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September 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 17, 2014

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September 15, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 15, 2014

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  • The New AmEx - Barron's - "While 64% of card purchases were for travel and entertainment in 1990, those areas now make up just 26% of spending on the cards."
  • The Critical Path #122: Where the Money is - Asymco.com (Horace Dediu) - "How and why does Apple get paid for Apple Pay? Anders and Horace dive into the payments value chain and break it all down for you: whats in it for users, merchants, issuing banks and payment networks."
  • Why Apple Pay could succeed where others have had underwhelming results - ArsTechnica - "Instead, Apple Pay will succeed where others have seen only tepid results because of timing (that key element in both comedy and product launches)."
  • Did Apple just become a big bank? - TheHill.com - “People have been paying in the United States using plastic cards for 40 years. This is, without question, the most significant technological change in payments in four decades.”
  • The Digital Wallet Revolution - New York Times - "That’s the sort of thing that the current generation of digital wallets already promises; the only obstacle is adoption by retailers. But that won’t be an obstacle for long. Frictionless exchange is a killer app."
  • Digital Wallets - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "The term "digital wallet" gets used a lot without much precision. It's important to understand what a digital wallet is, and isn't."
  • Mobile operators abandon joint 'wave and pay' project as Apple looms - Telegraph (UK) - "Weve, a company owned by EE, O2 and Vodafone, has abandoned plans for a standard 'mobile wallet’ service that it was hoped would make it easier for retailers and banks to work with the operators."
  • The ATM and the Battle for Bitcoin’s Physical Interface - CoinDesk - "The ATM Industry Association released a position paper on bitcoin ATMs this month, calling for greater regulation and welcoming bitcoin ATM operators into the fold."

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September 11, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 11, 2014

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  • Apple Pay Stirs, But Doesn’t Shake, the Mobile Landscape - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "Looked at it from the payment context alone, Apple Pay does not do a great deal more than what Softpay/Isis and Google Wallet have already achieved. But the combination of Apple’s design focus and its assumption of a reasonably non-threatening role within the payments ecosystem should make a difference."
  • MasterCard Loses EU Court Case Over Interchange Card Fees - Wall St. Journal - "Europe's top court on Thursday backed a decision by the European Commission to ban cross-border fees set by MasterCard on the grounds that they harmed competition."
  • How Apple Pushes Entire Industries Forward - HBR Blog Network (Maxwell Wessel) - "Apple used its power as an impatient convener to move an industry. Yesterday, Tim Cook showed that, like the White House, when Apple calls, you answer."
  • How Apple Pay works and why it matters for developers - Clover Developers Blog - "Apple Pay marks the first time a popular operating system is making payments a platform service for real-world, non-digital-good transactions, in a broad, inclusive manner that is compatible with the mainstream payments processing industry."
  • Apple Pay and the CFPB - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "I think Apple may have just become a regulated financial institution, unwittingly. Basically, I think Apple is now a "service provider" for purposes of the Consumer Financial Protection Act, which means Apple is subject to CFPB examination and UDAAP."
  • 8 ways that iOS 8 will change mobile engagement - Mobile Commerce Daily - "Over the last five years, push notifications have grown from a developer tool to deliver alerts to users to become the most transformative marketing technology of the last decade, driving dramatically greater consumer response than traditional channels such as email."
  • Coinbase Expands Internationally, Now Available In 14 Countries - Coinable Blog - "Coinbase is now available in 14 countries. We’re adding 13 additional countries across Europe including Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, and Slovakia."

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September 10, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 10, 2014

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  • Bank for International Settlements: Non-banks in retail payments - "In a report published today by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), central bankers examine the role of non-banks in retail payment services and analyse the implications of the growing importance of these entities in retail payments. The report, Non-banks in retail payments, is based on several fact-finding exercises that were conducted to support the analysis..."
  • Fiserv Financial Institution Clients Can Keep their Cards at the Top of the Mobile Wallet with New Tokenization Capabilities - “Fiserv is equipping our clients to meet growing consumer demand for payments from their mobile device, whether they are paying a bill, paying another person or making a purchase. Our partnerships with Visa and MasterCard to support tokenization, and our planned support of tokenization through our own Accel network, are part of our overall commitment to bringing secure and simple digital payment solutions to our clients and their customers.”

