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May 20, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 20, 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!

May 13, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 13, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Is Friendly Fraud Spoiling the EMV Transition? - FIS Payments Leader Blog (Brian Beacom) - ""It was never meant to be like this. The global migration from magnetic stripe cards to the more secure chip-embedded cards was intended to add another layer of security against fraud. However, the reality is that during the transition to full EMV compliance, chargebacks are skyrocketing and it is the merchants who are paying the price."
  • Once Again, Thieves Enter Swift Financial Network and Steal - New York Times - "New details about a second attack involving Swift — the messaging system used by thousands of banks and companies to move money around the world — are emerging as investigators are still trying to solve the $81 million heist from the central bank of Bangladesh in February."
  • $1B Bangladesh hackers implicated in attack on Vietnamese bank, Sony hack - ArsTecnica - "SWIFT didn't name the other bank, but BAE Systems, which has been investigating the Bangladesh attack, has said that a Vietnamese commercial bank has been hit by closely related malware in a report of its own."
  • R3 eyes $200m for next step in blockchain journey - Financial News - "New York-based R3 is asking members for money in return for equity stakes in a new utility that will run blockchain-powered applications for financial institutions."
  • UK shows off prototype of digital iPhone driving license using Apple’s Wallet app - 9to5Mac - "Development of the feature has been made possible by recent changes to laws for UK driving licenses that abolished the paper counterpart to the photo card last year."

ON THE WIRES

  • Paul Deighton Joins Square's Board of Directors - "Today Square announced that Lord Paul Deighton of the United Kingdom joined its Board of Directors. Deighton served as the United Kingdom’s Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, CEO of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and as a partner at Goldman Sachs. ... Deighton replaces Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who has stepped down from Square’s Board."

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 11, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 11, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Capital One Launches First True Open Banking Platform in U.S. - ProgrammableWeb - "Demonstrating their desire for street cred and aiming to appeal to developers directly, the announcement was made at SXSW in Austin, Texas yesterday."
  • Should Venmo buy a bank? - Quartz - "For PayPal—which declined to comment—or its Venmo subsidiary, a bank would bring the ability to offer a wider range of financial products to customers."
  • A typo costs bank hackers nearly $1B - ArsTechnica - "Bank officials stated that transactions totaling $850 million to $870 million were canceled. The $81 million that was successfully transferred has not been recovered, and the perpetrators are currently unknown."

ON THE WIRES

  • Visa Checkout Introduces New Interactive Button for Faster Mobile Commerce - “Visa Checkout’s new interactive button is yet another way we are designing the future of online checkout and delivering on our promise to bring the simplicity of the swipe to any device,” said Sam Shrauger, senior vice president of Visa’s digital solutions. “This new experience brings digital payments one step closer to the ease, trust and familiarity that consumers have long valued from Visa in the physical world.”

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 03, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 3, 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!

January 28, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 28, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

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

EVENTS

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

January 15, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 15, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Hyatt Card Breach Hit 250 Hotels in 50 Nations - Krebs on Security - "Instead of just mandating that banks and retailers shift in lockstep on a to handling chip cards, U.S. lawmakers and regulators have for years delegated (abdicated?) accountability for credit card security to a booming industry of auditors and assessors who’ve been trying to secure a technology (magnetic stripe-based cards) that is 60 years old and is about as secure as mailing your credit card number on a postcard."
  • A Bitcoin Believer’s Crisis of Faith - New York Times - "Mr. Hearn, until recently one of the most prominent leaders of the Bitcoin project, became so disillusioned that in December he sold the few hundred Bitcoins he had left and quietly took a job at a new start-up."
  • Bitcoin Is Dead, Long Live Bitcoin - A VC (Fred Wilson) - "Sometimes it takes a crisis to get everyone in a room. That’s how the federal budget has been settled for many years now. And that may be how the blocksize debate gets settled too."
  • Mobile Payment Platform Minkasu Raises $1M Seed Round - TechCrunch - "The startup’s iOS and Android app stores encrypted credit card information, does not need passwords, and lets shoppers complete transactions with one click."

ON THE WIRES

  • Verifone Expands Services Offering for Large Retailers in the U.S. and Canada with Agreement to Acquire AJB Software - “Combining AJB’s offerings with Verifone’s services creates an unmatched set of hardware-neutral solutions—giving merchants the ability to select from a wider range of products that best meet their business requirements,” said AJB founder and president, Naresh Bangia. “Ultimately, this enables AJB and Verifone clients to receive stronger value and support—all from a single vendor.”
  • First Data Announces Clover® Go - "The EMV-enabled card reader plugs into an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone and works with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, allowing business owners of all sizes to seamlessly and securely accept payments outside of a traditional brick-and-mortar setting. Clover Go provides multi-merchant and multi-user functionality, enabling business owners to toggle between different store locations and provide access to an unlimited number of employees."

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

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 14, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 14, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Adyen Expands Next Generation Point of Sale Solution to U.S. Merchants - “The $22 trillion retail industry has been on the verge of delivering a true omnichannel shopping experience for years, but outdated and siloed payment systems have been in the way,” said Pieter Van der Does, co-founder and CEO of Adyen. “With Adyen’s omnichannel solution, forward-looking retailers will have the platform they need to surprise and delight shoppers with new experiences that also grow their revenue.”
  • Verifone to Deliver End-to-End, EMV-Ready Payment Solution to Microsoft Dynamics Customers - “In addition to simplified payment management, merchants want the most efficient, secure and hassle-free ways to support EMV, NFC, mobile wallets and other emerging payment methods that also offer new engagement opportunities with their customers,” said Jim Surber, regional head of Payment as a Service, North America, Verifone. “Partnering with Microsoft Dynamics - provider of industry leading point of sale software and omni-channel retail and commerce solutions - will greatly expedite our ability to deliver these capabilities to a vast number of merchants across the U.S.”
  • Hyatt Completes Payment Card Incident Investigation - “Protecting customer information is critically important to Hyatt, and we take the security of customer data very seriously,” said Chuck Floyd, global president of operations for Hyatt. “We have been working tirelessly to complete our investigation, and we now have more complete information that we want to share so that customers can take steps to protect themselves. Additionally, we want to assure customers that we took steps to strengthen the security of our systems in order to help prevent this from happening in the future.”

