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July 30, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 30, 2014

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  • First Data Announces Agreement to Acquire Gyft, the Leading Digital Platform that Enables Consumers to Buy, Send, Manage and Redeem Gift Cards Using Mobile Devices - “Gyft, with its mobile gifting platform, and First Data, with its global scale and distribution network, together will accelerate the growth of virtual prepaid with powerful new tools for merchants of all sizes to deepen their relationships with their customers,” said Guy Chiarello, president, First Data. “This means that the same robust toolset deployed by big box retailers will be coming soon to small- to mid-sized businesses, perfectly synched with our mission to offer innovative solutions to help our clients grow.”
  • Amazon Announces Additional US $2 Billion Investment in India - "We see huge potential in the Indian economy and for the growth of e-commerce in India. With this additional investment of US $2 billion, our team can continue to think big, innovate, and raise the bar for customers in India. At current scale and growth rates, India is on track to be our fastest country ever to a billion dollars in gross sales."
  • BitPay's New Plan: Free, Unlimited, Forever - “When we started BitPay in 2011, we saw an opportunity to finally give merchants around the world relief from interchange fees. By offering a basic plan that is free and unlimited, forever, we give merchants yet another reason to be excited about bitcoin.”
  • 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 Banking at Bank of America. “It is the result of deep client research to develop and deliver a simple program that provides clients benefits and rewards they will actually use, and shows them how much we appreciate it when they choose to do more business with us.”
  • Blackhawk Network and Amazon Offer New Mobile Wallet Capabilities - "Blackhawk Network's expertise in gift card management provides our customers with access to the retailers they want and the digital experience that Amazon is committed to delivering," said Charlie Kindel, Director, Amazon Local Commerce. "Together we are helping consumers get the full value of their gift cards with the safety and convenience of storing them digitally. Instead of fearing they might lose or forget about them, they can have them on hand to use wherever and whenever they choose."
  • Heartland Payment Systems to Acquire TouchNet Information Systems, Inc. - “I am extremely pleased to announce the acquisition of TouchNet, which is not only Heartland’s largest acquisition to date, but is also an excellent complement to our existing Campus Solutions business that will immediately improve our growth profile and contribute to our bottom line,” said Robert O. Carr, chairman and CEO of Heartland Payment Systems.
  • Boku Unlocks India for Mobile Payments - “We knew early on that Qubecell had the right approach, the right people, and the right technical capacity to be a great fit with Boku,” said Jon Prideaux, CEO of Boku. “Now that our integration is complete we are providing existing Boku merchants – including top social media networks and global games companies -- with the very best access to the Indian market. Indian companies also now have access to Boku’s global network."
  • New Fiserv White Paper Outlines Immediate Mobile Payments Opportunities for Financial Institutions - "Titled “The Four Pillars of Mobile Payments: Immediate Opportunities,” the white paper outlines how a strategic approach to mobile payments starts with the services consumers are using today."

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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!

July 29, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 29, 2014

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July 28, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 28, 2014

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  • Coming Soon!

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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!

July 25, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 25, 2014

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July 24, 2014

Visa Launches Visa Digital Solutions

Visa 2014 logo 140x60In a press release this morning titled "Visa Enables Internet-Connected Devices to Become Secure Commerce Vehicles", Visa has announced the creation of Visa Digital Solutions - calling it a comprehensive suite of offerings that facilitate secure payments across a broad range of Internet-connected devices and wearables.

Visa Digital Solutions provides the standards, tools and services to turn any Internet-connected device into a secure vehicle for commerce,” said Sam Shrauger, senior vice president, Visa Inc.

“Smartphone manufacturers can securely load a Visa account within a device, merchants can directly embed Visa payment functionality into their mobile apps and financial institutions can offer mobile and online payments as part of their mobile banking applications.”

In terms of support for new payment methods using smartphones, Visa highlights:

  • Wave-to-pay: Visa recently published a software development kit (SDK) to make it easier for merchants, financial institutions and application developers to embed Visa payWave, Visa’s mobile payment technology, into their mobile applications. Issuers now have the option to host the Visa account information in a virtual cloud or in a secure chip on the mobile device.

  • Scan-to-pay: In June Visa published an initial specification for presenting Visa account information in the form of a Quick Response (QR) code. The specification provides retailers with a new, secure option to accept a Visa payment by simply scanning a QR code on a smartphone screen.

  • Click-to-pay: Last week Visa announced the launch of Visa Checkout, a quick and easy payment service that enables consumers throughout the United States, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device, in just a few clicks. Visa’s application programming interfaces (APIs) for Visa Checkout are available to merchant developers, as well as SDKs for in-app payments.

