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April 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 16, 2015

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  • A Stanford professor claims to have invented a Bitcoin-like system that can handle payments faster and with more security - MIT Technology Review - "Stanford professor David Mazières thinks he has a faster, more flexible, and more secure alternative. If Mazières is correct, his technology could make digital payments and other transactions cheaper, safer, and easier—particularly across borders. He released the design for his system in a white paper last Wednesday."
  • Bitcoin and the Cypherpunks - Reason.com - "Decentralized peer-to-peer marketplaces became technically possible only in 2009, when a shadowy figure calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto gave the world a new form of virtual currency called Bitcoin. More than just a new form of money, Bitcoin is also a protocol, or system for managing information, that has the capacity to undergird—and revolutionize—much of the Internet."
  • Former Yahoo Exec Appointed COO of Ripple Labs - CoinDesk - "Ripple Labs has appointed former Yahoo and AOL executive Brad Garlinghouse as its new COO."
  • How Do Speed and Security Influence Consumers' Payment Behavior? - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "This brief draws upon new data from the 2013 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice and employs econometric modeling and simulation to complement FRFS-commissioned market research on end users' preferences."
  • U.S. Consumer Holdings and Use of $1 Bills - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "This report examines the $1 bill holdings of adults in the United States using data from the Diary of Consumer Payments Choice (DCPC)."

On the Wires:

  • American Express and Jawbone Partner to Launch UP4 – The First-Of-Its-Kind Fitness Wearable with Built-In Amex Payments Technology - "In partnership with Jawbone, a leader in advanced fitness trackers, we have created a seamless payment experience all in the tap of a wrist," said Leslie Berland, executive vice president, Digital Partnerships and Development at American Express. "We believe this unique technology will delight our active, digitally-savvy Card Members in a powerful way and drive a new type of engagement at hundreds of thousands of merchant locations nationwide.”
  • Target Announces Settlement Agreement with MasterCard - Scott Kennedy, President, Financial & Retail Services at Target, stated “We are hopeful that Target’s agreement to pay up to $19 million to settle the claims of MasterCard and its issuers will result in a high level of issuer acceptance. Target intends to continue to defend itself vigorously against any assessments made by MasterCard on behalf of MasterCard issuers that do not accept their offers.”
  • National Geographic and First Bankcard Launch New Visa® Card with Exclusive Discounts, Special Access and Member Benefits - “For more than a century, National Geographic explorers and photographers have traveled the world to capture stunning images and collect compelling stories,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing, North America. “Together with First Bankcard, we’ve created an innovative program that encourages consumers to explore with us by providing meaningful travel benefits, unique access to our content, membership benefits and relevant discounts."
  • PayPal: Strong American Dollar Driving European Travel - “Our research found that one in five (21 percent) of Americans are considering a trip to Europe and nearly half of those travelers cite the strengthening dollar as a factor in their decision-making (47 percent),” said Carey Kolaja, Vice President, Head of Global Consumer Products at PayPal. “Yet, for many, international travel is still a daunting concept – shrouded by the mysteries of currency exchange rates, foreign transaction fees and financial safety. As a leading global payments processor, PayPal is uniquely positioned to help alleviate concerns, making planning a trip to Europe as simple, seamless and secure as going to the local grocery store.”

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April 15, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 15, 2015

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  • Ingenico Group Enables Long John Silver’s to Deploy an End-to-End Secure Payment Solution Combining EMV and Point-to-Point Encryption - “As we prepared for the advent of chip-based cards, we also wanted to implement a solution with point-to-point encryption (P2PE) to provide bulletproof security over our customers’ cardholder data, while also easing the process of meeting increasingly complex PCI requirements,” said Craig Daniel, chief financial officer for Long John Silver’s.
  • NCR Signals Massive Makeover to Banking with Highly Secure Cloud-Based ATM Software Platform - “NCR’s Kalpana software is the most disruptive change to the ATM ecosystem in decades. Business and consumer applications are increasingly turning to enterprise or cloud-based solutions that reshape security and enable fast, nimble and dynamic customer experiences,” said Andy Heyman, president, NCR Financial Services. “Kalpana software is ideal for financial institutions and independent ATM deployers looking to improve security, quickly advance service delivery through technology, and reshape their cost to serve.”
  • Trustonic and Mobeewave Partner to Provide Unprecedented Security Level in Mobile Payment - "Up to now mPOS solutions have not completely secured the interaction with consumers on mobile devices unless merchants used add-on devices. Now, just by downloading the Mobeewave mPOS application into merchant mobile devices supporting the Trustonic technology, the consumers will be able to securely tap their contactless card or smartphone against the merchant’s mobile device. The Trustonic TEE technology secures the interaction with the cardholder on the merchant’s device itself by leveraging the Trusted User Interface."

