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July 29, 2015

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  • TD Bank and MasterCard Partner to Drive Innovative Payment Solutions - "TD Bank ... announced an agreement with global payments technology company MasterCard to route debit and prepaid card transactions over MasterCard’s Maestro network. Through the agreement, MasterCard will process TD Bank’s debit card and prepaid card PIN transactions."
  • How America Pays in 2015 - “Consumers still have a strong preference for traditional payment methods like debit cards and prepaid cards. Those payments tools are not going away anytime soon, even as interest in and usage of new payment methods grows,” said Teri Llach, chief marketing officer at Blackhawk Network, a pioneer of prepaid gift cards, payments tools and rewards delivered via a robust and convenient network. “Our findings prove that payments is not either/or when it comes to legacy payments versus emerging products; it’s really about convenience and providing a mix of options.”
  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports Second-Quarter 2015 Financial Results - “Our business continues to perform well with good transaction and volume growth, particularly in cross-border, despite the mixed global economic environment and foreign exchange headwinds,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We are executing on our strategy to grow our business by focusing on winning new deals in our core payments business, while building out our data analytics, processing and safety applications. A blend of acquisitions and organic investments in these spaces remain at the foundation of our strategy.”
  • TSYS Reports Second Quarter Adjusted EPS Grew 29.0% - “For the second quarter in a row, we exceeded our expectations that resulted in another outstanding quarter and year-to-date performance. Organic revenue grew 13.7% year-to-date as we continue to deliver exceptional performance across our key metrics,” said M. Troy Woods, chairman, president and chief executive officer of TSYS.
  • Planes, Trains, and Cruises All Now Easier to Purchase Online as MasterPass Expands Travel Industry Acceptance - “Travel merchants are increasingly looking to drive efficiencies in the online booking process,” said Vib Prasad, Group Head of MasterPass at MasterCard. “MasterPass can provide a seamless checkout experience while delivering the security our cardholders have come to expect when using a MasterCard, so they can focus on enjoying their time away.”
  • AcceptEmail and PayWithMyBank® Partner to Bring Consumers Heightened Convenience in Bill Payments while Cutting Down on Billing Costs - “This is the best of both worlds,” said AcceptEmail CEO Peter Kwakernaak. “Billers who take advantage of the combination of AcceptEmail and PayWithMyBank need not make adjustments to their systems, website or Apps in order to get VerifiedACH with real-time confirmations. They will reap substantial savings too. ACH is far less expensive to transact than credit card payments, which often take a percentage of the invoice amount.”

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July 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 28, 2015

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  • Stripe, Digital Payments Start-Up, Raises New Funding and Partners With Visa - New York Times - "On Tuesday Stripe also announced a partnership with Visa, one of the world’s largest credit card companies, in which the two will work on ways to improve digital transactions. The companies said they expected to collaborate on initiatives like payments security, as well as software like website “buy buttons.”"
  • Lawyer Emails Put Visa, MasterCard Settlement at Risk - Wall St. Journal - "Lawyers representing roughly 100 big merchants, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Home Depot Inc., and 7-Eleven Inc., are expected on Tuesday to formally notify the card networks that they will seek to unravel the three-year-old pact..."
  • UK Interchange fee regulation: a consultation - HM Treasury - "This consultation invites views on the government’s proposed steps to meet the UK’s obligation to put in place an adequate and efficient regulatory regime to supervise compliance with the ‘Interchange Fee Regulation’ (IFR)."
  • UK: Rules proposed to tackle ‘unfair’ credit and debit card fees - FT.com - "A government consultation launched on Monday proposes rules to limit so-called interchange fees charged to a business when a customer pays using a card."
  • UK: Cap on card fees could lead to lower prices for consumers - Guardian - "In a consultation document, the Treasury said: “The government is clear that merchants are expected to pass these savings on to consumers in the form of lower prices.”
  • Wells Fargo Joins Other Banks in Testing Mobile Biometrics - "The bank’s mobile development efforts include testing an intelligent assistant, akin to Apple Inc.’s Siri, that enables consumers to conduct their banking by speaking commands into the phone, says Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo’s new Innovation Group."
  • The Truth About the Death of Cash - BBC - "Cash is essentially untraceable, it’s easy to carry, it’s widely accepted and it’s reliable. If the power goes out, or there’s a blip in the electronic systems that make the online commerce world go round, cash is there."
  • 8 Banking Giants Embracing Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "While major institutions found that bitcoin was perhaps problematic as a currency, they seem to increasingly believe that the blockchain, the protocol that manages and facilitates the exchange of bitcoin, offers benefits over their closed database systems."

