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May 19, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 19, 2016

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  • Thunder, Lightning and Interledger - Medium (Adrian Hope-Bailie) - "It’s still very early to tell, but on first appraisal, it looks like Blockchain has taken a great stride in fixing a major limiting factor of Bitcoin and one that made it very difficult to use Bitcoin with Interledger; transaction speed."
  • Android Pay wants to streamline Web payments and customer signups - ArsTechnica - "In a call with Ars on Tuesday, Senior Director of Product Management for Android Pay Pali Bhat said that the Android Pay team has been working to increase user signups and encourage continued use of the platform, something that all mobile payment platforms have struggled with in the last five years."
  • Google Home: A Voice-Activated Device That Already Knows You - New York Times - “Before I got an [Amazon] Echo I thought it was a joke and a bad idea,” said Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray. “But I saw the utility and ended up buying five of them for my family.”
  • Android Pay now in the UK, new countries on the way - Android Official Blog - "You will be able to use Android Pay everywhere contactless payments are accepted including your favourite high street stores like Boots, Starbucks and Waitrose and pay for the Tube, bus and train with Transport for London."

ON THE WIRES

  • Chime Brings Apple Pay to Members, Adds 'Pay Friends' Feature and Closes $9MM in Financing - "The mobile banking company also closed an additional $9 million of funding and has raised a total of $21 million to date. Lauren Kolodny, recently named to the Forbes 30 under 30 Venture Capital list, led the financing for Aspect Ventures and has joined Chime's board."
  • Vocalink Signs Deal With Unionpay International - "Under the deal, VocaLink will provide ATM transaction processing and UnionPay sponsored access, providing acquirers with a fast go to market solution, which allows them to accept transactions from a growing market. On average, the value of UnionPay card withdrawals from UK ATMs are five times the average value of UK ATM withdrawals."
  • ATM is a New Skimmer: Crooks Bring ATMs on Their Side - "The Skimer group starts its operations by getting access to the ATM system - either through physical access, or via the bank's internal network."

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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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!

May 18, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 18, 2016

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  • Payments on Fire Podcast: Shoptalk Conference 2016 - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "Take a listen to my conversations with start-ups Tuku (in-store digital content delivery), Belly (in-store loyalty), Bold Financial Technologies (payout management for Treasury) and established fintech provider ACI Worldwide.
  • PayPal's first Analyst Day - PayPal is holding its first ever Analyst Day briefing today beginning at 8:30 AM Pacific. The presentation slides are here.
  • Enhancing Android Pay APIs - Android Developers Blog - "We believe that mobile payments can make for a better, more secure shopping experience - so we're in this together for the long haul. We’re building a robust Android Pay ecosystem, one that’s open and scalable, to enable developers to drive mobile payments - and their businesses - forward. We're very excited for the road ahead and we hope you are too."
  • J.P. Morgan Reduced Some Employees’ Access to Swift System in Recent Weeks - Wall St. Journal - "The New York bank took the steps in recent weeks to keep tighter control on its links to the service, those people said."
  • MCX bows out as opportunity narrows for new mobile payment entries - Mobile Commerce Daily - "With a Chase Pay partnership in place, MCX is shifting gears, postponing its consumer payments application, CurrentC, and focusing on building relationships with additional banks instead ..."
  • What Happened to the Revolving Credit Card Balances of 2009? - Payment Cards Center - Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia - "We examine the paydown and charge-off of March 2009 revolving credit card balances. We find that 75 percent of those balances had been paid off or charged off within four years. Charge-offs played a much smaller role in balance reduction than did paydown (27.8 versus 72.2 percent)..."
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  • The Blockchain Expert: In Search of Tech’s Near-Mythical Beast - Wall St. Journal - "The problem is few technologists have deep experience building systems that use a blockchain. Those who do are in high demand."

ON THE WIRES

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 17, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 17, 2016

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PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 16, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 16, 2016

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ON THE WIRES

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 13, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 13, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Is Friendly Fraud Spoiling the EMV Transition? - FIS Payments Leader Blog (Brian Beacom) - ""It was never meant to be like this. The global migration from magnetic stripe cards to the more secure chip-embedded cards was intended to add another layer of security against fraud. However, the reality is that during the transition to full EMV compliance, chargebacks are skyrocketing and it is the merchants who are paying the price."
  • Once Again, Thieves Enter Swift Financial Network and Steal - New York Times - "New details about a second attack involving Swift — the messaging system used by thousands of banks and companies to move money around the world — are emerging as investigators are still trying to solve the $81 million heist from the central bank of Bangladesh in February."
  • $1B Bangladesh hackers implicated in attack on Vietnamese bank, Sony hack - ArsTecnica - "SWIFT didn't name the other bank, but BAE Systems, which has been investigating the Bangladesh attack, has said that a Vietnamese commercial bank has been hit by closely related malware in a report of its own."
  • R3 eyes $200m for next step in blockchain journey - Financial News - "New York-based R3 is asking members for money in return for equity stakes in a new utility that will run blockchain-powered applications for financial institutions."
  • UK shows off prototype of digital iPhone driving license using Apple’s Wallet app - 9to5Mac - "Development of the feature has been made possible by recent changes to laws for UK driving licenses that abolished the paper counterpart to the photo card last year."