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April 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 14, 2015

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  • JPMorgan Chase Reports First-Quarter 2015 Net Income of $5.9 Billion - Jamie Dimon concluded: “JPMorgan Chase continues to support consumers, businesses and communities and make a significant positive impact. We have an outstanding franchise which is getting safer and stronger, and is gaining market share over time. We continue to build the company for the long-term, we are investing in controls, infrastructure, systems, technology, new products and bankers. We will continue to navigate challenges and deliver for our clients, shareholders and communities.”
  • Wells Fargo Reports $5.8 Billion in Net Income - “Our solid first quarter results again reflected the benefit of our diversified business model and the continued focus of our 266,000 team members on serving the needs of consumer and business customers," said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. “We continued to strengthen our customer relationships in the quarter, as reflected in strong growth in deposits and primary checking customers. In addition, our mortgage business was able to serve more customers by refinancing their mortgage loans with lower rates."
  • Early Warning and BioCatch Align to Help U.S. Financial Services Organizations Fight Fraud and Improve Digital Experience - “Early Warning has taken yet another fundamental and unparalleled step in securing and optimizing digital financial transactions,” said Paul Finch, CEO of Early Warning. “Integrating BioCatch’s behavior analytics, plus our ability to authenticate consumers and their devices via the Mobile Network Operators, enables participating banks to provide a more seamless and secure digital experience for their customers as well as increase their own operational efficiencies.”
  • U.S. Bank Introduces Virtual Payment for Travel Intermediaries - “Automatic reconciliation is critical to our partnership with travel intermediaries,” adds Jeff Rankin, U.S. Bank global executive for Large Market and Public Sector Bankcard. “Our single-use account solution provides an alternative to central travel accounts, creating a 1:1 relationship between the booking data and the transaction data and reducing overhead. We are pleased to bring these capabilities to our clients and see their businesses grow as they serve their global customers in new and better ways.”
  • Synchrony Financial and Guitar Center to Introduce New Consumer Financing Program - "According to Synchrony Financial’s third annual Major Purchase Consumer Study, 72 percent of music shoppers always seek promotional financing, and 77 percent of respondents said that the availability of financing is “very important” when choosing a retailer. Musical instruments and gear also lead online purchases across the 12 categories included in the study."
  • New TNS Card Scheme Gateway Set to Accelerate UnionPay Acceptance Worldwide - Lisa Shipley, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of TNS’ PaymentNetwork Solutions, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this arrangement with UnionPay to establish this gateway to promote in-store card acceptance internationally. UnionPay is a significant player within the card industry globally and merchants and banks have long recognized the importance of being able to accept payments made via its card."
  • Kofax and Blackhawk Network Announce OEM Agreement - "Blackhawk Network has developed strong relationships with major retailers and payment systems which gives it a competitive edge in supporting digital wallets," stated Drew Hyatt, Senior Vice President of Mobile Capture Applications at Kofax. "Kofax Mobile Capture adds valuable user functionality to GoWallet and to Blackhawk Network’s digital platform, and benefits Kofax by adding Blackhawk to our growing list of mobile industry leaders.”

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April 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 13, 2015

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  • InstaMed Delivers Apple Pay to Healthcare - “Approximately 20 percent of consumers have unpaid healthcare bills as a result of confusion in the payments process. This will only grow as more and more consumers continue to enroll in high deductible health plans,” said Chris Seib, CTO and Co-Founder of InstaMed. “To resolve consumer confusion and rising bad debt, the healthcare industry must deliver a simple, secure and private payment process with innovative technology, including Apple Pay."
  • YapStone Names Daniel Issen as Chief Technology Officer - “We are thrilled to have Daniel join as YapStone’s CTO. He brings impressive technology and payments experience from his roles at past companies, including Amazon, Google, PayPal and eBay, and he’ll be instrumental to our growth,” said Tom Villante, Chairman & CEO and Co-Founder of YapStone.

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April 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 9, 2015

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  • It’s All in the Wrist: Digital Insight Deploys Smartwatch Banking - "Digital Insight, an NCR company and leader in digital banking solutions, announced it has released Android smartwatch functionality with Wright-Patt Credit Union. Wright-Patt Credit Union (WPCU) members who own an Android Wear™ watch can now seamlessly check account balances with a flick of the wrist, without the hassle of logging-in to the mobile app."
  • ProPay Syncs with QuickBooks for Merchants - Dave Duncan, president of ProPay, added, "We’re excited to offer QuickBooks support for our small business customers in order to simplify and streamline business processes so our clients can focus on growing their business."

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April 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 8, 2015

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  • Apple Pay Coming Soon to You: New Banks & Credit Unions Implement Mobile Payment Service for MasterCard Cardholders - “People are passionate about their devices and they’re ready for their connected devices to do more – including acting as a commerce device – as is evident by the positive reception and uptake of Apple Pay,” said Matt Barr, group head, U.S. Emerging Payments MasterCard. “Consumers want to be able to shop where they want, when they want and how they want – and they want to do so with the confidence that their money is safe and secure no matter how they choose to pay. Issuers are delivering on this by enabling their cards within emerging payment platforms like Apple Pay that deliver consumer choice.”
  • U.S. Bank Offers Prepaid Card Services for the American Red Cross - “Our prepaid card conversion to U.S. Bank will enable the American Red Cross to leverage technology in new ways,” said Steve Casey, corporate treasurer of the American Red Cross. “Most importantly, this new card technology will help the Red Cross deliver its mission more efficiently in communities across the country.”
  • Western Union Enables Skype Customers to Top up at Locations across the U.S. - Western Union’s Odilon Almeida, President, Americas and European Union, said, “The relationship is a logical one, as both Western Union and Skype have a mission to connect people when they are apart. “Western Union is optimizing its money transfer system to link cash and digital for money movement and payments across the globe. We are driving our innovation on the back of what our customers want. Skype is a classic example; where customers can enjoy full digital access with a walk-in payment option,” he said.

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April 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 7, 2015

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  • Early Warning to Acquire Authentify - "With Early Warning’s announced acquisition of Authentify and its 2013 equity investment and exclusive agreement with Payfone, the company has created a differentiated digital channels authentication solution suite that augments its identity and payments solutions."

