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April 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 2, 2015

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

On the Wires:

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

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

April 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 1, 2015

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

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March 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 31, 2015

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

On the Wires:

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

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

March 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 30, 2015

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  • Contactless Card Payments enabled on Vodafone Wallet with Visa and Carta Worldwide - "Vodafone customers will soon be able to add bank cards to their Vodafone Wallet and use smartphones to pay for goods and services at contactless terminals, it was announced today. Following new agreements with Visa and Carta Worldwide, bank card payments via Vodafone Wallet will be enabled in European markets from the second quarter of 2015 onwards."
  • MasterCard Expands San Carlos Center of Excellence - "MasterCard today announced the expansion of its San Carlos Center of Excellence and the relocation of senior vice president of Emerging Merchants, Les Matthews, and his team to the company’s West Coast office. MasterCard will also add global communications support in San Carlos with the relocation of vice president, Worldwide Communications, Brian Gendron. The moves enhance the company’s presence on the ground in Silicon Valley – an important market for continuing to deepen MasterCard’s footprint with the tech community."
  • GTCR Announces Sale of Fundtech to DH Corporation - Aaron Cohen, Managing Director at GTCR, added: “This transaction marks another successful example of GTCR’s Leaders Strategy™, as we worked in partnership with an exceptional management team to execute this complex transformational merger. We are pleased that those efforts have resulted in building a market-leader in transaction banking software.”
  • According to New Chase Slate Credit Survey, Checking Your Credit Score Correlates to Financial Aptitude – Yet Gaps in Consumers’ Credit Health Awareness Still Exist - "The survey reveals that Americans who have previously checked their credit score consider a “good” score to be 719 on average1. This is 51 points higher than what is considered to be good by those who have never checked their score (668). What Americans may not realize is that even a score of 719 might not give them access to credit at the best rates."
  • TimesofMoney Announces Launch of 'Movit' - Talking about Movit, Avijit Nanda, Chief Executive Officer, TimesofMoney, says, “TimesofMoney has several success stories to its credit. We have engaged with international clients for Movit and in fact are in the process of deploying it in Africa currently. Since Movit’s primary delivery channel is the mobile phone, it gives a huge thrust to the financial inclusion agenda of governments in emerging economies of India, Asia & Africa where there is an ever-increasing mobile penetration.”
  • Powa Technologies and Merchant e-Solutions Partner to Support POS Application Developers’ Go-To-Market Strategies - “PowaPOS has a unique position in the tablet-based payments market right now. Its fully integrated hardware and universal OS support makes it particularly attractive to POS software developers and to us,” said Tom Bell, CEO, Merchant e-Solutions. “By partnering together, we’ll be able to provide developers with the best payments processing and hardware solutions on the market today.”

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March 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 27, 2015

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

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March 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 26, 2015

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

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March 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 25, 2015

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

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March 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 24, 2015

On the Web:

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

On the Wires:

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

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March 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 23, 2015

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  • Square Cash is Open for Business - "So we’re excited to announce today that Square Cash is now available for businesses everywhere in the U.S. We deposit payments directly into your bank account (as opposed to a holding account), and offer an aggressive and affordable professional rate of only 1.5%."
  • Western Union and Hyperwallet Forge Strategic Alliance to Address the Global Mass Payments Market - “By integrating our payments ecosystem with Hyperwallet’s platform, we have enabled a mass payment product that will help change how global payments are made today, while helping meet the rigorous compliance demands faced when making global payments.”
  • New Version of RelayAccount Helps Simplify Collection of Patient Payment - “Helping providers clearly track a patient’s financial obligations and enable automated collections on payment plans are becoming two business-critical capabilities in today’s healthcare market,” said Matt Larsen, vice president of Innovation, RelayHealth Financial.
  • Wells Fargo Offers Spanish Language Mobile Banking Experience - "Our convenient and award-winning mobile banking app now offers Spanish-speaking customers the option of tailoring an in-language experience to best suit their needs,” said Brett Pitts, head of Digital for Wells Fargo Virtual Channels. “We’re proud that we continue to make improvements to our digital banking products that allow more customers to take advantage of the convenience and security of mobile banking in their preferred language.”

