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August 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 26, 2015

On the Web:

  • Wirecard Said to Join Worldpay Contest With $9.4 Billion Bid - Bloomberg - "German payments processor Wirecard AG has joined the bidding for U.K. rival Worldpay Ltd., according to people with knowledge of the matter."
  • PayPal One Touch is Now Being Used By Millions of People and Available in 16 Countries - "One Touch is the biggest change to online shopping in more than a decade. It is a faster, safer way for consumers to check out at merchant sites, whether in mobile apps, on mobile web or online -- across platforms and payment types. Since launching One Touch, we’ve gotten phenomenal feedback from consumers and merchants alike. One Touch has led to a 50% or greater improvement in conversion of PayPal on mobile and we believe ushers in a major upgrade in the way consumers and merchants will connect in the coming decade. "

On the Wires:

  • First American Payment Systems Releases Payment Integration Tools for Partners and Developers - "As the payments world evolves, ISV partners are looking to increase revenue and differentiate their product offerings in the marketplace,” said Neil Randel, Chief Executive Officer for First American Payment Systems. “1stPayBlaze provides that functionality to the ISV community, as well as to their existing and new merchants, backed by our award-winning customer service and technical support. Our tools allow developers to incorporate this advanced technology within their software or website quickly and easily, eliminating many of the complex integration steps required in certifications.”
  • New Payment Technology is an Ace for MasterCard and The Barclays - "Golf fans using the latest in payment technology from MasterCard can get their food and drinks faster whether they are on the course, in the clubhouse or visiting the MasterCard Club on the ninth fairway during The Barclays in Edison, NJ. Concession point of sale terminals throughout Plainfield Country Club will be enabled to accept contactless payments and Qkr! with MasterPass, giving spectators a chance to use some of the newest payment technologies."
  • QCash Financial Offers QCash and QCash Plus as White Label Products to Financial Institutions - "QCash Financial’s product suite enables financial institutions to offer small-dollar, short-term loans quickly via a mobile device, from a branch or online to consumers. The suite is currently comprised of fee-based, small-dollar loans (QCash), and interest-based, near small-dollar loans (QCash Plus), both of which use the data analytics, technology and underwriting engine powered by QCash."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

August 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 25, 2015

On the Web:

  • Inside the Fight Over Bitcoin’s Future - New Yorker - "A terrific rumpus broke out in the world of Bitcoin last week, when veteran developers Gavin Andresen and Mike Hearn published Bitcoin XT, a competing version of Bitcoin Core, the open-source program that generates new bitcoins, verifies all transactions, and records them on the massive distributed ledger known as the blockchain."
  • The FTC Has the Authority to Enforce Data Security: FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. - TeachPrivacy - "This is a very important case. The FTC achieved a huge win in this case, preserving its power to regulate data security (and privacy by implication). The FTC strengthened its power, as its victory in this case was a strong one, making clear that the FTC has broad authority to enforce to protect data security. "

On the Wires:

  • Apriva and Global Payments Sign Agreement to Provide Secure, EMV Mobile POS Solutions to U.S. Merchants - “Mobile payments are increasingly crucial in today’s market. Merchants that haven’t embraced a mobile solution risk missing out on users who expect to be able to pay with their mobile device as well as via traditional methods,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation at Global Payments. “AprivaPay Plus complements our existing suite of mobile solutions by giving our merchants the tools needed to offer a cutting-edge mobile solution, designed to provide the transaction security EMV affords.”
  • INSIDE Secure’s Award-Winning HCE Payment Solution Achieves Visa Ready Approval - “INSIDE Secure is extremely pleased to receive functional Visa Ready approval for MatrixHCE, one of the first mobile payment solutions for financial institutions,” said Martin Bergenwall, EVP of INSIDE Secure’s Mobile Security Division. “MatrixHCE not only meets the latest HCE standard, but it also incorporates potential future requirements including updatable whitebox cryptography to protect tokens, code and data.”
  • Nok Nok Labs Announces Second Closing of $16.25M Series C Financing to Fuel Global Expansion - "New strategic investors were added to the oversubscribed round, including DaouKiwoom Group from South Korea; DOCOMO Capital from Japan; and Thundersoft from China. The round also includes current investors DCM Ventures, Lenovo Group, ONSET Ventures and Raven Ventures and related affiliates."
  • Study Reveals Old-Fashioned Payments Processes Impact the Cost of Doing Business - "Through a survey of US and UK finance professionals, Currency Cloud found the US has a lot to learn from its UK counterparts when it comes to international payments, with nearly half (47 percent) of US businesses still relying on old-fashioned paper checks. In contrast, the majority of UK businesses (70 percent) make international payments electronically."
  • TSYS Executives Discuss Women’s Impact in Payments Industry - "TSYS today announced that Sarah Hartman, senior director of Consumer Payment Solutions, and Christina Hall, director of business development for Commercial Services, will speak at today’s annual Women in Payments® Symposium in Atlanta."

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August 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 24, 2015

On the Web:

  • Stanford Joins NYU and Duke in Offering Bitcoin Course - CoinDesk - "The college's new course, Crypto Currencies: Bitcoin and Friends, launches on 21st September. Besides Stanford students, it will be open to professionals completing their graduate certificate in cyber security."
  • Next-Gen Cybersecurity Is All About Behavior Recognition - TechCrunch - "Rather than focusing on stopping cybercriminals with walls, new technologies are emerging that work to identify cybercriminals instead. Take the relatively new startup BioCatch, which received $11.6 million in funding over three rounds. BioCatch’s technology works to identify patterns of user behavior in certain applications, creating user profiles that can then be matched to subsequent visits."