  • Square: Introducing Powerful Online Marketing Tools for the Offline World - "... today we’re releasing a suite of powerful Customer Engagement tools uniquely suited for local businesses. Because you run your business with Square Register, these tools link your online marketing efforts to sales in the real world. With these tools comes Square Marketing, an easy and effective way to drive valuable foot traffic to your store."

  • Vouch Launches the First Social Network for Credit - "Led by a team of PayPal alumni and former banking executives, Vouch is on a mission to lower costs and increase access to financial power. The company allows anyone to bank on the trust they have already developed amongst their family, friends and colleagues to proactively build credit before they need it."

  • Jumio’s Netverify Speeds Up Account Verification Processes by Over 80 Per Cent for Optimal Payments’ NETELLER - Commenting on the deal Lorenzo Pellegrino, executive vice president of NETELLER, Optimal Payments said, “Our account verification process is now 80 per cent quicker, making it faster and easier for customers to pay online. Over three quarters of our account upgrades are now automatically processed through Jumio, saving hours of manual review time by our staff and benefiting our bottom line.”

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April 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 6, 2015

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  • 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 Bankrate.com 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? - CreditCards.com - "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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April 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 3, 2015

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  • Trade Group Asks for Delay on Card-Security Plan - Wall St. Journal - "In a letter sent last week to Visa Inc.,MasterCard Inc.,American Express Co. and Discover Financial Services, the Food Marketing Institute said that merchants won’t be ready to meet an October deadline that will shift liability for fraudulent transactions from card-issuing banks to merchants."
  • Delta buckles up with Alipay as airlines tap mobile payments - Mobile Commerce Daily - "The strategy will see Delta become the first United States-based carrier to integrate Alipay onto its Web and mobile site, proving the brand’s ongoing efforts to better cater to Chinese customers."
  • Angel investors & VCs finally warm up to Bitcoin in India - Economic Times Tech - "The murky silhouettes surrounding the bitcoin notwithstanding, Indian investors are taking a closer look at the online payment system to understand its global potential."

On the Wires:

  • Delta Becomes the First U.S. Airline To Offer Alipay Payment and Improve the Ease of Online Booking from China - "This exciting new partnership is one of many Delta initiatives to build the most Chinese-friendly U.S. airline," said Vinay Dube, Delta's senior vice president – Asia Pacific. "As the U.S. and China have agreed to issue multiple-entry visas for up to ten years for short-term business and tourist travel, our partnership with Alipay will give more Chinese consumers the chance to experience traveling in the U.S. with our industry-leading product and service in flight and on the ground."

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April 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 2, 2015

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  • The PayPal Mafia’s Golden Touch - New York Times = "The PayPal Mafia — a nickname given a group of alumni of PayPal, the payments company that went public in 2002 and was acquired by eBay — has its hands in many, if not most, of today’s most valuable private tech companies."
  • UBS to Open Blockchain Research Lab in London - Wall St. Journal - "While many in financial services have expressed an interest in the underlying technology behind bitcoin, UBS’s is one of the first banks to go public with their plans. The idea is to get UBS more involved with the fintech crowd in London and open up to external innovation."
  • PayPal Makes Acquisition of Paydiant Official - PayPal Forward Blog - "PayPal is always looking forward, and we acquired Paydiant to help deepen our partnerships with our merchant customers. By bringing Paydiant into the PayPal family, we speed up our ability to offer merchants great ways to create their own branded wallets."
  • Silicon Valley Bank Strengthens Its Roots - New York Times - "Meyer Malka, the founder of the technology investing firm Ribbit Capital, said that when he opened Ribbit in 2012, there was no question that he would use Silicon Valley Bank, because of its industry expertise."
  • Like all mobile wallets before it, Apple Pay struggles with retailers - ArsTechnica - "The finding reflects one of the biggest stumbling blocks that Apple Pay and its competitors face in trying to get people to adopt mobile payments—the fact that no payment platform can control the experience a customer has when they walk into a brick-and-mortar store."
  • The Secret History of the Apple Watch - Wired - "Along the way, the Apple team landed upon the Watch’s raison d’être. It came down to this: Your phone is ruining your life."
  • Logging Into Your Bank in a Heartbeat - Celent - "Apple may not always come up with the idea in the first place, but by throwing their weight behind they can take the idea mainstream. Biometric authentication has existed for years, but it was Apple that really brought it to everyone’s attention when it first launched TouchID, and subsequently demonstrated with Apple Pay how biometrics can be used to authenticate a payments transaction."

On the Wires:

  • Ingenico Group and Intel to Bring Payments to the Internet of Things - “The shift in liability this October will be a major milestone in the United States for banks and credit card companies, but especially for retailers,” said Doug Davis, senior vice president and general manager, Internet of Things Group, Intel. “Intel and Ingenico Group are working to bridge the retail experience and security gap while also making sure devices are easy to deploy and manage so we don’t create new burdens for the merchants.”
  • Align Commerce Halves Cost and Time of Transactions in $24 Trillion International Payments Market - “The blockchain offers a ready alternative. The Align Commerce Payments Platform is the first in the industry to use this global rail to help small and medium-sized businesses quickly collect and receive payments in their local currency while avoiding high wire fees and various hidden fees.”
  • Mobile-Ordering Pioneer Tapingo Secures Additional $22 Million to Transform Local Commerce - “When you buy a coffee, you shouldn’t have to wait in line, pay at a register, then wait again,” says founder and CEO Daniel Almog. “Your phone should know what kind of coffee you like and make sure it’s available for you—where you need it, when you need it.”

