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January 07, 2014

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  • Explain Bitcoin Like I’m Five - Medium (nikSter) - "We didn’t need a third person there to help us make the transfer. We didn’t need to pull in Uncle Tommy (who’s a famous judge) to sit with us on the bench and confirm that the apple went from me to you."
  • Bitcoin Series 15 - The discontinuity that is bitcoin - Ledra Capital - "Bitcoin is like that. It won't replace the financial system, the Fed or the nation-state. It will supplement the financial system in a big and important way, push it to be more innovative and efficient and, finally, will merge with it, in the same way that IP delivery has crept into telephony and video infrastructure over time."
  • German Central Bank Official Issues Another Bitcoin Warning - CoinDesk - "He stressed that regulators and central bankers across Europe are discussing bitcoin and trying to raise public awareness, but so far no concrete action has been taken, apart from public warnings."
  • Bitcoin me: How to make your own digital currency - Guardian - "It turns out, though, that cloning bitcoin is actually harder than it looks."
  • Bezos-backed money transfer startup Remitly lands $5.5M - GeekWire - "A TechStars Seattle grad formerly known as BeamIt Mobile, Remitly has created a cheaper and faster method for individuals to send money across borders."
  • 8 Retail Predictions in “Store” for 2014 - VeriFone Blog - "As it is the start of the year we thought we would have a look at some of the issues that will be impacting retail stores in 2014 and try and predict some of the trends and challenges we’ll see along the way as retailers respond."

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December 18, 2013

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December 17, 2013

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December 16, 2013

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December 13, 2013

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December 03, 2013

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November 27, 2013

PayPal Now Accepts Prepaid Gift Cards

PayPal logo 140pxPayPal has announced that it now supports using prepaid gift cards through PayPal Checkout.

After months of research and investigations, we discovered a patent-pending and innovative way to allow the usage of prepaid gift cards so that you can seamlessly apply them to the purchase of products and services anywhere PayPal is accepted – just in time for the holidays!

PayPal notes that with the addition of prepaid gift card support: "As long as the merchants you are shopping with accept PayPal, you can be assured that you now have extra buying power on top of your existing debit, credit cards or banks."

November 13, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 13, 2013

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  • Stress Test Prepares VisaNet for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Visa Viewpoints - "This year’s “mug number” – as we like to call it – is 47,000 transaction messages per second, which is a huge step forward from 2012’s peak capacity of 30,000 transaction messages per second!"
  • No plastic, no problem: Square does away with deposit limits for U.S. businesses - GigaOm - "Square is eliminating holds on funds taken from payments where no physical card is present."
  • How Big Banks Killed a Plan to Speed Up Money Transfers - American Banker - "The plan, known as Expedited Processing and Settlement, may not have been a step into 21st Century..."
  • EMV: America, What Took You So Long? - Emerging Payments Strategies (FIS) - "So why has the U.S. not embraced EMV sooner? Part of the reason is because our fraud problem, while significant, has typically been among the lowest rates in the world among highly developed economically mature countries."
  • What Android's KitKat means for NFC - Mobile Payments Today (Cherian Abraham) - "HCE means a lot more for private label issuers — who have a very inspired base of merchants looking to bridge the gap between private label cards and mobile — and now there is an alternative to clumsy, costly and complex orchestrations for provisioning cards."
  • The power of love - TMG Blog - "When I switched credit cards recently, I started feeling love the first time I logged into my personal account page. I noticed that things I had purchased only minutes before were already listed, which was something I’d never seen with my previous provider."
  • The challenge of being a Bitcoin trader - Financial Services Club Blog - "There is not attainable indication that the government understands Bitcoin correctly."

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  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
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November 08, 2013

CardCash.com Raises $6 MM in Funding From Guggenheim Partners

CardCash.com, a web-based secondary gift card exchange, has announced that it has secured $6 million in growth financing from Guggenheim Partners. CardCash said it will use the funding to continue to enhance its popular exchange on which consumers can buy, sell, and trade the estimated $30 billion of unused gift cards.

We are excited to form this strategic partnership with Guggenheim Partners as this will help us realize our strategy and vision,” said Elliot Bohm, CEO and co-founder of CardCash.

“With Guggenheim’s investment, we can expand our brand and service to consumers across America.”

