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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!

June 22, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 22, 2016

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ON THE WEB

  • Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead. - New York Times - "Some of the nation’s largest banks, acknowledging that traditional passwords are either too cumbersome or no longer secure, are increasingly using fingerprints, facial scans and other types of biometrics to safeguard accounts."
  • Hyperledger Project Adds 7 New Members - Hyperledger - "Hyperledger Project, a collaborative cross-industry effort created to advance blockchain technology, announced today that seven new members have joined to help create an open standard for distributed ledgers for a new generation of transactional applications."
  • Coinbase adds support for PayPal and Credit Cards - Coinbase Blog - "To start, we’re offering PayPal cash-out for US users only. In the future, we hope to add support for other countries, and to support buys through PayPal as well."
  • The Failure of Coin - Medium (Ben Einstein) - "When it comes to hardware startups, there are two types risk that are manageable on their own, but when combined often spell failure: technical risk and product risk."
  • India: Visa issues more than a million contactless cards - Economic Times - ""Contactless is the future of payments in India. Since its launch, Visa payWave has gained strong momentum and wide merchant acceptance."
  • Samsung Takes a Different Approach to Mobile Payments - Fortune - "“We’re a hardware company, and at the end of the day I think what we’re trying to do is get people who hold (one of) our phones and use it…to just love it more,” Elle Kim, global vice president of Samsung Pay, told Reuters in Sydney."
  • Microsoft brings mobile payments to that Windows 10 Mobile user - Inquirer - "Oddly, the service is available only on Windows 10 handsets in the US where contactless payments are not yet widely accepted, as opposed to in the UK where most retailers support the NFC-based service. "
  • Android Pay Prepares to Show a Map of Nearby Locations that Accept Payments - XDA Developers - "...Google has left some hints within the APK file of the latest update that point towards a new feature that will use your current location and pull up a map activity to show you nearby stores that accept Android Pay."
  • National Bank of Kazakhstan to Announce a List of Blockchain Projects Soon - NewsBTC - "It has been speculated that the Kazakhstan’s national bank might want to utilize the blockchain technology to improve inter-transactions between its branches, a project that sounds similar to the famous R3 global banking consortium. Another possible use case revolves around the use of distributed ledger technology for the implementation and tracking of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customers (KYC) regulations among the banks."

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.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

June 06, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 6, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

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.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

June 03, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 3, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • European Commission Approves Visa Inc.’s Acquisition of Visa Europe - "Visa has now received all regulatory approvals required for the acquisition. The transaction has already been cleared by both the Jersey and the Turkish competition authorities. The transaction is expected to close in Visa Inc.’s fiscal third quarter of 2016."
  • Retailers Ask FTC to Investigate Credit Card Industry’s PCI Security Group for Antitrust Concerns - "In a 19-page white paper submitted to the FTC, NRF said the card companies use their market power to “unfairly leverage their brands and proprietary technology through webs of closely controlled interdependent bodies and compliance regimes” including the council."
  • Amazon Alexa Continues to Get Smarter: Over 1,000 Third-Party Skills Now Available - “At Capital One, we’re continually exploring new ways to harness technology to help our customers confidently and securely manage their money, wherever they are,” said Ken Dodelin, Vice President of Digital Product Management, Capital One. “Through the Alexa Skills Kit open APIs and developer tools, we were able to easily give our customers direct voice access to their accounts so they could hear how much money they have in their accounts, make credit card payments and stay on top of recent account changes."
  • Apple Pay Coming to Grubhub's Customers - "We're always looking for ways to make it easier for our diners to find and order the type of food they want, when they want it, from their favorite local restaurants," said Sudev Balakrishnan, SVP of Product for Grubhub. "We're thrilled to bring the ease of use of Apple Pay to our diners. It offers another quick and convenient way for them to pay for their meals, whether they're at home or on the go."

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

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.

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 24, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 24, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • First Data and First Tennessee Bank Form Strategic Relationship to Support Small Businesses - "Under the new enterprise agreement, First Tennessee will provide its small business clients with First Data’s innovative products, including the Clover® family of business management solutions. First Tennessee will also join First Data’s STAR® Network and have access to an array of cutting-edge fraud protection tools."
  • Federal Reserve Board begins 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances - "This survey is one of the nation's primary sources of information on the financial condition of different types of households," Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen said in a letter to prospective survey participants. "Our previous surveys…have helped the Federal Reserve and other parts of the government make policy decisions and have also supported a wide variety of basic research, public discussion, and education."
  • U.S. Bank Introduces Mobile Check Deposit App for Small Businesses - “Using Deposit Express, customers can streamline their check deposit process, eliminating delays associated with trips to the branch or their office,” said Sam Robb, head of receivables solutions for treasury management at U.S. Bank. “Deposit Express is specifically tailored to meet the needs of small businesses. It offers robust reporting and research capabilities, as well as integration of mobile and web deposit channels.”
  • MBNA Gets Ready For Android Pay - "UK contactless spend increased steeply in 2015, more than trebling to reach £7.75 billion. With nearly one in eight card transactions now using contactless technology*, Android Pay will be the latest option for tech-savvy consumers who are forgoing not only cash but cards in favour of mobile wallet payment methods."
  • National Gift Card Draws on Tech Advances to Offer Rewards in Real Time - "With 9 out of 10 U.S. adults owning a cell phone and global cell phone use projected to top 5 billion by 2019, National Gift Card Corp. is leveraging this trend with its smart mobile gift card solution that works for virtually any small or large businesses through its proprietary Application Programming Interface (API)."

