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April 25, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 25, 2016

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ON THE WIRES

  • The Clearing House and FIS Submit Joint Proposal to Fed’s Faster Payments Task Force - “TCH is implementing a foundational clearing and settlement system whose core attributes will enable financial institutions to develop innovative new products for their customers,” said Jim Aramanda, CEO of The Clearing House. “We know that if our system meets the needs of customers in terms of innovative services, speed, efficiency, and security there is no reason it won’t also align with the Task Force’s criteria.”
  • CPA Leads Transition to Electronic Payments with Launch of Global Messaging Standard in Canada - “Our participant financial institutions endorse ISO 20022 because it is clear that consumers and businesses alike will benefit from exchanging more data with electronic payments,” said Gerry Gaetz, President and CEO of the CPA. “The adoption of ISO 20022 will enable the Canadian financial community to provide better service, both domestically and across borders, to their customers.”
  • Dynamic Scrip Introduces ‘Dynamic Pay’ Mobile Rewards Program - "As one of the largest mobile payment retail networks in the country, Dynamic Pay offers up to 10% cash back to consumers for everyday purchases at over 200 national retailers spanning more than 300,000 locations around the U.S."
  • First Data’s Transformation Includes Major Strides in Diversity Programs & Recognition - "For the second consecutive year, First Data was named one of the Top 25 Noteworthy companies for diversity, a list cultivated from a pool of more than 1,800 companies."
  • TSYS Extends Payments Agreement with HealthEquity - “Our renewed partnership with TSYS will enable us to continue to grow our business quickly and efficiently,” said Jon Soldan, executive vice president of Operations at HealthEquity. “We look forward to working in partnership with TSYS to provide industry-leading service for our partners.”

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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.

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April 20, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 20, 2016

ON THE WEB

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

ON THE WIRES

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

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

March 28, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 28, 2016

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ON THE WIRES

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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 24, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 24, 2016

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ON THE WIRES

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

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

November 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 17, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Western Union Offers New Global Money Transfer Service on WeChat - “Given the proliferation of social media around the world, we are expanding our activities in this exciting area. It only makes sense to include the WeChat platform as part of the company’s innovative digital money transfer capabilities. By teaming with WeChat and deploying the WU Connect platform to its U.S. users, Western Union is offering yet another new method for consumers to move money worldwide."
  • Global Payments Announces Support for Apple Pay in Canada - “Following successful enablement in the U.S. and the UK, Global Payments is pleased to be one of the first providers in Canada to offer merchants the exciting opportunity to accept Apple Pay,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation.
  • Chase teams up with 18 technology partners to help merchants accept Chase Pay - "These industry leaders will help merchants integrate Chase Pay into their overall payment acceptance strategy,” said Michael K. Passilla, CEO of Commerce Solutions, the global payment processor and merchant acquirer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. “Chase Pay solves a number of pain points for consumers and merchants to improve the customer experience and drive down the cost of payments.” - The technology partners announced include: 3Delta Systems, AJB Software, Aria Systems, Auric Systems, Authorize.Net, BridgePay, Bytemark, CardinalCommerce, FIS ClearCommerce, CyberSource, iBiz Software, LevelUp, Miva, P97, Recurly, USAePay, Vindicia and Xpress Bill Pay.
  • PayPal 2nd Annual Global Report Shows More Than 1/3 of Chinese Online Shoppers Now Buying Cross-Border - "Amidst a year of market-moving news coming out of China, no shortage of attention has been paid to its growing consumer class’ buying power as more enter the global online ecommerce market. This year’s findings support the growth trend: 35 percent of online shoppers claim to have shopped cross-border in 2015, vs. 26 percent in 2014."
  • Align Commerce Closes $12.5 Million Series A Round Led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) - "For far too long the cost and complications of existing payment systems have hindered startups and SMBs from fully capitalizing on global trade,” said Marwan Forzley, CEO of Align Commerce. “The Align Commerce platform cuts through time-consuming red tape and excessive fees that have unnecessarily burdened users. Existing systems have seen little innovation in the face of game-changing new technologies, and the entire experience is overdue for a radically different approach.”
  • First Data and NCR Sign Strategic Commercial Agreement - "First Data will be a preferred provider of cybersecurity and payment processing solutions to NCR’s customers in the grocery, petroleum and convenience store industries. NCR will be a preferred provider of ATM hardware and services to First Data’s client base of more than 4,000 financial institutions. The two industry leaders will also pursue co-development of integrated commerce technology solutions for U.S. merchant clients."
  • NFC Forum: U.S. Retailers May Not Be as Prepared for Retail Payments Migration as They Think - "The white paper describes ways for merchants to secure their businesses against fraud while accepting payment from customers in the way they prefer to pay. "
  • Synchrony Financial Announces Completion of Separation from GE - “This is an historic day for Synchrony Financial,” stated Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Today we launch the next stage in our company’s future – pursuing a long-term strategy focused on Synchrony’s business objectives as a stand-alone company. I am very proud of our employees, who have prepared us for this day, while continuing to serve our partners and customers and to grow our business.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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

October 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 28, 2015

On the Web

  • MasterCard, CIBC and New York Life Join DCG Funding Round - CoinDesk - "Payments giant MasterCard has been named as one of 11 investors in Digital Currency Group's (DCG) new funding round."
  • Razorpay on a mission to simplify online payments in India - Entrepreneur India - “We are building the next generation payments infrastructure which will accelerate the future e-commerce growth in India. Our patented technology will greatly help in achieving higher transaction success rates and faster checkout time especially on mobile devices while making payment gateway integration as easy as embedding a few lines of code."
  • JPMorgan Chase Is Crushing It in Payments - Motley Fool - "The payments industry is changing rapidly, and, at least for now, it appears JPMorgan has a huge leg up on the competition."