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

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!

December 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 2, 2015

On the Web

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 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 25, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

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 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 20, 2015

What I'm Reading

  • This week your editor has been enjoying reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
  • Sapiens is a fascinating story about humanity on earth that I'm really enjoying reading. While not directly related to payments or fintech, it provides lots of insights into human behavior! From the description: "One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?"
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • Introducing the Shift Card - Coinbase Blog - "The Shift Card is a VISA debit card that currently allows Coinbase users in twenty-four states in the U.S. to spend bitcoin online and offline at over 38 million merchants worldwide."
  • Fewer Digital Wallet Users Are Making Payments - eMarketer - "Digital wallet adoption is increasing in the US, but some common tasks such as making a payment or receiving money are actually becoming less common among users of such services, per September 2015 data."

On the Wires

  • Starwood Notifies Customers of Malware Intrusion - "Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today that the point of sale systems of a limited number of its hotels in North America were infected with malware, enabling unauthorized parties to access payment card data of some customers."
  • Holiday Retail Sales Driven by Confident Shoppers with More to Spend and More to Buy, Synchrony Financial Study Finds - "Nearly half (47%) of those surveyed indicate they are more confident in their financial situation than last year (37%), and 48% plan to start their holiday shopping earlier this year. Improved finances and larger gift lists are cited as reasons that 32% of shoppers surveyed plan to spend more this season than last season, up from 21% in 2014. "
  • Wells Fargo Predicts Rise in Spending Heading into Black Friday - “Economic conditions and consumer confidence continue to improve as we head into the holiday shopping season,” said economist Michael Brown who co-authored the report with senior economist Eugenio Aleman, both part of Wells Fargo Securities Economics. “The National Retail Federation’s holiday spending survey found that the average holiday shopper is expected to spend 0.4 percent more per person than they did last year.”
  • Cardlytics Releases Holiday Consumer Spending Report - “As more consumers spend their holiday budgets closer to Christmas, the challenge for retailers is to engage shoppers at every opportunity,” said Dani Cushion, Chief Marketing Officer, Cardlytics. “Retailers should plan accordingly and adjust their strategy to offer variety in their deals, specifically targeted to each shopper profile throughout the holiday season.”
  • FIDO Authentication Poised for Continued Growth as Alliance Submits FIDO 2.0 Web API to W3C - "To carry this momentum into 2016, the FIDO Alliance today submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international standards organization for the World Wide Web, a set of three technical specifications required to define a standard Web-based API designed to increase FIDO’s existing desktop, Chrome, Android and iOS reach to support other platforms."

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 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 12, 2015

On the Web

  • Paying Your Pals With Digital Options From Venmo to Facebook - ABC News - "Cash is passe, say digital mavens. If you really want to pay your friends back for that pizza party, use an app to shoot money to their mobile-phone number — or their Facebook account."
  • What lies behind the JPMorgan Chase cyber-attack - Economist - "The proceeds, since the scams started in 2007, amount to hundreds of millions of dollars. They stole personal data relating to more than 100m people, 83m of them customers of JPMorgan Chase."
  • Sending money overseas: could the blockchain hold the answer? - "By combining our experience as the largest payments network in the world, with Epiphyte’s knowledge of the distributed ledger, we’re hoping we can identify ways to improve the experience and better understand how these findings might be applied to remittance processes in the future."
  • New York FinTech Innovation Lab 2016 - AVC.com (Fred Wilson) - "If you are starting or building a company that is focused on the fintech sector and would like some help on strategy, product market fit, and business development, this is a great program to consider."

On the Wires

  • PayPal Completes Acquisition of Xoom - "Xoom will operate as a separate service within PayPal under the continued leadership of John Kunze, who has joined PayPal’s executive staff and will report to PayPal CEO Dan Schulman."
  • Chase Celebrates the Holidays with VIP Lounges for United MileagePlus® Cardmembers - “Every year we look forward to providing the VIP Lounge experience for United MileagePlus Cardmembers to enjoy some much needed relief from the hectic holiday shopping crowds,” said David Gold, general manager, Chase. “Whether it’s heading to the mall or traveling on vacation, we always look for exciting ways to give our Cardmembers unique benefits and special programs, such as the VIP Lounge and Inside Access events.”
  • MasterCard Expands Consumer Protection Across the Globe - “Over the past few years, consumers have grown increasingly concerned about the security of their data and account information, and liability for unauthorized transactions,” said Nancy O’Malley, chief payment system integrity officer, Enterprise Security Solutions at MasterCard. “With this new global program, we, together with our issuers, are providing our cardholders with additional peace of mind regardless of where they live or travel.”
  • MasterCard Announces Executive Appointments - "Ed McLaughlin has been named chief information officer." "Garry Lyons, chief innovation officer, will now lead the Digital Payments and MasterCard Labs organizations." "Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing officer, will add communications to his responsibilities." "Chris Monteiro will become chief communications and digital marketing officer, reporting to Rajamannar."
  • SWIFT Institute: New research evaluates real-time payment systems - "The report, entitled “Near Real-time Retail Payment and Settlement Mechanism Design” by Zhiling Guo, Robert J. Kauffman, Mei Lin, and Dan Ma from the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University focuses on the development of a ‘hybrid priority queuing mechanism’ for faster payment settlement systems."
  • Heartland, The Pinnacle Corporation First to Offer Integrated EMV POS Solution for Convenience Petroleum Merchants - "Heartland and Pinnacle’s Palm POS™ system provides petro retailers with the highest level of protection available against card-present data fraud and will accept EMV chip-cards for indoor and contact transactions."
  • Credit Karma Launches Direct Dispute Feature to Help the One in Four Americans with a Credit Report Error - “Nearly half of Americans have not checked their credit report2, so many have errors which might be hurting their credit score. We want to change that,” said Ken Lin, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Karma. “Our online Direct Dispute feature lets our members easily take action as soon as they see an error."

