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April 06, 2015

Headline News from - April 6, 2015

On the Web:

  • Wal-Mart Treasury Exec: Chip & Signature is ‘Worthless’ - AFP - "During a presentation at the Electronic Transaction Association’s Transact conference in San Francisco last week, Mike Cook, senior vice president and assistant treasurer for Wal-Mart, called signature “worthless as a form of authentication” and criticized the rollout of chip-and-signature cards in the United States."
  • More Prepaid Debit Cards Come Without Monthly Fees - Wall St. Journal - "A new survey released Monday by found that prepaid debit cards are carrying fewer fees and offering customers more chances to avoid additional costs that may be tacked onto the account."
  • FacePay? - TechCrunch - "What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple."
  • Big Investor Involvement Could Boost Bitcoin - Wall St. Journal - “They are all very interested, but it comes down to having some kind of regulatory clarity as well as to the technology available—whether you have something they feel is trustworthy, whether you have a big enough capital base, whether you have good enough technology...”
  • Hacking ATMs, Literally - Krebs on Security - "An ATM technician and KrebsOnSecurity reader shared photos of a recent attack in which three would-be robbers went to town on a wall-mounted cash machine with crowbars and hammers."
  • No cash, no cards - digital currencies and mobile wallets are the future of retail banking - Zawya - "At some stage there will be no cash, no cards, just mobile wallets - everything will be online. Finally digital currencies like Bitcoin, will dominate, at present there are 50,000 transactions a month resulting in billions of dollars of digital currency."
  • Is Mickey Mouse showing us the future of credit cards? - - "About a year ago, Disney World began offering what it calls "MagicBands" to its annual pass holders and to guests staying at Disney resorts."

On the Wires:

  • Elavon Strengthens its Suite of EMV Offerings with Commerce SDK, Now Enhances Consumer Payment Experience with Apple Pay™ Powered by talech and Ingenico - "The Commerce SDK comprehensive kit accelerates a business’ ability to implement a secure, EMV-compliant payment solution by combining Elavon’s global payment processing, EMV certification coding, encryption and tokenization implementation and hardware support for printers, terminals and mobile devices into one package that is easy to integrate."
  • Brink’s and NetSpend Launch Brink’s Prepaid MasterCard - “Prepaid cards empower those without traditional banking relationships by equipping them with the tools, resources and education to take control of their financial lives and spend responsibly,” said Jeff Feuerstein, group head, U.S. Prepaid, MasterCard. “Access to reputable prepaid offerings from trusted brands such as Brink’s provide cardholders the opportunity to take advantage of all the benefits of electronic payments, including having a secure and convenient means of making purchases, tracking spending, setting budgets and more.”

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August 05, 2014

Headline News from - August 5, 2014

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On the Wires:

  • Newegg Adds Visa Checkout to Streamline the Shopping Experience - “Visa Checkout is a great service that helps our customers make their purchases on Newegg quickly and conveniently,” said Soren Mills, Chief Marketing Officer of Newegg North America. “It removes much of the tedium inherent to the online checkout process, especially for our customers who like to shop on mobile devices.”
  • Citi to Source $2.5 Billion to “Power Africa” - Jim Cowles, CEO of Citi for the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region, said, “We are proud to be a partner in this phenomenal project, an initiative to double the number of people who have access to electricity across Africa. Citi has a unique footprint in Africa and a commitment to enabling progress on the Continent through our technical expertise, financing and risk mitigation tools.”
  • Paychex Announces Payroll Card Solution for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses - "NetSpend ... will serve as the exclusive program manager and processor for the Skylight PayOptions Program. BofI Federal Bank, Member FDIC, issues the Skylight ONE Prepaid MasterCard."

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April 21, 2014

Headline News from - April 21, 2014

On the Web:

  • Mobile-Payments Startup Square Discusses Possible Sale - Wall St. Journal - "With losses widening and cash shrinking, representatives of mobile-payments startup Square Inc. have discussed a possible sale to several deeper-pocketed rivals, according to people familiar with the matter."
  • Facebook: Taking on PayPal with socially useful banking - The Independent (UK) - "As a new entrant to the financial-services marketplace, Facebook therefore has a huge advantage. It remains the go-to social network which gives it instant access to potentially millions of fed up UK bank customers."
  • The plot to kill the password - The Verge - "Since 2012, a group called the FIDO Alliance has been working on that standard, building a bridge between hardware projects like Samsung’s fingerprint reader and the online services they’re connecting to."
  • 8 Tools to Send Messages to Shoppers Based on In-Store Movements - StreetFight - "Here are eight tools that merchants can use to send offers or promotions based on their customers’ real-time indoor movements."
  • Using Bitcoin to Build a Better Common Law - The Umlaut - "The basic idea is to use multiple addresses per private key in order to make it harder to hijack your bitcoins."

