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September 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 2, 2015

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  • Former Visa CEO Joins Kash - "I doubt there are more than a handful of people who know as much about payments in the US as Joe Saunders. He was the CEO of Fleet Credit Card Services, CEO of Providian, and President of Card Services at Washington Mutual. He is joining Kash as the Chairman of our Board."
  • FDIC-Insured Institutions Earn $43 Billion in Second Quarter 2015 - "Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported aggregate net income of $43.0 billion in the second quarter of 2015, up $2.9 billion (7.3 percent) from a year earlier and the highest quarterly income on record. The increase in earnings was mainly attributable to a $3.6 billion rise in net operating revenue (net interest income plus total noninterest income). Financial results for the second quarter of 2015 are included in the FDIC's latest Quarterly Banking Profile released today."
  • Banking with the “Bat of an Eye”: First Internet Bank Offers Eyeprint ID Technology for Mobile Banking Access - “Eyeprint ID is the latest demonstration of First Internet Bank’s commitment to customer-centric digital banking,” said David Becker, President and CEO. “Eyeprint ID comes quickly after our introduction of Touch ID authentication earlier this year, which enables customers to log in with a fingerprint. Biometric technology allows us to provide innovative solutions to our customers’ need for secure, convenient account access.”
  • Shopkick Blows Past 15 Million Users, Doubles in One Year - “If you stacked all of the gift cards that users have received from shopkick, the pile would be 18 Empire State Buildings, or over four miles, high. That’s 15 billion Kicks, or $60 million, that we’ve rewarded to shopkick users just for shopping how they want to shop,” said Cyriac Roeding, co-founder and CEO of shopkick.
  • Xoom Launches Money Transfer Service to Singapore - “We are so excited to offer our money transfer services to customers with family and friends in Singapore,” said Iain Allison, Vice President of Business Development at Xoom. “We look forward to delivering convenient, safe, and economic service to the Singapore market."

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August 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 31, 2015

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  • Moneris Works with Verifone to Offer One of the First EMV-Certified Unattended Payment Solutions in the United States - “We are pleased to be working with Verifone to bring EMV-certified unattended payment solutions to the U.S. market,” said Chris Lee, President of North American Strategic Partnerships at Moneris. “Verifone is a key contributor to making an easy transition to EMV and contactless-ready solutions, providing the essential payment and commerce technology for businesses to take advantage of. Together we are delivering a leading-edge product that will make payments easier and more convenient for businesses and their customers in this growing environment.”
  • Bill.com and Xero Announce Direct Sync Availability for Small Businesses Everywhere - “Small businesses using Xero can now enjoy a more seamless and fluid way to manage their payments,” said René Lacerte, founder and CEO of Bill.com. “Our partnership with Xero enables businesses to manage their accounting and payment processes with ease and efficiency.”
  • BBPOS Launches WisePOS Smartphone for Q3 2015 Debut - “WisePOS provides mobile merchants and retailers a simpler, more reliable, more secure and optimally versatile mPOS device to accept payments anytime, anywhere, “said Ben Lo, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer of BBPOS. “ We are thrilled to bring this kind of revolutionary performance to customers, with demand at launch from an incredible roster of merchants who have managed payment acceptance and grown their businesses with help from BBPOS.”
  • IFX Forum and nexo Deliver First Universal ISO 20022 ATM Specification - "Our ATM-POS Working Group has historically been one of our most active and productive IFX committees, but supplying the massive amount of new ATM-related content to ISO 20022 by ourselves would have been a daunting task," said IFX Forum Chairman Richard A. DuVall of ACI Worldwide. "However, when the possibility of collaborating in this effort with nexo presented itself, it made the endeavour more feasible. We are very pleased to deliver today, with nexo, this much-needed content, which has been requested by the whole ATM industry."

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August 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 27, 2015

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  • Introducing the Square Appointments App - "The new Appointments app is available for iPhone –– even if you don’t process payments with Square. We want to empower you to do business anywhere, and our family of Square apps makes it easier to run your point of sale, check your sales reports, and book more business."
  • Consumers Believe Nontraditional Providers Will Drive Financial Industry Innovation, Says Research from Raddon Financial Group - “U.S. consumers continue to trust that banks and credit unions will provide them with the highest quality and most secure financial services available, and they believe that the emergence of nontraditional financial service providers has the potential to drive innovation in the industry,” said Bill Handel, vice president of research, Raddon Financial Group.
  • Consumers Rank Discounts and Savings on Fuel as Their #1 Preferred Reward - “This survey confirms what our merchant partners and over 5 million members have been telling us for the last three years,” said Brandon Logsdon, President and CEO of Dallas-based Excentus. “Today’s consumers clearly value the ability to earn rewards – like fuel savings – that have a meaningful and tangible impact on their household budget, making everyday life more affordable."