In terms of technology that helps protect consumers, Visa highlights its tokenization efforts. In September, it will introduce an innovative tokenization service that strengthens payment security while facilitating industry innovation. Tokens replace the 16-digit account information found on plastic cards with a numeric substitute, facilitating payment transactions without sharing sensitive account information.

Visa Digital Solutions will initially be available through the Visa Ready program, which provides innovators a path for the certification of devices, software and solutions used to initiate or accept Visa payments. Visa will also launch an extended Developer Center in early 2015, providing product specifications, APIs, SDKs, as well as implementation guidelines for financial institutions, merchants and third-party payment providers.

Separately, LoopPay has announced it has secured an investment from Visa Inc. “Visa continually evaluates and invests in new technologies that have the potential to transform mobile devices into secure payment vehicles,” said Jim McCarthy, senior vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships, Visa Inc. “LoopPay has developed compelling technology that has the potential to enable merchants to accept payments from mobile devices using their existing point-of-sale infrastructure.”

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 24, 2014

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  • LoopPay Secures Investment from Visa Inc. - “Visa continually evaluates and invests in new technologies that have the potential to transform mobile devices into secure payment vehicles,” said Jim McCarthy, senior vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships, Visa Inc. “LoopPay has developed compelling technology that has the potential to enable merchants to accept payments from mobile devices using their existing point-of-sale infrastructure.”
  • Citi® Commercial Cards Joins With Concur® to Offer a New, Enhanced Reporting Solution - We’re excited to partner with Concur, a recognized leader in the industry, to provide these reporting packages to our clients. These enhanced travel reports will not only provide efficiencies for our customers by automating current manual processes, but also enable clients to make key travel program decisions more quickly and with more confidence,” noted Manish Kohli, Citi’s Global Head of Commercial Cards.
  • Discover® Fuels Summer Fun with Cashback Bonus® at Gas Stations - “Discover cardmembers who are commuting or traveling can earn up to $75 Cashback Bonus for the many miles they drive during the summer months,” said Heather L. Roche, vice president of rewards at Discover.

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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!

July 23, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 23, 2014

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  • TSYS Reports Second Quarter 2014 Total Revenues Increased 30.4% - "We set another milestone this quarter with total revenues of over $600 million for the first time in TSYS’ history. It was an outstanding quarter with our consolidated adjusted operating margin improving 357 basis points over the first quarter to 24.94%," said Philip W. Tomlinson, chairman and chief executive officer of TSYS.
  • OT Expands Its M2M and IoT Offer to Application Enablement with Cumulocity - “Connected objects are expected to reach tens of billions by 2020. OT’s comprehensive, robust and flexible M2M offer is designed to help our customers tackle the challenges and seize the full benefits of upcoming Internet of Things growth while addressing the very important security aspects related to IoT. By joining forces with Cumulocity we are extending our offer beyond connectivity and security and moving up the M2M value chain” said Marek Juda, Managing Director of the Solutions Business Unit at OT.

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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!

July 22, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 22, 2014

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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!

July 21, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 21, 2014

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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!

July 20, 2014

Last Call: Data in Payments Workshop this Wednesday

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxLast call for this workshop coming up this Wednesday in Mountain View, California.

Everyone is saying that "data's where the money is." Big data, small data, transaction data - we all know intuitively that this is important.

But what is payment data, really? How detailed is it? And, most important, who has access to it - and the ability to use it - at what point in the purchase value chain?

Glenbrook's Data in Payments Workshop takes apart these questions, and provides you with a comprehensive understanding of where the value of payments data is, and why it is important.

The next session of this workshop led by Glenbrook's Russ Jones will be held this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

For details on the agenda and registration, see this workshop page.

July 17, 2014

A Look at PayPal's 2Q2014 Financial Results

PayPal new 140pxPayPal's parent eBay has announced financial results for 2Q2014.

PayPal net total payment volume (TPV) grew 29% with Merchant Services volume up 35% and on-eBay volume up 13%. Revenue grew to $1.9 billion. PayPal gained 4.0 million new active registered accounts to end the quarter at 152 million, up 15%. Global on-eBay penetration increased to 79.8%.