On the Wires

  • PayPal Reports Strong Third Quarter Results - “PayPal is entirely focused on digital payments and transforming money for people around the world. This clear focus and our strong value proposition allowed us to deliver strong financial results in the third quarter,” said Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. “We are operating in a time when change is sweeping through the financial services industry driven by the rise of mobile technology and the acceleration of money becoming digital. These two massive trends play directly to our strengths and we are leveraging this transformation to extend and accelerate our lead.”
  • American Express Will Bring Apple Pay to Card Members in Key Global Markets - "Apple Pay is expected to be available for Card Members in Canada and Australia this year and in Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong in 2016. With Apple Pay, Card Members in these countries will have the ability to seamlessly add their eligible consumer, small business and corporate American Express® Cards(i) and pay with iPhone or Apple Watch in stores where contactless payments and American Express are accepted."
  • Chase and P97 Enable Mobile Payments for Retail Fuel and Convenient Stores"“With the combination of P97’s PetroZone® mobile commerce platform and Chase Pay we are thrilled to deliver more payment options to consumers at the pump,” said Donald Frieden, President and CEO of P97. “We are confident this combined solution will deliver an innovative mobile payment experience for the retail fuels market customer.”
  • UberRUSH Joins First Data’s Clover® App Market to Simplify On-Demand Delivery Service for Small Businesses"With just a click business owners can set pick-ups and track deliveries directly from their Clover device. In minutes, an UberRUSH delivery partner will pick up the purchased goods from the business and deliver them directly to the customer."
  • Wells Fargo Eliminates Foreign Transaction Fees for Small Business Credit Cards, Lines of Credit - "In a move that will help reduce expenses for U.S. small businesses that are doing business internationally, Wells Fargo today announced it has removed its foreign transaction fees on all business credit card and business line of credit access card transactions made outside the U.S. effective October 1. With this change, Wells Fargo is the only major U.S. bank that today does not charge a foreign transaction fee on all of its small business credit cards."
  • Synchronoss Forms New Venture to Develop Advanced Secure Mobility Solutions Leveraging Technology Contributed by Goldman Sachs - “While some companies have addressed the security of mobile devices at a basic data-loss-prevention level, the biggest challenge facing enterprises is enabling individuals to have a more productive mobile experience at a lower level of risk,” said Dave Schuette, Executive Vice President and President of Synchronoss’ newly created Enterprise Business Unit. “Synchronoss, building off of the technology developed by Goldman Sachs, is extending deeper into the enterprise to bridge this gap and solve the inherent complexity of mobile security by providing a comprehensive mobile framework.”

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!

October 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 22, 2015

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On the Wires

  • Introducing Verifone Engage, the Future of Connected Payment Devices - "Verifone Engage is the company’s first-ever, fully-integrated, Linux-based product family, encompassing a complete range of payment solutions for merchants, acquirers, and service providers. It is the result of a new strategy at Verifone to bring unique value to the POS and the consumer experience with intuitive, connected and commerce-enabled solutions."
  • Poynt Announces $28 Million in Funding As It Prepares to Ship the World's First Smart Terminal - “Poynt is one of those rare companies that is aligned with the interests and needs of all parties in its ecosystem; it solves multiple merchant, bank, developer, and consumer problems with stellar technology and design, and it benefits from impeccable timing. What Poynt has been able to accomplish, building both hardware and software in the notoriously challenging payments space, is simply incredible.”

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!

October 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 19, 2015

On the Web

  • Yahoo Executive Reses Said to Leave Company to Join Square - Bloomberg - "Jacqueline Reses is departing Yahoo! Inc., where she had been chief development officer, to join Dorsey’s Square Inc...."
  • For First Data, the way to investors' hearts is through their stomachs - Fortune - "First Data’s big new pitch to investors is that it can arm small businesses with the same sophisticated apps, and Big Data analytics, that until now exclusively benefited the likes of Target or Dunkin’ Donuts."
  • What 2016 Holds for Bitcoin Businesses - CoinDesk - "The hard reality is, there just isn’t currently enough volume to support all the exchanges, payment gateways and wallet providers that have sprung up, let alone the number of secondary service providers, such as bitcoin compliance solutions, that have been created to support the first wave of service providers."