Doug Atkin, who heads Guggenheim’s venture and growth investing business, added, “CardCash fits perfectly into our strategy of investing in innovative financial exchanges. The Company has a proven track record and a first-rate management team. We look forward to our partnership and also to helping them continue to build out their exciting business.”

Annual gift card sales exceed $100 billion annually in the United States. As that number continues to grow, nearly 10% of those cards go unspent every year. To help access that locked-up capital, CardCash provides a simple and secure online exchange that allows consumers to convert these unused cards into cash.

October 30, 2013

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  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
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October 23, 2013

PayPal and Blackhawk Network to Bring Gift Cards to the Digital Wallet

PayPal logo 140x60pxPayPal and Blackhawk Network have announced they are working together to enhance the gift card experience in general by bringing gift card services to the digital wallet.

According to the companies, "this collaboration will provide an easy way for consumers to both purchase gift cards and use them right from within the PayPal app – beginning in the first half of 2014. Consumers will also be able to reload gift cards from the app, check balances and, of course, be able to keep all of their gift cards in one handy place.:

September 25, 2013

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  • Join us for our new series of Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps coming this October - 8th/9th in the San Francisco Bay Area and 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg and Erin McCune will be at Money2020 in Las Vegas October 6-10 - please reach out to them directly to catch up in person or set up a briefing at the conference. Erin will be moderating an Invoicing, Billing & Collections panel with Bill.com CEO Rene Lacerte, Billtrust CEO Flint Lane and Billhighway Chairman Vince Thomas.
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer".
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
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August 29, 2013

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August 09, 2013

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July 15, 2013

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June 04, 2013

Monitise to Integrate Blackhawk Network Gift Cards into Mobile Wallets

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxBlackhawk Network and Monitise have announced an agreement to make prepaid gift cards from Blackhawk Network's GiftCardMall™ available for purchase from participating banks and payment companies' mobile wallets that are powered by Monitise.

We believe that consumer demand for gift cards is increasing around the world and with it the expectation that access to mobile offerings will allow consumers to make purchases whenever they want," said Tim Attinger, Group Vice President, Strategy and Innovation at Blackhawk Network.

"By working with Monitise, we are helping its bank partners bring great retail brands and consumers together with new revenue opportunities and marketing applications. We are also excited about the overlap between certain of Blackhawk's global content and Monitise's international footprint and aspirations."

May 23, 2013

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May 22, 2013

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May 11, 2013

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April 19, 2013

Blackhawk Network Holdings (HAWK) Completes Initial Public Offering

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxBlackhawk Network Holdings, a majority owned subsidiary of Safeway, completed its initial public offering and began trading earlier Friday on NASDAQ under the symbol HAWK.

Shares were priced at $23 with 10 million shares being offered by the company. In today's trading, the shares advanced 13% to close at $26.01 at the market close. At that price, the market valuation for the company would be about $1.4 billion.

Blackhawk distributes prepaid cards, including gift cards, and connects brands to consumers via partnerships with various retail distributors, such as grocery store chains.

January 31, 2013

Facebook Introduces New Type of Gift Card

Facebook logo 140pxFacebook has introduced the Facebook Card, a new type of 'social' gift card that can hold multiple prepaid balances good at different merchant locations.

After you've received a card, the next time you get a Facebook Card gift, it will instantly be added to your existing card. Your card can hold multiple gift balances, and each balance is dedicated to the retailer associated with the gift. For example, you might have gift balances of $100 at Sephora, $75 at Target, $50 at Olive Garden, and $8.25 at Jamba Juice.

The ability to send a Facebook Card gift will roll out gradually to users in the US.

January 08, 2013

InComm Acquires Giftango Corporation

InComm logo 140pxInComm announced that it has acquired Giftango Corporation, a leading digital gifting solutions provider.

“This acquisition opens doors to new and meaningful distribution channels for InComm merchants and product partners. Giftango is the digital gifting technology behind very large loyalty, incentive and mobile platforms in the US market, and has made inroads internationally as well,” said Brooks Smith, InComm president and CEO. “This also adds proven B2B, e-commerce and promotional toolsets to the portfolio of InComm products.”

January 07, 2013

Givex Takes Gift and Loyalty Solutions Social With Wrapp

Wrapp logo 140x60px Wrapp announced that Givex has integrated with Wrapp to make its friend-to-friend marketing platform available to the Givex network of retail customers.