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July 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 21, 2015

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

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July 09, 2015

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June 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 25, 2015

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

On the Wires:

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

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June 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 22, 2015

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May 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 22, 2015

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  • Target Settlement With MasterCard Fails to Get Bank Support - AP - "MasterCard Inc. says that not enough issuers approved the deal and that it's still working to resolve the matter."
  • Data Encryption In The Cloud: Square Pegs In Round Holes - Dark Reading - "This is where a line of research I’ve been pursuing, together with a number of fantastic colleagues, comes in. Back in 2009, we flipped the problem around. Forget about square pegs, and change encryption to be a primitive that allows easy specification of the target format — the ciphertexts produced by encryption should come out already formatted in the right “shape.” We called this “format-preserving encryption” (FPE), a name first coined by Terence Spies of HP (formerly Voltage Security)."
  • Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead on the Future of Bitcoin - StrictlyVC - "I think most of Wall Street realizes that the systems that move money are incredibly antiquated and incredibly inefficient. Most of them were designed in the 1950s. The main thing for wiring money – SWIFT – is basically sending messages and it’s very primitive and can be disrupted by Bitcoin very easily, and most banks would like to see that happen."
  • Bitcoin - The Miner's Dilemma - Published by the Swift Institute - "Authored by Ittay Eyal (Cornell University), this paper focuses on Bitcoin mining pools, an essential part of the bitcoin ecosystem. Mining pools enable small miners to operate with a reasonable business risk. However, when these pools grow too big, they pose a great danger to the entire bitcoin system. The research demonstrates, using The Miner’s Dilemma as a variation of The Prisoner’s Dilemma in game theory, that the current unstable state of the Bitcoin ecosystem can be rectified using a technique called pool block withholding, which in time would make the large public pools unprofitable and therefore encourage miner’s to gravitate to smaller private pools which are more stable. This evolution to smaller pools would stabilise the overall Bitcoin ecosystem."

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  • UK Payments Council: Cash overtaken by ‘non-cash’ payments in 2014 - "Figures published today (21 May) show that the total number of cash payments made by consumers, businesses and financial organisations in the UK fell to 48% last year (from 52% in 2013). This is the first time that ‘non-cash’ payments have exceeded those made with cash, reflecting the steady trend to use automated payment methods and debit cards rather than pay by notes and coins. However, cash remains the most popular payment method by volume, followed by the debit card, which accounted for 24% of all payments last year."
  • High Credit Card Fees Put a Dent in Car Tune-ups for Memorial Day Trips - "In the U.S. swipe fees– the fees that merchants pay every time a customer uses a debit or credit card – are higher than in any other country. These fees are merchants’ fastest-growing cost and their second-highest operating expense – only labor is more. Banks and credit card companies are price-fixing swipe fees and marking them up to make huge profits."

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March 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 10, 2015

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  • 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 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 22, 2015

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  • Data Encryption In The Cloud: Square Pegs In Round Holes - Dark Reading - "Back in 2009, we flipped the problem around. Forget about square pegs, and change encryption to be a primitive that allows easy specification of the target format — the ciphertexts produced by encryption should come out already formatted in the right “shape.” We called this “format-preserving encryption” (FPE), a name first coined by Terence Spies of HP (formerly Voltage Security)."

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  • High Credit Card Fees Put a Dent in Car Tune-ups for Memorial Day Trips - "In the U.S. swipe fees– the fees that merchants pay every time a customer uses a debit or credit card – are higher than in any other country. These fees are merchants’ fastest-growing cost and their second-highest operating expense – only labor is more. Banks and credit card companies are price-fixing swipe fees and marking them up to make huge profits."

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January 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 29, 2015

