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May 02, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 2, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Data Analytics, Lending, and the Next 100 Million Borrowers - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "This Payments on Fire podcast with Lenddo.com’ s founder Jeff Stewart takes a look at lending in developing countries, social and mobile data sources, and examines the algorithmic “black box” that is at the heart of the company’ s approach to making credit decisions in “thin file” markets."
  • Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash - Bloomberg - "The event -- announced in a statement this Monday -- marked a key moment in the evolution of blockchain, notable both for what was achieved, as well as how many firms were involved."
  • Circle Then and Now: Bitcoin’s Early Champions Challenge a Blockchain World - CoinDesk - "[Circle] was not positioned as a bitcoin thing, it was [about] making money work," Allaire said. "It was positioned as a way to move value around. We tried to define the product around instant money, and underneath it was bitcoin."
  • Australian Entrepreneur Says He Created Bitcoin, but Doubts Persist - New York Times - "Craig Steven Wright, a computer entrepreneur, told the BBC, The Economist and GQ that he was the currency’s founder. He said he had been forced to come forward because so many people were pursuing him."
  • 60 Minutes: Shaking Up the Financial Industry - CBS News - "Lesley Stahl meets some of the fintechies challenging the establishment, seeking to reinvent nearly every aspect of modern banking" - features Stripe
  • The Business Blockchain - AVC (Fred Wilson) - "If you think you might want to start a business based on blockchain technology or if you think blockchain technology is going to reshape a market you are working in, or if you just want to understand this thing that your son or daughter is obsessed about, then this is a great book to read." - see book on Amazon.com
  • Silicon Valley Looks at Something New: Starting a Bank - Wall St. Journal - "Warburg Pincus’s new bet on the future of banking borrows from the industry’s past. The New York firm is leading an investment round of more than $27 million in San Francisco-based Varo Money Inc...."
  • Tencent backs down in mobile payments war with Alibaba - FT.com - "The shift marks a partial de-escalation of its market-share battle with Alipay, the payment service run by Alibaba’s financial affiliate Ant Financial."
  • Paytm banks on Wipro to ensure it’s on right side of law - Economic Times - "Wipro will implement core-banking solutions for Paytm and also the programme to manage the integration of other key systems like anti-money laundering and regulatory reporting solutions."

ON THE WIRES

  • Chain and Global Financial Firms Unveil Open Standard for Blockchain - "Chain, Inc., a leading provider of blockchain technology, today announced the public release of Chain Open Standard 1 (Chain OS 1), an open source blockchain protocol developed over the last 18 months through a unique collaboration between the Silicon Valley company and global financial services firms."
  • Fortumo makes a push in Africa, launching payments in Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia & Senegal - "In Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Senegal the percentage of bank card owners is only 2%. At the same time, carrier billing is available to any prepaid or postpaid mobile account owner. This means merchants using carrier billing can reach a paying audience twenty times bigger than with traditional payment methods."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

April 26, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 26, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Alibaba Affiliate Ant Financial Raises $4.5 Billion in Largest Private Tech Funding Round - Wall St. Journal - "Ant Financial, which operates Alipay, China’s biggest online-payments platform by transaction volume, raised its latest funding round from a clutch of investors including a Chinese sovereign-wealth fund and the country’s biggest insurers..."
  • A look inside Stripe’s API platform - Medium (Gordon Wintry) - "For this edition, I spoke with Cristina Cordova from Stripe. She shared how the company approaches partnerships to help grow the platform."
  • W3C Publishes First Public Working Drafts of Payment Specifications - "The W3C Web Payments Working Group has published the first public drafts of payment specifications which include a Payment Request API, payment method identifiers, and basic card payment."
  • All About Fraud: How Crooks Get the CVV - Krebs on Security - "A longtime reader recently asked: “How do online fraudsters get the 3-digit card verification value (CVV or CVV2) code printed on the back of customer cards if merchants are forbidden from storing this information?"
  • Canadian Fintech comes to Menlo Park on May 9. They'll be pitching their ideas and participating in a discussion of the environment for Fintech here and in Canada. Sign up here with BayPay.

ON THE WIRES

  • Pitney Bowes Launches Cloud-Based Payments Engine for Shipping and eCommerce Platforms - "By leveraging the Pitney Bowes Bank, an FDIC insured institution charted in Utah, the company is able to provide uniform payments products, lending terms and interest rates in the U.S."
  • International Telecommunication Union to discuss deliverables for future digital financial services roadmap - Speaking ahead of the event, Sacha Polverini, Chairman of the Focus Group and Senior Programme Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) programme said: “The work we are doing is incredibly important. It is the first time ITU has partnered with international organizations like the World Bank, CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association), AFI (Alliance for Financial Inclusion) and others to initiate a forum like this.”
  • U.S. Bank Launches New Pilot App for Local Businesses in Lawrence, Kansas - "U.S. Bank has launched Deal Local, a new mobile app designed to help local businesses attract new customers and build loyalty with their existing customers through deals and rewards. Exclusive to Lawrence as a pilot, the app is live in the Apple and Google Play app stores and is already being used by Mass St. favorites Weaver’s, Milton’s Café and Hobbs, among others."
  • Global Payments Completes Merger with Heartland Payment Systems - “We are delighted to announce the completion of this landmark transaction,” said Jeffrey S. Sloan, Chief Executive Officer of Global Payments. “The transformative partnership with Heartland will further accelerate revenue growth, operating margin expansion and cash earnings per share growth and create the leading provider of integrated payments technology solutions worldwide.”
  • Remitly Secures $38.5 Million in Series C Funding - "Stripes Group led this round and was joined by Vulcan Capital, both new investors in Remitly. Existing Remitly investors also contributed to the round including DFJ, DN Capital, Bezos Expeditions and Trilogy Equity Partners, among others."
  • Rising payment fraud in UK overwhelming merchants with misunderstood chargebacks - "The figures from Financial Fraud Action UK reveal that financial fraud losses grew by 26% in 2015. The research further highlights the growth in payment card fraud, up 18% over the same period to £567.5m and the value of card-not-present (CNP) fraud, including ecommerce, which was up 20% to £398.2m."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

