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August 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 27, 2015

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  • Introducing the Square Appointments App - "The new Appointments app is available for iPhone –– even if you don’t process payments with Square. We want to empower you to do business anywhere, and our family of Square apps makes it easier to run your point of sale, check your sales reports, and book more business."
  • Consumers Believe Nontraditional Providers Will Drive Financial Industry Innovation, Says Research from Raddon Financial Group - “U.S. consumers continue to trust that banks and credit unions will provide them with the highest quality and most secure financial services available, and they believe that the emergence of nontraditional financial service providers has the potential to drive innovation in the industry,” said Bill Handel, vice president of research, Raddon Financial Group.
  • Consumers Rank Discounts and Savings on Fuel as Their #1 Preferred Reward - “This survey confirms what our merchant partners and over 5 million members have been telling us for the last three years,” said Brandon Logsdon, President and CEO of Dallas-based Excentus. “Today’s consumers clearly value the ability to earn rewards – like fuel savings – that have a meaningful and tangible impact on their household budget, making everyday life more affordable."

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July 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 31, 2015

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  • Visa Inc. Appoints Eduardo Coello to Leadership Role for the Latin America and Caribbean Region - “I couldn’t be more pleased to see Eduardo Coello continue to lead Visa’s growth for LAC,” said Eduardo Eraña, current Group Executive for Visa Inc. LAC. “With his deep knowledge of the region, strong client relationships, proven industry expertise, and passion for innovation, he is the right leader to grow the business and further extend Visa’s leadership position.”
  • Heartland Introduces Heartland Out-of-Scope Solution for pcAmerica’s POS Merchants - "The Heartland Secure out-of-scope solution streamlines the POS provider’s path to Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) acceptance by taking the POS system completely out of the payment authorization process, which means no cardholder data is ever sent to the POS system."
  • Springboard Retail and Heartland Partner to Deliver Integrated Retail Solutions for Small Businesses - “Springboard Retail, designed by retailers, helps retailers drive sales, improve efficiency, and lower operating costs to be competitive in today's omni-channel retail world,” says Springboard Retail co-founder and CEO, Gordon Russell. “Springboard's simple and transparent pricing aligns well with Heartland's approach and Springboard Retail is pleased to endorse the Merchant Bill of Rights. By partnering with Heartland, Springboard Retail furthers our mission of helping our retailers grow and prosper now and into the future.”
  • Discover Card Offers a Good Grades Reward Program - "New student cardmembers who apply after July 23, 2015 will be rewarded with $20 in Cashback Bonus® if their grade point average is 3.0 (or equivalent) or higher each year they are enrolled in school, for the first five years from the account opening."

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June 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

On the Wires:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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March 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 31, 2015

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  • Apple Pay Running Into Hurdles at Checkout Counter, Survey Finds - Bloomberg Business - "The majority of people who used Apple Pay said they did so because it was faster than a traditional credit card. Almost 60 percent they were using it because “it’s new, stylish or cool,” while 58 percent said they thought it was safer than a normal credit card."
  • Square Wants to Become a Platform — Here’s Why that Matters For Small Businesses - StreetFight - "Now, with millions of small businesses already using its application to process payments, the company needs to navigate through a complex and crowded small business software market to build a platform from which merchants can run their business."
  • The Most Important Question for Launching Your Digital Platform - MasterCard Blog (Ed McLaughlin) - "It was quite a trip down memory lane to revisit our strategy for launching and growing that business. Even more striking is how the same principles we applied online in the first-wave of internet use are even more vital to launching a new platform today, in a world where digital convergence is radically altering the day-to-day experiences, preferences, and habits of consumers."