On the Wires:

  • Bharti Airtel And Uber Announce First-Of-Its-Kind Strategic Partnership - "We are thrilled to announce an innovative collaboration with Bharti Airtel – the largest wireless carrier in India and third largest wireless carrier in the world. Through this partnership, riders in India can pay for their trips with Airtel’s mobile wallet, Airtel Money. Additionally, Mumbaikars will now be the first in India to enjoy free high-speed internet from Uber, powered by Airtel 4G. This service will soon be rolled out for all Uber riders pan India."
  • Visa Checkout Expands Global Availability with New Merchants and Issuers - “It’s great to see banks like CMB and SPDB bringing best-in-class enrollment experiences to their customers in China who are eager to shop overseas,” said Senior Vice President of Visa’s Digital Solutions, Sam Shrauger, who recently outlined Visa’s Checkout strategy in a pymnts.com article. “As more merchants and issuers integrate Visa Checkout, the number of consumers seeing the benefit of a faster online checkout experience also grows. We’re starting to see the network effect kick-in.”
  • Dailymotion Selects Payoneer for Cross-Border Mass Payouts to Its Global Network of Video Creators - “The global banking infrastructure is complex and expensive. Payoneer has simplified the user experience by removing the limitations that typically surround international money transfers for business,” said Scott Galit, CEO of Payoneer. “We’ve built a broad set of payment capabilities that enable companies like Dailymotion to scale their businesses globally with a single API connection to Payoneer that enables them to make payments in over 200 countries quickly, securely and in local currency.”
  • Synchrony Connect Completes Program Rollout with New Portal to Engage Business Partners with Insights and Experience Beyond Credit - "Synchrony Connect offers Synchrony business partners a broad range of Synchrony expertise, insights, and tools in non-credit areas delivered through webinars, one-on-one engagements, consulting projects, multi-client and cross-industry events, and the new online portal."
  • POS on Cloud and Clutch Partner to Serve Advanced Customer Solutions to Restaurants and Retailers - "Clutch’s advanced Consumer Management technology will be fully integrated with POS on Cloud’s solution for restaurants and retailers, providing streamlined gift card, loyalty and customer intelligence programs for their merchants. This integration is accessible on mobile and countertop POS terminals and is designed to be streamlined and easy-to-operate in order to maximize the benefits to both merchants and their customers."
  • Michael Walsh, Former CEO of CyberSource, Joins Board of Directors of Forter - "Michael Walsh's appointment exemplifies the company's commitment to delivering first-class global e-commerce fraud prevention regardless of the payment type, channel, or device," said Michael Reitblat, Co-Founder & CEO of Forter. "Michael is an expert in merchant payment and fraud management and his unique retailer and consumer experience make Michael a valuable asset to Forter's Board of Directors. We are confident that he will help guide Forter to new heights as we reinforce and expand our leadership position in the e-commerce ecosystem."
  • FIS Opens Financial Inclusion Lab in India to Drive Banking Access - "The lab is the first of its kind in India and the seventh FIS lab focused on innovation. It is designed to provide a working, collaborative environment for FIS to cooperate with business leaders, government organizations and NGOs across the country to create and test solutions that will help increase financial literacy for the majority of India’s unbanked population."

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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!

August 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 21, 2015

On the Web:

  • Visa In $21bn Bid To Merge US, European Units - Sky News - "The American payments giant Visa has tabled a $21bn (£13.4bn) offer to acquire its European sister company in a deal that would crystallise huge windfalls for some of Britain's biggest banks."
  • Mobile Banking and Mobile Payment Practices of U.S. Financial Institutions: Results from 2014 Survey of FIs in Five Federal Reserve Districts - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Payment Strategies team offers insights into the mobile banking practices and mobile payment plans of banks and credit unions in five Federal Reserve Districts: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Richmond. The report presents the consolidated findings from a joint survey that was conducted in the third quarter of 2014."
  • Credit Scores Are Rising, and Becoming More Visible - New York Times - "The national average FICO score is now 695 — the highest it has been in at least a decade, according to the latest analysis from Fair Isaac Corporation, the score’s creator. Nearly 20 percent of consumers now have scores above 800."
  • Apple Posts New iPhone Advert: “Apple Pay” - MacStories.net - "The new advert, "Apple Pay", naturally focuses on Apple Pay, demonstrating Apple's contactless payment method available on the iPhone 6 in the US and UK."
  • Forking hell - Economist - "The dispute is as ideological as it is technical. The Bitcoin community has a process to settle such controversies, but it is by design slow and produces decisions only when everybody is happy."

On the Wires:

  • Affirm Financing Now Available to Shopify Merchants - "Affirm, the financial technology company led by PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin, today announced that Buy with Affirm, a payment option for consumers, is now available to merchants on Shopify, a leading cloud-based multichannel platform. The integration will provide Shopify’s U.S. merchants with the ability to offer shoppers installment financing at checkout."

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August 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 20, 2015

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  • Discover Announces Strategic Network Service Agreement with Brazilian Domestic Card Network, Elo - “Discover has a long-standing history of leveraging its unique payments infrastructure to create mutually beneficial relationships around the globe,” said Joe Hurley, Senior Vice President Global Business Development, Discover Network. “Striking an agreement with Elo offers great benefits to both companies, most importantly, Elo Global cardholders will have the ability to use their card of choice when traveling abroad.”
  • TSYS Launches New Suite of Business Intelligence Products - "At TSYS, we are revolutionizing how our clients turn data into results by understanding the need to better integrate analytics into business strategies," said Kim Ohlrogge, group executive of Global Product, TSYS. "We view analytics as a key focus for future innovation and are working to address the time and usability challenges many issuers have today with their existing dashboards and reporting tools."

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August 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 19, 2015

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  • New American Express Serve® Prepaid Debit Account Earns Rewards - "American Express announced Serve Cash Back, a new prepaid debit Account option that will earn Accountholders 1% cash back on purchases. Consumers who spend in line with the 2012 – 2013 U.S. Department of Labor national averages for gas, groceries, dining out, clothing, transportation and entertainment using the Serve Cash Back Card could potentially earn more than $400 annually when earning 1% cash back."
  • In-store Shopping Experience a Major Factor in Major Purchase Decisions, Synchrony Financial Study Finds - "Results show that shoppers enjoy the immediacy and interaction of in-store purchases. Shopping in-store allows them to take the product home on the same day, see and feel the product, and interact with a store associate. Some respondents noted they simply like to shop at the retailer."

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August 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 18, 2015

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  • Richmond Fed's Economic Quarterly Looks at Durbin Amendment Impact on Merchants - "Based on a survey conducted two years after the regulation went into effect in 2011, Richmond Fed economist Zhu Wang and his co-authors Scarlett Schwartz and Neil Mitchell investigate the impact of the regulation on the costs to merchants of accepting debit cards. They also examine merchant reactions to the regulation in terms of changing prices and debit card restrictions. The survey results suggest that the regulation has had limited and unequal impact on merchants' debit-acceptance costs."
  • Pay Anyone From Your Wrist - "The latest Square Cash release affords anyone the ability to quickly send a payment to friends, family, or anyone nearby conveniently from their Apple Watch. Beginning today, anyone can access the app on their Apple Watch by downloading the latest Square Cash app for iOS."
  • Visa and QIWI Announce the Mass Launch of Contactless Smartphone Payments - "QIWI and Visa Inc. have announced implementation of a new stage of their strategic partnership, which has resulted in integration of Visa payWave's contactless technology into Visa QIWI Wallet."
  • Star Wars Comes to Chase Disney Visa Credit Cards - "Marking the first Star Wars brand collaboration for a credit card for The Walt Disney Company, Chase Card Services and Disney, are putting The Force in Cardmembers’ wallets with the introduction of three exclusive Star Wars designs to the Disney Visa Credit Card family, accompanied by exciting, new and exclusive Star Wars perks for all Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers."
  • First Tech Federal Credit Union and MasterCard Announce First U.S. Biometric Payments Pilot - "The pilot will test the potential of delivering greater security and convenience to First Tech’s U.S. cardholders by verifying identity via facial photographs or fingerprint scans conducted on smartphones."
  • Capital Prepaid Offers Mobile Check Cashing to BlazePaysSM Visa® Prepaid Cardholders - "Our goal is to make the BlazePays Card the most convenient and economical payment tool for consumers," said Jay Kurian, President of Capital Prepaid. "With mobile check cashing, consumers can now load funds to a BlazePays Card regardless of where they reside in the U.S."