PayPal signed a deal with GE to extend its relationship offering a dual branded retail credit card and committed to purchase the loan portfolio in 2016 for an estimated $1 billion, based on the size of the portfolio at that time. This provides PayPal with flexibility to expand its credit offerings to consumers and merchants while improving its ability to manage transaction expense and reinvest back into the business to accelerate payment volume growth.

eBay reports that the PayPal 'take rate" was 3.53% in 2Q2014, down slightly from 3.55% in the prior quarter and down from the 3.79% reported a year earlier. Transaction expenses were 0.95%, down slightly from 0.99% in the prior quarter. The loss rate was 0.28%, up 1 basis point from the prior quarter.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 17, 2014

On the Web:

  • We are excited to announce that Twitter is acquiring CardSpring! - CardSpring Blog - "When we started talking with the Twitter commerce team, we quickly realized our philosophies were perfectly aligned, and by joining them, we’d be able to significantly accelerate our vision."
  • Welcoming CardSpring to the Twitter team - Twitter Advertising Blog - "We’re excited to announce we’ve agreed to acquire CardSpring, a payments infrastructure company that helps merchants work with leading publishers to create online-to-offline promotions."
  • Coming Soon to Social Media: Click to Buy Now - New York Times Bits Blog - "A Twitter spokesman declined to comment on the imminence of a buy button, but in its blog post about CardSpring, the company teased, “We’ll have more information on our commerce direction in the future.”
  • What the BRICS Tell Us About Payments - PaymentsViews.com (Elizabeth McQuerry) - "Are such state sponsored payments improvements the way to go? Am I prophesying that the end is near for private sector innovation in payments? Certainly not, or at least I hope not."
  • Snapchat may be planning a mobile payment service - iMore.com - "The documents reveal that the ephemeral message service is looking to process peer-to-peer payments, money transfers and online payments."
  • Investors Cash Out Of Payment Technology Startups - TechCrunch - "Even as a clutch of new payment technology companies including Zooz Mobile and Plastiq announce new financing rounds today, it seems like investors are no longer paying out for payment companies."
  • Issuers – Why You Need to Plan for EMV Now - FIS Emerging Payment Strategies Blog - "While EMV is not a silver bullet, it is an improvement over magstripe. It may not have prevented some of the recent major breaches, but it would have reduced overall damage since there would have been fewer cards vulnerable to counterfeiting."
  • New York’s New Bitcoin Rules Are Going to Kill Its Startups - Wired - "Is New York about to drive these startups out of town by clubbing them with onerous regulations before they can walk? Quite possibly."

On the Wires:

  • NY DFS Releases Proposed Bitlicense Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currency Firms - "Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, today announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued for public comment a proposed “BitLicense” regulatory framework for New York virtual currency businesses. The proposed regulatory framework – which is the product of a nearly year-long DFS inquiry, including public hearings that the Department held in January 2014 – contains consumer protection, anti-money laundering compliance, and cyber security rules tailored for virtual currency firms."
  • CU Wallet Reports Record Growth, 65 Credit Unions Join Mobile Wallet Movement - "Collaboration among credit unions continues to be one of our industry's greatest strengths,” said Keith Sultemeier, president and CEO of Kinecta Federal Credit Union. “The CU Wallet platform makes collaboration easy and efficient, but still allows credit unions to tailor the member experience."
  • CashStar Launches Digital Gift Card Solution for Google Wallet - “With the rapid growth of omni-channel retail, digital gifting and smartphone adoption, CashStar’s vision is not ‘mobile first’ but rather ‘mobile everything,’” said Ben Kaplan, president and CEO of CashStar.
  • MasterPass Now Live in 10 Countries with Launches in Poland and South Africa - “We’re extremely excited about new capabilities and delivering on the MasterPass vision of a fully integrated digital payments ecosystem that enables convenient, simple, fast and secure payments anytime, anywhere,” said Vib Prasad, Group Head, MasterPass at MasterCard.
  • WEX Inc. Announces Signing of Definitive Purchase and Sale Agreement Related to the Acquisition of ExxonMobil’s Esso Card Program - “The purchase of the Esso Card portfolio remains an important element to building our on-the-ground presence in the European market, and enhances WEX’s long-term growth profile. Our efforts to advance this transaction remain on track and position us to create a substantial and profitable European footprint,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s president and chief executive officer.

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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!

July 16, 2014

Visa Introduces Visa Checkout

Visa 2014 logo 140x60Visa has introduced Visa Checkout - replacing its earlier V.me offering with a new service "that enables consumers throughout the United States, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device, in just a few clicks."

“As people around the world spend more time and money online, particularly using mobile devices, they are demanding a fast, secure and frictionless way to shop using the payment cards they already know and trust,” said Charlie Scharf, chief executive officer, Visa Inc.

“Through insights provided by our cardholders, financial institutions and merchant partners, we designed an online payment experience that continues to deliver on this promise, bringing us closer to the simplicity and speed of the ‘swipe’ in the online world.”