On the Wires:

  • MasterCard Easy Savings® Program and Rakuten.com Provide Millions of Ways for Small Businesses to Save - “Easy Savings was built to make savings on everyday needs stress-free and simple—all you have to do is use your eligible MasterCard business card,” said Jay Singer, senior vice president, North America commerical products. “With the broad selection of goods and merchants that Rakuten.com offers and the services that BizEquity provides, we can now deliver even more value to our small business cardholders enrolled in the program.”
  • Moneris to work with Verifone as Exclusive Provider for its Countertop Terminal Solutions in United States - “We’re pleased to be able to work with Verifone as a key partner in our work to help U.S. merchants transition to EMV-enabled payment devices,” said Chris Lee, president, North American strategic partnerships and emerging markets. “Verifone is a leader in next generation EMV solutions and the VX 520 offers merchants a cost-effective, durable, feature-rich product that can manage everything from EMV to contactless payments.”
  • Criteo Report Reveals Consumers Increasingly Comfortable with Mobile Purchases - “Mobile commerce is growing like a weed,” said Jonathan Wolf, chief product officer, Criteo. “In just the last three months there was a 10 percent increase in mobile transactions in the US alone. Smartphones are now the majority of mobile transactions, and the growth of larger screen sizes and better mobile sites is only going to accelerate this trend.”
  • ProPay Announces ProFac Express for Payment Facilitators - “ProPay’s ProFac Express lets payment facilitators take immediate advantage of our industry-leading transaction processing platform – including online application, instant boarding, underwriting and more – while also empowering them to play an active role in the processing and client-service relationship.”
  • Global Payments’ OpenEdge Division Integrates Secure Payments Solutions with Carolina Software’s WasteWORKS Software Suite - “Everyone in the ecosystem understands that EMV represents a far superior security solution at the point-of-purchase,” stated OpenEdge President, Sid Singh. “Yet, developers face challenges ensuring merchants are ready to accept EMV payments within the POS system. EdgeShield solves this problem, so developers can integrate EMV swiftly and merchants can accept payments seamlessly.”
  • Ingenico Mobile Solutions Launches First and Only mPOS Solution for EMV Chip & Sign, Contactless and Magnetic Stripe Card Acceptance - “Merchants want options when it comes to EMV and NFC. With the RP450c, Ingenico Mobile Solutions now provides the first and only mPOS solution that enables acceptance of all payment types, with the most flexible connection options,” said David Szczepanski, COO at Ingenico Mobile Solutions.
  • Ingenico Group’s Wi-Fi Pay-at-the-Table Technology Brings EMV and NFC Tableside - “With the EMV liability shift and growing popularity of mobile wallets, merchants in the hospitality industry need to think differently about how they accept payment directly at the table,” said Gregory Boardman, Senior Vice President of Product and Development for Ingenico Group, North America. “This new Wi-Fi enabled addition to our iWL series ensures that Ingenico Group can meet the needs of any merchant that wants to implement a Pay-at-the-Table strategy, and in turn ensure EMV compliance.”
  • TransFirst Certifies Verifone’s Secure Commerce Architecture - “The certification of Verifone’s Secure Commerce Architecture is a major milestone for TransFirst,” said John Shlonksy, President and CEO for TransFirst. “It confirms our commitment to providing enhanced data security payment solutions to our merchants and sales partners that will not only reduce the scope of EMV certification, but also save their time and resources.”
  • Mozido Invests in HCE Pioneer SimplyTapp - “The mobile payments industry is in the midst of a transformation. With secure element-based NFC mobile payments struggling, the industry is leaning heavily towards a future of more open, HCE oriented mobile payment transactions,” said Michael Liberty, Mozido founder and chairman of global strategic initiatives. “By partnering with SimplyTapp, the pioneer and leader of HCE payments, Mozido will be at the forefront of this transformation.”
  • Mozido Invests in IdentityMind Global, Forms Partnership for Unprecedented Fraud Protection in Mobile Commerce - “Fraud prevention in e-Commerce and online transactions is most effective when the identity of the consumer or entity is known,” said Garrett Gafke, president and CEO of IdentityMind. “Our platform recognizes individuals based on a combination of attributes and helps validate how these attributes correlate against each other both online and offline. This is particularly important in mobile commerce where online merchants sacrifice collecting information for reducing friction in the mobile payment/registration process, and mobile adoption is larger within underbanked and unbanked demographics.”

