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February 03, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 3, 2016

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February 02, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 2, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • A Year of Progress: Celebrating the Anniversary of Strategies for Improving the U.S Payment System - Faster Payments Blog - "Read our February 2016 Progress Report and hear more about the Federal Reserve’s vision for the future U.S. payment system in video interviews with Esther George, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and executive sponsor of the payments improvement initiative, and Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Board Governor and co-chair of the initiative’s oversight committee."
  • Cutting Off Those Recurring Charges You Forgot About - New York Times - "Once Trim performs its analysis, you get a text message with a list of all your recurring charges. You reply with “Cancel X,” and then the company takes it from there, making the request on your behalf to the service provider."
  • CIO Explainer: What Is Blockchain? - Wall St. Journal - "Blockchain remains in the experimental phase inside many large firms and there are few tested use cases, experts and analysts caution. Here’s a look at how this emerging technology works..."
  • Blythe Masters and JPMorgan trial blockchain project - FT.com - "JPMorgan appears to be taking a lead in encouraging broader, industry-wide adoption of blockchain technology..."
  • Bank Tellers, With Access to Accounts, Pose a Rising Security Risk - New York Times - "Though much of the focus on bank fraud has been on sophisticated hackers, it is the more prosaic figure of the teller behind the window who should worry depositors, according to prosecutors, government officials and security experts."

ON THE WIRES

  • MasterCard Adds to Global Public Policy Team - "MasterCard today announced the appointment of Alexander N.M. Niejelow as a senior vice president of public policy, effective February 8, 2016."
  • BlueSnap Measures Checkout Abandonment To Help Retailers Avoid Lost eCommerce Sales - “People buy from Amazon because they have a simple, one-click checkout process. Every retailer needs to provide that same experience or risk losing out. That’s the inspiration behind the Checkout Conversion Calculator – to help merchants discover and zero in on the things they must do to maximize their checkout, payments and sales conversions,” says Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO of BlueSnap.

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January 29, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 29, 2016

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  • PwC and Blockstream Announce Strategic Partnership - "For our clients, understanding new world applications of Bitcoin and blockchain technology, adapting it for myriad uses, and using it optimally are critical to improving financial security, efficiency and compliance," said Haskell S. Garfinkel, Partner, FinTech Co-Leader, PwC. "PwC is teaming with Blockstream to offer our joint knowledge and capabilities to clients – giving them one place to go, maximizing expertise, talent, and assets from both organizations."
  • Payment Processor to Stop Working With Daily Fantasy Sports Clients - New York Times - "Vantiv Entertainment Solutions, the processing company, told its daily fantasy clients, which include FanDuel and DraftKings, that it would “suspend all processing for payment transactions” related to daily fantasy sports in the United States and its territories on Feb. 29."
  • RTGS, and the story of batches instead of blocks - FT Alphaville - "Here begins a tale of how the Bank of England’s settlement system got broken without anyone really noticing…"
  • Facebook open to payments partnerships with Apple Pay, others - Apple Insider - "We'll partner with everyone who does payments," Zuckerberg said. "We look at the stuff that Apple is doing with Apple Pay, for example, as a really neat innovation in the space that takes a lot of friction out of transactions as well."

ON THE WIRES

  • Visa Launches Commerce Network to Drive Merchant Sales and Deliver New Cardholder Benefits - "Visa Commerce Network works by connecting transactions between two merchants. For example, a hotel can provide its customers with offers from local restaurants using Visa Commerce Network, and with cardholder consent, track engagement and even issue rewards. Qualifying purchases are recognized at the point of sale and rewards can be seamlessly applied to cardholder accounts – eliminating the need for coupons or redemption schemes."
  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Financial Results - “Despite a challenging economy, we were able to deliver solid results for the quarter and the full year in 2015,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “Entering 2016, while uncertainty in the global economy persists, the fundamentals of our business and our approach remain unchanged. We continue to be laser focused on our strategy to lead payment innovation in an increasingly digital world with solutions such as MasterPass, while growing the use of electronic payments through our products, partnerships and increased acceptance at the point-of-sale.”
  • FTC Announces Significant Enhancements to IdentityTheft.gov - "For the first time, identity theft victims can now go online and get a free, personalized identity theft recovery plan as a result of significant enhancements to the Federal Trade Commission’s IdentityTheft.gov website."

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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!

January 26, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 26, 2016

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  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!
  • Real Time Payments in the US: Implications for the Payment Industry - Atlanta, GA - February 10, 2016. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be moderating this discussion on what "faster payments" really means, how it's been implemented in other countries, and how it may shape banking and how we pay.

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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!

January 21, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 21, 2016

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  • MasterCard on blockchain: 'We don't want to be blindsided' - Business Insider - "One of the top executives at MasterCard told Business Insider in an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the company was "very, very interested" in the technology."

ON THE WIRES

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  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!
  • Real Time Payments in the US: Implications for the Payment Industry - Atlanta, GA - February 10, 2016. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be moderating this discussion on what "faster payments" really means, how it's been implemented in other countries, and how it may shape banking and how we pay.

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!

January 07, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 7, 2016

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  • MasterCard embeds payment in devices - Chain Store Age - "This collaboration builds upon MasterCard’s October 2015 introduction of the Commerce for Every Device program to enable any consumer gadget, accessory or wearable to become a payment device."
  • Five Fintech Trends for 2016 - BBVA Blog - "The blockchain infrastructure was reinforced in 2015, with strengthening involving mining, exchanges, wallets and processors. 2016 is about innovating on top of it."

ON THE WIRES

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

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!

January 06, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 6, 2016

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  • Samsung Pay watch app coming soon - PhoneArena - "Samsung's own mobile payment system — Samsung Pay — will also become available on both the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic.
  • Ethereum Will Arrive (and 15 Other Blockchain Predictions for 2016) - CoinDesk - "Scalability will become the holy grail of public blockchain tech."
  • Record-Breaking Holiday Season for the App Store - Apple - "In the two weeks ending January 3, customers spent over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases, setting back-to-back weekly records for traffic and purchases. January 1, 2016 marked the biggest day in App Store history with customers spending over $144 million. It broke the previous single-day record set just a week earlier on Christmas Day."
  • Corporate Governance and Blockchains - Harvard Law School - David Yermack - "In this paper, I identify in more detail how the use of blockchains could affect corporate governance from the perspective of corporate managers, institutional investors, debt investors, auditors, and other groups."