Neiman Marcus, Pizza Hut, Staples and United Airlines are some of the newest merchants who will offer Visa Checkout. They join other top online retailers, such as 1-800-FLOWERS®, Beyond the Rack, Cineplex Entertainment, Jos. A. Bank, Live Nation, lululemon athletica, MovieTickets.com, Newegg, Rakuten.com, Teleflora, Ticketmaster, TigerDirect and Wine Enthusiast which plan to use Visa Checkout for quick and easy payments. Visa Checkout replaces the V.me by Visa service, first introduced in 2012.

Leading payments card issuers, community banks, and credit unions are all participating in Visa Checkout including more than 180 financial institutions and organizations around the world.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 16, 2014

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  • Plastiq inks $10 mln led by Khosla Ventures - Reuters PE Hub - “At Plastiq, we are laser-focused on bringing payment choice to North American cardholders by enabling them to make payments with their card in instances when they otherwise could not,” said Eliot Buchanan, CEO and co-founder of Plastiq.

  • TMG Builds Wearable #Payments App for @GoogleGlass - TMG Blog - "TMG Senior Product Manager Brian Day, in a presentation aptly named “The Future of Payments,” gave a demonstration of how this custom-built wearable payments app works."

  • Israeli Payments Startup Zooz Closes $12 Million Round - Wall St. Journal Digits - "According to Oren Levy, Zooz CEO and co-founder, the company is currently focusing on allowing enterprise clients to integrate Zooz solutions into existing billing and customer relationship software."

  • Oversight Issues in Mobile Payments - International Monetary Fund - "International experience suggests that financial authorities can develop effective oversight frameworks for new payment methods to safeguard public confidence and financial stability by establishing: (i) a clear legal regime; (ii) proportionate AML/CFT measures to prevent financial integrity risks; (iii) fund safeguarding measures such as insurance, similar guarantee schemes, or “pass through” deposit insurance; (iv) contingency plans for operational disruptions; and (v) risk controls and access criteria in payment systems."

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  • Visa Opens San Francisco Technology Center to Advance Innovation in Payments - "The centerpiece of One Market will be an innovation center designed to provide an immersive experience for clients and partners, where they can interact with Visa subject-matter experts, and explore new products and technologies that advance the payment experience in areas such as mobile, security and cloud-based technologies. The space has been designed to encourage dynamic interaction and real-time experimentation, and is expected to attract Bay Area technology talent who want to develop the next generation of commerce solutions by working with the industry leader in payments."

  • Visa Presents the Future of Commerce with New Innovation Center and Launch of Visa Checkout - "The move provides Visa technologists, its clients, and partners an innovative space to jointly develop the next generation of commerce applications. As a part of the grand opening of One Market today, Visa also announced the launch of Visa Checkout, a quick and easy payment service that enables consumers throughout the United States, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device, in just a few clicks."

  • Mercury StoreCard™ Now Available - "The Mercury StoreCard lets merchants brand their own reloadable card for accepting customer payments. The cardholder can use a quick-response (QR) barcode on the back of the card to access their prepaid card account on their smartphone."

  • CARDFREE and XPIENT Solutions Partner for Omni-Channel Services for Restaurants - “Traditionally, integration to restaurant commerce technology, especially, point of sale systems are quite a hurdle in mobile commerce deployments,” commented Jon Squire, founder and chief executive officer of CARDFREE, “with XPIENT and their cloud-based Commerce Engine which provides immediate and seamless access to the POS, this is as easy as it can get, allowing us to quickly deploy our full suite of services."

  • New GfK Survey Shows 60% of US Consumers Have Used a Branded Prepaid Payment Card - "According to the findings from GfK’s omnibus survey, users from different age and income groups are satisfied with their prepaid card experience. Although user segments at times cite different benefits as most important to them, “ease of use” is the overall top reason for liking prepaid cards. Nearly two-thirds of respondents in the GfK survey say that using prepaid cards is the same as or better than using a checking account or cash."

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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!

July 15, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 15, 2014

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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!

July 14, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 14, 2014

On the Web:

  • Bitcoin and Charities - A VC (Fred Wilson) - "If you own Bitcoin, at Coinbase or in your own wallet, you can gift your Bitcoins to charity and save them pretty much all of their online fundraising costs."
  • Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Business Centers - Krebs on Security - "The next hotel business center you visit may be completely locked down and secure, or it could be wide open and totally overrun with malware. The trouble is that there is no easy way for the average guest to know for sure."
  • Curated Food Delivery Startup Caviar In Talks To Be Acquired By Square For $100 Million - TechCrunch - "Caviar is one of many new startups that seeks to enable customers to order meals online and have them delivered in a short period of time."
  • The Password Is Finally Dying. Here's Mine - Wall St. Journal - "Google is working on an as-yet unnamed protocol that allows you to connect to your online accounts on any device by authenticating yourself with your smartphone."
  • Why Jack Ma Separated Alipay In Alibaba’s Words - Wall St. Journal Digits - “This action enabled Alipay to obtain a payment business license in May 2011 without delay and without any detrimental impact to our China retail marketplaces or to Alipay.”