On the Wires

  • Square Hires Jacqueline Reses, Yahoo Executive and Financial Services Veteran, to Lead Square Capital - “Jackie’s understanding of the financial services industry and her background in tech and investing make her the perfect fit to lead Square Capital, and I’m thrilled she is joining our leadership team,” said Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square.
  • MasterCard to Tokenize MasterPass for Online and In-App Shopping - "At the request of Issuers enabling MasterPass for their customers, MasterCard will replace the personal account numbers (PAN) for consumer credit, debit, commercial and prepaid cards stored in MasterPass with a secure “token” – a new 16-digit number that represents the existing PAN on the front of a payment card. Tokens are unique to each bank-connected MasterPass wallet and carry EMV-based security protection that provides additional peace of mind for consumers and merchants alike."
  • MCX Adds BIM’s Guaranteed ACH Payments to CurrentC™ App - “We are hearing directly from consumers about the importance of having choices when it comes to payment within the app. With BIM’s technology and the ability to pay via a checking account, consumers will soon have several options for paying for goods and services using CurrentC™” said Brian Mooney, MCX CEO. “While consumers want options, they also want security. We chose BIM’s technology for its seamless integration with CurrentC™, security features, and fraud prevention capabilities.”
  • WEX Inc. Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Electronic Funds Source LLC - “We are very excited about the prospect of combining these two great companies, which have a strong customer orientation, aligned strategy and a complementary footprint,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s president and chief executive officer. “We believe this acquisition strengthens our value proposition to customers with a portfolio of best-in-class offerings that will better meet their evolving needs."
  • U.S. Bank Launches VantagePoint; New Centralized Receivables Management Platform - “U.S. Bank is committed to continued investment in receivables capabilities and technology to improve our client experience,” said Rich Erario, head of U.S. Bank Global Treasury Management. “The bank conducts in-depth process reviews with businesses and hosts focus groups on a regular basis to fully understand their most pressing business challenges. VantagePoint is a direct result of those conversations. By streamlining the receivables management process and improving data reporting, VantagePoint makes it easier for our clients to make informed business decisions.”
  • Citi Launches Paperless Processing and a Fully Digital Experience of Electronic Bank Account Management (eBAM) in North America - “This is an important milestone in Citi’s digital journey. With these enhancements, our clients will realize greater efficiencies and benefit from a more streamlined onboarding process,” said Michael Fossaceca, North America Region Head, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions.
  • Citi Expands Citi Payment Exchange into Canada, Building on U.S. Success - “We are committed to innovate, constantly finding new ways to support our clients in their end-to-end process and make their payment management simpler and more efficient. The unique opportunity with Citi Payment Exchange is that it allows organizations to leverage the power of the next generation of corporate payments, such as virtual cards,” added Stephanie Zee, Director and Cash Product Head, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions, Canada.
  • Synchrony Financial to File Registration Statement in Connection With GE Exchange Offer - “We have been preparing to separate from GE since plans were announced two years ago,” stated Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “We have built the infrastructure and the teams needed for separation and are excited about our future as a standalone business."

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!

October 15, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 15, 2015

On the Web

  • Hip to be Square - Om Malik - "About two years ago I wrote a piece about design is not just pretty websites but instead it is about the entire experience. Square was among the examples I cited. I looked over the S-1, read through the whole thing and it was good to see that even as it [has] become a billion dollar revenue company, the soon to be public SQ hasn’t forgotten that vital lesson."
  • Payments Startup Square Discloses IPO Plans - Wall St. Journal - "Square said sales rose 54% last year to $850.2 million and are on a pace to exceed $1 billion this year."
  • The Crucial New Business Unit Hiding in Square’s IPO Filing - Re/code.net (Jason Del Rey) - "The division, dubbed “software and data products,” consists of a variety of new products that aren’t tied directly to Square’s credit card processing business."
  • Bain Capital, Advent International Reap $4.9 Billion Profit From Worldpay - Wall St. Journal - "Two Boston-based private-equity firms have earned a combined profit of about £3.2 billion ($4.9 billion) in cash and stock from their five-year-old investment in Worldpay Group PLC..."
  • UK Government Highlights Benefits of Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "During her speech in London yesterday about the government's technology drive, Harriet Baldwin MP said the government is working to create the right regime for digital currency businesses..."
  • RBS to pilot product based on blockchain technology in 2016 - ComputerWeekly.com - "RBS would not provide details of the likely service due to the commercial sensitivity of the project, but John Lyons, head of strategy and commercial services for RBS’s payments business suggested it is “on the fringes of payments”"

On the Wires

  • First Data Announces Pricing of its Initial Public Offering - First Data (“First Data”) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 160,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at $16.00 per share. Shares of First Data’s Class A common stock are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 15, 2015 under the symbol “FDC"...
  • FreedomPay Certifies For EMV On First Data For All Card Brands - Ensuring the security of consumer payment data is a top priority for merchants across all industries,” said Chris Kronenthal, Chief Technology Officer of FreedomPay. “Working with leading organizations in lodging, gaming, retail, foodservice, healthcare and higher education to implement PCI best practices including EMV, tokenization and Validated P2PE, FreedomPay is helping merchants secure their payment environment, prevent EMV liability exposure and reduce scope for PCI compliance.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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

October 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 1, 2015

Join over 8,500 payments professionals who have attended a Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp!

  • Glenbrook's fall season of payments education kicks off in October with two sessions of our Payments Boot Camp - one in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 13-14 and the other in New York City on October 20-21. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is now leading this important payments education curriculum - he'd love to meet you at one of these sessions. Contact Russ directly if you have any questions.

On the Web

  • First Data to Raise Up to $3.68 Billion in IPO - Wall St. Journal - "Payment-processing giant First Data Corp. on Thursday said it would raise up to $3.68 billion in its upcoming initial public offering, marking the biggest U.S. listing this year."
  • Apple is ramping up hiring to bring Apple Pay to China - Quartz (Ian Kar) - "Quartz has learned that Kelly Sang, an ex-Alibaba general manager who joined Apple in 2012, was promoted to director of Apple Pay in China earlier this year."
  • Chips, Dips and Tips: 5 Potential Problems With New Credit Cards - NBC News - "Some people are experiencing a 20 second wait times with these chips," said Avivah Litan, vice president and analyst at Gartner Research. "We're a more rushed society than anyone else. So me, I'm going to be a little mad when I have to wait longer at checkout. You have to wait until the very end to get your card."
  • The problem with America’s new credit card technology - MarketWatch - "While other countries combine the smart chip-equipped cards with a personal identification number, akin to the way we access bank accounts using debit cards and PINs, U.S. banks are issuing chip cards without the code functionality."
  • Bank Bets Americans Can Remember Another PIN - Wall St. Journal - "First Niagara Financial Group Inc. said on Wednesday that it is rolling out new chip-enabled credit and debit cards that require customers to enter a personal identification number instead of a signature."
  • Adyen Adds New Funding From Iconiq, Values Dutch Payment Group At $2.3B - "This latest injection comes from a single investor, Iconiq Capital, which is perhaps best known for investing in a range of tech companies on behalf of clients like Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey."
  • Twitter Makes ‘Buy’ Button Widely Available - New York Times - "A store that is a customer of Demandware, Bigcommerce, or Shopify can use the software to tweet out a link to a product that will show up with a buy button."
  • Blockchains and Banks - Medium (David Galbraith) - "These replace banking infrastructure providers with software that doesn’t need to be run by a separate entity (e.g. SWIFT), and lower internal costs but still keep the requirement for trusted entities (banks themselves)."
  • SEB: Blockchain Could Make Banks 'Radically More Efficient' - CoinDesk - "Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), a Stockholm-based financial services firm with 1.7tn SEK ($202bn) in assets under management, announced yesterday that it was among 13 major banks that had joined the top-secret work underway at R3CEV."
  • SoftBank leads $1 billion investment in U.S. fintech startup SoFi - Reuters - "SoftBank Group Corp said it had led a $1 billion investment in U.S. financial technology startup SoFi, calling it the largest single financing round in the fintech space to date."