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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!

August 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 17, 2015

On the Web:

  • MasterCard on Changes Coming in Payment Card Security - Wall St. Journal Risk and Compliance Journal - "Ajay Bhalla, president of enterprise security solutions at MasterCard Inc., talks about the introduction of chip-based cards to the U.S. and what’s on the horizon for payment-cards security."
  • The Bitcoin XT Fork - AVC.com (Fred Wilson) - "It will be fascinating to watch this play out. If you are used to big corporations or governmental institutions making decisions behind closed doors about how your financial systems work, then you might enjoy watching a new model of innovation and technology evolution unfold."
  • $2b fee sticking point as Apple wrangles with Australia's big four banks - Australian Financial Review - "Commonwealth Bank of Australia chief executive Ian Narev would not comment on the progress of negotiations with Apple, but said Apple's attempts to offer Apple Pay in Australia won't be as easy as it was in the US given Australian banks' record of innovation. "
  • ApplePay Grows in Popularity, Users Happy with Platform - TMG Blog - "Recent data from 451 Research concludes 45 percent of smartphone owners who plan to use mobile payment apps over the next three months will opt for Apple Pay."

On the Wires:

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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!

August 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 13, 2015

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  • Samsung Announces Launch Dates for Groundbreaking Mobile Payment Service: Samsung Pay - "Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., unveiled today that Samsung Pay, a secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service that can be used to make purchases nearly everywhere cards are accepted, will launch in Korea on August 20 and in the U.S. on September 28. Samsung plans to roll out the service in the U.K., Spain and China, with partners to be named in each market."
  • Synchrony Financial Enables Private Label Credit Card Benefits Through Samsung Pay - “We continue to make our cards valuable to consumers, retailers and merchants and are pleased to securely offer the benefits of our private label credit cards through Samsung Pay,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Through our ongoing innovation and strategic partnerships, we have developed a mobile platform that we can rapidly integrate with providers’ wallets while preserving the value of Synchrony Bank’s private label credit cards and patented Dual Cards for whichever mobile wallet our partners and customers choose.”
  • Samsung Joins the Visa Digital Enablement Program - “Samsung Pay is now one more way consumers can make secure payments based on tokens -- technology that is quickly becoming the standard for safe mobile payments,” said Jim McCarthy, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Visa. “Similar to how Samsung Pay is reaching mass merchant acceptance on day one, VDEP is making it easy and cost-effective for payment providers, financial institutions and technology companies like Samsung to take full advantage of token technology and bring secure mobile payments to consumers everywhere.”
  • Discover to Bring Samsung Pay to Cardmembers - “Discover remains committed to providing cardmembers with simple, convenient and versatile payment options,” said Diane Offereins, Discover’s president of payment services. “Adding Samsung Pay expands our ability to offer innovative and secure mobile payment services, enhancing the customer experience that cardmembers have come to expect from Discover.”
  • Heartland, VersaPay Help Merchants Move to Electronic Invoicing - "Heartland Payment Systems and VersaPay have announced they are collaborating to help merchants improve their accounts receivable through a cloud-based software solution utilizing the Heartland Portico™ Gateway and VersaPay ARC® platform."

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August 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 12, 2015

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August 11, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 11, 2015

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  • Rite Aid Stores Nationwide to Begin Accepting Mobile Payments August 15 - “Increasingly, consumers are actively seeking out and incorporating mobile technology into many facets of their life, including their shopping and purchasing decisions,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation. “By accepting mobile payments, we’re able to offer Rite Aid customers an easy and convenient checkout process, which we know is important to them.
  • Nymi, TD and MasterCard Announce World's First Biometrically Authenticated Wearable Payment Using Your Heartbeat - "The Nymi Band is a secure and continuous wearable authenticator that identifies a user based on their unique heartbeat (or electrocardiogram) through proprietary Nymi technology called HeartID™. Nymi has developed an NFC-enabled prototype of the Nymi Band for these pilots, which is linked to a user's MasterCard."
  • Canadian Payments Association Launches Initiatives to Support Modernization of Canada's Payments System - "The Canadian Payments Association (CPA) announced today two key initiatives to support its multi-year project to modernize Canada's core payments infrastructure. The CPA has begun a process to create a shared industry vision for the future of payments, and at the same time, is launching a public consultation on the introduction of a new global payments messaging standard."
  • Envestnet to Acquire Yodlee - "Yodlee is the preeminent name for data in financial services today. The core of every financial transaction and every financial decision is data. The Yodlee platform brings together client permissioned financial data and analytics in unique ways to power personalized and dynamic financial apps and generate business insights," said Bill Crager, President of Envestnet.
  • Global Card Fraud Losses Reach $16.31 Billion — Will Exceed $35 Billion in 2020 According to The Nilson Report - “Multiple factors contributed to that gap,” said David Robertson, Publisher of The Nilson Report. “Nothing mattered more than the lack of an EMV-compliant infrastructure.”
  • Moneris Launches PAYD Product Family Empowering Businesses to Accept Payments Anywhere in the U.S. - “Moneris is pleased to be one of the first to bring an EMV-enabled mPOS solution to the U.S. market,” said Chris Lee, President of North American Strategic Partnerships, Moneris. “PAYD Pro offers the latest security features and payment technology, while providing the convenience of quick and efficient mobile transactions."
  • Mobile Payments Start Up PaidEasy Closes $2,000,000 Seed Round of Funding - "With seamless integration into each individual merchants Point of Sale system, PaidEasy gives its users the ability to open, view, split, tip and pay their bills in real-time. PaidEasy will be available at both restaurants and bars to start with plans for other verticals in the hospitality industry for the immediate future."
  • Apple Pay™ Now Available to Bellco Members - “Our commitment to our members is to offer them the best, most convenient banking experience possible, and adding Apple Pay is just one more way we are working to live up to that commitment,” said Doug Ferraro, CEO of Bellco Credit Union. “Not only is Apple Pay simple and convenient, but it also adds a layer of privacy and security to making digital or in-store payments.”