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March 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 4, 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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February 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - 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 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 12, 2015

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  • American Express and CostCo U.S. Partnership Agreements Set to End March 31, 2016 - '...we were unable to reach terms that would have made economic sense for our Company and shareholders. Instead, we will focus on opportunities in other parts of our business where we see significant potential for growth and attractive returns over the moderate to long term.”
  • Bill.com Raises $50M to Fuel Growth and Innovation in Digital Payments for Businesses - "Silicon Valley Bank joined existing investors DCM Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, August Capital, Napier Park Global Capital, American Express Ventures and Commerce Ventures, bringing the total amount raised by the company to date to over $100 million."
  • Visa Launches Mobile Location Service to Improve Card Payment Experience When Traveling - “Wherever you are in the world, we want Visa transactions to be the most secure, convenient and seamless payment choice,” said Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of risk products and business intelligence, Visa Inc. “By matching the location of the cardholder through a cell phone or other mobile device, to the location of the purchase, Visa’s new service will enable banks to feel more confident about authorizing a transaction that might otherwise have been declined due to suspicion of fraud.”
  • Bitcoin Foundation and Leading Bitcoin Companies Engage theAudience to Launch Public Education Campaign on Bitcoin - “As the ecosystem matures, Bitcoin companies are stepping up to the plate. We’re excited to join a coordinated and concentrated effort to teach Bitcoin to the world’s almost 3 billion internet users -- two-thirds of which are from the developing world,” said Brock Pierce of Bitcoin Foundation.
  • SWIFT Institute announces research agenda for 2015 - "SWIFT is uniquely placed to bridge the gap between academic thinking and the financial services industry, leveraging topics of mutual interest," said Peter Ware, Director, SWIFT Institute at SWIFT. "Since the launch of the Institute, we have made great progress in achieving this goal and will continue to do so with new research in 2015 focused on topics of global importance. Our aim is to help the global financial community better understand and manage the obstacles it is facing through new research and greater dialogue at events."
  • CardLinx Publishes New Standards Enabling Interoperability and Broader Use of Card-Linking - Silvio Tavares, President and CEO of The CardLinx Association, said, “This first set of voluntary standards for the card-linked industry is an important step forward in delivering scale and improving ease of use for merchants and consumers.”

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January 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 16, 2015

On the Web:

  • Understanding the blockchain - O'Reilly Radar - "There is no doubt that we are moving from a single cryptocurrency focus (bitcoin) to a variety of cryptocurrency-based applications built on top of the blockchain. This article examines the impact of the blockchain on developers, the segmentation of blockchain applications, and the network effects factors affecting bitcoin and blockchains."

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January 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 12, 2015

On the Web:

  • MasterCard Reaches Deal with Russia - Wall St. Journal - "MasterCard and Russia’s national payment system agreed on Dec. 30 to gradually move the processing of the U.S. company’s transactions within Russia under the roof of its Russian counterpart, the central bank said."
  • Alibaba Pays to Play in India - Wall St. Journal - "The Indian company’s prize asset is Paytm, a mobile-payments platform, which also runs an online marketplace in India that matches merchants to shoppers, similar to Alibaba’s business model in China."
  • Level Money has joined Capital One - Level Money Blog - "Much younger and nimbler than any other top bank, Capital One is a founder-led company on a mission to transform the way banking is done. Taking a technology-based, consumer-centric focus to banking is core to what Capital One does, and on that team we found a deep passion for solving old problems in a new way."
  • PayPal Credit Expansion Now Lets Merchants Set Terms, Including Option For Interest-Free Payments - TechCrunch - "PayPal Credit is expanding its support for monthly payments with an option for retailers that allows them to decide on the number of months and interest rates that work best for their customers."
  • Why Tort Liability Won’t Produce Good Cybersecurity - Steptoe Cyberblog (Stewart Baker) - "In the end I doubt that liabilities to issuing banks will drive much cybersecurity either, not because the claims are low — they’re more likely to be in the $50 per card range — but because establishing liability will not be all that easy and because things like tokenization will likely prove much cheaper than improving security.)"
  • SWIFT appoints new Chief Technology and Chief Operations Officers - SWIFT - "SWIFT announces the appointment of Craig Young as Chief Technology Officer and Marcel Bronmans as Chief Operations Officer. Both Young and Bronmans will sit on SWIFT's Executive Committee and report directly to CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt."