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August 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 25, 2015

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  • 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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August 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 21, 2015

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  • Visa In $21bn Bid To Merge US, European Units - Sky News - "The American payments giant Visa has tabled a $21bn (£13.4bn) offer to acquire its European sister company in a deal that would crystallise huge windfalls for some of Britain's biggest banks."
  • Mobile Banking and Mobile Payment Practices of U.S. Financial Institutions: Results from 2014 Survey of FIs in Five Federal Reserve Districts - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Payment Strategies team offers insights into the mobile banking practices and mobile payment plans of banks and credit unions in five Federal Reserve Districts: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Richmond. The report presents the consolidated findings from a joint survey that was conducted in the third quarter of 2014."
  • Credit Scores Are Rising, and Becoming More Visible - New York Times - "The national average FICO score is now 695 — the highest it has been in at least a decade, according to the latest analysis from Fair Isaac Corporation, the score’s creator. Nearly 20 percent of consumers now have scores above 800."
  • Apple Posts New iPhone Advert: “Apple Pay” - MacStories.net - "The new advert, "Apple Pay", naturally focuses on Apple Pay, demonstrating Apple's contactless payment method available on the iPhone 6 in the US and UK."
  • Forking hell - Economist - "The dispute is as ideological as it is technical. The Bitcoin community has a process to settle such controversies, but it is by design slow and produces decisions only when everybody is happy."

On the Wires:

  • Affirm Financing Now Available to Shopify Merchants - "Affirm, the financial technology company led by PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin, today announced that Buy with Affirm, a payment option for consumers, is now available to merchants on Shopify, a leading cloud-based multichannel platform. The integration will provide Shopify’s U.S. merchants with the ability to offer shoppers installment financing at checkout."

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August 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 18, 2015

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

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August 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 3, 2015

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  • The extraordinary reinvention of Square - Fortune - "If sources close to the company are correct, Square’s revenue is growing at least 50% year over year."
  • In Papua New Guinea, Mobile Banking Brings Savings and Safety to Farmers - IFC - "Farmers can now get paid electronically – through their mobile phones. It’s cheaper and faster. The mobile banking service, pioneered by Bank South Pacific’s subsidiary, BSP Rural, allows buyers to transfer payments to growers’ bank accounts via text messages on their mobile phones."
  • The Mt.Gox Arrest Is The End Of The First Age Of Bitcoin - TechCrunch - "I’m far more optimistic these days in regard to bitcoin. While it is neither a silver bullet or a fiat currency replacement, it is a way to micro-pay artists for their work as much as it’s a way to send money between unbanked families."
  • Safaricom won’t let rivals share M-Pesa - Mediamax - "Safaricom has maintained it will not allow its mobile money platform, M-Pesa, to be spun off from the parent company, citing security risks for subscribers due to lack of clear guidelines and standards on cross-network cash transfers."
  • How the W3C is trying to standardize payments on the internet - The Next Web - "The organization in charge of online standards, the World Wide Web Consortium (or W3C), is facilitating the work of a so-called Web Payments Interest Group, a workgroup currently consisting of almost a hundred people from 44 companies and organizations. Since early 2014, the group has been actively working on creating a universal specification of how online payments should be described and conducted."
  • Friendly Fraud: Nothing to Smile About (Part 2) - Retail Payments Risk Forum - "A transaction that could be classified as friendly fraud might actually be one the customer just forget about, or one involving a family member using the customer's card without permission, or one with the customer actually not receiving the goods."

On the Wires:

  • Mercury Launches “Security Pays” Initiative to Improve Payments Security - "Mercury Payment Systems ... announced today its Security Pays initiative, designed to educate payments partners and business owners on how to protect their businesses from the multitude of security threats facing them today. Mercury is working to drive adoption of security standards, protocols and products across the industry to help payments partners and their business customers protect themselves."

  • Early Warning Improves Counterfeit Detection for Financial Institutions - "Early Warning’s Deposit Chek Service helps financial institutions of any size expedite funds availability decisions or accelerate preventive actions on deposited items based on whether an account is returning transactions; whether the payer’s account is in good standing; whether it is closed, or has insufficient funds; and if a stop-payment has been placed on an item."
  • BofA Merrill Achieves Top Placements in Nilson Rankings For Commercial Card - “It’s an exciting time to be a leader in the global payments area, where digital innovations and new mobile offerings are being introduced on an increasingly common basis,” said Ather Williams, head of Global Transaction Services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “Our clients are constantly looking for increased efficiency and improved analytics. We look forward to working with them on how together we can capitalize on these innovations to further their payment objectives and working capital.”
  • “Mr. NFC” Named Chairman of YellowPepper Board of Directors - "YellowPepper, Latin America’s leading mobile payment and banking company, today announced that Mohammad Khan, former president and founder of ViVOtech, a pioneering NFC software and hardware company that paved the way for mobile payments, has been named Chairman of YellowPepper Board of Directors."

