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March 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 30, 2015

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  • Contactless Card Payments enabled on Vodafone Wallet with Visa and Carta Worldwide - "Vodafone customers will soon be able to add bank cards to their Vodafone Wallet and use smartphones to pay for goods and services at contactless terminals, it was announced today. Following new agreements with Visa and Carta Worldwide, bank card payments via Vodafone Wallet will be enabled in European markets from the second quarter of 2015 onwards."
  • MasterCard Expands San Carlos Center of Excellence - "MasterCard today announced the expansion of its San Carlos Center of Excellence and the relocation of senior vice president of Emerging Merchants, Les Matthews, and his team to the company’s West Coast office. MasterCard will also add global communications support in San Carlos with the relocation of vice president, Worldwide Communications, Brian Gendron. The moves enhance the company’s presence on the ground in Silicon Valley – an important market for continuing to deepen MasterCard’s footprint with the tech community."
  • GTCR Announces Sale of Fundtech to DH Corporation - Aaron Cohen, Managing Director at GTCR, added: “This transaction marks another successful example of GTCR’s Leaders Strategy™, as we worked in partnership with an exceptional management team to execute this complex transformational merger. We are pleased that those efforts have resulted in building a market-leader in transaction banking software.”
  • According to New Chase Slate Credit Survey, Checking Your Credit Score Correlates to Financial Aptitude – Yet Gaps in Consumers’ Credit Health Awareness Still Exist - "The survey reveals that Americans who have previously checked their credit score consider a “good” score to be 719 on average1. This is 51 points higher than what is considered to be good by those who have never checked their score (668). What Americans may not realize is that even a score of 719 might not give them access to credit at the best rates."
  • TimesofMoney Announces Launch of 'Movit' - Talking about Movit, Avijit Nanda, Chief Executive Officer, TimesofMoney, says, “TimesofMoney has several success stories to its credit. We have engaged with international clients for Movit and in fact are in the process of deploying it in Africa currently. Since Movit’s primary delivery channel is the mobile phone, it gives a huge thrust to the financial inclusion agenda of governments in emerging economies of India, Asia & Africa where there is an ever-increasing mobile penetration.”
  • Powa Technologies and Merchant e-Solutions Partner to Support POS Application Developers’ Go-To-Market Strategies - “PowaPOS has a unique position in the tablet-based payments market right now. Its fully integrated hardware and universal OS support makes it particularly attractive to POS software developers and to us,” said Tom Bell, CEO, Merchant e-Solutions. “By partnering together, we’ll be able to provide developers with the best payments processing and hardware solutions on the market today.”

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March 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 23, 2015

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  • Square Cash is Open for Business - "So we’re excited to announce today that Square Cash is now available for businesses everywhere in the U.S. We deposit payments directly into your bank account (as opposed to a holding account), and offer an aggressive and affordable professional rate of only 1.5%."
  • Western Union and Hyperwallet Forge Strategic Alliance to Address the Global Mass Payments Market - “By integrating our payments ecosystem with Hyperwallet’s platform, we have enabled a mass payment product that will help change how global payments are made today, while helping meet the rigorous compliance demands faced when making global payments.”
  • New Version of RelayAccount Helps Simplify Collection of Patient Payment - “Helping providers clearly track a patient’s financial obligations and enable automated collections on payment plans are becoming two business-critical capabilities in today’s healthcare market,” said Matt Larsen, vice president of Innovation, RelayHealth Financial.
  • Wells Fargo Offers Spanish Language Mobile Banking Experience - "Our convenient and award-winning mobile banking app now offers Spanish-speaking customers the option of tailoring an in-language experience to best suit their needs,” said Brett Pitts, head of Digital for Wells Fargo Virtual Channels. “We’re proud that we continue to make improvements to our digital banking products that allow more customers to take advantage of the convenience and security of mobile banking in their preferred language.”

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March 18, 2015

Facebook Introduces Send Money to Friends in U.S. Market

Facebook logo 140pxFacebook has announced it has enhanced its Facebook Messenger mobile application to support sending money between friends.

The first time you send or receive money in Messenger, you’ll need to add a Visa or MasterCard debit card issued by a US bank to your account. Once you add a debit card, you can create a PIN to provide additional security the next time you send money. On iOS devices you can also enable Touch ID. As always, you can add another layer of authentication to your account at any time.

Facebook said that the new payments feature will be rolling out in the coming months in the US across Android, iOS, and desktop.