On the Wires:

  • NetSpend, Western Union to Introduce Co-Branded Prepaid Card in the U.S. - “Combining the strengths of Western Union’s global brand and expertise in moving money with NetSpend’s deep prepaid knowledge and unique product capabilities, creates an incredible opportunity for us to better serve an underserved market,” said Dan Henry, chief executive officer of NetSpend.

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April 03, 2014

Headline News from - April 3, 2014

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July 01, 2013

Headline News from - July 1, 2013

On the web:

On the wires:

  • Intuit Announces Next Phase of Structural Moves; Organizational Foundation Now in Place - "The divestiture of Intuit Financial Services reflects Intuit’s strong commitment to intensify its focus on small business and consumer tax. As a result, the company signed a definitive agreement to sell IFS to Thoma Bravo for $1.025 billion, pending regulatory review."
  • Thoma Bravo to Acquire Intuit’s Financial Services Business - "Thoma Bravo’s acquisition of IFS is consistent with our strategy of buying great technology franchises with significant recurring revenue,” said Orlando Bravo, managing partner at Thoma Bravo."
  • TSYS Completes Acquisition of NetSpend - "This is a transformational day for everyone at TSYS and NetSpend, as this deal brings together two companies with a shared vision and purpose that focuses on meeting the needs of people. It also takes TSYS closer to the consumer than we have ever been before..."

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February 19, 2013

TSYS to Acquire NetSpend

Tsys logo 140pxTSYS announced that it will acquire NetSpend in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $1.4 billion.
“The NetSpend acquisition is truly a transformational event for TSYS and consumers alike. It enables us to meet our strategic goals of diversifying our business, being a more innovative payment solutions provider and expanding our role within an area of payments that is expected to grow at a 20% annual rate over the next four years. The acquisition also complements our already strong presence in the prepaid processing space,” said Philip W. Tomlinson, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, TSYS.

NetSpend’s extensive distribution network provides consumers the ability to purchase prepaid debit cards at more than 62,000 distributing merchant locations.

November 15, 2012

LevelUp to Provide Mobile Payments at Louisville's KFC Yum! Center

Levelup logo 140pxThe KFC Yum! Center is the first sports arena to allow visitors to pay with their mobile phone at all hospitality and merchandise stands thanks to hospitality partner Centerplate, which announced that it has tapped LevelUp to provide the KFC Yum! Center's mobile payment experience at 200 merchandise and hospitality stands.
"The KFC Yum! Center is at the forefront of the mobile payment revolution by adopting LevelUp at massive scale throughout the arena," said LevelUp's Seth Priebatsch. "Now anyone visiting the KFC Yum! Center can have a dead-simple way to pay and get rewarded for their loyalty. We're excited to be a part of such an innovative approach from Lousiville's largest venue."

In related news, LevelUp also announced a partnership with NetSpend that will offer a $10 incentive to consumers who link their NetSpend prepaid cards to their LevelUp accounts.

November 05, 2012

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February 15, 2012

NetSpend Announces Launch of PayPal Prepaid MasterCard

NetSpend logo 140x60pxNetSpend, a leading provider of general-purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid debit cards, has announced the launch of the PayPal Prepaid MasterCard.
"PayPal has chosen us to be the exclusive program and distribution manager and processor for their GPR card," said Dan Henry, chief executive officer of NetSpend. "We are marketing the PayPal prepaid card online and through our direct mail channels. Through this relationship, we are able to offer the prepaid card to PayPal's 106 million active users."

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December 16, 2009

InComm, NetSpend Announce Prepaid Card Distribution Partnership

NetSpend_logo-140px.jpgInComm and NetSpend has announced a distribution agreement that the two companies say "will give many of InComm’s retail partner locations the opportunity to sell and reload the NetSpend general purpose reloadable debit card. InComm — the industry’s largest retail distribution network — will further add to NetSpend’s reload network of 93,000 locations." READ MORE »

October 02, 2009

NetSpend Releases First “National Spending & Savings Index”

NetSpend_logo-140px.jpgNetSpend has produced a new National Spending & Savings Index finding that even though the economy is showing early signs of a turnaround, low-to-moderate-income consumers are still closely watching what they spend on goods and services and spending more this year on groceries, travel/entertainment and utilities. READ MORE »