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July 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 31, 2015

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  • 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 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 21, 2015

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  • Payments on Fire Podcast #23 – Ethoca and the Power of Data Collaboration - PaymentsViews.com - "That’s what Ethoca is about. Its growing network of merchants and issuers share their fraud data to improve fraud detection and lower chargeback rates. Take a listen to this discussion with Keith Briscoe, Ethoca’s CMO, on what’s possible through collaboration."
  • Time to democratize the banking system - CNBC - PayPal CEO Dan Schulman: "Not long ago, I spent a week using only what the banking industry calls "alternative financial services," relying on check-cashing offices and wire-transfer companies to support my daily finances. The results were deeply dispiriting. Accessing my own money became a part-time job, and the price of each transaction meant my checks yielded less than their value and my bills cost more than they should have."
  • First Data I.P.O. Is Likely to Be One of Year’s Largest - New York Times - "Renaissance Capital on Monday estimated that the company could raise $5 billion or more. First Data said it planned to use proceeds from the stock sale to repay some of its roughly $20 billion in long-term debt."
  • Gates Foundation's Kosta Peric on Blockchain Tech and the Unbanked - CoinDesk - “The very powerful thing about bitcoin in general and specially the technologies behind it, is they are essentially leapfrogging all the technology and providing a new system for processing these huge amounts of transactions for very small costs.”

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July 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 9, 2015

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July 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 2, 2015

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  • PayPal to Acquire Xoom - "PayPal, Inc. and Xoom Corporation, a digital money transfer provider, today announced a definitive agreement under which PayPal will acquire Xoom for $25 per share in cash or an approximate $890 million enterprise value."

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June 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 26, 2015

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  • Building a Safer Payment System - Speech by Federal Reserve Governor Jerome H. Powell - "Each of us has an important role to play in building a safer payment system. Given the payment system's complexity, it's important to keep in mind that we all need to work together when we innovate, prevent, plan, and educate."
  • Turmoil in Payments - Filene Blog - "To paint a picture of the shifting landscape, Filene completed more than two-dozen expert interviews, conducted a survey to gauge credit unions’ challenges around payments and what they’re doing about them, and examined existing literature."

On the Wires:

  • TSYS Research Reveals Canadian Consumers Prefer Credit Cards as Payment Choice - "The second annual research found that when given a choice, 46 percent of Canadian consumers prefer to pay using their credit cards more than any other payment method. That’s up from 34 percent in 2014. The recent online survey of more than 1,200 respondents, age 18 years and older, found that consumer preferences for using credit cards to shop online, combined with an overall increase in e-commerce, will likely cause a continued rise in credit use."
  • RentPayment Announces Plans to Report Rental Payment Information to TransUnion - "YapStone™ announced today that RentPayment, its online and mobile payment solution for the apartment rental industry, will now report rental payment information using TransUnion’s Resident Credit. The integration with ResidentCredit will offer a prompt, seamless reporting process for property managers and residents."
  • Wells Fargo Redesigns CEO Portal Services for Multiple Devices - “Over the last 15 years, we’ve seen dramatic changes in technology and the way our customers do business ― it’s not just through their desktops anymore,” said Steve Ellis, executive vice president and group head of Wholesale Services at Wells Fargo. “We’re continuing to invest in new technology to make banking easier and more secure for our customers who need to connect with many types of devices. We continually improve the CEO and release new features every quarter ― that’s 60 updates since its launch.”
  • Fintech Investment in U.S. Nearly Tripled in 2014, According to Report by Accenture and Partnership Fund for New York City - "The value of fintech investments in the United States soared to $9.89 billion in 2014, up from $3.39 billion in 2013. This 191 percent increase dwarfs the increase in 2013, when fintech deal values in the United States climbed 68 percent. In New York, fintech deal values grew by 32 percent in 2014, to a new high of $768 million."

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June 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 25, 2015

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  • The sale of Visa Europe: a potential setback for merchants in the fight against fees - Treasury Insider - "The news that Visa Inc. is in discussions to purchase its former subsidiary Visa Europe in a possible US$20 billion deal certainly falls into this category – and should be a major concern for European merchants."
  • Suspect in $55 Million A.T.M. Scheme Is Extradited to U.S. - New York Times - "Prosecutors said that hackers including Mr. Findikoglu wormed their way into the computer systems of financial institutions that process prepaid debit cards. Next, they said, the hackers significantly raised the withdrawal limits normally set for the cards, which are often used to pay employees or aid disaster victims."
  • Go New Places with PayPal and Uber - PayPal Forward Blog - "PayPal is now available as a payment option to Uber riders in Canada, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden."
  • HDFC’s PayZapp, India’s First Apple Pay Feature, Enters Mobile Payments - MF Monitor - "Being introduced by the largest private bank, PayZapp, on the back of ApplePay, may emerge as a game changer, as it eliminates the various intervening steps required to pass a mobile transaction, following RBI norms of two-factor authentication."
  • Before paying with bitcoins… - Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information Blog - "In fact, the FTC has received hundreds of complaints involving bitcoins and other virtual currencies. The two most common problems? Online merchants who don’t deliver the product on time — or at all — and merchants who give refunds in store credit, rather than currency."