ON THE WIRES

  • Paul Deighton Joins Square's Board of Directors - "Today Square announced that Lord Paul Deighton of the United Kingdom joined its Board of Directors. Deighton served as the United Kingdom’s Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, CEO of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and as a partner at Goldman Sachs. ... Deighton replaces Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who has stepped down from Square’s Board."

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 12, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 12, 2016

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  • Linq3 Partners with Verifone to Bring Play at the Pump Lottery to Gas Stations - "Play at the Pump brings the lottery to busy consumers, delivering a fast, convenient and secure way to play and win on-the-go. With a quick swipe of a payment card at the gas pump, consumers can purchase lottery draw games in less than 20 seconds."
  • TSYS Signs Leading African Banking Group - "TSYS today announced that Ecobank, the leading pan-African banking group, has deployed the latest version of the PRIME payments solution platform, PRIME 4, to support its acquirer processing of MasterCard, Visa and UnionPay International point-of-sale (POS) transactions across 28 countries in Middle Africa."

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 11, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 11, 2016

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  • A Large Merchant Focuses on its Payments Strategy - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "To learn what's top of mind for a large scale retailer, take a listen to Dean Sheaffer, SVP of Financial Services at Boscov’s Inc., the U.S.’s largest family-owned department store. In this Payments on Fire podcast, Dean addresses payments as a sales tool, payments and data security, and the potential of Faster Money."
  • The Problem With Those Annoying Chip Cards - Money - "At this point you may be wondering—what was wrong with the old system? Why can’t I just avoid the longer wait and swipe my card like I used to?"
  • Four Genuine Blockchain Use Cases - CoinDesk (Gideon Greenspan) - "To begin with, the first idea that we (and many others) started with, appears to be wrong. This idea, inspired by bitcoin directly, was that private blockchains (or "shared ledgers") could be used to directly settle the majority of payment and exchange transactions in the finance sector..."
  • Cultivating Female Leadership in #Payments - TMG Blog - "While women have made great strides in achieving leadership roles in the financial services industry, there is much work yet to be done."
  • Checking in with spear phishing, criminals check out with hotel credit card data - ArsTechnica - "Hotel chains focus on hospitality, but their security practices have made them entirely too hospitable a target for data theft."

ON THE WIRES

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 10, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 10, 2016

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GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 09, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 9, 2016

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  • Jumio Wins Court Approval of Sale to Centana - Wall St. Journal - "Jumio chose Centana’s $850,000 offer over a much larger offer from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, which the company’s shareholders vehemently opposed."
  • What you need to know about blockchain technology - Toronto Star - "So what is it? Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolutionary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure, peer-to-peer, instant and frictionless."
  • How blockchains could change the world - McKinsey (Don Tapscott interview) - "In this interview with McKinsey’s Rik Kirkland, Tapscott explains how blockchains—an open-source distributed database using state-of-the-art cryptography—may facilitate collaboration and tracking of all kinds of transactions and interactions."
  • Bitcoin: Identity crisis - FT.com - "The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto has tantalised bitcoin’s digital treasure hunters from the earliest days of its existence."

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 06, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 6, 2016

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GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 05, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 5, 2016

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  • Samsung Reinvents the Refrigerator - "Groceries by MasterCard – Order groceries online from leading retailers like Fresh Direct and ShopRite and pay for them through a simple, single check-out with any U.S.-issued credit or debit cards."sa
  • GlobalPlatform and FIDO Alliance sign memorandum of understanding to ease identity authentication - "The two industry associations are working to ease FIDO authenticator development on GlobalPlatform-based secure component products. This will enable service providers to efficiently incorporate user authentication features – such as voice recognition and biometrics – as part of their GlobalPlatform-secure deployments."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 04, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 4, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Five Answers – Sort of – to the Big Questions on Blockchain and Bitcoin - PaymentsViews.com (Carol Coye Benson) - "I’m back from two days at Consensus 2016 in NYC, and reporting as promised into my investigation of the Five Big Questions."
  • 21 Inc Unveils Plan to Make Every Computer a Bitcoin Computer - CoinDesk - "Freely available, the software allows any connected device to join the 21 network, enabling connectivity with the 21 Marketplace and providing capabilities that were previously only available to owners of the 21 Bitcoin Computer."
  • Financial fraud targeting older adults often involves appeals to emotions like anger, excitement - Stanford News - “When emotionally aroused, either excited or frustrated, older adults may be more susceptible to being victimized by scammers than are younger individuals,” said Ian H. Gotlib, the David Starr Jordan Professor of Psychology and chair of the Stanford Psychology Department. “In the present study, they were more likely to want to pay for an item advertised misleadingly, regardless of how credible they believed the advertisement was.”
  • Faster Payments: Is Same-Day Fast Enough? - FIS Payments Leader - "Markets around the world have been rolling out real-time payment systems over the last decade. But is the instant gratification from true real-time payments the only solution for unmet consumer and corporate needs? Would same-day payments meet most, if not all, of the same needs?"