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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!

July 10, 2014

Sponsor: Glenbrook's Data in Payments Workshop - July 23, 2014

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxPaymentsNews.com is sponsored this week by Glenbrook's Data in Payments Workshop.

Everyone is saying that "data's where the money is." Big data, small data, transaction data - we all know intuitively that this is important.

But what is payment data, really? How detailed is it? And, most important, who has access to it - and the ability to use it - at what point in the purchase value chain?

Glenbrook's Data in Payments Workshop takes apart these questions, and provides you with a comprehensive understanding of where the value of payments data is, and why it is important.

The next session of this workshop led by Glenbrook's Russ Jones will be held July 23, 2014 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

For details on the agenda and registration, see this workshop page.

Week-long sponsorships of the PaymentsNews.com daily email distribution and RSS feed are available. For more information about how your company can become a sponsor, please contact: publisher@paymentsnews.com.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 10, 2014

On the Web:

  • Learnings from the Bitcoin Workshop - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "We are certainly intrigued by the capabilities of math-based currencies, but think it’s unrealistic to believe that they might quickly overtake incumbent payment systems that already work well for common use cases. We’re far more focused on identifying payments use cases that still exhibit significant points of friction that might be neatly lubricated by the application of MBC technology."
  • "State of Bitcoin Q2 2014 Report Reveals Expanding Bitcoin Economy - CoinDesk - "This State of Bitcoin Q2 report focuses on data and events in the second quarter of 2014 through to the present day."
  • U.S. Companies Step Up Business Conducted in Yuan - Wall St. Journal - "The yuan is making inroads with U.S. firms now because it is becoming more cost-efficient to pay in the currency. American importers can often negotiate better prices with Chinese suppliers if they agree to use yuan to make a purchase."
  • Safaricom opens M-Pesa to its rivals - Mobile World Live - "Other operators are being granted access for the first time to the all-powerful network of agents that underpin the dominance of mobile money service M-Pesa, according to Business Daily."
  • Button Wants To Bring Loyalty Rewards To The On-Demand Economy - TechCrunch - "With that funding, the team hopes to bring new cloud-based tools to mobile app makers that reward users for engaging in apps that they’re already using."
  • How Prepared is Restaurant Industry for end of Swipe & Sign? - Hospitality Technology - "EMV preparedness is on restaurants’ radar, with 70% of those surveyed agreeing that it is important to have a well-defined roadmap for EMV preparedness. When asked about their organization’s current approach to preparing, however, just 26% report having some form of road-map in place; likely due to the lack of a standard."
  • If you don’t have a bank account, how do you manage your money? - Boston Globe (Evan Horowitz) - "The most basic thing to keep in mind is that while these alternative financial services are regulated, they are not subject to the same regulations as banks are."
  • How ACH works: A developer perspective - Part 1 - Zenpayroll Engineering Blog - "I remember when we first started building ZenPayroll, we spent a many weeks struggling to understand how the ACH system works and learning how we can write software to tap into it."
  • How ACH works: A developer perspective - Part 2 - Zenpayroll Engineering Blog - "About 95% of the time, things go exactly as planned. This post will explain the other 5% cases (called ACH returns) and how they are handled."
  • How ACH works: A developer perspective - Part 3 - Zenpayroll Engineering Blog - "Parts 1, 2, and 3 of this series should give a pretty good overview of the ACH protocol at a high level, although for the sake of clarity, much has been simplified in these posts. There are tons more details and nuances that make ACH payments a very interesting problem."
  • Google Ventures launches $100 mln fund to invest in Europe - Reuters PE Hub - "We believe Europe’s startup scene has enormous potential. We’ve seen compelling new companies emerge from places like London, Paris, Berlin, the Nordic region and beyond—SoundCloud, Spotify, Supercell and many others."
  • IBM Wants to Invent the Chips of the Future, Not Make Them - New York Times Bits Blog (Steve Lohr) - "IBM’s research agenda is a recognition that the end of the silicon era of computing, using complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technology, or CMOS, is finally on the horizon."
  • Marc Andreesen and Jim Barksdale on How to Make Money - HBR Idealist - "The tech luminaries on bundling and unbundling in the digital age."

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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!