March 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 5, 2015

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March 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 3, 2015

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  • Visa, Pizza Hut and Accenture Develop Connected Car Commerce Experience - “By 2020 it is estimated that more than 250 million vehicles worldwide will include some form of embedded connectivity1,” says Bill Gajda, senior vice president of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Visa Inc. “As the number of connected cars on the road increases, so does our ability to bring secure online commerce to consumers everywhere. We initially focused on a specific use case – ordering a meal on your way home – but we envision a world where consumers can seamlessly make many of their everyday purchases from the car.”
  • MasterCard and eTranzact Make it Easier for Millions of Nigerians to Receive Remittances - “For millions of Nigerians, the receipt of funds from friends and family is an important lifeline. HomeSend provides senders across the globe and the recipients in Nigeria with a convenient, safe, and cost effective money transfer channel,” says Omokehinde Ojomuyide, Vice President and Area Business Head for West Africa, MasterCard.
  • Elavon's Simplify Application Makes Payment Security for Mid-to-Large Size Businesses Simple - "Simplify is a software application that resides within a payment terminal that is integrated with a customer’s current POS or Property Management System (PMS). The application uses a layered approach to security that combines encryption, tokenization and EMV to mitigate vulnerabilities while cardholder data is in-transit, in-use and at-rest."
  • Stratos Launches First-To-Market Connected Payment Card, Shipping April 2015 - “Stratos exists to empower consumers to make smarter, more secure payment decisions – all with the benefit of consolidating the cards in their wallets,” said Thiago Olson, Co-Founder and CEO of Stratos. “Replacing the dumb plastic we carry every day, Stratos Card is connected hardware designed to improve how we pay with more security, better decisions and ease of use. Stratos is reinventing your wallet and cards just like the iPod and iTunes reinvented your CD collection.”

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February 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 26, 2015

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

On the Wires:

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

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February 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 3, 2015

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  • Digital River Expands Relationship with American Express to Enhance Payment Services in Mexico - “We know from experience managing more than $30 billion in annual online transactions that consumers are more apt to buy when convenient and familiar payment options are available to them,” said Souheil Badran, Digital River’s senior vice president and general manager of Digital River World Payments. “Adding these services in Mexico will help us further expand our existing relationship with American Express and strengthen our international payments offering.”
  • Jumio Unveils New ID Scan Image Capturing Technology in Latest Version of Netverify - "The new release features a brand new ID image capturing technology, which allows users to position their ID any which way within their camera view. This enhanced template matching capability automatically detects the ID edges, rotates, and accurately crops it in the frame, regardless of the angle at which the user is holding the ID."
  • PEX Visa Prepaid Card and Tallie Launch Integrated Expense Management Solution - “The core value proposition of the PEX Visa Prepaid Card service is that it eases the burden companies place on their employees and accounting departments to cover expense outlays,” said Chris Farrell, CEO of Tallie. “PEX Card allows companies to issue prepaid corporate cards to all employees without the same risks of issuing traditional corporate cards or the accounting labor associated with cash advances."

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February 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 2, 2015

On the Web:

  • Apple on privacy, security and identity - Benedict Evans - "But if Apple did connect the dots to create an identity product, and could remove enough friction and pain to make it compelling, then talking about privacy would make much more sense, because at that point privacy, security and identity become part of the same product conversation."
  • Big Layoffs Begin at eBay and PayPal - Re/code.net - "The cuts come a few weeks after eBay announced it would cut 2,400 jobs across the entire company by the end of the quarter."
  • Small Banks Score Gains in Lifting Regulation - Wall St. Journal - "Since the 2010 Dodd-Frank law ushered in a spate of new regulations, community bankers have fanned out across Washington to emphasize the differences between small “Main Street” banks focused on local lending and Wall Street firms they say are fixated on transaction volume."
  • Does Bitcoin still matter? - CBS News - "Bitcoin has a sales job to getting people to trust it, which is ironic because it was set up to be a trustless system," said Paul Vigna...
  • Cash Is Definitely Not King For Card-Carrying Swedes - NPR - "Around the world, cash is fading. Electronic transactions are becoming a bigger part of the economy every year. And one of the leaders in this trend is Sweden, where more than 95 percent of transactions are digital."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Inc. Appoints Vasant M. Prabhu as Chief Financial Officer - “After a thorough global search, we are thrilled to have Vasant join the Visa leadership team,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. “Vasant is a seasoned executive with a wealth of experience across a wide range of global businesses. His financial leadership, operational abilities, strategic focus and global mindset will be extraordinarily valuable to us, as we continue to grow our business around the world.”
  • ETA Launches Digital Currency Showcase at TRANSACT 15 - "ETA is at the forefront of payments technology, and TRANSACT 15 is our industry's most important event," said Jason Oxman, CEO of ETA. "With the launch of our World of Bitcoin showcase, and our partnership with BitPay to accept bitcoin payments, TRANSACT 15 is now the place to be for digital currency in 2015."
  • Xoom Launches Instant Money Transfer Service to China, Processed Through UnionPay - "This instant bank deposit service allows Chinese immigrants with a U.S. bank account, credit card, or debit card to conveniently send money online to most bank accounts in China within seconds. With the addition of China, Xoom’s money transfer service now reaches 31 countries worldwide."
  • ATMIA Releases the Results of Its New ATM Channel EMV Readiness Survey - "One of the key findings of the survey is that, as of the end of 2014, 65% of respondents report having at least one ATM capable of handling EMV transactions. This is more than a four-fold increase over the April, 2013 results, which found that only 12% of operators could make that claim. Further, 61% of all operators anticipate that by the end of 2016, which is the general timeframe of the first domestic liability shift for ATM acquirers, the vast majority of their ATMs will be capable of handling EMV transactions."
  • Millennials Make 2015 the Year of the Milestone - "It’s been widely reported that for many Millennials, “30 is the new 20,” with many delaying major life milestones, like full-time employment, marriage and having children. However, recent data from the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker suggests that as the economy continues to recover, Millennials will make 2015 a year of major purchases and life experiences."
  • U.S. Bank Announces 2015 "Dynamic Dozen" - “We place tremendous value on the potential of the millennial generation and this group is instrumental in making U.S. Bank relevant to current and future millennial customers and employees,” said Kent Stone, vice chairman of consumer banking for U.S. Bancorp, and one of the program’s executive sponsors.