ON THE WIRES

  • Kohl’s Charge and Yes2You Rewards Now Easy as One Tap in Apple Pay - “Kohl’s is blending the physical and digital shopping experiences in more ways than ever before. Offering conveniences to Kohl’s customers that make it easy for them – like a seamless one-tap checkout in Apple Pay that integrates our value-driven Yes2You Rewards loyalty program – is one of the ways that we are leading as an omnichannel retailer,” said Ratnakar Lavu, Kohl’s chief technology officer.
  • Android Pay and Samsung Pay now available for BBVA Compass cardholders - "In today's fast paced world, it's imperative that we ensure our customers' need for convenience is kept at the forefront," said BBVA Compass Director of Payments Ryan Kraynick. "Android Pay and Samsung Pay are payment options that may make customers' lives a little easier."
  • i2c Expands Platform-Level Payment Control Features - "With card controls features integrated in our platform, issuers can more easily provide consumers with customizable features like real-time alerts that give them immediate updates on critical account information like suspicious transactions," said Lisa Fugate, vice president, credit processing, at i2c. "i2c was the first payment processor to offer card controls, and industry adoption has confirmed their value to issuers and cardholders."
  • Affirm Appoints eBay Executive Carl Gish as Company’s First Chief Marketing Officer - “eBay notwithstanding, the kind of skills and know-how Carl built while developing the Dove Real Beauty campaign for Unilever, and as Dyson’s North American CMO, is exactly the deep consumer brand marketing expertise and talent Affirm needs in its next wave of growth,” said Affirm Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Max Levchin.
  • Entrust Datacard Achieves Instant Issuance Milestone – Over 10 Million EMV Chip Cards Instantly Issued within the U.S. in One Year - "Giving consumers the ability to walk into a branch location to immediately receive an EMV card has helped turn a consumer experience from negative to positive."
  • Nuspay Selects Microsoft Azure for Next-Gen Digital Currency Platform - "The Nuspay Digital Currency (NDC) cryptocurrency ecosystem was engineered to meet and exceed the current and future challenges facing governments, central banks, monetary authorities and enterprises seeking to deploy digital currency. Additionally Nuspay is in the process of developing an international digital currency exchange with planned sites in Singapore and the Caribbean."
  • 3dcart Now Offers Comprehensive Vantiv Payment Processing Integration to Online Stores - “3dcart is committed to creating tight integrations with the best eCommerce partners on the market, and the results of those initiatives help provide online merchants with access to diverse payment processing options,” said 3dcart CEO Gonzalo Gil.

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 03, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 3, 2016

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  • Deloitte Continues Growing Major Blockchain Initiative, Teaming With Five Technology Companies and Announcing 20 Prototypes in Development - "Blockchain is proving to be a major disruptive force in financial services," said Joe Guastella, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, and U.S. and global leader of the financial services practice. "The industry prototypes and pilots have shown this, and we continue to focus on helping our clients to make blockchain a reality for their businesses."
  • Zooz Closes $24m Investment Round - "We would like to thank our investors for supporting our vision for innovation in the payments sector," said Oren Levy, CEO of Zooz. "Retailers now understand the need for smart payment platforms that can help them expand into new markets quickly and cost-effectively, and that is where we excel."
  • RBC makes sending money simple, instant and now free - “Offering free e-Transfers supports our commitment to helping our clients seamlessly and quickly send money how they want and when they want,” said Linda Mantia, executive vice-president, Digital, Payments and Cards at RBC. “As clients embrace new technologies and increase their use of mobile we are always looking for ways to provide them with added value and convenience."
  • Bank of America Survey Finds Small Business Owners’ Confidence Down While Election-Year Anxiety Rises - “Our survey suggests that uncertainty over the upcoming elections is making small business owners less optimistic about their businesses and the economy than in recent years,” said Robb Hilson, Small Business executive, Bank of America. “As a result, they’re taking a wait-and-see approach before making major investments in the growth of their businesses."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

May 02, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 2, 2016

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  • Data Analytics, Lending, and the Next 100 Million Borrowers - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "This Payments on Fire podcast with Lenddo.com’ s founder Jeff Stewart takes a look at lending in developing countries, social and mobile data sources, and examines the algorithmic “black box” that is at the heart of the company’ s approach to making credit decisions in “thin file” markets."
  • Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash - Bloomberg - "The event -- announced in a statement this Monday -- marked a key moment in the evolution of blockchain, notable both for what was achieved, as well as how many firms were involved."
  • Circle Then and Now: Bitcoin’s Early Champions Challenge a Blockchain World - CoinDesk - "[Circle] was not positioned as a bitcoin thing, it was [about] making money work," Allaire said. "It was positioned as a way to move value around. We tried to define the product around instant money, and underneath it was bitcoin."
  • Australian Entrepreneur Says He Created Bitcoin, but Doubts Persist - New York Times - "Craig Steven Wright, a computer entrepreneur, told the BBC, The Economist and GQ that he was the currency’s founder. He said he had been forced to come forward because so many people were pursuing him."
  • 60 Minutes: Shaking Up the Financial Industry - CBS News - "Lesley Stahl meets some of the fintechies challenging the establishment, seeking to reinvent nearly every aspect of modern banking" - features Stripe
  • The Business Blockchain - AVC (Fred Wilson) - "If you think you might want to start a business based on blockchain technology or if you think blockchain technology is going to reshape a market you are working in, or if you just want to understand this thing that your son or daughter is obsessed about, then this is a great book to read." - see book on Amazon.com
  • Silicon Valley Looks at Something New: Starting a Bank - Wall St. Journal - "Warburg Pincus’s new bet on the future of banking borrows from the industry’s past. The New York firm is leading an investment round of more than $27 million in San Francisco-based Varo Money Inc...."
  • Tencent backs down in mobile payments war with Alibaba - FT.com - "The shift marks a partial de-escalation of its market-share battle with Alipay, the payment service run by Alibaba’s financial affiliate Ant Financial."
  • Paytm banks on Wipro to ensure it’s on right side of law - Economic Times - "Wipro will implement core-banking solutions for Paytm and also the programme to manage the integration of other key systems like anti-money laundering and regulatory reporting solutions."