On the Wires:

  • Organization Announcement: American Express - "With that in mind, today I am announcing the realignment of several businesses and reporting lines in a way that leverages the strengths of our executive team to help us build momentum and capitalize on the growth opportunities we have across the company."
  • FICO Sees 25 Percent Jump in Cross-Border Fraud on UK Debit Cards in 2014 - "Criminals are now opting for card-not-present and cross-border fraud," said Martin Warwick, FICO's fraud chief in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "The alarming rise in cross-border fraud demands new technology, such as proximity location services that can identify whether the customer's mobile is in the same place where the transaction is occurring. The UK reduced cross-border card fraud from £230 million in 2008 down to £80 million in 2011. But cross-border fraud has nearly doubled since then, and it's time to get it back under control."
  • The Nilson Report: U.S. Household and Credit Card Debt 2014 - "Total household debt in the U.S. was $13.512 trillion at the end of 2014 and credit cards accounted for 6.52% or $881.57 billion, according to the annual report on credit card debt in the U.S. published by The Nilson Report, the top trade newsletter covering the card and mobile payment industries."
  • Auth0 Raises Series A Led By Bessemer to Take the Pain Out of Identity Security - “It’s now painfully obvious that insecure or incomplete authentication implementations are creating vulnerabilities, jeopardizing customer trust, and hindering enterprise adoption of cloud and mobile services,” observed VeriSign co-founder David Cowan, a partner at BVP. “So Bessemer is thrilled to partner with the best identity team in the world to deliver secure login as a service — as easy to use as Twilio, SendGrid and Stripe.”
  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR now live in the UK - “Launching SEQR in the US and the UK has been a top priority for us at Seamless. By offering a smart, adaptable mobile payment service, we’ve been able to attract some of the biggest operators in the market. Now that we’re starting to work with merchants and consumers, we’re creating the right conditions to be able to establish ourselves as the biggest mobile payments provider in the UK as well, a market with around 60 million potential customers,” says Peter Fredell, CEO of Seamless.

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June 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 22, 2015

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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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May 08, 2015

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

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May 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 7, 2015

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  • PayPal co-founder raises $275 million to reinvent credit - "Banks and financial institutions have not created products that serve younger generations in the most efficient way, according to Max Levchin, the co-founder of eBay-owned payments giant PayPal."
  • BitBeat: Day After FinCEN Bombshell, Ripple Labs Addresses Concerns - Wall St. Journal - "Even with these clarifications, questions and speculation will continue to percolate around FinCEN’s dramatic action against the second-biggest digital currency in market capitalization terms."
  • Visa Moves At The Speed Of Money - Forbes - "None of which seems to faze Visa’s chief executive, Charlie Scharf. In time, he says, would-be Visa disruptors all discover–just as Internet upstarts PayPal, Square and Uber did–that it is simply easier and more economical to work with his leviathan than fight it."

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May 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 6, 2015

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  • Pitney Bowes Expands Cross-Border Ecommerce Capabilities with the Acquisition of Borderfree - “The acquisition of Borderfree not only makes sense for our clients, it accelerates our strategic vision to grow our company through expansion of our digital commerce businesses,” said Marc B. Lautenbach, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pitney Bowes. “The combination of Borderfree’s cross-border ecommerce capabilities with our own solutions expands our portfolio of offerings and extends our global reach."
  • FinCEN Fines Ripple Labs Inc. in First Civil Enforcement Action Against a Virtual Currency Exchanger - "Ripple Labs willfully violated several requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) by acting as a money services business (MSB) and selling its virtual currency, known as XRP, without registering with FinCEN, and by failing to implement and maintain an adequate anti-money laundering (AML) program designed to protect its products from use by money launderers or terrorist financiers."
  • Tipalti Expands International ACH Global Payments Coverage - “As our network economy customers continue to expand their international partner and supplier footprint to new markets, we will continue to provide more and more payment options around the world to support our clients’ rapid global growth,” said Chen Amit, founder and CEO of Tipalti.
  • WEX Inc. Introduces FlexCard, the New Revolving Fuel Card for Small Businesses - “Although many businesses are enjoying lower fuel prices today, our research shows that nearly half of businesses’ operating costs are fleet related and about half of that is for fuel,” said Peggy Watson, WEX’s vice president of North America fleet product and marketing. “For 30 years, WEX has helped businesses manage fuel and vehicle services expenses, and this customized solution addresses small businesses’ need for cash flow flexibility.”
  • AcceptEmail, Western Europe’s Leader in Consumer Bill Payments, Opens for Business in New York - "AcceptEmail is the market leader for consumer remittances in Western Europe. IntelligentHQ.com named the company one ofEurope’s 50 Hottest FinTech Companies in 2014 for its smart email and mobile billing solutions. Companies that send AcceptEmails experience up to 50% quicker payments, 70% lower billing and reminder costs, and 20% improved customer satisfaction (net promoter scores)."
  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR to Be Launched in the US This Summer - "SEQR has received a warm welcome here in the US, because of its value propositions for both the merchants and consumers. Having seasoned market industry personnel on staff has also been key to actively cultivating our partnerships and together we have developed the services to fit the local market, says Kenneth Douglas SVP Business and Partnership Development for SEQR in the US."
  • Smart Payment Association (SPA) releases total market estimate 2014 figures - "In 2014, over 2050 million chip payment cards were shipped across the world. The figure was reached just three years after global shipments exceeded the one billion mark in 2011."