ON THE WIRES

  • MasterCard and Coin Sign Agreement to Power Wearable Payments - “The great thing about the MasterCard program is that we are adding payment functionality to items that consumers are already using – fitness bands, jewelry, clothing, watches,” said Sherri Haymond, Senior Vice President, Digital Payments, MasterCard. “This makes the products more useful for consumers and enhances the value device manufacturers can deliver to their customers. Coin complements that approach and enables us to reach an expanded set of device partners.”
  • SWIFT announces 10% rebate on 2015 messaging - "The 10 percent rebate comes on top of the 2015 discount for high volume connections, which we estimate to have totalled EUR30 million," added Francis Vanbever, CFO at SWIFT. "In 2010, SWIFT set out a multi-year strategy to cut message prices in half by the end of 2015. We already reached our price reduction commitment at the end of 2014, one year ahead of schedule. By the end of 2015, the total price reduction over the 5-year period reached 57 percent."
  • MasterCard, Samsung Make Everyday Shopping Easier in Tomorrow’s Smart Home with Launch of Groceries by MasterCard App - "The first shopping app integrated into a refrigerator, Groceries by MasterCard connects consumers to leading grocers in the most convenient and efficient setting – their kitchen. Groceries redefines the family grocery shopping experience by allowing households to share, build, manage and modify their grocery lists and shopping carts throughout the week."

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  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

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!

January 05, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 5, 2016

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  • Enough with the 2016 Predictions – Let’s Think Bigger! - Payments Views (Allen Weinberg) - "As I was slogging through the many payments-related articles and blog posts reminiscing about 2015 events and making predictions for what may or may not be ahead in 2016, I thought of a conversation I had with Scott Loftesness around 20 years ago, sometime in 1995 or 1996. "
  • The Future of Mobile Chatting: Commerce - Wall St. Journal - "Five years later, WeChat’s hundreds of millions of users in China tap the service to send money to friends, buy shoes and even book doctors’ appointments."
  • Apple Pay may have found its perfect market in China - Quartz (Ian Kar) - "All told, conditions couldn’t be better: retailers are ready to support the technology (which has been an issue in the US), consumers are comfortable and experienced with mobile payments, and a lot of iPhones are Apple Pay compatible."
  • Thought Bitcoin Was Dead? 2016 Is the Year It Goes Big - Wired - “In 2015, we saw a lot of financial institutions, banks, thought leaders say: ‘It’s not about bitcoin, it’s about blockchain.’ That is a mistruth.”
  • Man Has 1,497 Credit Cards - ABC News - "Walter Cavanagh has 1,497 valid credit cards -- all of which amount to a $1.7 million line of credit."

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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!

December 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 14, 2015

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  • Interchange Regulation Comes to Europe - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "Interchange galvanizes the attention of regulators around the world like iron filings to a magnet. Everyone in card payments watches their moves closely because of its economic impact on merchants, card networks, issuers, acquirers and, in theory, consumer pricing. European regulators are among the most recent to weigh in."
  • Former Wall St titans shake-up banking with fintech investments - FT.com - "They made their name on Wall Street. Now, they are trying to disrupt it."
  • Blockchain Startup Digital Asset Hires SWIFT and SunGard Veterans - CoinDesk - "“With more than 50 years of combined experience in the financial and technology sectors, Cris and Chris have a deep understanding not only of the marketplace, but of what we are building and they will be invaluable to our continued growth," Digital Asset CEO Blythe Masters said in a statement.

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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!

December 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 9, 2015

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  • MasterCard Crowns Champion in the Inaugural Masters of Code Global Hackathon Series - "MoneyRemaid earned the title of Masters of Code by building a software platform to disrupt the way domestic workers in Southeast Asia could receive and manage their salaries. The team, comprised of a young woman and four young men, was awarded the grand prize of $100,000 seed funding, incubation in the MasterCard StartPath program, six months of executive mentoring and free payment processing for up to $250,000 in transactions for the first 12 months using Simplify Commerce."
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Selects CARDFREE as the Mobile Platform for its Next Generation Mobile Application to Include Mobile Ordering and Enhanced Features - "CARDFREE, the leading mobile commerce provider to large merchants, announced that it is the mobile application platform provider enabling Dunkin’ Donuts’ new On-the-Go Ordering app that is currently being tested in Portland, Maine. The company was selected by Dunkin’ Donuts to provide the mobile ordering application solution to make it easier and more convenient for members of the brand’s DD Perks® Rewards Program to place an order from their mobile phone."
  • The European Union Helps Merchants and Consumers by Reforming Its Credit-Card Market While the U.S. Lags - “The EU’s just and thoughtful action should spur policymakers in the U.S. to take a closer look at these bloated fees which, without competition, just keep growing,” said Lyle Beckwith, a senior vice president at NACS, the National Association of Convenience Stores, and a member of the Merchants Payments Coalition. “We applaud the EU for standing up to the credit-card giants who continue to fleece American merchants and consumers.”

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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!

December 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 4, 2015

On the Web

  • Apple Makes A Beeline For Carrier Billing In Emerging Markets, Starting With Russia - Techcrunch - "It’s therefore a perfect storm for Apple and carrier billing: countries like Russia represent a lot of growth for Apple, and so it’s creating a way to make it easier for consumers in these markets to pay..."
  • MasterCard, Visa Named Top Global Innovators - Wall St. Journal - "Six financial services firms are ranked among Boston Consulting Group’s annual list of top 50 global innovators. This is after two years of drought when no financial companies made the cut."
  • Machine Learning and Big Data Know It Wasn’t You Who Just Swiped Your Credit Card - Scientific Computing - "Fraud detection is an arms race between good guys and bad guys. At the moment, the good guys seem to be gaining ground, with emerging innovations in IT technologies, such as chip and pin technologies, combined with encryption capabilities, machine learning, big data and, of course, cloud computing."
  • Our thoughts on Ethereum - Medium (KPCB Edge) - "We think Ethereum as a software platform significantly adds to the potential ways blockchain technology could be used in an application’s technology stack."
  • Q: What Might Drive Bitcoin Mass Adoption? - Medium - "As was the case on the early internet, the early pioneers mainly consist of the speculators, developers and scientists who see this potential, building out early infrastructure on top of the base transport layer, with the masses joining in only once the killer applications develop, not the other way around."