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 15, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 15, 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 09, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 9, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • TSYS Appoints Pamela Joseph President and COO - “I have known and done business with TSYS for more than twenty years and am thrilled to be joining the team. TSYS clearly has best in class technology platforms and a blue chip customer roster. I look forward to driving additional client and partner benefits through product innovation and service enhancements,” commented Joseph.
  • Early Warning Launches Real-Time P2P Payments with Bank of America, U.S. Bank - “Bank of America is committed to being a leader in payments and making it easier than ever for our clients to manage their finances,” said Thong Nguyen, president of retail banking at Bank of America. “We’re focused on creating a simple, straightforward person-to-person payments experience that lets our customers pay anyone with a couple of easy, intuitive steps.”
  • UnionPay International Accelerates Mobile QuickPass Expansion Overseas--180,000 POS terminals ready - "Nearly 180,000 POS terminals in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore accept UnionPay chip cards with "QuickPass" signage and various mobile QuickPass-enabled products. The overseas transaction volume of UnionPay QuickPass grew 8 times in 2015, and is growing rapidly this year."
  • Leading UK Online Retailer Shop Direct Uses FICO Technology to Help Prevent Fraud - "As the UK's second-largest pure-play online retailer, we're protecting not only our revenues and our customers but also our brands," said Neil Chandler, Shop Direct's CEO for Financial Services. "We have a very successful partnership with FICO for fraud protection, customer management and decision optimization. FICO analytics and tools are exactly what we need to protect our customers."
  • Chargebacks911: New Technologies Fuelling Rise In Customer Chargebacks - “The pressure on banks to resolve disputes faster is causing an imbalance in an industry that is almost always favourable to the consumer. 50% of cardholders who file a dispute will do it again within 90 days. This essentially means that issuers and cardholders are being rewarded for initiating illegitimate chargebacks, with processors ultimately penalised along with their merchants.”
  • FTC Action Leads to Court Orders Against Scheme That Charged Millions of Dollars to Consumers' Bank and Credit Card Accounts Without Their Consent - “These defendants bought sensitive personal information from data brokers and used it to steal people’s money,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Misusing sensitive data causes real harm to consumers, and I’m pleased that the court banned the defendants from this conduct.”

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 01, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 1, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Reflections: Back to the Future - PaymentsViews.com (Scott Loftesness) - "Today, Glenbrook celebrates its 15th birthday. It’s been quite a journey – an amazing one in so many ways – yet it also sometimes feels like we’re still on Day One! There’s so much happening in payments – and, more broadly, in commerce, financial inclusion, and crypto currencies!"
  • How the Shift from Swiping to Inserting Cards Will Accelerate Mobile Payments - AdvertisingAge - "I tested out my theory with a local clerk at my favorite retailer who confirmed he is seeing an uptick in mobile payments because it is easier than waiting for the insert process."
  • Experian: E-commerce Attack Rates - 2015 E-commerce Attack Rates by State - "Experian analyzed e-commerce fraud attack rates for all of 2015. The map charts e-commerce attack rates (by basis points) for the United States by both shipping and billing locations."
  • BAML prepping blockchain-powered trade finance test - Financial News - “A lot of the benefits of blockchain are still being conceived. As we move into live prototyping, we will aim to prove out the business case."
  • A Better Way to Control the Banks - New York Times - "Even so, the capital requirements are not strong enough, in part because they do not require banks to fully account for potential losses from the trading of derivatives, a multitrillion-dollar activity."

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!

January 05, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 5, 2016

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

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!

November 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 30, 2015

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.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

November 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 17, 2015

On the Web

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.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

October 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 12, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Financial market infrastructures rally around ISO 20022 harmonisation plan - "The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Bank of Canada, Clearstream, Canadian Payments Association (CPA), CLS, Euroclear, Hong Kong Interbank Clearing (HKICL), Russia’s National Settlement Depository (NSD), Southern African Development Community (SADC), VP Securities Denmark and ACH Colombia are amongst the first to commit to the plan for an industry designed framework for ISO 20022 implementation."
  • SWIFT unveils expansion of its financial crime compliance services portfolio - "Sanctions list management will enable financial institutions to access, manage and customise multiple sanctions list feeds on a secure, SWIFT-hosted platform. A new Payments data quality assurance service will help banks evaluate the quality of originator and beneficiary information in the SWIFT messages they send or receive. In addition, SWIFT will continue to expand its Know Your Customer (KYC) offering."
  • SWIFT to deliver a 57% price reduction by the end of 2015 - "This is a reflection of SWIFT's commitment to the banking community," says SWIFT Chairman Yawar Shah. "The co-operative reached its price reduction commitment at the end of 2014, one year ahead of schedule, but maintained the programme, yielding a much higher reduction rate than expected. I congratulate SWIFT for this effort and look forward to the additional price cuts the community will reap over the next five years."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

