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May 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 1, 2015

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April 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 30, 2015

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  • 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."

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • 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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April 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 6, 2015

On the Web:

  • Wal-Mart Treasury Exec: Chip & Signature is ‘Worthless’ - AFP - "During a presentation at the Electronic Transaction Association’s Transact conference in San Francisco last week, Mike Cook, senior vice president and assistant treasurer for Wal-Mart, called signature “worthless as a form of authentication” and criticized the rollout of chip-and-signature cards in the United States."
  • More Prepaid Debit Cards Come Without Monthly Fees - Wall St. Journal - "A new survey released Monday by Bankrate.com found that prepaid debit cards are carrying fewer fees and offering customers more chances to avoid additional costs that may be tacked onto the account."
  • FacePay? - TechCrunch - "What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple."
  • Big Investor Involvement Could Boost Bitcoin - Wall St. Journal - “They are all very interested, but it comes down to having some kind of regulatory clarity as well as to the technology available—whether you have something they feel is trustworthy, whether you have a big enough capital base, whether you have good enough technology...”
  • Hacking ATMs, Literally - Krebs on Security - "An ATM technician and KrebsOnSecurity reader shared photos of a recent attack in which three would-be robbers went to town on a wall-mounted cash machine with crowbars and hammers."
  • No cash, no cards - digital currencies and mobile wallets are the future of retail banking - Zawya - "At some stage there will be no cash, no cards, just mobile wallets - everything will be online. Finally digital currencies like Bitcoin, will dominate, at present there are 50,000 transactions a month resulting in billions of dollars of digital currency."
  • Is Mickey Mouse showing us the future of credit cards? - CreditCards.com - "About a year ago, Disney World began offering what it calls "MagicBands" to its annual pass holders and to guests staying at Disney resorts."

On the Wires:

  • Elavon Strengthens its Suite of EMV Offerings with Commerce SDK, Now Enhances Consumer Payment Experience with Apple Pay™ Powered by talech and Ingenico - "The Commerce SDK comprehensive kit accelerates a business’ ability to implement a secure, EMV-compliant payment solution by combining Elavon’s global payment processing, EMV certification coding, encryption and tokenization implementation and hardware support for printers, terminals and mobile devices into one package that is easy to integrate."
  • Brink’s and NetSpend Launch Brink’s Prepaid MasterCard - “Prepaid cards empower those without traditional banking relationships by equipping them with the tools, resources and education to take control of their financial lives and spend responsibly,” said Jeff Feuerstein, group head, U.S. Prepaid, MasterCard. “Access to reputable prepaid offerings from trusted brands such as Brink’s provide cardholders the opportunity to take advantage of all the benefits of electronic payments, including having a secure and convenient means of making purchases, tracking spending, setting budgets and more.”

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April 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 3, 2015

On the Web:

  • Trade Group Asks for Delay on Card-Security Plan - Wall St. Journal - "In a letter sent last week to Visa Inc.,MasterCard Inc.,American Express Co. and Discover Financial Services, the Food Marketing Institute said that merchants won’t be ready to meet an October deadline that will shift liability for fraudulent transactions from card-issuing banks to merchants."
  • Delta buckles up with Alipay as airlines tap mobile payments - Mobile Commerce Daily - "The strategy will see Delta become the first United States-based carrier to integrate Alipay onto its Web and mobile site, proving the brand’s ongoing efforts to better cater to Chinese customers."
  • Angel investors & VCs finally warm up to Bitcoin in India - Economic Times Tech - "The murky silhouettes surrounding the bitcoin notwithstanding, Indian investors are taking a closer look at the online payment system to understand its global potential."

On the Wires:

  • Delta Becomes the First U.S. Airline To Offer Alipay Payment and Improve the Ease of Online Booking from China - "This exciting new partnership is one of many Delta initiatives to build the most Chinese-friendly U.S. airline," said Vinay Dube, Delta's senior vice president – Asia Pacific. "As the U.S. and China have agreed to issue multiple-entry visas for up to ten years for short-term business and tourist travel, our partnership with Alipay will give more Chinese consumers the chance to experience traveling in the U.S. with our industry-leading product and service in flight and on the ground."

