates."

On the Wires:

  • Apple Pay Giving Shoppers Even More Ways to Pay - "Apple Pay will also give shoppers more ways to pay in the US, expanding merchant acceptance to over one million locations next month and bringing support for Discover this fall. With this addition, Apple Pay will accept credit and debit cards across all major card networks, issued by the most popular banks, representing 98 percent of all credit card purchase volume in the US."
  • U.S. Bank Gives Customers Access to Free Credit Score - “Knowing your score is important, but even more importantly, we want customers to understand how choices they make can affect their score in the future,” said Andrew Cecere, chief operating officer for U.S. Bank. “Having a good credit score makes it easier to take out a loan, rent an apartment or make a major purchase with the best possible terms. Offering CreditView through TransUnion helps our customers make wise choices, and is consistent with U.S. Bank’s broader efforts to promote personal financial responsibility.”
  • TSYS Enhances Card Production in the Migration to Chip Cards - “We have worked with our U.S. clients since last year as they prepare to issue chip cards in 2015, and it was clear to us early on that we could create an improved process,” said Bob Kellum, group executive of Output Services, TSYS. “This solution lets our issuers focus more on strategy and execution and less on managing new operational challenges. We have also included Chip Card on Demand in TSYS Card Shop to create custom chip cards.”

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June 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 4, 2015

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June 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 3, 2015

On the Web:

  • Glenbrook’s Elizabeth McQuerry is IPFA CEO - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "Glenbrook is delighted to announce that our partner Elizabeth McQuerry has been named to the position of CEO of IPFA, the International Payments Framework Association. IPFA will play an important role as real-time payments networks around the world start being connected in order to facilitate cross-border payments. Elizabeth will incorporate this work into her ongoing work with Glenbrook on a broad range of international payments projects".

  • Gates Foundation: Lessons Learned About Payments Systems - Ripple Blog - "The Gates Foundation recently published a comprehensive report on designing payments systems for financial inclusion called The Level One Project Guide."

  • NY Financial Regulator Lawsky Releases Final BitLicense Rules for Bitcoin Firms - Wall St. Journal - "The new rules, posted simultaneously on the Department of Financial Services’ website, require certain providers of virtual currency services operating in New York state—in particular, those with custody of customers’ funds and which exchange virtual currencies for dollars and other fiat currencies—to apply for a specially tailored DFS license."

  • Our thoughts on the BitLicense: California is Winning - Coin Center - "The current draft of California’s equivalent legislation, AB 1326, is much better than the BitLicense."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Inc. and Verifone Join Forces to Accelerate Omni Commerce Globally - "As part of the partnership, the companies will integrate industry leading platforms: Verifone will connect its point of sale gateway to Visa’s CyberSource global merchant payment management platform. This will provide merchants with a single platform to protect customer payment data, mitigate fraud, and integrate digital and offline payment systems."

  • Visa and FireEye Join Forces to Help Merchants, Financial Institutions Defend Against Targeted Attacks on Consumer Payment Data - "By combining Visa’s unparalleled view into global payments and FireEye’s industry-leading cyber security expertise, we intend to bring faster, actionable intelligence directly to players across the payments system,” said Charlie Scharf, CEO of Visa Inc. “Although we are leading efforts to render stolen data useless through smart technologies, data security remains foundational for merchants. We’re pleased to be working closely with FireEye, which has been at the front lines identifying and investigating some of the most significant compromises around the world, to provide critical cyber intelligence to merchants and financial institutions.”

  • Payoneer Expands Services in India, Offering Improved Cross-Border Payments from U.S. Companies to Indian Professionals and Businesses - “At Payoneer, we make it our mission to empower global commerce by enabling businesses and professionals to pay and get paid globally as easily they do locally,” said Scott Galit, CEO of Payoneer. “Previously, Indian freelancers, online marketers and other professionals faced high fees and slow transfer times, and our cross-border payments platform directly addresses these challenges.”

  • MasterCard Becomes First International Payments Network to Enter Somalia - “Somalia has made significant strides to rebuild the country and instil peace and stability. Today marks a historic milestone, signalling Somalia’s financial liberation following years of being excluded from participating in the global economy,” says Abdirahman Yusuf Ali Aynte, the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Somalia.

  • Bitfinex and BitGo Partner to Create World’s First Real-Time Proof of Reserve Bitcoin Exchange - “We’ve been working with Bitfinex for several months and are impressed by their dedication to security for their users,” said BitGo CEO Mike Belshe. “The industry has been clamoring for exchanges to adopt the multi-sig model, and we’re proud that Bitfinex selected BitGo’s platform to do it. This new level of transparency and security makes breaches such as those of Mt. Gox impossible.”

  • American Express and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Enhance Cobrand Credit Card Benefits - “The SPG Credit Card from American Express has always been a favorite among travel insiders, and the new benefits will deliver even greater value to the ‘always on’ traveler,” said Eva Reda, SVP, Co-brand Partnerships. “We understand what our Card Members want most, and we know the enhanced card will offer the convenience and value they seek.”

  • The Gold Standard Just Got Better; American Express Launches New Dining and Travel Benefits for Premier Rewards Gold Card - “The Premier Rewards Gold Card is the card for people hitting their stride in life and defining their own success. They seek and strive for the gold standard in their personal and professional pursuits. They’re making moves in their careers, but also prioritizing family and friends,” said Lisa Durocher, senior vice president, Consumer Charge Cards & Benefits at American Express. “Whether they’re traveling, dining out or cooking at home, the Premier Rewards Gold Card now gives them even richer rewards, with the flexibility, service, and security they need to keep life moving forward.”

  • U.S. Bank Upgrades Its Corporate Payments Mobile App - "Users can now request virtual card accounts and have them delivered right to their mobile devices to make payments."

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June 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 1, 2015

On the Web:

  • On Ed Gilligan - Medium (Megan Quinn) - "At best, startups are ignored and at worst, distrusted. Ed broke that mold. He was willing to pursue new ideas, take measured risks, run tests and lend some brand credibility and marketing power to fledgling companies doing interesting work."
  • The First Battle In The Mobile Payments War Is Over - TechCrunch (Dana Stalder) - "t’s been a tale of conflict, closed door bargaining, and one with a David vs Goliath subplot and huge fortunes at stake. Many watched and waited as PayPal and Google battled the oligopoly of the Networks (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), only to be surprised by a twist ending."
  • Bitcoin app issues critical update after rare bug leads to total crypto breakdown - Guardian - "Bitcoin wallet application Blockchain has rushed to release an update after a critical bug left multiple users unaware that they were sharing a bitcoin wallet..."

On the Wires:

  • Discover Doubles Cash Rewards for New Discover it® Cardmembers after First Year - "Starting today, Discover is extending an exclusive offer to new Discover it® cardmembers that doubles all of the cash rewards they’ve earned at the end of their first year for accounts that are open at the time of doubling. There are no limits on how much a cardmember can earn, and they can redeem in any amount, any time, and their rewards never expire."
  • Chase Mobile® App for iPhone® Introduces Touch ID™ - “We’re focused on making mobile banking faster and simpler,” said Gavin Michael, Head of Digital for Chase. “Touch ID has been the number one request of our customers – and we are excited to deliver it to them.”