On the Wires:

  • Heartland First to Offer Comprehensive Merchant Breach Warranty - "Heartland’s breach warranty is offered at no charge to its Heartland Secure™ merchants in the first year and can be extended for $8.33 per month per card-entry device. To be covered under the warranty, a merchant must have a Heartland Secure-certified device and process payments through Heartland on that device."
  • Verifone Offers Merchants a Single mPOS Payment Terminal to Support All Major Smart Device Options - “The prospect of having to purchase new mPOS devices for sales associates when smartphones and tablets are upgraded has been a major inhibitor to mPOS investment among retailers,” said Mark Shockley, senior vice president of Mobile Solutions for Verifone. “Verifone’s single, modular solution will offer the ultimate in mPOS flexibility, allowing it to persist across changes in devices, even if somebody wants to make a complete switch from one OS to another.”
  • Vantiv Certifies Verifone’s Secure Commerce Architecture - “Vantiv’s certification of SCA from Verifone combined with Point-to-Point Encryption ensures many more merchants can significantly reduce their exposure to large scale payment data breaches, and further reduce the complexity associated with EMV certification,” said Rob McMillon, vice president of Product Security for Verifone.
  • Bank of America Launches National Advertising Campaign for Preferred Rewards - “When we spoke to our clients to find out what they valued most from a rewards program, they clearly said they seek everyday rewards and benefits that they would actually use,” said David Dintenfass, Global Wealth and Investment Management and Consumer Marketing executive at Bank of America.
  • NCR Unveils a New ‘Grab and Go’ Self-Checkout Solution - "Whether in the supermarket or at a convenience, department, specialty or DIY retailer, there is a large amount of checkout traffic that can be handled with this card-only, small footprint solution,” says Dusty Lutz, general manager self-checkout solutions at NCR Retail. “This technology is ideally designed for ‘grab-and-go’ convenience for driving more revenue and convenience during peak shopping hours.”
  • FreedomPay Announces PCI-Validated Point-to-Point Encryption And EMV Support Through Newly Enhanced Microsoft Azure - “The FreedomPay Commerce Platform on Azure offers customers security, scalability and access to real-time data,” said Christopher Kronenthal, Chief Technology Officer at FreedomPay. “Microsoft has enabled FreedomPay to deploy one of the industry’s most comprehensive payment security standards and transactional data services to merchants embracing a real-time retail ecosystem.”
  • BMO Launches iPad App with Integrated Access to Banking and Self-Directed Investing - "With one streamlined login, customers can easily manage their personal banking and self-directed investing with the added benefit of a personal financial management tool," said Cesar Rainusso, Vice-President, Digital Channels, BMO Financial Group.

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December 22, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 22, 2014

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On the Wires:

  • MasterCard Launches Global Hackathon Series with $100,000 Grand Prize - “We encourage developers from around the world to participate in our Masters of Code competition and use the power of MasterCard through our APIs to create the next generation of commerce applications globally,” said Mario Shiliashki, Senior Vice President of Open APIs, MasterCard. “MasterCard is the world’s most advanced payments network, and the MasterCard Developer Zone is the bridge to it for developers. We are opening up our technology to the world for a simple reason – to enable any developer to utilize our products and platforms to build the next big thing.”
  • Staples Provides Update on Data Security Incident - "Overall, the company believes that approximately 1.16 million payment cards may have been affected."
  • CashStar and PayPal Partner to Expand Digital Gift Card Delivery - “We’re excited to work closely with PayPal and our top retailer and restaurant client brands on this solution,” said Ben Kaplan, CashStar president and CEO. “As digital, mobile and social innovations continue to change the way consumers shop, digital gift cards thrive because of their ability to move seamlessly across channels."
  • Moneris and Syrasoft Introduce Enhanced Integrated Payment Solutions for Self-Storage Software - "This partnership integrates Moneris’ secure, dependable payment processing platform with two of Syrasoft’s software modules: Syrasoft Automatic Credit Card add-on and Syrasoft Internet Manager (SIM) Online Payments add-on. Syrasoft customers who select Moneris as their payment processer will experience seamless credit and debit card processing that enhances Syrasoft’s credit card and payments add-ons."
  • Fidelity® Customers Have Earned More Than $845 Million Using Fidelity Rewards Credit Cards - "According to a new survey from Fidelity, more than half (55 percent) of credit cardholders own a rewards credit card, with cash back rewards the most popular choice, held by nearly two-out-of-three rewards card holders (63 percent); 47 percent own credit cards offering points toward merchandise, followed by airline miles (39 percent) and gas, dining or other forms of rewards (39 percent)."

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December 09, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 9, 2014

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December 01, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 1, 2014

Welcome to December!

  • It's hard to believe that we're down to the last month of 2014! It's been quite a year for payments! Has anything changed in your life this year about how you make payments? If so, tell me about it!

On the Web:

  • Payments on Fire Podcast #11 – Bitcoin, Banking, and Crypto 2.0 Approaches - PaymentsViews.com - "Glenbrook’s George Peabody discusses Bitcoin and blockchain evolution with Sean Safahi, co-founder and CEO of Bold Financial Technologies, a provider of math-based currency services to the banking industry."
  • Bankers: First Data IPO Rapidly Approaching - "The company, through its CEO Bisignano, has been suggesting that KKR wants to cash out of the investment in the next year if possible."
  • Health-Care EFT Transaction Volume Via the ACH Grows Nearly 180% in a Year - Digital Transactions - "The new volume flows through the ACH network under a business-to-business transaction code known as CCD+Addenda (for cash concentration or disbursement)."
  • What Happens When You Swipe Your Card? - CBS 60 Minutes - "Even the strongest banks in the world-- banks like JPMorgan, retailers like Home Depot, retailers like Target -- can't spend enough money or hire enough people to solve this problem."
  • Shopping on a Phone Is Still Uncommon but Growing Fast - New York Times -“These cellphones are with us all the time, so why should you be doing Christmas shopping only at home? Why shouldn’t you do it while you’re on the subway, waiting for the bus, at the cafe?”
  • PayPal Reports Record-Breaking Number Of Black Friday Shoppers And Sales On Mobile - TechCrunch - "Based on its online commerce data, the company reports having seen a 47% increase in PayPal global mobile payment volume on Thanksgiving compared with Thanksgiving 2013, and a 62% increase for Black Friday 2014 over last year."
  • Thanksgiving Weekend Sales, at Stores and Online, Slide 11 Percent - New York Times - "The results could show that “there are a significant number of Americans out there for whom the recession is not yet over,” said Matthew Shay, the group’s president and chief executive."
  • Credit Card Rewards: The Deals Get Sweeter - Wall St. Journal - “Issuers are getting more aggressive in terms of what they’re willing to dangle to acquire new customers,” says Curtis Arnold, founder of CardRatings.com, a credit-card comparison website. “It’s an arms race.”
  • Cashless Society? It’s Already Coming - New York Times - "When you are out shopping, it’s the wallet, not the credit card, that is the annoyance. It’s bulky. It can be forgotten, or lost. I’ve learned while traipsing about buying stuff with my ApplePay that I can whittle down wallet items that I need to carry to three..."
  • "Banks As Commodity Utilities In A New Payment World - TechCrunch - "To stay relevant, banks must embrace the technology-driven changes and look for new opportunities rather than protecting and preserving antiquated business models."
  • Are universal credit cards the next thing? - Geektime - "Coin recently started shipping their long awaited universal credit card to early bakers in the US, in a very overdue timing. But meanwhile, other universal credit cards companies entered the market, which makes you wonder if this is the next big thing."