October 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 6, 2015

On the Web

  • It’s About the Blockchain - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "2015’s story is the interest of fintech vendors, financial institutions, start-ups, and other enterprises in what blockchain ledgers have to offer. We’re seeing experimentation built on the bitcoin blockchain itself."
  • Turkey launches a national credit card system - Daily Sabah - "Turkey launched a new electronic card payment clearing system, the Istanbul-based InterBank Card Center (BKM) announced yesterday. The system, named "TROY," will be operational from April 1, 2016, the BKM said."
  • Apple Pay Makes Inroads for Everyday Purchases - eMarketer - "Mobile payments are slow to catch on among the general population, but early adopters of the Apple Watch are also rapidly adopting Apple Pay, research suggests."
  • Apple Pay Faces Tough Crowd in First Year - Bloomberg - "Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has called 2015 the “year of Apple Pay.” So far it’s been underwhelming."
  • Note to Payments Innovators: You Need a Value Proposition! - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "The Fed is moving full-speed ahead on developing a faster payment system. But very few consumers actually need such a system. For all the complaints about our dated mag stripe card payments, they work really, really well. It's hard to come up with a clear value proposition for any replacement."
  • Trump Hotel Collection Confirms Card Breach - "The Trump Hotel Collection, a string of luxury hotel properties tied to business magnate and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, said last week that a year-long breach of its credit card system may have resulted in the theft of cards used at the hotels."
  • Australian Banks Unfriendly Towards Digital Currency - NewsBTC - "Not only will a negative attitude toward bitcoin affect the Australian market, but it could spread further afield. Many are fearful that this decision could have a long lasting negative effect that would influence the the country’s regulation process and opinions of consumers and lawmakers in other countries."
  • How Kenyan Banks Lost to Mpesa - Payments Africa - "Mpesa, a wildly successful payment platform contractually licensed to Safaricom, has prospered at the expense of what would have been banking services. Kenya’s banks have taken a back seat as Mpesa leads the payments market. It wasn’t always like this."
  • Santander InnoVentures Adds $4 Million to Ripple’s Series A Round - CoinDesk - "Ripple has received an additional $4m in funding from Santander InnoVentures, bringing its Series A total to $32m."
  • A New Chapter for Ripple - Ripple Blog - "We’re no longer experimenting. We’re delivering. That’s why we’re dropping the ‘Labs’ from Ripple Labs. From now on, it will just be Ripple—and Ripple is growing up."

On the Wires

  • MasterCard Identity Check to Simplify and Strengthen Online Shopping - "MasterCard today introduced MasterCard Identity Check, a suite of technology solutions that leverage advanced technologies to prove a consumer’s identity and further simplify the online shopping experience."
  • Visa and Chevron Bring Mobile Payments to the Pump - "Visa Inc. and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. today announced they will launch a mobile payments program at more than 20 Chevron-branded stations, accepting any NFC (near-field communications) payment service. The program, launching later this fall at select Chevron stations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, will offer consumers a simple and more secure way to pay at the pump with a range of mobile payment services."
  • Visa Inc. Appoints Demetrios Marantis to Lead Global Government Relations - “I’m honored to join Visa at an incredible time in this dynamic industry,” said Marantis. “The payments ecosystem is rapidly changing, and I am excited to be part of an organization leading the conversation about digital payments in an increasingly mobile world, both in the United States and globally.”

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September 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 30, 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

  • My Half Life in Payments - PaymentsViews.com (Scott Loftesness) - "...it dawned on me that 2015 was my 30th anniversary year in the payments industry."

On the Wires

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September 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 9, 2015

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September 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 8, 2015

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August 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 18, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • Richmond Fed's Economic Quarterly Looks at Durbin Amendment Impact on Merchants - "Based on a survey conducted two years after the regulation went into effect in 2011, Richmond Fed economist Zhu Wang and his co-authors Scarlett Schwartz and Neil Mitchell investigate the impact of the regulation on the costs to merchants of accepting debit cards. They also examine merchant reactions to the regulation in terms of changing prices and debit card restrictions. The survey results suggest that the regulation has had limited and unequal impact on merchants' debit-acceptance costs."
  • Pay Anyone From Your Wrist - "The latest Square Cash release affords anyone the ability to quickly send a payment to friends, family, or anyone nearby conveniently from their Apple Watch. Beginning today, anyone can access the app on their Apple Watch by downloading the latest Square Cash app for iOS."
  • Visa and QIWI Announce the Mass Launch of Contactless Smartphone Payments - "QIWI and Visa Inc. have announced implementation of a new stage of their strategic partnership, which has resulted in integration of Visa payWave's contactless technology into Visa QIWI Wallet."
  • Star Wars Comes to Chase Disney Visa Credit Cards - "Marking the first Star Wars brand collaboration for a credit card for The Walt Disney Company, Chase Card Services and Disney, are putting The Force in Cardmembers’ wallets with the introduction of three exclusive Star Wars designs to the Disney Visa Credit Card family, accompanied by exciting, new and exclusive Star Wars perks for all Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers."
  • First Tech Federal Credit Union and MasterCard Announce First U.S. Biometric Payments Pilot - "The pilot will test the potential of delivering greater security and convenience to First Tech’s U.S. cardholders by verifying identity via facial photographs or fingerprint scans conducted on smartphones."
  • Capital Prepaid Offers Mobile Check Cashing to BlazePaysSM Visa® Prepaid Cardholders - "Our goal is to make the BlazePays Card the most convenient and economical payment tool for consumers," said Jay Kurian, President of Capital Prepaid. "With mobile check cashing, consumers can now load funds to a BlazePays Card regardless of where they reside in the U.S."

