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October 16, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 16, 2014

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  • A Central Bank Takes on Mobile Payments - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "Ecuador’s Central Bank has embarked on an ambitious course to launch an affordable and widely available mobile payment scheme. In fact, it will be the national wallet."
  • Going Live with Apple Pay Using Our v.zero SDK_ - Braintree Blog - "Braintree’s v.zero SDK gives merchants the ability to easily add Apple Pay to their apps and allows for the control and flexibility they need to provide the best payment experiences for their customers - whether it’s credit cards, debit cards, wallets like PayPal and Apple Pay and even bitcoin (coming soon)."

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  • New Yardi Genesis2 Platform Hits the Market - "Designed with both residential and commercial portfolio operators in mind, Yardi Genesis2 includes an integrated general ledger with streamlined accounts receivable and accounts payable along with features for multifamily such as online rent payments, automated common area maintenance (CAM) reconciliations for commercial, and overage tracking for retail clients."

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October 15, 2014

A Look at PayPal's 3Q2014 Financial Results

PayPal new 140pxPayPal's parent eBay has announced financial results for 3Q2014.

PayPal net total payment volume (TPV) grew 29% with Merchant Services volume up 37% and on-eBay volume up 9%. Revenue grew to $2.0 billion. PayPal gained 4.4 million new active registered accounts to end the quarter at 157 million, up 14%. Global on-eBay penetration increased to 80.5%. Mobile payment volume grew 72% to $12 billion, representing 20% of TPV. Active accounts acquired on mobile were 2.9 million. Newly rebranded PayPal Credit grew 29%."
eBay reports that the PayPal 'take rate" was 3.45% in 3Q2014, down from 3.53% in the prior quarter and down from the 3.70% reported a year earlier. Transaction expenses were 0.95%, the same as the prior quarter. The loss rate was 0.33%, up 5 basis points from the prior quarter.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 15, 2014

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October 14, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 14, 2014

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  • Google Introduces a $95 Amazon Prime Competitor - "Now simply dubbed Google Express, the service offers delivery of goods such as clothing, books and packaged groceries from stores such as Costco, Target and Walgreens to customer doors on the same day, or day after, they are ordered."

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October 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 13, 2014

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  • Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe Announces Sale of TransFirst - “We have enjoyed our close partnership with the TransFirst management team over the last several years.” said Eric J. Lee, General Partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. “John Shlonsky, CEO of TransFirst, and his leadership team have done an outstanding job building the Company into a market leader. We are confident that TransFirst will continue to build on its continued successes together with Vista Equity Partners.”
  • Global Payments Completes Acquisition of Ezidebit - "Similar to the company’s OpenEdge division, Ezidebit markets its products through a network of integrated software vendors and direct channels to numerous vertical markets."

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October 10, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 10, 2014

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  • TSYS Signs PRIME 4 Agreement with Banco del Bajío - "Ranked as one of the top banks in Mexico, Banco del Bajío will leverage PRIME issuing support to manage its credit and private label card portfolios along with its loyalty and installment programs on the single-platform PRIME solution. TSYS will also provide the bank with sophisticated licensed solutions for integrated customer alerts as well as authorization and switching as part of the PRIME licensing agreement."
  • Ingo Money and Advance Financial Partner to Launch a Co-Branded Mobile Application Enabling Consumers to Load Checks in Minutes - "Ingo Money, Inc., a provider of recurring, instantaneous, guaranteed funds technologies for financial institutions, prepaid card providers and digital wallet platforms, and Advance Financial, a progressive leader in consumer retail financial services, announced a partnership to launch Ingo™ for Advance Financial, a co-branded, consumer-direct mobile application to digitize check cashing transactions."

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October 09, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 9, 2014

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October 08, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 8, 2014

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  • More retailers partner with Zapp to offer mobile payments - Retail Gazette (UK) - "This will massively benefit retailers, especially small and medium businesses, especially because Zapp transactions are a considerably lower cost than cards and other alternative payment methods."
  • Plastc wants to replace your entire wallet with a single card - The Verge - "Like Coin, Plastc syncs with your phone using Bluetooth. It lets you swipe between 20 cards or barcodes using an E-ink touchscreen, and offers NFC (like the iPhone 6) for contactless transactions, an EMV "chip" for the latest card readers, and RFID so you can replace your office building’s ID card."

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October 07, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 7, 2014

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  • TSYS Transforms Cardholder Experience for Business - “TSYS is enhancing its approach to digital engagement, and our investment in CentreSuite will greatly enrich the experience of card program administrators and their account holders,” said Paul Bridgewater, group executive of Global Product, TSYS. “This initiative demonstrates our people-centered approach and vision of providing our clients and their customers the most innovative, convenient and user-friendly solutions.”
  • Draper University Launches Free Innovative Online Bitcoin Course - “The largest problem in the Bitcoin adoption world right now is education and this is the best Bitcoin education course online,” said Adam Draper, CEO of Boost. “It answers all the questions by giving access to the experts in the Bitcoin space, no one else has done this in a quality way.”
  • Boku Acquires mopay, Solidifies Position as World’s Largest Mobile Payment Provider for Carrier Billing - “By coming together we've created a company that can realize the vision of charging purchases to your phone bill as a truly global payment method at scale,” said Jon Prideaux, CEO of Boku. “Together, Boku and mopay serve some of the largest digital merchants in the world and we have a tremendous pipeline in the works.”