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March 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 20, 2015

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March 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 19, 2015

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

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March 18, 2015

American Express Launches Plenti Coalition Loyalty Program

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook Introduces Send Money to Friends in U.S. Market

Facebook logo 140pxFacebook has announced it has enhanced its Facebook Messenger mobile application to support sending money between friends.

The first time you send or receive money in Messenger, you’ll need to add a Visa or MasterCard debit card issued by a US bank to your account. Once you add a debit card, you can create a PIN to provide additional security the next time you send money. On iOS devices you can also enable Touch ID. As always, you can add another layer of authentication to your account at any time.

Facebook said that the new payments feature will be rolling out in the coming months in the US across Android, iOS, and desktop.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 18, 2015

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

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March 17, 2015

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

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

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


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

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 17, 2015

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

On the Wires:

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

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March 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 16, 2015

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

On the Wires:

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

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March 13, 2015

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March 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 12, 2015

On the Web:

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

On the Wires:

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

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March 11, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 11, 2015

On the Web:

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

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March 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 10, 2015

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

On the Wires:

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

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March 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 9, 2015

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  • PayLease and Ocius to Combine - “Ocius is the forerunner in convergent billing solutions and their products are the perfect complement to the PayLease payment platform,” said PayLease CEO, Dave Dutch. “Our combined companies will bring best-in-class solutions to streamline our clients’ intensive AR and AP needs. We are excited to join forces with Ocius and bring these businesses together.” Dutch added.

  • NMI Launches Payments Enablement Platform for VARs and ISVs - “The days of reselling third-party payment gateway services or referring merchants to payment gateways are over,” said Roy Banks, chief executive officer for NMI. “Our payments enablement platform enables ISOs, VARs and ISVs to offer their own branded payment gateway, while meeting the payment processing needs of their merchant customers,” added Banks. “They gain relationship control to enhance customer experience and brand equity. Plus, they own more of the revenue opportunity without having to worry about third-party competition,” continued Banks.

  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR Launches Market-Leading Cashback Reward Program and Connects the Service to Consumers’ Bank Accounts - “This reward program is far more attractive than what the card companies offer, with no fees or strings attached. It is very attractive financially. SEQR can also be connected straight to your bank account, making it even easier to use. This is how we are actively driving the change towards the smartphone replacing the wallet, ” says Peter Fredell, CEO of Seamless, the provider of SEQR.


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March 06, 2015

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March 05, 2015

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March 04, 2015

Citi and MasterCard Sign New 10-Year Global Agreement

Citi logo 140pxCitigroup and MasterCard have announced signing a new and expanded 10-year agreement. Citi will begin aligning the company’s consumer proprietary credit and debit portfolios to the MasterCard network in 2015 - although Citi will continue to work with other networks, including on consumer co-brands and commercial cards.

“Citi’s new global agreement with MasterCard harnesses the size and strength of Citi’s Card franchise, creating a path with MasterCard to influence the future of payments – from global acceptance to the creation of enhanced digital payment capabilities,” said Jud Linville, CEO of Citi Cards. “Deepening our partnership with MasterCard should speed the delivery of solutions for our consumer, small business and merchant clients, and add meaningful value to Citi. For almost half a century, MasterCard has been integral to Citi’s credit card business. MasterCard is well respected for their global leadership and role in driving payments innovation, and we are very pleased to continue our work together to make payments simpler, easier, and more secure.”

“Citi is an important partner and the world’s largest credit card issuer, operating in the fastest-growing markets,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We look forward to expanding our work together to deliver innovative payment solutions to Citi MasterCard cardmembers that drive loyalty and a great consumer experience.”

For nearly 50 years, Citi and MasterCard have worked together to provide credit and debit cards to consumers and businesses of all sizes. Citi was one of the first major bank partners for MasterPass, which allows cardmembers to pay with any enrolled credit card anywhere online or in app, using any device, eliminating the need to enter payment and shipping details for each purchase.

Earlier this week, Citi was announced as the new co-brand partner of Costco - along with Visa.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 4, 2015

On the Web:

  • Credit Card Breach at Mandarian Oriental - Krebs on Security - “We can confirm that Mandarin Oriental has been alerted to a potential credit card breach and is currently conducting a thorough investigation to identify and resolve the issue,” the company said in an emailed statement.