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 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 20, 2015

On the Web

  • Remote Order and Pay - Medium (Scott Loftesness) - "Way back in the early 2000’s I was a board member of Ontain — a startup focused on remote order and pay."

On the Wires

  • Chase Doubles Up on Rewards: Marriott Rewards and United MileagePlus Credit Cards from Chase Join Forces for the First Time - "Between November 1 and November 30, 2015, Marriott Rewards Premier cardholders will earn double points on purchases with United® and eligible United MileagePlus Explorer, Club and Presidential Plus cardholders will earn double miles on purchases at Marriott® properties."
  • Fifth Third Bank Launching New Mobile App for Commercial Cards - “Fifth Third’s commercial card mobile app can improve the ease in which our commercial card clients and their employees conduct business, allowing them to focus more effort and time on driving results to their bottom line.”
  • Early Warning Introduces the Authentify Platform - “The Authentify Platform addresses the multi-dimensional challenge of payments’ risk. It brings together multiple modes of authentication – all sitting on top of a bank consortium model that is powered by shared intelligence – to simplify risk-managed authentication while strengthening accuracy and speed to optimize the consumer experience."
  • NAFCU: EMV Chip-Card Transition Is Not Silver Bullet, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Require Multi-Tiered Approach - "Specifically, NAFCU supports Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., bipartisan measure, S. 961, the “Data Security Act of 2015,” and the companion House bill introduced by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, and Rep. John Carney, D-Del., H.R. 2205, which would set a national data security standard for retailers akin to GLBA while acknowledging financial institutions’ existing adherence to GLBA standards."
  • CyberSource Brings Real-Time Fraud Analytics to Merchants - “Merchants create rules and parameters in their fraud management systems that determine whether a transaction is accepted or denied, based on risk levels,” said Andre Machicao, senior vice president, CyberSource, a Visa Inc. company. “In some cases, the parameters they set might be overly cautious, causing them to lose legitimate, safe business unnecessarily. CyberSource’s new capability allows merchants to back test prior transactions to see what would have happened if they had set different rules.”
  • Seamless Distribution AB: New SEQR Service: International Remittance and Payments – Offering Money Transfers between Countries Free of Charge - “Demand for international transfers is constantly growing as people’s lives become increasingly global. But established payment agencies charge high fees, making money transfers expensive. SEQR can offer a highly competitive and simple alternative - something we’re convinced many people will appreciate,” says Peter Fredell, CEO of Seamless. “This service is an important part of our international expansion.”
  • Discover Financial Services Joins Banking Industry Architecture Network - "Discover Financial Services recently joined the Banking Industry Architecture Network, a not-for-profit industry standards association, to leverage a banking-industry-specific framework and standard messaging to speed the delivery of new products and services."

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 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 13, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • PayPal Announces “Return Shipping on Us” in the U.S. to Make Online Shopping Easier This Holiday Season - "Today, PayPal announced the expansion of Return Shipping on Us, a service that refunds return shipping costs to consumers on eligible online purchases using PayPal from around the globe. The service will now be available to PayPal users in the United States, in addition to the nearly 40 markets in which it already exists."
  • IDology Announces Strategic Equity Investment in Payfone and Launch of ExpectID Mobile to Enhance Mobile Security and Ease of Use - "IDology is an excellent strategic partner for Payfone as we continue to develop solutions that help businesses fight mobile fraud," said Rodger Desai, chief executive officer of Payfone. "Payfone already exclusively serves as a critical ingredient to the bank consortium that helps traditional banks and FSOs fight fraud, with this new partnership, we are excited to bring capabilities to additional markets such alternative finance and payment gateways, healthcare, medical and retail through IDology."
  • Synchrony Financial Extends PayPal and eBay Consumer Credit Card Programs - “We are pleased to deepen our relationship with these dynamic businesses and continue to meet the evolving needs of PayPal and eBay cardholders for convenient and safe payment solutions and valuable rewards,” said Tom Quindlen, executive vice president and CEO, Retail Cards, Synchrony Financial. “PayPal is at the forefront of digital payments and we look forward to building on our decade of adding greater value and simplicity to cardholder transactions.”
  • Survey Finds Millennials Confident, Yet Chronically Stressed About Money - "A new Bank of America/USA TODAY Better Money Habits Millennial Report released today finds that while 84 percent of millennials are confident in their ability to manage their finances, 41 percent are “chronically stressed” about money."

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.”

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!

September 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 28, 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

  • The eGovernment – ePayment Conundrum - PaymentsViews.com (Erin McCune) - "As we work with governments to build their electronic payment strategies we sometimes need to temper their expectations given this all-too-familiar challenge. There have to be enough digitally delivered government services to warrant digital payment infrastructure, but you also need scalable, robust digital payments to support digital delivery of government services. At Glenbrook we’ve started calling this the “eGovernment-ePayment Conundrum” – and only partly in jest."
  • Banks: Card Breach at Hilton Hotel Properties - Krebs on Security - "Multiple sources in the banking industry say they have traced a pattern of credit card fraud that suggests hackers have compromised point-of-sale registers in gift shops and restaurants at a large number of Hilton Hotel and franchise properties across the United States. Hilton says it is investigating the claims."
  • Interchange Evidence? - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "The very weird survey response on surcharging and discounting makes me wonder about the overall representativeness and reliability of the survey."
  • With Bitcoin's Price Down, VCs Turning to Blockchain Technology - CoinDesk - "The rising interest in use cases for bitcoin's underlying distributed ledger, the blockchain, is influencing the investment strategies of venture capitalists..."