July 09, 2014

Affirm Introduces Split Pay - Enabling Installment Payments for eCommerce

Affirm 70x70Affirm, a new consumer finance service, has announced its new Split Pay service that lets online merchants offer installment payments to consumers at the point of sale. Using Split Pay, online shoppers can make a purchase and pay across multiple months with simple, clear financing fees the Affirm says are a fraction of credit card interest rates.

Consumers want and need an easy-to-use alternative to credit cards when they’re shopping online, especially underserved populations like Millennials, enthusiasts, and the vast population of debit card users,” said Affirm Founder Max Levchin.

“Consumer financing has been available to the largest online and many brick and mortar merchants for years. We’re now bringing this powerful financing to all online merchants, large and small.”

Affirm says there is zero risk for the eTailer as it pays its merchants in full at the time of settlement and their customers enjoy payments stretched out in monthly installments. Affirm says its Split Pay is consumer-friendly by providing clear terms and a fixed set of payments and consumers "are never hit with surprises or large fees as they often are with revolving credit."

Affirm says it "uses the power of big data to make better, faster financing decisions about shoppers at the point of purchase. The only information a first time user provides is top-of-mind facts such as their name, mobile phone number, and birthday. And once approved, there is no user name or password to remember for future use."

Affirm was started in 2012 by Levchin, co-founder of PayPal, Nathan Gettings, co-founder of Palantir, and Jeff Kaditz, formerly Chief Data Officer of ngmoco.

Synchrony Financial Invests in Mobile Payment Startup LoopPay

Synchrony 140pxSynchrony Financial has announced a strategic investment in LoopPay, a mobile payments platform company. Synchrony Financial expects LoopPay to provide special features and benefits for its cardholders and retail partners.

These types of investments demonstrate our commitment to innovation and growth in the emerging payments space,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “We are continuously exploring technologies to help our partners grow, while looking for additional options to deliver greater convenience and utility for our cardholders.

LoopPay technology enables existing point-of-sale infrastructure to accept contactless payments through mobile devices at the vast majority of retail merchants. Synchrony Financial views LoopPay as an opportunity to close this gap for its retail partners and their customers while offering an enhanced consumer experience and additio

The terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 9, 2014

On the Web:

  • Braintree's Reverse Takeover Of PayPal Begins - ReadWrite (Owen Thomas) - "The most interesting aspect of v.zero, compared to previous versions, is that it has support for PayPal built in, and makes it trivially easy for developers to add PayPal as a payment method."
  • Braintree v.zero SDK – faster integration, drop-in UI, and Pay with PayPal - Braintree Payments Blog - "Today, we’re releasing the Braintree v.zero SDK, the new foundation for accepting payments with Braintree. It enables slick buying experiences, offers customizable drop-in UI features across platforms, and for the first time enables Pay with PayPal."
  • The Global Bitcoin Opportunity: Why Index is Backing Xapo - Index Ventures Blog (Mike Volpi) - "We’re excited to back Wences and his team as they continue to build on their global dominance in the Bitcoin vault market. In the months to come, we’ll see a lot of innovation in Bitcoin storage and transactions from Xapo, and we’re thrilled to support the development of the Bitcoin universe."
  • The Next Big Thing You Missed: Startup’s Plan to Remake Banks and Replace Credit Cards Just Might Work - Wired - "After raising $45 million in venture funding, Affirm recently launched a new service called Split Pay, which lets customers pay for online purchases in installments, instead of upfront."
  • Copay (beta), An Open Source Multisig Wallet - BitPay Blog - "BitPay is pleased to announce Copay, an open source, multi-signature wallet. Copay was born out of our own need to securely store Bitcoins and we felt it needed to be shared. We believe that multi-signature technology will play an important role in helping people secure their bitcoins against loss or theft."
  • Mobile E-Commerce Hits All-Time High: New Custora E-Commerce Pulse Report - Custora Blog - "In the past four years, the mobile e-commerce market grew 19-fold: From $2.2 billion in 2010 to $42.8 billion in 2013. This represents 1875% growth over these four years, and 111% 4-year CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate)."
  • New approaches to anomaly detection - O'Reilly Radar (Ellen Friedman) - "Windowing and sparse coding, a simplified form of deep learning, provide a way to deal with complex repetitive patterns when you need to build a model to accurately predict them."
  • Bitcoin Foundation Hires Firm to Lobby Congress on Cryptocurrencies - CoinDesk - "The Bitcoin Foundation is stepping up its US lobbying efforts by hiring Washington, DC-based firm Thorsen French Advocacy."
  • How One Law Firm is Helping Bitcoin Startups Find Success - CoinDesk - "Perkins Coie currently represents between 40-50 bitcoin companies, a number driven by the firm’s relatively long experience and network of contacts in Silicon Valley."
  • Signals from Foo Camp 2014 - O'Reilly Radar (Mac Slocum) - "Foo Camp, our annual gathering in Sebastopol, Calif., brings together people we know and admire, and those we’d like to know better."
  • PunchClock: Fun With iBeacons - Panic Blog - "With this new technology in-hand, it wasn’t too long before I put together a brand new office In/Out tracker called PunchClock. It uses a combination of a geo-fence and iBeacon tracking..."

