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June 24, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 24, 2016

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ON THE WEB

  • Brexit: Possible Impacts on UK Consumer Payments - PSE Consulting - "Following Britain’s momentous decision to leave the European Union our thoughts must inevitably turn to the potential impact on UK consumer payments. In this blog we provide some early thoughts on how the UK market may be affected, beginning with recent European regulation which will have to be untangled."
  • Costco’s Transition to Visa Cards Riddled With Problems - New York Times - "A transition that executives promised would be seamless has turned into a customer service fiasco."
  • The DAO Shows Blockchain Can't Code Away Social Problems - CoinDesk - "Everyone loved The DAO. They couldn’t say enough about how it was going to change the future for the better. And now, after the code-based crowdfunding platform was exploited with a perpetrator taking 3.6 million ether (valued at $60m at the time), The DAO has become the red-headed stepchild of the cryptocurrency community."
  • Bank Regulators Aim at Online Small Business Lending - Wall St. Journal - "Leading marketplace lenders originated about $1.9 billion in small-business loans last year..."
  • 31 Chinese Firms Form Financial Blockchain Consortium - CoinDesk - "Chinese financial services firm Ping An Bank and a subsidiary of QQ instant message app maker Tencent are among more than 30 technology and financial firms in China that have formed a new consortium dedicated to blockchain tech."

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 09, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 9, 2016

ON THE WEB

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.

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 06, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 6, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

April 22, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 22, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Coachella Takes Payment Cards – Mostly - PaymentsViews.com (Sam Levitt) - "All in all, Coachella and Square teamed up to offer a much easier payment experience than in the past. Although I ended up using cash the rest of the weekend at all vendors – water or not – many people throughout the festival grounds were able to buy their meals, merchandise or beer with their cards."
  • Mastercard Close To £1bn Vocalink Takeover - Sky News - "Sky News has learnt that the 13 banks which are shareholders in Vocalink have approved a period of exclusivity within which Mastercard can negotiate a takeover of the company."
  • ETA Transact 2016 : Delivering Choice & Opening Opportunity - PayPal (Bill Ready) - "The entire commerce experience will be rewired in the next 3-5 years, as the industry shifts to mobile and enables new innovation. There’s never been a better time for industry players to come together to bring more choice and greater opportunities for consumers and businesses alike."
  • How the 'Faster' Chip Credit Cards Actually Work - St. Louis Post Dispatch - "Visa’s new tech works similarly to contactless cards, which communicate with a card reader via a radio frequency (RF) interface and, as such, don’t need to come into physical contact with it."

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

April 11, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 11, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Facebook Could Blow Up Credit Cards and Make Loans to Billions - Newsweek - "Facebook is reportedly going to give its Messenger app the ability to make payments, much like Apple Pay or Android Pay. This direction became evident way back in 2014, when Facebook hired mobile payments whiz David Markus away from PayPal to run Messenger."
  • Fingerprints to be tested as ‘currency’ - The Japan News - "The government hopes to increase the number of foreign tourists by using the system to prevent crime and relieve users from the necessity of carrying cash or credit cards. It aims to realize the system by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games."
  • Should retailers work with Amazon Payments? - Retail Wire - "It's easy to think of Amazon as a big bad competitor, and that's true," Josh Harbour, co-owner of e-tailer Red Dress Boutique, which has been using Amazon Payments. "But merchants have to find ways to compete with them in some areas and work with them, too."

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

April 05, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 5, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • State of Delaware Unveils Blockchain Initiative to Leverage Potential of Smart Contracts - "Delaware has long been the jurisdiction of choice for the most innovative companies in the world," said Governor Markell. "The Delaware Blockchain Initiative demonstrates the state's commitment to ensuring this remains the case for the growing blockchain technology sector. By creating the opportunity for a broad range of corporations – from Fortune 500 companies to startups – to take advantage of distributed ledger and smart contract applications, we are laying the groundwork for a more modern, secure and transparent business environment for years to come."
  • Microsoft and R3 Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of Distributed Ledger Technologies by Global Banks - “With intelligent, cloud-based technology, R3 and member banks will experiment and learn faster, accelerating distributed ledger technology deployment,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of global business development at Microsoft. “What’s more, our collaboration brings to light tremendous opportunities to rethink business processes and transform entire industries.”
  • Sage Payment Center Extends the Benefits of Embedding Payments Management Into an Accounting System - "This latest version of Sage Payment Center extends the benefits of embedding payments within an accounting system to help small and medium businesses get paid faster, simplify their business operations, and ultimately make smarter decisions," said Paul Bridgewater, CEO of Sage Payment Solutions. "With Sage Payment Center, businesses can choose how they want to process a payment, easily spot accounts receivable trends, make payment acceptance part of their existing workflow, easily make automatic deposits, and much more."
  • MasterCard Announces President, U.S. Issuers - "MasterCard today announced the appointment of Raj Seshadri as president, U.S. Issuers. In this new role, she will be responsible for managing and expanding the company’s partnerships with banks and credit unions across the U.S. market."
  • New TNS Message Translation Solution to Streamline Payments Industry - "TNSConnect2All provides a single messaging specification that can be readily adapted to the unique interfaces of multiple payment processors. This gives merchants, ISOs and terminal providers greater flexibility, enabling connections with multiple acquirers and processors through one connection to TNS..."

