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November 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 24, 2014

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  • Chase Debuts First Spot Featuring Apple Pay - Ad Age - "We've been working with Apple for a long time -- over a year -- on this partnership," said Chase Chief Brand Officer Susan Canavari. "We thought about their values as well as ours, and we both focus on our customers."
  • Square will soon accept Apple Pay - CNN Money - "Square founder Jack Dorsey -- who also famously launched Twitter -- told CNN that he wants to help businesses accept all forms of payments, and Apple Pay is no exception."
  • 'Tis is the season for mobile shopping - Google Official Blog - "Starting this week, when you search for a specific product on your smartphone or tablet you’ll see more detailed information about the product and where to buy it, like which stores have it available and product reviews from customers."
  • Shoppers Go Mobile Black Friday Weekend - Google Shopping Blog - "To get a read on the trends heading into Black Friday, we took the temperature of holiday shopping online. We looked at search trends on Google, insights from Google Consumer Surveys and top trending purchases on our same-day delivery service, Google Express."

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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!

November 21, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 21, 2014

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  • Add Your Chase Visa Card to Apple Pay for a Complementary Album - Chase - "With Chase and Apple PayTM, your phone and wallet are now one. Set up your eligible Chase Visa card to enjoy more convenient checkouts and, for a limited time, a complimentary album pre-release of Listen by David Guetta on iTunes."
  • Why retailers are wrong on Apple Pay - CNBC Commentary - "There's a war going on for your wallet. Around the world, the credit and debit cards we use every day are under threat from a combination of regulators and aggrieved merchants."
  • Fed Launches Review of Practices for Supervising Big Banks - Wall St. Journal - "The Federal Reserve launched a sweeping review of how it supervises big banks amid growing criticism that its process for policing Wall Street isn’t effective and stifles internal dissent."
  • Everybody Pivots - Bitcoin Foundation Blog - "Our members are signaling that its time to return to our roots and that is to focus on funding the ongoing core development to build out the critical infrastructure that serves as the foundation of this brand new digital ecosystem."

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  • Oink Launches Prepaid Card for Teens - “Our goal is to have Oink be the payment option of choice, online or offline, for families worldwide,” said Dr. Jo Webber, CEO of Oink. “The Oink Card is the perfect complement to our digital product, giving teens a way to have more flexibility to use their personal account to shop in the real world, but still within parental limits and a secure environment where their personal information is protected.”

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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!

November 20, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 20, 2014

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  • Square Register App Now Available Worldwide - Square Blog - "Our free point-of-sale app, Square Register, is now available worldwide."
  • Why banks fear Bitcoin - Fortune - "In the case of Bitcoin, what is being enabled here is not merely a new market, but a market of markets; a platform for all kinds of new markets to emerge. In it, lies the promise of a transformation, as strange as it sounds, greater than the Internet."
  • Apple Is Coming To The Aid Of Small Retailers - TechCrunch - "With Apple Pay, the biggest hurdle – getting the customer to enter their card details into the app – has vanished and the onboarding process got so much easier. This is encouraging for small businesses, and this is not all that Apple has done to help them."
  • How Apple Pay stacks up against the retailers’ competing payment system - Quartz - "We’ll know soon if this battle is won before it’s even fought."
  • The Secret Life of Passwords - New York Times - "Many people use the same password for multiple accounts, and these passwords are typically personalized."