On the Wires:

  • Intel Acquires PasswordBox, an Award-Winning Digital Identity Manager - “Everyone can relate to password fatigue. The PasswordBox service has already brought relief to millions of consumers who now enjoy simple, instant login,” said Chris Young, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security Group.
  • BCG and SWIFT publish annual Global Payments report - "The aim of the report is to provide payments and transaction-banking institutions with a comprehensive overview of major business drivers shaping the industry. It also provides the reader with recommendations on which specific actions should be taken by various types of players in order to achieve or maintain market-leading positions. In today's competitive environment, financial institutions must differentiate themselves and bring value to continue to grow."

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November 19, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 19, 2014

On the Web:

  • Most People Are Only Thinking About Compliance - Bitcoin Foundation Blog (Jim Harper) - "Without prevention of real-world harms to target, banks will manage a different risk, which is the risk of regulatory action. The incentives to “de-risk” entire business lines, including digital currency, will remain strong. Risk aversion in financial services was the top threat to Bitcoin’s success identified in the study we released earlier this year."
  • United Airlines deploys iPads for airport purchases funded by miles - Mobile Commerce Daily - "In total, nearly 6,000 iPads will be stationed around the New Jersey airport’s Terminal C in a bid to elevate the airport experience with sophisticated technology, dining and design."

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October 14, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 14, 2014

On the Web:

  • Google Introduces a $95 Amazon Prime Competitor - "Now simply dubbed Google Express, the service offers delivery of goods such as clothing, books and packaged groceries from stores such as Costco, Target and Walgreens to customer doors on the same day, or day after, they are ordered."

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September 22, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 22, 2014

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  • Citi Launches Citi Mobile Challenge to Fuel Digital Innovation - "Citi will provide developers with a suite of tools they can use to build solutions to benefit consumers either through mobile applications or the Internet of Things. Selected participants will present their concepts at demonstration events in Miami, New York and Silicon Valley and finalists will have the chance to take their technologies into production with the support of Citi."
  • 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 and Small Business Banking and co-head of Consumer Banking at Bank of America.
  • U.S. Bank Encore Rewards Program for Small Businesses Blazes New Path for Industry - “This is the first time an American bank is giving small-business customers what they deserve: an easy way to earn rewards for combining their card purchasing and processing with one company,” said Cathi Stanton, head of small business credit cards at U.S. Bank.
  • Ingenico Group further expands global partnership with Elavon - "...Elavon has now selected Ingenico Group to be a key partner in supporting its migration to EMV-based payment processing infrastructures in the U.S. In addition, it has chosen Ingenico Group to run Fanfare, Elavon’s omni-channel marketing and customer loyalty program for small-to-medium size U.S. customers."
  • First Weekend Apple iPhone Sales Top 10 Million, Set New Record - “Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”
  • Synchrony Financial Launches New Brand and Advertising Campaign: Engage with Us - Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial, said, “After conducting extensive research with key stakeholders, we are proud to launch a Synchrony Financial brand campaign that truly represents who we are as a company and the value proposition we offer to our stakeholders."
  • New GSMA Report Sees North America Leading Mobile Investment and Innovation in the Developed World - “Our latest Mobile Economy report reveals how the widespread deployment of 4G networks in North America is creating a virtuous circle, stimulating adoption of new mobile technologies, applications and services that are unlocking new revenue streams for operators and enriching the mobile experience for consumers.”
  • BitFury Forms Strategic Advisory Board With Technology and Venture Industry Leaders - "BitFury Group, the leading Bitcoin infrastructure provider and Bitcoin transaction processing company, formed its strategic advisory board with two key appointments: Silicon Valley investor Jonathan Teo and former UMC Chairman and CEO Dr. Jackson Hu. BitFury also brought on Bob Dykes, founder and president of Tanjarine and former CFO of VeriFone, to its board of directors."