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May 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 27, 2015

On the Web:

  • 21 Inc. and the Future of Bitcoin - Stratechery (Ben Thompson) - "...I think 21 Inc. is best understood as a massive bridge-building project from today’s speculative curiosity to tomorrow’s essential trust network."
  • Touch ID Now Available on the PayPal App - PayPal Forward Blog - "After a quick setup, simply use your fingerprint to log in to your PayPal app to view your account, send money to friends, or access your digital wallet. You will no longer need to log in with your password."
  • The Bank Of Facebook - TechCrunch - According to Steve Davis, product manager at Facebook: “We’re not trying to make a profit out of payments.”

On the Wires:

  • Credit Cards Continued Their Rebound Against Debit and Prepaid Cards in 2014 - "Purchase volume at merchants for general purpose-type consumer and commercial credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued in the U.S. totaled $4.910 trillion, up 8.4% over 2013. Credit cards increased their market share in purchase volume over debit and prepaid cards to 53.59% in 2014, up from 52.95% in 2013."
  • Square Welcomes Shopventory to Square App Marketplace - "Shopventory helps SMBs manage their inventory better while saving time and money by keeping all inventory SKU counts and associated cost information in one central database that syncs with Square. Shopventory's “Dead Inventory Report” automatically highlights inventory that is not selling. This report alone helps retailers realize what items they should turn into cash or consider no longer carrying."
  • Millennials More Likely to Travel Abroad to Volunteer Than Other Generations, Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase Survey Reveals - “Other generations may not assume Millennials would use their most precious assets, their time and money, to give back to international communities they visit, but today’s young travelers are reframing that mindset,” said Vibhat Nair, general manager, Chase Card Services. “We’ve seen in the past that this generation of travelers value rewards and perks from travel services, and now we’re seeing how they could be using those rewards for a larger purpose.”

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May 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 26, 2015

On the Web:

  • One out of four accounts ‘dormant’ as mobile money takes over banking - The East African - "Nearly one out of every four bank accounts in East Africa remains inactive as consumers trade traditional banking for the convenience of mobile money services, the findings of two separate studies show."
  • NFC Mobile Payments: An Industry Snapshot - Mobey Forum - "In this paper, Mobey Forum has attempted to produce a one-stop-guide to assist our banking industry colleagues to better understand and compare the various payment options currently available. No solution has emerged from this analysis as a clear winner, indeed it may be that in some cases more than one payment option is a suitable ‘fit’."
  • Nasdaq to step up blockchain trials - FT.com - "Clearing houses are a wonderful invention, but if you have a public ledger that is trusted, you can evolve back to a bilateral (trading) world but proceed with instantaneous settlement.”
  • Announcing Xapo's Advisory Board - Xapo Blog - "Today Xapo is proud to announce the formation of its advisory board with three visionary leaders, Dee Hock, John Reed and Lawrence H. Summers."
  • MIT aims to give bitcoin research, development a stable home - Boston Globe - "A fledgling project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab is offering researchers and software developers a quiet home to work on bitcoin’s core technology, a computer science breakthrough that lets people trade money securely without paying a middleman."
  • Indonesians Start to Embrace Bitcoin - Wall St. Journal - “Many people think that Bitcoin is unheard of in Indonesia, but the fact is its popularity is soaring now,” said Oscar Darmawan, CEO of PT Bit Coin Indonesia, which owns bitcoin exchange site Bitcoin.co.id.
  • EBA Chairman: Banks Must Understand Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "Brennan's statement follows the publication of the EBA's Crypto technologies, a major IT innovation and catalyst for change report, which highlighted the blockchain's potential to improve banking, reduce costs and improve product offerings."as
  • Payment Processor Payza's Bitcoin Transactions Rise 20% Per Month - CoinDesk - "Payza, which serves 100,000 online merchants, also noted payments in the digital currency represent approximately 10% of its monthly withdrawal and deposit volume."
  • Docomo Seeks to Make Passwords Unnecessary - Wireless Week - "The carrier expects to become the world's first mobile operator to integrate online services with smartphones capable of FIDO-enabled multiple biometric authentication."
  • IRS system mined for over 100,000 taxpayer records by fraudsters - Ars Technica - "After the IRS disclosed more information, it became clear the user data was not obtained because of a direct hack of government systems. Rather, weak authentication used by the IRS to protect access to taxpayer data is likely at fault."

On the Wires:

  • Nordstrom and TD Bank Group Announce Strategic Credit Card Relationship - "Nordstrom and TD Bank Group (TD) announced today an agreement under which TD will acquire Nordstrom's existing U.S. Visa and private label consumer credit card portfolio, which currently totals approximately $2.2 billion in receivables. In addition, the two companies have entered into a separate long-term agreement under which TD will become the exclusive U.S. issuer of Nordstrom-branded Visa and private label consumer credit cards to Nordstrom customers."
  • Mitek to Acquire IDchecker, a Global Identity Verification Solutions Provider - "The acquisition of IDchecker demonstrates our commitment to delivering solutions that optimize the mobile channel for safe and secure customer acquisition," said James B. DeBello, president & CEO, Mitek. "By expanding our product portfolio, we will transform Mitek into a global provider of mobile capture and identity solutions in the multi-factor authentication market which is projected by the global market research firm MarketsandMarkets to be worth $10.75 billion by 2020."
  • Worldpay extends global payment acceptance capabilities to India - Ramesh Ganesan, Head of Transaction Banking at IndusInd Bank said: “We are delighted to offer eCommerce acquiring services in India in association with Worldpay. We are confident that the association will help both organisations to contribute to the growth of the ever growing Indian eCommerce industry. This partnership will allow each company to benefit from the other’s respective expertise in domestic and international payments thereby helping in promoting online payment services in India.”
  • TSYS and PAX Technology, Inc. Launch Semi-Integrated EMV Solution - “Making the switch to accept EMV transactions can be a confusing and daunting process, which is why it is important to us to offer our clients a simplified approach,” said Craig Ludwig, head of product for TSYS’ Merchant Services segment. “Our all-in-one solution developed with PAX not only reduces costs and time required for EMV certification, but also provides advanced security features to guard against credit card fraud.”
  • Digital River Names Hayden Reed Senior Vice President and General Manager for Digital River World Payments - "He joins Digital River from MasterCard Worldwide, where he served for ten years, most recently as the senior vice president and group head of emerging payments product for credential management. Prior to MasterCard Worldwide, he served in leadership positions with companies such as First Data Corporation; Electronic Commerce Payments, Inc.; CheckFree Corporation, which is now part of Fiserv, Inc.; Banc One Corporation, which was acquired by JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and Ernst & Young LLP."
  • InstaMed Releases 2014 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report - “The InstaMed Network has processed hundreds-of-billions of dollars in healthcare payments to date, which gives us a unique perspective on healthcare payment trends, including the growth in consumer payment responsibility," said Bill Marvin, President and CEO of InstaMed. "With the release of this annual report, we are leveraging our unique vantage point to educate the industry and promote awareness, change and greater efficiency in healthcare payments.”
  • Staples Celebrates Million Dollar Milestone for Staples Business Loans -"Staples teamed up with Lendio, an innovative financial technology firm and the leading small business-lending marketplace, to deliver a suite of funding options that help solve these challenges."