ON THE WIRES

  • Chain and Global Financial Firms Unveil Open Standard for Blockchain - "Chain, Inc., a leading provider of blockchain technology, today announced the public release of Chain Open Standard 1 (Chain OS 1), an open source blockchain protocol developed over the last 18 months through a unique collaboration between the Silicon Valley company and global financial services firms."
  • Fortumo makes a push in Africa, launching payments in Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia & Senegal - "In Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Senegal the percentage of bank card owners is only 2%. At the same time, carrier billing is available to any prepaid or postpaid mobile account owner. This means merchants using carrier billing can reach a paying audience twenty times bigger than with traditional payment methods."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

April 29, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 29, 2016

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  • Carrier Billing Comes to Spotify in New European Markets - “Our partnerships with carriers connecting to Spotify in the UK have been a phenomenal success both in terms of revenue and new subscriber acquisition. So much so that, in the UK, the default payment method for new Spotify users has changed from credit card to carrier billing,” said Jon Prideaux, CEO of Boku.
  • Cardlytics Powers Purchase-Based Targeting with New Syndicated Audiences - "Cardlytics Audiences draw on purchase insights from more than $1.5T in actual consumer spend. This purchase history includes transactions across credit, debit, ACH and bill pay – breadth that is unmatched in the industry."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

April 28, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 28, 2016

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  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports First-Quarter 2016 Financial Results - “The year is off to a good start with solid growth in revenue due to strong volume and transaction levels this quarter,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We continue to deliver against our strategy, looking to our investments and acquisitions to create a better cardholder experience, supported by a relentless commitment to security."
  • M/Chip Fast from MasterCard Speeds EMV Transactions and Shoppers Through Checkout - "As with standard EMV, M/Chip Fast provides counterfeit fraud protection by creating a unique code for each transaction. Once the code is generated, the card can be removed from the reader with the goal of both decreasing the processing time of the transaction and reducing the cardholder perception of a longer wait at checkout."
  • Start-ups Invited to Dive Into the Visa Developer Sandbox as Part of Second Annual Everywhere Initiative - “With payment and marketing innovation happening at break-neck speed, Visa is once again asking the start-up community for their best ideas to help move the industry forward,” said Shiv Singh, senior vice president, digital and marketing transformation at Visa. “With Visa’s rich set of APIs and SDKs, we are especially excited to see how our open platform can help fuel additional payment innovation with this year’s challenges.”
  • Visa Opens its First Innovation Center in Asia - “The pace of technological innovation across Asia Pacific is unprecedented and creating enormous opportunity for any company that touches the growing payment ecosystem,” said Chris Clark, group executive, Asia Pacific, Visa Inc. “With the doors of Visa’s Singapore innovation center now officially open, we look forward to working alongside clients and partners to imagine and build the creative and leading-edge mobile and digital experiences Asia Pacific is known to deliver to the rest of the world.”
  • Perk.com Inc. Adds Perk Points as Payment Method on the SuperRewards Platform - Ted Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of Perk.com, says, “In the payments industry, one of the most important developments of the 21st century is that people are able to make purchases with their time and attention rather than with physical money."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

April 27, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 27, 2016

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  • PayPal Reports Strong First Quarter Results - "Our first quarter results continue to demonstrate the power of our global payments platform to attract and engage consumers, increasing our global scale and in turn attracting new merchants and partners to PayPal,” said Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. “Our focus on payments and ability to innovate for merchants and consumers continues to differentiate PayPal and drive our growth in a dynamic and competitive environment.”
  • Visa Brings Digital Payments to Rio 2016 Olympic Games as 1.2 Million Travelers Are Expected in Brazil - “Visa has always stood for universal acceptance and the most secure and fast way to pay across merchants, borders and currencies,” said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships at Visa Inc. “As we prepare for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Visa is transforming the way fans pay, giving them choice in how they want to pay for anything, anytime and everywhere.”
  • Citi Ventures Makes Strategic Investment in BlueVine - “BlueVine’s platform addresses pain points like cash flow management for the growing market of small businesses in need of financing,” said Arvind Purushotham, Managing Director and Co-head of Venture Capital at Citi Ventures. “We’re excited to champion and accelerate the growth of a company that is setting the industry standard in providing expanded access to capital on an easy-to-use digital platform.”
  • Shopify Announces Shopify Capital - "Most entrepreneurs and online businesses have a hard time securing financing through traditional sources. Shopify is able to tailor cash advances to each merchant’s needs, based on data processed through the Shopify platform. Accessing this financing is designed to be as simple as a few clicks, with money in the merchant’s account within a few days of acceptance."
  • Smart Payment Association Releases 2015 Smart Payment Card Shipment Figures - "In 2015, 56% of all smart card shipments globally (excluding the Americas) featured contactless technology – a 24% growth as compared to the year before."