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August 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 10, 2015

On the Web:

  • When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China - A16Z.com Blog - "This post is all about WeChat, but it’s also about more than just WeChat. While seemingly just a messaging app, WeChat is actually more of a portal, a platform, and even a mobile operating system depending on how you look at it."
  • The Finanser Interviews: Kosta Peric, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Financial Services Club Blog - "Our goal is that the payment infrastructure supports the national currency. The majority of the users have to purchase things, to pay schools, to send money and this means that we need to use the national currency. Of course, bitcoin as a currency can be useful in some specific cases, like international remittances. But the major use cases of mobile money will be with the national currency."
  • ANZ Bank hires tech panel to advise board - ITnews - "ANZ has appointed Twitter APAC head of online sales Aliza Knox, former head of global retail and strategic development for PayPal Don Kinsborough, former CIO of Procter & Gamble Filippo Passerini, and head of strategy and engagement for Dimension Data Gerard Florian to the panel."

On the Wires:

  • American Express Adds Apple Pay for U.S. Corporate Cards - "Apple Pay allows American Express® Card Members to add their eligible Corporate Card and pay with their mobile devices at contactless merchants in stores, or within participating apps that accept American Express. American Express added Apple Pay for Consumer Cards and OPEN Small Business Cards in late 2014."
  • CashStar and Maritz Motivation Solutions Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver Personalized Digital Gift Card Offerings - “Maritz has established themselves as a clear leader in the loyalty and incentives market,” said Ben Kaplan, president and CEO of CashStar. “The strategic partnership with Maritz Motivation Solutions is a major proof point of CashStar’s increasing leadership in B2B gift card distribution.”
  • Aussie Firm Lokket Takes Apple Wallet to Chip & Pin (EMV) - “Consumers are increasingly mobile-first when it comes to making purchase decisions. By marrying real-time personalized mobile marketing messages with existing in-store redemption tools such as Chip & Pin (EMV) terminals, eliminates a lot of the headaches for retailers,“ said George Kaloudis, CEO & Founder of Lokket.

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August 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 6, 2015

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  • Debit Industry Changes Markedly in 10 Years of Debit Issuer Study - “The past decade saw a major shift in consumer preference to paying with debit cards, which accelerated after the 2008-2009 recession,” said Steve Sievert, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications for PULSE. “We believe there is still opportunity for debit growth, considering that consumer use of debit for smaller purchases is rising, and the average active debit card is used about five times per week.”
  • Worldwide EMV Payment Card Shipments Top 2.1 Billion in 2014 with 43% Issued into the United States and China, says ABI Research - ABI Research’s Senior Analyst Phil Sealy comments, “Although future growth for EMV card volumes may be limited, other revenue avenues are opening. All the major players including Gemalto, Oberthur Technologies, Giesecke & Devrient, and Morpho are balancing strategies in a bid to address next-generation opportunities."
  • BitPay Brings Bitcoin to Payments Companies on Three Continents - "During the first half of 2015, the company has signed deals with PSPs Payfirma, Sonic Payments, BillPro, Kadu, OpenPay, and Ixopay. These payments companies are based on three continents and, in total, serve more than 100 countries."
  • linked2pay® Launches Bank Centric Payments - “Bank Centric Payments leverages our proven, robust payments platform as a white label with the tools and access layers that make it easy and cost effective for a bank to provision low cost, feature-packed payment (card and ACH) solutions out to resellers and merchants (SMB and enterprise) in a secure and harmonized way" according to Robert McShirley, CEO of linked2pay.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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August 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 5, 2015

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  • Visa Opens Technology Center in Bangalore; Accelerates Digital Commerce Globally - “India has fast become one of the world’s most important technology epicentres with an incredible pool of technology talent,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc. “Our new center in Bangalore, which complements others planned for Singapore and the U.S., will help Visa to accelerate the development of next generation payment solutions that enable secure, digital commerce through connected devices like mobile phones, PCs, tablets and even cars.”
  • Square Will Name Ruth Simmons to Board of Directors - "As President of Brown University, Simmons made significant strides in improving Brown's standing as one of the world’s finest research universities, created initiatives to increase financial support and resources for students, and ensured that diversity informed every dimension of the university. Prior to Brown, she served as the President of Smith College, where she established the first engineering program at an American women's college."
  • Blumenthal Demands Explanation of Retailers Blocking New Secure Mobile Payment Methods - "U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protections and Data Security, requested answers from the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) whose members have blocked use of new mobile payment systems."
  • Pocket Systems Launches Online Fraud Prevention Device - "PocketKey technology is compatible with existing card processing gateways and card networks. The payment data from PocketKey looks exactly like the data generated by a magnetic swipe card and can therefore travel through payment gateways in precisely the same way."

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August 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 4, 2015

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  • U.S. Judge Rejects American Express Class Action Settlement - New York Times - "A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected a proposed class action settlement between American Express Co and merchants who sued the company over swipe fees, ruling that a lawyer for the merchants compromised the fairness of the agreement."
  • China Proposes to Keep Online Payments in Check - Wall St. Journal - "The draft rules issued late Friday by China’s central bank place curbs on online payment services—limiting fund transfers, capping the size of daily transactions and increasing the requirements users must meet to prove their identities."
  • On Native Bitcoin Apps, Open Source Communities, and What Happened Before Satoshi Nakamoto Vanished - A16Z Blog - "This year, Switzerland-based bitcoin core developer Mike Hearn is an Andreessen Horowitz’ “developer in residence”, part of an effort to engage open source communities and especially focus on native applications built on top of bitcoin."
  • Using Distributed Ledgers as a Payment System - Phil Kenworthy - "The big step would be to extend the model so that the Banks would not just operate their own ledgers but that for the broader banking community. The Payment System would then become the network and rules mechanism by which the transactions would take place."