April 19, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 19, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Visa Speeds Up Checkout Times with new Quick Chip for EMV - “Visa is advancing a streamlined approach to chip transactions to make them faster and more efficient, while still providing a safe and secure experience,” said Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk Products and Business Intelligence, Visa Inc. “Quick Chip for EMV helps make the checkout experience comparable to the ease and speed of magnetic stripe transactions.”
  • Moneris Partners with Womply to Offer Business Analytics Solution to Merchants - “We believe in equipping our partners, like Moneris, with the most powerful solution available to enable its merchants to grow, protect, and simplify their businesses,” said Cory Capoccia, President at Womply. “Through our partnership with Moneris we can offer their merchants the best technology with this game changing platform.”
  • Total Merchant Services Opens Its EMV Chip Card Payment Technology to All Developers - "Groovv SDK is easy to implement and frees developers to spend their time and energy building business-growing software features instead of worrying about the nuts and bolts of processing payments," said Joe Kaplan, CEO of Total Merchant Services. "We remove the need for software to go through the costly and time-consuming EMV certification process, and for developers to comply with PCI data breach and other enhanced security standards."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

March 29, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 29, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Federal Reserve Engages in Effort to Assess Faster Payments Solutions - "The Federal Reserve on Tuesday announced the selection of McKinsey & Company to support Faster Payments Task Force efforts this year to assess faster payments solution proposals from various providers across the United States payments industry."
  • SWIFT signs MoU with China’s CIPS - "SWIFT has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that sets out plans to develop China’s Cross-border Interbank Payment System (CIPS) using SWIFT as the secure channel to connect CIPS with its global user community."
  • Survey: 73% of American Companies Were Targets of Payments Fraud in 2015 - "Let there be no doubt: Payments fraud is an enormous challenge for all organizations," said Jim Kaitz, president and chief executive officer of AFP. "One of the toughest payments fraud challenges we are seeing is BEC scams, which are growing increasingly sophisticated and successfully infiltrating email systems at numerous organizations."
  • JPMorgan Chase Institute Launches Local Consumer Commerce Index of Everyday Spending in 15 U.S. Cities - "Unlike many existing sources of data on consumer spending, the LCCI captures actual transactions, instead of self-reported measures of how consumers think they spend. The index’s geographically specific data provide a granular and timely view of how cities and their surrounding metro areas are faring on a monthly basis. Further, the LCCI captures economic activity in consumer facing retail and services sectors that previously have not been well understood by other data sources."
  • Global Payments Announces Full Support for Samsung Pay in China - “Global Payments is delighted to bring innovative commerce to merchants in China by supporting Samsung Pay,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation. "Our continued commitment to leading payments technology across the globe allows us to offer another form of mobile payment acceptance to the broadest set of merchants."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

March 25, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 25, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Visa Signs on as Strategic Partner of the 2016 U.S.-China Tourism Year - “Visa is honored to be part of the U.S.-China Tourism Year,” said Ellen Richey, vice chairman, Risk and Public Policy at Visa Inc., who was in Beijing this week to take part in the signing ceremony. “Tourism is a key driver of economic growth, development, and cultural understanding. By fostering cultural and economic exchange between the U.S. and China, the Tourism Year will bring substantial opportunity to both countries.”
  • Retailers Tell Fed Debit Swipe Fee Cap is Still Too High - "A cap on debit card swipe fees enacted by the Federal Reserve five years ago has helped reduce costs for retailers and consumers but is still higher than intended by Congress and should be lowered, the National Retail Federation said today."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

March 22, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 22, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

March 16, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 16, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Virtual Reality and Payment Wearables Tee Off at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard - “Giving consumers the opportunity to immerse themselves virtually into experiences you can only get with MasterCard is a great way to showcase the exclusive offerings and access we’re delivering through our Priceless platforms,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing officer, MasterCard. “What better place to highlight these new technologies than one of the preeminent PGA TOUR events, the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.”
  • TCS Launches Peer-to-Peer Mobile Payment Solution With DNB, a Leading Bank in Norway - "With 25% of Norway's population using 'Vipps' within six months of its launch, the P2P payment solution has helped DNB become a significant player in the highly competitive mobile payments space in a short span of time. Moreover, 85% of Norwegians know about the P2P payments platform and it is the #1 downloaded app in Norway."
  • Mozido and Saavn Partner to Bring Mobile Payments to India’s Largest Music Streaming Audience - "Under the agreement, Mozido will integrate its mobile wallet payment platform as the preferred payment option for the Saavn Pro premium offering. The partnership enables Saavn to offer its Indian listeners access to a convenient payment option, while giving Mozido an opportunity to provide a broader array of financial and engagement services to Saavn’s young, tech-savvy and growing consumer base."
  • Hitachi to Establish FinTech Research Organization in North America - "Hitachi today announced that it has decided to establish Financial Innovation Laboratory, a FinTech research organization in the Silicon Valley office of Hitachi’s Global Center for Social Innovation - North America (CSI-NA) in Santa Clara, California. The new organization will work together with CSI-NA in areas such as research & development of blockchain technology, a core technology of FinTech, and on collaborative creation with financial institutions."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

February 26, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 26, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Venmo Kills Off Developer API With Zero Warning - TechCrunch - "After six years of providing an API for developers to build experiences atop its money transfer system, this month Venmo suddenly shut down the API. "
  • Travel in London for Free With Apple Pay - PC Magazine - "As part of a promotion from MasterCard and Apple, each Monday beginning on Feb. 29, from 4:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. the next morning, MasterCard-linked Apple Pay users will have their purchases on buses, trams, the Underground, and most other rail services refunded up to 28.10 pounds ($39)."
  • How Mobile Payments Reshape Lifestyles - Wall St. Journal - "Piao Jianfeng says he seldom carries his wallet and hasn’t used an ATM to withdraw cash for two years. Instead, his phone is his wallet, and he uses it to pay for almost all of his everyday needs in Beijing, from taxis to utilities and grocery bills."
  • Intel is Testing a Blockchain it Built With a Fantasy Sports Game - CoinDesk - "The proof of concept works by enabling the exchange of digitized assets that represent shares of different sports teams."

ON THE WIRES

  • UK Payment Systems Regulator: "Banks should sell their stake in UK payments infrastructure to help increase innovation and competition - "The evidence published today indicates that the common ownership of this infrastructure provider by this small number of banks is having a negative impact on innovation and competition in the industry. As a result, the PSR is proposing that these banks sell part of their stakes in VocaLink in order to open the market and allow for more effective competition and innovation."
  • Wirex: A Hybrid Financial Platform That Uses Blockchain Technology - "Wirex is the first service of its kind to provide bankless financial services, and it is designed to close the gap between digital and traditional currencies for everyday financial transactions. Evolving to fill the needs of the global citizen, Wirex will offer 3 main services: convenient mobile banking via the Wirex app, instant remittance services, and upgraded 2-way debit cards that allow on-demand conversion between bitcoin and traditional currencies."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

February 19, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 19, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Here's a quick reminder that we have two of our Glenbrook payments education events coming up later this month - both in Palo Alto, California - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

EVENTS

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!