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January 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 22, 2015

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  • Here's Why Apple Pay Users Have Cut the Plastic - eMarketer - "Among US iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users who had used Apply Pay while shopping at a retail store during Black Friday weekend, nearly three-quarters said using Apple Pay was easier than checking out with a debit or credit card..."
  • Braintree Opens Private Beta to Accept Bitcoin - Coinable Blog - "After working closely with Braintree over the past few months, we are excited to announce that Braintree has opened up private beta access to accept bitcoin for all of its U.S.-based merchants."
  • Bill Gates on Mobile Banking, Connecting the World and AI - Medium (Backchannel) - "The actual ideal is to essentially have a public switch that lets you move funds at low fees between various banks. That kind of rich interchange capability actually still doesn’t exist."
  • Visa Europe 2014 Annual Report - "To reflect the disparities across Europe, there is now more focus on local markets, and a more open and flexible approach to digital payment solutions. At the same time, a robust commercial ethos is being embedded within the business – in order to increase its strategic and monetary value, extend its market position, and protect it from business and regulatory risk."
  • ARM makes 15 predictions about 2015 - Android Authority - "These predictions cover a wide range of topics and reflect all the different areas of technology that utilize ARM based processors. The areas covered include smartphones, wearables, IoT, security and servers."
  • Monitise explores strategic review, warns on full-year results - Reuters - "Monitise Plc, a British mobile banking technology company, said it was reviewing its strategic options and warned that full-year revenue would be below its expectations..."
  • Webster Bank ramps up mobile banking app security with Touch ID - Mobile Commerce Daily - "Webster Bank is one of the first United States-based banks to leverage Apple’s Touch ID feature into its mobile banking application..."
  • Amazon drops mobile wallet as chances of a shakeout grow - Mobile Commerce Daily - "Amazon’s wallet strategy raised questions about its viability from the beginning, as many retailers consider the ecommerce giant a competitor and therefore would be unlikely to want to participate..."
  • Cross-Border Payments: Challenges and Trends - Aite Group - "The correspondent banking model does not meet every customer's modern needs, and the growing volume of low-value cross-border payments oblige banks to rethink their current approach to cross-border fund transfers."
  • Payments Giant Ingenico Adds Bitcoin Option to POS Terminals - CoinDesk - "Bitcoin payments provider Paymium has partnered with one of the world's largest point-of-sale (POS) providers to allow European brick-and-mortar retailers to accept the digital currency."
  • Reporting back from the Blockchain Workshops at MIT and Harvard - "And it turns out Bitcoin may be just the beginning."
  • Bigger than Hollywood - Asymco.com - "Apple paid $10 billion to developers in calendar 2014."
  • Google to Sell Wireless Service in Deals With Sprint, T-Mobile - Wall St. Journal - "Google Inc. is preparing to sell wireless service directly to consumers after striking deals with Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc., a move likely to prod the wireless industry to cut prices and improve speeds..."