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July 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 29, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • TD Bank and MasterCard Partner to Drive Innovative Payment Solutions - "TD Bank ... announced an agreement with global payments technology company MasterCard to route debit and prepaid card transactions over MasterCard’s Maestro network. Through the agreement, MasterCard will process TD Bank’s debit card and prepaid card PIN transactions."
  • How America Pays in 2015 - “Consumers still have a strong preference for traditional payment methods like debit cards and prepaid cards. Those payments tools are not going away anytime soon, even as interest in and usage of new payment methods grows,” said Teri Llach, chief marketing officer at Blackhawk Network, a pioneer of prepaid gift cards, payments tools and rewards delivered via a robust and convenient network. “Our findings prove that payments is not either/or when it comes to legacy payments versus emerging products; it’s really about convenience and providing a mix of options.”
  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports Second-Quarter 2015 Financial Results - “Our business continues to perform well with good transaction and volume growth, particularly in cross-border, despite the mixed global economic environment and foreign exchange headwinds,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We are executing on our strategy to grow our business by focusing on winning new deals in our core payments business, while building out our data analytics, processing and safety applications. A blend of acquisitions and organic investments in these spaces remain at the foundation of our strategy.”
  • TSYS Reports Second Quarter Adjusted EPS Grew 29.0% - “For the second quarter in a row, we exceeded our expectations that resulted in another outstanding quarter and year-to-date performance. Organic revenue grew 13.7% year-to-date as we continue to deliver exceptional performance across our key metrics,” said M. Troy Woods, chairman, president and chief executive officer of TSYS.
  • Planes, Trains, and Cruises All Now Easier to Purchase Online as MasterPass Expands Travel Industry Acceptance - “Travel merchants are increasingly looking to drive efficiencies in the online booking process,” said Vib Prasad, Group Head of MasterPass at MasterCard. “MasterPass can provide a seamless checkout experience while delivering the security our cardholders have come to expect when using a MasterCard, so they can focus on enjoying their time away.”
  • AcceptEmail and PayWithMyBank® Partner to Bring Consumers Heightened Convenience in Bill Payments while Cutting Down on Billing Costs - “This is the best of both worlds,” said AcceptEmail CEO Peter Kwakernaak. “Billers who take advantage of the combination of AcceptEmail and PayWithMyBank need not make adjustments to their systems, website or Apps in order to get VerifiedACH with real-time confirmations. They will reap substantial savings too. ACH is far less expensive to transact than credit card payments, which often take a percentage of the invoice amount.”

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July 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 24, 2015

On the Web:

  • Square Said to File Confidentially for Initial Offering - Bloomberg - "Square has been working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on the IPO, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process is private."
  • UK Banks Hold Out For Bumper Visa Price Tag - Sky News - "Some of Britain's biggest banks are in line to land bigger-than-expected windfalls from negotiations about a takeover of Visa Europe that could value the payments company at more than £13bn."
  • Chipotle says mobile payments, not loyalty, will drive customer insights - Mobile Commerce Daily - “With regard to loyalty, that’s a tricky subject,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief creative and development officer at Chipotle, during the call with analysts. “We’ve studied this in-depth, and we don’t believe the general supposition that loyalty will make less frequent customers more frequent."
  • In its second year, Apple Pay is ready to cash in - Macworld - "Chip cards, widely used in many countries overseas, are still rolling out slowly here, but when compared to the ability to pay with one’s phone, they start to seem positively antiquated. Smartphone saturation, meanwhile, has probably outpaced smartcards."
  • FinTech Bits: Smart Banks Are Banking on the Blockchain - Steptoe Cyberblog - "The takeaway from all of this? Banks, money remitters, and other financial institutions would be well-served to join the growing list of organizations that are studying possible applications for digital currencies and the blockchain to enhance their business, lest they be left behind by a wave of innovation in FinTech."

On the Wires:

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July 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 6, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Visa Europe: 1 billion Visa contactless purchases made in last year - Sandra Alzetta, Executive Director of Core Products at Visa Europe said: “Contactless momentum continues to build as more and more people discover it’s often the quickest and most convenient way to pay for everyday things. Across Europe, usage levels have soared, with more than one billion contactless transactions made by Visa cardholders in the last 12 months alone."
  • Western Union Enhances Mobile Money Transfer Capabilities in Africa - “Western Union continues to grow its reach across Africa, while delivering an exceptional experience across retail and mobile platforms, allowing our customers to conveniently and reliably move money,” said Khalid Fellahi, senior vice president and general manager, Western Union Digital. “Furthermore, Western Union seeks to promote global economic opportunity by bridging gaps in the traditional financial services system, and strives to provide consumers with 24x7 access to Western Union services.”

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June 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 18, 2015

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June 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 16, 2015

On the Web:

  • Coming Soon!