February 18, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 18, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • U.S. Bank Upgrades Commercial Payment Solutions - “Together, Commercial Payments Manager and Access Online support the market’s widest range of commercial card and virtual payment choices,” said U.S. Bank Corporate Payments Systems President Jeff Jones. “By offering two complementary systems, U.S. Bank has made it easier for customers of every size and sophistication to access all the options they need to support and grow their organizations.”
  • MasterCard Expands Cardholder Controls and Peace of Mind - "For 50 years, we’ve developed new technologies that balance the need for increased security with the desire for greater convenience in payments. As these benefits become everyday features, consumers will receive even more protection and value from the MasterCard in their wallet– physical or digital.”
  • Vantiv Integrated Payments Announces Security Pays 2.0 to Drive Stronger Security Adoption - "This initiative promotes education and awareness, driving the adoption of security products to add layers of protection to the payments process, such as end-to-end encryption, tokenization and EMV."
  • Lavu Collaborates with PayPal to Offer EMV Payment Processing to Restaurants, Food Trucks and Bars - "PayPal will now be available to Lavu’s extensive portfolio of restaurants, bars and food trucks that generate billions of dollars in transactions annually. Additionally, Lavu can offer restaurant and bar owners EMV payment processing that is integrated with a clear and transparent pricing structure within its POS software, with no hidden fees."
  • Five Things to Look for in Cross-Border Payments in 2016 and Beyond - "As the payment landscape continues to shift − driven by an increasingly global economy, the adoption of more digital-only channels, and increased concerns over security and transparency − Mike Massaro, CEO of Flywire (formerly Peer Transfer) weighed in on the future for global payments."
  • Bell ID to Support Android Pay - "Bell ID, the mobile payments specialist recently acquired by Rambus Cryptography Research, today announces it will support international issuing banks, payment schemes and processors to integrate with Android Pay. Bell ID customers can utilize its Token Service Provider (TSP) software to enable and secure near field communication (NFC) payments functionality on Android phones."
  • 25 Million Credit Cardholders Haven't Changed Favorite Card in 10+ Years - "The truth is that loyalty doesn't pay when it comes to credit cards," Schulz said. "It is especially true with rewards because the quickest way to rack up rewards is to sign up for a new card with a big signup bonus..."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Here's a quick reminder that we have two of our Glenbrook payments education events coming up later this month - both in Palo Alto, California - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

EVENTS

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!

January 28, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 28, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2016 Results - “We continue to be pleased with our financial performance given the uneven global economy and the ongoing negative effects of the strong U.S. dollar. While we continue to see relatively strong payments volume growth, these factors have meaningfully reduced our cross-border volume and revenue growth. While these headwinds do not appear to be abating in the short-term as we had hoped, the fundamentals of our business remain strong and our long-term growth trajectory remains intact as we navigate through this uncertain environment,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.
  • Credit Karma Now Serves 50 Million Members - "Credit Karma’s 50 million-strong member base accounts for 22 percent of all Americans with a credit profile in the United States, who use the platform to help them manage over $3 trillion in household debt. The company has given away more than one billion free credit scores since launching its product in March 2008, without charging members a penny to use its service."
  • Alliance Data Reports Full-Year 2015 Results - Ed Heffernan, president and chief executive officer of Alliance Data, commented, "It was an exceptional year for Alliance Data as we drove 20 percent growth in both revenue and core EPS despite substantial FX headwinds. Overall, the scorecard for all three segments is largely positive."
  • ID Experts Raises $5 Million in Financing from BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Advantage Fund - "We look at this investment as a strategic partnership with ID Experts," said Tom Hawes, M.D., Managing Director at Sandbox Industries who will join the Board of Directors at ID Experts. "ID Experts is poised for rapid growth with its data breach and identity protection solutions, especially in the healthcare space with its innovative MIDAS™ medical identity monitoring service."

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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!

January 25, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 25, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Battle Between Signature & PIN Rages On - TMG Group Blog - "Regarding EMV chip credit cards at the point-of-sale, the argument over signature vs. PIN isn’t likely to be resolved anytime soon, as there are pros and cons for each."
  • Digital Asset Holdings: Moving Hyperledger to the Linux Foundation - Digital Asset Holdings Blog - "Digital Asset’s Hyperledger implementation is an enterprise-ready blockchain server with a client API. Hyperledger has a modular architecture and configurable protocol properties. Hyperledger employs an append-only log of financial transactions designed to be replicated at multiple organizations without centralized control."

ON THE WIRES

  • New DTCC White Paper Calls for Leveraging Distributed Ledger Technology to Solve Certain Long-Standing Operational Challenges - "The industry has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine and modernize its infrastructure to resolve long-standing operational challenges," said Michael Bodson, President and CEO at DTCC. "To realize the potential of distributed ledger technology in a responsible manner and to avoid a disconnected maze of siloed solutions, the industry must work together in a coordinated fashion."
  • U.S. Bank Repositions Brand, Launches “The Power of Possible” - “From 19th century pioneers to 21st century entrepreneurs, U.S. Bank has always focused on helping customers achieve financial success and security,” said Richard Davis, chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp. “Since the day we opened our doors, our employees have been passionately making possible happen for our customers, communities, and each other. Today we are formalizing it by introducing the Power of Possible.”
  • JCBI to Issue the First Virtual Card with CITIC in China - Kimihisa Imada, Deputy President of JCBI said, "Online shopping by Chinese consumers has been growing remarkably and now it's essential for shopping in daily life. On the other hand, that means the customer needs even better security. Virtual cards minimize the risk of card information being stolen and help prevent fraud. One of our most important missions is to provide a secure payment environment, and we will continue to work on doing that in cooperation with CITIC and other partner financial institutions in international markets."
  • Discover it® Secured Credit Card Helps Consumers Build or Rebuild Their Credit with Responsible Use - "The Discover it Secured Credit Card requires applicants to provide a security deposit, which Discover holds as collateral. After one year as a cardmember, Discover will begin to review Secured Credit Card accounts each month to see if cardmembers can transition to an account that does not require a security deposit."
  • CPI Card Group Joins the FIDO Alliance, Advocates for Worldwide Authentication Standards - “The decision to join the FIDO Alliance was born out of our vision to deliver world-class customer experiences through our technology, spanning smart payment card manufacturing to mobile payments services,” said Steve Montross, CEO of CPI Card Group. “As active stewards of consumer privacy and protection, our company is proud to join like-minded organizations to pool our resources to create safer transaction and computing environments for all.

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!
  • Real Time Payments in the US: Implications for the Payment Industry - Atlanta, GA - February 10, 2016. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be moderating this discussion on what "faster payments" really means, how it's been implemented in other countries, and how it may shape banking and how we pay.