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  • Can RBC’s digital wallet beat Apple? - Globe and Mail - "The system doesn’t require the bank to share vital and valuable customer data with retailers, phone manufacturers or wireless service providers. RBC considers it to be a world-beating new technology, one that will make the bank a global player in the processing of mobile payments."
  • India Banking: Downwardly mobile - Economist - "The scheme’s initial goal has been surpassed: 120m accounts have been opened. Arun Jaitley, the finance minister, has claimed that almost every household in India now has access to banking."
  • With a Few Bits of Data, Researchers Identify ‘Anonymous’ People - New York Times - "In the study, titled “Unique in the Shopping Mall: On the Reidentifiability of Credit Card Metadata,” a group of data scientists analyzed credit card transactions made by 1.1 million people in 10,000 stores over a three-month period."
  • Now available in the UK: Send and request money right from Gmail - Google Commerce Blog - "Since we announced Send Money in Gmail, paying back your friends has never been so simple, whether you’re chipping in for lunch or reimbursing your housemate for your share of the rent. Today, we're excited to make this feature available for Gmail users in the UK."
  • The debit card fee driving US banks crazy – and costing consumers more than they realize - Guardian - "Here’s the problem, which most of us can relate to: banks love fees. But banks can’t levy a fee that isn’t “reasonable and proportional” to the cost of processing the transaction. That’s the rule under the terms of the Durbin amendment, which is part of the Dodd-Frank package of Wall Street banking reforms."
  • Retailers must embrace in-store pickup - Mobile Commerce Daily (John Pincott) - "Research by PricewaterhouseCoopers and AT Kearney shows that 80 percent of customers research their purchases online, but 75 percent of consumers still prefer to buy products in a physical store."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Europe: Record spend, transaction volume and e-commerce levels as revenues rise in 2014 - "Gross revenues grew 9% year-on-year to €1.9 billion while profits of €344 million were €80m higher than last year. This enables Visa Europe to invest more than €200 million in new payments technologies to accelerate the growth of digital payments."
  • PULSE Introduces New Brand Identity to Support Expanded Payments Solutions - “PULSE and the debit landscape have both changed considerably in recent years, and it was time for our brand identity to reflect those changes,” said PULSE President Dave Schneider. “At the same time, millions of cardholders know to look for the familiar PULSE logo at the point of sale and on ATMs, so our new look builds upon our existing strong brand equity.”
  • BitGo Launches Platform API to Secure and Scale the Next Generation of Bitcoin Businesses - “The BitGo Platform API can help businesses, both large and small, focus their development resources on core competencies and product differentiation while security is managed by the specialists. Now is the opportunity to create a bitcoin ecosystem free from hacks that plagued the industry over the last few years.”
  • VantageScore Solutions Announces Major Strides in Market Adoption - “With this surge in market adoption, the consumer finance industry, including the largest banks in the country, clearly have voted for choice in the marketplace and are taking advantage of the transformative differentiators offered by the VantageScore model,” said Barrett Burns, president and CEO of VantageScore Solutions.

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January 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 23, 2015

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  • Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution - Wall St. Journal - "No digital currency will soon dislodge the dollar, but bitcoin is much more than a currency. It is a radically new, decentralized system for managing the way societies exchange value."
  • Winklevoss Twins Aim to Take Bitcoin Mainstream - New York Times - "The exchange, which the twins have financed themselves, is a risky bet, given that the virtual currency industry has been a target of hackers and has faced existential questions about its legitimacy."

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January 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 13, 2015

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  • 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 19, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 19, 2014

On the Web:

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

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

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December 18, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 18, 2014

On the Web:

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

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November 26, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • To our friends and readers in the United States, best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your family and friends! We'll be back at the news desk on Monday, December 1st.

On the Web:

  • Discover Sues Visa Over Debit-Card Practices - Wall St. Journal - "Discover is challenging a Visa rule that requires financial issuers of Visa signature debit cards to also include Visa’s PIN services instead of allowing other PIN networks like Pulse to compete for that business."

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November 06, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - 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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October 31, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 31, 2014

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September 25, 2014

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September 11, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 11, 2014

On the Web:

  • Apple Pay Stirs, But Doesn’t Shake, the Mobile Landscape - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "Looked at it from the payment context alone, Apple Pay does not do a great deal more than what Softpay/Isis and Google Wallet have already achieved. But the combination of Apple’s design focus and its assumption of a reasonably non-threatening role within the payments ecosystem should make a difference."
  • MasterCard Loses EU Court Case Over Interchange Card Fees - Wall St. Journal - "Europe's top court on Thursday backed a decision by the European Commission to ban cross-border fees set by MasterCard on the grounds that they harmed competition."
  • How Apple Pushes Entire Industries Forward - HBR Blog Network (Maxwell Wessel) - "Apple used its power as an impatient convener to move an industry. Yesterday, Tim Cook showed that, like the White House, when Apple calls, you answer."
  • How Apple Pay works and why it matters for developers - Clover Developers Blog - "Apple Pay marks the first time a popular operating system is making payments a platform service for real-world, non-digital-good transactions, in a broad, inclusive manner that is compatible with the mainstream payments processing industry."
  • Apple Pay and the CFPB - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "I think Apple may have just become a regulated financial institution, unwittingly. Basically, I think Apple is now a "service provider" for purposes of the Consumer Financial Protection Act, which means Apple is subject to CFPB examination and UDAAP."
  • 8 ways that iOS 8 will change mobile engagement - Mobile Commerce Daily - "Over the last five years, push notifications have grown from a developer tool to deliver alerts to users to become the most transformative marketing technology of the last decade, driving dramatically greater consumer response than traditional channels such as email."
  • Coinbase Expands Internationally, Now Available In 14 Countries - Coinable Blog - "Coinbase is now available in 14 countries. We’re adding 13 additional countries across Europe including Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, and Slovakia."