  • Bitcoin for the Unbanked - Foreign Affairs - "How about combining M-Pesa with a digital currency? It would offer all the advantages of M-Pesa, but would make the costs to users even cheaper for those who import money into that system from abroad, because those remittances from rel atives in London or New York would arrive via bitcoin rather than the traditional banking system. Call it BitPesa."

  • Change agent: PayNearMe partners with Grameen America to help lift women out of poverty - PandoDaily - "PayNearMe, the cash transaction network that allows US consumers to pay bills and make online purchases using cash at more than 10,000 participating retailers across the country, has done just that. The company has entered a nationwide partnership with Grameen America, the nonprofit microfinance organization providing loans, savings programs, financial education, and credit establishment to women who live in poverty."

  • Antonopoulos to Australian Senate: Bitcoin Regulated by Math - Inside Bitcoins - "Contrary to popular misconception, bitcoin is not unregulated. Rather, several aspects of the bitcoin network and financial system are regulated by mathematical algorithms. The algorithmic regulation in bitcoin offers predictable, objective, measurable outcomes. Algorithmic regulation provides certainty without nationalist or geopolitical influence."

On the Wires:

  • Cardtronics Launches ATMpass - Tom Pierce, chief marketing officer, Cardtronics, said: "Consumers are interested in using the most convenient ATMs - Cardtronics ATMs - but less so in paying a surcharge fee. With ATMpass, Cardtronics offers cardholders the convenience of national retailers plus the ability to avoid ATM surcharge fees. Having cash access at a surcharge-free ATM in a retail location that is part of their day-to-day life is important to many people. For consumers who feel limited by their current ATM options, or don't have any surcharge-free ATMs near their home, work or school, ATMpass gives them control over ATM surcharge fees and the freedom to choose convenience."

  • MasterCard: Happy Birthday Priceless Surprises! - "Priceless Surprises is among the highest social media engagement generating initiatives live today, beating U.S. Twitter benchmarks within financial services and Facebook benchmarks across consumer industries. When compared against other MasterCard programs, Priceless Surprises engagement rate is three times higher."

  • Global Payments’ Integrated Solutions Division, OpenEdge, Secures Partnership with New West Technologies for Integration to Microsoft Dynamics AX - OpenEdge President, Sid Singh, added, “We’re pleased that New West and our other partners are experiencing the benefits of integrations with EdgeShield, a pre-certified, EMV compliant solution combined with point-to-point encryption and tokenization security.”

  • Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions Powers its All-New Foundry POS Solution with Powa Technologies - "MCPS’ Foundry POS is a powerful, cloud-based software application designed to meet the specific business needs of the retail and restaurant industries. Features include access to real time reports, including sales, inventory and employee management, as well as full integration with its Merchant Foundry CRM system."

  • ShopKeep Launches Serverless Sync - “With Serverless Sync, waiters and bartenders will no longer have to return to an individual register to update their checks or wait for a register to become available to input orders,” commented Jason Richelson, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of ShopKeep. “Instead, open checks will be accessible from any register running on the same WiFi network, allowing staff members to spend more time providing the best possible service.”

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March 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 3, 2015

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  • Visa, Pizza Hut and Accenture Develop Connected Car Commerce Experience - “By 2020 it is estimated that more than 250 million vehicles worldwide will include some form of embedded connectivity1,” says Bill Gajda, senior vice president of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Visa Inc. “As the number of connected cars on the road increases, so does our ability to bring secure online commerce to consumers everywhere. We initially focused on a specific use case – ordering a meal on your way home – but we envision a world where consumers can seamlessly make many of their everyday purchases from the car.”
  • MasterCard and eTranzact Make it Easier for Millions of Nigerians to Receive Remittances - “For millions of Nigerians, the receipt of funds from friends and family is an important lifeline. HomeSend provides senders across the globe and the recipients in Nigeria with a convenient, safe, and cost effective money transfer channel,” says Omokehinde Ojomuyide, Vice President and Area Business Head for West Africa, MasterCard.
  • Elavon's Simplify Application Makes Payment Security for Mid-to-Large Size Businesses Simple - "Simplify is a software application that resides within a payment terminal that is integrated with a customer’s current POS or Property Management System (PMS). The application uses a layered approach to security that combines encryption, tokenization and EMV to mitigate vulnerabilities while cardholder data is in-transit, in-use and at-rest."
  • Stratos Launches First-To-Market Connected Payment Card, Shipping April 2015 - “Stratos exists to empower consumers to make smarter, more secure payment decisions – all with the benefit of consolidating the cards in their wallets,” said Thiago Olson, Co-Founder and CEO of Stratos. “Replacing the dumb plastic we carry every day, Stratos Card is connected hardware designed to improve how we pay with more security, better decisions and ease of use. Stratos is reinventing your wallet and cards just like the iPod and iTunes reinvented your CD collection.”