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!

January 18, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 18, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Networks Put Their Money on Checkout for Mobile - PaymentsViews.com Podcast "These checkout assistants—you could even stretch the definition a bit and think of them as wallets—use the payment tokenization specification from EMVCo. But as products from competitive networks, each has unique attributes, never mind its own APIs specification. Glenbrook’s Russ Jones takes us for a pretty deep dive into how these tools work. And the benefits they provide to merchants especially in mobile commerce."(Russ Jones/George Peabody) -
  • Is Bitcoin Breaking Up? - Wall St. Journal - "This isn’t the first time somebody has written bitcoin’s obituary. What is different is this obit was being written by a prominent insider, and it hit a raw nerve in the community. "
  • The Bitcoin experiment is NOT over - Medium (Ron Gross) - "What’s nice about Bitcoin, as opposed to say the banking industry, is that wars escalate to be open, rather than fought behind closed doors. We air our dirty laundry out in the open."
  • Restructuring the Financial Infrastructure, Patrick Collison, CEO Stripe - Medium (Robert Siegel) - "As engineers compare notes on the ease-of-use and speed with which they are enabling revenue systems for their companies, a virtuous circle is reinforced where not only is there an increased velocity in which companies deploy systems such as Stripe, but also there is an unleashing of creativity around all aspects of the shopping and purchasing experience."
  • Android Pay Rewards “Tap 10” Could Land You a Free Chromecast, Songs on Google Play Music - DroidLife - "The promo is called “Tap 10” and involves paying for items with Android Pay, hence the “Tap” portion of the name. The idea is pretty simple – the more you tap and pay, the more free stuff you get."

ON THE WIRES

  • Federal Reserve Selects IBM to Modernize its Retail Payments Processing Platform - “By modernizing our payments systems, we will be well positioned to converge our existing retail payment operations and payment infrastructure onto a unified platform,” said Brian Egan, Senior Vice President, of the Retail Payments Office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. “This will enable us to process payments more cost effectively and position us to more quickly adapt to changes in the ACH and electronic check payments environment. Both of these outcomes are consistent with our strategies to continue to provide financial institutions with high quality and cost effective ACH and electronic check clearing services”.
  • CFDFE, CFPA and Visa Partner to Promote Innovative Financial Inclusion Activities and Support Poverty Alleviation in China - "Visa today announced it will partner with the China Foundation for Development of Financial Education (CFDFE) to build a "China Financial Inclusion and Education (Jinhui Project) International Demonstration Zone" in the Great Xing'an Mountain Poverty Alleviation Area. Also, in a strategic partnership, Visa and the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) will conduct a mobile-phone based financial education pilot program in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and explore a new mode of targeted poverty alleviation."
  • Wirecard to Become Strategic Development Partner of Visa Europe Collab / Cooperation to Serve the FinTech Space - "As a strategic development partner of Visa Europe Collab, Wirecard will provide its technology and banking solutions as well as its in-depth market expertise. The aim of this close collaboration is to jointly offer FinTech start-ups and technology entrepreneurs the insight, partner networks and essential tools like platforms and interfaces to develop services are set to revolutionise the payment experience."
  • AJB Announces New U.S. EMV Host Certifications with First Data and Elavon - "AJB has completed host certifications with American Express, ChasePaymentech (Tampa), Elavon (Fusebox), First Data (Buypass, Nashville, North and Rapid Connect) and Vantiv (ISO & 610)."

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!
  • Real Time Payments in the US: Implications for the Payment Industry - Atlanta, GA - February 10, 2016. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be moderating this discussion on what "faster payments" really means, how it's been implemented in other countries, and how it may shape banking and how we pay.

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January 05, 2016

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ON THE WEB

  • Enough with the 2016 Predictions – Let’s Think Bigger! - Payments Views (Allen Weinberg) - "As I was slogging through the many payments-related articles and blog posts reminiscing about 2015 events and making predictions for what may or may not be ahead in 2016, I thought of a conversation I had with Scott Loftesness around 20 years ago, sometime in 1995 or 1996. "
  • The Future of Mobile Chatting: Commerce - Wall St. Journal - "Five years later, WeChat’s hundreds of millions of users in China tap the service to send money to friends, buy shoes and even book doctors’ appointments."
  • Apple Pay may have found its perfect market in China - Quartz (Ian Kar) - "All told, conditions couldn’t be better: retailers are ready to support the technology (which has been an issue in the US), consumers are comfortable and experienced with mobile payments, and a lot of iPhones are Apple Pay compatible."
  • Thought Bitcoin Was Dead? 2016 Is the Year It Goes Big - Wired - “In 2015, we saw a lot of financial institutions, banks, thought leaders say: ‘It’s not about bitcoin, it’s about blockchain.’ That is a mistruth.”
  • Man Has 1,497 Credit Cards - ABC News - "Walter Cavanagh has 1,497 valid credit cards -- all of which amount to a $1.7 million line of credit."

ON THE WIRES

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December 18, 2015

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On the Wires

  • Apple & China UnionPay to Bring Apple Pay to China - “Apple Pay has revolutionized the way millions of people pay every day with their iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is an extremely important market for Apple and with China UnionPay and support from 15 of China’s leading banks, users will soon have a convenient, private and secure payment experience.”
  • CPA Releases Multi-Year Data on Canadian Payment Methods and Trends - "The research provides important insights for the industry and the Canadian Payments Association as we look to modernize the country's clearing and settlement systems," said Gerry Gaetz, President and CEO of the CPA. "While traditional payments clearly continue to fill a vital role, the data shows an accelerating shift to new channels for electronic payments."

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December 17, 2015

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November 30, 2015

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On the Web

  • China's Mobile Payments War Is Going Global - AdvertisingAge - "For brands catering to Chinese consumers, whether at home or overseas, Alipay and WeChat payment are the two main mobile payment players to watch and understand; their intense competition is driving innovation and new consumer habits."
  • Trouble in the Checkout Line: Which Way to Pay? - Wall St. Journal - "The choice at checkout used to be simple: Cash or credit? Now consumers confront a dizzying array of payment possibilities: PIN or signature? Dip or swipe? Wave or tap? You really want to pay with your watch?"
  • Four E-Commerce Lessons From Black Friday Weekend 2015 - Re/code.net - "According to multiple studies, ecommerce sales on Thanksgiving this year grew more than on Black Friday."
  • Watch Out, Visa and MasterCard; Here Comes Blockchain - Barron's - "The virtual currency had a surge of popularity before a panic led to extreme skepticism about such fantasy money. But blockchain technology is a sound idea that’s separate from Bitcoin, and it could end up having a far greater impact than the currency."
  • With IPO out of the way, payments disrupter Square plots Aussie growth - Financial Review - "Square's Australian country manager, Ben Pfisterer told The Australian Financial Review the company was about to embark on a local hiring spree, which would focus on marketing and business development, while it figured out plans to roll out some of its more well-known products."
  • Apple's Failed Retail Revolution: Beacons Still Won't Be Big on Black Friday - Bloomberg - "A survey conducted by Forrester earlier this year found that only 3 percent of retailers use beacons; just 16 percent had plans to try the technology in the foreseeable future."