On the Wires

  • Samsung’s Groundbreaking Mobile Payment Service – Samsung Pay – Available Starting Today in the United States - “Samsung Pay works with almost any card terminal from day one and Galaxy owners can shop with a wallet they never knew was always in their hands,” said Injong Rhee, EVP of Samsung Electronics, Global Head of Samsung Pay. “As the leader in innovation, Samsung is proud to introduce the first mobile payment solution that allows you to pay almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card today.” - To participate initially, consumers need to have a participating MasterCard, Visa or American Express card issued by Bank of America, Citi, American Express or U.S. Bank. Samsung Pay also offers merchant credit cards through its relationship with Synchrony Financial...
  • U.S. Bank and Elavon Bring More Mobile Payment Choices to Customers with Samsung Pay - “Being one of the first to offer our cardmembers and merchant customers Samsung Pay is a great example of our focus on our customers,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer at U.S. Bank. “This is an important step in the continuing evolution of payments and consistent with providing our customers the convenience of doing business with us how, when and where they want."
  • Synchrony Financial Takes the Lead in Enabling Private Label Credit Card Benefits for Samsung Pay - “Today’s announcement further highlights Synchrony Financial’s leadership in mobile payments technology,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Through our innovation and strategic partnerships, we are helping shape the future of how private label credit cards work in mobile wallets. We are proud to offer our merchant partners and their customers the value and benefits of our private label credit cards in Samsung Pay’s secure, simple and widely accepted mobile wallet.”
  • First Data Strengthens Digital Wallet Leadership with Support of Samsung Pay - “First Data continues to lead the way in enabling mobile commerce globally,” said Barry McCarthy, Executive Vice President and Head of Network and Security Solutions at First Data. “With the launch of Samsung Pay, we are extending our innovative technology to ensure that, as consumers increasingly move to digital payments, First Data can enable any card in any digital wallet.”
  • ACI Worldwide Helps Define and Drive Industry Standards for Real-Time Payments - "The Scheme Management Board (SMB) of the European Payments Council (EPC) has recently invited ACI’s Barry Kislingbury, lead solution consultant, to participate in the EPC Scheme Technical Forum (ESTF). With the introduction of numerous international real-time, immediate payments initiatives, the focus on the formats used to process such messages has become critical—particularly within Europe."
  • UK Alternative Finance Market for Businesses Projected to Reach £10 Billion by 2020 Says Fiserv Research - Travers Clarke-Walker, Chief Marketing Officer, International Group, Fiserv said, “Our research suggests that improved and user-friendly technology is impelling the growth of alternative finance in the U.K. We have seen the P2B and crowd-funding sectors engaging in a concerted marketing push, which is likely to raise awareness significantly. The buzz around alternative finance for SMEs is giving alternative financers legitimacy and encouraging SMEs to try these alternative funding options.”

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September 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 21, 2015

On the Web:

  • Bank of America Files Patent for Cryptocurrency Wire Transfer System - CoinDesk - "The patent, filed on 17th March, 2014, and published 17th September, seeks to protect a system by which electronic funds could be sent between customer accounts using the underlying blockchain of a given cryptocurrency as the rails for payment."
  • First Data Buys Spree Commerce To Move Into Open Source Payments Technology - TechCrunch - "Prior to this, Spree had raised $6.5 million from investors that include AOL (parent of TechCrunch), Thrive, True Ventures, Vegas Tech Fund and others."
  • Inside Target Corp., Days After 2013 Breach - Krebs on Security - "The results of that confidential investigation — until now never publicly revealed — confirm what pundits have long suspected: Once inside Target’s network, there was nothing to stop attackers from gaining direct and complete access to every single cash register in every Target store."
  • Visa shelves mobile payment venture in India - Times of India - "The company Movida India, the joint venture that Visa had formed five years ago in partnership with Monitise Plc UK, has shut shop and Naushad Contractor, head of the 50:50 JV, has quit, three persons aware of the development told ET."

On the Wires:

  • Costco Extends Partnership with Elavon; Enhances Payment Processing Offerings to Business Customers - Guy Harris, Elavon’s North America president stated, “The renewal of this relationship is a natural fit. Costco’s steadfast focus on creating quality solutions for its members and Elavon’s commitment to premier customer service will continue to provide tangible benefits for members, including saving the average member hundreds of dollars annually.”
  • New ACI Worldwide Survey: 6 out 10 U.S. Consumers with Credit Cards are Not Ready for EMV - “The survey data validates the trends we have seen over the past year; with less than a month to go until the EMV liability shift, a staggering number of consumers are neither educated on nor aware of EMV; they don’t know why they have new chip-enabled cards,” said Mike Braatz, senior vice president, Payments Risk Management, ACI Worldwide. “And if consumers are unaware, the implications for retailers come October and throughout the holiday shopping season could be major, especially as retailers prepare for this new payment experience."
  • Card1 Debuts Universal Card Technology Connecting Conventional Payment Card to Digital Wallet Platform - "The Card1 card is a conventional, plastic payment card and requires no power or charging to use. The Card1 companion mobile wallet app enables consumers to easily add payment cards to enabled digital wallets using a mobile phone camera and secure payments made with a Card1 card."
  • ShopKeep Acquires Ambur POS - "Ambur provides an excellent point of sale app that was created by a restaurant owner, for restaurant owners.” said Norm Merritt, ShopKeep’s President and CEO. “This acquisition allows ShopKeep to further our reach into the restaurant industry and expand our overall market share amongst independent merchants.”
  • Jeff Jones Named President of U.S. Bank Corporate Payment Systems - “Jeff’s management acumen, demonstrated over many years at the bank, makes him the ideal choice to take the reins of our corporate payments business and position it for robust growth,” said U.S. Bank Vice Chairman for Payment Services Shailesh Kotwal.