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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!

December 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 1, 2015

On the Web

  • The Future of Personal Payments - Medium (Jeremy Allaire) - "Long considered a product and market backwater, given countless product efforts in the West that have largely failed to live up to the hype or potential, p2p payments is now emerging as potentially one of the most valuable pieces of consumer Internet real estate."
  • Why Apple Wants to Get Into the Unprofitable World of Payments Between Friends - Bloomberg - "Apple isn’t likely to find a way to profit directly from the feature. Instead, the company will probably use it to increase adoption of Apple Pay in stores."
  • Touch ID Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving - ReadWrite - "While some think Apple Pay requires you to open the Apple Wallet (formerly Passbook), find the card, hold it in front of the register, and then authenticate using Touch ID, you don't. All you actually have to do is hold the phone near the register with your finger on the Touch ID "home" button. That's it."
  • JCPenney testing store card support for Apple Pay, full rollout due in spring 2016 - MacRumors - "Thus far, Kohl's is the only major retailer that currently allows its store cards to be added to Apple Pay, but both Kohl's and JCPenney have been touted as the two major partners for the feature."

On the Wires

  • CO-OP Financial Services to Offer Visa Checkout for Easy, Secure Online Shopping - "“Visa Checkout is a simpler, more secure way for credit union members to pay online almost anywhere in the world,” said Stan Hollen, President/CEO of CO-OP. “Visa Checkout is another advanced digital product that underscores CO-OP’s commitment to helping our credit union clients keep their branded credit cards top of wallet, regardless of what payment services the member may choose.”
  • CO-OP Financial Services Offers MasterPass by MasterCard - “CO-OP is committed to partnering with credit unions to help them deploy a digital e-commerce solution that fits the needs of their members,” said Stan Hollen, President/CEO of CO-OP. “MasterPass is an important piece of a comprehensive digital e-commerce strategy, and complements digital wallets such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay and others.”
  • BBC Worldwide Selects Vindicia to Manage Payments for BBC Store - Gene Hoffman, chief executive officer and chairman at Vindicia, said: “Vindicia’s CashBox solution enables audiences to buy BBC content quickly and easily using cash available in their e-wallet, or via other means, such as PayPal or store-bought gift cards.”
  • American Express Serve® Expands Largest Free Cash Reload Network1 in U.S. - “We are thrilled to add Dollar General and Rite Aid to our Free Cash Reload network, giving Account holders even more places to add cash at convenient locations in their communities,” said Stefan Happ, Chief Commercial Officer, Enterprise Growth, American Express.

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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!

November 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 30, 2015

On the Web

  • China's Mobile Payments War Is Going Global - AdvertisingAge - "For brands catering to Chinese consumers, whether at home or overseas, Alipay and WeChat payment are the two main mobile payment players to watch and understand; their intense competition is driving innovation and new consumer habits."
  • Trouble in the Checkout Line: Which Way to Pay? - Wall St. Journal - "The choice at checkout used to be simple: Cash or credit? Now consumers confront a dizzying array of payment possibilities: PIN or signature? Dip or swipe? Wave or tap? You really want to pay with your watch?"
  • Four E-Commerce Lessons From Black Friday Weekend 2015 - Re/code.net - "According to multiple studies, ecommerce sales on Thanksgiving this year grew more than on Black Friday."
  • Watch Out, Visa and MasterCard; Here Comes Blockchain - Barron's - "The virtual currency had a surge of popularity before a panic led to extreme skepticism about such fantasy money. But blockchain technology is a sound idea that’s separate from Bitcoin, and it could end up having a far greater impact than the currency."
  • With IPO out of the way, payments disrupter Square plots Aussie growth - Financial Review - "Square's Australian country manager, Ben Pfisterer told The Australian Financial Review the company was about to embark on a local hiring spree, which would focus on marketing and business development, while it figured out plans to roll out some of its more well-known products."
  • Apple's Failed Retail Revolution: Beacons Still Won't Be Big on Black Friday - Bloomberg - "A survey conducted by Forrester earlier this year found that only 3 percent of retailers use beacons; just 16 percent had plans to try the technology in the foreseeable future."

On the Wires

  • Swatch Partners With Visa for Pay-By-The-Wrist Contactless Payments - "Swatch SA and Visa Inc. together with Visa Europe have signed an agreement giving eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S., Switzerland and Brazil the ability to tap and pay with Swatch’s new "pay-by-the-wrist" watch."
  • BlueSnap Launches the Powered Buy Platform - “Converting a shopper to a buyer on a mobile device requires more than just having a mobile-optimized site or an app,” says Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO of BlueSnap. “We’ve spent the last year optimizing the set of capabilities that merchants need to solve their payments conversion problem — and built that into our Powered Buy Platform. Clients who’ve used it have seen their payment conversions increase dramatically – improving their sales literally overnight.”
  • Krispy Kreme® Launches Mobile Rewards Program Powered by NCR - “Our goal in developing the Krispy Kreme Rewards program was to enable guests to experience the joy that is Krispy Kreme and earn rewards for their loyalty,” said Tony Thompson, Krispy Kreme’s President and CEO. “It is critical for us to know our guests more personally and our mobile app provides the data that helps us meet the needs of today’s consumer.”

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November 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 24, 2015

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November 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 23, 2015

On the Web

  • How the payments industry is being disrupted - McKinsey - "Setting aside changes in macroeconomic fundamentals that are difficult to predict, we foresee four potential disruptions that will alter the payments landscape in the coming years..."
  • Digital Currencies - Bank for International Settlements (BIS) - "Such technology may have potential to improve some aspects of the efficiency of payment services and financial market infrastructures (FMIs) in general. In particular, these improvements might arise in circumstances where intermediation through a central party is not currently cost-effective. This report considers the possible implications of interest to central banks arising from these innovations."
  • iPhone - Guided Tour: Apple Pay - YouTube - "See how easy it is to set up Apple Pay and make quick, secure and private payments from your iPhone."
  • New Visa ad campaign for Apple Pay starts today in the UK with ‘anticipation’ theme - 9to5Mac - "Alongside a MasterCard promo offering free travel in London, Visa Europe is today launching a two-month long ad campaign designed to emphasize the speed, ease and reliability of the service."
  • Samsung will give you a $50 Best Buy gift card if you activate Samsung Pay - 9to5 Google - "Samsung really wants you to use its new payments service, and they’re even willing to give you a $50 Best Buy gift card if you get on board."
  • U.S. travelers in Cuba can now use Stonegate Bank debit card - Miami Herald - "Pompano Beach-based Stonegate Bank announced Thursday that it will offer customers a debit MasterCard that can be used in Cuba by Americans who qualify to visit the island under one of 12 categories of travel approved by the U.S government."