On the Wires

  • Swatch Partners With Visa for Pay-By-The-Wrist Contactless Payments - "Swatch SA and Visa Inc. together with Visa Europe have signed an agreement giving eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S., Switzerland and Brazil the ability to tap and pay with Swatch’s new "pay-by-the-wrist" watch."
  • BlueSnap Launches the Powered Buy Platform - “Converting a shopper to a buyer on a mobile device requires more than just having a mobile-optimized site or an app,” says Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO of BlueSnap. “We’ve spent the last year optimizing the set of capabilities that merchants need to solve their payments conversion problem — and built that into our Powered Buy Platform. Clients who’ve used it have seen their payment conversions increase dramatically – improving their sales literally overnight.”
  • Krispy Kreme® Launches Mobile Rewards Program Powered by NCR - “Our goal in developing the Krispy Kreme Rewards program was to enable guests to experience the joy that is Krispy Kreme and earn rewards for their loyalty,” said Tony Thompson, Krispy Kreme’s President and CEO. “It is critical for us to know our guests more personally and our mobile app provides the data that helps us meet the needs of today’s consumer.”

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November 27, 2015

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On the Wires

  • The EPC Submitted to the ERPB its Proposal for the Design of an Instant Credit Transfer Scheme - "The European Payments Council (EPC) proposal for the design of a Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) instant credit transfer (SCT Inst) scheme was submitted on that day to the Euro Retail Payments Board (ERPB), and approved."
  • New GSMA Study Highlights Role of Mobile in Delivering a Digital India - “India is a unique mobile market and one where the mobile ecosystem is playing a hugely influential role in transforming the lives of its citizens, and driving economic growth,” said Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Technology Officer at the GSMA. “The market is now rapidly migrating to mobile broadband technology, which is providing a platform for India to transform into a digitally empowered society and connect many millions of unconnected citizens to the internet over the coming years.”
  • Five Ways to Keep the Grinch Out of Your Cybershopping: Tips from U.S. Bank Security Coach Jason Witty - US Bank - “It’s important to remember the critical role consumers play when it comes to protecting their personal information and data; they can’t rely on businesses and retailers alone,” said Jason Witty, Chief Information Security Officer at U.S. Bank. “Holiday shopping is fun, but it’s important to always remember the risks involved and take proper precautions.”

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November 24, 2015

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November 17, 2015

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On the Wires

  • Western Union Offers New Global Money Transfer Service on WeChat - “Given the proliferation of social media around the world, we are expanding our activities in this exciting area. It only makes sense to include the WeChat platform as part of the company’s innovative digital money transfer capabilities. By teaming with WeChat and deploying the WU Connect platform to its U.S. users, Western Union is offering yet another new method for consumers to move money worldwide."
  • Global Payments Announces Support for Apple Pay in Canada - “Following successful enablement in the U.S. and the UK, Global Payments is pleased to be one of the first providers in Canada to offer merchants the exciting opportunity to accept Apple Pay,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation.
  • Chase teams up with 18 technology partners to help merchants accept Chase Pay - "These industry leaders will help merchants integrate Chase Pay into their overall payment acceptance strategy,” said Michael K. Passilla, CEO of Commerce Solutions, the global payment processor and merchant acquirer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. “Chase Pay solves a number of pain points for consumers and merchants to improve the customer experience and drive down the cost of payments.” - The technology partners announced include: 3Delta Systems, AJB Software, Aria Systems, Auric Systems, Authorize.Net, BridgePay, Bytemark, CardinalCommerce, FIS ClearCommerce, CyberSource, iBiz Software, LevelUp, Miva, P97, Recurly, USAePay, Vindicia and Xpress Bill Pay.
  • PayPal 2nd Annual Global Report Shows More Than 1/3 of Chinese Online Shoppers Now Buying Cross-Border - "Amidst a year of market-moving news coming out of China, no shortage of attention has been paid to its growing consumer class’ buying power as more enter the global online ecommerce market. This year’s findings support the growth trend: 35 percent of online shoppers claim to have shopped cross-border in 2015, vs. 26 percent in 2014."
  • Align Commerce Closes $12.5 Million Series A Round Led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) - "For far too long the cost and complications of existing payment systems have hindered startups and SMBs from fully capitalizing on global trade,” said Marwan Forzley, CEO of Align Commerce. “The Align Commerce platform cuts through time-consuming red tape and excessive fees that have unnecessarily burdened users. Existing systems have seen little innovation in the face of game-changing new technologies, and the entire experience is overdue for a radically different approach.”
  • First Data and NCR Sign Strategic Commercial Agreement - "First Data will be a preferred provider of cybersecurity and payment processing solutions to NCR’s customers in the grocery, petroleum and convenience store industries. NCR will be a preferred provider of ATM hardware and services to First Data’s client base of more than 4,000 financial institutions. The two industry leaders will also pursue co-development of integrated commerce technology solutions for U.S. merchant clients."
  • NFC Forum: U.S. Retailers May Not Be as Prepared for Retail Payments Migration as They Think - "The white paper describes ways for merchants to secure their businesses against fraud while accepting payment from customers in the way they prefer to pay. "
  • Synchrony Financial Announces Completion of Separation from GE - “This is an historic day for Synchrony Financial,” stated Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Today we launch the next stage in our company’s future – pursuing a long-term strategy focused on Synchrony’s business objectives as a stand-alone company. I am very proud of our employees, who have prepared us for this day, while continuing to serve our partners and customers and to grow our business.”