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April 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 1, 2015

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  • FIS Drives Digital Disruption from New Innovation Lab in San Francisco - “Our Digital Innovation Lab will serve as an entrepreneurial ‘garage’, where our engineers build new product prototypes with cutting-edge technologies,” said Doug Brown, SVP and GM, Mobile Financial Services, FIS. “Located in the U.S. hub for high-tech innovation, the lab is empowering FIS to set the pace of digital developments for the financial industry.”
  • Heartland and Verifone Renew Alliance; Announce EMV and Encryption Initiative - “A renewed alliance between Heartland and Verifone ensures merchants have access to the most secure and flexible payments solutions on the market today,” said Heartland Chairman and CEO Robert O. Carr. “Verifone’s popular VX terminals are both Heartland Secure-certified and support E3 encryption, providing merchants with an extensive range of payment device options.”
  • Advanced Cash Chooses BitPay to Offer Bitcoin Funding - "As the Bitcoin industry grows in transaction volume and technology development, companies like Advanced Cash need to have a scalable product to compete and meet customer expectations. With BitPay, they are able to provide reliable and efficient services to Bitcoin users by offering frictionless transactions powered by enterprise level software and support service."

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March 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 31, 2015

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  • Apple Pay Running Into Hurdles at Checkout Counter, Survey Finds - Bloomberg Business - "The majority of people who used Apple Pay said they did so because it was faster than a traditional credit card. Almost 60 percent they were using it because “it’s new, stylish or cool,” while 58 percent said they thought it was safer than a normal credit card."
  • Square Wants to Become a Platform — Here’s Why that Matters For Small Businesses - StreetFight - "Now, with millions of small businesses already using its application to process payments, the company needs to navigate through a complex and crowded small business software market to build a platform from which merchants can run their business."
  • The Most Important Question for Launching Your Digital Platform - MasterCard Blog (Ed McLaughlin) - "It was quite a trip down memory lane to revisit our strategy for launching and growing that business. Even more striking is how the same principles we applied online in the first-wave of internet use are even more vital to launching a new platform today, in a world where digital convergence is radically altering the day-to-day experiences, preferences, and habits of consumers."

On the Wires:

  • MasterCard Easy Savings® Program and Rakuten.com Provide Millions of Ways for Small Businesses to Save - “Easy Savings was built to make savings on everyday needs stress-free and simple—all you have to do is use your eligible MasterCard business card,” said Jay Singer, senior vice president, North America commerical products. “With the broad selection of goods and merchants that Rakuten.com offers and the services that BizEquity provides, we can now deliver even more value to our small business cardholders enrolled in the program.”
  • Moneris to work with Verifone as Exclusive Provider for its Countertop Terminal Solutions in United States - “We’re pleased to be able to work with Verifone as a key partner in our work to help U.S. merchants transition to EMV-enabled payment devices,” said Chris Lee, president, North American strategic partnerships and emerging markets. “Verifone is a leader in next generation EMV solutions and the VX 520 offers merchants a cost-effective, durable, feature-rich product that can manage everything from EMV to contactless payments.”
  • Criteo Report Reveals Consumers Increasingly Comfortable with Mobile Purchases - “Mobile commerce is growing like a weed,” said Jonathan Wolf, chief product officer, Criteo. “In just the last three months there was a 10 percent increase in mobile transactions in the US alone. Smartphones are now the majority of mobile transactions, and the growth of larger screen sizes and better mobile sites is only going to accelerate this trend.”
  • ProPay Announces ProFac Express for Payment Facilitators - “ProPay’s ProFac Express lets payment facilitators take immediate advantage of our industry-leading transaction processing platform – including online application, instant boarding, underwriting and more – while also empowering them to play an active role in the processing and client-service relationship.”
  • Global Payments’ OpenEdge Division Integrates Secure Payments Solutions with Carolina Software’s WasteWORKS Software Suite - “Everyone in the ecosystem understands that EMV represents a far superior security solution at the point-of-purchase,” stated OpenEdge President, Sid Singh. “Yet, developers face challenges ensuring merchants are ready to accept EMV payments within the POS system. EdgeShield solves this problem, so developers can integrate EMV swiftly and merchants can accept payments seamlessly.”
  • Ingenico Mobile Solutions Launches First and Only mPOS Solution for EMV Chip & Sign, Contactless and Magnetic Stripe Card Acceptance - “Merchants want options when it comes to EMV and NFC. With the RP450c, Ingenico Mobile Solutions now provides the first and only mPOS solution that enables acceptance of all payment types, with the most flexible connection options,” said David Szczepanski, COO at Ingenico Mobile Solutions.
  • Ingenico Group’s Wi-Fi Pay-at-the-Table Technology Brings EMV and NFC Tableside - “With the EMV liability shift and growing popularity of mobile wallets, merchants in the hospitality industry need to think differently about how they accept payment directly at the table,” said Gregory Boardman, Senior Vice President of Product and Development for Ingenico Group, North America. “This new Wi-Fi enabled addition to our iWL series ensures that Ingenico Group can meet the needs of any merchant that wants to implement a Pay-at-the-Table strategy, and in turn ensure EMV compliance.”
  • TransFirst Certifies Verifone’s Secure Commerce Architecture - “The certification of Verifone’s Secure Commerce Architecture is a major milestone for TransFirst,” said John Shlonksy, President and CEO for TransFirst. “It confirms our commitment to providing enhanced data security payment solutions to our merchants and sales partners that will not only reduce the scope of EMV certification, but also save their time and resources.”
  • Mozido Invests in HCE Pioneer SimplyTapp - “The mobile payments industry is in the midst of a transformation. With secure element-based NFC mobile payments struggling, the industry is leaning heavily towards a future of more open, HCE oriented mobile payment transactions,” said Michael Liberty, Mozido founder and chairman of global strategic initiatives. “By partnering with SimplyTapp, the pioneer and leader of HCE payments, Mozido will be at the forefront of this transformation.”
  • Mozido Invests in IdentityMind Global, Forms Partnership for Unprecedented Fraud Protection in Mobile Commerce - “Fraud prevention in e-Commerce and online transactions is most effective when the identity of the consumer or entity is known,” said Garrett Gafke, president and CEO of IdentityMind. “Our platform recognizes individuals based on a combination of attributes and helps validate how these attributes correlate against each other both online and offline. This is particularly important in mobile commerce where online merchants sacrifice collecting information for reducing friction in the mobile payment/registration process, and mobile adoption is larger within underbanked and unbanked demographics.”