On the Wires

  • Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf to Combine, Creating Premier Self-Service Company for Financial and Retail Markets - “The rate of change we see in our industry is unprecedented, and by leveraging innovative solutions and talent from both organizations we will have the scale, strength and flexibility to help our customers through their own business transformation,” said Andy W. Mattes, Diebold president and chief executive officer (CEO). “Our new company will be well positioned for growth in high-value services and software -- particularly in the areas of managed services, branch automation, mobile and omnichannel solutions -- across a broader customer base."
  • UnionPay Ranks No.1 among All Newly-issued Bankcards in Hong Kong - "According to the latest data, the commercial banks in Hong Kong are very enthusiastic about issuing UnionPay cards. In 2014, UnionPay credit cards took up over 50% of all credit cards newly increased by various brands locally. Over 90% of the debit cards in circulation are UnionPay cards."
  • U.S. Bank Supports United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign; Announces Additional Donation Opportunity with Apple Pay - “U.S. Bank is focused on making it easier and more convenient for our customers to do business with us and the businesses where they shop,” said Cliff Cook, Senior Vice President for U.S. Bank Retail Payment Solutions. “This holiday season, we’re encouraging customers to try using Apple Pay™ and at the same time support the Toys for Tots campaign. Joining us in promoting this additional donation opportunity with Apple Pay are more than 140 small businesses in the Twin Cities and we appreciate their support.”
  • Chase Visa cardholders can now use Samsung Pay - “Samsung Pay gives our customers another convenient way to pay with their Chase Visa credit, debit or Chase Liquid® cards,” said Gavin Michael, Head of Digital for Chase. “They choose how they want to pay.”
  • Chase Freedom Survey Reveals Americans’ Holiday Shopping Habits; Cardholders Can Earn 10% Cash Back at Amazon.com Starting 11/23 - "In time to help holiday shoppers tick through shopping lists while saving time and earning cash back that can be put toward something fun for themselves, Chase Freedom will offer cardholders an extra 5% cash back (for a total of 10%) on up to $1,500 in new combined purchases at Amazon.com, Zappos.com, Diapers.com and Audible.com from November 23 through December 31."
  • Samsung Pay Adds Eight More Credit and Debit Card Issuers Including Chase - "Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that Samsung Pay, the most accepted mobile payment system, now supports eligible Chase Visa® credit, debit and Liquid® cards, as well as debit and credit offerings from MasterCard issuers: Citizens Equity First Credit Union, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, Security Service Federal Credit Union, State Employees’ Credit Union, SunTrust and Virginia Credit Union."
  • Xero launches Apple Watch app - "Expanding on Xero’s apps for iPhone and iPad, Xero for Apple Watch also enables business owners to Xero in on bank transactions to see who's paid them, and the amount."

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!

November 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 16, 2015

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  • Nordstrom Launches Enhanced E-Gifting Experience with CashStar - "With CashStar Commerce, Nordstrom has enabled its customers to create a highly personalized e-gifting experience for their recipients with a large selection of Nordstrom-designed faceplates and artwork and ability to add a personalized message. The eGift card is delivered in a virtual Nordstrom silver envelope, an extension of Nordstrom’s signature silver box experience. Senders can also choose to have the eGift delivered instantly or on a future date and will receive notification when their gift has been viewed."
  • U.S. Bank Consumer Study Raises New Perspective on How Banks Balance Technology with a Human Touch - "Approximately 70 percent of consumers across all generations (85 percent of millennials) believe banks that are current with the latest technology are more trustworthy than banks that lag; however, nearly 4 out of 5 Americans say when it matters most, they value people more."
  • MasterCard Connects Startups to Its Global Network of Big Brand Partners - "Launched in 2014, MasterCard Start Path is a global effort to support innovative early stage startups developing the next generation of commerce solutions. This initial class of early-stage startups, selected from more than 200 applicants, are using big data, mobile and cloud-based applications to build digital relationships, empower consumers and simplify complicated tasks."
  • JCB Certified for U.S. EMV Chip Card Acceptance - "We are extremely pleased to achieve our first U.S. EMV acceptance certification,” said Dan Skaling, executive vice president for JCBUSA. “JCB has been a leader in EMV card acceptance in markets around the world for the past 10 years,” added Skaling. “Being able to give our cardholders this same safety and security when making purchases in the United States is a top priority,” continued Skaling.
  • Chase Commerce Solutions will streamline EMV certification with Host Payment solution from UL - "The "Chase Payment" module, which works with UL's existing Brand Test Tool solution, was specially designed for Chase so that their large and midsized business clients can test and pre-certify their end-to-end EMV solution prior to certification," says Sherif Samy the Commercial Director of UL's Transaction Security Division."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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November 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 12, 2015

On the Web

  • Paying Your Pals With Digital Options From Venmo to Facebook - ABC News - "Cash is passe, say digital mavens. If you really want to pay your friends back for that pizza party, use an app to shoot money to their mobile-phone number — or their Facebook account."
  • What lies behind the JPMorgan Chase cyber-attack - Economist - "The proceeds, since the scams started in 2007, amount to hundreds of millions of dollars. They stole personal data relating to more than 100m people, 83m of them customers of JPMorgan Chase."
  • Sending money overseas: could the blockchain hold the answer? - "By combining our experience as the largest payments network in the world, with Epiphyte’s knowledge of the distributed ledger, we’re hoping we can identify ways to improve the experience and better understand how these findings might be applied to remittance processes in the future."
  • New York FinTech Innovation Lab 2016 - AVC.com (Fred Wilson) - "If you are starting or building a company that is focused on the fintech sector and would like some help on strategy, product market fit, and business development, this is a great program to consider."