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April 26, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 26, 2016

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  • Alibaba Affiliate Ant Financial Raises $4.5 Billion in Largest Private Tech Funding Round - Wall St. Journal - "Ant Financial, which operates Alipay, China’s biggest online-payments platform by transaction volume, raised its latest funding round from a clutch of investors including a Chinese sovereign-wealth fund and the country’s biggest insurers..."
  • A look inside Stripe’s API platform - Medium (Gordon Wintry) - "For this edition, I spoke with Cristina Cordova from Stripe. She shared how the company approaches partnerships to help grow the platform."
  • W3C Publishes First Public Working Drafts of Payment Specifications - "The W3C Web Payments Working Group has published the first public drafts of payment specifications which include a Payment Request API, payment method identifiers, and basic card payment."
  • All About Fraud: How Crooks Get the CVV - Krebs on Security - "A longtime reader recently asked: “How do online fraudsters get the 3-digit card verification value (CVV or CVV2) code printed on the back of customer cards if merchants are forbidden from storing this information?"
  • Canadian Fintech comes to Menlo Park on May 9. They'll be pitching their ideas and participating in a discussion of the environment for Fintech here and in Canada. Sign up here with BayPay.

ON THE WIRES

  • Pitney Bowes Launches Cloud-Based Payments Engine for Shipping and eCommerce Platforms - "By leveraging the Pitney Bowes Bank, an FDIC insured institution charted in Utah, the company is able to provide uniform payments products, lending terms and interest rates in the U.S."
  • International Telecommunication Union to discuss deliverables for future digital financial services roadmap - Speaking ahead of the event, Sacha Polverini, Chairman of the Focus Group and Senior Programme Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) programme said: “The work we are doing is incredibly important. It is the first time ITU has partnered with international organizations like the World Bank, CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association), AFI (Alliance for Financial Inclusion) and others to initiate a forum like this.”
  • U.S. Bank Launches New Pilot App for Local Businesses in Lawrence, Kansas - "U.S. Bank has launched Deal Local, a new mobile app designed to help local businesses attract new customers and build loyalty with their existing customers through deals and rewards. Exclusive to Lawrence as a pilot, the app is live in the Apple and Google Play app stores and is already being used by Mass St. favorites Weaver’s, Milton’s Café and Hobbs, among others."
  • Global Payments Completes Merger with Heartland Payment Systems - “We are delighted to announce the completion of this landmark transaction,” said Jeffrey S. Sloan, Chief Executive Officer of Global Payments. “The transformative partnership with Heartland will further accelerate revenue growth, operating margin expansion and cash earnings per share growth and create the leading provider of integrated payments technology solutions worldwide.”
  • Remitly Secures $38.5 Million in Series C Funding - "Stripes Group led this round and was joined by Vulcan Capital, both new investors in Remitly. Existing Remitly investors also contributed to the round including DFJ, DN Capital, Bezos Expeditions and Trilogy Equity Partners, among others."
  • Rising payment fraud in UK overwhelming merchants with misunderstood chargebacks - "The figures from Financial Fraud Action UK reveal that financial fraud losses grew by 26% in 2015. The research further highlights the growth in payment card fraud, up 18% over the same period to £567.5m and the value of card-not-present (CNP) fraud, including ecommerce, which was up 20% to £398.2m."

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April 25, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 25, 2016

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  • The Clearing House and FIS Submit Joint Proposal to Fed’s Faster Payments Task Force - “TCH is implementing a foundational clearing and settlement system whose core attributes will enable financial institutions to develop innovative new products for their customers,” said Jim Aramanda, CEO of The Clearing House. “We know that if our system meets the needs of customers in terms of innovative services, speed, efficiency, and security there is no reason it won’t also align with the Task Force’s criteria.”
  • CPA Leads Transition to Electronic Payments with Launch of Global Messaging Standard in Canada - “Our participant financial institutions endorse ISO 20022 because it is clear that consumers and businesses alike will benefit from exchanging more data with electronic payments,” said Gerry Gaetz, President and CEO of the CPA. “The adoption of ISO 20022 will enable the Canadian financial community to provide better service, both domestically and across borders, to their customers.”
  • Dynamic Scrip Introduces ‘Dynamic Pay’ Mobile Rewards Program - "As one of the largest mobile payment retail networks in the country, Dynamic Pay offers up to 10% cash back to consumers for everyday purchases at over 200 national retailers spanning more than 300,000 locations around the U.S."
  • First Data’s Transformation Includes Major Strides in Diversity Programs & Recognition - "For the second consecutive year, First Data was named one of the Top 25 Noteworthy companies for diversity, a list cultivated from a pool of more than 1,800 companies."
  • TSYS Extends Payments Agreement with HealthEquity - “Our renewed partnership with TSYS will enable us to continue to grow our business quickly and efficiently,” said Jon Soldan, executive vice president of Operations at HealthEquity. “We look forward to working in partnership with TSYS to provide industry-leading service for our partners.”