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May 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 22, 2015

On the Web:

  • Target Settlement With MasterCard Fails to Get Bank Support - AP - "MasterCard Inc. says that not enough issuers approved the deal and that it's still working to resolve the matter."
  • Data Encryption In The Cloud: Square Pegs In Round Holes - Dark Reading - "This is where a line of research I’ve been pursuing, together with a number of fantastic colleagues, comes in. Back in 2009, we flipped the problem around. Forget about square pegs, and change encryption to be a primitive that allows easy specification of the target format — the ciphertexts produced by encryption should come out already formatted in the right “shape.” We called this “format-preserving encryption” (FPE), a name first coined by Terence Spies of HP (formerly Voltage Security)."
  • Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead on the Future of Bitcoin - StrictlyVC - "I think most of Wall Street realizes that the systems that move money are incredibly antiquated and incredibly inefficient. Most of them were designed in the 1950s. The main thing for wiring money – SWIFT – is basically sending messages and it’s very primitive and can be disrupted by Bitcoin very easily, and most banks would like to see that happen."
  • Bitcoin - The Miner's Dilemma - Published by the Swift Institute - "Authored by Ittay Eyal (Cornell University), this paper focuses on Bitcoin mining pools, an essential part of the bitcoin ecosystem. Mining pools enable small miners to operate with a reasonable business risk. However, when these pools grow too big, they pose a great danger to the entire bitcoin system. The research demonstrates, using The Miner’s Dilemma as a variation of The Prisoner’s Dilemma in game theory, that the current unstable state of the Bitcoin ecosystem can be rectified using a technique called pool block withholding, which in time would make the large public pools unprofitable and therefore encourage miner’s to gravitate to smaller private pools which are more stable. This evolution to smaller pools would stabilise the overall Bitcoin ecosystem."

On the Wires:

  • UK Payments Council: Cash overtaken by ‘non-cash’ payments in 2014 - "Figures published today (21 May) show that the total number of cash payments made by consumers, businesses and financial organisations in the UK fell to 48% last year (from 52% in 2013). This is the first time that ‘non-cash’ payments have exceeded those made with cash, reflecting the steady trend to use automated payment methods and debit cards rather than pay by notes and coins. However, cash remains the most popular payment method by volume, followed by the debit card, which accounted for 24% of all payments last year."
  • High Credit Card Fees Put a Dent in Car Tune-ups for Memorial Day Trips - "In the U.S. swipe fees– the fees that merchants pay every time a customer uses a debit or credit card – are higher than in any other country. These fees are merchants’ fastest-growing cost and their second-highest operating expense – only labor is more. Banks and credit card companies are price-fixing swipe fees and marking them up to make huge profits."

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May 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 20, 2015

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  • NYSE to Launch NYSE Bitcoin Index, NYXBT - “Bitcoin values are quickly becoming a data point that our customers want to follow as they consider transacting, trading or investing with this emerging asset class,” said NYSE Group President Thomas Farley. “As a global index leader and administrator of ICE LIBOR, ICE Futures U.S. Dollar Index and many other notable benchmarks, we are pleased to bring transparency to this market. By combining our technology infrastructure with our expertise in index calculation and data management, we will continue to launch complimentary products based on our rigorous standards and proprietary index methodology.”
  • The BPCE Group and Oberthur Technologies Launch a World-Exclusive Innovation: the First Dynamic Cryptogram Payment Card - "Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne, in association with Natixis Payment Solutions and Oberthur Technologies (OT), a world leader in digital security solutions, announce the pilot of the first payment card integrating Motion CodeTM, OT’s dynamic cryptogram solution. This world-first replaces the three-figure security code on the back of the card with a 'mini-screen' displaying a code that automatically changes periodically."
  • TA Associates Announces Investment in Procare Software - "Procare’s payment processing offering, Tuition Express®, allows for automated collection of tuition, fees and other payments, and is directly integrated into the company’s software suite. Tuition Express helps increase the reliability of billing information, simplify reconciliation and reduce duplicate data entry."
  • Telecom Companies Gain Easy, Digital Way to Collect Cash Payments Through PayNearMe and Telinta Partnership - "Having an easy way to pay for telecom services is a necessity for all consumers," said Danny Shader, PayNearMe's founder and CEO. "This partnership helps friends and families stay in touch across thousands of miles, regardless of whether they choose to pay through plastic or cash. Telecom service providers who use PayNearMe will find that it is a unique competitive advantage over others in the industry who are not yet serving this segment of the population."

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May 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 19, 2015

On the Web:

  • A bitcoin miner in every device and in every hand - Medium (Balaji Srinivasan) - "21 is now officially open for business — and business development. After much hard work, we’ve created an embeddable mining chip which we call the BitShare that comes in a variety of form factors. The 21 BitShare can be embedded into an internet-connected device as a standalone chip or integrated into an existing chipset as a block of IP to generate a continuous stream of digital currency for use in a wide variety of applications."
  • How Silicon Valley Joined the Bitcoin Gold Rush - FastCompany - "Wences agreed with Hoffman that Bitcoin was unlikely to be catch on as a payment method anytime soon. But for now, Wences believed that Bitcoin would first gain popularity as a globally available asset, similar to gold. Like gold, which was also not used in everyday transactions, Bitcoin’s value was as a digital asset where people could store wealth."
  • NYSE Launches Bitcoin Index Powered by Coinbase - Coinable Blog - "Today the New York Stock Exchange launched the NYSE Bitcoin Index (NYXBT), a benchmark for the daily price of bitcoin. NYXBT represents the U.S. Dollar value of one bitcoin, based on transactions occurring on Coinbase Exchange and other select bitcoin exchanges."
  • Leaderless Bitcoin Struggles to Make Its Most Crucial Decision - MIT Technology Review - "Under the one-megabyte-per-block limit, the network can process only about three transactions per second. If Bitcoin becomes a mainstream payment system, or even a platform for all kinds of other online business besides payments (see “Why Bitcoin Could Be Much More Than a Currency”), it’s going to have to process a lot more. Visa, by comparison, says its network can process more than 24,000 transactions per second."
  • Digital Gold - AVC (Fred Wilson) - "A lot of people ask me “are you still bullish on Bitcoin” and that question irritates me. Because it suggests that Bitcoin is simple. Bitcoin is not simple, it is not going away, and it continues to fascinate me more than almost anything out there in the tech sector."
  • Why banks (and PayPal) don't simplify - Financial Services Club Blog - "A bank cannot compete with a specialist who is simplifying a marketplace or financial activity, because an incumbent bank's systems and structures are usually too rigid, old and inflexible to change. That is why the new entrant simplifier can create P2P credit at less than 100 basis points differential (1% difference between their lending and savings rates) compared to a bank's 400 basis points or more. A bank has to cover the costs of their heritage buildings, people and infrastructure. A start-up has none of that legacy or overhead."