On the Wires

  • PayPal Completes Acquisition of Xoom - "Xoom will operate as a separate service within PayPal under the continued leadership of John Kunze, who has joined PayPal’s executive staff and will report to PayPal CEO Dan Schulman."
  • Chase Celebrates the Holidays with VIP Lounges for United MileagePlus® Cardmembers - “Every year we look forward to providing the VIP Lounge experience for United MileagePlus Cardmembers to enjoy some much needed relief from the hectic holiday shopping crowds,” said David Gold, general manager, Chase. “Whether it’s heading to the mall or traveling on vacation, we always look for exciting ways to give our Cardmembers unique benefits and special programs, such as the VIP Lounge and Inside Access events.”
  • MasterCard Expands Consumer Protection Across the Globe - “Over the past few years, consumers have grown increasingly concerned about the security of their data and account information, and liability for unauthorized transactions,” said Nancy O’Malley, chief payment system integrity officer, Enterprise Security Solutions at MasterCard. “With this new global program, we, together with our issuers, are providing our cardholders with additional peace of mind regardless of where they live or travel.”
  • MasterCard Announces Executive Appointments - "Ed McLaughlin has been named chief information officer." "Garry Lyons, chief innovation officer, will now lead the Digital Payments and MasterCard Labs organizations." "Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing officer, will add communications to his responsibilities." "Chris Monteiro will become chief communications and digital marketing officer, reporting to Rajamannar."
  • SWIFT Institute: New research evaluates real-time payment systems - "The report, entitled “Near Real-time Retail Payment and Settlement Mechanism Design” by Zhiling Guo, Robert J. Kauffman, Mei Lin, and Dan Ma from the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University focuses on the development of a ‘hybrid priority queuing mechanism’ for faster payment settlement systems."
  • Heartland, The Pinnacle Corporation First to Offer Integrated EMV POS Solution for Convenience Petroleum Merchants - "Heartland and Pinnacle’s Palm POS™ system provides petro retailers with the highest level of protection available against card-present data fraud and will accept EMV chip-cards for indoor and contact transactions."
  • Credit Karma Launches Direct Dispute Feature to Help the One in Four Americans with a Credit Report Error - “Nearly half of Americans have not checked their credit report2, so many have errors which might be hurting their credit score. We want to change that,” said Ken Lin, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Karma. “Our online Direct Dispute feature lets our members easily take action as soon as they see an error."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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November 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 3, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • American Express and Airbnb Launch First-of-Its-Kind Booking Experience and American Express Loyalty Program Integration for Card Members - “We welcome millions of Amex Card Members to belong anywhere with Airbnb,” said Lex Bayer, Head of Global Payments and Business Development, Airbnb. “Whether staying at a bungalow in Bali with Membership Rewards points, or a business trip to London with your Amex Card, this partnership makes booking an Airbnb in over 190 countries seamless and allows Card Members to be verified with their American Express login within the trusted community of Airbnb.”
  • Fiserv and Early Warning Partner to Enable Real-Time Bill Payment and Real-Time Deposit Services for U.S. Financial Institutions - "The partnership between Fiserv and Early Warning brings together the leading provider of electronic bill payment and the leading provider of real-time deposit account verification and funds availability to enable broader consumer access to real-time services through their financial institutions. Combined, the Fiserv and Early Warning networks reach more than 6,000 banks and credit unions, including the 40 largest financial institutions in the U.S. and thousands of mid-size and community financial institutions, representing more than 75 percent of all deposit accounts in the U.S. The NOW Network from Fiserv also connects to tens of thousands of billers."
  • Intuit’s New Banking Integration Technology Can Make Accounting More Accurate and Seamless - “This new bank feeds technology is all about leveraging the power of our platform to save small businesses time by automating the process of entering data into QuickBooks,” said Avi Golan, vice president and general manager of the Intuit Developer Group. “We’re pleased to be working with American Express to enable American Express OPEN Card Members to be the first to benefit from this new technology. This is a great example of how our open platform approach allows us to partner with leading companies who can help small businesses be more efficient and effective.”
  • Fractals Delivers Intelligent Card and eBanking Fraud Detection for the Enterprise - "Fractals’ new eBanking channel brings the intelligent fraud detection functionality of Fractals to the internet and mobile banking space. As well as monitoring financial transactions, such as payments and transfers, Fractals also monitors non-financial transactions, including login attempts, changes of personal data and creation of new recipients which might indicate fraud on an account."
  • MasterCard Names Craig Vosburg, President, North America Markets, Succeeding Chris McWilton - "Vosburg, 48, was most recently the company’s chief product officer, a role he held since April 1, 2014. In this role, he led the development, commercialization and management of the company’s global Core Products offerings which include consumer credit and debit, commercial, prepaid and loyalty solutions."
  • Catherine Moore named President for Commerce Solutions, Europe, for J.P. Morgan - “Catherine is an outstanding leader and an experienced manager whose wealth of knowledge and insight into the payments industry and this region will be invaluable in our drive to boost our current market position, enable our clients to grow, and make the most of new business opportunities throughout Europe,” said Michael K. Passilla, CEO for Chase Commerce Solutions.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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October 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 29, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports Third-Quarter 2015 Financial Results - “We are pleased with the results we delivered this quarter, in spite of the ongoing uncertainty in the global economy. We continue to see double-digit growth in both volume and transactions in most of our regions around the world,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “As the world becomes more digitally driven, our innovations and investments in things such as MasterPass, EMV and biometrics are helping to redefine the way people shop and pay with convenience and security.”
  • OmnyPay Unveils Omni-Channel Mobile Payments Solution Aimed at Retailers - "“This is a game-changer for retailers that goes way beyond anything currently on the market,” said Ashok Narasimhan, co-founder and CEO of OmnyPay. “Not only does OmnyPay’s solution allow seamless integration of all things related to loyalty, rewards, and promotions, it also works across all iOS and Android devices, and across all shopping channels."
  • JCB International Opens Silicon Valley Office - Jun-ichi Minowa, Executive Vice President, Business Design & Development of JCB commented, "Our new Silicon Valley office will enable us to incorporate the latest technology and develop new services in cooperation with enterprises in America and strengthen our existing business".