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October 26, 2015

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  • Visa Brings Token Security to eCommerce - "Visa today announced that it has integrated token technology into Visa Checkout, the company’s online check out service used by merchants and consumers globally to make safe, easy payments in just a few clicks."
  • U.S. Banks Unite to Form Industry Leading Secure Real-Time Payments Network - In a joint prepared statement, the CEOs of Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo said, “Our customers want the ability to make payments to anyone, in real-time, making funds instantly available in the recipient’s bank account. To achieve this, we are combining our collective, bank-owned digital payments network (clearXchange) with our fraud, risk and authentication assets (Early Warning), to further ensure that our customers can send money, confidently, securely, and in real-time via their financial institutions.”
  • The Clearing House Drives Closer to Standing-Up New Innovative National Real-Time Payment System - "The Clearing House (TCH) announced it has entered into a letter of intent with VocaLink, the UK-based international payment systems provider, to help build and deliver core elements of TCH’s new real-time payment system for the United States."
  • MasterCard Launches New Program That Can Turn Any Consumer Gadget, Accessory or Wearable into a Payment Device - “As more and more ‘things’ become connected, consumers will have endless possibilities when it comes to how they pay, and will need all of their devices to work seamlessly together,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer at MasterCard. “This program eliminates the boundaries of how we pay by delivering a secure digital payment experience to virtually anything – rings, fitness and smart bands, car key fobs, apparel, and whatever comes along next.”
  • Western Union Introduces WU Connect Platform, Expanding Cross-Border Money Transfer via Mobile and Social Media - David Thompson, EVP, Global Operations and Technology and CTO, Western Union, expressed excitement about the potential impact of this new offering saying, "This puts Western Union in a position to extend its digital platform to networks whose users are looking for more convenient ways to send and receive money globally on a platform of their choice."
  • Sequent Launches Token Service Platform Supporting all Card Types and Networks - "Compatible with all major credit and debit card networks, Sequent Token Service Platform allows banks to deploy a single solution to support their entire credit and debit card portfolio plus profitable private label and prepaid cards."
  • E*TRADE Resets Mobile Bar with Apple Pay - "E*TRADE Financial Corporation today announced the release of Apple Pay functionality for E*TRADE debit card holders."
  • Scotiabank First Canadian Bank to Launch Bulk Interac e-Transfer® Service - "Scotiabank is pleased to be the first Canadian Bank to offer this innovative new service to meet the needs of our business banking customers," said Rania Llewellyn, Senior Vice President, Cash Management and Payment Services at Scotiabank. "We are always looking for new ways to make everyday business transactions fast, easy and secure for our customers, and with the Bulk Interac e-Transfer service, our business banking customers have more choices to send electronic payments efficiently."
  • TSYS and Ingenico Group to Offer New Semi-Integrated EMV Solution - "Using a semi-integrated approach, communications between the PIN pad and point-of-sale (POS) system are limited to non-sensitive exchanges, preventing card data from entering the POS. By taking the POS out of the payment flow process, not only are EMV certification and PCI compliance simplified, but overall costs and time required for EMV implementation are reduced as well."
  • Mozido Expands Digital Payments Offering: Launches U.S. - China Cross-Border Payment Gateway - "The Mozido PayEase Payment Gateway service enables Chinese consumers to securely pay with their local bank accounts and credit cards with reliable settlement of the funds to the U.S. merchant’s bank account. As the first and most trusted cross-border payment gateway in China, Mozido PayEase breaks down barriers by allowing Chinese citizens to pay in their local currency while allowing the merchant to be paid in their home currency through a seamless transaction."
  • Dream Payments Launches Canada's First Off-The-Shelf EMV Payment Terminal That Accepts Interac Debit Card Payments - "The Dream solution consists of an MPOS application for iOS® and Android™ based smartphones and a Bluetooth® enabled EMV Debit and Credit Card Reader. The Dream card reader is available through TELUS at an introductory price of $99.99. Payment processing fees are low cost; $0.25 for Interac Debit card transactions and 2.75% for Visa® and MasterCard® credit card transactions."
  • Penny Inc Launches at Money20/20 with Prepaid MasterCard® Card and Integrated Mobile App Solution
  • - "Penny Inc, which provides payments and expense and travel management solutions for small to medium-sized businesses, today announced the launch of the Penny Inc prepaid MasterCard® card program (“Penny”) virtually connected to a mobile app."
  • INTECH to Provide Prairie Cloudware Platform to Credit Union Clients - "INTECH will white label the Prairie Cloudware technology allowing credit unions to offer members a mobile wallet that carries the institution’s brand. The initial deployment of the Digital Payments Guardian for INTECH will offer an Android mobile wallet with a Visa card. The solution can be extended to include additional payment cards and sources as well."

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October 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 1, 2015

Join over 8,500 payments professionals who have attended a Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp!

  • Glenbrook's fall season of payments education kicks off in October with two sessions of our Payments Boot Camp - one in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 13-14 and the other in New York City on October 20-21. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is now leading this important payments education curriculum - he'd love to meet you at one of these sessions. Contact Russ directly if you have any questions.

On the Web

  • First Data to Raise Up to $3.68 Billion in IPO - Wall St. Journal - "Payment-processing giant First Data Corp. on Thursday said it would raise up to $3.68 billion in its upcoming initial public offering, marking the biggest U.S. listing this year."
  • Apple is ramping up hiring to bring Apple Pay to China - Quartz (Ian Kar) - "Quartz has learned that Kelly Sang, an ex-Alibaba general manager who joined Apple in 2012, was promoted to director of Apple Pay in China earlier this year."
  • Chips, Dips and Tips: 5 Potential Problems With New Credit Cards - NBC News - "Some people are experiencing a 20 second wait times with these chips," said Avivah Litan, vice president and analyst at Gartner Research. "We're a more rushed society than anyone else. So me, I'm going to be a little mad when I have to wait longer at checkout. You have to wait until the very end to get your card."
  • The problem with America’s new credit card technology - MarketWatch - "While other countries combine the smart chip-equipped cards with a personal identification number, akin to the way we access bank accounts using debit cards and PINs, U.S. banks are issuing chip cards without the code functionality."
  • Bank Bets Americans Can Remember Another PIN - Wall St. Journal - "First Niagara Financial Group Inc. said on Wednesday that it is rolling out new chip-enabled credit and debit cards that require customers to enter a personal identification number instead of a signature."
  • Adyen Adds New Funding From Iconiq, Values Dutch Payment Group At $2.3B - "This latest injection comes from a single investor, Iconiq Capital, which is perhaps best known for investing in a range of tech companies on behalf of clients like Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey."
  • Twitter Makes ‘Buy’ Button Widely Available - New York Times - "A store that is a customer of Demandware, Bigcommerce, or Shopify can use the software to tweet out a link to a product that will show up with a buy button."
  • Blockchains and Banks - Medium (David Galbraith) - "These replace banking infrastructure providers with software that doesn’t need to be run by a separate entity (e.g. SWIFT), and lower internal costs but still keep the requirement for trusted entities (banks themselves)."
  • SEB: Blockchain Could Make Banks 'Radically More Efficient' - CoinDesk - "Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), a Stockholm-based financial services firm with 1.7tn SEK ($202bn) in assets under management, announced yesterday that it was among 13 major banks that had joined the top-secret work underway at R3CEV."
  • SoftBank leads $1 billion investment in U.S. fintech startup SoFi - Reuters - "SoftBank Group Corp said it had led a $1 billion investment in U.S. financial technology startup SoFi, calling it the largest single financing round in the fintech space to date."