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September 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 16, 2015

Heading to Portland!

Your editor is on his way to Portland, Oregon for this afternoon's Payments in Portland event. I'll be joining my partner Carol Coye Benson for this inaugural get together of Portland-based "payments geeks". Hope to see many of you there!

On the Web:

  • IBM Adapts Bitcoin Technology for Smart Contracts - Wall St. Journal - "Within the next few months, the venerable tech giant plans to release open source software that could be used to create digital contracts that—like bitcoin transactions—would be recorded publicly and securely on a world-wide computer network."
  • St. Paul judge certifies class-action status to banks in Target breach suit - StarTribune - "A federal judge in St. Paul on Tuesday granted class-action status to financial institutions suing Target Corp. for damages related to the 2013 cyberattack on its data system."
  • Submerging Payments, Part II - Finsurgency (Matt Harris) - "Over time, consumers won’t say “I’ll choose the card that has the best mobile interface”; they will choose Uber (or Apple Pay, Paypal, etc) and whatever funding mechanism they selected at inception will just fire away."

On the Wires:

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September 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 9, 2015

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On the Wires:

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August 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 25, 2015

On the Web:

  • Inside the Fight Over Bitcoin’s Future - New Yorker - "A terrific rumpus broke out in the world of Bitcoin last week, when veteran developers Gavin Andresen and Mike Hearn published Bitcoin XT, a competing version of Bitcoin Core, the open-source program that generates new bitcoins, verifies all transactions, and records them on the massive distributed ledger known as the blockchain."
  • The FTC Has the Authority to Enforce Data Security: FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. - TeachPrivacy - "This is a very important case. The FTC achieved a huge win in this case, preserving its power to regulate data security (and privacy by implication). The FTC strengthened its power, as its victory in this case was a strong one, making clear that the FTC has broad authority to enforce to protect data security. "

On the Wires:

  • Apriva and Global Payments Sign Agreement to Provide Secure, EMV Mobile POS Solutions to U.S. Merchants - “Mobile payments are increasingly crucial in today’s market. Merchants that haven’t embraced a mobile solution risk missing out on users who expect to be able to pay with their mobile device as well as via traditional methods,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation at Global Payments. “AprivaPay Plus complements our existing suite of mobile solutions by giving our merchants the tools needed to offer a cutting-edge mobile solution, designed to provide the transaction security EMV affords.”
  • INSIDE Secure’s Award-Winning HCE Payment Solution Achieves Visa Ready Approval - “INSIDE Secure is extremely pleased to receive functional Visa Ready approval for MatrixHCE, one of the first mobile payment solutions for financial institutions,” said Martin Bergenwall, EVP of INSIDE Secure’s Mobile Security Division. “MatrixHCE not only meets the latest HCE standard, but it also incorporates potential future requirements including updatable whitebox cryptography to protect tokens, code and data.”
  • Nok Nok Labs Announces Second Closing of $16.25M Series C Financing to Fuel Global Expansion - "New strategic investors were added to the oversubscribed round, including DaouKiwoom Group from South Korea; DOCOMO Capital from Japan; and Thundersoft from China. The round also includes current investors DCM Ventures, Lenovo Group, ONSET Ventures and Raven Ventures and related affiliates."
  • Study Reveals Old-Fashioned Payments Processes Impact the Cost of Doing Business - "Through a survey of US and UK finance professionals, Currency Cloud found the US has a lot to learn from its UK counterparts when it comes to international payments, with nearly half (47 percent) of US businesses still relying on old-fashioned paper checks. In contrast, the majority of UK businesses (70 percent) make international payments electronically."
  • TSYS Executives Discuss Women’s Impact in Payments Industry - "TSYS today announced that Sarah Hartman, senior director of Consumer Payment Solutions, and Christina Hall, director of business development for Commercial Services, will speak at today’s annual Women in Payments® Symposium in Atlanta."

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July 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 31, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

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

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July 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 17, 2015

On the Web:

  • CVS Probes Card Breach at Online Photo Unit - Krebs on Security - "Nationwide pharmacy chain CVS has taken down its online photo center CVSphoto.com, replacing it with a message warning that customer credit card data may have been compromised."
  • How to scale: Lessons from Stripe CEO, Patrick Collison - Khosla Ventures - "Stripe CEO, Patrick Collison, talks with Keith Rabois about culture and recruiting. Hear why Stripe tries to hire people who are intrinsically happy, why they’re willing to recruit people who are not initially enthusiastic about the company and what makes their onboarding process unique."

On the Wires:

  • Ethoca Secures USD $45 Million Growth Equity Investment Led by Spectrum Equity - “We are excited to have Spectrum Equity working alongside Ethoca to help accelerate the next phase of our global expansion and the delivery of new collaboration-based services to meet growing customer demand,” said Andre Edelbrock, CEO & Co-Founder of Ethoca. “Importantly, Spectrum supports our mission of reaching what we call ‘maximum acceptance’ – a place where good customers are never turned away and everyone benefits from the financial rewards that result when ecommerce can simply be about commerce.”
  • Coming Monday: PayPal Celebrates Listing Day in Times Square - "On July 20, 2015, PayPal Holdings, Inc. will celebrate its new status as an independent public company trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol “PYPL” in New York’s iconic Times Square."
  • Synchrony Financial Reports Second Quarter Net Earnings of $541 Million or $0.65 Per Diluted Share - “We continue to grow our industry-leading consumer finance business on several fronts. We have signed new partners across our platforms, extended key contracts, and made technology investments which are yielding innovative, value added services for our partners and customers. We also continued to deliver strong receivables, deposit, and revenue growth,” said Margaret Keane, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony Financial.