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April 01, 2015

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  • FIS Drives Digital Disruption from New Innovation Lab in San Francisco - “Our Digital Innovation Lab will serve as an entrepreneurial ‘garage’, where our engineers build new product prototypes with cutting-edge technologies,” said Doug Brown, SVP and GM, Mobile Financial Services, FIS. “Located in the U.S. hub for high-tech innovation, the lab is empowering FIS to set the pace of digital developments for the financial industry.”
  • Heartland and Verifone Renew Alliance; Announce EMV and Encryption Initiative - “A renewed alliance between Heartland and Verifone ensures merchants have access to the most secure and flexible payments solutions on the market today,” said Heartland Chairman and CEO Robert O. Carr. “Verifone’s popular VX terminals are both Heartland Secure-certified and support E3 encryption, providing merchants with an extensive range of payment device options.”
  • Advanced Cash Chooses BitPay to Offer Bitcoin Funding - "As the Bitcoin industry grows in transaction volume and technology development, companies like Advanced Cash need to have a scalable product to compete and meet customer expectations. With BitPay, they are able to provide reliable and efficient services to Bitcoin users by offering frictionless transactions powered by enterprise level software and support service."

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March 30, 2015

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  • Contactless Card Payments enabled on Vodafone Wallet with Visa and Carta Worldwide - "Vodafone customers will soon be able to add bank cards to their Vodafone Wallet and use smartphones to pay for goods and services at contactless terminals, it was announced today. Following new agreements with Visa and Carta Worldwide, bank card payments via Vodafone Wallet will be enabled in European markets from the second quarter of 2015 onwards."
  • MasterCard Expands San Carlos Center of Excellence - "MasterCard today announced the expansion of its San Carlos Center of Excellence and the relocation of senior vice president of Emerging Merchants, Les Matthews, and his team to the company’s West Coast office. MasterCard will also add global communications support in San Carlos with the relocation of vice president, Worldwide Communications, Brian Gendron. The moves enhance the company’s presence on the ground in Silicon Valley – an important market for continuing to deepen MasterCard’s footprint with the tech community."
  • GTCR Announces Sale of Fundtech to DH Corporation - Aaron Cohen, Managing Director at GTCR, added: “This transaction marks another successful example of GTCR’s Leaders Strategy™, as we worked in partnership with an exceptional management team to execute this complex transformational merger. We are pleased that those efforts have resulted in building a market-leader in transaction banking software.”
  • According to New Chase Slate Credit Survey, Checking Your Credit Score Correlates to Financial Aptitude – Yet Gaps in Consumers’ Credit Health Awareness Still Exist - "The survey reveals that Americans who have previously checked their credit score consider a “good” score to be 719 on average1. This is 51 points higher than what is considered to be good by those who have never checked their score (668). What Americans may not realize is that even a score of 719 might not give them access to credit at the best rates."
  • TimesofMoney Announces Launch of 'Movit' - Talking about Movit, Avijit Nanda, Chief Executive Officer, TimesofMoney, says, “TimesofMoney has several success stories to its credit. We have engaged with international clients for Movit and in fact are in the process of deploying it in Africa currently. Since Movit’s primary delivery channel is the mobile phone, it gives a huge thrust to the financial inclusion agenda of governments in emerging economies of India, Asia & Africa where there is an ever-increasing mobile penetration.”
  • Powa Technologies and Merchant e-Solutions Partner to Support POS Application Developers’ Go-To-Market Strategies - “PowaPOS has a unique position in the tablet-based payments market right now. Its fully integrated hardware and universal OS support makes it particularly attractive to POS software developers and to us,” said Tom Bell, CEO, Merchant e-Solutions. “By partnering together, we’ll be able to provide developers with the best payments processing and hardware solutions on the market today.”

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March 27, 2015

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  • Synchrony Financial Extends mApply Mobile Credit Applications for Payment Solutions Customers and Merchants = "Synchrony Financial’s 2014 Major Purchase Consumer Study found that 79% of all shoppers surveyed agree that financing makes large purchases more affordable. Combined with the rapid growth in mobile shopping – 53% of U.S. consumers report using their mobile phone for shopping activities (Synchrony Financial Insights Study, March 2015) – it is clear why the mApply product is popular with both retailers and customers."