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September 09, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 9, 2014

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  • Apple Announces Apple Pay - “Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you’re using Apple Pay in a store, restaurant or other merchant, cashiers will no longer see your name, credit card number or security code, helping to reduce the potential for fraud,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.
  • Apple Announces iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus—The Biggest Advancements in iPhone History - "For the first time iPhone is available in two new sizes: iPhone 6 features a stunning 4.7-inch Retina® HD display with 1334 x 750 resolution, providing 38 percent more viewing area than iPhone 5s, while iPhone 6 Plus features an even bigger 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, providing 88 percent more viewing area and nearly three times the pixels than iPhone 5s."
  • MasterCard Works with Apple to Integrate Apple Pay - “We have been a pioneer of mobile commerce innovation for years – including the world’s first contactless and mobile payment solutions. We're thrilled that MasterCard cardholders will soon be able to make payments from their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, knowing that every purchase is secure and offers all the same guarantees and benefits they've come to expect from using their MasterCard.”
  • Visa and Apple Opening a New Era of Payments on Mobile Devices - “Combining the trust, scale and security of Visa payments with Apple Pay will accelerate adoption of mobile payments,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc. “We said from the beginning that token services would provide great new consumer and merchant experiences, and you’re seeing it today in our efforts with Apple, and there’s more to come.”
  • Capital One Brings Payment Innovation to Customers with Apple Pay - “Working with Apple, we’re excited to bring Apple Pay to tens of millions of Capital One customers,” said Frank LaPrade, Chief Enterprise Services Officer, Capital One Financial Corporation. “We are laser-focused on the evolution of digital products and services. Our goal is to provide our customers with payment options that help them succeed and simplify their lives.”
  • U.S. Bank Provides Customers an Easy Way to Pay with Apple Pay - “Having been a part of a group of industry leaders paving the way to more convenient and secure mobile and online payments, it’s clear that Apple Pay is a tremendous step forward,” said Pamela Joseph, vice chair and head of the payments division at U.S. Bank. “Consumers are never far from their mobile devices, so making it safer and easier to pay with those devices is great news for our customers and for the industry. Combining Apple’s history of innovation with the scale and loyalty of U.S. Bank, Apple Pay has the ability to impact and drastically accelerate the adoption of mobile payments."
  • Visa Launches Innovative Token Service - "Visa Token Service replaces sensitive payment account information found on plastic cards with a digital account number or “token”. Because “tokens” do not carry a consumer’s payment account details, such as the 16-digit account number, they can be safely stored by online merchants or on mobile devices to facilitate ecommerce and mobile payments."
  • NCR to Help Industries Integrate Apple Pay - “With Apple Pay, Apple has transformed mobile payments and will have an impact on the industry like never before. We are thrilled to be working closely with Apple to help Retail and Hospitality customers integrate this new method of payment into their operations, providing an easy, safe and secure way to pay with a single touch,” said Jimmy Fortuna, Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technology Officer, NCR Hospitality.
  • The Debut of Apple Pay Creates a Dynamic New Platform for Powerful First Data Transaction Technology - “Apple Pay has transformed mobile payments in a way that our clients will love, and will have an impact on the industry like never before,” said Frank Bisignano, First Data’s Chairman and CEO. “We’re thrilled to bring First Data solutions to support Apple Pay, along with the financial institutions, merchants developing apps and consumers to provide an easy, safe and secure way to pay with a single touch.”
  • TSYS Supports Apple Pay - “TSYS’ support of Apple Pay is a landmark opportunity for us and demonstrates our people-centered approach to payments for all parties in the payments ecosystem,” said M. Troy Woods, president and chief executive officer, TSYS. “Our number one priority is security for the banks and retailers we serve, so their customers can conduct their lives with confidence and convenience. Apple Pay will change the face of the mobile payments industry and our role in the digital marketplace.”
  • The Home Depot Provides Update on Breach Investigation - “We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers, and I want to thank them for their patience and support as we work through this issue,” said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO.

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September 08, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 8, 2014

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  • BitPay Opens Larger Amsterdam Office - “Europeans are familiar with multiple currencies and are at the forefront of mobile technology adoption, so it’s easy to see why bitcoin is popular and widely-used.”

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September 05, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 5, 2014

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  • Catalina Acquires Cellfire, Becomes Leader in CPG Load-to-Card Digital Couponing - "Catalina, the personalized digital media company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cellfire, the leading provider of load-to-card (L2C) digital coupons in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market. In response to shopper demand for digital and mobile coupons, this acquisition makes Catalina the leading provider of L2C digital coupons in the CPG industry..."