On the Wires:

  • PayPal Appoints New Chief Financial Officer - "PayPal Holdings, Inc. today announced John D. Rainey is joining the digital payments leader as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 24, 2015. Rainey joins PayPal from United Continental Holdings, Inc. where he was Executive Vice President and CFO at United Airlines."
  • Pivotal Payments becomes Principal Member of UnionPay International - "We're delighted to be able to partner with UnionPay in providing high quality, cost effective and secure cross-border payment services, putting our clients on a newly expanded global footing," said Philip Fayer, president and chief executive officer of Pivotal Payments. "We are not only providing our merchants with flexible payment solutions but accessibility to a much larger consumer market with a significant level of disposable income."

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August 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 3, 2015

On the Web:

  • The extraordinary reinvention of Square - Fortune - "If sources close to the company are correct, Square’s revenue is growing at least 50% year over year."
  • In Papua New Guinea, Mobile Banking Brings Savings and Safety to Farmers - IFC - "Farmers can now get paid electronically – through their mobile phones. It’s cheaper and faster. The mobile banking service, pioneered by Bank South Pacific’s subsidiary, BSP Rural, allows buyers to transfer payments to growers’ bank accounts via text messages on their mobile phones."
  • The Mt.Gox Arrest Is The End Of The First Age Of Bitcoin - TechCrunch - "I’m far more optimistic these days in regard to bitcoin. While it is neither a silver bullet or a fiat currency replacement, it is a way to micro-pay artists for their work as much as it’s a way to send money between unbanked families."
  • Safaricom won’t let rivals share M-Pesa - Mediamax - "Safaricom has maintained it will not allow its mobile money platform, M-Pesa, to be spun off from the parent company, citing security risks for subscribers due to lack of clear guidelines and standards on cross-network cash transfers."
  • How the W3C is trying to standardize payments on the internet - The Next Web - "The organization in charge of online standards, the World Wide Web Consortium (or W3C), is facilitating the work of a so-called Web Payments Interest Group, a workgroup currently consisting of almost a hundred people from 44 companies and organizations. Since early 2014, the group has been actively working on creating a universal specification of how online payments should be described and conducted."
  • Friendly Fraud: Nothing to Smile About (Part 2) - Retail Payments Risk Forum - "A transaction that could be classified as friendly fraud might actually be one the customer just forget about, or one involving a family member using the customer's card without permission, or one with the customer actually not receiving the goods."

On the Wires:

  • Mercury Launches “Security Pays” Initiative to Improve Payments Security - "Mercury Payment Systems ... announced today its Security Pays initiative, designed to educate payments partners and business owners on how to protect their businesses from the multitude of security threats facing them today. Mercury is working to drive adoption of security standards, protocols and products across the industry to help payments partners and their business customers protect themselves."

  • Early Warning Improves Counterfeit Detection for Financial Institutions - "Early Warning’s Deposit Chek Service helps financial institutions of any size expedite funds availability decisions or accelerate preventive actions on deposited items based on whether an account is returning transactions; whether the payer’s account is in good standing; whether it is closed, or has insufficient funds; and if a stop-payment has been placed on an item."
  • BofA Merrill Achieves Top Placements in Nilson Rankings For Commercial Card - “It’s an exciting time to be a leader in the global payments area, where digital innovations and new mobile offerings are being introduced on an increasingly common basis,” said Ather Williams, head of Global Transaction Services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “Our clients are constantly looking for increased efficiency and improved analytics. We look forward to working with them on how together we can capitalize on these innovations to further their payment objectives and working capital.”
  • “Mr. NFC” Named Chairman of YellowPepper Board of Directors - "YellowPepper, Latin America’s leading mobile payment and banking company, today announced that Mohammad Khan, former president and founder of ViVOtech, a pioneering NFC software and hardware company that paved the way for mobile payments, has been named Chairman of YellowPepper Board of Directors."

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July 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 31, 2015

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  • Visa Inc. Appoints Eduardo Coello to Leadership Role for the Latin America and Caribbean Region - “I couldn’t be more pleased to see Eduardo Coello continue to lead Visa’s growth for LAC,” said Eduardo Eraña, current Group Executive for Visa Inc. LAC. “With his deep knowledge of the region, strong client relationships, proven industry expertise, and passion for innovation, he is the right leader to grow the business and further extend Visa’s leadership position.”
  • Heartland Introduces Heartland Out-of-Scope Solution for pcAmerica’s POS Merchants - "The Heartland Secure out-of-scope solution streamlines the POS provider’s path to Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) acceptance by taking the POS system completely out of the payment authorization process, which means no cardholder data is ever sent to the POS system."
  • Springboard Retail and Heartland Partner to Deliver Integrated Retail Solutions for Small Businesses - “Springboard Retail, designed by retailers, helps retailers drive sales, improve efficiency, and lower operating costs to be competitive in today's omni-channel retail world,” says Springboard Retail co-founder and CEO, Gordon Russell. “Springboard's simple and transparent pricing aligns well with Heartland's approach and Springboard Retail is pleased to endorse the Merchant Bill of Rights. By partnering with Heartland, Springboard Retail furthers our mission of helping our retailers grow and prosper now and into the future.”
  • Discover Card Offers a Good Grades Reward Program - "New student cardmembers who apply after July 23, 2015 will be rewarded with $20 in Cashback Bonus® if their grade point average is 3.0 (or equivalent) or higher each year they are enrolled in school, for the first five years from the account opening."

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July 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 30, 2015

On the Web:

  • Bitcoin and Blockchain: Two Revolutions for the Price of One? - Richard Gendal Brown - "“Digital” money is not the same as physical cash. And the world’s financial plumbing – payments systems, correspondent banking, SWIFT, … – is a direct consequence of this observation: physical cash really is fundamentally different to every other form of money: only physical cash is a bearer instrument. And only physical cash can be transferred without permission – censorship-resistant. Or so we thought."
  • The Evolution of Money, From Feathers to Credit Cards - Smithsonian Magazine - “Our exhibit represents the opportunity to show the diversity and strengths of this collection and to excite people to think about history, culture and innovation through numismatic objects,” says curator Ellen Feingold. “We embrace the theme of innovation, but we also really embrace the value of monetary objects for learning about history.”