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  • First Data Launches Clover® Mini, The Future of Payment Terminals - “Just as the smartphone changed the lives of billions of people around the world, Clover is revolutionizing the way business owners run their companies,” said Guy Chiarello, president of First Data. “With its elegant design, ease of use, and ability to customize the user experience with the growing Clover® App Market, Clover Mini is the comprehensive solution that business owners need.”
  • Bank of America Merchant Services Launches Clover® Mini™ Point-of-Sale System for Small Businesses - “The launch of Clover Mini is a response to our small business clients, who tell us they want streamlined capability and innovation,” said Tim Tynan, CEO, Bank of America Merchant Services. “The built-in layers of security protection also give business owners peace of mind, so they can focus on what matters most, their customers and growing their business.”
  • NFC Forum Publishes New and Updated Technical Specifications - "Available from the NFC Forum website, the specifications deliver new capabilities that support improved RF communication, device identification, greater security in peer-to-peer (P2P) messaging, and new RF Interface extensions for optimized and scalable P2P and memory tag communications."
  • Discover to Close Home Loans Business - "The business is not projected to meet our financial expectations due to ongoing challenges to our home loans operating model, so we made the difficult decision to exit," said Carlos Minetti, president of consumer banking for Discover.

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June 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 10, 2015

On the Web:

  • Fintech Party May Attract Crashers - Wall St. Journal - "When the Financial Stability Oversight Council released its 2015 annual report last month, among the emerging threats to financial stability it called out was the migration of activities out of banking and into innovative new firms."
  • Breach at Winery Card Processor Missing Link - Krebs on Security - "Today, the company responded that it had begun notifying its customers about the incident, and that it was working with law enforcement and the card associations on an investigation."
  • Stripe Now Has An iPhone App For Monitoring Payment Activity - TechCrunch - "The new iPhone app does basically everything its existing online dashboard does, but brings it to an interface more suited for a mobile device. Businesses can also set up notifications for whenever a payment or purchase is made or set up a daily summary."
  • Retailers can bypass £20 limit for Apple Pay transactions in the UK - iMore.com - "With Apple Pay coming to the U.K. in July, payment processing services are considering removing the £20 limit on contactless payments in the country."
  • Millions of Barclays customers will NOT be able to use Apple Pay - Express - "Barclays has its own mobile payment service - Pingit - and has therefore declined to partner with Apple. It means that the bank's 12 million current account customers will not be able to sync their account with Apple Pay to use the service."

On the Wires:

  • Verifone Supports Launch of New Store Rewards Offering within Apple Pay - “Adding loyalty to Apple Pay will open a world of opportunity for a wide range of merchants to engage consumers and grow their businesses,” said Vin D’Agostino, executive vice president of Commerce Enablement, Verifone. “We are proud to support Apple Pay in expanding contactless payments to include loyalty."
  • Global Payments Names Frank T. Young Senior Vice President of Global Product and Innovation - "Young comes to Global Payments having spent his professional career focused on the intersection of innovation, technology and commerce, most recently with Google where he led strategy and partnerships supporting in-store, online and person-to-person payments. Prior to joining Google, he held senior roles at Firethorn, now a division of Qualcomm, MasterCard Advisors and Accenture."

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June 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 9, 2015

On the Web:

  • PayPal’s Dan Schulman aims at millennials' wallets - Fortune - "When PayPal spins off from eBay this summer, its new CEO will be in the thick of the battle to dominate online payments."
  • Apple Pay transactions will be capped at £20, banks admit - BBC - "But banks have told the BBC payments will be capped at £20, similar to existing contactless payments. The limit on contactless debit and credit cards is due to rise to £30 in September."
  • Square Unveils Mobile Wallet-Friendly Credit Card Reader - New York Times - "The new reader, which Square said will be widely available this fall, operates wirelessly for merchants who want to accept contact-less mobile payments. It also accepts so-called EMV enabled credit cards, a technology that includes a chip built into credit cards for added security."
  • Facebook Is Handing Out Free Beacons to Retailers - Re/code.net - "The idea is that beacons — small devices that can send a signal to a person’s smartphone when they get within a certain proximity — can be used to push information and deals to people while they’re in a prime position to make a purchase."
  • Money Isn’t Free, but Moving It Is Now Cheaper - Wall St. Journal - "We are at that transition point in which most of us own checkbooks and wallets as well as smartphones. Now imagine a time when all we have is our mobile device, or a pin-and-chip card and our thumbprint, and every time we want to support our friends, a local business or even foreign revolutionaries, all it costs us is a moment’s consideration."
  • Your bank account: The next thing to go obsolete - CNN Money - "Not only is banking not for everyone, accounts are inaccessible to about half of the world. People are too poor, live too far from a bank or don't have the required documentation. Abra, a new startup, makes banking more accessible while completely cutting out the actual bank."
  • Banking 2025: The Bank of the Future - "Once the number of new users reaches a critical mass, the process of reorganisation is no longer linear and continuous, but advances in bursts and exponentially. This means that, at a certain point in time, the process of system change gains so much momentum that it can hardly be controlled. In view of the inefficiency of the existing banking system as well as the economic superiority of web-based alternatives, it seems that it is only a matter of time before a system change takes place in the banking business."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Amends Rules to Help Airline Industry Reduce Card-Not-Present Fraud - "Visa Inc. announced at a recent meeting of the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC)-sponsored Credit Card Working Group (CCWG) that effective October 2015 it will accept airline-supplied flight manifests as a remedy for fraud payment card chargebacks."
  • Apple Pay Coming to the UK - “Apple Pay has quickly become a big part of millions of users’ everyday shopping routines, providing a simpler, faster and more secure way to pay,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants and many of our users’ favorite apps.”
  • Apple Pay Coming To MasterCard Customers in the U.K. from July - "MasterCard is working with several banks, including: HSBC; MBNA; RBS/Natwest and Santander, to enable users of an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch to use their MasterCard credit, debit or prepaid cards directly through Apple Pay."
  • Apple Pay Coming to Millions of UK Visa Cardholders Beginning in July - Jeremy Nicholds, Executive Director of Mobile at Visa Europe, commented: “Contactless payments are already widely embraced by millions of Visa cardholders across the country every day, so adding the simplicity and convenience of Apple Pay will catapult mobile payments into the mainstream. If people leave the house with one item, it’s their mobile phone – we’ve worked alongside Apple and the various banks involved to give customers a really seamless and exciting new payment experience through Apple Pay, so they have new ways to use their favourite Visa cards on the go and when shopping in the apps they love.”
  • Synchrony Financial Integrates Private Label Credit Cards and Patented Dual Cards with Apple Pay - “Through our ongoing innovation and strategic partnerships, we have developed a mobile platform that we can rapidly integrate across retailers and wallets, continuing to offer our value proposition for Apple Pay users,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Through this approach, Synchrony Financial is helping shape the future of how private label credit cards work when customers choose to make contactless payments.”
  • TSYS Supports Apple Pay in the U.K. - “TSYS’ support of Apple Pay is a landmark opportunity for us and demonstrates our people-centered approach to payments for all parties in the payments ecosystem,” said M. Troy Woods, chairman, president and chief executive officer, TSYS. “Our number one priority is security for the banks and retailers we serve, so their customers can conduct their lives with confidence and convenience. Apple Pay will change the face of the mobile payments industry and our role in the digital marketplace.”
  • First Data to Support Launch of Apple Pay in the UK - “Following the successful launch of Apple Pay in the U.S. last year, First Data is thrilled to support the launch of Apple Pay in the U.K. to help our clients bring their customers added convenience, security and privacy. First Data has established itself as a trusted enabler of mobile payments, and we are proud to help transform the payments landscape for the benefit of our clients,” said Sanjiv Das, Executive Vice President, Head of International Regions, First Data.
  • Walgreens Launches App for Apple Watch to Support Medication Adherence - "Walgreens also announced today the planned integration of Balance Rewards with Apple Pay, coming this fall to stores with the launch of rewards support for Apple Pay. Beginning this fall, Apple Pay will provide immediate access to Balance Rewards without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card. Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem Balance Rewards points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay."
  • Visa Europe: Smart devices on track to replace cash and cards - "According to new research from Visa Europe, consumer adoption of mobile payments will grow faster than ever in the next five years, with six in ten Britons (60%) expecting to use their mobile devices for payments at least once a week by 2020."
  • Apriva, Miura Systems Partner to Deliver Added mPOS Functionality to U.S. Market - “As we’ve seen the U.S. market expand in mobile payments and chip card acceptance begin to take off, we saw a great opportunity to bring the EMV, Contactless and NFC technologies we’ve tested and proven in over 35 global markets to the U.S.,” said Mark Roberts, SVP Sales & Marketing, Miura Systems. “With their vast connections and highly respected products, Apriva provided us with the ideal partner to bring our Chip and PIN ready peripherals to customers in the U.S.”
  • Splunk Cloud Drives Security Monitoring and Threat Detection at Orrstown Bank - "Splunk Cloud gives Orrstown Bank centralized visibility into machine data coming from more than 60 unique data sources across its entire hybrid IT environment that includes on-premises servers, Amazon Web Services servers and Microsoft Azure. With the ability to now analyze this hybrid data together in Splunk Cloud, Orrstown Bank has improved IT operations reliability and can quickly detect anomalous behavior across its performance, application and network data logs."

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June 08, 2015

Apple Updates Apple Pay

Apple logo 140pxToday, at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple VP Jennifer Bailey introduced several updates Apple is making to Apple Pay including announcing new merchants accepting Apple Pay, the addition of support for private label and loyalty cards, a new partnership with Pinterest for "buy buttons", and expansion of Apple Pay into the UK beginning in July. Apple also said is was working with Square to enable Square merchants to accept Apple Pay later this year. Apple is also renaming its Passport application to Wallet - reflecting the increasing functionality. The functional changes will be part of Apple's upcoming iOS 9 operating system for the iPhone and iPad.