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  • Stratos: 30% of US Smartphone Owners to Use Apple Pay and Google Wallet during the Holidays - “Our research shows that while American smartphone users would like to use their smartphones to pay for gifts at department stores, they are less likely to want to use the same system to pay at a hotel, upscale restaurant, or a bar. Our findings show that Americans are more comfortable paying with their cards. We are excited to deliver connected cards to further improve the consumer in-store mobile payment experience - increasing spending using a familiar, universal accepted, dynamic card.”
  • BlueSnap Taps First Data for Payments Processing Around the World - "BlueSnap is an innovative company with a deep understanding of eCommerce and mobile payments," said Guy Chiarello, First Data president. "BlueSnap makes it easy for merchants to sell online with no additional development, and First Data makes payment transactions secure, fast and easy with the goal of helping our clients grow their business no matter their size or geography."
  • TSYS and linked2pay Offer Omni Payments for Merchants - "Large and small merchants across a variety of industries can deploy this payment option easily and quickly," said Chris McNulty, group executive of Sales, Business Development, & Client Relations, TSYS Merchant Solutions. "By bringing credit cards and ACH together seamlessly, our merchants can lower costs and decrease the number of paper checks they accept."
  • Merchant Advisory Group Joins X.9 Standards Organization - “We look forward to representing many facets of the U.S. merchant community within the X.9 standards group where we will have a true seat at the table to vote on the adoption of standards, which is something the merchant community lacks with other payments-focused groups.”
  • PayStand Streamlines Online Payments, Offers e-Check as Simple, Fixed Cost Alternative to Credit Card - "To initiate the new e-Check option for payment, users enter their bank login and password. Transaction fees are fixed, and start at 25 cents."
  • PayPal: Merchants Should Think Global This Holiday Season; Cross-Border Shoppers Out-Spend Domestic Shoppers by Double - “By identifying trade opportunities around the world, our research findings can help merchants tap into the expanding global marketplace,” said Anuj Nayar, senior director of global initiatives for PayPal. “In addition to research, we are also actively providing our merchants with tools such as PayPal PassPort and selling opportunities such as our China Singles Day program, to help them attract more business overseas.”
  • Wells Fargo Survey: Affluent Women ‘Enjoy’ Making Money - "A strong majority (93%) of affluent women “enjoy making and accumulating money” and more than half (53%) believe that money helps buy happiness, according to a new Wells Fargo survey of affluent women. Women have a strong sense of pride in earning money with 85% of them saying they feel proud about their earning power."

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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!

November 19, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 19, 2014

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  • Most People Are Only Thinking About Compliance - Bitcoin Foundation Blog (Jim Harper) - "Without prevention of real-world harms to target, banks will manage a different risk, which is the risk of regulatory action. The incentives to “de-risk” entire business lines, including digital currency, will remain strong. Risk aversion in financial services was the top threat to Bitcoin’s success identified in the study we released earlier this year."
  • United Airlines deploys iPads for airport purchases funded by miles - Mobile Commerce Daily - "In total, nearly 6,000 iPads will be stationed around the New Jersey airport’s Terminal C in a bid to elevate the airport experience with sophisticated technology, dining and design."

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November 18, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 18, 2014

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  • Apple Pay Now Available in All BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie Grocery Stores - Customers want a shopping experience that is convenient, easy and secure, which is why we’re so pleased to announce support for Apple Pay,” said Bert DuMars, vice president, digital marketing at Bi-Lo Holdings. “Bi-Lo Holdings is prioritizing digital mobile solutions for our customers, and Apple Pay is an exciting first step in our journey.”
  • State Bank of India Enhances Customer Experience with Datacard® Instant Issuance Debit Card Solution - “Today, more than half of India's population is under the age of 25. By 2020, India's average age will be just 29 years – this is a digital demographic: one that expects businesses to provide solutions immediately. At the same time, the mass affluent – no matter what their age have similar expectations. Indian banks need to provide a strong response to these new demands. These branches are a first step in the journey to offering full digital services across the nation.”
  • Intuit Partners with Revel Systems to Deliver iPad Point of Sale Solution within QuickBooks Online Ecosystem - “This is all about giving retailers maximum flexibility to accept payments and manage customer relationships anytime, anywhere, while staying grounded and confident because they can always access an up-to-date and accurate picture of their books,” said Eric Dunn, Intuit’s senior vice president for payments and commerce solutions.

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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!

