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August 17, 2016

Headline News from - August 17, 2016

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  • How Millennials Became Spooked by Credit Cards - The New York Times - "It is clear to economists who study payment patterns that millennials are gravitating toward payment methods that skirt both cash and credit. Why carry cash when you can whip out a debit card for the smallest transaction — a sandwich or a bottle of soda — or use an app like Venmo or an online payment service like PayPal? All of those typically draw funds directly from a bank account."
  • UnionPay’s mobile payments land in North America with Canada debut - TechCrunch - "The launch today brings UnionPay’s QuickPass mobile payments system to a number of “daily-spending” merchants in Canada, which is the first North American availability of the system."
  • Peer-to-peer payment app Cookies launches in Germany - TechCrunch - "You can add an emoji with your payment. Cookies call them paymojis, and some of them have special powers. For instance, the lightning paymoji lets you send a lightning-fast super payment. While it takes 1 to 3 business days for a normal payment, a super payment only takes 5 to 120 minutes."
  • Self-Service Checkouts Can Turn Customers Into Shoplifters, Study Says - The New York Times - "Self-service checkout technology may offer convenience and speed, but it also helps turn law-abiding shoppers into petty thieves by giving them “ready-made excuses” to take merchandise without paying, two criminologists say."


  • JPMorgan Chase Signs Phillips 66 to Accept Chase Pay - "Phillips 66 joins a host of merchants in signing up to accept Chase Pay, which gives Chase customers an easy, secure and rewarding way to pay for purchases. The fuel retailer is also a key member of the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a strategic Chase Pay relationship."
  • ACI Worldwide Integrates Ethoca Alerts into Global eCommerce Payments Gateway - "ACI will integrate Ethoca’s flagship service, Ethoca Alerts, into its UP eCommerce Payments solution, making it available to payment service providers (PSPs) worldwide, and by extension, to thousands of leading online merchants worldwide."


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February 03, 2016

Headline News from - February 3, 2016





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November 06, 2014

Headline News from - November 6, 2014

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  • Mastercard to Acquire TNS’ Payment Gateway Business - "MasterCard will acquire TNS’ eCommerce and card-present payment gateways, which will become part of the DataCash payment gateway suite. With the addition of TNS’ Payment Gateway Services, DataCash will be able to drive additional growth of the eCommerce category – and use of MasterCard-branded products – in North America and Latin America."
  • TSYS Releases White Paper on the Multilateral Interchange Fee (MIF) Regulations Impacting German Banks - "TSYS today announced the release of a white paper titled “How Issuers in Germany Can Replace Threatened Interchange Fees.” The paper explores the financial threat to German issuers of proposed changes to the Multilateral Interchange Fee (MIF) regulations in the European Union, and outlines initiatives to support additional revenue growth."
  • BluePay Announces Acquisition of Caledon, a Canadian Payment Technology and Processing Company - “We are very excited about the acquisition of Caledon,” said John Rante, BluePay CEO. “Caledon’s great reputation, direct connections to the card brands, and B2B focus will allow BluePay the opportunity to increase our payment acceptance capabilities for Canadian and U.S. merchants, as well as enhance our technology.”
  • GSMA Introduces Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers - "The GSMA today launched a Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers, outlining a series of common business principles to enable the development of safe and responsible digital financial services. The first mobile network operators (MNOs) to endorse the Code are Airtel, Avea, Axiata, Etisalat, Millicom, MTN, Ooredoo, Orange, Telenor, Vodafone and Zain."