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September 04, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 4, 2014

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  • Top of Mind Payment Issues in Europe - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "One overarching point is that even as the Euro serves as a common currency in 18 countries, you really can’t think in terms of “European payment preferences”. Rather, there are German payment preferences, French payment preferences, and so on."
  • McDonald’s preparing for launch of NFC-based mobile payments system - Mobile Commerce Daily - "An internal memo sent to McDonald’s franchises this week informed employees that they must be trained on the near-field communication (NFC) payment systems by Monday, Sept. 15..."
  • Merchants Will Decide The Fate of Apple's Mobile Wallet - Forrester (Denée Carrington) - "To be successful, Apple’s wallet must have a compelling merchant value proposition - like lowering a merchant’s operational costs or helping to drive more revenue - in order to win merchant acceptance and preference at checkout."
  • Top US Colleges Begin Offering Bitcoin Courses - CoinDesk - "Professor Geoffrey Miller taught the first class of NYU’s new course, The Law and Business of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies, yesterday."
  • Peter Thiel's contrarian strategy - Fortune - "Among students of business, PayPal may be known less for its own success than for the subsequent achievements of the people Thiel helped attract to build it."
  • Episode 565: The Story Of Alibaba - NPR Planet Money Podcast - "You can think of Alibaba like Amazon or Ebay, except you can buy way more on Alibaba — you can get a used 747 airplane, or an oil tanker, or 500 million tiny screws."

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  • FIS Brings Instant P2P Payments Capabilities to EverBank - “EverBank clients want to be able to quickly send payments online or from their mobile phones to friends, family or colleagues, using just an e-mail or mobile number, and they trust us to provide those payment services safely and securely,” said Vincent Amato, EverBank senior vice president and director of banking operations. “FIS People Pay allows us to provide such a service, fully branded to our bank, so our clients have the safe, secure payment services they’re looking for.”
  • Pizza Hut and Visa Checkout Ready to Dish Up A Million Pizzas - “Visa Checkout offers our customers another simple and secure way to quickly order online from Pizza Hut, and we’re excited to be the first pizza company to pass along this convenience to consumers,” said Carrie Walsh, chief marketing officer for Pizza Hut. “With this incredible offer of one million pizzas we think people will be energized to experience this latest technology.”

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September 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 3, 2014

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  • Merchant Customer Exchange Unveils its Mobile Payment Network – CurrentC™ - "CurrentC is a software-based solution that works with most existing point-of-sale and payment terminals — providing merchants large and small with a cost-effective entry point into the mobile payments movement. CurrentC will utilize a secure paycode and will not require additional hardware from most customers or merchants."
  • A Message from CEO, Michael Abbott: Isis Wallet is Becoming Softcard - "Together with a simple and flexible visual system, the inherent simplicity of Softcard gives it the potential to become a category defining name. That’s a bold aspiration, but one that matches the breadth of our vision."
  • MasterCard Announces Inaugural MasterCard Start Path Class - “The opportunity to work closely with each of our Start Path startups that are experimenting with the next generation of commerce solutions is really exciting,” said Stephane Wyper, MasterCard Start Path Global Lead. “We’re looking forward to rolling up our sleeves with the companies to tackle immediate challenges as they scale their business by connecting them directly with subject matter experts from across MasterCard and the global partners we work with.”
  • NFL Fans Score with Visa Checkout - The Easier Way to Pay Online - Through our relationship with merchants on creative customer promotions, we’re showcasing the easier way to pay online in a really powerful way,” said Antonio Lucio, chief global brand officer, Visa Inc. “This campaign is a great example of how Visa is teaming up with leading merchants to showcase a better way to pay online. It also allows millions of consumers to experience and enjoy first-hand how, with Visa Checkout, we’ve brought the simplicity and speed of the ‘swipe’ to the online world.”
  • Acquisition of Clear2Pay Bolsters FIS’ Enterprise Payments Portfolio - "This strategic acquisition demonstrates our commitment to delivering the technologies and assets that will enable our clients, especially large and global institutions, to realize a truly modern payments environment that encompasses all customer channels, simplifies payment operations, reduces costs and provides a better customer experience.”
  • Fiserv Redesigns Corillian Online Banking to Deliver a Simplified, Tablet-Inspired User Experience - “Online banking continues to be the foundational experience of digital banking,” said Jim Tobin, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Channels, Fiserv. “It’s important to get online right, because so many other channels extend from it, and that is why we put so much thought into the redesign of Corillian Online ASP."
  • Late Payment Culture Hinders Growth for Global Businesses - "Over half (57%) of international businesses surveyed by Basware and MasterCard admit to having actively delayed paying their suppliers in the past 12 months. The findings underscore a late payment culture, which three out of four businesses now consider normal practice, that is hampering in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)"

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September 02, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 2, 2014

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  • EPIC and U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation Network Announce Global Card Acceptance - “EPIC has tapped into the power of our well-established platform for processing card transactions,” said U.S. Bank Payment Sales and Client Relationship Executive Jeff Rankin. “Adding the EPIC Card as a payment option at all of our FBO-serviced locations makes both the EPIC Card and the U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation Network even more convenient for customers.”
  • Monitise : Board and Executive Management Changes - "Mike Dreyer, former Global Head of Technology at Visa Inc., has been appointed President, Americas. Mike, who now oversees all sales activity and major accounts spanning the US, Canada and Latin America, reports to Monitise co-CEO Elizabeth Buse."
  • IDology and Jumio Partner to Enhance the Manual Document Review Process - “IDology and Jumio share the same goal – to make identity verification easy for businesses while simultaneously making that process seamless and without hassle for the customer,” said Daniel Mattes, Founder and CEO, Jumio.