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July 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 1, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • Citi Launches New Citi Mobile App for iPhone in the U.S. - "“Citi customers want mobile banking that is fast, easy and makes their lives simpler,” said Citi Global Consumer Banking Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer Heather Cox. “Last year we launched Citi Mobile Snapshot to give customers pre-login access to account information. Today, we are taking the next major step by enabling login with a mere touch through Touch ID..."
  • Payment Card Industry Council Advances Point-to-Point Encryption Standard - “Protecting your customers and your corporate brand continue to be the biggest challenges faced by IT executives,” said U.S.-based The HoneyBaked Ham Co.’s VP of Information Technology Bill Bolton. “To meet that challenge, we’ve worked with a P2PE solution provider to adopt a PCI-validated P2PE payment solution across all our stores in a simplified and cost effective way.”
  • Synchrony Financial and Chevron Introduce More Fuel Savings with Enhanced Credit Card Loyalty Programs, Sign Multi-Year Agreement - “This is an exciting time to launch a simple yet rewarding value proposition to the marketplace. This new program with Synchrony Financial offers our customers an everyday advantage when they use their Techron Advantage Credit Card to fill up at Chevron and Texaco stations,” said Glenn Johnson, General Manager of Americas Marketing Sales & Services at Chevron.

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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 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 8, 2015

On the Web:

  • E-commerce Fraud, Data, and EMV’s Impact on CNP Losses - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "This discussion with Tom Donlea, Director, e-Comm/Retail Practice at Whitepages, looks at how the data is provided to the merchant, the challenge of data sourcing in international markets, the care and control of PII, and what the US EMV roll-out could mean for CNP fraud."
  • Google Misses Out on Apple’s Slice of Mobile Transactions - Wall St. Journal - "Google isn’t getting transaction fees from bank issuers, said people familiar with the situation."
  • PayPal Holdings presentation for investors and analysts - Exhibit included in a June 8, 2015 eBay SEC filing
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Security Freeze - Krebs on Security - "Even if you haven’t noticed (or maybe you just haven’t actually received a breach notice), I’m here to tell you that if you’re an American, your basic personal data is already for sale. What follows is a primer on what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft as a result of all this data (s)pillage."
  • Westpac, ANZ trial Ripple payments, but big four reluctant on bitcoin - Financial Review (Australia) - "Executives at big four banking rivals are still adopting a more cautious stance on the future acceptance of bitcoin in the mainstream economy, pointing to the fact that it remains unregulated and fraught with risks related to money laundering."
  • Remittances at the Click of a Smartphone Button - New York Times - "While the likes of Western Union have offered international money transfers for decades, new tech start-ups and traditional telecom operators are taking advantage of the rapid rise of smartphones in many emerging economies to reduce the barriers — and costs — of sending cash overseas."
  • Why financial firms are investigating bitcoin tech - CNBC - "The blockchain is the financial challenge of our time," said Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, on Tuesday at the Exponential Finance Conference hosted by CNBC and Singularity University. "It is going to change the way that our financial world operates."

On the Wires:

  • Apple Pay Giving Shoppers Even More Ways to Pay - "Apple Pay will also give shoppers more ways to pay in the US, expanding merchant acceptance to over one million locations next month and bringing support for Discover this fall. With this addition, Apple Pay will accept credit and debit cards across all major card networks, issued by the most popular banks, representing 98 percent of all credit card purchase volume in the US."
  • U.S. Bank Gives Customers Access to Free Credit Score - “Knowing your score is important, but even more importantly, we want customers to understand how choices they make can affect their score in the future,” said Andrew Cecere, chief operating officer for U.S. Bank. “Having a good credit score makes it easier to take out a loan, rent an apartment or make a major purchase with the best possible terms. Offering CreditView through TransUnion helps our customers make wise choices, and is consistent with U.S. Bank’s broader efforts to promote personal financial responsibility.”
  • TSYS Enhances Card Production in the Migration to Chip Cards - “We have worked with our U.S. clients since last year as they prepare to issue chip cards in 2015, and it was clear to us early on that we could create an improved process,” said Bob Kellum, group executive of Output Services, TSYS. “This solution lets our issuers focus more on strategy and execution and less on managing new operational challenges. We have also included Chip Card on Demand in TSYS Card Shop to create custom chip cards.”

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June 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 3, 2015

On the Web:

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

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

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

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

On the Wires:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 2, 2015

On the Web:

  • Sympathy for the Biller – the Unsung Masters of Payments Complexity - PaymentsViews.com (Erin McCune) - "As billers expand their payment acceptance offerings to include in-person transactions, mobile payments, as well as one time and recurring payments online, the back office effort to accurately apply payments to consumer accounts and reconcile incoming bank deposits will demand more time, IT resources, and payments expertise. Billers are increasingly seeking solutions that minimize this data-handling overhead."
  • Pinterest Is Announcing Buyable Pins And A Partnership With Stripe - ReadWrite - "Pinterest is announcing a product called Buyable Pins, which builds on Pinterest's existing Rich Pin features."
  • Biggest MasterCard Issuers Scuttled Deal on Target Data Breach - Wall St. Journal - "The three banks decided to quash the pact that was negotiated on the industry’s behalf by MasterCard because they thought it was too small to cover their losses in the incident, the people said."