On the Wires:

  • Xoom Announces Touch ID for Mobile Money Transfers - “Xoom has always placed safety and security as a top priority; and now with Touch ID on the Xoom Mobile App, this presents an enhanced customer experience with authentication that is simple and highly secure,” said Joe Raymond, Xoom’s Vice President of Product. “In keeping with our mission of creating a seamless customer experience across our platform, Touch ID will make it faster and easier for our customers to send money from the Xoom App, without having to type in a password.”
  • Wawa Launches New Mobile App and Wawa Rewards Program, Offering Customers a Whole New Way to Connect - "As of January 2015, all of Wawa’s more than 680 convenience stores are accepting mobile payments through the new Wawa mobile app, enabling customers to make in-store purchases with more convenience than ever before, using a Wawa Gift Card from their smart phones."
  • TSYS and Ingenico Group to Offer EMV, NFC and Apple Pay Enabled POS Payment Solutions - “Our relationship with Ingenico Group and its industry-leading expertise in EMV and NFC enabled TSYS to be among the first processors to be certified for Apple Pay,” said Craig Ludwig, senior director and head of product for TSYS' Merchant Services segment.
  • Raise Secures $56 Million in Series B Funding to Build on Company Momentum and Sustain Rapid Growth - "Raise, the largest online marketplace for gift cards, today announced that it has raised $56 million in a Series B funding round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with additional funds supplied by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), the Pritzker Organization, Listen Ventures and several notable angels who previously participated."

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January 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 14, 2015

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  • Fiserv Puts Control in the Hands of Cardholders With Mobile Card Management Application - "CardValet from Fiserv is a turnkey mobile application that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Using CardValet, cardholders can turn their card off when their card is not in use, establish spending limits to allow transactions up to a certain dollar value and decline transactions when amounts exceed predefined thresholds. In addition, transactions can be monitored or controlled for specific merchant categories, such as travel, restaurants, or entertainment, and can be denied or reported for specific types of merchants."
  • ShopKeep Pocket Mobile App Launches with Powerful, Real-Time Reporting Features - "ShopKeep Pocket is a best-in-class mobile reporting application that enables merchants to quickly access their business data in real-time, wherever they are. The new app will work in tandem with ShopKeep Register, the company’s point of sale application, and offers users the ability to monitor business operations via their mobile devices, permitting increased connectivity and productivity on-the-go."
  • Western Union to Launch Direct to Bank from US to Mexico - "An agreement recently signed between Western Union and UniTeller, will allow Western Union customers in the US to send cash directly into qualifying bank accounts – totaling more than 60 million individual bank accounts1. The UniTeller network currently covers top banks in Mexico."
  • MasterCard and Masabi Set Commuters Free From Cash - "By combining MasterCard’s payment technology with Masabi’s JustRide mobile ticketing platform consumers will experience a faster and more convenient way to get around a city’s transit system."
  • New Bill.com Payments for NetSuite Achieves ‘Built for NetSuite’ Verification - "The Bill.com Payments for NetSuite SuiteApp is an integrated, full-service payments services solution available for NetSuite users. The new SuiteApp allows users to pay bills anytime, anywhere by clicking one button within NetSuite."
  • T-Mobile Gives Mobile Money Customers an Extra $20 on Their Tax Refund - "T-Mobile CEO John Legere today announced via Twitter that T-Mobile customers with Mobile Money who set up and receive a direct deposit of their tax refund onto their registered T-Mobile Visa® Prepaid Card will get a $20 credit."

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January 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 5, 2015

Dennis Moser - In Memoriam

  • Last week, on New Year's Day 2015, we lost our long-time friend and Glenbrook colleague Dennis Moser. Our tributes to Dennis are included here - if you knew and worked with Dennis, we'd welcome you adding your own memories of him.

On the Web:

  • Why New Credit Cards May Fall Short on Fraud Control - Wall St. Journal - "Big U.S. banks are steering clear of an advanced security measure used in credit cards around the world, opting for a system that is more convenient for shoppers but may leave them vulnerable to fraud."
  • Wire-Transfer Provider Xoom Hit by $31 Million International Fraud Scam - Digital Transactions - "Online wire-transfer provider Xoom Inc. reported Monday that it will take a $30.8 million one-time charge as a result of a scam in which the same amount of its cash was transferred abroad."
  • Tencent ushers China into the Internet banking era with the launch of WeBank - PandoDaily - "Tencent, maker of the hugely popular WeChat mobile chat application (as well as QQ instant messenger, Weibo microblogging platform, Dididache Taxi service, and PaiPai ecommerce platform) is the largest shareholder in the similarly named WeBank, with a 30 percent stake."
  • Making Change: Mobile Pay in Africa - Wall St. Journal - "Across Kenya, mobile money is breathing life into micro business. Companies whose business models are based on mobile payments have shown how targeting some of the world’s poorest customers can not only pay but also be a promising way to grow."
  • A Day with Apple Pay - New York Times - "Over all, though, my day of shopping showed that retailers and their cashiers have room for improvement when it comes to accepting and understanding mobile payments."
  • Intel unveils app that opens sites with user's face - USA Today - "Our goal is the elimination of passwords altogether," says Mark Hocking, a vice president with Intel Security.
  • No credit - Dr. Drang's Blog - "Tomorrow, I’ll start using my fifth credit card in the past 12 months. ... I’m not the only one who’s fed up with continually changing the credit card number on file with the companies I do business with."