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November 19, 2013

Headline News from - November 19, 2013

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  • Mapping Bitcoin - New York Times Bits Blog - "One striking thing about the map: Bitcoin is increasingly a Chinese craze."
  • Bitcoin: More than Money - (Jerry Brito) - "At its core, Bitcoin is a completely decentralized ledger system. It can be thought of as a massive online version of an accountant's book in which transactions are recorded by deducting from one account and adding to another."
  • Buying Your Holiday Gifts With Bitcoin (Fred Wilson) - "When the citizens of the world will be able to buy and sell from each other and from retailers of all shapes and sizes via Bitcoin, then we will have truly realized the potential of a global digital currency."
  • Regulators See Value in Bitcoin, and Investors Hasten to Agree - New York Times - "The virtual currency bitcoin took a big step toward the mainstream on Monday as federal authorities signaled their willingness to accept it as a legitimate payment alternative."
  • Authorities See Worth of Bitcoin - Wall St. Journal - "Senior U.S. law-enforcement and regulatory officials said they see benefits in digital forms of money and are making progress in tackling its risks."
  • This Senate hearing is a Bitcoin lovefest - Washington Post - "All three Obama administration officials expressed concern about Bitcoin being used for illicit uses. But they also stressed that Bitcoin has important legitimate uses and that regulators need to be careful not to stifle innovation in virtual currencies."
  • IngoMoney cashes in $8.4M from Camden Partners - Atlanta Business Journal - "Ingo's algorithms decide in real time whether or not it's a safe risk for a customer bank to accept a check."
  • A Day in the Life of Getting Isis Mobile Payments Up & Running - "Since the ISIS mobile payment platform launched nationwide last week, I decided to give it a try."
  • PR Agencies: What the Visa Shakeup Could Mean for the Industry - "But Visa is the first to draw a line in the sand and have their internal workforce add the work of three agencies to their assumedly already packed to-do lists, choosing not to outsource at all."

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April 29, 2013

Headline News - April 29, 2013

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February 14, 2013

December 03, 2012

EVO Payments International To Acquire Deutsche Card Services

Evo logo 140x60px EVO Payments International announced that it will acquire 100% of Deutsche Card Services, the merchant services arm of Deutsche Bank, with operates in 39 European markets
“Our goal for EVO Payments International is to continue its path in becoming a truly global leader in the payment transaction sector and financial services industry,” added Ray Sidhom, Chairman of EVO Payments International. “This transaction represents the next step in having our company achieve this mission, and through supporting the Deutsche Bank relationship, we are confident in our ability to rapidly expand our market share.”

November 12, 2012

November 08, 2012

Elavon and payleven Collaborate on Mobile POS

Elavon logo 140pxElavon and payleven, a European mobile payments provider, have announced a partnership to provide mobile card acceptance by small and independent businesses in Europe.
“Elavon is committed to delivering solutions that enhance business opportunities for its customers, of all sizes, helping to make them more efficient and more profitable. payleven’s solution is perfect for the thousands of very small, often mobile, businesses in Europe today. Such businesses have previously not been able to accept card payments easily or cost effectively,” commented Jan Reinink, Head of Business Development in Germany.

The solution is currently running successfully in Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and the UK.

October 02, 2012

August 14, 2012

July 02, 2012

MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom Unite on Mobile Payments

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard and Deutsche Telekom have announced a European partnership to enable consumers to use their mobile phones to pay at the point of sale.
The first consumer roll-out will take place in Poland later this year. Also this year German consumers will be introduced to mobile payments, initially in a trial with mobile phone tags and cards, continuing into the first half of next year with a mobile wallet service which will also be open to other issuing banks and partners. Deutsche Telekom will issue the MasterCard products via its subsidiary company ClickandBuy, the owner of an e-money licence. Products will also be launched in other European markets.

February 28, 2012

August 31, 2011

PaymentOne Partners with Telefonica Germany for Direct Mobile Payments

PaymentOne logo 140pxPaymentOne has announced a direct carrier billing relationship with Telefonica Germany. "Telefonica Germany is part of Telefonica SA, a leading provider of broadband and mobile services and the second largest carrier group in the world. The mpass system -- driven by Telefonica Germany, Telekom and Vodafone -- enables merchants to accept direct carrier billed payments for virtual, digital and physical goods."

August 30, 2011

VeriFone Announces Direct Sales and Service Strategy in Continental Europe

Verifone logo 140pxVeriFone has announced a "new direct distribution relationship for retailers, acquirers and processors in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Austria and Switzerland. These organizations will now be able to obtain products, services, support and value-added solutions directly from VeriFone."

August 17, 2011

German Mobile Operators to Form Mobile Payments Company

Mpass logo 140pxTelefónica Germany, Telekom and Vodafone have announced they will "register their payment service 'mpass' as its own company, and have signed a letter of understanding to this effect. The new company is due to begin operating as early as this year."
Dr. Peter Walz, Member of the Management Board and Director of Wholesale & Strategy at Vodafone Deutschland: 'For many years now we have offered an interoperable payment product across all networks with payments via the phone bill. This is now being continued in the shared mpass activities. Retailers want standardised solutions and that is what we are giving them with mpass.'