On the Wires

  • First Data Announces Launch of its Initial Public Offering - "First Data (“First Data”) today announced the launch of its initial public offering of 160,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock. The initial public offering price is expected to be between $18.00 and $20.00 per share."
  • American Express Cards® Now Accepted at Sam’s Club - " In conjunction with the launch of Card acceptance, American Express is providing a special offer to eligible Card Members for use at Sam’s Club locations from October 1-31. Card Members can receive a one-time $25 statement credit after they use an enrolled, eligible American Express Card to spend $45 or more on a new Sam’s Club membership in-store."
  • Moneris expands portfolio of EMV®-capable solutions to United States - “Our proven track record gives merchants the peace of mind of knowing that they are working with a trusted and reliable EMV processor,” said Chris Lee, president, North American strategic partnerships and emerging markets. “We manage every aspect of the EMV migration and integration process, from design and testing, to certification and implementation, making the switch to EMV a seamless transition for merchants.”
  • CardLinx Launches Online System to Connect Merchants, Card-Linked Companies and Digital Publishers - "The CardLinx Association today announced the availability of a new online system enabling merchants and their card-linked technology partners to share their card-linked offers with digital advertising publishers. Card-linking enables consumers to link their existing credit or debit cards to digital coupons, loyalty programs or mobile wallets."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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

September 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 28, 2015

It's Time to Register! Upcoming Payments Boot Camps

  • Glenbrook's fall season of payments education kicks off in October with two sessions of our Payments Boot Camp - one in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 13-14 and the other in New York City on October 20-21. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is now leading this important payments education curriculum - he'd love to meet you at one of these sessions. Contact Russ directly if you have any questions.

On the Web

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

On the Wires

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

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September 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 23, 2015

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On the Web:

  • First Data Aims to Raise $3 Billion in IPO - Wall St. Journal - "Payment processing giant First Data Corp. is planning to raise $3 billion in an initial public offering slated to kick off this week..."
  • Coming Soon to Checkouts: Microchip-Card Payment Systems - New York Times - "Visa drew a line in the sand four years ago: American merchants would have until October 2015 to update their systems or absorb the losses themselves. Other major card networks quickly adopted the same deadline."
  • EMV's 12 Elephant Fail and the Case for Contactless - LinkedIn Pulse (Nick Holland) - "Now, I’d not profess to be the smartest guy, but I do know a thing or two about the payments industry and for me, this was an awkward experience."
  • Square Opening St. Louis Office - CBS St. Louis - “St. Louis is an important part of Square’s history,” Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. “It’s an incredible city and my hometown, and we’re excited to further invest in the community. Go Cards!”

On the Wires:

  • Enhancements to Federal Reserve Bank Same-Day ACH Service - "The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced the approval of enhancements to the Federal Reserve Banks' same-day automated clearing house (ACH) service. The enhancements are intended to align the Reserve Banks' same-day ACH service with recent amendments to NACHA's ACH operating rules and will facilitate the use of the ACH network for certain time-critical payments, accelerate final settlement, and improve funds availability to payment recipients."
  • First Data and Pivotal Team Up to Deliver Simple and Secure Payment Services to Spring Developers - “At First Data, we are committed to working with the developer community to unlock the next big breakthrough in fintech,” said Guy Chiarello, President, First Data. “We are thrilled to join with Pivotal, a major force in the developer ecosystem, as we continue to attract developer talent and deliver ongoing innovation in payments.”

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September 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 21, 2015

On the Web:

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

On the Wires:

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

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September 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 18, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • How Ready Are U.S. Merchants for EMV? - "The Strawhecker Group (TSG) released survey results today that illustrated only 27 percent of U.S. merchants will be EMV-ready by the October 1st liability shift. This represents a sizable decline from 34 percent estimated in March."
  • Boku Brings Carrier Billing to the Coffee Shop - "Boku, the global leader in mobile payments using carrier billing, announced a new partnership with Japan’s largest coffee chain, Ueshima Coffee Co., part of the UCC Group, to bring carrier billing to its brick and mortar coffee shops across Japan. This is a first of its kind partnership that allows customers to top up their Ueshima Coffee cards using their mobile phone in order to purchase coffee, food, and other products in any Ueshima coffee shop."
  • Himanshu Patel Appointed Chief Financial Officer of First Data Corporation - “Himanshu was one of the first executives to join the company after I arrived at First Data and, since then, has served as a thoughtful and trusted advisor for everyone on the leadership team, including me,” said Frank Bisignano, Chairman and CEO of First Data. “With Himanshu in this new role, First Data will have a world-class executive with an in-depth knowledge of both the financial community and payments industry as we approach the next chapter of our transformation.”

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September 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 16, 2015

Heading to Portland!

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

On the Web:

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

On the Wires:

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July 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 21, 2015

On the Web:

  • 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.”