On the Wires

  • First Data Announces Launch of its Initial Public Offering - "First Data (“First Data”) today announced the launch of its initial public offering of 160,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock. The initial public offering price is expected to be between $18.00 and $20.00 per share."
  • American Express Cards® Now Accepted at Sam’s Club - " In conjunction with the launch of Card acceptance, American Express is providing a special offer to eligible Card Members for use at Sam’s Club locations from October 1-31. Card Members can receive a one-time $25 statement credit after they use an enrolled, eligible American Express Card to spend $45 or more on a new Sam’s Club membership in-store."
  • Moneris expands portfolio of EMV®-capable solutions to United States - “Our proven track record gives merchants the peace of mind of knowing that they are working with a trusted and reliable EMV processor,” said Chris Lee, president, North American strategic partnerships and emerging markets. “We manage every aspect of the EMV migration and integration process, from design and testing, to certification and implementation, making the switch to EMV a seamless transition for merchants.”
  • CardLinx Launches Online System to Connect Merchants, Card-Linked Companies and Digital Publishers - "The CardLinx Association today announced the availability of a new online system enabling merchants and their card-linked technology partners to share their card-linked offers with digital advertising publishers. Card-linking enables consumers to link their existing credit or debit cards to digital coupons, loyalty programs or mobile wallets."

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September 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 29, 2015

It's Time to Register! Upcoming Payments Boot Camps!

  • Glenbrook's fall season of payments education kicks off in October with two sessions of our Payments Boot Camp - one in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 13-14 and the other in New York City on October 20-21. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is now leading this important payments education curriculum - he'd love to meet you at one of these sessions. Contact Russ directly if you have any questions.

On the Web

  • U.S. court hears challenge to $5.7 billion Visa, MasterCard settlement - "A lawyer for retailers including Target and Amazon.com urged the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to reject the deal, saying it forces merchants to give up their rights to sue over various policies and practices."
  • As Online Data Theft Escalates, Banks Look to Retailers to Bear the Losses - New York Times - "Retailers and banks are spending billions of dollars to upgrade to the new chip cards. While they hope the cards will slam the door on criminals obtaining financial data that can be used to create and sell counterfeit cards, they warn that other windows for fraud will remain wide open."
  • Chip Cards Will Require Users to Dip Rather Than Swipe - New York Times - "For several seconds, slightly longer than most people may be used to, cards are inserted and left in the cashier’s payment terminal, which uses the chip to determine whether the card is legitimate."
  • Review: Samsung Pays Where Apple Can’t - Wall St. Journal - "But Samsung Pay faces an unusual hurdle: awkwardness. Attempting to use it for the past few weeks, I got the stink-eye from many merchants, as if I were some kind of con artist or hacker."
  • Mexico's Payment Restrictions Now Cover Bitcoin - CoinDesk - "Mexico's Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) has clarified its stance on bitcoin, deeming it a means of payment whilst placing a series of restrictions on transactions involving the digital currency."

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September 17, 2015

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On the Web:

  • Designing the Uber Cash Experience - Medium (Matthew Moore) - "We immediately discovered that users in India live in a different payments landscape than most Uber riders around the globe. The difference: 95% of Indians don’t have access to a credit card, and due to local regulations, paying for anything digitally is a cumbersome process."
  • Who’s Behind Bluetooth Skimming in Mexico? - Krebs on Security - "What follows is a look at a mysterious new ATM company in Mexico that sources say may be tied to the skimming activity."

On the Wires:

  • Intuit and OnDeck to Launch $100M Small Business Lending Fund - “This new product is all about empowering small businesses to leverage the power of their own data so that they can take advantage of better financing options,” said Dan Wernikoff, executive vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Small Business Group. “Small businesses rely on financing to power their growth, to invest in new employees, new equipment, and new opportunities. We’re excited to continue working with OnDeck to fuel more small business success.”
  • Modernizing Canada's Payment System requires a holistic approach - "The global payments ecosystem is changing, enabled by new technology and driven by changing user demands," said Gerry Gaetz, President and CEO of the CPA. "In Canada, we are taking a holistic approach to modernizing our systems, which includes significant research, a global perspective and industry consultation. This particular piece of research is a first step and will help frame industry discussions as we move forward."
  • TSYS Supports Android Pay - "TSYS’ new Host Card Emulation (HCE) solution enhances its existing TSYS Enterprise Tokenization solution to empower mobile payment solutions like Android Pay. It allows payment card information to be stored in the cloud and transferred by a tap of the mobile device at the merchant terminal."
  • Digital River Inks Payments Agreement with Online China Travel Leader Ctrip - “With one of China’s leading online travel websites, Ctrip has become one of the best-known travel brands in the country,” said Hayden Reed, Digital River’s senior vice president and general manager of Digital River World Payments. “China’s travel sector continues to see accelerated growth. Backed by our leadership position in the payments marketplace, we look forward to helping Ctrip advance their online travel offering and raise their global profile.”

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September 14, 2015

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  • Fiserv Successfully Pilots CardFree Cash at ATMs Via Accel Debit Payments Network - “Today’s consumers have come to expect immediate, easy and secure access to their money,” said Vincent Brennan, president, Card Services, Fiserv. “Card replacement can take time, and wire transfers can be expensive. Instant access to funds without a card helps financial institutions improve service and security.”
  • MUFG Union Bank Launches New Commercial Card Program for Corporate Clients - “We are pleased to offer our new Commercial Card Program to our corporate clients who are seeking the latest technology and services to meet their transaction banking needs and improve productivity,” said Managing Director Ray Fattell, Head of Product and Innovation at MUFG. “Our team employed a buyer-initiated payments approach in developing these products that distinguishes us in the marketplace."
  • Mozido and PayEase Launch TradeEase, Bring First Cross-Border O2O e-Commerce Payments to China and Russia - “The potential for economic development within China and Russia has never been more evident,” said Ron Hynes, executive vice president and head of global markets. “At Mozido, we’re proud to be establishing our foothold in these growing regions by enabling the first-ever cross-border O2O commerce between the countries.”