May 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 26, 2015

On the Web:

  • One out of four accounts ‘dormant’ as mobile money takes over banking - The East African - "Nearly one out of every four bank accounts in East Africa remains inactive as consumers trade traditional banking for the convenience of mobile money services, the findings of two separate studies show."
  • NFC Mobile Payments: An Industry Snapshot - Mobey Forum - "In this paper, Mobey Forum has attempted to produce a one-stop-guide to assist our banking industry colleagues to better understand and compare the various payment options currently available. No solution has emerged from this analysis as a clear winner, indeed it may be that in some cases more than one payment option is a suitable ‘fit’."
  • Nasdaq to step up blockchain trials - FT.com - "Clearing houses are a wonderful invention, but if you have a public ledger that is trusted, you can evolve back to a bilateral (trading) world but proceed with instantaneous settlement.”
  • Announcing Xapo's Advisory Board - Xapo Blog - "Today Xapo is proud to announce the formation of its advisory board with three visionary leaders, Dee Hock, John Reed and Lawrence H. Summers."
  • MIT aims to give bitcoin research, development a stable home - Boston Globe - "A fledgling project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab is offering researchers and software developers a quiet home to work on bitcoin’s core technology, a computer science breakthrough that lets people trade money securely without paying a middleman."
  • Indonesians Start to Embrace Bitcoin - Wall St. Journal - “Many people think that Bitcoin is unheard of in Indonesia, but the fact is its popularity is soaring now,” said Oscar Darmawan, CEO of PT Bit Coin Indonesia, which owns bitcoin exchange site Bitcoin.co.id.
  • EBA Chairman: Banks Must Understand Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "Brennan's statement follows the publication of the EBA's Crypto technologies, a major IT innovation and catalyst for change report, which highlighted the blockchain's potential to improve banking, reduce costs and improve product offerings."as
  • Payment Processor Payza's Bitcoin Transactions Rise 20% Per Month - CoinDesk - "Payza, which serves 100,000 online merchants, also noted payments in the digital currency represent approximately 10% of its monthly withdrawal and deposit volume."
  • Docomo Seeks to Make Passwords Unnecessary - Wireless Week - "The carrier expects to become the world's first mobile operator to integrate online services with smartphones capable of FIDO-enabled multiple biometric authentication."
  • IRS system mined for over 100,000 taxpayer records by fraudsters - Ars Technica - "After the IRS disclosed more information, it became clear the user data was not obtained because of a direct hack of government systems. Rather, weak authentication used by the IRS to protect access to taxpayer data is likely at fault."

On the Wires:

  • Nordstrom and TD Bank Group Announce Strategic Credit Card Relationship - "Nordstrom and TD Bank Group (TD) announced today an agreement under which TD will acquire Nordstrom's existing U.S. Visa and private label consumer credit card portfolio, which currently totals approximately $2.2 billion in receivables. In addition, the two companies have entered into a separate long-term agreement under which TD will become the exclusive U.S. issuer of Nordstrom-branded Visa and private label consumer credit cards to Nordstrom customers."
  • Mitek to Acquire IDchecker, a Global Identity Verification Solutions Provider - "The acquisition of IDchecker demonstrates our commitment to delivering solutions that optimize the mobile channel for safe and secure customer acquisition," said James B. DeBello, president & CEO, Mitek. "By expanding our product portfolio, we will transform Mitek into a global provider of mobile capture and identity solutions in the multi-factor authentication market which is projected by the global market research firm MarketsandMarkets to be worth $10.75 billion by 2020."
  • Worldpay extends global payment acceptance capabilities to India - Ramesh Ganesan, Head of Transaction Banking at IndusInd Bank said: “We are delighted to offer eCommerce acquiring services in India in association with Worldpay. We are confident that the association will help both organisations to contribute to the growth of the ever growing Indian eCommerce industry. This partnership will allow each company to benefit from the other’s respective expertise in domestic and international payments thereby helping in promoting online payment services in India.”
  • TSYS and PAX Technology, Inc. Launch Semi-Integrated EMV Solution - “Making the switch to accept EMV transactions can be a confusing and daunting process, which is why it is important to us to offer our clients a simplified approach,” said Craig Ludwig, head of product for TSYS’ Merchant Services segment. “Our all-in-one solution developed with PAX not only reduces costs and time required for EMV certification, but also provides advanced security features to guard against credit card fraud.”
  • Digital River Names Hayden Reed Senior Vice President and General Manager for Digital River World Payments - "He joins Digital River from MasterCard Worldwide, where he served for ten years, most recently as the senior vice president and group head of emerging payments product for credential management. Prior to MasterCard Worldwide, he served in leadership positions with companies such as First Data Corporation; Electronic Commerce Payments, Inc.; CheckFree Corporation, which is now part of Fiserv, Inc.; Banc One Corporation, which was acquired by JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and Ernst & Young LLP."
  • InstaMed Releases 2014 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report - “The InstaMed Network has processed hundreds-of-billions of dollars in healthcare payments to date, which gives us a unique perspective on healthcare payment trends, including the growth in consumer payment responsibility," said Bill Marvin, President and CEO of InstaMed. "With the release of this annual report, we are leveraging our unique vantage point to educate the industry and promote awareness, change and greater efficiency in healthcare payments.”
  • Staples Celebrates Million Dollar Milestone for Staples Business Loans -"Staples teamed up with Lendio, an innovative financial technology firm and the leading small business-lending marketplace, to deliver a suite of funding options that help solve these challenges."