On the Wires:

  • Progreso Financiero Soon to be Known as Oportun - "For over 8 years, our approach to lending has spearheaded the field of responsible, affordable and sustainable finance for the underserved. As we continue our mission, we want a name that builds on our customers’ perception of our company and what we do for them, and we wanted the name to be short and memorable. Oportun is based on the word Oportunidad, the Spanish word for Opportunity,” said Raul Vazquez, CEO of Progreso Financiero.

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December 09, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 9, 2014

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November 10, 2014

FinCEN Highlights Expectations on Providing Banking Services to Money Services Businesses

FinCen logo 100pxIn a press release this morning titled "FinCEN Statement on Providing Banking Services to Money Services Businesses", FinCEN has reiterated " expectations regarding banking institutions’ obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act for money services businesses."

Noting industry concerns that banks are indiscriminately terminating the accounts of all MSBs, or refusing to open accounts for any MSBs, FinCEN commented:

FinCEN does not support the wholesale termination of MSB accounts without regard to the risks presented or the bank’s ability to manage the risk. As noted, MSBs present varying degrees of risk, and not all money services businesses are high-risk. Therefore, when deciding whether to provide services to an MSB customer, financial institutions should assess the risks associated with that particular MSB customer. A financial institution’s risk assessment should include considering whether customer risks can be managed appropriately and the financial institution should maintain levels of controls commensurate with the customer risks presented. Banks that can properly manage customer relationships and effectively mitigate risks are neither prohibited nor discouraged from providing services to MSB customers, regardless of any MSB’s specific business model.

FinCEN importantly also noted: "However, the Bank Secrecy Act does not require, and neither does FinCEN expect, banking institutions to serve as the de facto regulator of the money services business industry any more than of any other industry. FinCEN recognizes that, as a practical matter, it is not possible for a bank to detect and report all potentially illicit transactions that flow through an institution."

In closing, FinCEN noted: "FinCEN and its regulatory colleagues will continue to monitor trends with respect to the provision of banking services to MSBs and are committed to taking steps to address the wholesale de-banking of an important part of the financial system."d

September 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 24, 2014

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September 10, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 10, 2014

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • Bank for International Settlements: Non-banks in retail payments - "In a report published today by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), central bankers examine the role of non-banks in retail payment services and analyse the implications of the growing importance of these entities in retail payments. The report, Non-banks in retail payments, is based on several fact-finding exercises that were conducted to support the analysis..."
  • Fiserv Financial Institution Clients Can Keep their Cards at the Top of the Mobile Wallet with New Tokenization Capabilities - “Fiserv is equipping our clients to meet growing consumer demand for payments from their mobile device, whether they are paying a bill, paying another person or making a purchase. Our partnerships with Visa and MasterCard to support tokenization, and our planned support of tokenization through our own Accel network, are part of our overall commitment to bringing secure and simple digital payment solutions to our clients and their customers.”

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September 04, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 4, 2014

On the Web:

  • Top of Mind Payment Issues in Europe - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "One overarching point is that even as the Euro serves as a common currency in 18 countries, you really can’t think in terms of “European payment preferences”. Rather, there are German payment preferences, French payment preferences, and so on."
  • McDonald’s preparing for launch of NFC-based mobile payments system - Mobile Commerce Daily - "An internal memo sent to McDonald’s franchises this week informed employees that they must be trained on the near-field communication (NFC) payment systems by Monday, Sept. 15..."
  • Merchants Will Decide The Fate of Apple's Mobile Wallet - Forrester (Denée Carrington) - "To be successful, Apple’s wallet must have a compelling merchant value proposition - like lowering a merchant’s operational costs or helping to drive more revenue - in order to win merchant acceptance and preference at checkout."
  • Top US Colleges Begin Offering Bitcoin Courses - CoinDesk - "Professor Geoffrey Miller taught the first class of NYU’s new course, The Law and Business of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies, yesterday."
  • Peter Thiel's contrarian strategy - Fortune - "Among students of business, PayPal may be known less for its own success than for the subsequent achievements of the people Thiel helped attract to build it."
  • Episode 565: The Story Of Alibaba - NPR Planet Money Podcast - "You can think of Alibaba like Amazon or Ebay, except you can buy way more on Alibaba — you can get a used 747 airplane, or an oil tanker, or 500 million tiny screws."