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 31, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 31, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Inside the $5 Billion Company That Will Launch Your Business - Inc. (Maria Aspan) - "Since 2010, Collison and his older brother, Stripe co-founder and CEO Patrick Collison, have spent almost every waking moment making it as fast and easy as possible to handle other people's money online."
  • What Starbucks Can Teach Apple and Facebook - Bloomberg Gadfly - "Getting one out of every five orders through its smartphone app is an impressive feat for Starbucks, considering mobile payments accounted for just 2.1 percent of U.S. retail sales last year..."
  • Introducing Braintree Auth - Braintree Blog - "Braintree Auth enables Braintree merchants to more easily integrate with Braintree partners by authorizing them to perform services on their behalf such as -- allowing for actions such as enabling payments on an e-commerce store or accessing transaction data for an analytics or accounting service."
  • Google Wallet is shutting down its debit card - Quartz (Ian Kar) - "Amid a companywide effort to cull money-losing operations, Google is shutting down its Google Wallet debit card, the company confirmed in a blog post today."
  • Immediate Funds Availability Resonates With Many Small Businesses - "Financial institutions that provide immediate funds availability stand to benefit in several key ways, including improved share of wallet and differentiation for small business customers."
  • Marijuana Companies Stuck Doing Business the Old-Fashioned Way, in Cash - Wall St. Journal - "Two years after Colorado fully legalized the sale of marijuana, most banks here still don’t offer services to the businesses involved."

ON THE WIRES

  • Walmart’s Family of Cards Makes it as Easy as 3-2-1 to Manage Finances for Less - “The Walmart MoneyCard and Walmart Credit Card have proven to be valuable tools in our customers’ wallets, helping them manage their money for less. The new 3-2-1 Save program simplifies and strengthens the card proposition for more than 10 million cardholders and helps add even more value to their Walmart purchases no matter how they choose to shop with us.”
  • More Than 100 Amazon Dash Buttons Now Available, Giving Prime Members the Easiest Way to Order Thousands of Products - "Members can now choose from over 100 Dash Buttons representing top-name brands across dozens of retail categories and thousands of products. With Dash Buttons, Prime members never have to worry about running out of everyday household essentials from coffee to condoms, and snacks to soda. When a customer sees supplies running low, they simply press a Dash Button to order."
  • American Express Launches Two New Co-Branded Cards with Charles Schwab - "Designed to meet the different needs of a diverse customer base, the cards include a credit card and a premium charge card, both with exceptional rewards, benefits and services, including unlimited cash-back features."
  • Bank of America Makes Online Payments Seamless With Visa Checkout - "Bank of America announced today that it will pre-select customers’ eligible Visa cards for enrollment in Visa Checkout directly from Online Banking. Bank of America is one of the first banks to integrate its cards into Visa Checkout and provide seamless enrollment directly from its site, eliminating added steps and making it easier than ever for customers to shop online, on any device."
  • CARE Makes Donating More Convenient with Popmoney - "Accepting donations via Popmoney will allow us to connect with more potential donors through the giving channels they prefer," said Tolli Love, vice president of fundraising and marketing, CARE USA. "We will also be able to reduce the costs associated with processing donations, which means more money will go to fight the impact of poverty around the world."
  • U.S. Bank Offers Customers Touch ID for More Convenient Mobile Banking - “We have been looking at ways to use biometrics such as voice and fingerprint to authenticate identification for several years,” said Gareth Gaston, executive vice president and head of omnichannel banking at U.S. Bank.
  • Microsoft outlines intelligence vision and announces new innovations for Windows 10 - "Wednesday, Microsoft announced new additions to the Cortana Intelligence Suite, both in preview. The first, Microsoft Cognitive Services, is a collection of intelligence APIs that allows systems to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret our needs using natural methods of communication. The second, the Microsoft Bot Framework, can be used by developers — programming in any language — to build intelligent bots that enable customers to chat using natural language..."
  • GE Capital Files Request for Rescission of Status as a Systemically Important Financial Institution - "The filing demonstrates that GE Capital has substantially reduced its risk profile and is significantly less interconnected to the financial system, and therefore does not pose any conceivable threat to U.S. financial stability."