On the Wires:

  • NACHA Membership Approves Same Day ACH - “The financial services industry has come together through private-sector rulemaking to increase the speed of payments,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “Same Day ACH serves as an immediate action the industry has undertaken to modernize the payments system, and creates a building block for a variety of products and services. Same Day ACH creates value for end users through the certainty of its reach to all bank accounts in the U.S.”
  • MasterCard Makes Sending and Receiving Money Faster, Easier and More Secure with MasterCard Send - "Through a single connection to the MasterCard Send platform, businesses, merchants, governments, non-profits, issuers and other senders can send money to consumers whether they are banked or unbanked, and located domestically or abroad. By digitizing personal payments that are typically handled via cash or check, MasterCard is providing greater convenience, choice and security to both payment senders and receivers in developed and developing markets."
  • Visa Checkout Announces Enrolled Customer Conversion Rate of Nearly 70 Percent - "A new report from comScore* found that Visa Checkout shoppers convert to online buyers at a rate of 69 percent. This is likely because Visa Checkout customers complete online transactions faster than other shoppers who have to re-enter card and shipping information every time they want to purchase in the traditional check out flow."
  • QuickBooks Online Gets in Sync with PayPal - “Our collaboration with PayPal, and the app we’ve built as a result, further broadens our thriving payments ecosystem,” said Eric Dunn, Intuit's senior vice president for payments and commerce solutions. “Intuit is committed to delivering a range of personalized best-in-class payments solutions for small businesses. Our open platform allows small businesses to use the tools of their choice and therefore operate efficiently in a frictionless environment.”
  • Ripple Labs Closes $28 Million Series A Funding Round - "Ripple Labs, the global leader in distributed payments technology and supporters of the Ripple protocol, today announced that it closed a $28 million Series A funding round that includes IDG Capital Partners and the venture arms of CME Group and global data storage company Seagate Technology. Other new investors include Jerry Yang's AME Cloud Ventures, ChinaRock Capital Management, China Growth Capital, and Wicklow Capital, the investment vehicle for Dan Tierney and Stephen Schuler, co-founders of GETCO (now KCG)."
  • New Ponemon Institute Survey Reveals Time to Identify Advanced Threats is 98 Days for Financial Services Firms, 197 Days for Retail - “The big takeaway from our research is that more investment is needed in both security operations staff and in security tools, which can help companies efficiently and accurately detect and respond to security incidents,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder, Ponemon Institute. “The time to detect an advanced threat is far too long; attackers are getting in and staying long enough that the damage caused is often irreparable.”

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May 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 18, 2015

On the Web:

  • Can Google Outsell Amazon and eBay? - Wall St. Journal - "Google Inc. will launch buy buttons on its search-result pages in coming weeks, a controversial step by the company toward becoming an online marketplace rivaling those run by Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc."
  • Reid Hoffman: Why the block chain matters - Wired UK - "Why? Because in my experience, the most transformative ideas are not the ones that achieve broad consensus early on. Instead, they're the ones that are so uniquely out there, so contrarian, that even informed observers have wildly differing opinions regarding their potential value."
  • Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto and the Birth of Bitcoin - New York Times - "It may be impossible to prove Satoshi’s identity until the person or people behind Bitcoin’s curtain decide to come forward and prove ownership of Satoshi’s old electronic accounts. At this point, the creator’s identity is no longer important to Bitcoin’s future."
  • Apple Pay seeks alliance with Alipay in China - Want China Times - "Apple CEO Tim Cook said during his trip to China on May 13 that Apple Pay is seeking to ally with Alibaba's Alipay in tapping the Chinese market in order to challenge the dominant status of China UnionPay."

On the Wires:

  • Oberthur Technologies Partners with Samsung for the Launch of Samsung Pay in Europe - "We are very proud to have been the first selected by Samsung for the launch of Samsung Pay in Europe and to bring this new service to the many banks who will partner with us in Europe. Combining our unmatched expertise in the secure provisioning of payment means and other services with PEARL by OT® eSE we are connecting Samsung to a large ecosystem of service providers worldwide,” said Marek Juda, Managing Director of the Solutions Business Unit at OT.
  • NCR Unveils Orderman7 Mobile POS Solution for the Hospitality Industry - "With Orderman7’s large, high-resolution 5-inch HD display, users can assist customers in all types of situations, even in direct sunlight. The Orderman7 gives hospitality employees a “smartphone-like” experience combined with shock-resistant and water-tight design, while featuring programmable side buttons for the most frequently used functions."
  • Toshiba and ITAB Join Forces to Offer Cutting Edge Innovation in Checkout - “In a retail landscape that changes so rapidly, joining in an alliance with Toshiba enables us to deliver unique solutions to the retail market that leverage the combined strengths of both companies,” said Niklas Thoresson, Chief Business Officer, ITAB. “Through our joint solutions, retailers have the opportunity to improve sales and efficiency in their store operations.”

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May 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 13, 2015

On the Web:

  • Square raises more money to make small business loans - Fortune - "The company announced on Tuesday that Square Capital, its loan-making division, has raised an additional investment from previous backer, Chicago-based Victory Park Capital ..."
  • Bitcoin may never make it to Wall Street, but its tech will - Wired - "Angel refers to this concept as “the stockchain,” and like Peterson, he sees Nasdaq’s private market technology as a stepping stone to a blockchain-based public market."
  • Blockchain Tech Could Improve Banking, Says EBA Report - CoinDesk - "Blockchain technology has the potential to reduce costs, improve product offerings and increase speed for banks, according to the most recent report from the Euro Banking Association (EBA)."
  • Blockchain technology spells the end of middlemen - Canadian Business - "Blockchain technology’s potential beyond bitcoin is huge: It could replace the multi-trillion-dollar market in third-party verification services that underpins the modern global economy. Services and institutions that act as middlemen to facilitate and verify financial transactions, contract relationships, record-keeping and asset transfers could all be disrupted by blockchains..."

On the Wires:

  • New GSMA Report Finds That Latin America and the Caribbean Have Fastest Growth in Mobile Financial Services Globally - “Great progress has been made in deepening financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last three years,” said Sebastian Cabello, Head, GSMA Latin America. “The region has seen a major increase in the number of adults with bank accounts, however, approximately half of all adults in LAC still remain unbanked. Mobile money services are a powerful tool for expanding financial access in developing markets and will play a critical role in continuing to build a healthy digital financial ecosystem in the region.”
  • Accenture and Moven Join Forces to Transform Digital Banking Solutions - “We set out to change what the world thinks of as a day-to-day bank account, starting from scratch with mobile, and providing customers with advice on spending and savings,” said Brett King, Moven’s CEO and founder. “The alliance with Accenture will be invaluable in helping us mobilize our services globally as we grow to tens of millions of users in a dozen countries. Accenture's phenomenal footprint with the biggest banks in the world, combined with the digital and end-user experience from Accenture Interactive and Fjord, made it the only choice for this global alliance partnership."
  • American Express Board Authorizes Repurchase of up to 150 Million Shares, Announces 12 Percent Dividend Increase - "As previously announced on March 11, 2015, the company was informed that the Federal Reserve did not object to the company’s 2015 capital plan to repurchase up to $6.6 billion of common shares through the second quarter of 2016, as well as to increase the company’s quarterly dividend to $0.29 per share beginning with the second quarter 2015 dividend declaration."
  • Zoho Introduces ACH Payments in its Financial Suite with Forte - "Zoho is now able to offer their customers the ability to accept ACH/eChecks, credit and debit card payments quickly and with confidence using Forte’s robust processing services. In addition, each account includes unlimited access to Forte’s payment gateway, virtual terminal, online reporting and payment tokenization and storage services."

