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September 25, 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."

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  • 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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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

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March 07, 2014

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January 27, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 27, 2014

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January 23, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 23, 2014

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December 17, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 17, 2013

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December 03, 2013

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October 23, 2013

PayPal and Blackhawk Network to Bring Gift Cards to the Digital Wallet

PayPal logo 140x60pxPayPal and Blackhawk Network have announced they are working together to enhance the gift card experience in general by bringing gift card services to the digital wallet.

According to the companies, "this collaboration will provide an easy way for consumers to both purchase gift cards and use them right from within the PayPal app – beginning in the first half of 2014. Consumers will also be able to reload gift cards from the app, check balances and, of course, be able to keep all of their gift cards in one handy place.:

October 21, 2013

Blackhawk Network to Acquire Intelispend Prepaid Solutions

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxBlackhawk Network has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire InteliSpend Prepaid Solutions, a provider in the corporate incentives and consumer promotions marketplace. The transaction is expected to close no later than November 8, 2013 and is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals.

"Blackhawk has become one of the largest third party providers of prepaid cards and payment solutions to consumers through its network of content providers and points of retail distribution. The acquisition of InteliSpend gives us a very strong entry into the complementary corporate incentives and consumer promotions channels," said Bill Tauscher, Blackhawk Network CEO.

"Together, we will be able to bring exciting new digital solutions into the corporate incentives industry in the U.S. and internationally, adding even more value for both InteliSpend's business customers and Blackhawk's content partners," he added.

InteliSpend is one of the largest providers of prepaid open loop incentive products. The company pioneered Restricted Authorized Network (RAN) technology and developed the DirectSpend product that enables clients to fine-tune the effectiveness of their incentives programs by controlling merchant acceptance and directing consumer spend.

July 09, 2013

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June 04, 2013

Monitise to Integrate Blackhawk Network Gift Cards into Mobile Wallets

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxBlackhawk Network and Monitise have announced an agreement to make prepaid gift cards from Blackhawk Network's GiftCardMall™ available for purchase from participating banks and payment companies' mobile wallets that are powered by Monitise.

We believe that consumer demand for gift cards is increasing around the world and with it the expectation that access to mobile offerings will allow consumers to make purchases whenever they want," said Tim Attinger, Group Vice President, Strategy and Innovation at Blackhawk Network.

"By working with Monitise, we are helping its bank partners bring great retail brands and consumers together with new revenue opportunities and marketing applications. We are also excited about the overlap between certain of Blackhawk's global content and Monitise's international footprint and aspirations."

May 29, 2013

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April 25, 2013

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April 19, 2013

Blackhawk Network Holdings (HAWK) Completes Initial Public Offering

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxBlackhawk Network Holdings, a majority owned subsidiary of Safeway, completed its initial public offering and began trading earlier Friday on NASDAQ under the symbol HAWK.

Shares were priced at $23 with 10 million shares being offered by the company. In today's trading, the shares advanced 13% to close at $26.01 at the market close. At that price, the market valuation for the company would be about $1.4 billion.

Blackhawk distributes prepaid cards, including gift cards, and connects brands to consumers via partnerships with various retail distributors, such as grocery store chains.

March 19, 2013

November 26, 2012

October 11, 2012

Blackhawk To Offer Gift Cards Through mFoundry’s Mobile Banking Platform

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxBlackhawk Network announced that it has contracted with mFoundry, enabling Blackhawk to offer digital and physical gift cards from hundreds of brand name merchants to smartphone users through Fin.X, mFoundry's next generation mobile banking platform.

“This new partnership between Blackhawk Network and mFoundry is an exciting milestone for us,” said Talbott Roche, President, Blackhawk Network. “Our ability to offer both digital and physical gift cards from the nation’s leading retailers combined with mFoundry’s mobile banking and payment solutions expertise allows us to bring financial institutions a wonderful opportunity to drive new revenue streams from digital channels while deepening relationships with consumers and retailers.”

September 05, 2012

Safeway Announces Preparations for Blackhawk Network IPO

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxSafeway has announced that it plans to file a registration statement in the United States for a potential IPO of a minority ownership stake in Blackhawk Network.

Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Safeway Inc., operates Blackhawk Network, Inc., a leading prepaid payments network for consumers and businesses. The company offers the industry's most popular prepaid gift cards and payment services from leading brands through a network of leading grocery stores, big box, convenience, pharmacy, specialty stores and Internet retailers including GiftCardMall.com. Blackhawk operates a proprietary network that connects to over 500 content providers and over 70,000 active retail distribution locations globally.

April 17, 2012

December 12, 2011

October 24, 2011

Blackhawk Network Acquires Cardpool

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxBlackhawk Network announced the acquisition of Cardpool, a gift card exchange for buying, selling and trading gift cards.

"Blackhawk Network has always provided consumers with the utmost convenience for making their gift card purchases," said Bill Tauscher, Chairman and CEO, Blackhawk Network. "We now look forward to extending that convenience to gift card recipients by allowing them to easily get the gift card they want through this exchange."

October 11, 2011

September 26, 2011

September 13, 2011

Blackhawk Network Expands REloadit Network

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxBlackhawk Network has announced five new companies that have joined Blackhawk's REloadit Network –– AccountNow, Galileo, NetSpend, Precash and Ready Credit.

"This impressive line-up of new partners expands Blackhawk Network's services to more prepaid debit cardholders than ever before," says Talbott Roche, President, Blackhawk Network. "We look forward to continuing to enhance our REloadit Network through valuable partnerships and giving consumers the choice and flexibility they deserve in managing their finances."

May 04, 2011

Blackhawk Network Introduces Gift Card Mall in Mexico

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxBlackhawk Network has announced that its Gift Card Mall is now available in hundreds of Office Depot and Comercial Mexicana stores throughout Mexico.

"By bringing Gift Card Mall to Mexico, we are meeting the consumer's demand for prepaid products," said Dan Dmochowski, President of International, Blackhawk Network. "We've brought the most popular brands to one location, so consumers now have the convenience of a one stop shop for all their gifting and prepaid needs."

February 10, 2011

Blackhawk Network Launches it First Gift Card App

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxBlackhawk Network has announced the launch of its first GiftCardMall.com iPhone application.

GiftCardMall.com now enables iPhone users to purchase and send personalized eGift cards directly from their iPhone to a recipient’s email or Facebook account. eGift Cards can be personalized by adding your favorite photo of your Valentine to a gift card or by adding a special note or love poem.

December 27, 2010

Gift Card Mall Helps Facebook Users Change Their Gifting Habits

BlackhawkNetwork_logo-140px.pngBlackhawk Network has announced a new "gift card mall" Facebook application that helps consumers give gift cards in a social context.

Through the Group Gifting feature of the new Gift Card Mall Facebook application, Facebook friends are now able to contribute as a group for a single gift card, thereby increasing the value of the gift card for the recipient. A personalized message can also be added to a card. Additionally, the social networking gifting aspect enables Facebook users to remind others about friends' upcoming holidays and celebrations, further transforming the way people network and shop together.

December 22, 2010

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