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March 26, 2015

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  • No Password, No Problem: FIS Adds Biometric Access to Mobile Solutions - “One-touch Cardless Cash® is unlike anything else in the market,” said Douglas Brown, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Financial Services, FIS. “The ability to access your account and withdraw money with just your fingerprint will make ATM access faster, safer and easier for users. It’s a true homerun.”
  • How Ready are U.S. Merchants for EMV? - "TSG survey finds just 34% of merchants in the US will be EMV-ready by October 2015."
  • PCI Council Publishes Guidance on Penetration Testing - "Today the PCI Security Standards Council publishedPenetration Testing Guidance to help organizations establish a strong methodology for regularly testing security controls and processes to protect the cardholder data environment in accordance with PCI DSS Requirement 11.3."
  • Federal Reserve survey provides information on mobile financial services - "The use of mobile phones to access bank accounts, credit cards, or other financial accounts continued to increase among adults in the United States last year, according to a Federal Reserve Board report, Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2015. The report is the Board's fourth looking at how consumers access banking services using mobile phones ("mobile banking"), and their payments for goods and services using mobile phones ("mobile payments"), as well as their use of mobile phones to inform their shopping decisions."
  • TSYS CIO Ken Tye To Retire - "During Tye’s tenure, in the mid-1990’s, he led a team responsible for building TS2, still considered the industry’s most technologically advanced payment processing system in the market today. Most recently, Tye has led the team creating a more open technology environment to power TSYS’ next generation of digital innovation and consumer servicing."

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March 24, 2015

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  • Understanding and Improving Consumer Financial Health in America - Center for Financial Services Innovation - "This research explores the state of financial health in America in a groundbreaking examination of consumer behaviors, attitudes, and preferences. In it, we define seven consumer financial health segments based on a combination of behaviors and attitudes, offering an analysis that goes beyond income, age, education, or credit score."
  • Optimal Payments to Acquire Digital Payments Rival - "Optimal Payments said on Monday that it had agreed to acquire the digital payment service Skrill Group in a cash-and-share deal that values the business at 1.1 billion euros, or about $1.2 billion."
  • Comments On The Proposed Bitlicense Regulations - AVC.com (Fred Wilson) - "This blog post is being submitted as a public comment on the revised Bitlicense regulations and should be read as such."
  • The New York BitLicense and California’s Digital Currency Bill – A Comparison - CoinCenter - "All in all, I’m optimistic that we’ll see progress in both New York and California. Each wants to be a leader in the exploding new FinTech space, they face increasing competition from the UK and other international jurisdictions, and they have each been quite receptive to input from those of us the cryptocurrency ecosystem."
  • Trouble at AmEx: Some cardholders can leave home without it - AP - "One of the biggest threats to AmEx is the slew of competing cards aimed at the well-to-do, sometimes with lower annual fees."

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  • Fiserv Completes First Tokenized Transactions via Accel Debit Payments Network - “Fiserv offers one of the first debit payment networks to enable tokenization, which is required for transactions such as those conducted using Apple Pay™,” said Kevin Gregoire, president, Financial Institutions Group, Fiserv. “Apple Pay is just one example of the rapid changes in the payments landscape, and it is important for Fiserv to equip our clients to deliver the capabilities consumers expect at an accelerated pace. We anticipate that tokenization will play an increasing role in the debit payments industry and Accel is well positioned to accommodate further developments.”

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March 17, 2015

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  • Payments on Fire Podcast #15 – Small Business Banking grown from Seed - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "Listen to this conversation between Glenbrook’s George Peabody and Seed CEO Brian Merritt. While very early in the company’s development, Brian’s description of the company’s “API first” approach banking makes clear what’s possible when legacy technology and processes are in the rearview mirror."

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  • U.S. Bank Becomes Member of clearXchange to Bring Customers Faster, More Secure Digital Payments - “U.S. Bank is committed to bringing customers the most convenient and secure payment options available in the marketplace,” said Gareth Gaston, executive vice president of omnichannel banking at U.S. Bank. “Digital person-to-person payments are far more convenient than writing a check or having enough cash on hand to pay the babysitter or split a rent payment. By joining with clearXchange, U.S. Bank customers have a better way to make those payments quickly, easily and safely. We also have the opportunity to explore other ways this payment exchange network could come to light through our unified, omnichannel approach to customer service.”
  • Rakuten to Accept Bitcoin on Global Marketplaces - Rakuten’s mission is to empower the world through the Internet,” commented Yaz Iida, President of Rakuten USA. “Not only can bitcoin support this vision by helping our merchants better compete globally, but it also has the potential to benefit society by enhancing the security, privacy, and convenience of financial transactions. This is one of the reasons why we invested in Bitnet last year and we look forward to working with them on our US marketplace."
  • Digital River Provides Global Online Payments Solutions for peerTransfer - “peerTransfer is delighted to add Digital River to our suite of existing payment providers,” explained Mike Massaro, peerTransfer’s chief executive officer. “Digital River allows us to lower transactional costs in key regions and countries while enabling us to increase the number of currencies in which we settle."
  • Betty DeVita Appointed Chief Commercial Officer, MasterCard Labs - "In this role Betty will be responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships focused on commercializing existing and future pipeline MasterCard Labs assets."