On the Wires:

  • International Payments Framework Association appoints new CEO and launches Instant Payments Initiative - "Elizabeth McQuerry, a partner in the US payments consulting firm Glenbrook Partners and a former IPFA member representative of the Federal Reserve's Retail Payments Office, has been appointed as the new CEO of the association. She will take up this position with immediate effect. She takes over from Arthur Cousins who had shepherded the group since its founding in February 2010."
  • Intel Joins FIDO Alliance and Board of Directors to Support Advancement of Online Strong Authentication and Move Beyond Passwords - "As our digital lives become increasingly personal and connected, maintaining secure, reliable authentication across multiple devices and access points is becoming completely unwieldy. We are excited to collaborate with other industry leaders in the FIDO Alliance to develop simpler and more secure solutions to authenticate users and to eliminate the need for passwords over time," said Mark Hocking, vice president and general manager of Safe Identity at Intel Security.
  • Live Gamer Re-Launches as Emergent Payments - "There is a significant opportunity for digital businesses in emerging markets -- which closely mirrors the success of the digital gaming industry in being able to monetize on a global basis," said Andrew Schneider, Co-Founder and President, Emergent Payments. "Seizing this opportunity, however, is often more complicated than it seems..."
  • Oink Introduces Mobile Peer-to-Peer Payments - “The mobile peer-to-peer market is expected to reach $86Bn in the US as it solves a real pain point for consumers,” said Dr. Jo Webber, CEO and founder of Oink. “The 11 to 21 year-old audience needed a more modern banking solution, with real-time access and control, and we have delivered it.”
  • Intuit: Chip Cards Coming: How Small Businesses Can Prepare - “The biggest barriers for small businesses to become EMV-compliant are cost and lack of time or resources required to research terminals,” said Eric Dunn, Intuit's senior vice president for payments and commerce solutions. “We want them to know we’re beside them on this journey to a more secure payments infrastructure, and are providing an affordable solution as well as equipping them with resources to ease any burdens.”

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May 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 22, 2015

On the Web:

  • Target Settlement With MasterCard Fails to Get Bank Support - AP - "MasterCard Inc. says that not enough issuers approved the deal and that it's still working to resolve the matter."
  • Data Encryption In The Cloud: Square Pegs In Round Holes - Dark Reading - "This is where a line of research I’ve been pursuing, together with a number of fantastic colleagues, comes in. Back in 2009, we flipped the problem around. Forget about square pegs, and change encryption to be a primitive that allows easy specification of the target format — the ciphertexts produced by encryption should come out already formatted in the right “shape.” We called this “format-preserving encryption” (FPE), a name first coined by Terence Spies of HP (formerly Voltage Security)."
  • Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead on the Future of Bitcoin - StrictlyVC - "I think most of Wall Street realizes that the systems that move money are incredibly antiquated and incredibly inefficient. Most of them were designed in the 1950s. The main thing for wiring money – SWIFT – is basically sending messages and it’s very primitive and can be disrupted by Bitcoin very easily, and most banks would like to see that happen."
  • Bitcoin - The Miner's Dilemma - Published by the Swift Institute - "Authored by Ittay Eyal (Cornell University), this paper focuses on Bitcoin mining pools, an essential part of the bitcoin ecosystem. Mining pools enable small miners to operate with a reasonable business risk. However, when these pools grow too big, they pose a great danger to the entire bitcoin system. The research demonstrates, using The Miner’s Dilemma as a variation of The Prisoner’s Dilemma in game theory, that the current unstable state of the Bitcoin ecosystem can be rectified using a technique called pool block withholding, which in time would make the large public pools unprofitable and therefore encourage miner’s to gravitate to smaller private pools which are more stable. This evolution to smaller pools would stabilise the overall Bitcoin ecosystem."

On the Wires:

  • UK Payments Council: Cash overtaken by ‘non-cash’ payments in 2014 - "Figures published today (21 May) show that the total number of cash payments made by consumers, businesses and financial organisations in the UK fell to 48% last year (from 52% in 2013). This is the first time that ‘non-cash’ payments have exceeded those made with cash, reflecting the steady trend to use automated payment methods and debit cards rather than pay by notes and coins. However, cash remains the most popular payment method by volume, followed by the debit card, which accounted for 24% of all payments last year."
  • High Credit Card Fees Put a Dent in Car Tune-ups for Memorial Day Trips - "In the U.S. swipe fees– the fees that merchants pay every time a customer uses a debit or credit card – are higher than in any other country. These fees are merchants’ fastest-growing cost and their second-highest operating expense – only labor is more. Banks and credit card companies are price-fixing swipe fees and marking them up to make huge profits."

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May 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 19, 2015

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  • A bitcoin miner in every device and in every hand - Medium (Balaji Srinivasan) - "21 is now officially open for business — and business development. After much hard work, we’ve created an embeddable mining chip which we call the BitShare that comes in a variety of form factors. The 21 BitShare can be embedded into an internet-connected device as a standalone chip or integrated into an existing chipset as a block of IP to generate a continuous stream of digital currency for use in a wide variety of applications."
  • How Silicon Valley Joined the Bitcoin Gold Rush - FastCompany - "Wences agreed with Hoffman that Bitcoin was unlikely to be catch on as a payment method anytime soon. But for now, Wences believed that Bitcoin would first gain popularity as a globally available asset, similar to gold. Like gold, which was also not used in everyday transactions, Bitcoin’s value was as a digital asset where people could store wealth."
  • NYSE Launches Bitcoin Index Powered by Coinbase - Coinable Blog - "Today the New York Stock Exchange launched the NYSE Bitcoin Index (NYXBT), a benchmark for the daily price of bitcoin. NYXBT represents the U.S. Dollar value of one bitcoin, based on transactions occurring on Coinbase Exchange and other select bitcoin exchanges."
  • Leaderless Bitcoin Struggles to Make Its Most Crucial Decision - MIT Technology Review - "Under the one-megabyte-per-block limit, the network can process only about three transactions per second. If Bitcoin becomes a mainstream payment system, or even a platform for all kinds of other online business besides payments (see “Why Bitcoin Could Be Much More Than a Currency”), it’s going to have to process a lot more. Visa, by comparison, says its network can process more than 24,000 transactions per second."
  • Digital Gold - AVC (Fred Wilson) - "A lot of people ask me “are you still bullish on Bitcoin” and that question irritates me. Because it suggests that Bitcoin is simple. Bitcoin is not simple, it is not going away, and it continues to fascinate me more than almost anything out there in the tech sector."
  • Why banks (and PayPal) don't simplify - Financial Services Club Blog - "A bank cannot compete with a specialist who is simplifying a marketplace or financial activity, because an incumbent bank's systems and structures are usually too rigid, old and inflexible to change. That is why the new entrant simplifier can create P2P credit at less than 100 basis points differential (1% difference between their lending and savings rates) compared to a bank's 400 basis points or more. A bank has to cover the costs of their heritage buildings, people and infrastructure. A start-up has none of that legacy or overhead."