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August 29, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 29, 2014

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  • MasterCard-branded National eID Card Launched in Nigeria - "The eID card forms a key component of the Nigerian Identity Management System, deployed by NIMC as part of its mandate to create, maintain and operate the country’s first central National Identity Database and provide proof of identity to Nigerians 16 years and older."

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August 26, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 26, 2014

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August 20, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 20, 2014

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  • Introducing the Uber API - Uber Blog - "As of today, we officially open—to all developers—access to many of the primitives that power Uber’s magical experience. Apps can pass a destination address to the Uber app, display pickup times, provide fare estimates, access trip history and more."
  • Uber Launches An Open API With 11 Partners, Including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and United Airlines - TechCrunch - "That means any app that can send a destination address to Uber will be able to display pickup times and fare estimates without users having to leave their apps. For a small set of select partners, Uber will also allow users to request a car without having to open its own app."
  • A Chain Funding Update - Chain Blog - "Today, we’re pleased to announce that Chain has closed a $9.5M round of funding led by Khosla Ventures, who are joined by return backers RRE Ventures, Thrive Capital, and SV Angel."
  • UPS Investigating Possible Security Breach - New York Times BITS Blog - "UPS hired an information security firm and discovered that the malware was on its in-store cash register systems at 51 of its locations in 24 states, roughly 1 percent of UPS’s 4,470 franchises throughout the United States."
  • Wells Fargo Launches Accelerator To Promote Innovation In Financial Services - TechCrunch - "Sahni said the company had informally been running an accelerator-like program for years, looking out for smaller companies and helping them prepare for “prime time.” Now the bank is making it official so that it can give these startups exposure and guidance from across the company."
  • First Data, a Payment Processing Giant, Looks Beyond the Swipe - StreetFight - "Senior Vice President of First Data Ventures Peter Donat said the partnership will allow First Data to improve its analytics platform, which uses sales information to create actionable solutions for small to midsized businesses."
  • This is how PayPal will take over your phone - VentureBeat - "Braintree’s new SDK, combined with this new payment feature, has the potential to make PayPal the go-to payments destination for mobile consumers and developers alike."
  • Forget Passwords. Now Banks Can Track Your Typing Behavior On Phones - Forbes - “We’re monitoring the small stuff,” says Neil Costigan, founder of Behaviosec, the Swedish security startup behind the recent roll-out. “The flight between the keys, which corners of the keys you tend to hit, where you pause."

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August 19, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 19, 2014

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August 18, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 18, 2014

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  • Hostility in Payments - LinkedIn (Scott Loftesness) - "The recent entry of Amazon.com into the small merchant mobile POS card acceptance market may signal the last phase of increasing hostility in the US merchant acquiring segment of the card payments business."
  • Host Card Emulation 101 (White Paper) - Smart Card Alliance - "This white paper was developed by the Smart Card Alliance Mobile and NFC Council to provide an educational resource on host card emulation (HCE), describing what it is, how it’s used, how it compares with the secure element (SE)-based card emulation approach, what key considerations are for payment applications, and what security aspects should be considered for HCE-enabled applications."
  • Banks, Retailers Speed Up Drive to Add Chips to Credit, Debit Cards - Wall St. Journal - "Although the cards still have a magnetic strip on the back to be used at merchants that haven't upgraded their technology, the computer chips don't work with a swipe at the register. Instead, shoppers slide the card into the bottom of the terminal and leave it there while the purchase is processed."
  • Three Trends That Will Make A Difference In Mobile Payments - TechCrunch (Alberto Jimenez) - "Those with a history in the mobile payments industry know that it has been a slow (and mostly disappointing) journey."
  • Coinbase Acquires Blockr.io, Welcomes New Staff - Coinbase Blog - "Today, we’re excited to announce that Coinbase has acquired Blockr.io. As part of the acquisition, we’re able to welcome two of its exceptionally talented employees to the Coinbase team: software engineer Sašo Matojina and designer Samo Drole."
  • CFPB Warning Ignores Bitcoin’s Consumer Protections - CoinDesk (Jon Matonis) - "While we should definitely heed the risks within a digital currency environment, just as we heed the risks inherent with physical money, we should be equally aware of the additional financial protections provided by bitcoin that are so critical for maintaining a free society."
  • How Bitcoin might transform international payments — a lifeline for millions - VentureBeat - "Remittance payments are a lifeline. ... Many of the financial institutions that move money back and forth charge exorbitant fees to keep that lifeline open—sometimes ten percent or more."