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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October 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 27, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • MasterCard and Cardlytics Partner to Deliver an Integrated Card-Linked Loyalty Program for Banks of All Sizes - "MasterCard and Cardlytics today announced an agreement to deliver targeted card-linked services to US banks of all sizes. The new partnership will match Cardlytics card-linked marketing solutions and advertising expertise with MasterCard’s bank partners and its offers and rewards platform to deliver a solution that is unsurpassed in the loyalty business."
  • FIS and The Clearing House Team to Execute a Ubiquitous Real-Time Payment System for the U.S. - "As a global leader in the payments industry, we are proud to join this critical initiative to deliver a game changing real-time payments ecosystem to the U.S. marketplace,” said Nancy Langer, chief product officer, FIS. “We have long invested in delivering real-time money movement capabilities to our clients and view this partnership as an extension of our strategy to disrupt the status quo and empower our clients through new payment paradigms.”
  • Affirm Announces Omnichannel Installment Payment Products for Telesales and Physical Stores - “Our new telesales and in-store payment products help strengthen Affirm’s omnichannel presence,” said Levchin. “Installments are much more than just a way to defer payment temporarily. We now have sufficient data that shows they help merchants boost sales and help consumers, who may not have credit cards or choose not to use them, pay for their online and in-store purchases in a way that best matches their monthly budgets.”
  • Marqeta Adds Leading FinTech and Commerce Brands to Its Payment Innovation Platform; Closes $25 Million Series C Round - "Today, at Money20/20 2015, Marqeta, the Open API issuer processor platform, announced a host of new marquee customers, including Affirm, DoorDash, HyperWallet and Kabbage, alongside known customers such as Facebook, Bento for Business and Perk. Marqeta also confirmed closing a $25 million Series C round."
  • InAuth Launches Game-Changing Device Reputation Network, InExchange - “This is a definite game-changer in the industry”, said InAuth CEO, Lisa Stanton. “Our ability to utilize device identification technology to create a network that enables protection from even the first instance of fraud is unique to only InAuth. Participating in InExchange is a win-win for both consumers and businesses. Consumers want to be able to do more with their mobile without any unnecessary friction, and businesses want to protect their brand and bottom line from fraud losses.”
  • Samsung Pay Advantage Significantly Expands Mobile Payment Merchant Acceptance and Drives Consumer Adoption - "After one month, the numbers say it all: Consumers who have used Samsung Pay are using it repeatedly because it works almost anywhere you can swipe or tap a card," said Thomas Ko, global co-general manager of Samsung Pay. “We’re thrilled to introduce new partners that will build on our early success, and move us even closer to a world in which your mobile phone is a true mobile wallet."
  • Blackhawk Network Announces Partnership to Integrate Gift Cards Into Samsung Pay - "We are thrilled to complement Samsung Pay's groundbreaking mobile payment technology with the upcoming integration of gift cards into the application," said Talbott Roche, president of Blackhawk Network. "Consumers often have several gift cards at any given time, and the ability to integrate them into a single mobile payment solution, coupled with Samsung Pay's unique MST technology allowing for convenient redemption, is expected to provide a value add to Samsung Pay users."
  • BlockCypher Assets API Enables Any Asset on the Blockchain in Only One Step - "With one simple API call, an organization can now issue any asset as custom digital tokens (colored coins) and transfer them securely using the blockchain. “Colored coins” is a term that describes a class of methods for representing and managing real-world assets on the blockchain."
  • FIS Helps Accelerate Acceptance of Mobile Payments at the Pump - "FIS today announced a technology agreement with SAP (NYSE: SAP), in which FIS will integrate the FIS Mobile Payment Enablement Gateway solution with SAP® Vehicles Network running on SAP HANA® Cloud Platform."
  • New GSMA Report Sees North America Leading Global Adoption of New Mobile Technologies - “The North American mobile industry has been the strongest performing of any developed region globally for some time, characterised by substantial subscriber growth, the early adoption of new technologies, high levels of mobile usage and strong revenue trends,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA.

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 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 26, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Visa Brings Token Security to eCommerce - "Visa today announced that it has integrated token technology into Visa Checkout, the company’s online check out service used by merchants and consumers globally to make safe, easy payments in just a few clicks."
  • U.S. Banks Unite to Form Industry Leading Secure Real-Time Payments Network - In a joint prepared statement, the CEOs of Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo said, “Our customers want the ability to make payments to anyone, in real-time, making funds instantly available in the recipient’s bank account. To achieve this, we are combining our collective, bank-owned digital payments network (clearXchange) with our fraud, risk and authentication assets (Early Warning), to further ensure that our customers can send money, confidently, securely, and in real-time via their financial institutions.”
  • The Clearing House Drives Closer to Standing-Up New Innovative National Real-Time Payment System - "The Clearing House (TCH) announced it has entered into a letter of intent with VocaLink, the UK-based international payment systems provider, to help build and deliver core elements of TCH’s new real-time payment system for the United States."
  • MasterCard Launches New Program That Can Turn Any Consumer Gadget, Accessory or Wearable into a Payment Device - “As more and more ‘things’ become connected, consumers will have endless possibilities when it comes to how they pay, and will need all of their devices to work seamlessly together,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer at MasterCard. “This program eliminates the boundaries of how we pay by delivering a secure digital payment experience to virtually anything – rings, fitness and smart bands, car key fobs, apparel, and whatever comes along next.”
  • Western Union Introduces WU Connect Platform, Expanding Cross-Border Money Transfer via Mobile and Social Media - David Thompson, EVP, Global Operations and Technology and CTO, Western Union, expressed excitement about the potential impact of this new offering saying, "This puts Western Union in a position to extend its digital platform to networks whose users are looking for more convenient ways to send and receive money globally on a platform of their choice."
  • Sequent Launches Token Service Platform Supporting all Card Types and Networks - "Compatible with all major credit and debit card networks, Sequent Token Service Platform allows banks to deploy a single solution to support their entire credit and debit card portfolio plus profitable private label and prepaid cards."
  • E*TRADE Resets Mobile Bar with Apple Pay - "E*TRADE Financial Corporation today announced the release of Apple Pay functionality for E*TRADE debit card holders."
  • Scotiabank First Canadian Bank to Launch Bulk Interac e-Transfer® Service - "Scotiabank is pleased to be the first Canadian Bank to offer this innovative new service to meet the needs of our business banking customers," said Rania Llewellyn, Senior Vice President, Cash Management and Payment Services at Scotiabank. "We are always looking for new ways to make everyday business transactions fast, easy and secure for our customers, and with the Bulk Interac e-Transfer service, our business banking customers have more choices to send electronic payments efficiently."
  • TSYS and Ingenico Group to Offer New Semi-Integrated EMV Solution - "Using a semi-integrated approach, communications between the PIN pad and point-of-sale (POS) system are limited to non-sensitive exchanges, preventing card data from entering the POS. By taking the POS out of the payment flow process, not only are EMV certification and PCI compliance simplified, but overall costs and time required for EMV implementation are reduced as well."
  • Mozido Expands Digital Payments Offering: Launches U.S. - China Cross-Border Payment Gateway - "The Mozido PayEase Payment Gateway service enables Chinese consumers to securely pay with their local bank accounts and credit cards with reliable settlement of the funds to the U.S. merchant’s bank account. As the first and most trusted cross-border payment gateway in China, Mozido PayEase breaks down barriers by allowing Chinese citizens to pay in their local currency while allowing the merchant to be paid in their home currency through a seamless transaction."
  • Dream Payments Launches Canada's First Off-The-Shelf EMV Payment Terminal That Accepts Interac Debit Card Payments - "The Dream solution consists of an MPOS application for iOS® and Android™ based smartphones and a Bluetooth® enabled EMV Debit and Credit Card Reader. The Dream card reader is available through TELUS at an introductory price of $99.99. Payment processing fees are low cost; $0.25 for Interac Debit card transactions and 2.75% for Visa® and MasterCard® credit card transactions."
  • Penny Inc Launches at Money20/20 with Prepaid MasterCard® Card and Integrated Mobile App Solution
  • - "Penny Inc, which provides payments and expense and travel management solutions for small to medium-sized businesses, today announced the launch of the Penny Inc prepaid MasterCard® card program (“Penny”) virtually connected to a mobile app."
  • INTECH to Provide Prairie Cloudware Platform to Credit Union Clients - "INTECH will white label the Prairie Cloudware technology allowing credit unions to offer members a mobile wallet that carries the institution’s brand. The initial deployment of the Digital Payments Guardian for INTECH will offer an Android mobile wallet with a Visa card. The solution can be extended to include additional payment cards and sources as well."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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October 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 22, 2015