On the Wires:

  • American Express and Best Buy Team Up to Enable Card Members to Use Membership Rewards Points on BestBuy.com - "American Express and Best Buy today announce the launch of a new e-commerce technology integration that enables U.S. Card Members enrolled in the Membership Rewards® program to seamlessly use their points for online purchases on BestBuy.com. Starting today, Card Members can use their Membership Rewards points for all or part of each online purchase and either pick it up in one of Best Buy’s stores or have it delivered to their door."
  • MasterCard Extends Partnership with Samsung to Deliver Samsung Pay in Europe - “Samsung Pay is pleased to join forces with MasterCard to offer a simple and safe mobile payment experience enabled for wider merchant acceptance to MasterCard cardholders and issuers in Europe,” said Injong Rhee, EVP of Samsung Electronics, Global Head of Samsung Pay. “Both organizations are committed to ground breaking fin-tech innovations that will deliver on the promise of a true mobile wallet.”
  • Instant Access to Information Changing Consumer Search Patterns When It Comes to Choosing Banking Products - “As financial institution customers have more and more interactions with consumer brands that provide multi-channel communications, they will demand those same channels when it comes to their interaction with banks and credit unions,” explained Scott Wallace, vice president of marketing, Deluxe Financial Services. “We believe this survey shows that customers want multiple research channels and tools before they will engage their local branch to open a new account.”
  • TSYS and Acquirer Systems Launch ASTREX to Simplify EMV Certification Process - “By using our simulator tool, VARs and ISVs can gain an edge on the competition by bringing powerful and efficient EMV solutions to market faster,” said Craig Ludwig, head of product for TSYS’ Merchant Services segment. “This not only allows them to easily meet the rapidly approaching October 1 EMV liability shift date, but also affords them the opportunity to offer EMV support to their merchants in an expedited timeframe — increasing the quality of their clients’ overall experience.”

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July 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 29, 2015

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  • TD Bank and MasterCard Partner to Drive Innovative Payment Solutions - "TD Bank ... announced an agreement with global payments technology company MasterCard to route debit and prepaid card transactions over MasterCard’s Maestro network. Through the agreement, MasterCard will process TD Bank’s debit card and prepaid card PIN transactions."
  • How America Pays in 2015 - “Consumers still have a strong preference for traditional payment methods like debit cards and prepaid cards. Those payments tools are not going away anytime soon, even as interest in and usage of new payment methods grows,” said Teri Llach, chief marketing officer at Blackhawk Network, a pioneer of prepaid gift cards, payments tools and rewards delivered via a robust and convenient network. “Our findings prove that payments is not either/or when it comes to legacy payments versus emerging products; it’s really about convenience and providing a mix of options.”
  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports Second-Quarter 2015 Financial Results - “Our business continues to perform well with good transaction and volume growth, particularly in cross-border, despite the mixed global economic environment and foreign exchange headwinds,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We are executing on our strategy to grow our business by focusing on winning new deals in our core payments business, while building out our data analytics, processing and safety applications. A blend of acquisitions and organic investments in these spaces remain at the foundation of our strategy.”
  • TSYS Reports Second Quarter Adjusted EPS Grew 29.0% - “For the second quarter in a row, we exceeded our expectations that resulted in another outstanding quarter and year-to-date performance. Organic revenue grew 13.7% year-to-date as we continue to deliver exceptional performance across our key metrics,” said M. Troy Woods, chairman, president and chief executive officer of TSYS.
  • Planes, Trains, and Cruises All Now Easier to Purchase Online as MasterPass Expands Travel Industry Acceptance - “Travel merchants are increasingly looking to drive efficiencies in the online booking process,” said Vib Prasad, Group Head of MasterPass at MasterCard. “MasterPass can provide a seamless checkout experience while delivering the security our cardholders have come to expect when using a MasterCard, so they can focus on enjoying their time away.”
  • AcceptEmail and PayWithMyBank® Partner to Bring Consumers Heightened Convenience in Bill Payments while Cutting Down on Billing Costs - “This is the best of both worlds,” said AcceptEmail CEO Peter Kwakernaak. “Billers who take advantage of the combination of AcceptEmail and PayWithMyBank need not make adjustments to their systems, website or Apps in order to get VerifiedACH with real-time confirmations. They will reap substantial savings too. ACH is far less expensive to transact than credit card payments, which often take a percentage of the invoice amount.”

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July 28, 2015

Visa Invests in Stripe - Will Partner to Expand Online Commerce Globally

Stripe Logo 140pxVisa Inc. has announced a strategic investment in Stripe as part of a new partnership with Stripe to support new technologies and online payment experiences for merchants, developers and consumers worldwide. As part of this relationship, "Stripe will accelerate its international expansion, particularly in emerging markets, accessing Visa’s global footprint through its acquiring and issuing partners."
Given the explosive growth of new commerce experiences enabled by a global developer community, Visa is expanding its strategic relationships across the payments ecosystem,” said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president, innovation and strategic partnerships, Visa. “We are very excited to work with Stripe and leverage our combined assets to broaden our offering to new types of merchants and developers globally.”
Visa also noted that "Stripe will also be one of the first beta partners to connect to Visa’s network capabilities via APIs and SDKs, offering their developer community access to payment and risk management services, Visa’s tokenization service and security technologies."

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 28, 2015

On the Web:

  • Stripe, Digital Payments Start-Up, Raises New Funding and Partners With Visa - New York Times - "On Tuesday Stripe also announced a partnership with Visa, one of the world’s largest credit card companies, in which the two will work on ways to improve digital transactions. The companies said they expected to collaborate on initiatives like payments security, as well as software like website “buy buttons.”"
  • Lawyer Emails Put Visa, MasterCard Settlement at Risk - Wall St. Journal - "Lawyers representing roughly 100 big merchants, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Home Depot Inc., and 7-Eleven Inc., are expected on Tuesday to formally notify the card networks that they will seek to unravel the three-year-old pact..."
  • UK Interchange fee regulation: a consultation - HM Treasury - "This consultation invites views on the government’s proposed steps to meet the UK’s obligation to put in place an adequate and efficient regulatory regime to supervise compliance with the ‘Interchange Fee Regulation’ (IFR)."
  • UK: Rules proposed to tackle ‘unfair’ credit and debit card fees - FT.com - "A government consultation launched on Monday proposes rules to limit so-called interchange fees charged to a business when a customer pays using a card."
  • UK: Cap on card fees could lead to lower prices for consumers - Guardian - "In a consultation document, the Treasury said: “The government is clear that merchants are expected to pass these savings on to consumers in the form of lower prices.”
  • Wells Fargo Joins Other Banks in Testing Mobile Biometrics - "The bank’s mobile development efforts include testing an intelligent assistant, akin to Apple Inc.’s Siri, that enables consumers to conduct their banking by speaking commands into the phone, says Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo’s new Innovation Group."
  • The Truth About the Death of Cash - BBC - "Cash is essentially untraceable, it’s easy to carry, it’s widely accepted and it’s reliable. If the power goes out, or there’s a blip in the electronic systems that make the online commerce world go round, cash is there."
  • 8 Banking Giants Embracing Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "While major institutions found that bitcoin was perhaps problematic as a currency, they seem to increasingly believe that the blockchain, the protocol that manages and facilitates the exchange of bitcoin, offers benefits over their closed database systems."