On the Wires:

  • Simon And Blackhawk Network Expand Relationship With Enhanced Visa Simon Giftcard - "Blackhawk's product gives us access to more consumer demanded features and the new deal will allow consumers to have the added convenience of buying our newly branded Simon Giftcard at participating Blackhawk distribution locations nationwide."
  • Navicure Launches New Patient Payment Platform - “To continue to thrive, healthcare organizations must collect patient payments at or near the time of service and no longer rely solely on patient statements, which can come months after care and long after the patient remembers what procedures were performed."

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August 15, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 15, 2014

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  • Why So Many Card Breaches? A Q&A - Krebs on Security - "For example, in my own economic analysis of the 40 million cards stolen in the Target breach, I estimate that the crooks responsible for that breach managed to sell only about 2-4 percent of the cards they stole."
  • Paper Boys - Inside the Dark, Labyrinthine, and Extremely Lucrative World of Consumer Debt Collection - New York Times Sunday Magazine
  • First Data vows lower fees in entry to Brazil payment market - Reuters - "First Data Corp plans to enter Brazil's card payment processing market through lower fees and additional services, a sign that robust demand for plastic money in Latin America's largest economy may not be enough for newcomers to gain market share."
  • On Prepaid - Finsurgency (Matt Harris) - "It is telling that the latent threat to financial institutions was always Wal‐Mart, and, in fact, prepaid partnerships with GreenDot and American Express enabled that latent threat to become very real."
  • Yahoo Dusts Off E-Commerce Service to Juice Revenue - Wall St. Journal Digits Blog - "In addition to renaming the service to Yahoo Stores, the company has added new tools for handling payments and building mobile versions of their storefronts, said Amit Kumar, head of Yahoo Small Business, in an interview."
  • For Merchants, Bitcoin Shows More Pop Than Potential - New York Times Dealbook - "There are benefits for merchants in offering Bitcoin as a payment option — lower processing fees rank high on the list — but some have questioned whether accepting virtual currency amounts to anything more than a marketing gimmick."
  • German Startup Says Its New Chip Halves Bitcoin Mining Energy - Wall St. Journal Digits Blog - "A German start-up is looking for funding to produce a new high-performance microchip that it says would make bitcoin mining much less energy intensive, and thus cheaper."

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August 14, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 14, 2014

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  • BitPay Expands San Francisco Office - "As part of the recent growth, the company has named Sonny Singh as its Chief Commercial Officer to oversee all sales operations. With over 15 years of experience in helping to grow tech companies, Sonny will be responsible for increasing BitPay’s customer base of over 40,000 merchants."
  • DISH Accepts Its First Bitcoin Payment - "Austin and Beccy Craig, the stars of a new documentary film “Life on Bitcoin,” were the first DISH customers to pay with the digital currency. The Craigs spent the first 101 days of their marriage paying exclusively with bitcoin. The documentary will soon be released chronicling their adventure and educating viewers about bitcoin."

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August 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 13, 2014

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August 12, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 12, 2014

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  • Back to Square One - Fast Company (Austin Carr) - "There's need for the urgency. Square's Reader and Register products are no longer unique; a slew of upstarts and big rivals such as PayPal, NCR, and VeriFone now offer their own equivalent iPad systems, which threaten to eat away at Square's merchant share and payments business."
  • Reviewed: Xapo’s Bitcoin Debit Card - CoinDesk - "Upon debut, CoinDesk finds that the Xapo Debit Card has potential to be a useful bitcoin spending tool, but there are a few hiccups it must overcome first."
  • Shift Is Developing A Debit Card That Lets You Spend Digital Currency, Loyalty Points And Regular Money - TechCrunch - "In the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in the world, 100 people are testing out a debit card that lets them pay with bitcoin and Ripple, and, in the future, regular money and loyalty points."
  • Partnering with Clover & First Data - GoodLabs Blog - "With such massive scale, we were obviously thrilled to launch our first in-store integration on their Clover platform, and we can’t say enough awesome things about partnering with them."
  • First Data: Gyft Deal Will Help Us Evaluate Bitcoin - CoinDesk - "...though the focus of the acquisition was Gyft’s mobile gift card platform, the company intends to take advantage of Gyft’s position in the bitcoin space to further its knowledge of emerging payment methods."
  • Black Hat 2014: A New Smartcard Hack - IEEE Spectrum - "The U.S. scheme is a mixture, with some banks issuing chip-and-PIN cards and others going down the signature route. We may therefore be about to see a large natural experiment as to whether it is better to authenticate transactions with a signature or a PIN."
  • Improving Mobile Security with Biometrics - Portals and Rails Blog - "No matter what biometric authentication methodology a system uses, the most important step is validating each customer's biometrics upon enrollment in the program."
  • New York Prosecutors Charge Payday Loan Firms With Usury - New York Times - "Beneath the dizzying corporate structure, prosecutors said, was a simple goal: make expensive loans even in states that outlawed them."

