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June 23, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 23, 2016

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ON THE WEB

  • RBI publishes “Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision-2018” - Reserve Bank of India - "The Reserve Bank of India has today placed on its website the “Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision-2018”. The Vision-2018 aims at building best of class payment and settlement systems for a ‘less-cash’ India. The broad contours of Vision-2018 revolve around 5 Cs – coverage, convenience, confidence, convergence and cost. To achieve these, Vision-2018 will focus on four strategic initiatives such as responsive regulation, robust infrastructure, effective supervision and customer centricity."
  • a16z Podcast: Fintech Revolution or Evolution? - A16Z - "The problem, observes Warzel — who is joined by a16z Partners Alex Rampell and Angela Strange in this episode of the a16z Podcast on all things fintech, payments, wallets, and more — is that the customers/consumers aren’t at the center of any of this."
  • Circle takes $60M to grow its social payments biz globally, as it steps into China - TechCrunch - "The round is led by existing investor and Beijing based VC IDG Capital Partners, along with Breyer Capital, General Catalyst Partners and what it dubs “a powerful syndicate of major strategic partners” in China, including Baidu, CICC Alpha, China Everbright, Wanxiang and CreditEase."
  • MasterCard plans to invest $800 m in India over the next 4 years - Hindu Business Line - "These investments will flow into processing, mobile technology and solutions and data analytics, said Porush Singh, Country Head for MasterCard in India."
  • Colu Raises $9.6 Million to Promote Blockchain-Based Local Currencies - CoinDesk - "The Series A round, backed by Aleph, Spark Capital, Digital Currency Group and former Thomson Reuters CEO Tom Glocer, follows a $2.5m seed round in early 2015..."
  • Toyota Financial Services Joins R3 Consortium - "Toyota Financial Services, the financial services subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation, has joined banking consortium R3CEV, making it the first organization affiliated with a major automaker to take part in the cross-industry effort."
  • Number of EMV Chip Payment Cards in Global Circulation Increases to 4.8 Billion" - EMVco - "Global technical body EMVCo today reports sustained growth in the worldwide adoption of EMV chip technology. Official figures of aggregated data show that by the end of 2015, the number of EMV payment cards in global circulation increased, year on year, by 1.4 billion to 4.8 billion."

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and 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.

COMING UP IN ATLANTA ON FRIDAY, JULY 15

TAG FinTech presents: Lunch & Learn on Real Time Payments - After years of discussion, the notion of faster payments in the U.S. is rapidly becoming reality thanks to the efforts of the Federal Reserve's Payments Improvement Task Force and its participating firms. These new systems could fundamentally change how we think about person to person transfers as well as business payments. Of these efforts, The Clearing House's real-time payments initiative is among the furthest along and most ambitious. Get the details on its functionality, rollout and potential uses. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry is moderating the session.

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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!

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 20, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 20, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Payments on Fire Podcast: On Internet Money – Talking Circle.com with Jeremy Allaire - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "The view that moving money is or should be an internet-wide capability is a guiding principle for Jeremy Allaire, founder and CEO of Circle. Take a listen to Jeremy on how Circle is connecting US dollars to British pound sterling, his plans for the euro, and how multiple technologies – blockchain and machine learning among them – enable money movement for Circle’s customers."
  • Why the Big Banks Can't Imagine Their Own Demises - New Yorker - "Later this year, the big banks will be given another shot at getting their living wills right. It’s important for the country that they do so, because we can’t have a sensible debate about whether and how to break up these institutions until we know how much of a risk they pose."