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May 11, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 11, 2015

On the Web:

  • Look Who’s Talking Now - PaymentsViews.com (Russ Jones) - "My interest in “voice” stems from my belief that as microprocessors get smaller and faster, the user interface as we know it will fade into the background. The visual display will go away, the tap and swipe interface will go away, and you will simply talk with devices in a conversational way."
  • Tomorrow's Advance Man - Marc Andreessen’s plan to win the future - New Yorker - "He believes that Silicon Valley is mission control for mankind, which is therefore on a steep trajectory toward perfection. And when he so argues, fire-hosing you with syllogisms and data points and pre-refuting every potential rebuttal, he’s very persuasive."
  • Visa Said in Talks to Buy Visa Europe for Up to $20 Billion - Bloomberg - "Visa and its European counterpart split in 2007 ahead of the U.S. firm’s initial public offering. Analysts have been speculating for years that they could merge."
  • A Bitcoin Technology Gets Nasdaq Test - Wall St. Journal - “Utilizing the blockchain is a natural digital evolution for managing physical securities,” said Nasdaq Chief Executive Robert Greifeld. He said the technology holds the potential to “benefit not only our clients, but the broader global capital markets.”
  • Why Bitcoin Could Be Much More Than a Currency - MIT Technology Review - "For years after TCP/IP was invented, the technology was accessible only to people with a certain level of technical knowledge. Similarly, right now Bitcoin is too arcane for most people and challenging to use even for those who are familiar with it."
  • Visa’s Real-Time Window Into How Americans Spend - Visa Corporate Tumblr - "Visa has released its first publicly available Retail Spending Monitor Report (RSM), which offers a monthly assessment of U.S. retail spending overall and for a variety of individual merchant categories."
  • Even Goldman Sachs wants to jump on the online lending bandwagon - Quartz - "Harit Talwar, who recently left his post as head of card services at Discover after 15 years, will be leading a new effort for the bank to lend money to consumers and small businesses over the Internet..."

On the Wires:

  • R-CISC, the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center, Signs Strategic Agreement With FS-ISAC to Leverage Services & Technologies for Growth - “In less than a year, R-CISC has made significant advances in its information sharing mission and now we’re launching the next phase of maturity and growth,” says Brian Engle, R-CISC Executive Director. “Partnering with FS-ISAC is a surefire way to help accelerate new tools and offerings to retailers. With this collaboration also comes a greater opportunity for both intra-sector and sector-to-sector sharing.”
  • Heartland Introduces Heartland Secure™ for Restaurants - “Protecting customers is our number one priority and our Heartland Secure solution will cover a restaurant’s payment card industry fines and fees in the case of a breach of card information. The Heartland Secure technology that we pioneered materially reduces the opportunity for criminals to monetize encrypted card data. Restaurant operators with Heartland Secure-certified devices, who are processing with us, are fully protected by our comprehensive breach warranty.”
  • New ACI Worldwide Survey Validates Demand for Same Day Money Transfers - “Same Day ACH provides an option for the consumers, businesses and governments that want to move their money faster,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO, NACHA. “It provides an immediate solution for moving payments faster and creates a building block for tomorrow’s products and services. The ACI survey results clearly demonstrate continued industry support for Same Day ACH and underscore the value and importance of the initiative to better meet the needs of customers.”
  • Oberthur Technologies to Launch SMART PREMIERE, a Unique Range of Luxury Payment Cards - "With SMART PREMIERE, we have designed a value-added offer to help banks meet their most challenging customers’ needs with high-end products and build specific offers for each customer category. This strengthens our ability to supply them with turnkey solutions to be their long-term privileged partner“ said Eric Duforest, Managing Director of the Payment Business Unit at OT."

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May 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 8, 2015

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  • Global Bitcoin Exchange itBit Today Starts Accepting U.S. Customers Nationwide Through New York State Trust Company Charter - “Our mission at itBit has always been to create a trusted, institutional-grade exchange and regulatory compliance is an important pillar of that mission,” said itBit CEO and co-founder Charles Cascarilla. “Regulatory approval from the NYDFS allows us to serve as a custodian for our clients’ assets and expand our services to U.S. customers – the largest market of bitcoin traders in the world – and allows us to do so with the highest standard of care afforded by any Bitcoin company.”
  • Elavon Promotes Wally Mlynarski to Lead Global Product and Innovation - “Wally has been instrumental in driving Elavon’s efforts to bring some of our most sophisticated products and services to market that allow customers to engage consumers as they shop online, offline and via mobile devices,” said Simon Haslam, president and CEO of Elavon. “Wally’s new role speaks to his many talents as well as Elavon’s commitment to attract and develop the best talent in the industry.”
  • NCR Modernizes Payments Infrastructure with Launch of Latest Version of Authentic - “We are committed to providing our customers with a modern, flexible payments infrastructure that will grow with them and enable them to respond to any demands the business places on them,” said Steve Nogalo, vice president and general manager of Payments Solutions at NCR. “With the latest version of Authentic, we have incorporated the flexibility of the Google Web Toolkit, as well as providing new features and enhancements to further improve usability and flexibility. With Authentic we constantly strive to deliver a solution that our customers can rely on today and in the future – whatever the future may bring.
  • Green Dot Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results - ""These positive results represent our first full quarter of the new, consolidated Green Dot, inclusive of our acquisition of TPG and two smaller prepaid program managers, AccountNow, Inc. and Achieve Financial Services, LLC. Despite being negatively impacted by approximately $12 million resulting from fewer reload transactions attributed to the discontinuation of MoneyPak, we posted significant revenue and adjusted EBITDA growth during the period as a result of both the incremental revenue and EBITDA contribution from our new acquisitions and better-than-expected performance in our organic branded and private label account business."

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May 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 7, 2015

On the Web:

  • PayPal co-founder raises $275 million to reinvent credit - "Banks and financial institutions have not created products that serve younger generations in the most efficient way, according to Max Levchin, the co-founder of eBay-owned payments giant PayPal."
  • BitBeat: Day After FinCEN Bombshell, Ripple Labs Addresses Concerns - Wall St. Journal - "Even with these clarifications, questions and speculation will continue to percolate around FinCEN’s dramatic action against the second-biggest digital currency in market capitalization terms."
  • Visa Moves At The Speed Of Money - Forbes - "None of which seems to faze Visa’s chief executive, Charlie Scharf. In time, he says, would-be Visa disruptors all discover–just as Internet upstarts PayPal, Square and Uber did–that it is simply easier and more economical to work with his leviathan than fight it."

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May 01, 2015

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April 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 30, 2015

On the Web:

  • New Circle Investors, New US Dollar Account Features, China Horizons - Circle Blog - "Today we announced a major step forward in the execution of our vision and product strategy. We've closed a new $50 million strategic investment round co-led by Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners."

  • This Digital Wallet Could Finally Get You Into Bitcoin - "In other words, the Circle wallet will soon work just like Venmo or any other money-transfer app, except it also works seamlessly with bitcoin, so you can handle your money in the form you value the most."

  • Capital One exec predicts mass shift to Apple Pay this year - Mobile Commerce Daily - “I really believe we’re going to have this mass shift over to contactless payments,” Mr. Moreton said. “What you see is this huge change over a relatively short period of time.”