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March 13, 2015

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March 12, 2015

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  • Four Types of Bitcoin Users on Coinbase - Coinable Blog - "We have seen several different types of bitcoin users emerge over the past few years, with many more likely on the horizon."
  • The five stages of bitcoin understanding - Fortune - “We are still a good year away, in our estimation, from seeing the first production-ready instruments where you can imagine a known financial services company using this. But it’s not 10 years."

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  • Apple Pay is Now Available at Jamba Juice Stores - “We are pleased to integrate Apple Pay as an option for consumers seeking an easy and secure service through which to complete their transactions,” said Julie S. Washington, Jamba Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer. “We believe Apple Pay will help improve the speed-of-service for today’s on-the-go consumer.” Jamba is integrating Apple Pay in approximately 650 stores nationwide.
  • Global Payments and Discover Financial Services Announce Streamlined Card Acceptance on the Discover Global Network in Canada - “The launch of our full acquiring program for Discover is the latest example of our commitment to providing Canadian merchants with robust and innovative product and service offerings,” said René Bélanger, President of Global Payments Canada. “This program brings additional value to our merchant customers by enhancing payment acceptance options and providing them a single source for payment processing, settlement, underwriting, risk management, support and reporting.”
  • VISA ReadyLink Users Can Now Add Funds to Their Cards at Walmart - "The integration of Visa ReadyLink with Walmart's Rapid Reload delivers on InComm's vision to expand the swipe reload technology and streamline the customer experience at the register, simplify the sales process for employees and increase retail foot traffic," saidJeff Lewis, Vice President and General Manager, Financial Services, InComm.
  • Calling All Entrepreneurs: Bring Your Big Idea to MasterCard’s Priceless Elevator Pitch - "Representatives from some of the top venture capital firms in the country will serve as judges for the competition. At the end of each day, they’ll award three finalists with a $250 MasterCard prepaid card. On the final day, Jay Singer, senior vice president, North America commercial products at MasterCard, will join the judging panel and one of the nine finalists will be named the winner of the $15,000 grand prize."
  • Intuit and Bigcommerce Partner to Simplify Financial Business Operations for Online Retailers - “Both Intuit and Bigcommerce develop technology that makes our clients’ lives easier, and this partnership will help Bigcommerce merchants simplify accounting with the help of QuickBooks Online,” said Avi Golan, vice president and general manager of the Intuit Developer Group. “Merchants taking advantage of this integration will save time once spent on accounting, and will be able to keep their focus on running their business.”
  • Intuit Partners with Shopify to Automate Bookkeeping for Online Retailers - “Delivering a seamless integration between QuickBooks Online and Shopify makes it easy for businesses to automatically reconcile sales data,” said Avi Golan, vice president and general manager of the Intuit Developer Group. “This is the latest example of how we’ve turned QuickBooks Online into the world’s leading small business cloud platform, delivering an ecosystem of integrated tools and services."
  • Fifth Third Bank Adopts Dave Ramsey's New SmartDollar Financial Wellness Program - Sheri Kehren, vice president and program manager of financial workplace wellness at Fifth Third Bank, said, "We continue to see employers augment their retirement education efforts and overall corporate wellness programs with a component of financial education. We were very excited when the Bank announced that the new SmartDollar program would be part of their improved Total Rewards program for 2015.”

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March 11, 2015

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  • How Apple Will Make the Wearable Market - Stratechery (Ben Thompson) - "It’s increasingly plausible to envision a future where all of these examples and a whole host of others in our physical environment are fundamentally transformed by software: locks that only unlock for me, payment systems that keep my money under my control..."
  • Square Acquires Kili Technology - Square Blog - "That’s why we’ve acquired Kili Technology, a company that has developed silicon, electronics, and software that simplify and optimize payment processing. They have an experienced technology team who, like our sellers, are relentless innovators and never satisfied. Together we’ll continue to lead the way in delivering simple and affordable hardware that gives our sellers a smarter and safer way to do business."
  • Why March 10 was a big day for bitcoin - Fortune - "Three bitcoin startups announce funding and big-name backers, on the same day that the price hits a new benchmark."
  • NACHA’s Payments Innovation Alliance Releases White Paper: “Leveraging the Mobile Channel for ACH Payment Innovation” - NACHA - “The mobile future is here,” said George Throckmorton, managing director, Advanced Payments Solutions at NACHA. “The use of mobile devices with ACH transactions is ripe for rapid adoption and further innovation given that it is a ubiquitous, low cost means of accessing payments.”