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 30, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 30, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Introducing Build with Square: Developing New Ways to Sell with Square - "Build with Square is a collection of APIs available to our sellers and the developers they work with today. With our Register API, any iOS point of sale can be customized to process payments with Square."
  • Federal Reserve survey provides information on mobile financial services - "Mobile banking use continued to rise last year as smartphone adoption grew and consumers were increasingly drawn to the convenience of mobile financial services, according to a Federal Reserve Board report, Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2016, released on Wednesday."
  • Recurly Teams Up with Kount to Help Subscription-Based Merchants Combat Fraud - "Our cloud-based platform is ideally suited to help merchants protect their business from cybercriminals, a mission that requires constant vigilance in an ever-evolving threat landscape," said Brad Wiskirchen, chief executive officer, Kount. "We are excited to work with the team at Recurly to tailor a fraud solution that is unique to the specific business needs of subscription-based merchants."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

March 23, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 23, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Starbucks to Expand Customer Rewards Program Beyond Its Coffee Shops - Wall St. Journal - "The Starbucks prepaid Visa card, which is expected to be available by the end of the year, would allow card holders to earn “stars” for all purchases made on the card, which can then be redeemed at Starbucks cafes."
  • Square Teams Up With Facebook to Offer Ads That Can Be Gauged - New York Times - "Under the agreement, small businesses that use Square to process payments can buy and target Facebook advertising using Square’s software. Square will make subscription fees off the new product."
  • Is Bitcoin Really Frictionless? - Liberty Street Economics - New York Fed - "In this blog post, we show that while bitcoin transfers themselves are relatively frictionless for the user, there are significant frictions when bitcoins trade in exchange markets resulting in meaningful and persistent price differences across bitcoin exchanges. These exchange-related frictions reduce the incentive of market participants to use bitcoin as a payments alternative."
  • Tap. Pay. UK. - Android Blog - "Android Pay will support MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from many of the UK’s major financial institutions — including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society — with new banks being added all the time."
  • Chip-Card Payment System Delays Frustrate Retailers - New York Times - "Many of the complications were widely predicted, but the certification system has added an unexpected wrinkle — and lots of finger-pointing."
  • Court Case Over States’ Interest Rates Might Have Big Impact - Wall St. Journal - "The industry fears a change could impair their ability to sell or securitize certain debt, going so far as to pull back lending in states with stricter caps."

ON THE WIRES

  • MasterCard to Bring Android Pay to Cardholders in the UK - “We're excited to bring the simplicity and security of mobile payments to MasterCard customers with Android Pay. Soon, people will be able to use their Android device to pay at the hundreds of thousands of contactless payment terminals in the UK,” said Pali Bhat, Senior Director, Product Management, Google.
  • Debit Cards Gaining on Cash for Small Purchases - "There's a clear generational divide: 41% of people under age 50 prefer cash for small transactions and 40% like debit. Among those 50 and older, cash is the runaway winner (74%). Millennials are the most likely to use debit (46%) and credit cards (18%)."
  • UATP Partners With Payment Technology Specialist Limonetik - "As an Alternative Payment Method Aggregator, Limonetik offers over 150 different payment options across the globe which will be available to UATP Merchants through the partnership. Airlines will easily be able to fulfill their AFP needs with UATP and Limonetik."
  • EPC To Fed Chair: Durbin Amendment Rewards Retailers $36 Billion in Additional Profits, But Provides No Relief to Consumers - “Regulators and policy makers should consider the economic consequences for the most vulnerable when promulgating new regulations and recognize that the Durbin Amendment, rather than helping with this worthwhile goal, merely aided retailers to pocket $36 billion dollars to date.”
  • Global Payments Announces FinAppsParty Winners - “The FinAppsParty showcased the talent and innovation in Atlanta and London, positioning each as vibrant fintech hubs with the ability to compete with any of the technology capitals in the world,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation. “Global Payments is thrilled to host initiatives like the FinAppsParty in support of the industry’s growth and in demonstration of our commitment to leading transformative payment innovation.”