  • In Code We Trust - New York Times Magazine - "One way to understand this chaos is to see that power is shifting. The authority to create, move and define money — once confined to central banks and treasury departments — is being dispersed to an odd mix of entrepreneurs, libertarian hackers and old-line banking institutions."

  • Financial Giants Set Up Tech Hubs in Manhattan - Wall St. Journal - "MasterCard is one of several big-name financial services firms that are opting to set up tech divisions in prime Manhattan real-estate markets outside of their headquarters because many increasingly see themselves more as technology companies."

  • Online hackathon seeks to build solutions using Aadhaar app interface - Business Standard - "AngelPrime, a seed-stage venture capital fund based in Bengaluru, and Nasscom, in collaboration with UIDAI, will host the first of its kind online 'Aadhaar Application Hackathon' in June this year. The hackathon aims to encourage and promote the development of applications using the Aadhaar application programme interfaces (APIs)."

  • Bitcoin Could Impact Credit Unions, Report Says - CoinDesk - "...we could see the proliferation of a host of new financial services backed by bitcoin, many of which are directly associated with the core businesses of credit unions today."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2015 Net Income of $1.6 billion or $0.63 per Diluted Share - “Visa reported another solid quarter of financial results against the continued backdrop of a tepid global economy. While the negative impacts from the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and lower gasoline prices continued to exert pressure on revenue growth, our results and volume trends have remained strong,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.

  • Visa Expands Global Technology Research; Hires Senior Scientist to Lead Visa Research Labs - “Digital commerce is rapidly evolving due to the introduction of new technologies. As the world becomes more connected, every device, car, or appliance becomes a place where secure digital commerce can take place,” said Rajat Taneja, Executive Vice President, Technology, Visa Inc. “I am excited to expand our technology research efforts and have Min lead Visa Research Labs. This effort has the potential to shape the way we pay and get paid in the future, and transform the lives of millions of unbanked consumers by finally providing them with access to secure digital commerce.”

  • MasterCard Named Exclusive Card Processor by Green Dot Bank - Green Dot Chief Operating Officer, Kuan Archer said, "Our processing technology team has been working closely with MasterCard for the past 15 months on the integration of our two technology platforms. While certainly this project has required a significant amount of time and effort, we believe the ultimate end-state of having the most state-of-the-art, high-scale processing platform underpinning our current and future suite of modern banking products and mobile solutions will pay off in terms of our ability to create new, innovative products and services."

  • Visa: Payments Industry Moves to Help Simplify Chip Card Acceptance - "The Payments Security Task Force today joined with the PCI Security Standards Council and the EMV Migration Forum to launch a chip education curriculum and “pre-qualification” program to help streamline and simplify the EMV testing and certification process for Value Added Resellers (VARs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). ... To learn more about the educational efforts, visit
    http://www.emv-connection.com/chip-education-for-vars-isvs-and-merchants/

  • Stratos Card Begins Shipping In April - "Stratos Card combines credit, debit, membership, gift and other magnetic stripe cards in one digital Bluetooth card."

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April 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 29, 2015

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  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports First-Quarter Financial Results - “We are managing well, despite a mixed economic environment and challenging currency situation,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “The underlying fundamentals of our business remain unchanged, driving our ability to sign new agreements with Citi and Itaú, work with digital giants and expand our support of the merchant community. This, combined with our focus on costs, allowed us to continue to deliver solid results in the first quarter.”
  • Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) Appoints Brian V. Mooney Chief Executive Officer - "Mooney was most recently CEO and a board member of Bank of America Merchant Services, one of the largest U.S. merchant payment acquirers, serving a significant segment of large U.S. merchants and handling billions of transactions."
  • Banking with a Fingerprint: Digital Insight Offers Touch ID to Access Finances - “Touch ID frees consumers from having to enter their username and password in order to access their finances,” said Dan Weis, senior product manager at Digital Insight. “The speed and ease-of-use of Touch ID will provide financial institutions another innovation to offer their customers and members and further help them differentiate in the marketplace.”
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board Grants PQI’s Requests for Review of Three Patents Related to Loyalty Programs - "In October, Askeladden filed six IPR petitions requesting review of the three patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,297,502, 8,523,063 and 8,540,152, on the grounds that they are invalid. The PTAB issued decisions on April 23, 2015, which found that Askeladden’s petitions established a reasonable likelihood that each of the claims in each of the patents is invalid. A final decision on invalidity is expected within one year."
  • Introducing Amazon Business: Everything You Love About Amazon, For Your Business - “We’ve heard from business customers that they love the convenience of shopping online, and want an experience at work that is similar to how they shop at home,” said Prentis Wilson, Vice President of Amazon Business. “Amazon Business delivers a new and expanded marketplace that brings the selection, convenience and value of Amazon to business customers, manufacturers and sellers with the additional selection, features and back-end integration businesses need to save time and money.”
  • Western Union and U.S. Bank Extend Relationship - Carter Hunt, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Western Union U.S., said, “We are pleased to extend our relationship with U.S. Bank, and we remain committed to bringing customers the high level of customer service and innovation they have come to expect from our company.”

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April 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 28, 2015

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  • Chase Commerce Solutions and USA Technologies Form Strategic Relationship - “We continue to enable commerce through a simple, secure payment experience for consumers and for our business clients,” said Kimberly Fitzsimmons, U.S. Market President for Chase Commerce Solutions. “We are pleased to work with USA Technologies, a market leader in this important and rapidly emerging space to accept all types of payments easily and securely.”
  • Synchrony Financial and Stash Hotel Rewards Announce Exclusive Agreement to Provide Co-Brand Credit Card Program - “We created Stash because we saw travelers passing on exceptional hotel experiences to stay at predictable chain hotels, just so they could earn points,” said Jeffrey Low, Founder and CEO of Stash Hotel Rewards. “Stash is designed to let the traveler have it all – a memorable stay and meaningful rewards. By partnering with Synchrony Financial we’re creating a card that accelerates rewards while keeping with our tradition of remarkable experiences without compromise.”
  • Citi Prepaid Services and Enservio Announce Partnership for Prepaid Insurance Payments - Deirdre Ives, Global Chief Operating Officer of Citi Prepaid Services, said, “We are excited to partner with Enservio to provide our prepaid cards to their flexible, innovative, and cost-effective payment solution for the insurance vertical. Prepaid cards are a smart alternative to checks, and our award-winning prepaid product simplifies claims payments for insurance clients while delivering an exceptional cardholder experience.”

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April 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 27, 2015

On the Web:

  • Payments Innovation Jury Report 2015 - The Payments Innovation Jury Report is a report released every two years, detailing global trends in payments innovation, and future opportunities and challenges for the industry. The report is based on the expertise of a panel of 40 business leaders in the payments sector from 23 countries across six continents. Authored by industry insider John Chaplin, the research is essential reading to FinTech investors, innovators, established payments firms and all others involved in the sector. The research is sponsored by Currency Cloud, a Payments Engine transforming the industry, Ixaris, an innovator in electronic payments, and WorldRemit, an online money transfer service.
  • Apple Pay Coming to Best Buy Stores as Retailer Breaks Ranks From Walmart-Led Rival - Re/code.net - "Best Buy is the first big-name U.S. retailer to break ranks with a Walmart-led Apple Pay competitor, announcing today that it will accept Apple’s digital payment system in its U.S. stores later this year."
  • CurrentC mobile pay to kick off in a single market mid-year - Computerworld - In its email on Monday, Rankin said it is "protocol-agnostic" and works in test mode across QR code, Bluetooth and others. "We are in market today with multiple technologies and not opposed to using NFC in the future," he said.
  • Exclusive: Bitcoin company Circle raising new cash - Fortune - "Circle Financial ... is in the midst of raising around $40 million at a pre-money valuation of approximately $200 million, Fortune has learned from multiple sources."
  • Bitcoin’s Q1: Record VC Investment, Falling Prices, And Slow Consumer Adoption - TechCrunch - "The bitcoin-watching news service CoinDesk recently released its first quarter look into the cryptocurrency’s performance during the opening months of 2015."