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  • FleetCor Agrees to Acquire Comdata for $3.45 Billion - "As an issuer and a processor, Comdata provides fleet, virtual card, and gift card solutions to over 20,000 customers. It has approximately 1,300 employees and enables over $54 billion in payments annually."
  • Square Announces New Accounting and Inventory Integrations for Canadian Businesses - "Square's partner platform connects Square sellers with new applications that complement Square's register service. Continuing to build upon Square's powerful, affordable and accessible business solutions, the QuickBooks Online, Xero and Stitch Labs integrations are designed to simplify operations for businesses throughout Canada."
  • Digital River Expands Its Brazil Payments Offerings for Online Merchants - “Brazil is the fourth largest payment card market in the world,” said Souheil Badran, senior vice president and general manager of Digital River World Payments. “A number of our clients view Brazil as a strategic growth opportunity. We can help them navigate this highly complex market for cross border commerce, improve their authorization and conversion rates, and control overhead costs and risks associated with managing their own local entities.”
  • TSYS Enables Secure Commerce with Tokenization - "The proliferation of “card-on-file” models, both remote and proximity, has created an industry need to produce and use tokens including: card-on-file at a merchant’s cart, digital wallets, QR and Bar codes, NFC and chip."
  • CFPB Warns Consumers About Bitcoin - "“Virtual currencies may have potential benefits, but consumers need to be cautious and they need to be asking the right questions,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Virtual currencies are not backed by any government or central bank, and at this point consumers are stepping into the Wild West when they engage in the market.”
  • Fiserv White Paper Outlines the Unique Mobile Banking Needs of Business Customers - “With more businesses using digital banking services, there is a focus on providing specialized mobile banking capabilities which cater to the needs of this attractive market segment,” said Teri Carstensen, division president, Bank Solutions, Fiserv.
  • American Express unveils The Centurion(SM) Lounge in New York LaGuardia Airport - “New York might be the city that never sleeps, but our Card Members can now find an oasis at LaGuardia Airport to relax and refresh when they’re traveling into and out of the city,” said Lisa Durocher, Senior Vice President, Consumer Charge Cards & Benefits at American Express. “As our third Centurion Lounge, opening the LaGuardia Airport location marks a huge milestone for us, and brings us closer to our goal of creating a better airport experience for our Card Members.”
  • Commerce Bank Introduces the USA Triathlon Visa® Rewards Credit Card - “We are excited to enter into a relationship with USA Triathlon and to offer their members a customized credit card as way to show their support for the organization and enthusiasm for one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Olympic movement,” said Chad Doza, Senior Vice President of Consumer Credit Card.

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August 08, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 8, 2014

On the Web:

  • Credit Scores Could Rise With FICO’s New Model - New York Times - "Because of the new scoring model, individuals with a median score of 711 — and an otherwise clean credit history, except for unpaid medical debts — may see their FICO score rise by 25 points."
  • How Uber Explains Our Economic Moment - HBR Blogs (Andrew McAfee) - "My driver said he’d been with Uber ever since he’d graduated from his master’s program in IT project management last year. This profession was, according to him, going through hard times."
  • How Bitcoin Went Legit - Management Today (UK) - "Charlotte Bowyer, head of digital policy at think tank the Adam Smith Institute, says the signs are there that the Bitcoin community is beginning to get serious about professionalising the currency..."
  • How Innovation in Payments Can Drive Local Marketing - StreetFight - "What we’re doing is making that more efficient, and, as a side benefit, simplifying the advertising infrastructure so that payment components can be given away for free."
  • Intuit Acquires UK-Based Payroll Service PaySuite - TechCrunch - "PaySuite is one of the larger providers of payroll software in the U.K. The company says that the partnership will help them to continue development for “small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers across the U.K. and around the world.”"
  • Gemalto Buys SafeNet for $890 Million - Wall St. Journal - "Gemalto said Friday that U.S.-based SafeNet's network data protection offering, which includes cryptographic systems used in cloud-based security, was a good fit with its authentication technology."
  • Oh Thank Heaven, Even 7-Eleven Has a Venture Capital Arm - Re/code.net - "The company sees itself not just as a place to get a hot dog or nachos, but potentially as the first or last mile for all manner of commerce."