November 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 17, 2014

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  • Apple Adds UnionPay Payment Option for App Store Customers in China - “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.”
  • Blockstream closes $21M seed round - "I’m excited to announce today Blockstream closed a $21 million seed round. Our nearly 40 investors include many well-known pioneers of the Internet and financial services sectors."
  • Scripps Networks Interactive and Hearst Magazines Create Original Cross-Platform Content Partnership to Support the Launch of the Citi® Double Cash Card - "Citi, Scripps Networks Interactive and Hearst Magazines today announced a cross-platform marketing relationship that presents seasonal cooking, entertaining and gifting ideas across Food Network and HGTV digital and magazine properties to support the launch of the Citi Double Cash Card."
  • MoneyPass Network Partners with MasterCard on U.S. Common Debit AID Solution - “Our collaboration with MasterCard will enable the MoneyPass Network to process chip-based ATM transactions on MasterCard Debit cards,” said Troy Cullen, President of Elan Financial Services. “We are confident the agreement we have reached with MasterCard will further expand EMV adoption goals within the United States."
  • Dollar General Now Accepting American Express - “We strive to provide our customers with a simple and hassle-free shopping experience,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief operating officer. “The acceptance of the American Express card makes shopping even easier by offering additional flexibility in customers’ payment choices and is consistent with many of our new initiatives, including DG Digital Coupons, which are all aimed at making it easy to save time and save money at Dollar General.”

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November 14, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 14, 2014

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  • Glenbrook’s Retailing Framework - PaymentsViews.com (Russ Jones) - "I’ve been thinking a lot about how payments and payment-related technologies fit into the emerging world of multi-channel commerce or omni-commerce as some people call it."
  • Will Bitcoin replace SWIFT? - Financial Services Club Blog - "We have a technology that is being developed in the open for almost six years now, that has more compute power behind it on a decentralised basis than any open source project in history, and that could fundamentally destroy the banking system … and only a miniscule of bankers are trying to understand it."

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  • Bank of Canada is Keeping a Close Eye on E-Money, Says Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins - "E-money has the potential over time to alter the fundamental payments architecture around the world and could pose risks both to individuals and the Canadian financial system as a whole. That is why Canada is modernizing its oversight framework for payments."
  • Green Dot Supports CFPB’s Proposed Rules For Prepaid Debit Cards - "Green Dot’s Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Streit testified yesterday at the CFPB field hearing on the topic in Wilmington, DE. As part of his prepared testimony, Mr. Streit said, “Today the prepaid industry takes another step towards maturity and passes another milestone on its path to long term sustainability and critical mass. I, as a person, and Green Dot, as a company, fully support the CFPB's mission."

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November 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 13, 2014

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  • Prepaid products: New disclosures to help you compare options - CFPB - "Last March, we asked you to comment on possible prepaid card disclosures. Thanks to your feedback and additional consumer testing, today we’re proposing new disclosure requirements that consumers would receive before deciding to open a prepaid account."

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  • CFPB Proposes Strong Federal Protections for Prepaid Products - "Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is proposing strong, new federal consumer protections for the prepaid market. The proposal would require prepaid companies to limit consumers’ losses when funds are stolen or cards are lost, investigate and resolve errors, provide easy and free access to account information, and adhere to credit card protections if a credit product is offered in connection with a prepaid account."
  • QuickBooks Survey: More Than 40 Percent of Small Business Owners Identify as Financially Illiterate - "In order to arm small business owners with financial knowledge and understanding, Intuit unveiled a new interactive tool designed to encourage new and emerging small business owners to test and improve their financial literacy."

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November 12, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 12, 2014

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  • American Express Launches the New americanexpress.com - "The new website enhances the Card Member’s digital experience by providing increased financial clarity, simplifying online payments, and providing new account and spending insights. Inspired by customer feedback, American Express designers and engineers have created a new design that is sleek, simple and smart."
  • American Express, Brooklyn Nets, and Barclays Center Give Guests the Ability to Pay with Smartphones at Events - "Built on the American Express Serve® platform, Brooklyn eWallet lets guests use their smartphone to purchase food and drinks at any Barclays Center event without reaching for their wallet."
  • Fiserv Names Kevin Schultz Group President - “Kevin brings a strong payments background and intense client focus to his new role,” said Jeffery Yabuki, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fiserv. “We believe his industry knowledge and leadership experience will help us to deliver on the opportunities we see to create new value for financial institutions and their customers.”

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November 11, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 11, 2014

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November 10, 2014

FinCEN Highlights Expectations on Providing Banking Services to Money Services Businesses

FinCen logo 100pxIn a press release this morning titled "FinCEN Statement on Providing Banking Services to Money Services Businesses", FinCEN has reiterated " expectations regarding banking institutions’ obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act for money services businesses."