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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!

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 27, 2015

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  • Synchrony Financial Extends mApply Mobile Credit Applications for Payment Solutions Customers and Merchants = "Synchrony Financial’s 2014 Major Purchase Consumer Study found that 79% of all shoppers surveyed agree that financing makes large purchases more affordable. Combined with the rapid growth in mobile shopping – 53% of U.S. consumers report using their mobile phone for shopping activities (Synchrony Financial Insights Study, March 2015) – it is clear why the mApply product is popular with both retailers and customers."

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March 26, 2015

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  • No Password, No Problem: FIS Adds Biometric Access to Mobile Solutions - “One-touch Cardless Cash® is unlike anything else in the market,” said Douglas Brown, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Financial Services, FIS. “The ability to access your account and withdraw money with just your fingerprint will make ATM access faster, safer and easier for users. It’s a true homerun.”
  • How Ready are U.S. Merchants for EMV? - "TSG survey finds just 34% of merchants in the US will be EMV-ready by October 2015."
  • PCI Council Publishes Guidance on Penetration Testing - "Today the PCI Security Standards Council publishedPenetration Testing Guidance to help organizations establish a strong methodology for regularly testing security controls and processes to protect the cardholder data environment in accordance with PCI DSS Requirement 11.3."
  • Federal Reserve survey provides information on mobile financial services - "The use of mobile phones to access bank accounts, credit cards, or other financial accounts continued to increase among adults in the United States last year, according to a Federal Reserve Board report, Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2015. The report is the Board's fourth looking at how consumers access banking services using mobile phones ("mobile banking"), and their payments for goods and services using mobile phones ("mobile payments"), as well as their use of mobile phones to inform their shopping decisions."
  • TSYS CIO Ken Tye To Retire - "During Tye’s tenure, in the mid-1990’s, he led a team responsible for building TS2, still considered the industry’s most technologically advanced payment processing system in the market today. Most recently, Tye has led the team creating a more open technology environment to power TSYS’ next generation of digital innovation and consumer servicing."

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March 25, 2015

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  • Global Payments Acquires Realex Payments, Expanding Its International Ecommerce Offerings - Colm Lyon, CEO of Realex Payments, added, "We are thrilled to be joining the Global Payments team. The combination of Global Payments' multinational acquiring expertise with Realex Payments’ technologies and employees will position us well for global growth and expansion."
  • Rise in “Mobile-Only” Users Will Require Rethinking Mobile Banking Says Fiserv White Paper - "According to Fiserv estimates, mobile-only users make up about 15 percent of a typical financial institutions’ mobile banking user base. Mobile-only users are defined as those who access their accounts using only their smartphones. Although the segment is small, it is growing, and it makes up an integral part of the mobile banking population."
  • Pay with OpenTable Now Available for Android - "Millions of diners use our apps to discover and book the perfect table," said Jocelyn Mangan, OpenTable Senior Vice President, Product Management.  "We're excited to provide Android users with a payment experience that is intuitive and integrated into the OpenTable app they know and love." 
  • ShopKeep Launches Integrated Payments - "ShopKeep Payments will be a new division of ShopKeep, and will leverage technology from Payment Revolution, an independent sales organization and a full service credit card processing firm that specializes in custom solutions. ShopKeep Payments will also offer best-in-class residual payouts to its interested, certified value-added resellers and referral partners"

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March 24, 2015

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  • Understanding and Improving Consumer Financial Health in America - Center for Financial Services Innovation - "This research explores the state of financial health in America in a groundbreaking examination of consumer behaviors, attitudes, and preferences. In it, we define seven consumer financial health segments based on a combination of behaviors and attitudes, offering an analysis that goes beyond income, age, education, or credit score."
  • Optimal Payments to Acquire Digital Payments Rival - "Optimal Payments said on Monday that it had agreed to acquire the digital payment service Skrill Group in a cash-and-share deal that values the business at 1.1 billion euros, or about $1.2 billion."
  • Comments On The Proposed Bitlicense Regulations - AVC.com (Fred Wilson) - "This blog post is being submitted as a public comment on the revised Bitlicense regulations and should be read as such."
  • The New York BitLicense and California’s Digital Currency Bill – A Comparison - CoinCenter - "All in all, I’m optimistic that we’ll see progress in both New York and California. Each wants to be a leader in the exploding new FinTech space, they face increasing competition from the UK and other international jurisdictions, and they have each been quite receptive to input from those of us the cryptocurrency ecosystem."
  • Trouble at AmEx: Some cardholders can leave home without it - AP - "One of the biggest threats to AmEx is the slew of competing cards aimed at the well-to-do, sometimes with lower annual fees."