On the Wires:

  • FIS Brings Instant P2P Payments Capabilities to EverBank - “EverBank clients want to be able to quickly send payments online or from their mobile phones to friends, family or colleagues, using just an e-mail or mobile number, and they trust us to provide those payment services safely and securely,” said Vincent Amato, EverBank senior vice president and director of banking operations. “FIS People Pay allows us to provide such a service, fully branded to our bank, so our clients have the safe, secure payment services they’re looking for.”
  • Pizza Hut and Visa Checkout Ready to Dish Up A Million Pizzas - “Visa Checkout offers our customers another simple and secure way to quickly order online from Pizza Hut, and we’re excited to be the first pizza company to pass along this convenience to consumers,” said Carrie Walsh, chief marketing officer for Pizza Hut. “With this incredible offer of one million pizzas we think people will be energized to experience this latest technology.”

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August 26, 2014

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August 21, 2014

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August 19, 2014

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August 18, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 18, 2014

On the Web:

  • Hostility in Payments - LinkedIn (Scott Loftesness) - "The recent entry of Amazon.com into the small merchant mobile POS card acceptance market may signal the last phase of increasing hostility in the US merchant acquiring segment of the card payments business."
  • Host Card Emulation 101 (White Paper) - Smart Card Alliance - "This white paper was developed by the Smart Card Alliance Mobile and NFC Council to provide an educational resource on host card emulation (HCE), describing what it is, how it’s used, how it compares with the secure element (SE)-based card emulation approach, what key considerations are for payment applications, and what security aspects should be considered for HCE-enabled applications."
  • Banks, Retailers Speed Up Drive to Add Chips to Credit, Debit Cards - Wall St. Journal - "Although the cards still have a magnetic strip on the back to be used at merchants that haven't upgraded their technology, the computer chips don't work with a swipe at the register. Instead, shoppers slide the card into the bottom of the terminal and leave it there while the purchase is processed."
  • Three Trends That Will Make A Difference In Mobile Payments - TechCrunch (Alberto Jimenez) - "Those with a history in the mobile payments industry know that it has been a slow (and mostly disappointing) journey."
  • Coinbase Acquires Blockr.io, Welcomes New Staff - Coinbase Blog - "Today, we’re excited to announce that Coinbase has acquired Blockr.io. As part of the acquisition, we’re able to welcome two of its exceptionally talented employees to the Coinbase team: software engineer Sašo Matojina and designer Samo Drole."
  • CFPB Warning Ignores Bitcoin’s Consumer Protections - CoinDesk (Jon Matonis) - "While we should definitely heed the risks within a digital currency environment, just as we heed the risks inherent with physical money, we should be equally aware of the additional financial protections provided by bitcoin that are so critical for maintaining a free society."
  • How Bitcoin might transform international payments — a lifeline for millions - VentureBeat - "Remittance payments are a lifeline. ... Many of the financial institutions that move money back and forth charge exorbitant fees to keep that lifeline open—sometimes ten percent or more."

On the Wires:

  • Simon And Blackhawk Network Expand Relationship With Enhanced Visa Simon Giftcard - "Blackhawk's product gives us access to more consumer demanded features and the new deal will allow consumers to have the added convenience of buying our newly branded Simon Giftcard at participating Blackhawk distribution locations nationwide."
  • Navicure Launches New Patient Payment Platform - “To continue to thrive, healthcare organizations must collect patient payments at or near the time of service and no longer rely solely on patient statements, which can come months after care and long after the patient remembers what procedures were performed."

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August 13, 2014

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August 11, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 11, 2014

On the Web:

  • Mobile-Payments Firms Order Up New Strategy: Restaurants - Wall St. Journal Digits Blog - "Priceline’s OpenTable unit, which it bought this year for $2.6 billion, is set to announce Monday it will expand a restaurant-focused payment app nationwide, from a test in about 20 restaurants in San Francisco."
  • Who Wants Automated Fraud Alerts? 91% of People - FICO Banking Analytics Blog - "Banks in the UK and some other countries brought fraud levels much lower, then focused on how to make the purchase process much more streamlined. This has allowed fraud losses to rise."
  • Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple’s Style - New York Times (Brian X. Chen) - "Steven P. Jobs established Apple University as a way to inculcate employees into Apple’s business culture and educate them about its history, particularly as the company grew and the tech business changed."