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April 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 17, 2015

On the Web:

  • Square’s Jack Dorsey Puts It All Together - BuzzFeed News - "Once a media darling, he hasn’t spoken on the record to the tech press since a New York Times interview in December of last year. It’s not that he’s been hiding, exactly, but he has lowered his profile considerably."
  • PayPal, OFAC, and why regulators play rough - WePay Blog - "When OFAC comes down, they come down hard. In PayPal’s case, that multi-million dollar fine came as the result of less than $50K in transactions over a period of years."
  • Accidental Apple Pay triggers: When iPhone and NFC don't get along - iMore - "But would it be too hard to have a "Dismiss" software button in the top right corner, in case Apple Pay is triggered accidentally? Or keep NFC from working when Airplane mode is enabled?"
  • Could the Chip Card Transition Lead to More Online and Small-Merchant Fraud? - n>genuity - Going forward, the trick will be keeping the checkout process both easy and secure, says George Peabody, a partner at Glenbrook Partners. "The challenge is friction from a checkout point of view. If merchants are looking for security perfection, then they are going to be turning away good sales."
  • PayPal Wants You to Inject Your Username and Eat Your Password - Wall St. Journal Digits - "In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Leblanc said that passwords were broken, and that it was time to replace the concepts and methods of username and password verification."

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April 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 13, 2015

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  • InstaMed Delivers Apple Pay to Healthcare - “Approximately 20 percent of consumers have unpaid healthcare bills as a result of confusion in the payments process. This will only grow as more and more consumers continue to enroll in high deductible health plans,” said Chris Seib, CTO and Co-Founder of InstaMed. “To resolve consumer confusion and rising bad debt, the healthcare industry must deliver a simple, secure and private payment process with innovative technology, including Apple Pay."
  • YapStone Names Daniel Issen as Chief Technology Officer - “We are thrilled to have Daniel join as YapStone’s CTO. He brings impressive technology and payments experience from his roles at past companies, including Amazon, Google, PayPal and eBay, and he’ll be instrumental to our growth,” said Tom Villante, Chairman & CEO and Co-Founder of YapStone.

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April 01, 2015

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  • FIS Drives Digital Disruption from New Innovation Lab in San Francisco - “Our Digital Innovation Lab will serve as an entrepreneurial ‘garage’, where our engineers build new product prototypes with cutting-edge technologies,” said Doug Brown, SVP and GM, Mobile Financial Services, FIS. “Located in the U.S. hub for high-tech innovation, the lab is empowering FIS to set the pace of digital developments for the financial industry.”
  • Heartland and Verifone Renew Alliance; Announce EMV and Encryption Initiative - “A renewed alliance between Heartland and Verifone ensures merchants have access to the most secure and flexible payments solutions on the market today,” said Heartland Chairman and CEO Robert O. Carr. “Verifone’s popular VX terminals are both Heartland Secure-certified and support E3 encryption, providing merchants with an extensive range of payment device options.”
  • Advanced Cash Chooses BitPay to Offer Bitcoin Funding - "As the Bitcoin industry grows in transaction volume and technology development, companies like Advanced Cash need to have a scalable product to compete and meet customer expectations. With BitPay, they are able to provide reliable and efficient services to Bitcoin users by offering frictionless transactions powered by enterprise level software and support service."

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March 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 26, 2015

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  • No Password, No Problem: FIS Adds Biometric Access to Mobile Solutions - “One-touch Cardless Cash® is unlike anything else in the market,” said Douglas Brown, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Financial Services, FIS. “The ability to access your account and withdraw money with just your fingerprint will make ATM access faster, safer and easier for users. It’s a true homerun.”
  • How Ready are U.S. Merchants for EMV? - "TSG survey finds just 34% of merchants in the US will be EMV-ready by October 2015."
  • PCI Council Publishes Guidance on Penetration Testing - "Today the PCI Security Standards Council publishedPenetration Testing Guidance to help organizations establish a strong methodology for regularly testing security controls and processes to protect the cardholder data environment in accordance with PCI DSS Requirement 11.3."
  • Federal Reserve survey provides information on mobile financial services - "The use of mobile phones to access bank accounts, credit cards, or other financial accounts continued to increase among adults in the United States last year, according to a Federal Reserve Board report, Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2015. The report is the Board's fourth looking at how consumers access banking services using mobile phones ("mobile banking"), and their payments for goods and services using mobile phones ("mobile payments"), as well as their use of mobile phones to inform their shopping decisions."
  • TSYS CIO Ken Tye To Retire - "During Tye’s tenure, in the mid-1990’s, he led a team responsible for building TS2, still considered the industry’s most technologically advanced payment processing system in the market today. Most recently, Tye has led the team creating a more open technology environment to power TSYS’ next generation of digital innovation and consumer servicing."