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March 10, 2015

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  • Now What? Immediate Funds Transfer in the U.S. - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "How can all these systems be stitched together? Who writes the rules? Where does this leave Same Day ACH? Those are just the first set of questions. There are plenty of others..."
  • EU Interchange Legislation Sets Course for New Beginnings - MasterCard Beyond the Transaction Blog - "A long and interesting legislative process comes closer to an end this week with the European Parliament formally adopting a new EU Regulation on interchange fees. At MasterCard we believe that, just as in life, from every end comes a new beginning. This case is no different."
  • Boston calls a snow day on spending - First Data Corp. - "This First Data SpendTrend report examines the economic effect these snow storms have had on Boston and the New England region between January 24 and February 22, 2015."
  • PayPal Establishes New Security Center - PayPal Forward Blog - "To help jumpstart our security center, I’m also thrilled to announce that we’ve acquired CyActive, a cybersecurity firm that specializes in technology that can predict how malware will develop. The acquisition of CyActive will bring great talent and immediately add “future-proof” technology to PayPal’s world-class security platform."
  • Heartland Payment Systems Collaborates with BitPay - BitPay Blog - "Now Heartland is referring their customers to BitPay’s payment platform. We are helping Heartland bring bitcoin payment technology to businesses and organizations that are interested in new payment methods."
  • Secretive Bitcoin Startup 21 Reveals Record Funds, Hints at Mass Consumer Play - Wall St. Journal - "What it’s not yet publicizing is the precise nature of its operations, Chief Executive and co-founder Matthew Pauker will only say there will be “several interesting developments over the next weeks and months”..."
  • Why We Started Abra - RRE Ventures - "To make digital currency useful to “cash consumers” digital currency should: be transferable to any phone number in the world, not represent exchange rate risk, be as private as real cash, have no costs for money transfer, and be fungible to real paper-cash at very low cost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
  • Updates to Venmo Account Notifications - Venmo Blog - "Today, we wanted to share a few updates we’ve made to Venmo account notifications, as well as make you aware of some additional product updates we’ll be releasing soon."
  • Marriott hotels to start accepting Apple Pay this summer - Engadget - "To check in, you'll only need to go to the contactless reader at the front desk and hold up your phone (or Apple Watch) to pay -- a beep and a vibration will indicate if the transaction's a success."

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  • GameStop Now Accepting Apple Pay in Stores - "GameStop is launching a nationwide rollout of Apple Pay, which transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay to its more than 4,200 U.S. video game stores this month."
  • Citi to Launch Banking App for Apple Watch - “At Citi, we believe that banking should be simple and convenient, and we are constantly exploring advances in technology to help us deliver that kind of experience,” said Heather Cox, Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer for Global Consumer Banking at Citi. “Apple Watch users will have access to all sorts of information and services, and if our customers want to check their balance or view a seconds-ago transaction right on their wrist, it is our job to make sure they can.”
  • Financial Institutions Can Launch EMV™ Chip Cards More Quickly and Less Expensively with New Solution from Fiserv - "Fiserv is helping its clients simplify the transition to EMV chip-enabled cards by offering an integrated, compliant and cost effective path to EMV debit and credit card issuance. Fiserv has worked with Visa and MasterCard to develop standard EMV chip card configurations suitable for most debit and credit card programs. These standards comply with Visa and MasterCard requirements for the U.S. market."
  • TGI Fridays Extends Use of Verifone’s Payment as a Service for ‘Pay at the Table’ - We pride ourselves on giving guests the best experience possible, particularly when interacting with our team,” said Jeremy Dunderdale, Head of IT at TGI Fridays UK. “Verifone understands our business needs, and its NFC-capable terminals combined with Verifone’s all-in-one service package provides a secure solution that solves our payments challenges while enabling us to accept payments from guests right at the table.”
  • Bill.com Expands Leadership Team with Key Hire to Support Nationwide Adoption of Digital Business Payments - "Bill.com, the leading company creating magically simple business payments, today announced that it has hired Colleen Lindow as vice president of payments, risk and compliance."