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August 01, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 1, 2014

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  • It's a slow news day! Enjoy your summer!

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July 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 24, 2014

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  • LoopPay Secures Investment from Visa Inc. - “Visa continually evaluates and invests in new technologies that have the potential to transform mobile devices into secure payment vehicles,” said Jim McCarthy, senior vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships, Visa Inc. “LoopPay has developed compelling technology that has the potential to enable merchants to accept payments from mobile devices using their existing point-of-sale infrastructure.”
  • Citi® Commercial Cards Joins With Concur® to Offer a New, Enhanced Reporting Solution - We’re excited to partner with Concur, a recognized leader in the industry, to provide these reporting packages to our clients. These enhanced travel reports will not only provide efficiencies for our customers by automating current manual processes, but also enable clients to make key travel program decisions more quickly and with more confidence,” noted Manish Kohli, Citi’s Global Head of Commercial Cards.
  • Discover® Fuels Summer Fun with Cashback Bonus® at Gas Stations - “Discover cardmembers who are commuting or traveling can earn up to $75 Cashback Bonus for the many miles they drive during the summer months,” said Heather L. Roche, vice president of rewards at Discover.

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July 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 17, 2014

On the Web:

  • We are excited to announce that Twitter is acquiring CardSpring! - CardSpring Blog - "When we started talking with the Twitter commerce team, we quickly realized our philosophies were perfectly aligned, and by joining them, we’d be able to significantly accelerate our vision."
  • Welcoming CardSpring to the Twitter team - Twitter Advertising Blog - "We’re excited to announce we’ve agreed to acquire CardSpring, a payments infrastructure company that helps merchants work with leading publishers to create online-to-offline promotions."
  • Coming Soon to Social Media: Click to Buy Now - New York Times Bits Blog - "A Twitter spokesman declined to comment on the imminence of a buy button, but in its blog post about CardSpring, the company teased, “We’ll have more information on our commerce direction in the future.”
  • What the BRICS Tell Us About Payments - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "Are such state sponsored payments improvements the way to go? Am I prophesying that the end is near for private sector innovation in payments? Certainly not, or at least I hope not."
  • Snapchat may be planning a mobile payment service - iMore.com - "The documents reveal that the ephemeral message service is looking to process peer-to-peer payments, money transfers and online payments."
  • Investors Cash Out Of Payment Technology Startups - TechCrunch - "Even as a clutch of new payment technology companies including Zooz Mobile and Plastiq announce new financing rounds today, it seems like investors are no longer paying out for payment companies."
  • Issuers – Why You Need to Plan for EMV Now - FIS Emerging Payment Strategies Blog - "While EMV is not a silver bullet, it is an improvement over magstripe. It may not have prevented some of the recent major breaches, but it would have reduced overall damage since there would have been fewer cards vulnerable to counterfeiting."
  • New York’s New Bitcoin Rules Are Going to Kill Its Startups - Wired - "Is New York about to drive these startups out of town by clubbing them with onerous regulations before they can walk? Quite possibly."

On the Wires:

  • NY DFS Releases Proposed Bitlicense Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currency Firms - "Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, today announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued for public comment a proposed “BitLicense” regulatory framework for New York virtual currency businesses. The proposed regulatory framework – which is the product of a nearly year-long DFS inquiry, including public hearings that the Department held in January 2014 – contains consumer protection, anti-money laundering compliance, and cyber security rules tailored for virtual currency firms."
  • CU Wallet Reports Record Growth, 65 Credit Unions Join Mobile Wallet Movement - "Collaboration among credit unions continues to be one of our industry's greatest strengths,” said Keith Sultemeier, president and CEO of Kinecta Federal Credit Union. “The CU Wallet platform makes collaboration easy and efficient, but still allows credit unions to tailor the member experience."
  • CashStar Launches Digital Gift Card Solution for Google Wallet - “With the rapid growth of omni-channel retail, digital gifting and smartphone adoption, CashStar’s vision is not ‘mobile first’ but rather ‘mobile everything,’” said Ben Kaplan, president and CEO of CashStar.
  • MasterPass Now Live in 10 Countries with Launches in Poland and South Africa - “We’re extremely excited about new capabilities and delivering on the MasterPass vision of a fully integrated digital payments ecosystem that enables convenient, simple, fast and secure payments anytime, anywhere,” said Vib Prasad, Group Head, MasterPass at MasterCard.
  • WEX Inc. Announces Signing of Definitive Purchase and Sale Agreement Related to the Acquisition of ExxonMobil’s Esso Card Program - “The purchase of the Esso Card portfolio remains an important element to building our on-the-ground presence in the European market, and enhances WEX’s long-term growth profile. Our efforts to advance this transaction remain on track and position us to create a substantial and profitable European footprint,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s president and chief executive officer.