On the Web

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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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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October 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 14, 2015

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Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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October 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 7, 2015

On the Web

  • Why Apple Pay’s Slow Start Doesn’t Mean It’s a Failure - MIT Technology Review - "Former Google Wallet chief Osama Bedier, now CEO of checkout terminal startup Poynt, says a third of locations are likely to have NFC capability by the end of next year. He thinks that’s the tipping point after which consumers will start to demand that nearly all the stores they frequent take mobile wallets."
  • Sue the Bank? You May Get Your Shot - Wall St. Journal - "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is moving toward new rules giving borrowers more rights to sue banks and credit-card companies..."
  • Chinese Hackers Breached LoopPay, a Contributor to Samsung Pay - New York Times - "LoopPay executives said the Codoso hackers appeared to have been after the company’s technology, known as magnetic secure transmission, or MST, which is a key part of the Samsung Pay mobile payment wallet that made its public debut in the United States last week."

On the Wires

  • Non-Cash Payments Grow Faster Than GDP Across All Regions Finds World Payments Report 2015 - "For more than a decade, the World Payments Report by Capgemini and the Royal Bank of Scotland has been the source of fundamental data, trends and commentary on global and regional non-cash payments, and the key regulatory and industry initiatives that govern them. This year’s report explores the impacts of an increasingly demanding regulatory landscape and the additional requirements to deliver incremental customer value through innovation and features insights derived from an online survey and executive interviews conducted in May 2015. "
  • MasterCard and P97 Drive Mobile Payments Innovation at Gas Stations and Convenience Stores - "The MasterCard fuel solution will leverage a wide range of MasterCard’s marketing and technical assets, and will utilize P97’s PetroZone® mobile commerce platform to integrate to existing gas station infrastructure. The new solution will enable fuel companies to develop innovative mobile apps for consumers to search for and navigate to the nearest or preferred gas station, make fast and simple mobile payments at the pump and convenience store, and receive personalized offers for in-store purchases."
  • New Credit Card Lets Travelers Earn Free Nights at Independent Hotels Even When Staying at Chains - “Until now, carrying a hotel loyalty credit card meant you were committing to a single hotel brand,” said Tom Quindlen, executive vice president and CEO of Retail Card, Synchrony Financial. “The Stash Visa Card changes all that. Now you can stay at any hotel and earn double Stash points.”
  • Hoover Institution: "Making Failure Feasible" Proposes Bold New Monetary Reforms - "The Hoover Institution Press today released Making Failure Feasible, which challenges current US banking policy and proposes bold monetary reforms, including adding a new Chapter 14 to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The ideas presented are the result of the Hoover Institution’s Resolution Project composed of a group of distinguished economists and scholars, including George Shultz, John Taylor, Thomas Jackson, and Kenneth Scott."
  • Paragon Application Systems’ Web FASTest™ Qualified for Discover® D-PAS - "Acquirers certifying for their chip transaction processing with Discover can now choose Web FASTest for acquirer-terminal end-to-end host simulation response for both contact and contactless D-PAS cards. Web FASTest simulates network processing so Acquirers/Merchants can validate compliance of their Terminals for D-PAS."