September 23, 2009

NetSpend Adds “Virtual Card”, Online Financial Management Tools

NetSpend_logo-140px.jpgNetSpend has announced the availability of the first “virtual” card to be tied to an existing prepaid debit card account and a suite of online financial management and budgeting tools including a visual spending history report, online budgeting application and budgeting “report card.” NetSpend says these new products and applications "provide a level of convenience and security currently not provided to the estimated 50-100 million underbanked consumers in the United States." READ MORE »

August 18, 2009

NetSpend Signs Prepaid Distributor Agreement With Check City

NetSpend and Check City, a check cashing and payday loan provider in the Mountain West and Mid-Atlantic regions, have announced a distributor agreement in which NetSpend will be the chain’s exclusive prepaid debit card provider. According to the two companies, "with 70 stores in Nevada, Utah, Virginia, Maryland and Colorado, Check City will increase NetSpend’s check cashing distribution in these regions and is expected to drive significant card sales and direct deposit enrollments." READ MORE »

May 27, 2009

Billeo, NetSpend Announce Online Bill Pay Service for Prepaid Cards

Billeo and NetSpend have announced an online service designed to help consumers pay their bills using their NetSpend cards, giving them access to financial tools that the majority of Americans now enjoy. Under the terms of the agreement, consumers that have a NetSpend card will be able to access a searchable online directory of billers that accept the card. Billeo will also provide a free, downloadable toolbar to help cardholders manage their bills. READ MORE »

May 08, 2009

MoneyGram Partners with NetSpend for Prepaid Card Reloading

MoneyGram and NetSpend have announced an agreement that will enable NetSpend prepaid debit card holders to be able to load value to their cards in a real-time, single-step transaction at any of the 40,000 MoneyGram ExpressPayment agent locations nationwide. According to the two companies, the agreement brings the number of locations that NetSpend customers can reload their prepaid debit cards to approximately 90,000. READ MORE »

April 16, 2009

CFSI Studies Consumers' Views on Prepaid Cards

The Center for Financial Services Innovation has released a new report titled "A Tool for Getting By or Getting Ahead? - Consumers' Views on Prepaid Cards (PDF of the full report)." The authors studied both AccountNow and NetSpend and said: "Prepaid cards are a helpful financial tool, and users appreciate their features. Prepaid cards may also help consumers achieve short-term financial goals, such as paying off debt and accumulating emergency savings. However, achieving longer-term financial goals will likely require more intensive and comprehensive services and products that extend beyond what prepaid cards currently offers."

February 19, 2009

NetSpend, Winn-Dixie Introduce Prepaid Reloadable Debit Card

NetSpend and Winn-Dixie have announced the introduction of a prepaid, reloadable debit card in all 520 stores in the southeast. Jacksonville, Florida-based Winn-Dixie will be a distributor of general purpose prepaid reloadable debit cards developed, marketed and processed by NetSpend as an agent of Inter National Bank, the issuer of the cards. READ MORE »

October 14, 2008

NetSpend Forms Emerging Markets Channel For US Hispanics

NetSpend Corporation has announced the formation of an Emerging Markets Channel that it says is based on a memorandum of understanding recently entered into by NetSpend and Procesa International, LLC for the acquisition by NetSpend of Procesa International's assets. READ MORE »

September 02, 2008

NetSpend, Axcess Financial Announce Alliance

NetSpend has announced an alliance with Axcess Financial alliance to create the NetSpend Axcess Prepaid MasterCard (the Axcess Card), a general purpose reloadable prepaid debit card, and enables the Axcess Card and the NetSpend National Savings Program to be available to thousands of customers across the country through Axcess Financial's distribution channels. READ MORE »

July 03, 2008

Payments Professionals Management Changes

We have received news of the following recent management changes:

  • NetSpend has announced several senior management appointments including Frank Cotroneo as chief operating officer responsible for NetSpend's operations, finance and accounting, and business information, Anh Vazquez executive vice president responsible for NetSpend's online channel, and Tom Cregan as executive vice president and general manager, responsible for NetSpend's check cashing, payday loan, and general retail channels.

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June 26, 2008

NetSpend, Skylight Financial Announce Merger

NetSpend and Skylight Financial have announced signing of a definitive merger agreement to combine business operations. They say that "the merger forms one of the largest private companies dedicated to meeting the financial services needs of unbanked and underbanked consumers in the United States." READ MORE »

June 10, 2008

NetSpend Founders Launch MPower Ventures

Rebecca Buckman writes for the Wall St. Journal that NetSpend's founders, Roy and Bertrand Sosa, have started a $100 million investment fund named MPower Ventures to make investments in new startups pursuing the unbanked market.
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