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March 05, 2015

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March 04, 2015

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  • Credit Card Breach at Mandarian Oriental - Krebs on Security - “We can confirm that Mandarin Oriental has been alerted to a potential credit card breach and is currently conducting a thorough investigation to identify and resolve the issue,” the company said in an emailed statement.

  • Bitcoin for the Unbanked - Foreign Affairs - "How about combining M-Pesa with a digital currency? It would offer all the advantages of M-Pesa, but would make the costs to users even cheaper for those who import money into that system from abroad, because those remittances from rel atives in London or New York would arrive via bitcoin rather than the traditional banking system. Call it BitPesa."

  • Change agent: PayNearMe partners with Grameen America to help lift women out of poverty - PandoDaily - "PayNearMe, the cash transaction network that allows US consumers to pay bills and make online purchases using cash at more than 10,000 participating retailers across the country, has done just that. The company has entered a nationwide partnership with Grameen America, the nonprofit microfinance organization providing loans, savings programs, financial education, and credit establishment to women who live in poverty."

  • Antonopoulos to Australian Senate: Bitcoin Regulated by Math - Inside Bitcoins - "Contrary to popular misconception, bitcoin is not unregulated. Rather, several aspects of the bitcoin network and financial system are regulated by mathematical algorithms. The algorithmic regulation in bitcoin offers predictable, objective, measurable outcomes. Algorithmic regulation provides certainty without nationalist or geopolitical influence."

On the Wires:

  • Cardtronics Launches ATMpass - Tom Pierce, chief marketing officer, Cardtronics, said: "Consumers are interested in using the most convenient ATMs - Cardtronics ATMs - but less so in paying a surcharge fee. With ATMpass, Cardtronics offers cardholders the convenience of national retailers plus the ability to avoid ATM surcharge fees. Having cash access at a surcharge-free ATM in a retail location that is part of their day-to-day life is important to many people. For consumers who feel limited by their current ATM options, or don't have any surcharge-free ATMs near their home, work or school, ATMpass gives them control over ATM surcharge fees and the freedom to choose convenience."

  • MasterCard: Happy Birthday Priceless Surprises! - "Priceless Surprises is among the highest social media engagement generating initiatives live today, beating U.S. Twitter benchmarks within financial services and Facebook benchmarks across consumer industries. When compared against other MasterCard programs, Priceless Surprises engagement rate is three times higher."

  • Global Payments’ Integrated Solutions Division, OpenEdge, Secures Partnership with New West Technologies for Integration to Microsoft Dynamics AX - OpenEdge President, Sid Singh, added, “We’re pleased that New West and our other partners are experiencing the benefits of integrations with EdgeShield, a pre-certified, EMV compliant solution combined with point-to-point encryption and tokenization security.”

  • Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions Powers its All-New Foundry POS Solution with Powa Technologies - "MCPS’ Foundry POS is a powerful, cloud-based software application designed to meet the specific business needs of the retail and restaurant industries. Features include access to real time reports, including sales, inventory and employee management, as well as full integration with its Merchant Foundry CRM system."

  • ShopKeep Launches Serverless Sync - “With Serverless Sync, waiters and bartenders will no longer have to return to an individual register to update their checks or wait for a register to become available to input orders,” commented Jason Richelson, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of ShopKeep. “Instead, open checks will be accessible from any register running on the same WiFi network, allowing staff members to spend more time providing the best possible service.”

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March 03, 2015

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  • Visa, Pizza Hut and Accenture Develop Connected Car Commerce Experience - “By 2020 it is estimated that more than 250 million vehicles worldwide will include some form of embedded connectivity1,” says Bill Gajda, senior vice president of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Visa Inc. “As the number of connected cars on the road increases, so does our ability to bring secure online commerce to consumers everywhere. We initially focused on a specific use case – ordering a meal on your way home – but we envision a world where consumers can seamlessly make many of their everyday purchases from the car.”
  • MasterCard and eTranzact Make it Easier for Millions of Nigerians to Receive Remittances - “For millions of Nigerians, the receipt of funds from friends and family is an important lifeline. HomeSend provides senders across the globe and the recipients in Nigeria with a convenient, safe, and cost effective money transfer channel,” says Omokehinde Ojomuyide, Vice President and Area Business Head for West Africa, MasterCard.
  • Elavon's Simplify Application Makes Payment Security for Mid-to-Large Size Businesses Simple - "Simplify is a software application that resides within a payment terminal that is integrated with a customer’s current POS or Property Management System (PMS). The application uses a layered approach to security that combines encryption, tokenization and EMV to mitigate vulnerabilities while cardholder data is in-transit, in-use and at-rest."
  • Stratos Launches First-To-Market Connected Payment Card, Shipping April 2015 - “Stratos exists to empower consumers to make smarter, more secure payment decisions – all with the benefit of consolidating the cards in their wallets,” said Thiago Olson, Co-Founder and CEO of Stratos. “Replacing the dumb plastic we carry every day, Stratos Card is connected hardware designed to improve how we pay with more security, better decisions and ease of use. Stratos is reinventing your wallet and cards just like the iPod and iTunes reinvented your CD collection.”