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 29, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 29, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • PwC and Blockstream Announce Strategic Partnership - "For our clients, understanding new world applications of Bitcoin and blockchain technology, adapting it for myriad uses, and using it optimally are critical to improving financial security, efficiency and compliance," said Haskell S. Garfinkel, Partner, FinTech Co-Leader, PwC. "PwC is teaming with Blockstream to offer our joint knowledge and capabilities to clients – giving them one place to go, maximizing expertise, talent, and assets from both organizations."
  • Payment Processor to Stop Working With Daily Fantasy Sports Clients - New York Times - "Vantiv Entertainment Solutions, the processing company, told its daily fantasy clients, which include FanDuel and DraftKings, that it would “suspend all processing for payment transactions” related to daily fantasy sports in the United States and its territories on Feb. 29."
  • RTGS, and the story of batches instead of blocks - FT Alphaville - "Here begins a tale of how the Bank of England’s settlement system got broken without anyone really noticing…"
  • Facebook open to payments partnerships with Apple Pay, others - Apple Insider - "We'll partner with everyone who does payments," Zuckerberg said. "We look at the stuff that Apple is doing with Apple Pay, for example, as a really neat innovation in the space that takes a lot of friction out of transactions as well."

ON THE WIRES

  • Visa Launches Commerce Network to Drive Merchant Sales and Deliver New Cardholder Benefits - "Visa Commerce Network works by connecting transactions between two merchants. For example, a hotel can provide its customers with offers from local restaurants using Visa Commerce Network, and with cardholder consent, track engagement and even issue rewards. Qualifying purchases are recognized at the point of sale and rewards can be seamlessly applied to cardholder accounts – eliminating the need for coupons or redemption schemes."
  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Financial Results - “Despite a challenging economy, we were able to deliver solid results for the quarter and the full year in 2015,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “Entering 2016, while uncertainty in the global economy persists, the fundamentals of our business and our approach remain unchanged. We continue to be laser focused on our strategy to lead payment innovation in an increasingly digital world with solutions such as MasterPass, while growing the use of electronic payments through our products, partnerships and increased acceptance at the point-of-sale.”
  • FTC Announces Significant Enhancements to IdentityTheft.gov - "For the first time, identity theft victims can now go online and get a free, personalized identity theft recovery plan as a result of significant enhancements to the Federal Trade Commission’s IdentityTheft.gov website."

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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!

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!

December 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 16, 2015

On the Web

  • Merchants Go on Offense in Digital Payments - PaymentsViews.com (Bryan Derman) - "We are now seeing that economic leverage gradually imposed on the rest of the payment value chain (short-circuiting network fees through negotiated, bilateral interchange) in a way that more fully reflects their importance of major retailers in the dominant consumer sector of the U.S. economy."
  • Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement - "Given the economic outlook, and recognizing the time it takes for policy actions to affect future economic outcomes, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 1/4 to 1/2 percent."
  • Braintree Drives Commerce Forward with Facebook Messenger and Uber - Braintree Blog - “We are excited to partner with Braintree to offer users increased convenience, flexibility, and security,” said P.J. Linarducci, Facebook Head of Payment Products.
  • Australia banks agree Android Pay deal, Apple Pay still frozen out - Reuters - "It's a big bargaining chip for (Australian) banks to use to force a better deal with Apple," said Foad Fadaghi, managing director of technology research firm Telsyte.
  • Paytm’s Founder On Its Online-To-Offline Strategy In India - TechCrunch - "In India, Paytm also wants to position itself as a better option than credit cards, which are slowly gaining in popularity but still used by relatively few Indian consumers."
  • Asia-Pacific Is Home to Majority of World Retail Ecommerce Market - eMarketer - "For the first time, the region will not only have the largest digital retail market in the world, but its share of global digital retail spend will also reach 52.5%—the first time it holds an outright majority of the world market."

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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!