ON THE WIRES

  • New comScore Study Shows PayPal Online Checkout Conversion is 87.5%, Outperforms Competitors by 36% - “This comScore study shows that shoppers are completing their purchases with PayPal, at almost twice the rate of legacy systems,” said Bill Ready, senior vice president of product and engineering, PayPal. “As more commerce moves to mobile, having an easy way to checkout moves from a nice-to-have to a must-have. Last quarter, our customers made more than 15 million transactions a day on the PayPal platform, with 28% of them from mobile devices.”
  • SWIFT and Accenture outline path to Distributed Ledger Technology adoption within financial services - “Since the emergence of DLTs, the financial services industry has been looking for answers to questions about the potential use of these new technologies,” says Fabian Vandenreydt, Head of Securities, Innotribe and the SWIFT Institute, SWIFT. “The technology assessment has given us valuable insights into the necessary requirements for DLTs to succeed in financial services. It provides a clear state-of-play, outlining the different factors the technology needs to address, and the current maturity of DLTs in each of these areas."
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / Visa Inc. Convene Milestone Tenth Annual Global Financial Literacy Summit With Eye Toward Future - "At Visa, we have found that our most effective financial literacy programs come from strong partnerships between the public and private sector," said Nat Sillin, Visa's program lead for Financial Literacy. "Today's summit brings together well-respected leaders for an engaging discussion of how to improve financial education globally. We are encouraging summit attendees and webcast viewers to make their own commitment to advance personal finance education, which they can do by visiting www.finlitsummit.org."
  • Discover Global Network Signs with Computop to Increase International E-Commerce Merchant Acceptance - "This agreement is part of Discover Global Network’s ongoing effort to increase global acceptance, both online and in-store, through partnerships with leading payment service providers. By working with Computop, all cards running on the Discover Global Network will be provided with seamless and secure access to additional top merchants in the travel, e-commerce, hospitality and retail industries, among others."
  • RS Software Selected By Base Commerce - According to Jason Kafer, Chief Technology Officer of Base Commerce, “The depth of payments knowledge at RS Software is a critical value add to my business. I can achieve better control of the total cost of ownership related to my technology investment."
  • Samsung Pay Partners with Global POS Providers to Accelerate Mobile Payments Adoption - "Samsung announced today new partnerships with the world’s largest POS makers, including Verifone (NYSE: PAY), Ingenico Group, First Data and Clover, PAX Technology, Equinox, ID TECH, MagTek, USA ePay and OTI Global, to accelerate mobile payment adoption by ensuring the best possible user experience at merchants’ point-of-sale (POS) systems during checkout"
  • Moneris Partners with talech to Offer U.S. Merchants an mPOS and Business Management Solution via Banks - “Mobile is quickly emerging as the solution of choice for many merchants today as they look to increase their business efficiency and productivity,” said Chris Lee, President, North American Strategic Partnerships and Emerging Markets, Moneris Solutions. “With nearly half of all POS solutions expected to be mobile in the next three years, our partnership with talech allows us to deliver to merchants a complete business management solution.”
  • The Nilson Report Releases Top U.S. Debit Cards 2015 - "Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank, and U.S. Bank were the top 5 issuers based on combined signature-based and PIN-based debit as well as prepaid card spending."
  • First Data Launches Clover Online Store, An All-In-One eCommerce Solution - “Clover Online Store provides business owners with an ‘all-in-one’ integrated solution that includes shopping cart functionality, web design and all of the business management features that come with Clover,” said Guy Chiarello, President, First Data.

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 06, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 6, 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!

September 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 25, 2015

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Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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!

September 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 22, 2015

On the Web:

  • Inside the Global Payments Boot Camp - PaymentsViews.com (Russ Jones) - "Last year we expanded our Payments Boot Camp program to include a series of one-day workshops that give us an opportunity to dive a little deeper into a topic to share our experience and insights in a more interactive forum. And no topic has as much “real-world” demand as Global Payments. It’s a broad area to explore, and I wanted to share how we’ve structured the narrative."
  • The 21 Bitcoin Computer - "Today we’re announcing a new kind of device for sale: the 21 Bitcoin Computer, the first computer with native hardware and software support for the Bitcoin protocol."
  • Circle Granted First BitLicense by NYDFS - CoinDesk - "Bitcoin wallet Circle says it has become the first company to receive a BitLicense from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS)."

On the Wires:

  • Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay Now Available to Customers Nationwide - “Bringing Mobile Order and Pay to our customers is about meeting their needs of convenience and customization at any time of the day,” said Adam Brotman, Starbucks chief digital officer. “The fact that it also represents the fastest technology application rollout we have ever done is indicative of the strength of our digital ecosystem, how well it has been received by both our customers and store partners and the impact we think it can have on the future of retail.”
  • MyCheck Breaks New Ground with Menu Reordering Capability for Custom Mobile Payment Apps - “MyCheck’s reordering capability is a powerful technological innovation that revolutionizes in-location ordering and the guest experience because unlike tablet solutions, our branded mobile payment apps seamlessly connect to the point-of-sale, link guest consumption to rewards and foster ongoing brand engagement,” said Tal Nathanel, U.S. CEO of MyCheck.
  • Kohl’s Amps Up Digital to Make Omnichannel Shopping Easier than Ever - "Beginning this fall, Kohl’s customers will have a new easy, secure and private way to pay in stores with the rollout of Apple Pay, as well as the ability to use Apple Pay within the Kohl’s app. Kohl’s customers will also be able to add their Kohl’s Charge card as a form of payment within Apple Pay. Kohl’s customers will be able to complete purchases easily, quickly and securely across all digital channels with Visa Checkout, which will be available on Kohls.com and mobile devices."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 30, 2015

On the Web:

  • New Circle Investors, New US Dollar Account Features, China Horizons - Circle Blog - "Today we announced a major step forward in the execution of our vision and product strategy. We've closed a new $50 million strategic investment round co-led by Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners."