On the Wires:

  • Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results - “We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of Apple Watch.”
  • Apple Pay Now Accepted in Best Buy App, Coming to Stores Later This Year - "Starting today, Best Buy customers can use Apple Pay to make purchases in the Best Buy app when using an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. A free update is now available in the Apple App Store. All U.S. Best Buy stores will begin accepting Apple Pay later this year."
  • Discover to Bring Apple Pay to Cardmembers - “As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving cardmembers secure options for using their cards and mobile devices,” said Diane Offereins, Discover’s president of payment services. “Discover’s focus on simplicity and value for our cardmembers aligns well with the way Apple Pay makes purchases easy and convenient.”
  • Global Payments Launches EMV and Contactless Mobile Payments Solution in Canada - "Global Payments Inc. today announced the launch of the new Ingenico Companion Mobile Payment (iCMP) MPOS – a turnkey mobile point-of-sale solution offering full debit and credit EMV and contactless payment acceptance to Canadian merchants."
  • ACI Worldwide: Nearly 80 Percent of Banks, Retailers and Billing Organizations Know They are at Risk of Customer Attrition… - "Surprisingly, given the recent years of legislation across the world, retailers and billing organizations want to work together to provide a richer consumer experience and to slash costs by cutting out intermediaries. 44 percent of organizations claim they are already taking steps to, or would like to eventually, reduce the number of intermediaries in the payments value chain."

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April 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 21, 2015

On the Web:

  • Chip-Card Rollout Has Banks, Retailers Scrambling - Wall St. Journal - "Some 575 million of the new cards—representing about three-quarters of U.S. credit cards and about 40% of debit cards—are expected to be in the wallets of American consumers by year-end, making it the biggest rollout of new cards in decades."
  • Why We Still Use Checkbooks to Pay the Rent - Bloomberg - "Despite the convenience to landlords and tenants of managing lease payments digitally, 70 percent of U.S. renters still pay by check, according to PayLease, another e-rent facilitator."
  • Costco Gets a Lift by Adding Card Acceptance to Food Courts - Digital Transactions - "Costco quickly saw big lifts in average tickets at the food courts—PIN-debit sales came in 40% higher than the average cash ticket, and the average AmEx ticket was 50% higher than the average cash sale."
  • India Tech Startups: Seven Things That Blew My Mind - Re/code.net (Jason Del Rey) - "You’ll hear more from me in the coming weeks as I document my visit. For now, here’s some of the stuff that surprised this first-time visitor to India’s thriving tech scene."
  • Raytheon to Plow $1.7 Billion Into New Cyber Venture - Wall St. Journal - "Raytheon Chief Executive Tom Kennedy said the threat of cyberattacks such as the one suffered last year by Target Corp. is increasing as cloud computing and mobile services make companies more vulnerable to costly electronic intrusions by state-sponsored hackers, terrorists, organized crime or insiders."
  • Bitcoin Vs. Wall Street: A Love-Hate Story - TechCrunch - "Wall Street’s influence can bring bitcoin to the mainstream, and bitcoin can help bankers provide better banking services that are efficient and trustworthy."

On the Wires:

  • Capital One and Uber Partner to Bring Simplicity and Savings to Customers - "We're thrilled to partner with Capital One, a company that shares our vision of creating elegant, simple solutions to meet important consumer needs," said David Richter, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Uber. "Together, we'll provide a meaningful combination of savings and convenience to millions of customers."
  • Vodafone M-Pesa and MTN Mobile Money Agree to Interconnect Mobile Money Services - "This interconnect collaboration between the region’s two biggest mobile money operators will enable convenient and affordable international remittances between M-Pesa customers in Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique, and MTN Mobile Money customers in Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia."
  • PayPal Announces Two Strong Additions to PayPal Leadership Team - "Louise Pentland will become PayPal’s new General Counsel." "Jonathan Auerbach has been named PayPal’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Growth."
  • AICPA Survey: One-in-Four Americans Victimized by Information Security Breaches - “The increase in data breaches affecting personal information has given consumers significant cause to be cautious about their activities, both online and off,” said Ernie Almonte, chair of the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission. “Data breaches have the potential to seriously affect consumers’ finances and wreak havoc on their credit scores. The good news is that we are seeing Americans taking steps to safeguard their information and reduce their susceptibility to these attacks.”
  • Protect Your Bubble Improves the Customer Experience with Vindicia CashBox - “At Vindicia, we’re proud to be a part of the way Protect Your Bubble improves the experience of purchasing protection plans for consumers,” said Bryta Schulz, senior vice president of marketing for Vindicia. “CashBox overcomes the billing complexities that can frustrate consumers. Billing processes are more efficient with CashBox, but more importantly, it supports higher levels of customer satisfaction and retention.”

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April 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 16, 2015

On the Web:

  • A Stanford professor claims to have invented a Bitcoin-like system that can handle payments faster and with more security - MIT Technology Review - "Stanford professor David Mazières thinks he has a faster, more flexible, and more secure alternative. If Mazières is correct, his technology could make digital payments and other transactions cheaper, safer, and easier—particularly across borders. He released the design for his system in a white paper last Wednesday."
  • Bitcoin and the Cypherpunks - Reason.com - "Decentralized peer-to-peer marketplaces became technically possible only in 2009, when a shadowy figure calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto gave the world a new form of virtual currency called Bitcoin. More than just a new form of money, Bitcoin is also a protocol, or system for managing information, that has the capacity to undergird—and revolutionize—much of the Internet."
  • Former Yahoo Exec Appointed COO of Ripple Labs - CoinDesk - "Ripple Labs has appointed former Yahoo and AOL executive Brad Garlinghouse as its new COO."
  • How Do Speed and Security Influence Consumers' Payment Behavior? - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "This brief draws upon new data from the 2013 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice and employs econometric modeling and simulation to complement FRFS-commissioned market research on end users' preferences."
  • U.S. Consumer Holdings and Use of $1 Bills - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "This report examines the $1 bill holdings of adults in the United States using data from the Diary of Consumer Payments Choice (DCPC)."