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March 02, 2015

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  • Costco Enters Into a Long Term Co-Brand Credit Card Agreement With Citi and an Acceptance and Co-Brand Agreement With Visa - "Under the terms of the agreements, Citi, the world's largest issuer of consumer credit cards, would become the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-brand credit cards and Visa will replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco in the United States and Puerto Rico beginning April 1, 2016."

  • Visa and Samsung Bring Mobile Payments to the New Samsung Galaxy S6 - “Working in partnership with Samsung, we are able to bring secure mobile payments to millions of consumers around the world,” said Ryan McInerney, global president, Visa Inc. “Combining Visa’s expertise in payment technology with Samsung’s global leadership in creating innovative mobile experiences gives more choice to financial institutions who want to enable their customers to pay with the new generation of mobile devices.”

  • MasterCard Works with Samsung to Deliver Samsung Pay - “This is an exciting time for payments,” said Ed McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer, MasterCard. “As consumers are increasingly relying on their mobile devices in their everyday lives, we are excited to work with an industry leader like Samsung to deliver new payment options to our cardholders around the world. We have been a pioneer of mobile commerce innovation for years and together we’re delivering a digital payment experience that is both simple and secure.”

  • U.S. Bank, Samsung Working on New Mobile-Payments Service - “We're thrilled to have payments become a core capability of the mobile phone,” said Pam Joseph, vice chairman and head of U.S. Bank Payment Services. “The result of mobile payments is that our customers can use the same, familiar credit-card payment system but with added security and convenience.”

  • Synchrony Financial Enables Private Label Credit Card Benefits Through the Samsung Pay Secure Mobile Wallet - “This fits perfectly into our mobile wallet strategy to build, partner and invest in the latest technologies to benefit our customers and our partners,” said Margaret Keane, President and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “We continue to make our cards valuable to consumers, retailers and merchants and are pleased to expand our capabilities to securely offer private label credit card benefits through this mobile payment solution.”

  • Visa and Airtel Extend Mobile Payments to Seven African Countries - “Mobile payments can transform the lives of people throughout Africa who commonly have access to a mobile phone, but not a bank,” said Vish Sowani, Vice President of MNO Partnerships for Visa. “For most new subscribers, this will represent their first payment account and bring some of the latest digital payment advancements into the everyday experiences of Airtel’s customers.”

  • Announcing Bango Grid: The Global Launch Pad for Carrier Billing - Ray Anderson, Bango CEO said: “There are more than 700 MNOs globally, with different billing systems. It is no surprise that even the most ambitious app stores have not yet achieved 100 MNO activations. Bango Grid is rocket fuel for app stores, providing the only way to increase carrier billing activations at scale. For the first time, the tools required to activate hundreds of markets are all in one place, through one integrated system. Backed-up by the Bango Payments Platform, app stores can now make carrier-billed payment a reality for every customer."

  • MasterCard Reveals Consumer Sentiment on Payments Evolves from “Why Mobile?” to “What’s Next?” in 24 Months - "According to the latest MasterCard research, consumers have shifted their focus from questioning the security of mobile payments to now discussing the possibilities of enhanced digital experiences on devices."

  • MasterCard and Cubic to Make Mobile Devices the Remote Control for Global Cities - “MasterCard and Cubic, both lead members in the Smart Cities Council, share a vision to improve quality of life for everyday citizens in cities and help authorities to better manage population growth and urban development,” said Will Judge, head of Urban Mobility, MasterCard Enterprise Partnerships. “Combining our expertise and reach allows us to ultimately drive greater value and make consumers’ lives easier and more enjoyable as they travel around and between connected cities.”