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April 17, 2014

Walmart Introduces New Money Transfer Service Powered by Ria

Walmart 140pxWalmart has announced a new Walmart-2-Walmart Money Transfer Service - calling it a "new low-cost service allows customers to transfer money to and from more than 4,000 Walmart stores nationwide for up to 50 percent less than similar offerings on the market."

After listening to our customers complain about the high fees and confusion associated with transferring money, we knew there had to be a solution,” said Daniel Eckert, senior vice president of services for Walmart U.S.

“Walmart-2-Walmart brings new competition and transparent, everyday low prices to a market that has become complicated and costly for our customers. We’re doing what we do best - launching a new service that challenges the status quo and drives down prices for our customers.”

Walmart says the new service "offers a clear fee structure with just two pricing tiers: customers can transfer up to $50 for $4.50 and up to $900 for $9.50. Competitive offerings often include 10 or more fee tiers and charge up to $70 for transferring less than $1,000. Money transfers above $50 make up the majority of transactions in the U.S."

Walmart-2-Walmart is powered by Ria, a Euronet subsidiary and a global provider of money transfers. Ria is the licensed money transfer operator for all Walmart-2-Walmart transactions, and Walmart acts as the authorized agent of Ria.

March 18, 2014

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March 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 13, 2014

On the Web:

  • Introducing Xapo - Xapo Blog - "At Xapo, we understand that Bitcoin’s ultimate success will be based on trust – both in the currency itself and in the industry’s security and service providers."
  • Building the Fort Knox for Bitcoin - wall St. Journal - "A Silicon Valley startup called Xapo is among a handful of young companies trying to become the Fort Knox of bitcoin, building secret bank vaults deep in the earth that would safely store millions of dollars worth of bitcoin code on computer drives."
  • New York BitLicense Order - Virtual Currency Report - "While the latest NYDFS statements leave a lot of unanswered questions and do not provide a clear path forward for virtual currency firms, it appears on balance to be a step forward for those virtual currency exchanges seeking licensure in New York."
  • Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It - Bloomberg BusinessWeek - "The biggest retail hack in U.S. history wasn’t particularly inventive, nor did it appear destined for success."
  • What is Apple’s commerce and payments strategy? - Mobile Commerce Daily (Tim Dunn) - "The stars are aligning for Apple to make a dynamic move into the commerce and payments space."
  • Bank of England: Digital Currencies are Similar to Commodities - CoinDesk - "“Digital currencies are not at present widely used as a medium of exchange. Instead, their popularity largely derives from their ability to serve as an asset class..."
  • Flypay Raises £1M To Make Settling Your Restaurant Bill “Waiter-Free” - TechCrunch - "Aiming to get the time it takes to ask for and settle a restaurant bill down from an average of ten minutes to closer to a minute, you simply scan an on-table QR code/NFC tag to first recall the bill."
  • How Real Is Loyalty and Rewards Fraud? - "The threat of fraud to rewards programs is real, and financial institutions and retailers must be cautioned about relaxing their guards just because a surge in fraud has yet to occur."

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March 12, 2014

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March 10, 2014

UK Payments Council Details New Paym Mobile Payments Service

Paym logoThe UK Payments Council has announced that its new secure way for consumers to pay using just a mobile number will be called Paym [pronounced “Pay Em”] and has released the brand's logo as well.

According to the press release, "final testing for Paym is on track and the launch date will be announced in April, when participating banks and building societies will be able to use the logo. The industry-wide collaborative project is the first service with the potential to link up every current account in the country with a mobile number."

Adrian Kamellard, Chief Executive of the Payments Council, said:

We’re all used to the idea of a ‘mobile update’ to improve our apps - Paym is a mobile update for payments that means you can pay securely using just a mobile number. Paym will make it easier to repay a friend for cinema tickets, split a restaurant bill or settle up for a colleague’s birthday collection.”

“Paym is a great example of industry-wide collaboration that delivers tangible benefits for customers. The service has the potential to link up every bank account in the country with a mobile number - millions of people will be able to use it this year and we look forward to expanding Paym even further, so everyone can benefit from this easy, secure new way to pay.”

Paym will be integrated into customers’ existing mobile banking or payment apps as an additional way to pay, making it possible to send and receive payments using just a mobile number. At launch, customers of nine bank and building society brands - Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Cumberland Building Society, Danske Bank, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Santander and TSB Bank - will be able to use the new service.

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