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April 22, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 22, 2016

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  • Coachella Takes Payment Cards – Mostly - PaymentsViews.com (Sam Levitt) - "All in all, Coachella and Square teamed up to offer a much easier payment experience than in the past. Although I ended up using cash the rest of the weekend at all vendors – water or not – many people throughout the festival grounds were able to buy their meals, merchandise or beer with their cards."
  • Mastercard Close To £1bn Vocalink Takeover - Sky News - "Sky News has learnt that the 13 banks which are shareholders in Vocalink have approved a period of exclusivity within which Mastercard can negotiate a takeover of the company."
  • ETA Transact 2016 : Delivering Choice & Opening Opportunity - PayPal (Bill Ready) - "The entire commerce experience will be rewired in the next 3-5 years, as the industry shifts to mobile and enables new innovation. There’s never been a better time for industry players to come together to bring more choice and greater opportunities for consumers and businesses alike."
  • How the 'Faster' Chip Credit Cards Actually Work - St. Louis Post Dispatch - "Visa’s new tech works similarly to contactless cards, which communicate with a card reader via a radio frequency (RF) interface and, as such, don’t need to come into physical contact with it."

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April 21, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 21, 2016

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  • Visa Inc. Reaches Preliminary Agreement to Amend Transaction With Visa Europe - "Visa Inc. today announced that, in response to feedback received from the European Commission, the Company and Visa Europe have reached preliminary agreement to amend their Transaction Agreement to eliminate the earn-out portion of the transaction consideration."
  • Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2016 Results - “Visa reported solid financial results in the fiscal second quarter. The continued headwinds of the strong U.S. dollar, lower oil prices, and an uneven global economy are driving continued weak cross-border spend, but domestic spend continues at reasonably strong levels consistent with last quarter."
  • MasterCard and Major League Baseball Extend, Expand Partnership - “MLB is one of our longest-tenured partners and during this time we’ve significantly expanded our relationship by taking it far beyond a traditional sponsorship,” said Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing Officer, MasterCard. “Baseball is a passion for many and through our partnership we’ve been able to deliver not only access for fans, but have incorporated new payment options, driven fan engagement around Priceless Causes and delivered truly memorable moments.”
  • Acorns Raises $30M in Funding to Expand its Micro-investing Products, Services, and Partnerships - "Acorns and PayPal share a vision of democratizing financial services and offering innovative solutions to help people build financial health," said Joanna Lambert, vice president of global consumer product and engineering at PayPal. "Technology is breaking down barriers to financial participation. PayPal is excited to support Acorns as they continue to use mobile technology to innovate in micro-investing, and empower millennials to take charge of their finances."
  • For Convenience or in an Emergency, CardFree Cash From Fiserv Enables Cardless Access to Cash at the ATM - Consumers live in an increasingly mobile world and want anytime, anywhere access to their money – experiencing financial services the same way they live their lives,” said David Keenan, senior vice president, Network Solutions, Fiserv. “CardFree Cash offers the convenience of the ATM and immediate access to cash without needing a card.”

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April 20, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 20, 2016

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  • Payments on Fire Podcast: On Internet Money – Talking Circle.com with Jeremy Allaire - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "The view that moving money is or should be an internet-wide capability is a guiding principle for Jeremy Allaire, founder and CEO of Circle. Take a listen to Jeremy on how Circle is connecting US dollars to British pound sterling, his plans for the euro, and how multiple technologies – blockchain and machine learning among them – enable money movement for Circle’s customers."
  • Why the Big Banks Can't Imagine Their Own Demises - New Yorker - "Later this year, the big banks will be given another shot at getting their living wills right. It’s important for the country that they do so, because we can’t have a sensible debate about whether and how to break up these institutions until we know how much of a risk they pose."

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  • New comScore Study Shows PayPal Online Checkout Conversion is 87.5%, Outperforms Competitors by 36% - “This comScore study shows that shoppers are completing their purchases with PayPal, at almost twice the rate of legacy systems,” said Bill Ready, senior vice president of product and engineering, PayPal. “As more commerce moves to mobile, having an easy way to checkout moves from a nice-to-have to a must-have. Last quarter, our customers made more than 15 million transactions a day on the PayPal platform, with 28% of them from mobile devices.”
  • SWIFT and Accenture outline path to Distributed Ledger Technology adoption within financial services - “Since the emergence of DLTs, the financial services industry has been looking for answers to questions about the potential use of these new technologies,” says Fabian Vandenreydt, Head of Securities, Innotribe and the SWIFT Institute, SWIFT. “The technology assessment has given us valuable insights into the necessary requirements for DLTs to succeed in financial services. It provides a clear state-of-play, outlining the different factors the technology needs to address, and the current maturity of DLTs in each of these areas."
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / Visa Inc. Convene Milestone Tenth Annual Global Financial Literacy Summit With Eye Toward Future - "At Visa, we have found that our most effective financial literacy programs come from strong partnerships between the public and private sector," said Nat Sillin, Visa's program lead for Financial Literacy. "Today's summit brings together well-respected leaders for an engaging discussion of how to improve financial education globally. We are encouraging summit attendees and webcast viewers to make their own commitment to advance personal finance education, which they can do by visiting www.finlitsummit.org."
  • Discover Global Network Signs with Computop to Increase International E-Commerce Merchant Acceptance - "This agreement is part of Discover Global Network’s ongoing effort to increase global acceptance, both online and in-store, through partnerships with leading payment service providers. By working with Computop, all cards running on the Discover Global Network will be provided with seamless and secure access to additional top merchants in the travel, e-commerce, hospitality and retail industries, among others."
  • RS Software Selected By Base Commerce - According to Jason Kafer, Chief Technology Officer of Base Commerce, “The depth of payments knowledge at RS Software is a critical value add to my business. I can achieve better control of the total cost of ownership related to my technology investment."
  • Samsung Pay Partners with Global POS Providers to Accelerate Mobile Payments Adoption - "Samsung announced today new partnerships with the world’s largest POS makers, including Verifone (NYSE: PAY), Ingenico Group, First Data and Clover, PAX Technology, Equinox, ID TECH, MagTek, USA ePay and OTI Global, to accelerate mobile payment adoption by ensuring the best possible user experience at merchants’ point-of-sale (POS) systems during checkout"
  • Moneris Partners with talech to Offer U.S. Merchants an mPOS and Business Management Solution via Banks - “Mobile is quickly emerging as the solution of choice for many merchants today as they look to increase their business efficiency and productivity,” said Chris Lee, President, North American Strategic Partnerships and Emerging Markets, Moneris Solutions. “With nearly half of all POS solutions expected to be mobile in the next three years, our partnership with talech allows us to deliver to merchants a complete business management solution.”
  • The Nilson Report Releases Top U.S. Debit Cards 2015 - "Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank, and U.S. Bank were the top 5 issuers based on combined signature-based and PIN-based debit as well as prepaid card spending."
  • First Data Launches Clover Online Store, An All-In-One eCommerce Solution - “Clover Online Store provides business owners with an ‘all-in-one’ integrated solution that includes shopping cart functionality, web design and all of the business management features that come with Clover,” said Guy Chiarello, President, First Data.