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

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

July 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 16, 2015

On the Web:

  • PayPal’s Q2 2015 Results - PayPal Forward Blog - "But if there is one number that really stands out, it’s that PayPal continues to grow at double the rate of e-commerce. This means we’re gaining share across the globe as we partner with the world’s top retailers and many of the leading next-generation commerce pioneers."
  • Ebay Will Get Along Without Its Pal - Wall St. Journal - "Then there is the question of what to do with two stocks in investors’ portfolios where before there was one. If only one is to be kept, many may prefer PayPal."
  • Facebook Adds Buy Button Integration As It Continues To Reinvent Pages - TechCrunch - "It’s been over a year since Facebook started testing its buy button in ads on the newsfeed, and it appears that the company is now ready to take the service to its next logical progression with dedicated shops on Pages where users can browse for and purchase items."
  • Meet Google’s “Eddystone”—a flexible, open source iBeacon fighter - ArsTechnica - "Move over iBeacon—today Google is launching "Eddystone," an open source, cross-platform Bluetooth LE beacon format."
  • Capital One exec: banking is the ripest industry for disruption - Fortune - “The winners will be the ones that become a technology business and not remain as an old school banking company.”
  • Bitcoin Trends In The First Half Of 2015 - Coinable Blog - "While the price of bitcoin is down 9% year-to-date, if you look below the surface it is clear that Bitcoin had a strong first half and is making great strides as digital money for people around the world and a payment network for innovation."

On the Wires:

  • eBay Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results - "We are very pleased with our overall Q2 performance. PayPal and eBay both delivered strong Q2 results and have strong momentum. Dan, Devin and their respective teams are executing well and are prepared to create the next great chapter for PayPal and eBay," said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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

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.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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June 15, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 15, 2015

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  • clearXchange Announces Real-Time Payments Solution - “As people and businesses increasingly transition everyday activities from traditional to online channels they expect things to be completed faster,” said Mike Kennedy, CEO of clearXchange. “This includes financial transactions, particularly those with a need for real-time funds availability such as sending emergency money to kids, paying rent at the last minute or receiving funds for an accident claim or disaster relief. We look forward to offering real-time technology to meet those needs and enable the secure, convenient solutions customers expect from their banks.”
  • MasterCard Continues to Define the Future of Digital Payments with Tokenization Support for App, eCommerce and Recurring Payment Card-on-File Programs - “Merchants continue to innovate in many different and compelling ways for consumers to buy from them, including in app, eCommerce, recurring and subscription-based payment environments. These new experiences all involve storing card numbers,” said Ed McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer, MasterCard. “We are very excited to announce the extension of our industry-leading MDES program to make all of these merchant shopping environments more secure and convenient for their customers using MasterCard tokens, seamlessly enhancing the systems merchants and acquirers already have in place, and eliminating a significant ‘hassle factor’ for consumers when card numbers change.”
  • MasterCard Becomes First Network to Add Tokenization Support for Private Label Credit Cards for Use in Digital Wallets - “Thanks to our ongoing innovation and strategic partnerships, we are helping shape the future of how private label credit cards work in whichever digital wallet customers choose,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “It was recently announced that our retail partner, JCPenney, will be among the first to offer its private label credit cardholders the ability to checkout with Apple Pay later this year. We are committed to working with our retail partners, MasterCard, and key payments industry players to preserve the benefits of our private label credit cards and patented Dual Cards in third-party digital wallets.”

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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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May 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 27, 2015

On the Web:

  • 21 Inc. and the Future of Bitcoin - Stratechery (Ben Thompson) - "...I think 21 Inc. is best understood as a massive bridge-building project from today’s speculative curiosity to tomorrow’s essential trust network."
  • Touch ID Now Available on the PayPal App - PayPal Forward Blog - "After a quick setup, simply use your fingerprint to log in to your PayPal app to view your account, send money to friends, or access your digital wallet. You will no longer need to log in with your password."
  • The Bank Of Facebook - TechCrunch - According to Steve Davis, product manager at Facebook: “We’re not trying to make a profit out of payments.”

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  • Credit Cards Continued Their Rebound Against Debit and Prepaid Cards in 2014 - "Purchase volume at merchants for general purpose-type consumer and commercial credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued in the U.S. totaled $4.910 trillion, up 8.4% over 2013. Credit cards increased their market share in purchase volume over debit and prepaid cards to 53.59% in 2014, up from 52.95% in 2013."
  • Square Welcomes Shopventory to Square App Marketplace - "Shopventory helps SMBs manage their inventory better while saving time and money by keeping all inventory SKU counts and associated cost information in one central database that syncs with Square. Shopventory's “Dead Inventory Report” automatically highlights inventory that is not selling. This report alone helps retailers realize what items they should turn into cash or consider no longer carrying."
  • Millennials More Likely to Travel Abroad to Volunteer Than Other Generations, Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase Survey Reveals - “Other generations may not assume Millennials would use their most precious assets, their time and money, to give back to international communities they visit, but today’s young travelers are reframing that mindset,” said Vibhat Nair, general manager, Chase Card Services. “We’ve seen in the past that this generation of travelers value rewards and perks from travel services, and now we’re seeing how they could be using those rewards for a larger purpose.”