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  • Fiserv Completes First Tokenized Transactions via Accel Debit Payments Network - “Fiserv offers one of the first debit payment networks to enable tokenization, which is required for transactions such as those conducted using Apple Pay™,” said Kevin Gregoire, president, Financial Institutions Group, Fiserv. “Apple Pay is just one example of the rapid changes in the payments landscape, and it is important for Fiserv to equip our clients to deliver the capabilities consumers expect at an accelerated pace. We anticipate that tokenization will play an increasing role in the debit payments industry and Accel is well positioned to accommodate further developments.”

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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 20, 2015

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March 19, 2015

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  • American Express Announces New Co-Brand Relationship with Charles Schwab - “We look forward to working closely with Charles Schwab to develop a strong value proposition for the new cards,” said Josh Silverman, president of Consumer Products & Services for American Express. “The partnership is designed to generate positive economics over time for our shareholders, and allow our mutual customers to benefit from a relationship with two leading financial services brands.”
  • GlobeOne partners with InvestaBank and Bankaool to bring new mobile banking network to Mexico - “Only 45% of the population in Mexico has a bank account, which is why this partnership is an exciting development for Mexican consumers,” said Michael Wolper, GlobeOne member and Chief Marketing Officer. “Through GlobeOne’s growing global network, consumers will have access to the basic financial services necessary to build a strong financial future, and banks will have a new platform to serve the many digitally connected Mexican consumers who do not participate in the traditional, brick-and-mortar banking system.”

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March 18, 2015

American Express Launches Plenti Coalition Loyalty Program

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express has announced Plenti - calling it "the first U.S.-based coalition loyalty program."

AT&T, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy and Hulu are joining with American Express to launch the program where consumers can earn and use Plenti points for purchasing a wide range of products, regardless of the payment method consumers choose to use. Amex said the program will officially launch this spring and is expected to include more brands in additional categories.

Recent research indicates that nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of Americans say they would prefer a rewards program that allows them to shop at many stores versus a single brand. Plenti is designed to address that need, giving consumers options to earn points and additional value through special offers and product discounts. Plenti will be free to join, and consumers can earn points and discounts using any form of payment accepted by the participating brands, including cash, prepaid and any debit, charge or credit card.

“This is a perfect time for a coalition loyalty program in the U.S., as online marketing becomes more efficient and American consumers become more accustomed to rewards programs, special offers and discounts,” said Ed Gilligan, president at American Express. “With American Express’ deep experience with the Membership Rewards® program and acquisition of Loyalty Partner in 2011, we are the right company to operate a loyalty program of this scale, involving such celebrated brands.”

For more information, visit: www.plenti.com.

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.

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  • Openbay, Online Marketplace for Auto Repair, Now Supports Apple Pay - “Openbay remains the only nationwide mobile and web app for consumers to search for, compare mechanics, book an appointment and pay for auto repair,” said Rob Infantino, founder and CEO. “With Apple Pay, we continue to innovate and maintain a first-mover advantage for vehicle repair. The perceived nuisance of getting one’s car or truck serviced is becoming virtually frictionless.”
  • PAR Expands Mobile Point of Sale (POS) Solutions for Restaurant and Retail - “The addition of the PAR Tablet 5 and PAR Tablet POS underscores and reinforces our commitment to bring the best POS solutions to market for our customers,” said Karen E. Sammon, President of ParTech, Inc. “Mobile POS is one of the fastest growing trends in the restaurant and retail space and today’s announcement will help our customers provide better guest experiences in the course of their business.”

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March 17, 2015

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seeks Solutions to Help Drive Financial Inclusion

The Financial Services for the Poor team at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched the second round of its Grand Challenges Exploration by offering two grant opportunities focused on 1) encouraging the adoption of mobile money and 2) collecting richer data aimed at driving financial inclusion in the developing world. You're invited to apply by May 13 and could win anywhere from $100K to $1 million to fund your idea.

Specifically, the Gates Foundation is seeking "forward-thinking and entrepreneurial solutions" for two specific calls to action:


Kosta Peric of the Foundation reminds us: "It only takes one great idea to change this field forever." Click here for more details on the Grand Challenges Exploration.

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  • Payments on Fire Podcast #15 – Small Business Banking grown from Seed - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "Listen to this conversation between Glenbrook’s George Peabody and Seed CEO Brian Merritt. While very early in the company’s development, Brian’s description of the company’s “API first” approach banking makes clear what’s possible when legacy technology and processes are in the rearview mirror."

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  • U.S. Bank Becomes Member of clearXchange to Bring Customers Faster, More Secure Digital Payments - “U.S. Bank is committed to bringing customers the most convenient and secure payment options available in the marketplace,” said Gareth Gaston, executive vice president of omnichannel banking at U.S. Bank. “Digital person-to-person payments are far more convenient than writing a check or having enough cash on hand to pay the babysitter or split a rent payment. By joining with clearXchange, U.S. Bank customers have a better way to make those payments quickly, easily and safely. We also have the opportunity to explore other ways this payment exchange network could come to light through our unified, omnichannel approach to customer service.”
  • Rakuten to Accept Bitcoin on Global Marketplaces - Rakuten’s mission is to empower the world through the Internet,” commented Yaz Iida, President of Rakuten USA. “Not only can bitcoin support this vision by helping our merchants better compete globally, but it also has the potential to benefit society by enhancing the security, privacy, and convenience of financial transactions. This is one of the reasons why we invested in Bitnet last year and we look forward to working with them on our US marketplace."
  • Digital River Provides Global Online Payments Solutions for peerTransfer - “peerTransfer is delighted to add Digital River to our suite of existing payment providers,” explained Mike Massaro, peerTransfer’s chief executive officer. “Digital River allows us to lower transactional costs in key regions and countries while enabling us to increase the number of currencies in which we settle."
  • Betty DeVita Appointed Chief Commercial Officer, MasterCard Labs - "In this role Betty will be responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships focused on commercializing existing and future pipeline MasterCard Labs assets."