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March 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 24, 2015

On the Web:

  • Understanding and Improving Consumer Financial Health in America - Center for Financial Services Innovation - "This research explores the state of financial health in America in a groundbreaking examination of consumer behaviors, attitudes, and preferences. In it, we define seven consumer financial health segments based on a combination of behaviors and attitudes, offering an analysis that goes beyond income, age, education, or credit score."
  • Optimal Payments to Acquire Digital Payments Rival - "Optimal Payments said on Monday that it had agreed to acquire the digital payment service Skrill Group in a cash-and-share deal that values the business at 1.1 billion euros, or about $1.2 billion."
  • Comments On The Proposed Bitlicense Regulations - AVC.com (Fred Wilson) - "This blog post is being submitted as a public comment on the revised Bitlicense regulations and should be read as such."
  • The New York BitLicense and California’s Digital Currency Bill – A Comparison - CoinCenter - "All in all, I’m optimistic that we’ll see progress in both New York and California. Each wants to be a leader in the exploding new FinTech space, they face increasing competition from the UK and other international jurisdictions, and they have each been quite receptive to input from those of us the cryptocurrency ecosystem."
  • Trouble at AmEx: Some cardholders can leave home without it - AP - "One of the biggest threats to AmEx is the slew of competing cards aimed at the well-to-do, sometimes with lower annual fees."

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  • Fiserv Completes First Tokenized Transactions via Accel Debit Payments Network - “Fiserv offers one of the first debit payment networks to enable tokenization, which is required for transactions such as those conducted using Apple Pay™,” said Kevin Gregoire, president, Financial Institutions Group, Fiserv. “Apple Pay is just one example of the rapid changes in the payments landscape, and it is important for Fiserv to equip our clients to deliver the capabilities consumers expect at an accelerated pace. We anticipate that tokenization will play an increasing role in the debit payments industry and Accel is well positioned to accommodate further developments.”

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March 20, 2015

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December 22, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 22, 2014

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  • MasterCard Launches Global Hackathon Series with $100,000 Grand Prize - “We encourage developers from around the world to participate in our Masters of Code competition and use the power of MasterCard through our APIs to create the next generation of commerce applications globally,” said Mario Shiliashki, Senior Vice President of Open APIs, MasterCard. “MasterCard is the world’s most advanced payments network, and the MasterCard Developer Zone is the bridge to it for developers. We are opening up our technology to the world for a simple reason – to enable any developer to utilize our products and platforms to build the next big thing.”
  • Staples Provides Update on Data Security Incident - "Overall, the company believes that approximately 1.16 million payment cards may have been affected."
  • CashStar and PayPal Partner to Expand Digital Gift Card Delivery - “We’re excited to work closely with PayPal and our top retailer and restaurant client brands on this solution,” said Ben Kaplan, CashStar president and CEO. “As digital, mobile and social innovations continue to change the way consumers shop, digital gift cards thrive because of their ability to move seamlessly across channels."
  • Moneris and Syrasoft Introduce Enhanced Integrated Payment Solutions for Self-Storage Software - "This partnership integrates Moneris’ secure, dependable payment processing platform with two of Syrasoft’s software modules: Syrasoft Automatic Credit Card add-on and Syrasoft Internet Manager (SIM) Online Payments add-on. Syrasoft customers who select Moneris as their payment processer will experience seamless credit and debit card processing that enhances Syrasoft’s credit card and payments add-ons."
  • Fidelity® Customers Have Earned More Than $845 Million Using Fidelity Rewards Credit Cards - "According to a new survey from Fidelity, more than half (55 percent) of credit cardholders own a rewards credit card, with cash back rewards the most popular choice, held by nearly two-out-of-three rewards card holders (63 percent); 47 percent own credit cards offering points toward merchandise, followed by airline miles (39 percent) and gas, dining or other forms of rewards (39 percent)."