On the Wires:

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July 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 20, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • PayPal Celebrates Listing on Nasdaq and Completes Separation from eBay Inc. - “As the world’s open, digital payments platform and most trusted and popular digital wallet, we are excited to celebrate our listing day and embark on our next chapter,” said Dan Schulman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PayPal. “Mobile technology is transforming payments, making it easier, safer and more affordable for people to move and manage their money than ever before. As an independent company, we see a tremendous opportunity for PayPal to expand our role as a champion for consumers and partner to merchants, and to help shape the industry as money becomes digital at an increasingly rapid pace.”
  • Mobile Technology Use Among Shoppers Rises as Retail Habits Change, Synchrony Financial Study Finds - "The survey, conducted in March and April 2015 with nearly 7,000 Synchrony Bank cardholders and random shoppers nationwide, gathered insights on how customers view mobile technology for shopping and what they expect in their mobile retail experience."
  • 5 Ways Chase.com’s Home Page Just Got Better - “We just made it easier for our customers to live and bank the way they want,” said Gavin Michael, Head of Digital for Chase. “We’re excited to bring the look and feel that customers love on the Chase Mobile® app to their desktops and tablets.”
  • NCR Small Business Releases All-in-One Tablet POS System - “NCR Silver Register is designed to help small businesses and franchises to easily focus on what’s important – delivering a higher level of customer service and modernizing their stores,” said Chris Poelma, president and general manager of NCR Small Business. “The bundled solution is affordable and scalable, yet helps business owners power their businesses without the typical implementation challenges associated with many enterprise-level technology solutions.”

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June 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 18, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

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June 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 16, 2015

On the Web:

  • Coming Soon!

On the Wires:

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

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June 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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April 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 22, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • eBay Inc. Reports First Quarter Results - "We had a strong first quarter, with eBay and PayPal off to a good start for the full year," said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. "I feel very good about the performance of our teams at eBay and PayPal. Each business is executing well with greater focus and operating discipline as we prepare to separate eBay and PayPal into independent publicly traded companies. We are moving forward with clarity and speed, with a smooth separation expected in the third quarter. We are deeply committed to setting up eBay and PayPal to succeed and to deliver sustainable value to our shareholders."
  • NACHA Announces 2015 Payments System Awards Recipients - “NACHA is proud to recognize New York City CPRS, Verifone and Wells Fargo as recipients of the 2015 Payments System Awards,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “They each have contributed significantly to leadership and excellence in payments by finding innovative ways to evolve their processes and products to meet the needs of a changing industry.”
  • First Data and Sam’s Club Collaborate to Fuel Small Business Growth - “With this expanded agreement, First Data is making a significant commitment to millions of Sam’s Club members who currently operate or are looking to open a business in the U.S.,” said Chris Foskett, Head of Global, Strategic and National Accounts at First Data. “Extending this relationship with Sam’s Club gives us the opportunity to enable more business owners and operators to achieve their dreams.”
  • Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator Taps 3 New Early-Stage Companies - “If a startup can sell its idea to us,” said Steve Ellis, Wells Fargo head of Wholesale Services, “they can sell it to a lot of other banks, which can benefit the entire financial services industry.”
  • OTG and NCR Introduce Tech-enhanced Airport Shopping Experience - “NCR’s consumer transaction technologies enable us to offer our customers more control over their experience,” said OTG CEO Rick Blatstein. “We continue to introduce technologies that our customers are familiar with, such as self-checkout and mobile payment options like Apple Pay, which allow our crew members to spend more time on hospitality.”
  • Open Identity Exchange Launches OIXnet: A Global Registry for Trust Frameworks - “Trusted transactions are the engines of online services,” said Don Thibeau, OIX Chairman and President. “Like an Underwriter Lab’s seal of approval on products, OIXnet is a neutral, open online registry that enables a similar level of trust and discovery at Internet scale for a wide variety of trust frameworks.”
  • Green Dot Awarded New Mobile Patent, Expanding its Patent Library Related to Secure and Geo-Location-Aware Devices - "Green Dot Corporation today announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,989,778, a patent that is directed to secure and private location sharing for location-aware mobile communication devices."

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April 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 13, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • 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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March 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 10, 2015

On the Web:

  • Now What? Immediate Funds Transfer in the U.S. - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "How can all these systems be stitched together? Who writes the rules? Where does this leave Same Day ACH? Those are just the first set of questions. There are plenty of others..."
  • EU Interchange Legislation Sets Course for New Beginnings - MasterCard Beyond the Transaction Blog - "A long and interesting legislative process comes closer to an end this week with the European Parliament formally adopting a new EU Regulation on interchange fees. At MasterCard we believe that, just as in life, from every end comes a new beginning. This case is no different."
  • Boston calls a snow day on spending - First Data Corp. - "This First Data SpendTrend report examines the economic effect these snow storms have had on Boston and the New England region between January 24 and February 22, 2015."
  • PayPal Establishes New Security Center - PayPal Forward Blog - "To help jumpstart our security center, I’m also thrilled to announce that we’ve acquired CyActive, a cybersecurity firm that specializes in technology that can predict how malware will develop. The acquisition of CyActive will bring great talent and immediately add “future-proof” technology to PayPal’s world-class security platform."
  • Heartland Payment Systems Collaborates with BitPay - BitPay Blog - "Now Heartland is referring their customers to BitPay’s payment platform. We are helping Heartland bring bitcoin payment technology to businesses and organizations that are interested in new payment methods."
  • Secretive Bitcoin Startup 21 Reveals Record Funds, Hints at Mass Consumer Play - Wall St. Journal - "What it’s not yet publicizing is the precise nature of its operations, Chief Executive and co-founder Matthew Pauker will only say there will be “several interesting developments over the next weeks and months”..."
  • Why We Started Abra - RRE Ventures - "To make digital currency useful to “cash consumers” digital currency should: be transferable to any phone number in the world, not represent exchange rate risk, be as private as real cash, have no costs for money transfer, and be fungible to real paper-cash at very low cost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
  • Updates to Venmo Account Notifications - Venmo Blog - "Today, we wanted to share a few updates we’ve made to Venmo account notifications, as well as make you aware of some additional product updates we’ll be releasing soon."
  • Marriott hotels to start accepting Apple Pay this summer - Engadget - "To check in, you'll only need to go to the contactless reader at the front desk and hold up your phone (or Apple Watch) to pay -- a beep and a vibration will indicate if the transaction's a success."