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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!

October 06, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 6, 2014

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  • ACI Worldwide Partners with Shaw Systems to Deliver Cost-Effective Integrated Bill Payments to Financial Services Companies - "Our corporate mission is to provide our clients with the best financial products and services so that they can deliver optimal experiences to their end customers,” said Cyndy Stone, Chief Operating Officer, Shaw Systems. "We are very enthusiastic about partnering with ACI, a proven leader with a great track record in bill pay. By integrating their robust bill payment technology into ours, we can now deliver a value proposition unmatched in our industry—the most seamless and cost-effective bill pay offering, right out of the box.”

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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!

October 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews - October 3, 2014

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October 02, 2014

Headline News from Payments News - October 2, 2014

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October 01, 2014

Glenbrook Report from Sibos 2014

PaymentsViews logo 140px Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry is at Sibos 2014 in Boston this week, and has posted some initial impression of this years conference.

So, what have I seen so far? The biggest idea so far has been a demo of a real-time, payment transaction risk-scoring module. You read that correctly: real time, transaction risk-scoring. This gets to a fundamental problem for banks – what types of activities are my customers up to?
The full post is over on Payments Views.

Capital One Wallet — An App to Help Track Your Spending

CapitalOne logo 140px Capital One has announced the general iOS availability of the Capital One Wallet, "a new app that lets you stay on top of your spending and get the most out of your rewards on the go." This is not a POS wallet, but rather a nice looking app receiving real-time purchase notifications, detailed purchase info, and rewards management dashboard. Capital One is a participating Apple Pay issuer and those transactions can be monitored here as well.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 1, 2014

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September 30, 2014

Out of Africa: Watching the Evolution of Mobile Money

PaymentsViews logo 140px Glenbrook's Bryan Derman is just back from a client engagement in Nairobi and shares his perspective on mobile money in Kenya.

While M-Pesa started and still embodies the phenomenon, other players have entered the market in Kenya, ranging from other wireless telcos to innovative banks, raw start-ups, and the Kenyan postal service (acting mainly as a distribution channel). In addition, the success of M-Pesa is driving investment in mobile money systems across Africa and in many developing economies around the world.
The full post is over on Payments Views.

MCX Partners with InComm

InComm logo 140px InComm announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX)

"We're pleased to partner with InComm and leverage their deep relationships and POS integrations with leading retailers representing thousands of locations across the country," said Andy Shober, Chief Sales and Business Development Officer, Merchant Customer Exchange. "Our partnership allows us to greatly expand the number of participating retail locations and represents a great opportunity for retailers to seamlessly improve the loyalty, shopping and payment experience for their customers."
MCX merchants operate more than 110,000 locations and process more than $1 trillion in payments annually.

eBay and PayPal to Split; Dan Schulman Named PayPal President

PayPal new 140px eBay has announced Dan Schulman is joining the company as the new President of PayPal, effective immediately. Schulman will become Chief Executive Officer of PayPal following the planned separation of the business into an independent, publicly traded company in the second half of 2015.

The company announced separately today that its board of directors, following a strategic review, has approved a plan to separate eBay and PayPal into independent, publicly traded companies. The separation is expected to be completed in the second half of 2015. The board determined that separation is the best path for growth and shareholder value creation for each business.
Since 2010, Schulman served as President of American Express’ Enterprise Growth Group and led the company’s global strategy to expand its alternative mobile and online payment services. The New York Times also has more background on the development.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 30, 2014

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September 29, 2014

Circle Debuts Bitcoin Accounts for Mainstream Users

Circle logo 140px c/net is reporting that Bitcoin startup Circle is now open for public use worldwide in seven languages.

The fact that Circle is not a trading exchange is what sets it apart from many other Bitcoin services on the Web. Circle does not operate by offering users the option to buy into the cryptocurrency at a specific rate with hopes of trading it for more. Instead, the company simply provides a service in which users can deposit local currency in return for Bitcoin. Upon withdrawal, Bitcoin is converted to local currency. No fees are incurred for the service.
Circle is the digital currency company founded in 2013 by Internet entrepreneurs Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville.

SK Telecom to Acquire Shopkick

SK Telecom Logo 140x60 South Korean wireless giant SK Telecom has announced that its SK Planet subsidiary has acquired ShopKick, according to The Wall Street Journal. Macy's recently announced that it was expanding its use of ShopKick to nearly 800 stores. ShopKick has more than eight million users.