  • This Digital Wallet Could Finally Get You Into Bitcoin - "In other words, the Circle wallet will soon work just like Venmo or any other money-transfer app, except it also works seamlessly with bitcoin, so you can handle your money in the form you value the most."

  • Capital One exec predicts mass shift to Apple Pay this year - Mobile Commerce Daily - “I really believe we’re going to have this mass shift over to contactless payments,” Mr. Moreton said. “What you see is this huge change over a relatively short period of time.”

  • In Code We Trust - New York Times Magazine - "One way to understand this chaos is to see that power is shifting. The authority to create, move and define money — once confined to central banks and treasury departments — is being dispersed to an odd mix of entrepreneurs, libertarian hackers and old-line banking institutions."

  • Financial Giants Set Up Tech Hubs in Manhattan - Wall St. Journal - "MasterCard is one of several big-name financial services firms that are opting to set up tech divisions in prime Manhattan real-estate markets outside of their headquarters because many increasingly see themselves more as technology companies."

  • Online hackathon seeks to build solutions using Aadhaar app interface - Business Standard - "AngelPrime, a seed-stage venture capital fund based in Bengaluru, and Nasscom, in collaboration with UIDAI, will host the first of its kind online 'Aadhaar Application Hackathon' in June this year. The hackathon aims to encourage and promote the development of applications using the Aadhaar application programme interfaces (APIs)."

  • Bitcoin Could Impact Credit Unions, Report Says - CoinDesk - "...we could see the proliferation of a host of new financial services backed by bitcoin, many of which are directly associated with the core businesses of credit unions today."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2015 Net Income of $1.6 billion or $0.63 per Diluted Share - “Visa reported another solid quarter of financial results against the continued backdrop of a tepid global economy. While the negative impacts from the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and lower gasoline prices continued to exert pressure on revenue growth, our results and volume trends have remained strong,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.

  • Visa Expands Global Technology Research; Hires Senior Scientist to Lead Visa Research Labs - “Digital commerce is rapidly evolving due to the introduction of new technologies. As the world becomes more connected, every device, car, or appliance becomes a place where secure digital commerce can take place,” said Rajat Taneja, Executive Vice President, Technology, Visa Inc. “I am excited to expand our technology research efforts and have Min lead Visa Research Labs. This effort has the potential to shape the way we pay and get paid in the future, and transform the lives of millions of unbanked consumers by finally providing them with access to secure digital commerce.”

  • MasterCard Named Exclusive Card Processor by Green Dot Bank - Green Dot Chief Operating Officer, Kuan Archer said, "Our processing technology team has been working closely with MasterCard for the past 15 months on the integration of our two technology platforms. While certainly this project has required a significant amount of time and effort, we believe the ultimate end-state of having the most state-of-the-art, high-scale processing platform underpinning our current and future suite of modern banking products and mobile solutions will pay off in terms of our ability to create new, innovative products and services."

  • Visa: Payments Industry Moves to Help Simplify Chip Card Acceptance - "The Payments Security Task Force today joined with the PCI Security Standards Council and the EMV Migration Forum to launch a chip education curriculum and “pre-qualification” program to help streamline and simplify the EMV testing and certification process for Value Added Resellers (VARs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). ... To learn more about the educational efforts, visit
    http://www.emv-connection.com/chip-education-for-vars-isvs-and-merchants/

  • Stratos Card Begins Shipping In April - "Stratos Card combines credit, debit, membership, gift and other magnetic stripe cards in one digital Bluetooth card."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 27, 2015

On the Web:

  • Payments Innovation Jury Report 2015 - The Payments Innovation Jury Report is a report released every two years, detailing global trends in payments innovation, and future opportunities and challenges for the industry. The report is based on the expertise of a panel of 40 business leaders in the payments sector from 23 countries across six continents. Authored by industry insider John Chaplin, the research is essential reading to FinTech investors, innovators, established payments firms and all others involved in the sector. The research is sponsored by Currency Cloud, a Payments Engine transforming the industry, Ixaris, an innovator in electronic payments, and WorldRemit, an online money transfer service.
  • Apple Pay Coming to Best Buy Stores as Retailer Breaks Ranks From Walmart-Led Rival - Re/code.net - "Best Buy is the first big-name U.S. retailer to break ranks with a Walmart-led Apple Pay competitor, announcing today that it will accept Apple’s digital payment system in its U.S. stores later this year."
  • CurrentC mobile pay to kick off in a single market mid-year - Computerworld - In its email on Monday, Rankin said it is "protocol-agnostic" and works in test mode across QR code, Bluetooth and others. "We are in market today with multiple technologies and not opposed to using NFC in the future," he said.
  • Exclusive: Bitcoin company Circle raising new cash - Fortune - "Circle Financial ... is in the midst of raising around $40 million at a pre-money valuation of approximately $200 million, Fortune has learned from multiple sources."
  • Bitcoin’s Q1: Record VC Investment, Falling Prices, And Slow Consumer Adoption - TechCrunch - "The bitcoin-watching news service CoinDesk recently released its first quarter look into the cryptocurrency’s performance during the opening months of 2015."

On the Wires:

  • Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results - “We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of Apple Watch.”
  • Apple Pay Now Accepted in Best Buy App, Coming to Stores Later This Year - "Starting today, Best Buy customers can use Apple Pay to make purchases in the Best Buy app when using an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. A free update is now available in the Apple App Store. All U.S. Best Buy stores will begin accepting Apple Pay later this year."
  • Discover to Bring Apple Pay to Cardmembers - “As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving cardmembers secure options for using their cards and mobile devices,” said Diane Offereins, Discover’s president of payment services. “Discover’s focus on simplicity and value for our cardmembers aligns well with the way Apple Pay makes purchases easy and convenient.”
  • Global Payments Launches EMV and Contactless Mobile Payments Solution in Canada - "Global Payments Inc. today announced the launch of the new Ingenico Companion Mobile Payment (iCMP) MPOS – a turnkey mobile point-of-sale solution offering full debit and credit EMV and contactless payment acceptance to Canadian merchants."
  • ACI Worldwide: Nearly 80 Percent of Banks, Retailers and Billing Organizations Know They are at Risk of Customer Attrition… - "Surprisingly, given the recent years of legislation across the world, retailers and billing organizations want to work together to provide a richer consumer experience and to slash costs by cutting out intermediaries. 44 percent of organizations claim they are already taking steps to, or would like to eventually, reduce the number of intermediaries in the payments value chain."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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!

November 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 3, 2014

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On the Wires:

  • Consumers Can Now Use Their Barclays, Navy Federal & USAA MasterCard in Apple Pay - "Owners of the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 can now use their U.S. MasterCard consumer credit or debit cards from Bank of America, Capital One, Citi, Wells Fargo, Barclaycard, USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union through Apple Pay."
  • Apple Pay Now Available for U.S. Bank Customers - “We couldn’t be more pleased to see this day arrive for our customers,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer at U.S. Bank. “Providing our customers the ability to securely pay where, when and how they want is a central theme for our payments business. Enabling our customers to use Apple Pay is the perfect example of how we bring that philosophy to life.”
  • U.S. Bank FlexPerks Adds American Express-Branded Cards to Award Winning Credit Card Lineup - “Adding American Express to the family of FlexPerks Rewards credit cards is part of our FlexPerks legacy of finding new and better ways to help customers earn rewards faster with value they can recognize,” said Cliff Cook, senior vice president for U.S. Bank’s retail credit card division.
  • Elavon Delivers Apple Pay, EMV & Security Solutions - "Our investments in mobile and other innovative technologies are now paying off for our customers: when a business is trying to accommodate the consumer who wants to pay with their smart phone, and the next person in line who presents a chip-embedded EMV card, they know they can rely on us to help them make the sale with enhanced security and a great customer experience.”
  • Verifone and MasterCard Bring Card-Linked Offers to Las Vegas for Money 2020 - "Targeted offers from merchants, in this case The Hard Rock Café on the Vegas strip, the Bali Hai and Royal Links golf courses and Dream Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, are displayed to taxi passengers on VNET–Taxi TV screens integrated with Verifone payment terminals."
  • Visa Selects Bangalore as Site for New Technology Center - India is fast becoming a global technology epicenter with an incredible pool of technology talent,” said Nitin Chandel, Senior Vice President of Visa’s Developer Platform based in India.
  • TSYS Creating a More Open Technology Environment to Power Innovation - "TSYS’ strategy leverages the scale of TSYS’ mainframe and distributed systems to connect with 3rd platform technologies including mobile, cloud, big data and social technologies."
  • Ingo Money to Acquire Fuze Network, Inc. - "Fuze enables its partners to add cash to more than one billion bankcards including credit, debit and prepaid cards. For example, a consumer cashing a check at a physical location can then disburse funds directly to the cards in their wallet."
  • LoopPay Launches New Mobile Payment Product Line, Accepted At 40X More Places Than Apple Pay - "The LoopPay CardCase can be purchased today for $49.95 for the iPhone 5/5s, 6 and 6 Plus, while Android users can purchase a standalone LoopPay Card accessory that is available separately for $39.95."
  • Verifone Reinforces Mission with New Brand Voice and Identity - "The Verifone brand reflects our vision and commitment to clients, while also speaking to our continued growth and leadership as a company as we pave new paths towards the future of commerce.”
  • Ingenico Mobile Solutions Launches the First Native mPOS Tablet App with Support for All Transactions Types: Magstripe, EMV and NFC - "This new version features a completely redesigned User Interface (UI) and is the first and only native tablet application for both iOS and Android that supports all mobile payment transaction types and all acceptance methods: magstripe, NFC, EMV chip & PIN, and EMV chip & sign."
  • BofA Merrill Announces Enhancements to Global Card Capabilities for Companies and Public Sector Clients - “Improved transparency and tighter control over expenses continue to be hot topics for organizations of all sizes in every region around the world,” said Percy Batliwalla, head of Sales for GTS. “As card programs grow in efficacy and sophistication, they are becoming an increasingly powerful tool for treasury departments – providing them the granular information they need to better manage and forecast their finances.”
  • CPI Card Group Launches CPIMobile™ with Sequent - "Sequent will enable CPI to deliver to global banks and other issuers a digital issuance solution that allows them to participate in almost any mobile wallet deployment, leveraging both Secure Element (SE) and Host Card Emulation (HCE) capabilities, and to enable their own banking apps for payments."
  • CPI Launches First EMV Prepaid Cards to Canadian Market with Berkeley Payment Solutions - “The Canadian market has already successfully migrated to EMV for financial debit and credit cards, benefiting from a significant reduction in fraud,” said Steve Montross, president and CEO of CPI Card Group. “Berkeley Payment Solutions has remained at the forefront of driving continuous innovation for its customers, and now, by extending EMV for Prepaid, truly demonstrates the company’s ability to anticipate and deliver solutions to meet the needs of its customers.”

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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!

September 29, 2014

Circle Debuts Bitcoin Accounts for Mainstream Users

Circle logo 140px c/net is reporting that Bitcoin startup Circle is now open for public use worldwide in seven languages.
The fact that Circle is not a trading exchange is what sets it apart from many other Bitcoin services on the Web. Circle does not operate by offering users the option to buy into the cryptocurrency at a specific rate with hopes of trading it for more. Instead, the company simply provides a service in which users can deposit local currency in return for Bitcoin. Upon withdrawal, Bitcoin is converted to local currency. No fees are incurred for the service.
Circle is the digital currency company founded in 2013 by Internet entrepreneurs Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville.

July 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 24, 2014

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On the Wires:

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

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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!

July 21, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 21, 2014

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June 30, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 30, 2014

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June 26, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 26, 2014

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  • Higher One Adds Chinese Currency to International Payments Service - "Higher One, a leader in providing financial services and data analytics to more than 1,900 colleges and universities nationally, announces the addition of the Chinese yuan to its international payments service, which is powered by Higher One’s partnership with Western Union Business Solutions."

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May 16, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 16, 2014

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  • There Is No Such Thing As An International Wire - PaymentsViews.com (Erin McCune) - "I am writing this post on an airplane, en route to Amsterdam for Bitcoin 2014 where I will be exploring alternatives to the complicated, unpredictable and expensive correspondent banking process."
  • What We Have Been Up to at Circle - The Circle Blog (Jeremy Allaire) - "First, it’s really important to understand that our focus is on promoting and supporting Bitcoin as a payment utility and as a secure store of value. We’re not interested in or focused on the speculative value of Bitcoin."
  • Circle Reveals Roadmap for Bringing Bitcoin to Mainstream Market - CoinDesk - "Perhaps most notably, Circle revealed its intention to act as a “digital custodian” for its customers, allowing consumers to access bitcoin without running bitcoin software, managing private keys or storing bitcoin in a secure location."