On the Wires:

  • Michael Walsh Joins Warburg Pincus as Industry Advisor - Mr. Walsh commented, "The payments industry is dynamic and ever changing so now is the ideal time to collaborate with Warburg Pincus and identify the companies and entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of the industry. I look forward to partnering with the firm to build on its track record of investing in this critical area of TMT.”
  • Hasso Plattner Ventures increases iZettle Series C to 45M Euro ($61M) - "Hasso Plattner Ventures joins in investing in the Series C round of funding, which was led in May by London based growth investor Zouk Capital with participation from Dawn Capital and Intel Capital, and Series A and B investors Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Northzone, Creandum and the Nordic financial services group SEB."
  • First Data Launches PayLucky™ Solutions - “First Data exists to help our clients grow their businesses and what the gaming industry needs to grow, and serve their customers better, is a dynamic one-stop-shop for the widest variety of payment options that include debit, credit, check, mobile, loyalty and prepaid processing” said Jonathon O’Connor, general manager, Online Gambling and Alternative Markets.
  • MasterCard and Silicon Valley Bank Continue Commitment to Startup Success with Commerce.Innovated. - “Our aim is to increase our client’s probability of success, help them navigate their growth, and connect with potential partners to achieve their ambitious goals. This program is a perfect example of that and we’re looking forward to meeting the new applicants,” said Reetika Grewal, head of Silicon Valley Bank’s payments strategy.
  • mopay Signs Global Carrier Billing Contract with Leading China Mobile Gaming Company Chukong Technologies - Ingo Lippert, mopay CEO, said, “Chukong is one of the top go-to partners for global developers who want to publish in the Asia-Pacific region. Our mopay team takes great pride in being the carrier billing partner of choice for one of Asia’s most innovative and successful mobile apps companies.”
  • Beepi Becomes First Peer-to-Peer Marketplace to Accept Bitcoin Payments for Cars - “Integrating with bitcoin is a natural extension of our promise to deliver the easiest way to purchase a car in the 21st century.”

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July 08, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 8, 2014

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  • Opus Global Announces Acquisition of Hiperos - "Hiperos is a recognized global leader in third party management connecting over 300,000 third parties to many of the world’s largest companies across a range of industry verticals including energy, financial services, food, real estate, pharmaceuticals, and technology. Hiperos provides rapidly deployable, highly flexible SaaS-based solutions for a broad range of information management, risk, compliance and performance needs for many of the world’s Global 2000 companies..."

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July 07, 2014

MCX – Now I Get It! - New on PaymentsViews.com

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn a new PaymentsViews.com post titled "MCX – Now I Get It!", Glenbrook's Jay DeWitt shares some of his thoughts about MCX - the Merchant/Customer Exchange.

It dawned on me yesterday, MCX makes perfect sense if you think of it as enabling merchants to better exchange customer spending habits with manufacturers, consumer packaged good manufacturers (CPGs) and others to create more timely, relevant and compelling offers to those merchants’ customers!
Read the rest of Jay's comments and then share your own with him.

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July 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 3, 2014

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  • Irish Central Banker Envisions Hybrid Bitcoin-Fiat Future - CoinDesk - "To begin his talks, Murphy invited gathered attendees to join him on a thought experiment that envisioned a world in which digital currencies are used for payments in “a substantial amount” of goods and services."
  • How Bitcoin can transform the developing world - Guardian (Jamie Bartlett) - "The end game for crypto-currencies like Bitcoin is a perfect, frictionless market: a peer-to-peer currency where I could transfer Bitcoin directly to wherever I want without having to go via any intermediary at all."
  • Apple invention changes iPhone user authentication settings based on location - Apple Insider - "For example, a user may only need a simple four-digit passcode to unlock a device while at home, but authentication via Apple's Touch ID when in public areas like a shopping mall."
  • M-PESA: The Best of Both Worlds - BBVA Research - "M-PESA, a mobile banking and payment system in Kenya, represents the gold standard for innovative financial services. It creates an environment where even the most poverty stricken resident of a remote African village can become “financially included”."
  • Here Are Four Threats the Internet Faces in the Next Decade - Wall St. Journal Digits - "What are the biggest threats to the Internet? To mark its 25th anniversary, Pew Research Center asked thousands of thinkers, businesspeople, analysts and other esteemed technology followers to consider what the Internet might look like in a decade..."
  • Network Effects: the Entrepreneur, the Investor, and the Poor in Bangladesh - GSMA Blog - "Today there is a small but thriving young crowd of new entrepreneurs, tech hubs, and startups that are just beginning to scratch the surface of solving some of Bangladesh’s biggest problems in health, transportation, education, and financial services."
  • In-room Wi-Fi could hit 4.6Gbps with new tri-band chips - ArsTechnica - "Qualcomm has purchased Wilocity, a startup making Wi-Fi chips that support multi-gigabit streaming by operating in the 60GHz band."