On the Wires:

  • FICO Score 9 Introduces Refined Analysis of Medical Collections - "This latest version of the FICO® Score, the industry-standard measure of U.S. consumer credit risk, captures recent consumer behavior to give lenders better risk assessments across the credit lifecycle and all credit products."
  • TSYS Releases Payment Security White Paper - "The white paper suggests issuers are actively engaged in steps to establish a stronger payments ecosystem that includes layered security measures — such as card tokenization, EMV, adaptive risk-based 3D Secure and cardholder alerts — along with strong customer education to provide assurance which in turn increases usage and loyalty."

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August 06, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 6, 2014

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  • Global Payments Signs Referral Agreement with BitPay to Offer Bitcoin Payment Acceptance - "We focus on delivering innovative products and services to our global customer base, and this relationship provides us the ability to offer our merchants an integrated digital currency payment choice," said David Mangum, President and Chief Operating Officer for Global Payments. "We are pleased to partner with BitPay to provide next-generation payment solutions to our customers."
  • New Digital Currency Aims to Unite Every Money System on Earth - Wired - "Stellar can help take digital currency beyond rather insular projects like bitcoin and litecoin, melding it with fiat currencies and extending its advantages to the average internet consumer."
  • Improved email receipts - Stripe - "We're excited to share a couple of improvements to our email receipts!"
  • Apple, Samsung Call Patent Truce Outside U.S. - "The two technology giants agreed to dismiss all patent disputes between them in courts outside the U.S., marking an easing of tensions between the bitter rivals of the smartphone wars."
  • The Slow Recovery in Consumer Spending - Liberty Street Economics Blog (Federal Reserve Bank of New York) - "In particular, it appears that households remain—almost five years after the end of the recession—wary about their future income growth and employment prospects."
  • Simon expands iBeacon program to outfit more smart malls - Mobile Commerce Daily - "Simon’s deployment of Mobiquity’s Mobi-Beacon network, already in place in 75 of its premier shopping destinations, provides a unique, opt-in opportunity for customers to engage with retailers, brands and mall apps for timely and contextually relevant personalized offers, information and real-time experiences."
  • Retailers Who Take Bitcoin Love It - Mashable - "For them, the currency is a viable, preferable alternative to credit cards that don't carry the same risk of fraud and have lower transaction fees."
  • New Strategy as Tech Giants Transform Into Conglomerates - "The goal is no longer building a business but to be in the orbit of these tech giants. Or to put it another way, to win the lottery."

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August 05, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 5, 2014

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  • Newegg Adds Visa Checkout to Streamline the Shopping Experience - “Visa Checkout is a great service that helps our customers make their purchases on Newegg quickly and conveniently,” said Soren Mills, Chief Marketing Officer of Newegg North America. “It removes much of the tedium inherent to the online checkout process, especially for our customers who like to shop on mobile devices.”
  • Citi to Source $2.5 Billion to “Power Africa” - Jim Cowles, CEO of Citi for the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region, said, “We are proud to be a partner in this phenomenal project, an initiative to double the number of people who have access to electricity across Africa. Citi has a unique footprint in Africa and a commitment to enabling progress on the Continent through our technical expertise, financing and risk mitigation tools.”
  • Paychex Announces Payroll Card Solution for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses - "NetSpend ... will serve as the exclusive program manager and processor for the Skylight PayOptions Program. BofI Federal Bank, Member FDIC, issues the Skylight ONE Prepaid MasterCard."

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August 04, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 4, 2014

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August 01, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 1, 2014

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  • It's a slow news day! Enjoy your summer!

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July 31, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 31, 2014

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  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports Second-Quarter 2014 Financial Results - “We are pleased with another quarter of solid performance, driven by healthy volume and revenue growth,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We continue to invest in our strategic initiatives, including acquisitions, while strengthening partnerships with banks, merchants, governments and mobile operators to grow and improve our business and theirs.”
  • Vantiv Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results - "The second quarter marks an exciting time at Vantiv," said Charles Drucker, president and chief executive officer at Vantiv. "We delivered another solid quarter of growth, and we executed on many of our strategic initiatives. By investing in high-growth channels, we have positioned Vantiv as a leader in the industry that will win share as the market evolves."
  • LifeLock Announces New Personalized Alerts Across Credit Cards, Checking, Savings and Investment Accounts - LifeLock President Hilary Schneider said, “Only LifeLock can monitor for identity theft across such a broad array of a consumer’s financial accounts, going significantly beyond simple credit monitoring. Consumers now have even more tools to give themselves peace of mind. This is particularly important in a digital world where identity thieves are constantly changing tactics"
  • BitFury Announces Hosted Mining Services - "BitFury is one of the oldest and largest Bitcoin miners in the world. Some 40 percent of all Bitcoins are mined using BitFury chips."