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March 02, 2015

PayPal to Acquire Paydiant

PayPal logo 140x60pxIn a blog post this morning, PayPal CEO Designee Dan Schulman announced that PayPal is acquiring Paydiant.

They're the folks that have helped companies like Subway, Harris Teeter, Capital One and many other build mobile payments, offers and loyality into ther own mobile applications. They also proved the mobile wallet platform for MCX whose members include many of the world's largest retailers including Walmart, Target, Sears, Wendy's, Exxon, CVS and many others.

He notes that the deal is expect to close in late March or April.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 2, 2015

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  • Costco Enters Into a Long Term Co-Brand Credit Card Agreement With Citi and an Acceptance and Co-Brand Agreement With Visa - "Under the terms of the agreements, Citi, the world's largest issuer of consumer credit cards, would become the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-brand credit cards and Visa will replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco in the United States and Puerto Rico beginning April 1, 2016."

  • Visa and Samsung Bring Mobile Payments to the New Samsung Galaxy S6 - “Working in partnership with Samsung, we are able to bring secure mobile payments to millions of consumers around the world,” said Ryan McInerney, global president, Visa Inc. “Combining Visa’s expertise in payment technology with Samsung’s global leadership in creating innovative mobile experiences gives more choice to financial institutions who want to enable their customers to pay with the new generation of mobile devices.”

  • MasterCard Works with Samsung to Deliver Samsung Pay - “This is an exciting time for payments,” said Ed McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer, MasterCard. “As consumers are increasingly relying on their mobile devices in their everyday lives, we are excited to work with an industry leader like Samsung to deliver new payment options to our cardholders around the world. We have been a pioneer of mobile commerce innovation for years and together we’re delivering a digital payment experience that is both simple and secure.”

  • U.S. Bank, Samsung Working on New Mobile-Payments Service - “We're thrilled to have payments become a core capability of the mobile phone,” said Pam Joseph, vice chairman and head of U.S. Bank Payment Services. “The result of mobile payments is that our customers can use the same, familiar credit-card payment system but with added security and convenience.”

  • Synchrony Financial Enables Private Label Credit Card Benefits Through the Samsung Pay Secure Mobile Wallet - “This fits perfectly into our mobile wallet strategy to build, partner and invest in the latest technologies to benefit our customers and our partners,” said Margaret Keane, President and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “We continue to make our cards valuable to consumers, retailers and merchants and are pleased to expand our capabilities to securely offer private label credit card benefits through this mobile payment solution.”

  • Visa and Airtel Extend Mobile Payments to Seven African Countries - “Mobile payments can transform the lives of people throughout Africa who commonly have access to a mobile phone, but not a bank,” said Vish Sowani, Vice President of MNO Partnerships for Visa. “For most new subscribers, this will represent their first payment account and bring some of the latest digital payment advancements into the everyday experiences of Airtel’s customers.”

  • Announcing Bango Grid: The Global Launch Pad for Carrier Billing - Ray Anderson, Bango CEO said: “There are more than 700 MNOs globally, with different billing systems. It is no surprise that even the most ambitious app stores have not yet achieved 100 MNO activations. Bango Grid is rocket fuel for app stores, providing the only way to increase carrier billing activations at scale. For the first time, the tools required to activate hundreds of markets are all in one place, through one integrated system. Backed-up by the Bango Payments Platform, app stores can now make carrier-billed payment a reality for every customer."