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July 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 27, 2015

On the Web:

  • Retailers’ Answer to Apple Pay Is Said to Hit Stores in August - BloombergBusiness - "A mobile payment application developed by Merchant Customer Exchange -- a company founded in August 2012 with funding from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. -- has been tested by employees of the retailers and will get a limited trial run next month in stores..."

  • McDonald’s attempts mobile comeback with US app rollout - Mobile Commerce Daily - "While McDonald’s currently offers mobile applications in several foreign markets, such as Britain, this will mark the first time that fans will be able to receive coupons within a branded app rather than a third-party marketer."

On the Wires:

  • Global Payments and CaixaBank Announce Central and Eastern European Joint Venture with Erste Group Bank - “We are pleased to enter into this partnership with CaixaBank and Erste Group,” said Jeff Sloan, Chief Executive Officer of Global Payments. “The joint venture will allow us to significantly expand our direct distribution footprint in Europe with leading financial partners, catalyze our capabilities to service multinational customers across the common European payments area and leverage our global product and service offering to Erste Group Bank’s merchants. The partnership positions our European business for accelerated growth at a favorable time in Europe.”

  • Fiserv to Integrate Fujitsu PalmSecure Technology into DNA Account Processing Platform - “The security and integrity of customer financial transactions are paramount for our bank and credit union clients,” said Steve Cameron, Group President, Open Solutions Division, Fiserv. “Integrating Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometrics technology with the DNA account processing platform gives our clients an innovative choice for accountholder verification that can reduce risk and advance their branch-of-the-future strategies.”

  • Industry Veteran Michael Lynch Joins InAuth as Chief Strategy Officer - "Prior to joining InAuth, Lynch served as a Senior Vice President for Bank of America, responsible for Authentication Strategy. He served at Bank of America for 14 years in various leadership positions within technology, customer protection, and online and mobile security strategy roles."

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July 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 24, 2015

On the Web:

  • Square Said to File Confidentially for Initial Offering - Bloomberg - "Square has been working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on the IPO, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process is private."
  • UK Banks Hold Out For Bumper Visa Price Tag - Sky News - "Some of Britain's biggest banks are in line to land bigger-than-expected windfalls from negotiations about a takeover of Visa Europe that could value the payments company at more than £13bn."
  • Chipotle says mobile payments, not loyalty, will drive customer insights - Mobile Commerce Daily - “With regard to loyalty, that’s a tricky subject,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief creative and development officer at Chipotle, during the call with analysts. “We’ve studied this in-depth, and we don’t believe the general supposition that loyalty will make less frequent customers more frequent."
  • In its second year, Apple Pay is ready to cash in - Macworld - "Chip cards, widely used in many countries overseas, are still rolling out slowly here, but when compared to the ability to pay with one’s phone, they start to seem positively antiquated. Smartphone saturation, meanwhile, has probably outpaced smartcards."
  • FinTech Bits: Smart Banks Are Banking on the Blockchain - Steptoe Cyberblog - "The takeaway from all of this? Banks, money remitters, and other financial institutions would be well-served to join the growing list of organizations that are studying possible applications for digital currencies and the blockchain to enhance their business, lest they be left behind by a wave of innovation in FinTech."

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July 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 23, 2015

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  • Wells Fargo Launches New Innovation Group - "Wells Fargo today announced the formation of a new Innovation Group, which will work in partnership with its major businesses to meet evolving customer needs and stay ahead of the shifting competitive landscape. Steve Ellis, who had served as the head of Wholesale Services, has been named the leader of the new group."
  • MasterCard Opens its Digital Security Lab to Customers - “The MasterCard DigiSec Lab represents our collective efforts to maximize product innovation and security investments,” said Ajay Bhalla, president of Enterprise Security Solutions at MasterCard. “While payments have never been safer, criminals have never been smarter. We’ve now opened the lab to our customers as part of an ongoing commitment to share insights, solutions and best practices to deliver the highest levels of security.”
  • Citi Mobile Challenge Launches in Asia Pacific - "Citi Mobile Challenge is a next-generation accelerator that combines a virtual hackathon with an incubator, a worldwide network of FinTech experts and Citi’s unparalleled global sponsors and clients to discover solutions across more than 100 markets."
  • Chase and Southwest Airlines Renewal Cleared for Takeoff - “This extension reinforces our long-term commitment to collaborating on a program that delivers exceptional value and service to our shared customers,” said Eileen Serra, chief executive officer of Chase Card Services.
  • Uber Taps Its Global Payments Partner, Adyen, to Expand into Morocco - “Adyen continues to be a key strategic partner in addressing the many payments-related challenges of rapid international expansion,” said Meryem Belqziz, Uber Casablanca General Manager. “Their transparent philosophy, data-driven approach, and technical agility have made the partnership a natural fit.”
  • Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2015 Earnings Results - “We continue to deliver solid financial results and operating metrics without the help of an improving economic environment. Strong underlying fundamentals continue to offset the drag from geopolitical tension and the strengthening dollar on our business,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.

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July 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 22, 2015

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  • Starbucks Creates First-of-its-Kind Digital News Experience with The New York Times - “This expanded relationship with The New York Times allows us to directly engage our most loyal customers with the latest and most relevant news of the day,” added Kevin Johnson, president and coo of Starbucks. “Through these types of relationships, we are well on our journey to provide our most loyal customers with the opportunity to earn Stars everywhere and redeem them for food and beverages in Starbucks stores.”

  • USAA and Nuance Create Financial Literacy Virtual Assistant to Help Millennials Break Negative Savings Rate - "Savings Coach is one of the first proactive virtual assistants for banking, designed especially to help millennials save money. The app – available to all USAA members – enables users to track when they skip a purchase, like buying a coffee, and moves the money they would have spent on the purchase from their checking account to a savings account. Members are rewarded through points, badges and new levels within the app."

  • Oberthur Technologies and Etisalat Group Sign a New Strategic Partnership on M2M and IoT Services - "Following an intensive evaluation process, Etisalat has selected OT’s M-Sense solution which consists of a rich set of horizontal capabilities for both application enablement and device management. M-Sense allows the secure collection and management of various data from any M2M device over any network and their control in real time."