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December 19, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 19, 2014

On the Web:

  • Securing the Future of Payments: A Special Report from the Payments Security Task Force - Visa/MasterCard - "This week in the U.S., the Payments Security Task Force introduced a white paper that looks at three of the most significant technologies – chip, tokenization and encryption – developed to protect card information and make it useless if stolen." Download White Paper Here
  • Starbucks To Square: It's Over - ReadWrite - "Starbucks is not adopting Square Order in our stores," says Maggie Jantzen, a spokesperson for Starbucks. "We opted to build our own mobile ordering solution, leveraging our own mobile app and world-class loyalty program."
  • New York Regulator Outlines Changes to Bitcoin Rules - New York Times - "Although far from sweeping, the revised rules will address or eliminate many of the aspects that opponents had criticized for being vague or strict, including the types of companies that would be subject to the rules, Mr. Lawsky said in keynote remarks at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington."
  • Mobile NFC payments to exceed $130B by 2020: report - Mobile Commerce Daily - “The launch of Apple Pay will focus the minds of operators and competitors like Google Wallet, who have NFC-based payment offerings for longer, but have not really communicated or marketed it well to their customers.”
  • Mobile’s Rise Poses a Riddle for Banks - Wall St. Journal - "This year, for the first time, U.S. customers interacted with their banks more through mobile devices than any other means, according to a new study by consultancy Bain & Co. Mobile interactions are now 35% of the total, more than any other type, including traditional online channels, automated-teller machines and branch visits, the report showed."
  • Open APIs Hold the Key to the Future of Banking - Programmable Web - "One of the pillars of BBVA’s digital strategy is identifying and mobilizing “innovation stakeholders” from both within and outside BBVA. Through an open innovation framework, BBVA is building an open ecosystem that includes entrepreneurs, developers, students, customers and employees collaborating to create new value for both the community and BBVA in the new digital paradigm."
  • RBC first bank in North America with Host Card Emulation - "We are committed to providing our clients with the most innovative, convenient and secure solutions to pay how they want, when they want - HCE is a critical step," said Linda Mantia , Executive Vice-President of Digital, Payments and Cards, RBC. "HCE makes RBC Secure Cloud mobile payments even easier to use."
  • German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls - Washington Post - "Experts say it’s increasingly clear that SS7, first designed in the 1980s, is riddled with serious vulnerabilities that undermine the privacy of the world’s billions of cellular customers."
  • Clustering bitcoin accounts using heuristics - O'Reilly Radar - “It turns out in reality, though, the way most users and services are using bitcoin, was really not following any of the guidelines that you would need to follow in order to achieve this notion of pseudo-anonymity. So, basically, what we were able to do is develop certain heuristics for clustering together different public keys, or different pseudonyms."

On the Wires:

  • Huntington Bank to Offer Apple Pay to Customers - “We are delighted to soon offer our customers the option of Apple Pay,” said Mark Sheehan, executive vice president and payments and channels director at Huntington. “Apple Pay is another in a series of initiatives Huntington has undertaken to make banking easier, along with rolling out mobile deposit and Quick Balance, which allows customers to use their phones or tablets to find their balances fast. Huntington is excited about what the future holds and looks forward to bringing this technology to our customers.”
  • The European Union Helps Consumers by Capping Swipe Fees While the U.S. Lags - "The 28 countries of the European Union agreed with a committee of the EU’s Parliament to cap the fees merchants pay banks every time a customer swipes a card at 0.2 percent on debit cards and at 0.3 percent on credit cards. Countries can also set a five-cent cap on debit transactions. The agreement also makes the card business more transparent, so that consumers can see how much swipe fees raise prices where they shop."
  • Mozido Acquires Majority Ownership in Mobile Commerce Company CorFire - “CorFire is a strong global mobile commerce player. By adding its strength in NFC-enabled mobile wallets to Mozido’s extensive mobile financial services and retail marketing capabilities, we can now give merchants around the world access to a powerful mobile ecosystem that adds monetization features to mobile programs,” said Michael Liberty, founder and Chairman of Global Strategic Initiatives at Mozido.

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December 18, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 18, 2014

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  • Square Is Resurrecting Wallet, Its Pay-By-Name Mobile App, And Giving It Away - ReadWrite - "Square is "retiring" Wallet but its putting its key feature—the ability to pay in stores by saying your name, without taking out a wallet or even your phone—inside Square Order."
  • Silicon Valley Bank -- At The Core Of A Tech Network - Forbes - “We are doing something very, very different. We help them build a sound, scalable operating infrastructure that they would go to an investor and say they have worked with Silicon Valley Bank and the bank has looked over its fraud and compliance.”
  • Amazon Confirms Rollout of One-Hour Delivery Service - Wall St. Journal - "The service, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is available in parts of New York, though Amazon said it would expand to other cities next year. Amazon will charge $7.99 for delivery within an hour, though two-hour delivery is free..."
  • Billing and Payments — a potted history - FastMail Blog - "As a credit card merchant, an important thing is the chargeback rate — that is, the percentage of your payments that the cardholders dispute with their bank. If this rate gets too high, then the payment gateways deem you to be risky, and they will charge much higher fees, or cancel your account completely."
  • Complex Solutions to a Simple Problem - Krebs on Security - "The main reason so many of these newfangled technologies are even being proposed is that the United States lags 20 years behind Europe and the rest of the world in adopting chip/smartcard technology in credit and debit cards."
  • Lawsky Outlines Revisions to New York's BitLicense in DC Speech - CoinDesk - "Ben Lawsky announced the latest revisions to the draft BitLicense today in Washington, DC, announcing a host of changes in response to reactions from its public comment period."
  • Payments startup Tipalti moves HQ to Palo Alto from Southern California - San Francisco Business Times - Tipalti also hired Rob Israch as chief marketing officer as the company "prepares for significant revenue growth."