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April 19, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 19, 2016

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  • Visa Speeds Up Checkout Times with new Quick Chip for EMV - “Visa is advancing a streamlined approach to chip transactions to make them faster and more efficient, while still providing a safe and secure experience,” said Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk Products and Business Intelligence, Visa Inc. “Quick Chip for EMV helps make the checkout experience comparable to the ease and speed of magnetic stripe transactions.”
  • Moneris Partners with Womply to Offer Business Analytics Solution to Merchants - “We believe in equipping our partners, like Moneris, with the most powerful solution available to enable its merchants to grow, protect, and simplify their businesses,” said Cory Capoccia, President at Womply. “Through our partnership with Moneris we can offer their merchants the best technology with this game changing platform.”
  • Total Merchant Services Opens Its EMV Chip Card Payment Technology to All Developers - "Groovv SDK is easy to implement and frees developers to spend their time and energy building business-growing software features instead of worrying about the nuts and bolts of processing payments," said Joe Kaplan, CEO of Total Merchant Services. "We remove the need for software to go through the costly and time-consuming EMV certification process, and for developers to comply with PCI data breach and other enhanced security standards."

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April 18, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 18, 2016

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  • FIS and The Clearing House Prepare Real-Time Payments to Go Nationwide - “FIS is a proven leader with extensive experience in developing and delivering innovative new payments services to its customers, so we are excited they have partnered with us to launch this pilot program,” said Russ Waterhouse, executive vice president, Product Development and Strategy at The Clearing House. “True, real-time payments that clear and settle within seconds are right around the corner. Not only is FIS helping us bring this system to market quickly, they are also going to play a key role in helping us achieve ubiquity in the U.S.”
  • Capital One, Fifth Third, PNC, TD, and Wells Fargo Invest in Transactis - "Five of the largest U.S. commercial banks — Capital One, Fifth Third, PNC, TD, and Wells Fargo — and Safeguard Scientifics announced they have invested a total of $30 million in Transactis, a leading provider of electronic billing and payment solutions."
  • Revel Systems Partners with Verifone to Simplify & Enhance Payment Management for Merchants - “Revel is a platform designed to offer clients a seamless customer experience, and having a payment component that will simplify our clients’ lives is important to us,” said Lisa Falzone, co-founder and CEO of Revel. “Verifone has more than 30-years of payments expertise and a worldwide team of payments specialists that will provide our clients with the most secure and technologically advanced payments capabilities. With this integration, we are continuing our mission to help business operators and entrepreneurs create the business of their dreams.”
  • MasterCard, Western Union Join bKash to Make Cross-Border Money Transfers into Mobile Phones a Reality for 22 Million Bangladeshis - "MasterCard plays a critical role in this relationship by providing the real-time, back-end solution via its innovative MasterCard Send Platform, which, by connecting bKash, BRAC Bank and Western Union, helps to further enhance the efficiency and reliability of the end-to-end remittance process."
  • Samsung Pay Adds TD Bank and Regions Bank, Rapidly Expanding Financial Partners - "Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that Samsung Pay, the most widely accepted mobile payment system, will soon support eligible credit and debit cards from TD Bank and Regions Bank, in addition to 60 Visa and MasterCard banks and credit unions launched since early March 2016."

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April 15, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 15, 2016

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April 13, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 13, 2016

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  • Why do new chip cards take so long? - Chicago Tribune - "The delay is due to the added security features, the primary reason for using the technology. Specifically, the chip in the card is generating a unique encrypted message between the store and the bank's network."
  • Chip Cards Cause Headaches at Stores Across America - Bloomberg - "A majority of credit cards in the U.S. now contain a chip designed to add more security -- yet most payment terminals at retailers can’t read the new technology. And the situation isn’t going to improve anytime soon."