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April 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 6, 2015

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  • Wal-Mart Treasury Exec: Chip & Signature is ‘Worthless’ - AFP - "During a presentation at the Electronic Transaction Association’s Transact conference in San Francisco last week, Mike Cook, senior vice president and assistant treasurer for Wal-Mart, called signature “worthless as a form of authentication” and criticized the rollout of chip-and-signature cards in the United States."
  • More Prepaid Debit Cards Come Without Monthly Fees - Wall St. Journal - "A new survey released Monday by Bankrate.com found that prepaid debit cards are carrying fewer fees and offering customers more chances to avoid additional costs that may be tacked onto the account."
  • FacePay? - TechCrunch - "What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple."
  • Big Investor Involvement Could Boost Bitcoin - Wall St. Journal - “They are all very interested, but it comes down to having some kind of regulatory clarity as well as to the technology available—whether you have something they feel is trustworthy, whether you have a big enough capital base, whether you have good enough technology...”
  • Hacking ATMs, Literally - Krebs on Security - "An ATM technician and KrebsOnSecurity reader shared photos of a recent attack in which three would-be robbers went to town on a wall-mounted cash machine with crowbars and hammers."
  • No cash, no cards - digital currencies and mobile wallets are the future of retail banking - Zawya - "At some stage there will be no cash, no cards, just mobile wallets - everything will be online. Finally digital currencies like Bitcoin, will dominate, at present there are 50,000 transactions a month resulting in billions of dollars of digital currency."
  • Is Mickey Mouse showing us the future of credit cards? - CreditCards.com - "About a year ago, Disney World began offering what it calls "MagicBands" to its annual pass holders and to guests staying at Disney resorts."

On the Wires:

  • Elavon Strengthens its Suite of EMV Offerings with Commerce SDK, Now Enhances Consumer Payment Experience with Apple Pay™ Powered by talech and Ingenico - "The Commerce SDK comprehensive kit accelerates a business’ ability to implement a secure, EMV-compliant payment solution by combining Elavon’s global payment processing, EMV certification coding, encryption and tokenization implementation and hardware support for printers, terminals and mobile devices into one package that is easy to integrate."
  • Brink’s and NetSpend Launch Brink’s Prepaid MasterCard - “Prepaid cards empower those without traditional banking relationships by equipping them with the tools, resources and education to take control of their financial lives and spend responsibly,” said Jeff Feuerstein, group head, U.S. Prepaid, MasterCard. “Access to reputable prepaid offerings from trusted brands such as Brink’s provide cardholders the opportunity to take advantage of all the benefits of electronic payments, including having a secure and convenient means of making purchases, tracking spending, setting budgets and more.”

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March 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 19, 2015

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  • American Express Announces New Co-Brand Relationship with Charles Schwab - “We look forward to working closely with Charles Schwab to develop a strong value proposition for the new cards,” said Josh Silverman, president of Consumer Products & Services for American Express. “The partnership is designed to generate positive economics over time for our shareholders, and allow our mutual customers to benefit from a relationship with two leading financial services brands.”
  • GlobeOne partners with InvestaBank and Bankaool to bring new mobile banking network to Mexico - “Only 45% of the population in Mexico has a bank account, which is why this partnership is an exciting development for Mexican consumers,” said Michael Wolper, GlobeOne member and Chief Marketing Officer. “Through GlobeOne’s growing global network, consumers will have access to the basic financial services necessary to build a strong financial future, and banks will have a new platform to serve the many digitally connected Mexican consumers who do not participate in the traditional, brick-and-mortar banking system.”

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March 18, 2015

Facebook Introduces Send Money to Friends in U.S. Market

Facebook logo 140pxFacebook has announced it has enhanced its Facebook Messenger mobile application to support sending money between friends.

The first time you send or receive money in Messenger, you’ll need to add a Visa or MasterCard debit card issued by a US bank to your account. Once you add a debit card, you can create a PIN to provide additional security the next time you send money. On iOS devices you can also enable Touch ID. As always, you can add another layer of authentication to your account at any time.