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December 10, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 10, 2014

On the Web:

  • EBay Mulls Thousands of Job Cuts Next Year - Wall St. Journal - "The cuts are expected to primarily affect workers in eBay’s core marketplace division, these people said."
  • Chick-Fil-A ramps up mcommerce with mobile payments, ordering - Mobile Commerce Daily - “We think customers will like it because they no longer need to dig through their purse or wallet for cash or a credit card to pay for their meal,” said Michael Lage, manager, customer relationship strategies at Chick-fil-A, College Park, Ga.
  • Fed Sets Tough New Capital Rule for Big Banks - Wall St. Journal - "The proposal, which will be phased in starting in 2016 and take full effect in 2019, is aimed squarely at pushing big banks to shrink, an outcome regulators were explicit in saying they hope to encourage to reduce the likelihood a firm’s failure could require bailouts or damage the broader economy."
  • Amex Veteran Launches White-Label Bitcoin Debit Card Platform - CoinDesk - "Founded in February, Blade Financial is pitching its service to digital currency companies that want to offer debit card services to customers but lack the resources or capabilities to actually launch a product."

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December 02, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 2, 2014

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  • MasterCard Board of Directors Announces Increase in Quarterly Dividend and $3.75 Billion Class A Share Repurchase Program - “Today’s dividend and share repurchase program announcement comes as a result of our continued, strong financial performance,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We remain committed to delivering value to our shareholders, while investing in the growth of our business.”
  • SimplyTapp Raises $5.9M to Propel Mobile Payment Innovation - "SimplyTapp, the leading provider of Host Card Emulation (HCE) solutions for cloud based mobile payments, today announced it has raised $5.9M of a Series B financing round from undisclosed new investors and existing investors Blue Sky Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners, bringing the total amount of funding raised to date to $7.6M."
  • CARDFREE Completes its Next Generation Order-Ahead Product - "This new patent license enables CARDFREE to provide its exceptional online/mobile ordering solutions within the US - for restaurants and other verticals. CARDFREE’s award-winning platform provides full commerce capabilities including cross-channel CRM, loyalty, payments and now its next generation order-ahead solution."
  • AribaPay Takes Off - “By automating billing and settlement and digitizing the “pay” in procure-to-pay, AribaPay is bringing the same simplicity to B2B payments and effectively changing the game by enabling companies to drive a more efficient, effective process that creates benefits on both sides of the equation.”

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November 25, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 25, 2014

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  • Wake Up, Brick-and-Mortar Retailers - Wall St. Journal - "If you were running a brick- and-mortar retailer and knew that 25 years from now a third of your sales would be online, you would run your business differently."
  • Introducing Twitter Offers - Twitter Advertising Blog - "Starting today (in the U.S. only), we’re beginning to test a new way for advertisers to connect with consumers on Twitter and convert them to loyal customers in their stores, on their websites and in their apps. This feature, Twitter Offers, enables advertisers to create card-linked promotions and share them directly with Twitter users."
  • Stripe on how Apple Touch ID is transforming point of sale - Wired Retail - "We're really excited about Apple Pay, says Stripe's Andy Young speaking on stage at WIRED Retail. But, he adds, "if we're thinking about the future and where we should go, suddenly it gets even bigger than Apple Pay itself."
  • First Data command center in Omaha has major role in war against cybercrooks - Omaha.com - "A team of about 100 employees works during daylight hours and another team of about 55 employees works the night shift, said Dawn Baxter, IT director at First Data."
  • What’s Unsettled in Faster Payments? - Portals and Rails Blog - "The UK has successfully offered real-time clearing and availability without real-time settlement. However, other countries have built real-time settlement into their new systems because it does indeed reduce systemic risk."
  • The promise of Bitcoin - VentureBeat (Melanie Shapiro) - "The same way that the Internet made information free for the world, Bitcoin makes fraudless transactions free for the world."
  • The Blockchain Application Stack - Joel Monego (Union Square Ventures) - "One thing I like about this stack is that it’s growing from the bottom up. First we had miners, the blockchain, and Bitcoin, and now we’re building everything else on top. As far as I know, the most significant revolutions in technology have been built this way."
  • The endangered SIM card - Economist - "Since re-programmable SIMs make it easier not just to sign up with a mobile operator but to switch away from one, the operators are wary of the innovation."

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