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August 19, 2014

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July 21, 2014

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June 16, 2014

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June 12, 2014

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June 05, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 5, 2014

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  • Bank Shot: How Merchants Find Themselves in a Game Without Refs or Rules When It Comes to Credit Cards - "A study commissioned by the Merchants Payments Coalition found that just introducing a modest measure of fairness to the debit-card business saved consumers almost $6 billion during the reform’s first year in effect and created more than 37,000 jobs. If Congress had also introduced the same level of fairness to credit cards, consumers would have saved another $15 billion and retailers would have created almost 100,000 more jobs."
  • Bank of America Merchant Services Expands to Canada - “Our U. S.-based clients continue to expand globally, and we believe this new organization will best serve their needs by providing best-in-class solutions,” said Tim Tynan, chief executive officer of Bank of America Merchant Services. “We are also honored and excited about servicing the needs of new, future clients in the Canadian market.”
  • American Express Serve® and Bluebird® Show You Where Your Money Goes With Free Tools That Track Spending and Budgets - "With these new tools, we’re making it simple for our customers to know where their money is being spent, so they can track and manage their finances easily,” said Dan Schulman, group president, Enterprise Growth at American Express. “We’re focused on providing comprehensive and affordable options for the nearly 70 million unbanked and underbanked households in America."

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April 04, 2014

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April 01, 2014

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March 27, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 27, 2014

On the Web:

  • Putin warns West against curbing use of payment systems in Russia - Reuters - "President Vladimir Putin warned the West on Thursday that curbing Russians' use of payment systems based in the United States and Europe would backfire..."
  • Google’s brilliant plan to get millions to adopt its e-money system: Gmail - "While the service has been available since last summer to anyone who had a Google Wallet account or had already been sent money via Gmail, Google now seems to be starting to push it out to the broader public."
  • The Fierce Battle for the Soul of Bitcoin - Wired - "Meanwhile, some of the new entrants to the bitcoin universe—venture capitalists and entrepreneurs—have a much different vision. They see bitcoin as something more practical: a hyperefficient online transaction system like Visa, but cheaper, faster, and more flexible."
  • Wal-Mart sues Visa over interchange fees - City Wire - "The suit claims that Visa raised interchange fees by 234% between 1998 to 2006. The complaint also alleges Visa’s anticompetitive conduct generated more than $350 billion in interchange fees for the colluding issuers during the damages period ..."
  • Target, Visa Say Fraud Limited in Wake of Data Breach - Wall St. Journal - "Target Corp. said it has seen relatively little fraudulent activity on its cards following a massive data breach over the holidays..."
  • Despite Challenges, Bitcoin Technology is Here to Stay - CoinDesk - "Governments must beware of being too heavy-handed with bitcoin, he said. If not, they run the risk not only of pushing bitcoin activity into other countries, but also giving rise to more secretive technologies."

On the Wires:

  • TSYS Signs Payments Agreement with Virgin Money - Kelley Knutson, executive vice president of TSYS’ International Services segment, said, "We will help to ensure Virgin Money’s efforts to grow their cards business are successful by combining our experience in international markets with the strength of the Virgin brand."
  • Businesses Deposit $1 Billion Through Wells Fargo Mobile App - "Wells Fargo & Company – the first major U.S. bank to offer mobile services for corporate and commercial customers – today said that businesses have made more than $1 billion in mobile deposits through its CEO Mobile® Deposit service."
  • VeriFone Welcomes New Member to Board of Directors - "VeriFone Systems, Inc. today announced that Richard A. McGinn will leave the board and be replaced by long-time retail and consumer financial services veteran Jane J. Thompson, effective immediately."

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March 21, 2014

Merchants Lose Debit Card Interchange Fee Appeal

FedEarlier today a US appeals court in Washington, DC upheld the Federal Reserve's Regulation II interchange fee and network routing rules. The appeals court overturned an earlier district court decision handed down last July that struck down Regulation II.

In the Court's opinion on the case, Circuit Judge Tatel expressed a bit of frustration:

Before addressing the parties’ arguments, we think it worth emphasizing that Congress put the Board, the district court, and us in a real bind. Perhaps unsurprising given that the Durbin Amendment was crafted in conference committee at the eleventh hour, its language is confusing and its structure convoluted. But because neither agencies nor courts have authority to disregard the demands of even poorly drafted legislation, we must do our best to discern Congress’s intent and to determine whether the Board’s regulations are faithful to it.

The case is NACS v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 13-5270.

February 26, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 26, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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February 20, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 20, 2014

The Kindle edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S. - Second Edition" - is now available in the Kindle Store as well as in an iBooks version for your iPad or Mac in the iBooks Store. The ebook versions are priced at US$9.99.

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