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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."

Updates from Glenbrook:

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

June 10, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 10, 2014

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May 08, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 8, 2014

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On the Wires:

  • Citi Is First To Offer Banking Customers The Option To Use Rewards Points For Online Bill Payments - "We want our members to have the choice of using their points when and how they want," said Mary Hines Droesch, Head of ThankYou Rewards at Citi. "Whether you want to pay this month's cell phone or utility bill due next week, ThankYou Rewards lets you decide how you use your points."
  • Boku Signs Global Mobile Payments Partnership with Deutsche Telekom Group - “Strategic partnerships with key carrier groups are what will drive the entire mobile payments industry forward,” said James Patmore, Managing Director of EMEA for Boku. “As Boku continues to bring on large merchants with more sophisticated requirements, it requires a deeper level of coordination with the large carrier groups to offer a solution that can deliver across multiple markets and via multiple carriers. This deal is a key milestone in the continuing journey of making mobile payments an established payment system that is accessible to billions of consumers around the world.”
  • Zipmark Deposit(TM) Enables Businesses to Payout to Many Recipients at Once - "Zipmark Deposit™ is a unique payments service that allows businesses of any size to send an unlimited number of secure digital check payments at one time."
  • Ebates.com Announces Free New iPad App for Cash Back Shopping - “We are delighted to give our members and iPad users worldwide a terrific new way to save money on everything they buy from their device,” said Kevin H. Johnson, CEO of Ebates, Inc.

Updates from Glenbrook:

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March 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 13, 2014

On the Web:

  • Introducing Xapo - Xapo Blog - "At Xapo, we understand that Bitcoin’s ultimate success will be based on trust – both in the currency itself and in the industry’s security and service providers."
  • Building the Fort Knox for Bitcoin - wall St. Journal - "A Silicon Valley startup called Xapo is among a handful of young companies trying to become the Fort Knox of bitcoin, building secret bank vaults deep in the earth that would safely store millions of dollars worth of bitcoin code on computer drives."
  • New York BitLicense Order - Virtual Currency Report - "While the latest NYDFS statements leave a lot of unanswered questions and do not provide a clear path forward for virtual currency firms, it appears on balance to be a step forward for those virtual currency exchanges seeking licensure in New York."
  • Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It - Bloomberg BusinessWeek - "The biggest retail hack in U.S. history wasn’t particularly inventive, nor did it appear destined for success."
  • What is Apple’s commerce and payments strategy? - Mobile Commerce Daily (Tim Dunn) - "The stars are aligning for Apple to make a dynamic move into the commerce and payments space."
  • Bank of England: Digital Currencies are Similar to Commodities - CoinDesk - "“Digital currencies are not at present widely used as a medium of exchange. Instead, their popularity largely derives from their ability to serve as an asset class..."
  • Flypay Raises £1M To Make Settling Your Restaurant Bill “Waiter-Free” - TechCrunch - "Aiming to get the time it takes to ask for and settle a restaurant bill down from an average of ten minutes to closer to a minute, you simply scan an on-table QR code/NFC tag to first recall the bill."
  • How Real Is Loyalty and Rewards Fraud? - "The threat of fraud to rewards programs is real, and financial institutions and retailers must be cautioned about relaxing their guards just because a surge in fraud has yet to occur."

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March 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 3, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8).