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March 16, 2015

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  • Alibaba’s Jack Ma Demos Pay-With-Your-Face Technology - Re/code.net - "In Hannover, Germany, Sunday night, where he was a headline speaker at the CeBit conference getting under way this week, Ma capped his speech by demonstrating a payment system on a smartphone using facial recognition technology."
  • Naver Bets On Mobile Payment Boom - Wall St. Journal - "The new mobile payment service, to be called Naver Pay, will allow consumers to buy goods online using smartphones or traditional computers in some cases without having to punch in any passwords."
  • BMO Harris Bank launches cardless ATMs - Chicago Tribune - "Generally, cardless cash machines work by creating a QR code, a square matrix-style bar code. Customers sign into the mobile app and hold their smartphones over the QR code on the ATM, which dispenses the desired cash."
  • Withdraw Cash Without a Card? There’s an App for That - Wall St. Journal - "The latest gambit by banks to reduce card fraud? Get rid of the card."
  • Authorities Closing In on Hackers Who Stole Data From JPMorgan Chase - New York Times - "Law enforcement officials believe that several of the suspects are “gettable,” meaning that they live in a country with which the United States has an extradition treaty."

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  • TA Associates Announces Investment in YeePay - “Key drivers in the third-party payment industry in China include growth in the issuance of bank and credit cards, increased consumer spending, growth in online and mobile payments, and government promotion of non-cash payments,” said Naveen Wadhera, Director and Co-Head of Asia at TA Associates Asia Pacific Ltd. “It is estimated that only 10 percent of small and medium-size businesses in China have a point of sale payment solution, so we expect penetration of that offline market will also drive industry growth.”
  • WEX to receive Australian MasterCard® Issuing Licence under new regulatory framework - "The Australian MasterCard issuing license was granted following regulatory changes made by the Reserve Bank of Australia to the MasterCard and Visa access regimes, which came into effect on 1 January 2015. The changes were designed to encourage access to and greater competition in the Australian market."
  • NCR Software Drives Transaction Switching at Mexico’s Largest Electronic Payments Processor, E-Global - “With the high volumes of transactions handled by E-Global on a daily basis, the support and performance of its transaction platform is essential,” said Steve Nogalo, vice president and general manager of Payments, NCR Financial Services. “With Authentic, E-Global has the flexibility and visibility it needs to deliver a best-in-class experience to its merchants and the consumers they serve.”

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March 13, 2015

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March 12, 2015

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  • Four Types of Bitcoin Users on Coinbase - Coinable Blog - "We have seen several different types of bitcoin users emerge over the past few years, with many more likely on the horizon."
  • The five stages of bitcoin understanding - Fortune - “We are still a good year away, in our estimation, from seeing the first production-ready instruments where you can imagine a known financial services company using this. But it’s not 10 years."

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  • Apple Pay is Now Available at Jamba Juice Stores - “We are pleased to integrate Apple Pay as an option for consumers seeking an easy and secure service through which to complete their transactions,” said Julie S. Washington, Jamba Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer. “We believe Apple Pay will help improve the speed-of-service for today’s on-the-go consumer.” Jamba is integrating Apple Pay in approximately 650 stores nationwide.
  • Global Payments and Discover Financial Services Announce Streamlined Card Acceptance on the Discover Global Network in Canada - “The launch of our full acquiring program for Discover is the latest example of our commitment to providing Canadian merchants with robust and innovative product and service offerings,” said René Bélanger, President of Global Payments Canada. “This program brings additional value to our merchant customers by enhancing payment acceptance options and providing them a single source for payment processing, settlement, underwriting, risk management, support and reporting.”
  • VISA ReadyLink Users Can Now Add Funds to Their Cards at Walmart - "The integration of Visa ReadyLink with Walmart's Rapid Reload delivers on InComm's vision to expand the swipe reload technology and streamline the customer experience at the register, simplify the sales process for employees and increase retail foot traffic," saidJeff Lewis, Vice President and General Manager, Financial Services, InComm.
  • Calling All Entrepreneurs: Bring Your Big Idea to MasterCard’s Priceless Elevator Pitch - "Representatives from some of the top venture capital firms in the country will serve as judges for the competition. At the end of each day, they’ll award three finalists with a $250 MasterCard prepaid card. On the final day, Jay Singer, senior vice president, North America commercial products at MasterCard, will join the judging panel and one of the nine finalists will be named the winner of the $15,000 grand prize."
  • Intuit and Bigcommerce Partner to Simplify Financial Business Operations for Online Retailers - “Both Intuit and Bigcommerce develop technology that makes our clients’ lives easier, and this partnership will help Bigcommerce merchants simplify accounting with the help of QuickBooks Online,” said Avi Golan, vice president and general manager of the Intuit Developer Group. “Merchants taking advantage of this integration will save time once spent on accounting, and will be able to keep their focus on running their business.”
  • Intuit Partners with Shopify to Automate Bookkeeping for Online Retailers - “Delivering a seamless integration between QuickBooks Online and Shopify makes it easy for businesses to automatically reconcile sales data,” said Avi Golan, vice president and general manager of the Intuit Developer Group. “This is the latest example of how we’ve turned QuickBooks Online into the world’s leading small business cloud platform, delivering an ecosystem of integrated tools and services."
  • Fifth Third Bank Adopts Dave Ramsey's New SmartDollar Financial Wellness Program - Sheri Kehren, vice president and program manager of financial workplace wellness at Fifth Third Bank, said, "We continue to see employers augment their retirement education efforts and overall corporate wellness programs with a component of financial education. We were very excited when the Bank announced that the new SmartDollar program would be part of their improved Total Rewards program for 2015.”