Facebook said that the new payments feature will be rolling out in the coming months in the US across Android, iOS, and desktop.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 18, 2015

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  • Openbay, Online Marketplace for Auto Repair, Now Supports Apple Pay - “Openbay remains the only nationwide mobile and web app for consumers to search for, compare mechanics, book an appointment and pay for auto repair,” said Rob Infantino, founder and CEO. “With Apple Pay, we continue to innovate and maintain a first-mover advantage for vehicle repair. The perceived nuisance of getting one’s car or truck serviced is becoming virtually frictionless.”
  • PAR Expands Mobile Point of Sale (POS) Solutions for Restaurant and Retail - “The addition of the PAR Tablet 5 and PAR Tablet POS underscores and reinforces our commitment to bring the best POS solutions to market for our customers,” said Karen E. Sammon, President of ParTech, Inc. “Mobile POS is one of the fastest growing trends in the restaurant and retail space and today’s announcement will help our customers provide better guest experiences in the course of their business.”

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February 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 5, 2015

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December 12, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 12, 2014

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  • FirstBank Adds Person-to-Person Payment System to Its Powerful Mobile Banking App - "With this addition, FirstBank becomes the most recent bank to offer P2P payments through the clearXchange network, providing customers with an easy way to send and receive money via their mobile devices. FirstBank is the fourth member of the clearXchange network and will be going live today. It is the first regional bank in the nation to go live with the service."

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November 10, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 10, 2014

On the Web:

  • Cultural Adventures In Payment Systems – Part I - Monday Note (Jean-Louis Gassée) - "This insouciant way of doing business was unheard of in my Gallic homeland. The French (and most Europeans) think that trust is something that must be earned, that it has a value that is debased when it’s handed out too freely. They think an American’s trusting optimism is naïve, even infantile."
  • Can Apple Pay and CurrentC Coexist? - PC World (Tim Bavarian) - "What I suspect will happen is that stores backing CurrentC will eventually cave and also offer Apple Pay, too. There is no reason they should not coexist."
  • Why Facebook Has Entrusted Its Future to the CEO of PayPal - Wired - "The company that controls the messaging platform will control the future of the way we interact with people and, quite possibly, with businesses."
  • Apple Watch set to become gatekeeper to the iPhone - Mobile Commerce Daily - "I am excited for the Apple Watch and believe that it is going to be a game-changer for consumers and marketers alike."
  • Happy Birthday to the FICO® Score! - FICO Blog - "The FICO® Score is 25 years old in 2014. Introduced in 1989, it democratized access to credit by removing many of the barriers to fair lending."

On the Wires:

  • NCR Silver POS to Support Bitcoin - "Bitcoin support, which will be integrated with NCR Silver by the end of 2014, will be free to merchants. After registering with a bitcoin processor, all merchants have to do is activate bitcoin as a payment option in the POS back office within NCR Silver. Consumers, meanwhile, pay using a mobile bitcoin “wallet” app which is available in either the Apple App StoreSM or Google PlayTM store."
  • Citi Convenes Developers from around the Globe to Unveil Innovative Digital Banking Solutions at Citi® Mobile Challenge Demo Days - “Through Citi Mobile Challenge, we are reaching out to developers in a groundbreaking way with the ultimate goal of improving client experiences,” said Heather Cox, Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer for Global Consumer Banking at Citi. “This global initiative is the first of its kind in banking. The scope is unprecedented, with several hundred submissions from 62 countries."
  • Borderfree Brings Top U.S. Retailers to Chinese Shoppers This Holiday Season with New Alipay ePass Service - “We believe the time is finally right for retailers to aggressively enter the Chinese market, and Borderfree is actively exploring new ways to help our customers more effectively reach this tremendous consumer base,” said Michael DeSimone, Chief Executive Officer, Borderfree.
  • Drive Mobile Banking Adoption by Focusing on Three Key Areas Says Fiserv White Paper - "Titled “Exceeding the Mobile Adoption Benchmark: Effective Strategies for Driving Greater Adoption and Usage,” the complimentary white paper provides proven, actionable strategies to optimize mobile banking investments, with a focus on the three key areas of product investment, marketing and frontline staff engagement."