  • ACI Worldwide and STS PayOne Partner to Provide ePayment and Fraud Prevention Services to the Middle East - Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Janti Abdallah, STS PayOne General Manager, said: “We strive to offer the best ePayment solutions to our clients, which includes providing the highest levels of security and fraud prevention. We were among the first to adopt and promote 3D Secure in the region, in addition to PKI and SSL encryption, not to mention achieving PCI-DSS compliance. The partnership with ACI Worldwide is in line with this eagerness to adopt best practices in fraud prevention and sustain our distinction and innovation.”

  • Intel Launches New Mobile SoCs, LTE Solution - “The evolution of the mobile landscape and growth of smart, connected devices has led to increased demand for more connectivity and real-time, protected data on those devices,” said Krzanich. “All of these factors are driving a transformation of the network to accelerate the delivery of new personal computing experiences, services and capabilities in a safe and secure manner. Intel is one of the only companies in the world that can provide solutions end-to-end for the full spectrum of mobility.”

  • NXP Launches New Secure Service Development Platform for Secure Mobile Transactions - “The SSDP supports partners wanting to create new secure applications by removing the technical challenges they face in getting credentials on to the secure element in phones and wearable devices. Now, instead of taking months, new applications can be created and validated in a matter of weeks,” said Jeff Miles, VP Business Development, NXP Semiconductors. “The SSDP will streamline the process for the development community therefore enabling phone and wearable technology manufacturers to bring these new apps to market faster.”

  • Raise Welcomes Gift Card Pioneer Don Kingsborough to Board of Directors - “Don has had a career full of incredible successes, and the role he played in cementing gift cards as a shopping staple has really set the stage for what we do at Raise,” said George Bousis, founder and CEO of Raise. “He's seen everything on all sides of the spectrum and will be a valued advisor to the company as we rely on his unparalleled experience and know-how to help manage growth, expectations, hiring, infrastructure and more."

  • SecureKey Announces $19M in New Funding to Broaden Adoption of Its Identity Network Services - “SecureKey allows organizations to build or subscribe to an identity network that connects consumers to online services via a trusted third-party credential of their choice, where both privacy and security are paramount,” said Charles Walton, CEO of SecureKey. “The funding will help SecureKey accelerate its growth, as people, governments, and organizations worldwide embrace a future that removes the burden of passwords while giving consumers the convenience, choice, and control they deserve.”

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February 27, 2015

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  • Visa to Acquire TrialPay - "As a payments technology partner to merchants globally, Visa will integrate TrialPay into its product portfolio as a simple, cost-effective way to help merchants acquire customers, drive traffic, and increase sales by reaching Visa cardholders with targeted offers."
  • CaixaBank develops new biometrics-based financial services - "CaixaBank launches the first application in Europe to support online banking transactions using voice commands. This represents the bank’s first service to explore the possibilities offered by biometrics to enhance customer interaction with banking channels."
  • American Express Adds New Benefits to Premier Rewards Gold Card - “We’re making one of our most popular cards even better. This latest investment for our Premier Rewards Gold Card Members is designed to deepen our relationship by providing more value in the areas they spend most -- from everyday spending on things like gas and groceries, to dining and larger travel purchases,” said Lisa Durocher, SVP, Consumer Charge Cards & Benefits at American Express.

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February 25, 2015

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February 23, 2015

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  • The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money - Wall St. Journal CIO Report (Irving Wladawsky-Berger) - "On January 27, Citi and Imperial College held their third annual Digital Money Symposium in London. As in previous years, the Symposium convened a group of leaders in their field to explore the state of adoption of digital money and its economic and societal impacts around the world."
  • How Technology Is Tricking You Into Tipping More - TechCrunch - "Digital payment systems use subtle tactics to increase tips, and while it’s certainly good for hard-working service workers, it may not be so good for your wallet."
  • Green Dot is targeting the 'unhappily banked' for its prepaid cards - Los Angeles Times - Streit said Green Dot targets people who are "unhappily banked, meaning you have a checking account somewhere and you just don't like it."
  • Visa research shows Australians set to embrace paying with their phones - News.com.au - "The Visa research shows that nearly two thirds of all face-to-face Visa transactions use payWave, compared with just 14.7 per cent in Canada and 21.5 per cent in Singapore."
  • Apple Pay seems to be growing well - Finer Things in Tech - "First is the list of retailers from the Apple Pay website, unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 announcement in September 2014. Next is the most updated list as of February 21, 2015."

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February 20, 2015

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