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February 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 13, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • Nok Nok Labs Delivers on Vision for Modern Authentication - "Nok Nok Labs, founded by Ramesh Kesanupalli, the visionary behind the FIDO Alliance, has launched the S3 Suite to enable organizations to support a broad variety of authentication technologies from a single, unified infrastructure."
  • Mastercard and Uber Offer Priceless Surprises This Valentine’s Day - "With planes ready to go, MasterCard will sponsor the launch of UberSky, a one day promotion brought to you by Uber giving a limited number of users a chance to deliver a personal on demand sky-writing service, valued at $10,000, to their loved ones for the small price of $500.00."
  • Citi Introduces New Way to Use ThankYou® Points - "With ThankYou Select and Credit, available ThankYou Points can be used to cover purchases in certain categories made with an eligible consumer Citi credit card that participates in ThankYou Rewards."
  • Synaptics and Nok Nok Labs Work Together to Enable the Future of Mobile Authentication - "The new joint solution will allow Synaptic's Natural ID Fingerprint Sensors to interact with the NNL(TM) Multifactor Authentication Client (MFAC), providing a fully integrated FIDO Ready(TM) solution for smartphone manufacturers looking to add strong, seamless authentication to Online Services from their mobile devices."

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January 15, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 15, 2014

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January 08, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 8, 2014

Next Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps: Feb 4-5 in Palo Alto, CA; March 18-19 in New York City. Alternatively, you can request a private Payments Workshop held on-site at your location.

On the Web:

  • Inside Bitcoin - John Patrick - "Banks, credit card companies, and money transfer companies do not like Bitcoin because the new digital currency model threatens the status quo and related fees. In the early days of the World Wide Web, there were similar views to what we hear about Bitcoin."
  • The MTA Plans to Turn New Yorkers’ Smartphones into Subway Passes - Skift - "The MTA plans to have a next-generation fare payment system in place by 2019, says agency spokesman Aaron Donovan."
  • Real-time Fraud Prevention - Emerging Payments Strategies (FIS) - "The better your anti-fraud strategies and solutions, the better you’ll be at protecting your institution and your cardholders. These pressures are driving the industry toward more and more real-time solutions that attempt to stop fraud before it starts."
  • Bitcoin isn’t Money—It’s the Internet of Money - The Umlaut (Eli Dourado) - "The Internet model improves upon the traditional telephone model by making possible what Vint Cerf calls “permissionless innovation.” Tim Berners-Lee was able to launch the World Wide Web without waiting for Internet service providers to support it."
  • Bitcoin Woos Washington to Ensure Lawmakers Don’t Kill It - Bloomberg - "The outreach is aimed at ensuring that wary lawmakers don’t kill the embryonic industry and regulators provide a clear set of rules to play by."
  • Bitcoin Banned by Alibaba’s Taobao After China Tightens Rules - Bloomberg - "Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s largest e-commerce website, will ban the sale of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies after the country’s central bank tightened regulations in December."
  • Alibaba Online-Payment Affiliate Teams With Sina Corp. - "The affiliate, called Alipay, said on its official microblog account that the new service allows users of Sina's Weibo microblog service to make online and offline payments through their Alipay accounts."

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December 04, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 4, 2013

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November 18, 2013

American Express Introduces Use Points for Charges on Smartphones

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express has launched a new Use Points for Charges feature available in the American Express mobile app that gives eligible Card Members the option to redeem Membership Rewards points for practically any purchase, from gas and groceries to clothing and manicures, all on their smartphones.

“We’re committed to making Membership mobile, recognizing a future where decisions on what, where, and how to buy increasingly happen through mobile devices,” said David Yoo, SVP Mobile Products and Services, American Express. “We want to be where our Card Members are so that they can get the most out of Membership every day, and we can do that by connecting our Card products to the mobile devices our Card Members rely on most.”

The company describes how it works:

  • Download or upgrade the free iOS or Android American Express mobile app
  • Make an eligible purchase over $1.00 using your eligible Card enrolled in the Membership Rewards program
  • Open the mobile app and select Use Points for that particular charge once it hits your statement
  • A credit in the amount of the charge is applied to your account

Unlike rewards programs that only allow customers to redeem from a pre-selected list of options, American Express says its Card Members now have the power to design their own rewards program and treat themselves by redeeming points for almost any purchase with an eligible American Express Card.

November 12, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 12, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

October 30, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 30, 2013

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

October 22, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 22, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

October 16, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 16, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on October 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer". Elizabeth will also be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

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