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April 12, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 12, 2016

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  • First Public Consultation on SEPA Instant Credit Transfer Scheme - European Payments Council - "The European Payments Council (EPC) is today launching the public consultation on the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst) scheme. The proposed scheme is the first in the world to be interoperable in a region as large as SEPA and is a response to European customer needs for faster payments."
  • Ingenico Group Acquires Think&Go NFC, the Connected Screens Start-up - "Think&Go NFC has developed a technology that enables any kind of digital display to interact with connected objects such as smartphones and transit passes... the connected screens become a vehicle for marketing tools like drive-to-store, couponing, loyalty programs and downloads."
  • SWIFT To Launch New Payments Data Quality Service - "Payments Data Quality [is] an advanced reporting and data analytics service to help financial institutions comply with new international requirements for originator and beneficiary information in payments messages."
  • MIT Adopts Ripple Validator to Advance Consensus and Blockchain Research - "In this new experiment with Ripple, we are taking MIT's experiential research approach to the blockchain, and we anticipate this collaboration will provide us new opportunities to test and deploy data applications and research."

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April 11, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 11, 2016

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  • Facebook Could Blow Up Credit Cards and Make Loans to Billions - Newsweek - "Facebook is reportedly going to give its Messenger app the ability to make payments, much like Apple Pay or Android Pay. This direction became evident way back in 2014, when Facebook hired mobile payments whiz David Markus away from PayPal to run Messenger."
  • Fingerprints to be tested as ‘currency’ - The Japan News - "The government hopes to increase the number of foreign tourists by using the system to prevent crime and relieve users from the necessity of carrying cash or credit cards. It aims to realize the system by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games."
  • Should retailers work with Amazon Payments? - Retail Wire - "It's easy to think of Amazon as a big bad competitor, and that's true," Josh Harbour, co-owner of e-tailer Red Dress Boutique, which has been using Amazon Payments. "But merchants have to find ways to compete with them in some areas and work with them, too."

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April 08, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 8, 2016

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  • Building a digital-banking business - McKinsey - "Because banking is a highly regulated industry and a stronghold of conservative corporate culture, there are tremendous internal complexities that need to be addressed."
  • Amazon May Violate India’s New Rules on Foreign E-Commerce - New York Times - "The government added regulations related to pricing and the sourcing of sales on sites that Amazon and several rivals appear to violate. What is more, the new policy was effective immediately, giving Amazon and others no time to comply."

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  • Chip Credit Card Availability Up Sharply - "Almost 30 million Americans received a new chip-enabled credit card over the past six months, according to a new CreditCards.com report. At present, 70% of U.S. credit cardholders have a chip (EMV) credit card, 15% do not and 14% are not sure."
  • HID Global Enters Market for Citizen IDs on Mobile Phones - "The HID goID™ platform for mobile IDs enables driver licenses and other government IDs to be carried on smartphones that become all-in-one devices for receiving, presenting and authenticating mobile IDs with the highest level of privacy protection. This marks a new era in which individuals will be able to confidently use their smartphone as their secure, trusted ID, and governments can reach a new level of convenience in issuing IDs and extending their relationships with citizens."
  • CardFlight Releases New Data Showing Trends on EMV Chip Card Usage in the United States - "Migrating to EMV chip card technology gives us a more secure system that will significantly reduce fraudulent charges on card present purchases," said Derek Webster, CEO and Founder of CardFlight. "The latest version of the CardFlight EMV Migration Tracker shows that the adoption of EMV technology in the U.S. is accelerating."
  • Regions Bank to Offer Expanded Online Consumer Loan Experience Powered by Leading FinTech Firm Avant - “Our agreement with Regions demonstrates how forward-thinking banks and marketplace lending platforms can collaborate to meet the needs of consumers,” said Al Goldstein, CEO of Avant. “Through this agreement we can bring responsible access to credit to a new demographic of borrowers. The technology offered by AvantPlatform has the power to be a game changer in the banking industry.”
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited Card Survey Reveals a “Fun Gap” in America - While nearly all (97%) believe fun is important in their day, nearly two-thirds (58%) say they feel limited in their ability to live a fun, happy life. Only half (53%) say they’re having enough fun – and a full 47% limit their own fun, intentionally."

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April 07, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 7, 2016

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  • Nation’s Financial Institutions On Target To Offer Same Day ACH Payments In 2016 - “Financial institutions see the value in providing new, faster payment options to their customers with certainty and surety, and Same Day ACH allows them to do that in 2016,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “These findings support our earlier research that Same Day ACH volume will come from use cases like payroll and B2B payments.”
  • With PayNearMe and OfficialPayments.com, Federal Tax Payments Are Now Payable Using Cash at 7,000 7-Eleven Stores - "Government agencies and payment processors use PayNearMe to collect cash payments for everything from utilities to bike share membership," said Danny Shader, founder and CEO of PayNearMe. "Customers appreciate when the organizations care enough to offer them payment options at convenient locations and the organizations are happy to automate traditionally time-consuming payment processes to enable payments 24 hours a day."
  • Adyen launches RevenueAccelerate - Pieter van der Does, CEO & Founder of Adyen, explained, “Ecommerce businesses need to challenge their payments provider to not only process payments but actually drive growth. We are able to offer RevenueAccelerate because we have something that no other payments solution has – a completely new infrastructure that utilizes all the rich data needed to optimize payments success.”

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