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March 11, 2015

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  • How Apple Will Make the Wearable Market - Stratechery (Ben Thompson) - "It’s increasingly plausible to envision a future where all of these examples and a whole host of others in our physical environment are fundamentally transformed by software: locks that only unlock for me, payment systems that keep my money under my control..."
  • Square Acquires Kili Technology - Square Blog - "That’s why we’ve acquired Kili Technology, a company that has developed silicon, electronics, and software that simplify and optimize payment processing. They have an experienced technology team who, like our sellers, are relentless innovators and never satisfied. Together we’ll continue to lead the way in delivering simple and affordable hardware that gives our sellers a smarter and safer way to do business."
  • Why March 10 was a big day for bitcoin - Fortune - "Three bitcoin startups announce funding and big-name backers, on the same day that the price hits a new benchmark."
  • NACHA’s Payments Innovation Alliance Releases White Paper: “Leveraging the Mobile Channel for ACH Payment Innovation” - NACHA - “The mobile future is here,” said George Throckmorton, managing director, Advanced Payments Solutions at NACHA. “The use of mobile devices with ACH transactions is ripe for rapid adoption and further innovation given that it is a ubiquitous, low cost means of accessing payments.”

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March 10, 2015

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  • Now What? Immediate Funds Transfer in the U.S. - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "How can all these systems be stitched together? Who writes the rules? Where does this leave Same Day ACH? Those are just the first set of questions. There are plenty of others..."
  • EU Interchange Legislation Sets Course for New Beginnings - MasterCard Beyond the Transaction Blog - "A long and interesting legislative process comes closer to an end this week with the European Parliament formally adopting a new EU Regulation on interchange fees. At MasterCard we believe that, just as in life, from every end comes a new beginning. This case is no different."
  • Boston calls a snow day on spending - First Data Corp. - "This First Data SpendTrend report examines the economic effect these snow storms have had on Boston and the New England region between January 24 and February 22, 2015."
  • PayPal Establishes New Security Center - PayPal Forward Blog - "To help jumpstart our security center, I’m also thrilled to announce that we’ve acquired CyActive, a cybersecurity firm that specializes in technology that can predict how malware will develop. The acquisition of CyActive will bring great talent and immediately add “future-proof” technology to PayPal’s world-class security platform."
  • Heartland Payment Systems Collaborates with BitPay - BitPay Blog - "Now Heartland is referring their customers to BitPay’s payment platform. We are helping Heartland bring bitcoin payment technology to businesses and organizations that are interested in new payment methods."
  • Secretive Bitcoin Startup 21 Reveals Record Funds, Hints at Mass Consumer Play - Wall St. Journal - "What it’s not yet publicizing is the precise nature of its operations, Chief Executive and co-founder Matthew Pauker will only say there will be “several interesting developments over the next weeks and months”..."
  • Why We Started Abra - RRE Ventures - "To make digital currency useful to “cash consumers” digital currency should: be transferable to any phone number in the world, not represent exchange rate risk, be as private as real cash, have no costs for money transfer, and be fungible to real paper-cash at very low cost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
  • Updates to Venmo Account Notifications - Venmo Blog - "Today, we wanted to share a few updates we’ve made to Venmo account notifications, as well as make you aware of some additional product updates we’ll be releasing soon."
  • Marriott hotels to start accepting Apple Pay this summer - Engadget - "To check in, you'll only need to go to the contactless reader at the front desk and hold up your phone (or Apple Watch) to pay -- a beep and a vibration will indicate if the transaction's a success."

On the Wires:

  • GameStop Now Accepting Apple Pay in Stores - "GameStop is launching a nationwide rollout of Apple Pay, which transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay to its more than 4,200 U.S. video game stores this month."
  • Citi to Launch Banking App for Apple Watch - “At Citi, we believe that banking should be simple and convenient, and we are constantly exploring advances in technology to help us deliver that kind of experience,” said Heather Cox, Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer for Global Consumer Banking at Citi. “Apple Watch users will have access to all sorts of information and services, and if our customers want to check their balance or view a seconds-ago transaction right on their wrist, it is our job to make sure they can.”
  • Financial Institutions Can Launch EMV™ Chip Cards More Quickly and Less Expensively with New Solution from Fiserv - "Fiserv is helping its clients simplify the transition to EMV chip-enabled cards by offering an integrated, compliant and cost effective path to EMV debit and credit card issuance. Fiserv has worked with Visa and MasterCard to develop standard EMV chip card configurations suitable for most debit and credit card programs. These standards comply with Visa and MasterCard requirements for the U.S. market."
  • TGI Fridays Extends Use of Verifone’s Payment as a Service for ‘Pay at the Table’ - We pride ourselves on giving guests the best experience possible, particularly when interacting with our team,” said Jeremy Dunderdale, Head of IT at TGI Fridays UK. “Verifone understands our business needs, and its NFC-capable terminals combined with Verifone’s all-in-one service package provides a secure solution that solves our payments challenges while enabling us to accept payments from guests right at the table.”
  • Bill.com Expands Leadership Team with Key Hire to Support Nationwide Adoption of Digital Business Payments - "Bill.com, the leading company creating magically simple business payments, today announced that it has hired Colleen Lindow as vice president of payments, risk and compliance."

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