On the Wires:

  • American Express and Jawbone Partner to Launch UP4 – The First-Of-Its-Kind Fitness Wearable with Built-In Amex Payments Technology - "In partnership with Jawbone, a leader in advanced fitness trackers, we have created a seamless payment experience all in the tap of a wrist," said Leslie Berland, executive vice president, Digital Partnerships and Development at American Express. "We believe this unique technology will delight our active, digitally-savvy Card Members in a powerful way and drive a new type of engagement at hundreds of thousands of merchant locations nationwide.”
  • Target Announces Settlement Agreement with MasterCard - Scott Kennedy, President, Financial & Retail Services at Target, stated “We are hopeful that Target’s agreement to pay up to $19 million to settle the claims of MasterCard and its issuers will result in a high level of issuer acceptance. Target intends to continue to defend itself vigorously against any assessments made by MasterCard on behalf of MasterCard issuers that do not accept their offers.”
  • National Geographic and First Bankcard Launch New Visa® Card with Exclusive Discounts, Special Access and Member Benefits - “For more than a century, National Geographic explorers and photographers have traveled the world to capture stunning images and collect compelling stories,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing, North America. “Together with First Bankcard, we’ve created an innovative program that encourages consumers to explore with us by providing meaningful travel benefits, unique access to our content, membership benefits and relevant discounts."
  • PayPal: Strong American Dollar Driving European Travel - “Our research found that one in five (21 percent) of Americans are considering a trip to Europe and nearly half of those travelers cite the strengthening dollar as a factor in their decision-making (47 percent),” said Carey Kolaja, Vice President, Head of Global Consumer Products at PayPal. “Yet, for many, international travel is still a daunting concept – shrouded by the mysteries of currency exchange rates, foreign transaction fees and financial safety. As a leading global payments processor, PayPal is uniquely positioned to help alleviate concerns, making planning a trip to Europe as simple, seamless and secure as going to the local grocery store.”

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April 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 14, 2015

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  • JPMorgan Chase Reports First-Quarter 2015 Net Income of $5.9 Billion - Jamie Dimon concluded: “JPMorgan Chase continues to support consumers, businesses and communities and make a significant positive impact. We have an outstanding franchise which is getting safer and stronger, and is gaining market share over time. We continue to build the company for the long-term, we are investing in controls, infrastructure, systems, technology, new products and bankers. We will continue to navigate challenges and deliver for our clients, shareholders and communities.”
  • Wells Fargo Reports $5.8 Billion in Net Income - “Our solid first quarter results again reflected the benefit of our diversified business model and the continued focus of our 266,000 team members on serving the needs of consumer and business customers," said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. “We continued to strengthen our customer relationships in the quarter, as reflected in strong growth in deposits and primary checking customers. In addition, our mortgage business was able to serve more customers by refinancing their mortgage loans with lower rates."
  • Early Warning and BioCatch Align to Help U.S. Financial Services Organizations Fight Fraud and Improve Digital Experience - “Early Warning has taken yet another fundamental and unparalleled step in securing and optimizing digital financial transactions,” said Paul Finch, CEO of Early Warning. “Integrating BioCatch’s behavior analytics, plus our ability to authenticate consumers and their devices via the Mobile Network Operators, enables participating banks to provide a more seamless and secure digital experience for their customers as well as increase their own operational efficiencies.”
  • U.S. Bank Introduces Virtual Payment for Travel Intermediaries - “Automatic reconciliation is critical to our partnership with travel intermediaries,” adds Jeff Rankin, U.S. Bank global executive for Large Market and Public Sector Bankcard. “Our single-use account solution provides an alternative to central travel accounts, creating a 1:1 relationship between the booking data and the transaction data and reducing overhead. We are pleased to bring these capabilities to our clients and see their businesses grow as they serve their global customers in new and better ways.”
  • Synchrony Financial and Guitar Center to Introduce New Consumer Financing Program - "According to Synchrony Financial’s third annual Major Purchase Consumer Study, 72 percent of music shoppers always seek promotional financing, and 77 percent of respondents said that the availability of financing is “very important” when choosing a retailer. Musical instruments and gear also lead online purchases across the 12 categories included in the study."
  • New TNS Card Scheme Gateway Set to Accelerate UnionPay Acceptance Worldwide - Lisa Shipley, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of TNS’ PaymentNetwork Solutions, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this arrangement with UnionPay to establish this gateway to promote in-store card acceptance internationally. UnionPay is a significant player within the card industry globally and merchants and banks have long recognized the importance of being able to accept payments made via its card."
  • Kofax and Blackhawk Network Announce OEM Agreement - "Blackhawk Network has developed strong relationships with major retailers and payment systems which gives it a competitive edge in supporting digital wallets," stated Drew Hyatt, Senior Vice President of Mobile Capture Applications at Kofax. "Kofax Mobile Capture adds valuable user functionality to GoWallet and to Blackhawk Network’s digital platform, and benefits Kofax by adding Blackhawk to our growing list of mobile industry leaders.”

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April 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 8, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Apple Pay Coming Soon to You: New Banks & Credit Unions Implement Mobile Payment Service for MasterCard Cardholders - “People are passionate about their devices and they’re ready for their connected devices to do more – including acting as a commerce device – as is evident by the positive reception and uptake of Apple Pay,” said Matt Barr, group head, U.S. Emerging Payments MasterCard. “Consumers want to be able to shop where they want, when they want and how they want – and they want to do so with the confidence that their money is safe and secure no matter how they choose to pay. Issuers are delivering on this by enabling their cards within emerging payment platforms like Apple Pay that deliver consumer choice.”
  • U.S. Bank Offers Prepaid Card Services for the American Red Cross - “Our prepaid card conversion to U.S. Bank will enable the American Red Cross to leverage technology in new ways,” said Steve Casey, corporate treasurer of the American Red Cross. “Most importantly, this new card technology will help the Red Cross deliver its mission more efficiently in communities across the country.”
  • Western Union Enables Skype Customers to Top up at Locations across the U.S. - Western Union’s Odilon Almeida, President, Americas and European Union, said, “The relationship is a logical one, as both Western Union and Skype have a mission to connect people when they are apart. “Western Union is optimizing its money transfer system to link cash and digital for money movement and payments across the globe. We are driving our innovation on the back of what our customers want. Skype is a classic example; where customers can enjoy full digital access with a walk-in payment option,” he said.

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April 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 7, 2015

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  • Early Warning to Acquire Authentify - "With Early Warning’s announced acquisition of Authentify and its 2013 equity investment and exclusive agreement with Payfone, the company has created a differentiated digital channels authentication solution suite that augments its identity and payments solutions."

  • Square: Introducing Powerful Online Marketing Tools for the Offline World - "... today we’re releasing a suite of powerful Customer Engagement tools uniquely suited for local businesses. Because you run your business with Square Register, these tools link your online marketing efforts to sales in the real world. With these tools comes Square Marketing, an easy and effective way to drive valuable foot traffic to your store."

  • Vouch Launches the First Social Network for Credit - "Led by a team of PayPal alumni and former banking executives, Vouch is on a mission to lower costs and increase access to financial power. The company allows anyone to bank on the trust they have already developed amongst their family, friends and colleagues to proactively build credit before they need it."

  • Jumio’s Netverify Speeds Up Account Verification Processes by Over 80 Per Cent for Optimal Payments’ NETELLER - Commenting on the deal Lorenzo Pellegrino, executive vice president of NETELLER, Optimal Payments said, “Our account verification process is now 80 per cent quicker, making it faster and easier for customers to pay online. Over three quarters of our account upgrades are now automatically processed through Jumio, saving hours of manual review time by our staff and benefiting our bottom line.”

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