"Wrapp has figured out how to bring together some of the most powerful aspects of the mobile and social movements reshaping how people interact today, and at the same time make it incredibly compelling and profitable for big retailers in a very smart and elegant fashion," said Amanda French, Givex Vice President of Partner and Client Development. "One of the most important benefits of the integration with Wrapp is our retailers can now use the Givex integration they have in place to drive friend-to-friend store traffic -- and not just for gift card sales."

December 21, 2012

September 26, 2012

Gyft Brings Gift Cards From Over 200 Retailers To Apple’s Passbook

Gyft logo 140x60pxGyft announced its complete application integration with Apple’s Passbook on iOS 6. Gyft offers retailers a simple way to push gift cards to Passbook while giving consumers even more flexibility and convenience for storing, sending, and redeeming their gift cards on Apple’s mobile devices.

“Gyft is thrilled to be fully integrated with Passbook for the launch of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5,” said Vinny Lingham, CEO of Gyft. “You can now conveniently sync any gift card from your Gyft wallet with Passbook. We are also powering our retail partners to connect directly with Passbook through Gyft’s digital gift card platform."

Gyft recently debuted its mobile app as a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist, launching with more than 200 major retailers, including Amazon.com, Brookstone, Lowe’s, and Sephora.

July 17, 2012

Openbucks Raises $4.8 Million For its Gift Card Payment Network

Openbucks logo 140x60px Openbucks announced the closing of a $4.8 million Series A funding round led by Yahoo co-founder, Jerry Yang, with the participation of Terry Semel, Greycroft Partners, BV Capital, Clearstone Ventures, Morado Ventures, Novel TMT Ventures, Inspiration Ventures, CrunchFund, SV Angel and TiE Angels.

The Openbucks Gift Card Payment Network enables consumers who don't have credit cards or a bank account, or who prefer to keep their financial information private, to pay for online goods and services using the gift cards of major retailers. The regular gift cards of Subway, CVS Pharmacy, Burger King, Shell, Circle-K and CITGO are now accepted through the Openbucks Network as a form of payment at thousands of online checkouts. This provides millions of unbanked and underbanked consumers, including teenagers, with a free, safe and convenient way to pay online using trusted brands.

June 06, 2012

Shopkick Taps Giftango to Power Digital Gift Cards as Mobile Reward

Giftango logo 140pxGiftango announced that shopkick has selected Giftango as a key provider of digital eGift card fulfillment.

Giftango’s platform connects shopkick users with their gift card of choice to deliver rewards instantly. Through a secure and consistent user experience across the entire mobile gifting environment, Giftango’s channel partner solutions and mobile API allow any loyalty partner – in this case the largest location-based, shopping app provider – to painlessly navigate a retail brand’s eGift card program.

January 10, 2012

Visa and Better ATM Services Debut First ATM-Dispensed Visa Gift Cards

Visa logo 60pxh Visa and Better ATM Services have announced the ability to dispense Visa Gift cards in addition to cash at existing ATMs.

With this introduction, ATM menu screens now include a “Purchase Visa Gift Card” option and prompt to designate the value to load on each card. Cards are available with no activation fee in $25 denominations during the pilot. The new ATM-dispensed Visa Gift card is made of a durable yet thinner material, which allows cards to easily pass through the cash mechanisms of ATMs.

An in-market pilot program is currently underway offering Visa Gift cards at walk-up and drive-through ATMs in select locations throughout Arizona.

December 13, 2011

December 07, 2011

Clingle Now Offering Instant Location-Based Gifting

Clingle logo 60pxhClingle has announced the launch of Clingle Gifts, a feature that lets users to send gift cards instantly from an iPhone while attaching a personalized video, audio or text message.

“We’ve taken check-in technology one step further by incorporating the spontaneity and creativity that comes with surprising a friend or loved one,” said Sonpreet Bhatia, co-founder of MyCityWay, the company behind Clingle. “The new gifting feature allows users to leave a thoughtful gesture at the right place at the right time, but with a far more personal twist. As a first of its kind mobile ‘thank you,’ the recipient can send a cling with a multimedia message, such as a picture of what they purchased with the gift card, as opposed to a traditional email or phone call.”

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