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  • GameStop Now Accepting Apple Pay in Stores - "GameStop is launching a nationwide rollout of Apple Pay, which transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay to its more than 4,200 U.S. video game stores this month."
  • Citi to Launch Banking App for Apple Watch - “At Citi, we believe that banking should be simple and convenient, and we are constantly exploring advances in technology to help us deliver that kind of experience,” said Heather Cox, Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer for Global Consumer Banking at Citi. “Apple Watch users will have access to all sorts of information and services, and if our customers want to check their balance or view a seconds-ago transaction right on their wrist, it is our job to make sure they can.”
  • Financial Institutions Can Launch EMV™ Chip Cards More Quickly and Less Expensively with New Solution from Fiserv - "Fiserv is helping its clients simplify the transition to EMV chip-enabled cards by offering an integrated, compliant and cost effective path to EMV debit and credit card issuance. Fiserv has worked with Visa and MasterCard to develop standard EMV chip card configurations suitable for most debit and credit card programs. These standards comply with Visa and MasterCard requirements for the U.S. market."
  • TGI Fridays Extends Use of Verifone’s Payment as a Service for ‘Pay at the Table’ - We pride ourselves on giving guests the best experience possible, particularly when interacting with our team,” said Jeremy Dunderdale, Head of IT at TGI Fridays UK. “Verifone understands our business needs, and its NFC-capable terminals combined with Verifone’s all-in-one service package provides a secure solution that solves our payments challenges while enabling us to accept payments from guests right at the table.”
  • Bill.com Expands Leadership Team with Key Hire to Support Nationwide Adoption of Digital Business Payments - "Bill.com, the leading company creating magically simple business payments, today announced that it has hired Colleen Lindow as vice president of payments, risk and compliance."

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February 26, 2015

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On the Web:

  • A Different Type of Start Up: Payments in Afghanistan - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "This is an inspiring story of bankers striving towards greater financial inclusion for their country’s citizens while building the base for electronic payments. The pay off here will almost certainly require years to be realized."
  • PayPal Holdings files Form 10 with the SEC - Late yesterday afternoon, PayPal Holdings filed its Form 10 information about the PayPal spinout process from eBay, details on PayPal’s stand-alone financials, and on the operating agreements between PayPal and eBay going forward.
  • Inside PayPal's Microlending Program - Entrepreneur - "Since launching the Working Capital program, PayPal has paid out more than $200 million, granting some 35,000 loans to 20,000 U.S. small businesses. Last fall, PayPal expanded the program to the U.K. and Australia."
  • Credit cards in America - Slowing charge - Economist - "Nonetheless, there are signs that the go-go years are gone: growth is tapering off, the margins received on lending are declining, and the cost of attracting customers is rising—even though America’s economy is on the up."
  • Boku Introduces “Phone-on-File” to Compete with Credit Cards on One-Time and Subscription Based Purchases - “A key element to the strength of companies like Amazon and Apple has been their ability to create frictionless checkout experiences using stored credit card information,” said Jon Prideaux, Boku CEO. “This is that same experience that Boku is bringing to the mobile phone number with Phone-on-File. Our goal is to make stored ‘phone-on-file’ every bit as powerful as a ‘card-on-file’ for the benefit of our merchant partners.”
  • Barclays pushes for social commerce with Twitter payments feature - Mobile Commerce Daily - "The Barclays Pingit app enables users to transmit payments to anyone with a mobile phone number in Britain, customize payments with messages or photos, send gift cards and make donations, among other features."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Partners with Financial Institutions Across the Globe to Enable Mobile Payment Services - “2015 is the year in which fast and safe mobile payments based on Visa technology will proliferate across the world,” said Sam Shrauger, senior vice president of digital solutions at Visa Inc. “We are very proud that Visa’s Digital Solution is now accessible to the broader market to be used across multiple devices and form factors – enabling secure, fast and engaging commerce experiences in any environment.”
  • CARDFREE Reaches Over 2 Million Consumers on Platform and Expands to International Markets - “With our team’s pedigree in the QSR space, we’ve been able to gain the largest competitive market share with top-50 QSRs in relatively short order,” explained Jon Squire, founder and chief executive officer of CARDFREE. “We’re excited to add international markets into the mix and to broaden our reach to other high volume verticals such as convenience and grocery."
  • Box Brings Financial Services Industry Securely to the Cloud - “Because of the highly sensitive nature of the data it deals with and the strict compliance standards it’s held to, the Financial Services industry has been slow to embrace cloud and mobile technologies,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO, Box. “However, leading firms are recognizing that mature cloud platforms not only offer agility and productivity, but also an opportunity for better security and visibility around their most valuable content. With Box for Financial Services, we’re making sure security and compliance concerns are no longer hurdles to information sharing and collaboration.”
  • Move over Selfies, Bank of the West Customers Use Their Smartphone Cameras to Pay Bills with Snap-to-Pay from Fiserv - “Our customers can now use their smartphone cameras to add a new bill for payment in about 30 seconds. Because the process is so quick and simple, we envision customers using this method to add new bills into bill pay regardless of if they plan to pay those bills online or on their phone,” said Jamie Armistead, executive vice president of Digital Channels, Bank of the West.
  • First Data Appoints Dan Charron as Executive Vice President, Global Business Solutions - “For nearly a quarter century, I’ve admired First Data from many angles, as competitor, joint venture partner, client, vendor, and now as part the team working to transform the business,” said Dan Charron. “I look forward to working across multiple functions and geographies to provide First Data’s six million clients across the world with the products, services and solutions they need to grow their business,” Charron added.
  • Verifi Adds Chris Derossi as New Chief Technology Officer - "Derossi brings a wealth of technology and payments experience to his new position at Verifi. Most recently, he was Chief Technology Officer at Ultimate Gaming, where he launched the first regulated and licensed online poker site in the United States."
  • Sisense Appoints Amir Orad Chief Executive Officer - "I am very excited to be appointed as the new CEO of Sisense and lead its winning team," said Mr. Orad. "Sisense is a successful innovative company with great people, cutting-edge technologies, and a fast growing loyal customer base. I am a big believer in the significant opportunity presented by the availability of massive amounts of complex data and how data driven companies can unlock great value from such information using Sisense's technology."