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October 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 6, 2015

On the Web

  • It’s About the Blockchain - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "2015’s story is the interest of fintech vendors, financial institutions, start-ups, and other enterprises in what blockchain ledgers have to offer. We’re seeing experimentation built on the bitcoin blockchain itself."
  • Turkey launches a national credit card system - Daily Sabah - "Turkey launched a new electronic card payment clearing system, the Istanbul-based InterBank Card Center (BKM) announced yesterday. The system, named "TROY," will be operational from April 1, 2016, the BKM said."
  • Apple Pay Makes Inroads for Everyday Purchases - eMarketer - "Mobile payments are slow to catch on among the general population, but early adopters of the Apple Watch are also rapidly adopting Apple Pay, research suggests."
  • Apple Pay Faces Tough Crowd in First Year - Bloomberg - "Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has called 2015 the “year of Apple Pay.” So far it’s been underwhelming."
  • Note to Payments Innovators: You Need a Value Proposition! - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "The Fed is moving full-speed ahead on developing a faster payment system. But very few consumers actually need such a system. For all the complaints about our dated mag stripe card payments, they work really, really well. It's hard to come up with a clear value proposition for any replacement."
  • Trump Hotel Collection Confirms Card Breach - "The Trump Hotel Collection, a string of luxury hotel properties tied to business magnate and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, said last week that a year-long breach of its credit card system may have resulted in the theft of cards used at the hotels."
  • Australian Banks Unfriendly Towards Digital Currency - NewsBTC - "Not only will a negative attitude toward bitcoin affect the Australian market, but it could spread further afield. Many are fearful that this decision could have a long lasting negative effect that would influence the the country’s regulation process and opinions of consumers and lawmakers in other countries."
  • How Kenyan Banks Lost to Mpesa - Payments Africa - "Mpesa, a wildly successful payment platform contractually licensed to Safaricom, has prospered at the expense of what would have been banking services. Kenya’s banks have taken a back seat as Mpesa leads the payments market. It wasn’t always like this."
  • Santander InnoVentures Adds $4 Million to Ripple’s Series A Round - CoinDesk - "Ripple has received an additional $4m in funding from Santander InnoVentures, bringing its Series A total to $32m."
  • A New Chapter for Ripple - Ripple Blog - "We’re no longer experimenting. We’re delivering. That’s why we’re dropping the ‘Labs’ from Ripple Labs. From now on, it will just be Ripple—and Ripple is growing up."

On the Wires

  • MasterCard Identity Check to Simplify and Strengthen Online Shopping - "MasterCard today introduced MasterCard Identity Check, a suite of technology solutions that leverage advanced technologies to prove a consumer’s identity and further simplify the online shopping experience."
  • Visa and Chevron Bring Mobile Payments to the Pump - "Visa Inc. and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. today announced they will launch a mobile payments program at more than 20 Chevron-branded stations, accepting any NFC (near-field communications) payment service. The program, launching later this fall at select Chevron stations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, will offer consumers a simple and more secure way to pay at the pump with a range of mobile payment services."
  • Visa Inc. Appoints Demetrios Marantis to Lead Global Government Relations - “I’m honored to join Visa at an incredible time in this dynamic industry,” said Marantis. “The payments ecosystem is rapidly changing, and I am excited to be part of an organization leading the conversation about digital payments in an increasingly mobile world, both in the United States and globally.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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September 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 30, 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

  • My Half Life in Payments - PaymentsViews.com (Scott Loftesness) - "...it dawned on me that 2015 was my 30th anniversary year in the payments industry."

On the Wires

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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September 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 24, 2015

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  • MasterCard Transforms Aid Distribution - "MasterCard today launched the MasterCard Aid Network, an end-to-end, non-financial service designed to streamline aid distribution even in the absence of telecommunications infrastructure. Now, impacted populations can secure basic needs swiftly with the simple dip of a card."
  • Prosper Marketplace to Acquire Leading Personal Finance Company BillGuard - “Both BillGuard and Prosper Marketplace are focused on empowering consumers to be financially secure, smart and successful,” said Yaron Samid, co-founder and CEO of BillGuard. “Joining forces means that BillGuard can continue to innovate while contributing to the evolution of Prosper Marketplace as a full-service financial management company.”
  • Wells Fargo: Text and Email Alerts to Customers Exceed Half a Billion This Year - “Customers feel good when they have timely information that lets them know where they stand when it comes to their finances,” said Brett Pitts, head of digital for Wells Fargo Virtual Channels. “Email and text alerts offer just that, allowing them to make decisions that can save them money and make their banking easier.”
  • Seamless Launches Tomorrow’s Digital Cash Register – Free Cash Register Included in SEQR That Eliminates the Need for Physical Card Readers - "Seamless is launching a digital cash register for the company’s SEQR payment solution. All SEQR users will now have access to the digital cash register, which becomes a standard feature of the SEQR app. The solution enables small enterprises and private individuals to receive payment without the need for a physical card reader or incurring high transaction costs."
  • PowaPOS Expands Global Footprint Through Partnership with Canadian Leader CT-Payment - “By integrating CT-Payment into our SDK, our companies have removed the burden from the ISV and ISO of becoming payments experts, and provided them with a value-added service they can use to get their merchants to market faster,” said Jeff Dumbrell, CEO, PowaPOS. “And, with CT-Payment’s Interac certification, we both dramatically simplify the transition to tablet POS that Canadian merchants are seeking; while also ensuring that the most advanced, secure payment processing is available.”
  • TSYS Signs Payments Agreement with Premier Bank - "TSYS (NYSE: TSS) announced today that The Premier Bank Limited, a leading commercial bank in Bangladesh, has signed an agreement to upgrade to PRIME 4, the latest version of TSYS’ PRIME payment solutions platform."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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."

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Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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September 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 10, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Sam’s Club Locations to Accept American Express Cards - Tracey Brown, chief member officer at Sam’s Club, said: “We strive to give more value to our members – more savings, great experiences and quality merchandise. Everything we do ties back to how we can better serve our members. The acceptance of the American Express Card underscores our commitment to bring greater ease and flexibility to our members’ shopping experience. American Express – known for their exceptional customer service, loyal, higher-spending Card Members and advocacy of small businesses - will help to extend the value of membership.”
  • One of Every Four Debit Cards to be Converted to Chip by End of 2015 - "Based on these plans, 25 percent of U.S. debit cards – approximately 71 million cards – will be migrated to chip by the end of 2015. The percentage is expected to rise to 73 percent by the end of 2016 and 96 percent by the end of 2017."
  • Feedzai Partners with Socure, Offering Joint Fraud Prevention Solution for Financial Institutions - "With the Socure partnership, online and social data becomes another source of data that Feedzai's software uses to detect fraud and minimize risks. Additional data sources used by Feedzai include session clickstream, access frequency, and malware signatures, among others."
  • Federal Reserve System Appoints Payments Security Strategy Leader - "The Federal Reserve System on Thursday announced the appointment of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Senior Vice President Todd Aadland as its Payments Security Strategy Leader. In this role, Aadland will lead the System's activities to address fraud risk and advance the safety, security and resiliency of the payment system."

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