On the Wires:

  • eBay and Argos Move to Next Stage of Click & Collect Partnership - Tanya Lawler, UK Vice President, eBay, said: “Retail has changed and shoppers are in the driving seat like never before. They want to shop anytime, anywhere, on any device and British shoppers love to Click & Collect. It’s a service being rapidly adopted by larger retailers and this partnership with Argos now gives tens of thousands of sellers the chance to capitalise on Click & Collect, even if they have no high street presence of their own.”

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July 02, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 2, 2014

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  • GlobalCollect and its lead shareholder Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe enter exclusive negotiations with Ingenico Group regarding the acquisition of GlobalCollect - “The planned acquisition by Ingenico Group is a perfect fit with GlobalCollect. Combining our global cross-border payment processing with Ingenico Group’s multi-channel services will create great opportunities for our clients, by reducing payment complexity across all channels and providing more payment alternatives to drive new sale opportunities. This is an exciting time to be in the payment industry and an even more exciting opportunity for GlobalCollect to be part of such a world class organization as Ingenico.“, said Thomas P. Staudt, Chief Executive Officer of GlobalCollect.
  • NXP’s ‘Security Matters’ Survey Reveals Consumer Push for Secure Credit Card Technologies - "Overall sentiment reveals that while consumer confidence in credit card technologies remains high, Americans continue to demand better solutions that protect identity, personal information and financial data. With recent reports of compromises in security at Target, Neiman Marcus, PF Chang’s and other retailers, Americans are more likely to pay in cash following a security breach at large retailers, with the millennial age group (18 – 34 years of age) being the most likely to convert to cash (37 percent)."

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July 01, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 1, 2014

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  • MasterCard and Borderfree Team Up to Bring Exclusive Savings at Top U.S. Retailers - David Chan, Senior Vice President and Group Head, Market Development, South East Asia, MasterCard, said: “In an increasingly globalized world, consumers have a growing desire for the products and brands that these international online merchants carry. Through our partnership with Borderfree, we are able to provide MasterCard cardholders savings on shipping costs and an enhanced global shopping experience that is smooth, simple and most importantly secure.”
  • 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Partners with Coinbase to Accept Bitcoin - "Beginning this fall, 1-800-FLOWERS will be adding bitcoin as a payment option across its extensive family of gifting sites, including 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, FannieMay.com, Cheryl’s.com, ThePopcornFactory.com, 1-800-Baskets.com, FruitBouquets.com, and Stockyards.com."
  • Hold the Phone: U.S. Consumers Wouldn’t Last One Day Without Access to Their Smartphone - "Almost one in two (47 percent) U.S. consumers admit they wouldn’t last a day without their smartphone, and many consider their devices more important than daily staples such as coffee and television, according to a new report released today by Bank of America. Of those who use their phones for banking, almost one-third (31 percent) say they log on at least once a day, and four out of five (82 percent) access their accounts at least once a week or more."
  • State Bank of India Launches New Digital Online and Self-Service Banking Solutions with Support from Accenture - “InTouch is the start of SBI’s Digital journey,” said S K Mishra, deputy managing director, State Bank of India. “This is our attempt to put our brand in touch with the dreams of the aspirational customer. It’s a deep rooted transformation that has three aspects: a transformation of the customer experience we deliver; introduction of device centric technology that is at the forefront of our global peers; and transformation of the behavioral model of our staff-base to be even more customer centric.”

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June 30, 2014

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June 27, 2014

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June 26, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 26, 2014

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  • Higher One Adds Chinese Currency to International Payments Service - "Higher One, a leader in providing financial services and data analytics to more than 1,900 colleges and universities nationally, announces the addition of the Chinese yuan to its international payments service, which is powered by Higher One’s partnership with Western Union Business Solutions."

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