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February 13, 2015

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On the Web:

  • Credit card giant moves to devalue hacked data - Politico Pro - "Visa’s larger goal is to replace the card data stored by e-commerce retailers with tokens and bind those tokens to a particular merchant. That means tokenized credit card data stolen from Amazon couldn’t be used to buy something on eBay."
  • Will SBOs Invest In Mobile Payments? - eMarketer - "According to a December 2014 study by Rocket Lawyer, 60.4% of US small-business owners (SBOs) said they would consider adopting mobile payments, such as Apply Pay, Google Wallet or Square, in 2015."
  • What is the Significance of Bitcoin’s Price? - Xapo Blog - "This process will take many years to fully develop, and mature, not unlike the early days of the internet, but we’re on track, despite anyone who thinks the price of bitcoin says otherwise."
  • Omaha is ‘the heart and soul’ of First Data, CEO says - Omaha.com - "First Data employs 5,000 people in Omaha, or more than 20 percent of its total workforce of 24,000. Omaha is where the payment processing company, now based in Atlanta, got its start in 1971."

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February 11, 2015

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February 05, 2015

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February 04, 2015

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  • Wells Fargo Customers Can Now Redeem Credit Card Rewards at ATMs - “Customers live their lives on-the-go and being able to conveniently and simply access their accounts and rewards when and how they want is important,” said Alicia Moore, head of Wells Fargo ATM Banking. “We are always looking for ways to add innovative features and benefits to our ATM network, which gives customers access to their money and accounts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. By providing customers the ability to redeem rewards for cash or account credit directly at the ATM, we’ve made it more convenient for them to feel truly rewarded for doing business with Wells Fargo.”
  • Consumers Can Now Use Their BECU, Fifth Third, First Niagra and Hungtington MasterCard with Apple Pay - "MasterCard cardholders with a consumer credit or debit card from BECU, Fifth Third, First Niagara and Huntington National Bank now have access to easier, more secure everyday payments through Apple Pay."
  • First Tech Federal Credit Union Selects MasterCard for Member Payment Solutions - “MasterCard offers our members the very best in card payment solutions that will enable them to better manage their financial transactions with First Tech while also providing additional security,” said Greg Mitchell, chief executive officer of First Tech Federal Credit Union.
  • First Data Receives Data Security Approval from UK Information Commissioner’s Office - “We are committed to setting the industry standard for superior data privacy protection,” said Cindy Armine-Klein, Chief Control Officer at First Data. “By conforming to the strict data privacy standards set forth by the EU, we can offer our clients the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have a trusted partner managing their data.”
  • Four More PSCU Credit Unions Enable Members to Use Apple Pay - "PSCU announced today that Visa cardholders with consumer debit and credit cards from Altra Federal Credit Union (Onalaska, WI), Andrews Federal Credit Union (Suitland, MD), and Wescom Credit Union (Pasadena, CA); and members with credit cards from BECU (Tukwila, WA) now have access to Apple Pay..."
  • Remitly Expands to India - "Remitly’s coverage in India spans a network of over 120 banks and their branches. Instant direct deposit is available for many banks year-round, 24/7, including ICICI, Yes Bank, and PNB. Four-hour deposit is available during regular Indian banking hours for all other banks."

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January 13, 2015

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On the Web:

  • Toward Better Privacy, Data Breach Laws - Krebs on Security - "President Obama on Monday outlined a proposal that would require companies to inform their customers of a data breach within 30 days of discovering their information has been hacked. But depending on what is put in and left out of any implementing legislation, the effort could well lead to more voluminous but less useful disclosure."
  • Stanford to host White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection - Stanford News - "The White House announced Tuesday that it will host a Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford on Feb. 13, convening major stakeholders to help shape public and private sector efforts to protect consumers and companies from growing network threats."