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July 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 21, 2015

On the Web:

  • Payments on Fire Podcast #23 – Ethoca and the Power of Data Collaboration - PaymentsViews.com - "That’s what Ethoca is about. Its growing network of merchants and issuers share their fraud data to improve fraud detection and lower chargeback rates. Take a listen to this discussion with Keith Briscoe, Ethoca’s CMO, on what’s possible through collaboration."
  • Time to democratize the banking system - CNBC - PayPal CEO Dan Schulman: "Not long ago, I spent a week using only what the banking industry calls "alternative financial services," relying on check-cashing offices and wire-transfer companies to support my daily finances. The results were deeply dispiriting. Accessing my own money became a part-time job, and the price of each transaction meant my checks yielded less than their value and my bills cost more than they should have."
  • First Data I.P.O. Is Likely to Be One of Year’s Largest - New York Times - "Renaissance Capital on Monday estimated that the company could raise $5 billion or more. First Data said it planned to use proceeds from the stock sale to repay some of its roughly $20 billion in long-term debt."
  • Gates Foundation's Kosta Peric on Blockchain Tech and the Unbanked - CoinDesk - “The very powerful thing about bitcoin in general and specially the technologies behind it, is they are essentially leapfrogging all the technology and providing a new system for processing these huge amounts of transactions for very small costs.”

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July 20, 2015

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  • PayPal Celebrates Listing on Nasdaq and Completes Separation from eBay Inc. - “As the world’s open, digital payments platform and most trusted and popular digital wallet, we are excited to celebrate our listing day and embark on our next chapter,” said Dan Schulman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PayPal. “Mobile technology is transforming payments, making it easier, safer and more affordable for people to move and manage their money than ever before. As an independent company, we see a tremendous opportunity for PayPal to expand our role as a champion for consumers and partner to merchants, and to help shape the industry as money becomes digital at an increasingly rapid pace.”
  • Mobile Technology Use Among Shoppers Rises as Retail Habits Change, Synchrony Financial Study Finds - "The survey, conducted in March and April 2015 with nearly 7,000 Synchrony Bank cardholders and random shoppers nationwide, gathered insights on how customers view mobile technology for shopping and what they expect in their mobile retail experience."
  • 5 Ways Chase.com’s Home Page Just Got Better - “We just made it easier for our customers to live and bank the way they want,” said Gavin Michael, Head of Digital for Chase. “We’re excited to bring the look and feel that customers love on the Chase Mobile® app to their desktops and tablets.”
  • NCR Small Business Releases All-in-One Tablet POS System - “NCR Silver Register is designed to help small businesses and franchises to easily focus on what’s important – delivering a higher level of customer service and modernizing their stores,” said Chris Poelma, president and general manager of NCR Small Business. “The bundled solution is affordable and scalable, yet helps business owners power their businesses without the typical implementation challenges associated with many enterprise-level technology solutions.”

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July 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 17, 2015

On the Web:

  • CVS Probes Card Breach at Online Photo Unit - Krebs on Security - "Nationwide pharmacy chain CVS has taken down its online photo center CVSphoto.com, replacing it with a message warning that customer credit card data may have been compromised."
  • How to scale: Lessons from Stripe CEO, Patrick Collison - Khosla Ventures - "Stripe CEO, Patrick Collison, talks with Keith Rabois about culture and recruiting. Hear why Stripe tries to hire people who are intrinsically happy, why they’re willing to recruit people who are not initially enthusiastic about the company and what makes their onboarding process unique."

On the Wires:

  • Ethoca Secures USD $45 Million Growth Equity Investment Led by Spectrum Equity - “We are excited to have Spectrum Equity working alongside Ethoca to help accelerate the next phase of our global expansion and the delivery of new collaboration-based services to meet growing customer demand,” said Andre Edelbrock, CEO & Co-Founder of Ethoca. “Importantly, Spectrum supports our mission of reaching what we call ‘maximum acceptance’ – a place where good customers are never turned away and everyone benefits from the financial rewards that result when ecommerce can simply be about commerce.”
  • Coming Monday: PayPal Celebrates Listing Day in Times Square - "On July 20, 2015, PayPal Holdings, Inc. will celebrate its new status as an independent public company trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol “PYPL” in New York’s iconic Times Square."
  • Synchrony Financial Reports Second Quarter Net Earnings of $541 Million or $0.65 Per Diluted Share - “We continue to grow our industry-leading consumer finance business on several fronts. We have signed new partners across our platforms, extended key contracts, and made technology investments which are yielding innovative, value added services for our partners and customers. We also continued to deliver strong receivables, deposit, and revenue growth,” said Margaret Keane, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony Financial.

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July 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 16, 2015

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  • PayPal’s Q2 2015 Results - PayPal Forward Blog - "But if there is one number that really stands out, it’s that PayPal continues to grow at double the rate of e-commerce. This means we’re gaining share across the globe as we partner with the world’s top retailers and many of the leading next-generation commerce pioneers."
  • Ebay Will Get Along Without Its Pal - Wall St. Journal - "Then there is the question of what to do with two stocks in investors’ portfolios where before there was one. If only one is to be kept, many may prefer PayPal."
  • Facebook Adds Buy Button Integration As It Continues To Reinvent Pages - TechCrunch - "It’s been over a year since Facebook started testing its buy button in ads on the newsfeed, and it appears that the company is now ready to take the service to its next logical progression with dedicated shops on Pages where users can browse for and purchase items."
  • Meet Google’s “Eddystone”—a flexible, open source iBeacon fighter - ArsTechnica - "Move over iBeacon—today Google is launching "Eddystone," an open source, cross-platform Bluetooth LE beacon format."
  • Capital One exec: banking is the ripest industry for disruption - Fortune - “The winners will be the ones that become a technology business and not remain as an old school banking company.”
  • Bitcoin Trends In The First Half Of 2015 - Coinable Blog - "While the price of bitcoin is down 9% year-to-date, if you look below the surface it is clear that Bitcoin had a strong first half and is making great strides as digital money for people around the world and a payment network for innovation."

On the Wires:

  • eBay Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results - "We are very pleased with our overall Q2 performance. PayPal and eBay both delivered strong Q2 results and have strong momentum. Dan, Devin and their respective teams are executing well and are prepared to create the next great chapter for PayPal and eBay," said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe.

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July 15, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 15, 2015

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  • ZestFinance Launches Basix Loans to Serve Middle-Class Americans Overlooked by Banks - “ZestFinance was founded to make fair and transparent credit available to everyone, especially those left out of traditional credit systems,” said Douglas Merrill, Founder & CEO of ZestFinance. “Basix will serve regular, hard-working people whose credit scores are just below levels that would allow them to qualify for a bank loan – tens of millions of Americans. Our customers are middle-class Americans who have insufficient credit histories or have weathered a financially-draining life event and are building or rebuilding their credit.”

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