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April 22, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 22, 2014

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  • 10 Questions: Jeremy Allaire, founder and CEO, Circle - Fortune - "The company aims to make Bitcoin simpler, safer, and easier to use. In light of recent controversy around the virtual currency -- particularly around companies that have failed and lost clients' money -- Allaire is taking his time to make sure Circle will be legitimate and regulated."
  • Tokens and Traditionalists - Drop Labs (Cherian Abraham) - "However with HCE I would go beyond NFC – as finally there is a way to decouple the credential from the radio – and look beyond where the credential is stored, and even how it is presented – including other legitimate use-cases such as QR and BLE alongside of NFC."
  • Verizon Data Breach Report: Payment-Card Theft Can Be Avoided at Little Cost - Wall St. Journal - “It’s not necessarily about spending more money. It’s about doing the right things,” said Chris Porter, one of the report’s authors and a managing principal at Verizon’s Cyber Intelligence Center.
  • Facebook Now Powers More Than Half Of All Social Logins - "According to the latest data from social login service Gigya, Facebook remains the absolute market leader here and now powers more than 51 percent of all social logins in North America."
  • Review: Loop mobile wallet - Fortune - "Loop is a brilliant idea, and most importantly, it works. But the fob is better as a proof of concept than a daily companion, and for that reason, only enthusiasts will find today's system worth the expense."
  • Former Citi Executive Sanjiv Das to Join First Data - Wall St. Journal - "Sanjiv Das, who served as chief executive of CitiMortgage from 2008 to 2013, has taken the role as First Data's chief of staff and is joining the company's management committee,"

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April 07, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 7, 2014

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March 26, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 26, 2014

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February 25, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 25, 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). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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January 16, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 16, 2014

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December 19, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 19, 2013

Webinar: Managing Cardholder Data Security Risks in an Evolving Payments Landscape - Be sure to join Glenbrook's Bryan Derman, BakerHoestetler's Craig Hoffman and Mandiant's Marshall Heilman for this webinar on January 15 from 2-3:30 PM Eastern time. Registration is now open.

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December 13, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 13, 2013

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November 14, 2013

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October 31, 2013

Circle Internet Financial Launches with $9 Million Series A from Accel, General Catalyst Partners

Circle logo 140pxJeremy Allaire has announced a new startup - Circle Internet Financial - that "will seek to drive mainstream adoption of digital currency such as Bitcoin by bringing payment acceptance tools to merchants, and easy to use services to consumers." The company has raised a $9 million Series A from Jim Breyer, Accel Partners and General Catalyst Partners.

Jim Breyer will join the Board of Directors of Circle, as will David Orfao of General Catalyst Partners. Jim Breyer, Accel and General Catalyst were investors in Allaire’s previous company, Brightcove, the industry-leading online video platform which had a successful IPO in 2012, and where Jeremy still serves as the company’s Chairman. Allaire also was a co-founder of Allaire Corp., whose ColdFusion product pioneered the Web application development market and led to a successful IPO in 1999. Allaire Corp was then acquired by Macromedia in 2001, where Allaire became CTO, and helped spearhead the strategy to create an application platform built around Flash.

Bitcoin and digital currency represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the future of the Internet and global commerce,” said Jeremy Allaire, founder and chief executive officer of Circle Internet Financial, Inc.

“There’s a tremendous opportunity to make payments easier, more secure and less costly for consumers and businesses. Digital currency can dramatically reduce the friction and costs currently experienced in the world by merchants and consumers.”

Circle launches amid surging interest in the promise of new global digital currencies such as Bitcoin, which can enable nearly instant payments and money transfers globally at almost no cost and with greater security and privacy than existing electronic payment methods. Like prior Internet-led disruptions of the media, communications and retail industries, Bitcoin’s disruption of payments and finance builds on open source and open standards to create resilient technology platforms that innovators can build upon.
It is rare to find a world-class entrepreneur embarking on a path to bring innovation to the global financial marketplace”, said Jim Breyer, Partner, Accel Partners. “The dramatic global growth in mobile, social and online commerce is creating the need and potential for a real global digital currency. With Jeremy’s vision for Circle and track record as an Internet pioneer, the opportunity here is to build potentially build a significant global company. I’m very pleased to be working with Jeremy again.”
Circle is regulated by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Treasury, as a money transmitter and is seeking appropriate state licenses. Circle also recently hired John Beccia as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Beccia, former Chief Regulatory Counsel for the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, D.C. brings decades of operating experience in banking, compliance and risk management. Circle is committed to working with key government agencies and policymakers worldwide.

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