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May 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 8, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Global Bitcoin Exchange itBit Today Starts Accepting U.S. Customers Nationwide Through New York State Trust Company Charter - “Our mission at itBit has always been to create a trusted, institutional-grade exchange and regulatory compliance is an important pillar of that mission,” said itBit CEO and co-founder Charles Cascarilla. “Regulatory approval from the NYDFS allows us to serve as a custodian for our clients’ assets and expand our services to U.S. customers – the largest market of bitcoin traders in the world – and allows us to do so with the highest standard of care afforded by any Bitcoin company.”
  • Elavon Promotes Wally Mlynarski to Lead Global Product and Innovation - “Wally has been instrumental in driving Elavon’s efforts to bring some of our most sophisticated products and services to market that allow customers to engage consumers as they shop online, offline and via mobile devices,” said Simon Haslam, president and CEO of Elavon. “Wally’s new role speaks to his many talents as well as Elavon’s commitment to attract and develop the best talent in the industry.”
  • NCR Modernizes Payments Infrastructure with Launch of Latest Version of Authentic - “We are committed to providing our customers with a modern, flexible payments infrastructure that will grow with them and enable them to respond to any demands the business places on them,” said Steve Nogalo, vice president and general manager of Payments Solutions at NCR. “With the latest version of Authentic, we have incorporated the flexibility of the Google Web Toolkit, as well as providing new features and enhancements to further improve usability and flexibility. With Authentic we constantly strive to deliver a solution that our customers can rely on today and in the future – whatever the future may bring.
  • Green Dot Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results - ""These positive results represent our first full quarter of the new, consolidated Green Dot, inclusive of our acquisition of TPG and two smaller prepaid program managers, AccountNow, Inc. and Achieve Financial Services, LLC. Despite being negatively impacted by approximately $12 million resulting from fewer reload transactions attributed to the discontinuation of MoneyPak, we posted significant revenue and adjusted EBITDA growth during the period as a result of both the incremental revenue and EBITDA contribution from our new acquisitions and better-than-expected performance in our organic branded and private label account business."

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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."

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April 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 20, 2015

On the Web:

  • The Year Of Mobile Payments - TechCrunch - "Expectations have changed. The proliferation of mobile money services shows that people – even the unbanked – demand better than the lengthy queues, cumbersome processes, and high fees offered by the incumbent international money transfer “super racket.”"
  • ICICI Bank launches ‘Tap n Pay’, a contactless payment service in arrangement with Tech Mahindra - Telecom Tiger - "‘Tap n Pay’ is a prepaid account, which can be availed by customers of any bank by simply registering for it and transferring money online from any bank account. ICICI Bank customers can also transfer money to the Tap-n-Pay account through an SMS. To start with, this solution is being offered at large campuses of corporate offices."
  • Samsung SDS enters biometric security business - Korea Times - "This system will be applied to all devices that need to receive user authorization such as smartphones, vehicles, IoT-based devices, door locks, smart homes, shopping, transaction and financial products," Kim said. "All corporate clients in those areas are our potential customers."
  • Westpac boss sees NZ as innovation lab - New Zealand Herald - "Westpac Group chief executive Brian Hartzer has embarked on a mission to transform the bank into a world-leading service company, with the Kiwi operations playing a Trojan horse role when it comes to innovations."
  • New Law to Strip Social Security Numbers From Medicare Cards - New York Times - “The Social Security number is the key to identity theft, and thieves are having a field day with seniors’ Medicare cards,” said Representative Sam Johnson, Republican of Texas...

On the Wires:

  • Verifone selects Thales to protect card holder data - "Thales, leader in critical information systems and cybersecurity, announces that Verifone now uses Thales nShield hardware security modules (HSMs) for its end-to-end payment encryption solution – VeriShield Total Protect – to provide robust, high speed, scalable crypto to protect card holder data, whether transmitted from a card or mobile device, right from the moment of capture."
  • GlobeOne Announces LOI with MetaBank to Bring New Mobile Banking Network to United States - "GlobeOne expects to launch in the United States and Mexico in the fourth quarter of 2015, and it will expand its integrated global network as new banking partners are secured around the world. GlobeOne’s innovative app will offer a no-minimum demand deposit account with debit card, a security savings account, a line of credit, domestic and international transfers between GlobeOne members, and access to the global income-building SocialBoost program, which gives members the opportunity to earn a new income stream while helping those who need it most."
  • WEX Virtual Payments Expands Currency Offering in Europe - Myles Stephenson, managing director of WEX Europe said, “We’ve listened to our customers’ needs and business challenges, and implemented a solution that provides even more cost-effective ways to make international payments. This update enables WEX Europe customers to pay their global suppliers in local currencies more efficiently.”
  • Entrust Datacard Enters Strategic Partnership with Financial Software and Systems (FSS) - Commenting on the partnership, Nagaraj Mylandla, managing director of FSS, said, “FSS has always been on the forefront of bringing new technologies to the payments domain in India. Today, banks in India are focusing on new technologies to build a deeper engagement with their customers. The hosted instant card issuance solution that we are introducing through our partnership with Entrust Datacard is one such technology that will assist banks in India to achieve service excellence.”
  • EastPay Launches Subsidiary, EastPay Advisory Services - "EastPay, a Regional Payments Association, has announced the formation of EastPay Advisory Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary that will provide payments risk management, compliance, and consulting services to financial institutions and businesses."

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