  • MasterCard Reveals Consumer Sentiment on Payments Evolves from “Why Mobile?” to “What’s Next?” in 24 Months - "According to the latest MasterCard research, consumers have shifted their focus from questioning the security of mobile payments to now discussing the possibilities of enhanced digital experiences on devices."

  • MasterCard and Cubic to Make Mobile Devices the Remote Control for Global Cities - “MasterCard and Cubic, both lead members in the Smart Cities Council, share a vision to improve quality of life for everyday citizens in cities and help authorities to better manage population growth and urban development,” said Will Judge, head of Urban Mobility, MasterCard Enterprise Partnerships. “Combining our expertise and reach allows us to ultimately drive greater value and make consumers’ lives easier and more enjoyable as they travel around and between connected cities.”

  • ACI Worldwide and STS PayOne Partner to Provide ePayment and Fraud Prevention Services to the Middle East - Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Janti Abdallah, STS PayOne General Manager, said: “We strive to offer the best ePayment solutions to our clients, which includes providing the highest levels of security and fraud prevention. We were among the first to adopt and promote 3D Secure in the region, in addition to PKI and SSL encryption, not to mention achieving PCI-DSS compliance. The partnership with ACI Worldwide is in line with this eagerness to adopt best practices in fraud prevention and sustain our distinction and innovation.”

  • Intel Launches New Mobile SoCs, LTE Solution - “The evolution of the mobile landscape and growth of smart, connected devices has led to increased demand for more connectivity and real-time, protected data on those devices,” said Krzanich. “All of these factors are driving a transformation of the network to accelerate the delivery of new personal computing experiences, services and capabilities in a safe and secure manner. Intel is one of the only companies in the world that can provide solutions end-to-end for the full spectrum of mobility.”

  • NXP Launches New Secure Service Development Platform for Secure Mobile Transactions - “The SSDP supports partners wanting to create new secure applications by removing the technical challenges they face in getting credentials on to the secure element in phones and wearable devices. Now, instead of taking months, new applications can be created and validated in a matter of weeks,” said Jeff Miles, VP Business Development, NXP Semiconductors. “The SSDP will streamline the process for the development community therefore enabling phone and wearable technology manufacturers to bring these new apps to market faster.”

  • Raise Welcomes Gift Card Pioneer Don Kingsborough to Board of Directors - “Don has had a career full of incredible successes, and the role he played in cementing gift cards as a shopping staple has really set the stage for what we do at Raise,” said George Bousis, founder and CEO of Raise. “He's seen everything on all sides of the spectrum and will be a valued advisor to the company as we rely on his unparalleled experience and know-how to help manage growth, expectations, hiring, infrastructure and more."

  • SecureKey Announces $19M in New Funding to Broaden Adoption of Its Identity Network Services - “SecureKey allows organizations to build or subscribe to an identity network that connects consumers to online services via a trusted third-party credential of their choice, where both privacy and security are paramount,” said Charles Walton, CEO of SecureKey. “The funding will help SecureKey accelerate its growth, as people, governments, and organizations worldwide embrace a future that removes the burden of passwords while giving consumers the convenience, choice, and control they deserve.”

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February 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 27, 2015

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  • Visa to Acquire TrialPay - "As a payments technology partner to merchants globally, Visa will integrate TrialPay into its product portfolio as a simple, cost-effective way to help merchants acquire customers, drive traffic, and increase sales by reaching Visa cardholders with targeted offers."
  • CaixaBank develops new biometrics-based financial services - "CaixaBank launches the first application in Europe to support online banking transactions using voice commands. This represents the bank’s first service to explore the possibilities offered by biometrics to enhance customer interaction with banking channels."
  • American Express Adds New Benefits to Premier Rewards Gold Card - “We’re making one of our most popular cards even better. This latest investment for our Premier Rewards Gold Card Members is designed to deepen our relationship by providing more value in the areas they spend most -- from everyday spending on things like gas and groceries, to dining and larger travel purchases,” said Lisa Durocher, SVP, Consumer Charge Cards & Benefits at American Express.

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