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August 20, 2015

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  • Discover Announces Strategic Network Service Agreement with Brazilian Domestic Card Network, Elo - “Discover has a long-standing history of leveraging its unique payments infrastructure to create mutually beneficial relationships around the globe,” said Joe Hurley, Senior Vice President Global Business Development, Discover Network. “Striking an agreement with Elo offers great benefits to both companies, most importantly, Elo Global cardholders will have the ability to use their card of choice when traveling abroad.”
  • TSYS Launches New Suite of Business Intelligence Products - "At TSYS, we are revolutionizing how our clients turn data into results by understanding the need to better integrate analytics into business strategies," said Kim Ohlrogge, group executive of Global Product, TSYS. "We view analytics as a key focus for future innovation and are working to address the time and usability challenges many issuers have today with their existing dashboards and reporting tools."

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August 12, 2015

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August 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 10, 2015

On the Web:

  • When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China - A16Z.com Blog - "This post is all about WeChat, but it’s also about more than just WeChat. While seemingly just a messaging app, WeChat is actually more of a portal, a platform, and even a mobile operating system depending on how you look at it."
  • The Finanser Interviews: Kosta Peric, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Financial Services Club Blog - "Our goal is that the payment infrastructure supports the national currency. The majority of the users have to purchase things, to pay schools, to send money and this means that we need to use the national currency. Of course, bitcoin as a currency can be useful in some specific cases, like international remittances. But the major use cases of mobile money will be with the national currency."
  • ANZ Bank hires tech panel to advise board - ITnews - "ANZ has appointed Twitter APAC head of online sales Aliza Knox, former head of global retail and strategic development for PayPal Don Kinsborough, former CIO of Procter & Gamble Filippo Passerini, and head of strategy and engagement for Dimension Data Gerard Florian to the panel."

On the Wires:

  • American Express Adds Apple Pay for U.S. Corporate Cards - "Apple Pay allows American Express® Card Members to add their eligible Corporate Card and pay with their mobile devices at contactless merchants in stores, or within participating apps that accept American Express. American Express added Apple Pay for Consumer Cards and OPEN Small Business Cards in late 2014."
  • CashStar and Maritz Motivation Solutions Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver Personalized Digital Gift Card Offerings - “Maritz has established themselves as a clear leader in the loyalty and incentives market,” said Ben Kaplan, president and CEO of CashStar. “The strategic partnership with Maritz Motivation Solutions is a major proof point of CashStar’s increasing leadership in B2B gift card distribution.”
  • Aussie Firm Lokket Takes Apple Wallet to Chip & Pin (EMV) - “Consumers are increasingly mobile-first when it comes to making purchase decisions. By marrying real-time personalized mobile marketing messages with existing in-store redemption tools such as Chip & Pin (EMV) terminals, eliminates a lot of the headaches for retailers,“ said George Kaloudis, CEO & Founder of Lokket.

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August 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 4, 2015

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  • U.S. Judge Rejects American Express Class Action Settlement - New York Times - "A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected a proposed class action settlement between American Express Co and merchants who sued the company over swipe fees, ruling that a lawyer for the merchants compromised the fairness of the agreement."
  • China Proposes to Keep Online Payments in Check - Wall St. Journal - "The draft rules issued late Friday by China’s central bank place curbs on online payment services—limiting fund transfers, capping the size of daily transactions and increasing the requirements users must meet to prove their identities."
  • On Native Bitcoin Apps, Open Source Communities, and What Happened Before Satoshi Nakamoto Vanished - A16Z Blog - "This year, Switzerland-based bitcoin core developer Mike Hearn is an Andreessen Horowitz’ “developer in residence”, part of an effort to engage open source communities and especially focus on native applications built on top of bitcoin."
  • Using Distributed Ledgers as a Payment System - Phil Kenworthy - "The big step would be to extend the model so that the Banks would not just operate their own ledgers but that for the broader banking community. The Payment System would then become the network and rules mechanism by which the transactions would take place."

On the Wires:

  • PayPal Appoints New Chief Financial Officer - "PayPal Holdings, Inc. today announced John D. Rainey is joining the digital payments leader as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 24, 2015. Rainey joins PayPal from United Continental Holdings, Inc. where he was Executive Vice President and CFO at United Airlines."
  • Pivotal Payments becomes Principal Member of UnionPay International - "We're delighted to be able to partner with UnionPay in providing high quality, cost effective and secure cross-border payment services, putting our clients on a newly expanded global footing," said Philip Fayer, president and chief executive officer of Pivotal Payments. "We are not only providing our merchants with flexible payment solutions but accessibility to a much larger consumer market with a significant level of disposable income."

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July 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 14, 2015

On the Web:

  • Apple Pay Brings Contactless iPhone Payments to U.K. - Bloomberg Business - "The Apple Pay service will be available at 250,000 retail locations in Britain starting Tuesday, the company said in an e-mailed statement."
  • A new east Africa campaign - Economist - "Equitel’s biggest selling-point is a promise to charge a fraction of Safaricom’s fees for money transfers. It is in a strong position, since Equity already banks 10m Kenyans and has branch networks in several countries."
  • HSBC bows out of Apple Pay launch as Barclays vows future support - Apple Insider - "It seems Apple Pay's UK debut didn't go off without a hitch on Tuesday, as HSBC customers are not able to use service despite the bank's status as an official launch partner. In a related development, Barclays did an about face and announced upcoming support for Apple's contactless payment solution."

On the Wires:

  • Green Dot Announces Opening of Wholly-Owned Subsidiary in Shanghai, China - “We believe that the future of financial services belongs to those institutions that are tech-centric in their vision and tech-savvy in how they execute that vision. Green Dot is a financial technology innovator and the opening of our new software development center in China is intended to further power our ability to efficiently create cool products that solve important problems,” said Kuan Archer, Chief Operating Officer of Green Dot Corporation and Executive Director of Green Dot Shanghai.
  • Apriva and Globalcom Bring EMV Solutions to U.S. Unattended Markets - "By integrating Apriva’s Gateway with Globalcom hardware, this partnership brings proven EMV hardware into a wide variety of unattended markets in the U.S., including parking, kiosk, car wash, banking, gaming, airline kiosk, vending, and retail."
  • First Bankcard Introduces New Mobile App, Offering a Convenient Way to Access Credit Card Rewards - “Instantly redeeming rewards while you’re shopping, dining out or enjoying a ball game is just one of many ways our mobile app serves our customers’ needs,” said Mihaela Kobjerowski, vice president, Customer Management and Digital Solutions. “It’s all a part of our commitment to provide our customers the best digital experience while they’re on the go.”
  • 75 Percent of Financial Institutions (FIs) Concerned About Customer Attrition Due to Limited Payment Choices - "The shift in consumer expectations and increased competition from new market entrants are underpinned by the growing importance of the customer and the centrality of enabling an enhanced experience. As such, FIs must invest in their payments capabilities."

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