The new initiative will move mpass transactions from the online payments world to NFC-enabled offline POS world.

July 14, 2011

June 14, 2011

March 31, 2011

Mobile Money Exchange - Global Deployment Tracker

Mobile money exchange logo 140pxThe Mobile Money Exchange has a great visual tool that nicely illustrates the proliferation of mobile money deployments around the world.
This tool was originally developed by the GSMA Mobile Money for the Unbanked team (covering the countries under their remit) and has been extended to include all worldwide mobile money deployments.
The global deployment tracker requires the Google Earth browser plug-in; its worth getting it if you don't already have it.

March 24, 2011

BOKU Partners with O2 and mpass in Germany for Direct Mobile Billing

Boku logo 140pxTelefónica O2 Germany and BOKU have announced a direct carrier billing relationship that allows O2 customers to use BOKU’s payment platform to purchase goods ranging from .09 Euros to 30.00 Euros.
“This agreement opens up the opportunity for BOKU merchants to offer payment for physical goods as well as virtual and digital goods,” said James Patmore, Managing Director, BOKU in EMEA. “Our partnership with O2 confirms our vision of evolving online mobile payments into a range of new vertical markets.”
O2 is part of Telefónica, the second largest carrier group in the world. O2’s mpass system allows direct carrier billing for the purchase of virtual, digital and physical goods.

February 24, 2011

February 21, 2011

October 26, 2009

A Look at Consumer Retail Payment Behavior In Germany

Earlier this year, the Bundesbank published its findings regarding the payment behavior of consumers for retail purchases in Germany.

From the press release: "The majority of those surveyed stated that how they chose to pay was determined by the amount of cash they had available to them and the amount to be paid. Measured by the value of the transactions, cash accounts for a share of 57.9%, girocards for 25.5% and credit cards for 3.6% of all purchases. In terms of the number of transactions, cash accounts for a share of 82.5%, with girocards and credit cards accounting for 11.9% and 1.4% respectively. This is due to the fact that mainly small and medium-sized payment amounts are paid in cash."

The full study is available for download here.

June 24, 2009

Germany: Gemalto Launches Optical Reader for Online Banking

Gemalto_logo-140px.jpgGemalto has announced commercial launch of the Ezio Optical TAN, a unique optical authentication reader for online banking access that is specially designed for the German market. According to the company, "the reader, the size of a credit card, fits in a wallet along with the banking card. Users present the device in front of their computer screen and optical sensors capture the data they would normally enter from the reader keypad to carry out and sign online transactions. No software needs to be installed to use the device." READ MORE »

January 21, 2009

Sybase Acquires Mobile Payments Provider paybox

Picture 1.pngSybase has announced that it has acquired paybox solutions AG, a global leader in mobile payment solutions. "With this acquisition Sybase continues to bolster its Unwired Enterprise strategy by extending its leading mobile infrastructure to mobile payments." READ MORE »

January 13, 2009

First Data, WestLB Partner for Merchant Acquiring in Germany, EU

fd_logo.gifFirst Data has announced signing a partnership agreement with WestLB to launch a new business, First Merchant Solutions, to provide card acceptance services for retailers in Germany and across Europe. "As part of this new venture, WestLB, a German regional state bank with a strong European presence, will provide the licenses and payment services infrastructure while First Data will provide a comprehensive range of merchant acquiring services." READ MORE »

March 11, 2008

More Debit Card Use at POS, Declining Usage at ATMs

At its 7th Annual Debit Conference, MasterCard Europe has announced what it calls "the emergence of a series of significant cross-border purchasing trends in Europe coinciding with the official launch of the Single Euro(pean) Payments Area (SEPA)."


September 20, 2007

First Data International Supports Dresdner Bank Prepaid Card

First Data International has announced it is providing card processing services for the new VIsa prepaid card introduced by Dresdner Bank, part of the Allianz Group. According to First Data, "the Dresdner Prepaid Card combines the principle of prepayment made familiar in the mobile phone market with the payment functionality of a credit card. The card is not linked to a credit facility, and the customer defines the level of credit available on the card by making a deposit. To support the new card, First Data is providing processing and call centre services."

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