On the Wires:

  • Gujarat State Government and MasterCard sign Memorandum of Understanding to Accelerate Electronic Payments - “This MOU represents a joint effort to drive innovation and development of electronic payments in Gujarat, in line with the State Government’s goal to make Gujarat the first digital payments state in India. MasterCard will leverage its global expertise to deliver new innovations and the right payment systems, and we are looking forward to seeing fruitful results from this collaboration,” said Ari Sarker, Division President, South Asia & Country Corporate Officer, India at MasterCard.
  • First Data and UL Collaborate to Simplify EMV™ Adoption for Retailers - “Coupled with a multi-layered security program that includes tokens and encryption, EMV adoption will greatly reduce the threat of fraudulent payments at the point of sale, but the implementation can be complex and burdensome. We believe this collaboration with UL will help to simplify the process a merchant must complete to certify compliance with EMV standards.”
  • Elavon Joins Verizon Partner Program - “This powerful combination makes the era of Big Data accessible and relevant for small businesses,” said Elavon’s President of North America Guy Harris. “By building in robust customer loyalty and security features more commonly found in high-end POS options, this user-friendly solution enables SMBs to serve their customers better while providing business insights to help them compete more effectively.”
  • Intuit Launches QuickBooks Online Self-Employed to Serve Freelancers, Independent Contractors - “As the on-demand economy continues to expand, there will be unprecedented income opportunities for freelancers. But this work comes with a host of new challenges: co-mingled and confusing business expenses, quarterly and year-end tax headaches, and a general lack of visibility into their ‘real income’,” said Alex Chriss, vice president and general manager of Self-Employed Solutions at Intuit.
  • TSYS Releases Insights on Payment Preferences of Business Travelers and Travel Administrators - “One surprising finding is that despite high satisfaction with corporate travel card programs among both business travelers and travel administrators, personal card usage among business travelers remains high,” said author Christina Hall, senior product development manager, TSYS Commercial Services. “Additionally, the technologies that business travelers use in their personal banking and credit card relationships greatly influence expectations for their corporate credit cards.”
  • Fitch: AmEx, Discover Can Manage EU Card Interchange Fee Caps - "Fitch believes increased regulation could have some unintended consequences. For example, card members could face higher fees and/or reduced benefits as banks re-assess these programs and seek to maintain appropriate profitability targets. Fitch believes these could potentially take the form of annual membership fees, account maintenance or other fees and/or more limited rewards."

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December 16, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 16, 2014

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  • Banks: Park-n-Fly Online Card Breach - Krebs on Security - "...Park-n-Fly said it recently engaged multiple outside security firms to investigate breach claims made by financial institutions, but so far has been unable to find a breach of its systems."
  • Mobile rewards gain stature as currency for airlines - Mobile Commerce Daily - “Last month, we began offering our MileagePlus X mobile app to a test group of members, enabling them to use their mobile devices to earn miles when making purchases at certain stores.”
  • Dozens More Companies Sign Up for Apple Pay - New York Times - "On Tuesday, Apple announced that in recent weeks the company had signed up dozens more banks, retail stores and start-ups to adopt Apple Pay..."
  • Samsung in Talks to Launch Apple Pay Competitor - Re/code.net - "It is not yet clear if Samsung has reached a deal with the startup, Burlington, Massachusetts-based LoopPay. One source said the deal could still fall apart. A prototype of the payments system working on a Samsung phone has been created, the other source said."
  • Australian Regulator: Bitcoin is Not a Financial Product - CoinDesk - "Digital currencies are not a financial product and operators do not need licenses to trade or hold them, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has said."

On the Wires:

  • Adyen Raises $250 Million in Funding to Accelerate Growth of Its Global Payments Platform - “Adyen is at the forefront of a rapidly globalizing payments market with tremendous growth potential,” said Jonathan Korngold, managing director and global head of General Atlantic’s Financial Services Sector. He continued, “In addition to exponential growth in e-commerce, we are also seeing a rise in consumer demand for integrated experiences across in-store and online shopping. Considering the inherent opportunities in both of these trends, we believe that Adyen is well-positioned to extend its position as the leading global payments solution in the years to come.”
  • First Data and Verifone Partner to Combat Consumer Payment Data Theft - "While EMV acceptance in the marketplace will strengthen data protection, it creates a burden on merchants and those that serve them,” said Guy Chiarello, president of First Data. “This partnership with Verifone furthers our objective of working with the leading payment technology providers to benefit merchants and their customers.”
  • EMV Chip Technology Is the Future of U.S. Payments: Get the Facts in New EMV Migration Forum Infographic - "The Forum developed this resource to be a high-level, easy-to-read visual guide to the must-know facts about chip technology and the U.S. migration. We think this will be a particularly useful aid for payment stakeholders in building their own educational materials on chip payments."
  • ShopKeep Apple Pay & Chip Card Reader Available Now - "ShopKeep’s new reader offers independent business owners the latest in payment technology and additional security features for each credit card transaction. The device, powered by Ingenico Mobile Solutions, the leading mobile commerce platform provider, connects to the ShopKeep register app via Bluetooth. It retails for $249, and for a limited time, new customers will receive a free reader upon signing up for a ShopKeep account."
  • NCR Silver POS Integrates with LevelUp to Provide Merchants with New Payment Option - "NCR Silver merchants can activate the LevelUp application as a payment option in their POS system. Once activated, customers pay by scanning unique QR codes generated by the LevelUp app during checkout."
  • Time Inc. Partners with Coinbase to Become the First Major Magazine Publisher to Accept Bitcoin Payments - "Time Inc. joins a growing list of businesses, such as Overstock.com, Google and Expedia, partnering with Coinbase to integrate bitcoin into their customer payment options."
  • Elavon and Union Bank Extend Alliance Relationship - “Merchant Services is an important offering that helps our customers grow their businesses,” said Brian Milton, managing director of Retail Home Equity, Credit Card and Merchant Services for Union Bank. “By combining our banking expertise with Elavon's premier payment-processing network, our customers have a one-stop solution for all of their banking and payment-processing needs.”
  • Apple's® iBeacon™ Technology Made Simple for Retailers, App Developers and Consumers with New BeaconStream End-to-End Solution - "By offering intelligent software and better beacons, we've made it easy for every part of the ecosystem to generate and experience the magical moments that iBeacon technology delivers," said Venkat Nallapati, CEO, BeaconStream. "Our breakthrough solution removes the complexity of implementing real-world interactions with consumers and offers superior features to enhance and track return-on-investment."

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