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August 14, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 14, 2014

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  • BitPay Expands San Francisco Office - "As part of the recent growth, the company has named Sonny Singh as its Chief Commercial Officer to oversee all sales operations. With over 15 years of experience in helping to grow tech companies, Sonny will be responsible for increasing BitPay’s customer base of over 40,000 merchants."
  • DISH Accepts Its First Bitcoin Payment - "Austin and Beccy Craig, the stars of a new documentary film “Life on Bitcoin,” were the first DISH customers to pay with the digital currency. The Craigs spent the first 101 days of their marriage paying exclusively with bitcoin. The documentary will soon be released chronicling their adventure and educating viewers about bitcoin."

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July 30, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 30, 2014

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  • First Data Announces Agreement to Acquire Gyft, the Leading Digital Platform that Enables Consumers to Buy, Send, Manage and Redeem Gift Cards Using Mobile Devices - “Gyft, with its mobile gifting platform, and First Data, with its global scale and distribution network, together will accelerate the growth of virtual prepaid with powerful new tools for merchants of all sizes to deepen their relationships with their customers,” said Guy Chiarello, president, First Data. “This means that the same robust toolset deployed by big box retailers will be coming soon to small- to mid-sized businesses, perfectly synched with our mission to offer innovative solutions to help our clients grow.”
  • Amazon Announces Additional US $2 Billion Investment in India - "We see huge potential in the Indian economy and for the growth of e-commerce in India. With this additional investment of US $2 billion, our team can continue to think big, innovate, and raise the bar for customers in India. At current scale and growth rates, India is on track to be our fastest country ever to a billion dollars in gross sales."
  • BitPay's New Plan: Free, Unlimited, Forever - “When we started BitPay in 2011, we saw an opportunity to finally give merchants around the world relief from interchange fees. By offering a basic plan that is free and unlimited, forever, we give merchants yet another reason to be excited about bitcoin.”
  • Bank of America Changes the Game With Preferred Rewards - “Preferred Rewards is the first program of its kind to offer clients benefits and rewards for everyday banking,” said Dean Athanasia, president of Preferred Banking at Bank of America. “It is the result of deep client research to develop and deliver a simple program that provides clients benefits and rewards they will actually use, and shows them how much we appreciate it when they choose to do more business with us.”
  • Blackhawk Network and Amazon Offer New Mobile Wallet Capabilities - "Blackhawk Network's expertise in gift card management provides our customers with access to the retailers they want and the digital experience that Amazon is committed to delivering," said Charlie Kindel, Director, Amazon Local Commerce. "Together we are helping consumers get the full value of their gift cards with the safety and convenience of storing them digitally. Instead of fearing they might lose or forget about them, they can have them on hand to use wherever and whenever they choose."
  • Heartland Payment Systems to Acquire TouchNet Information Systems, Inc. - “I am extremely pleased to announce the acquisition of TouchNet, which is not only Heartland’s largest acquisition to date, but is also an excellent complement to our existing Campus Solutions business that will immediately improve our growth profile and contribute to our bottom line,” said Robert O. Carr, chairman and CEO of Heartland Payment Systems.
  • Boku Unlocks India for Mobile Payments - “We knew early on that Qubecell had the right approach, the right people, and the right technical capacity to be a great fit with Boku,” said Jon Prideaux, CEO of Boku. “Now that our integration is complete we are providing existing Boku merchants – including top social media networks and global games companies -- with the very best access to the Indian market. Indian companies also now have access to Boku’s global network."
  • New Fiserv White Paper Outlines Immediate Mobile Payments Opportunities for Financial Institutions - "Titled “The Four Pillars of Mobile Payments: Immediate Opportunities,” the white paper outlines how a strategic approach to mobile payments starts with the services consumers are using today."

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July 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 24, 2014

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

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July 21, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 21, 2014

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June 09, 2014

PayPal's David Marcus Moving to Facebook to Lead Messaging Products

PayPal logo 140x60pxIn a press release, eBay has announced that PayPal President David Marcus is leaving the company on June 27 to lead Facebook's messaging products.

"As the head of PayPal, David helped make a great business better, reinvigorating product design and innovation and energizing the team to deliver compelling consumer experiences," said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe.

"An entrepreneur at heart, David has made a career decision to focus on what he loves most - leading smaller teams to create great product experiences," Donahoe said. "We wish him well. He leaves behind a strong leadership team, committed to not skipping a beat on executing our plans, scaling product innovation and driving global growth."

Marcus has also posted a personal note about his move on Facebook - writing "I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty again attempting to build something new and meaningful at scale."

In its own press release announcing the appointment of Marcus, Facebook noted: "We’re excited by the potential to continue developing great new messaging experiences that better serve the Facebook community and reach even more people, and David will be leading these efforts."

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