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July 30, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 30, 2014

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  • First Data Announces Agreement to Acquire Gyft, the Leading Digital Platform that Enables Consumers to Buy, Send, Manage and Redeem Gift Cards Using Mobile Devices - “Gyft, with its mobile gifting platform, and First Data, with its global scale and distribution network, together will accelerate the growth of virtual prepaid with powerful new tools for merchants of all sizes to deepen their relationships with their customers,” said Guy Chiarello, president, First Data. “This means that the same robust toolset deployed by big box retailers will be coming soon to small- to mid-sized businesses, perfectly synched with our mission to offer innovative solutions to help our clients grow.”
  • Amazon Announces Additional US $2 Billion Investment in India - "We see huge potential in the Indian economy and for the growth of e-commerce in India. With this additional investment of US $2 billion, our team can continue to think big, innovate, and raise the bar for customers in India. At current scale and growth rates, India is on track to be our fastest country ever to a billion dollars in gross sales."
  • BitPay's New Plan: Free, Unlimited, Forever - “When we started BitPay in 2011, we saw an opportunity to finally give merchants around the world relief from interchange fees. By offering a basic plan that is free and unlimited, forever, we give merchants yet another reason to be excited about bitcoin.”
  • Bank of America Changes the Game With Preferred Rewards - “Preferred Rewards is the first program of its kind to offer clients benefits and rewards for everyday banking,” said Dean Athanasia, president of Preferred Banking at Bank of America. “It is the result of deep client research to develop and deliver a simple program that provides clients benefits and rewards they will actually use, and shows them how much we appreciate it when they choose to do more business with us.”
  • Blackhawk Network and Amazon Offer New Mobile Wallet Capabilities - "Blackhawk Network's expertise in gift card management provides our customers with access to the retailers they want and the digital experience that Amazon is committed to delivering," said Charlie Kindel, Director, Amazon Local Commerce. "Together we are helping consumers get the full value of their gift cards with the safety and convenience of storing them digitally. Instead of fearing they might lose or forget about them, they can have them on hand to use wherever and whenever they choose."
  • Heartland Payment Systems to Acquire TouchNet Information Systems, Inc. - “I am extremely pleased to announce the acquisition of TouchNet, which is not only Heartland’s largest acquisition to date, but is also an excellent complement to our existing Campus Solutions business that will immediately improve our growth profile and contribute to our bottom line,” said Robert O. Carr, chairman and CEO of Heartland Payment Systems.
  • Boku Unlocks India for Mobile Payments - “We knew early on that Qubecell had the right approach, the right people, and the right technical capacity to be a great fit with Boku,” said Jon Prideaux, CEO of Boku. “Now that our integration is complete we are providing existing Boku merchants – including top social media networks and global games companies -- with the very best access to the Indian market. Indian companies also now have access to Boku’s global network."
  • New Fiserv White Paper Outlines Immediate Mobile Payments Opportunities for Financial Institutions - "Titled “The Four Pillars of Mobile Payments: Immediate Opportunities,” the white paper outlines how a strategic approach to mobile payments starts with the services consumers are using today."

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July 29, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 29, 2014

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July 28, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 28, 2014

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  • Coming Soon!

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July 25, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 25, 2014

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July 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 24, 2014

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  • LoopPay Secures Investment from Visa Inc. - “Visa continually evaluates and invests in new technologies that have the potential to transform mobile devices into secure payment vehicles,” said Jim McCarthy, senior vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships, Visa Inc. “LoopPay has developed compelling technology that has the potential to enable merchants to accept payments from mobile devices using their existing point-of-sale infrastructure.”
  • Citi® Commercial Cards Joins With Concur® to Offer a New, Enhanced Reporting Solution - We’re excited to partner with Concur, a recognized leader in the industry, to provide these reporting packages to our clients. These enhanced travel reports will not only provide efficiencies for our customers by automating current manual processes, but also enable clients to make key travel program decisions more quickly and with more confidence,” noted Manish Kohli, Citi’s Global Head of Commercial Cards.
  • Discover® Fuels Summer Fun with Cashback Bonus® at Gas Stations - “Discover cardmembers who are commuting or traveling can earn up to $75 Cashback Bonus for the many miles they drive during the summer months,” said Heather L. Roche, vice president of rewards at Discover.

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