September 25, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 25, 2014

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September 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 24, 2014

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September 23, 2014

PayPal Adds Bitcoin Support via BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin

PayPal new 140pxIn a blog post this morning, PayPal's Scott Ellison, Senior Director Corporate Strategy, announced that PayPal "has entered into agreements with leading Bitcoin payment processors BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin. Starting today, these agreements let PayPal digital goods merchants accept Bitcoin with a simple integration through the PayPal Payments Hub. This will be available to merchants in North America first."

To be clear, today’s news does not mean that PayPal has added Bitcoin as a currency in our digital wallet or that Bitcoin payments will be processed on our secure payments platform. PayPal has always embraced innovation, but always in ways that make payments safer and more reliable for our customers. Our approach to Bitcoin is no different. That’s why we’re proceeding gradually, supporting Bitcoin in some ways today and holding off on other ways until we see how things develop."

Ellison went on to note: "PayPal also needs to follow the laws and regulations in every market we operate. For this reason, virtual currency exchangers and administrators interested in working with PayPal in the future must secure the appropriate licenses and put anti-money laundering procedures in place."

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 23, 2014

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September 22, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 22, 2014

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  • Citi Launches Citi Mobile Challenge to Fuel Digital Innovation - "Citi will provide developers with a suite of tools they can use to build solutions to benefit consumers either through mobile applications or the Internet of Things. Selected participants will present their concepts at demonstration events in Miami, New York and Silicon Valley and finalists will have the chance to take their technologies into production with the support of Citi."
  • Bank of America Changes the Game With Preferred Rewards - “Preferred Rewards is the first program of its kind to offer clients benefits and rewards for everyday banking,” said Dean Athanasia, president of Preferred and Small Business Banking and co-head of Consumer Banking at Bank of America.
  • U.S. Bank Encore Rewards Program for Small Businesses Blazes New Path for Industry - “This is the first time an American bank is giving small-business customers what they deserve: an easy way to earn rewards for combining their card purchasing and processing with one company,” said Cathi Stanton, head of small business credit cards at U.S. Bank.
  • Ingenico Group further expands global partnership with Elavon - "...Elavon has now selected Ingenico Group to be a key partner in supporting its migration to EMV-based payment processing infrastructures in the U.S. In addition, it has chosen Ingenico Group to run Fanfare, Elavon’s omni-channel marketing and customer loyalty program for small-to-medium size U.S. customers."
  • First Weekend Apple iPhone Sales Top 10 Million, Set New Record - “Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”
  • Synchrony Financial Launches New Brand and Advertising Campaign: Engage with Us - Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial, said, “After conducting extensive research with key stakeholders, we are proud to launch a Synchrony Financial brand campaign that truly represents who we are as a company and the value proposition we offer to our stakeholders."
  • New GSMA Report Sees North America Leading Mobile Investment and Innovation in the Developed World - “Our latest Mobile Economy report reveals how the widespread deployment of 4G networks in North America is creating a virtuous circle, stimulating adoption of new mobile technologies, applications and services that are unlocking new revenue streams for operators and enriching the mobile experience for consumers.”
  • BitFury Forms Strategic Advisory Board With Technology and Venture Industry Leaders - "BitFury Group, the leading Bitcoin infrastructure provider and Bitcoin transaction processing company, formed its strategic advisory board with two key appointments: Silicon Valley investor Jonathan Teo and former UMC Chairman and CEO Dr. Jackson Hu. BitFury also brought on Bob Dykes, founder and president of Tanjarine and former CFO of VeriFone, to its board of directors."

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September 19, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 19, 2014

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  • Home Depot: 56M Cards Impacted, Malware Contained - Krebs on Security - "Prior to the Home Depot breach, the record for the largest retail card breach went to TJX, which lost some 45.6 million cards."
  • Home Depot Says Data From 56 Million Cards Was Taken in Breach - New York Times - "Home Depot’s attack went unnoticed for five months. During that time, hackers found an entry into the company’s network, gained access to its in-store payment systems and installed malware to take payment data off the memory of the company’s registers during processing."
  • Klarna Announces U.S. Team As It Plans For 2015 Launch In The U.S. - TechCrunch - "The company recruited Brian Billingsley from Alliance Data as chief executive of North America; former Bill Me Later and PayPal director Carol Hargrave as chief marketing officer; and former Apple payments counsel, Jin Han, as chief legal counsel for North America."

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  • Heartland Introduces Mobile and Online Ordering Solution for Restaurants - “Restaurants are looking for a competitive mobile ordering solution that will match the functionality that major restaurant companies are bringing to market, while minimizing the operational impact of adopting this new technology,” said David Gilbert, president of Heartland’s hospitality group. “Restaurants also want to respond to growing consumer demand as well-known restaurant brands engage in marketing activities to shift consumer behavior towards placing more orders via smartphones, tablets and computers.”
  • The Home Depot Completes Malware Elimination and Enhanced Encryption of Payment Data in All U.S. Stores - "To protect customer data until the malware was eliminated, any terminals identified with malware were taken out of service, and the company quickly put in place other security enhancements."

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September 18, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 18, 2014

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September 17, 2014

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September 16, 2014

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