On the Wires:

  • NACHA Membership Approves Same Day ACH - “The financial services industry has come together through private-sector rulemaking to increase the speed of payments,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “Same Day ACH serves as an immediate action the industry has undertaken to modernize the payments system, and creates a building block for a variety of products and services. Same Day ACH creates value for end users through the certainty of its reach to all bank accounts in the U.S.”
  • MasterCard Makes Sending and Receiving Money Faster, Easier and More Secure with MasterCard Send - "Through a single connection to the MasterCard Send platform, businesses, merchants, governments, non-profits, issuers and other senders can send money to consumers whether they are banked or unbanked, and located domestically or abroad. By digitizing personal payments that are typically handled via cash or check, MasterCard is providing greater convenience, choice and security to both payment senders and receivers in developed and developing markets."
  • Visa Checkout Announces Enrolled Customer Conversion Rate of Nearly 70 Percent - "A new report from comScore* found that Visa Checkout shoppers convert to online buyers at a rate of 69 percent. This is likely because Visa Checkout customers complete online transactions faster than other shoppers who have to re-enter card and shipping information every time they want to purchase in the traditional check out flow."
  • QuickBooks Online Gets in Sync with PayPal - “Our collaboration with PayPal, and the app we’ve built as a result, further broadens our thriving payments ecosystem,” said Eric Dunn, Intuit's senior vice president for payments and commerce solutions. “Intuit is committed to delivering a range of personalized best-in-class payments solutions for small businesses. Our open platform allows small businesses to use the tools of their choice and therefore operate efficiently in a frictionless environment.”
  • Ripple Labs Closes $28 Million Series A Funding Round - "Ripple Labs, the global leader in distributed payments technology and supporters of the Ripple protocol, today announced that it closed a $28 million Series A funding round that includes IDG Capital Partners and the venture arms of CME Group and global data storage company Seagate Technology. Other new investors include Jerry Yang's AME Cloud Ventures, ChinaRock Capital Management, China Growth Capital, and Wicklow Capital, the investment vehicle for Dan Tierney and Stephen Schuler, co-founders of GETCO (now KCG)."
  • New Ponemon Institute Survey Reveals Time to Identify Advanced Threats is 98 Days for Financial Services Firms, 197 Days for Retail - “The big takeaway from our research is that more investment is needed in both security operations staff and in security tools, which can help companies efficiently and accurately detect and respond to security incidents,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder, Ponemon Institute. “The time to detect an advanced threat is far too long; attackers are getting in and staying long enough that the damage caused is often irreparable.”

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May 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 14, 2015

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  • PayPal: Powering the Potential of PYPL - PayPal Forward Blog - "I’m honored and thrilled that PayPal is returning to its roots as an independent company. In the second half of 2015 we’ll once again be publicly traded on NASDAQ with our original stock ticker symbol PYPL. This is a meaningful symbol for the company because it represents our unbroken commitment to the spirit of the original vision that sparked the launch of PayPal 17 years ago."
  • Credit-Card Firms Reap Rewards of Consumer Brand Loyalty - Wall St. Journal - "Stuck with slow growth prospects in a saturated market, banks that issue credit cards are increasingly churning out cards that are aimed at creditworthy customers loyal to a store, airline or hotel."
  • Distinction between online, offline blurs for shoppers, but not retailers: report - Mobile Commerce Daily - “We are quickly moving toward a point where there is really no ‘online’ or ‘offline’ if consumers are connected all the time,” said Kasey Lobaugh, Deloitte Digital’s chief retail innovation officer. “However, there’s a divide between the digital functionality retailers provide and the experience consumers want."
  • NTT Docomo’s Iris Scan Phone - Wall St. Journal - "Forget passcodes or fingerprint scans. Now you can unlock a smartphone with the blink of an eye."

On the Wires:

  • American Express Announces Exporting Program to Help Middle Market Companies Grow Globally - “Exporting represents a $928 billion opportunity1 for U.S. mid-sized companies2 over the next 10 years, yet only 17% of middle market firms currently trade internationally3,” said Susan Sobbott, president, Global Corporate Payments, American Express. “The Grow Global program is designed to help demystify the complexities of exporting, and help companies seize the opportunities available by tapping into markets outside the U.S.”
  • Sally Provides Update on Payment Card Investigation - “We believe it is in the best interests of our customers to alert them that we now have sufficient evidence to confirm that an illegal intrusion into our payment card systems has indeed occurred. However, we will not speculate on the scope of the intrusion as our forensics investigation is still underway,” said Chris Brickman, President and CEO.

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May 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 12, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Chase Expands Chip Technology to Debit Cards and ATMs to Help Protect Consumers and Businesses - “Fraud and security threats facing consumer payments today is a complex issue that can’t be solved with any single technology,” said Gordon Smith, CEO of Chase Consumer and Community Banking. “We’re working to employ a variety of approaches to protect our customers – adopting chip technology is a critical step on this journey.”
  • Early Warning and NCR to Enable Cross-Institution Real-time Good Funds Network - "Early Warning’s good funds network will facilitate communication among financial institutions, giving a participating depositing bank a real-time guarantee for check and ACH transactions and will support both credit push and debit models. As a result, customers will receive faster availability of funds on deposited items and instant notification of items presented for deposit – all based on real-time activity."
  • Stratos Unveils Digital Card Issuance Platform at Finovate - “Stratos is reinventing the wallet. Just as consumers have migrated their music collections into digital formats such as iTunes, so too are cardholders now compressing what goes into their wallet,” said Thiago Olson, co-founder and CEO of Stratos.

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