Noting industry concerns that banks are indiscriminately terminating the accounts of all MSBs, or refusing to open accounts for any MSBs, FinCEN commented:

FinCEN does not support the wholesale termination of MSB accounts without regard to the risks presented or the bank’s ability to manage the risk. As noted, MSBs present varying degrees of risk, and not all money services businesses are high-risk. Therefore, when deciding whether to provide services to an MSB customer, financial institutions should assess the risks associated with that particular MSB customer. A financial institution’s risk assessment should include considering whether customer risks can be managed appropriately and the financial institution should maintain levels of controls commensurate with the customer risks presented. Banks that can properly manage customer relationships and effectively mitigate risks are neither prohibited nor discouraged from providing services to MSB customers, regardless of any MSB’s specific business model.

FinCEN importantly also noted: "However, the Bank Secrecy Act does not require, and neither does FinCEN expect, banking institutions to serve as the de facto regulator of the money services business industry any more than of any other industry. FinCEN recognizes that, as a practical matter, it is not possible for a bank to detect and report all potentially illicit transactions that flow through an institution."

In closing, FinCEN noted: "FinCEN and its regulatory colleagues will continue to monitor trends with respect to the provision of banking services to MSBs and are committed to taking steps to address the wholesale de-banking of an important part of the financial system."d

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 10, 2014

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  • Cultural Adventures In Payment Systems – Part I - Monday Note (Jean-Louis Gassée) - "This insouciant way of doing business was unheard of in my Gallic homeland. The French (and most Europeans) think that trust is something that must be earned, that it has a value that is debased when it’s handed out too freely. They think an American’s trusting optimism is naïve, even infantile."
  • Can Apple Pay and CurrentC Coexist? - PC World (Tim Bavarian) - "What I suspect will happen is that stores backing CurrentC will eventually cave and also offer Apple Pay, too. There is no reason they should not coexist."
  • Why Facebook Has Entrusted Its Future to the CEO of PayPal - Wired - "The company that controls the messaging platform will control the future of the way we interact with people and, quite possibly, with businesses."
  • Apple Watch set to become gatekeeper to the iPhone - Mobile Commerce Daily - "I am excited for the Apple Watch and believe that it is going to be a game-changer for consumers and marketers alike."
  • Happy Birthday to the FICO® Score! - FICO Blog - "The FICO® Score is 25 years old in 2014. Introduced in 1989, it democratized access to credit by removing many of the barriers to fair lending."

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  • NCR Silver POS to Support Bitcoin - "Bitcoin support, which will be integrated with NCR Silver by the end of 2014, will be free to merchants. After registering with a bitcoin processor, all merchants have to do is activate bitcoin as a payment option in the POS back office within NCR Silver. Consumers, meanwhile, pay using a mobile bitcoin “wallet” app which is available in either the Apple App StoreSM or Google PlayTM store."
  • Citi Convenes Developers from around the Globe to Unveil Innovative Digital Banking Solutions at Citi® Mobile Challenge Demo Days - “Through Citi Mobile Challenge, we are reaching out to developers in a groundbreaking way with the ultimate goal of improving client experiences,” said Heather Cox, Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer for Global Consumer Banking at Citi. “This global initiative is the first of its kind in banking. The scope is unprecedented, with several hundred submissions from 62 countries."
  • Borderfree Brings Top U.S. Retailers to Chinese Shoppers This Holiday Season with New Alipay ePass Service - “We believe the time is finally right for retailers to aggressively enter the Chinese market, and Borderfree is actively exploring new ways to help our customers more effectively reach this tremendous consumer base,” said Michael DeSimone, Chief Executive Officer, Borderfree.
  • Drive Mobile Banking Adoption by Focusing on Three Key Areas Says Fiserv White Paper - "Titled “Exceeding the Mobile Adoption Benchmark: Effective Strategies for Driving Greater Adoption and Usage,” the complimentary white paper provides proven, actionable strategies to optimize mobile banking investments, with a focus on the three key areas of product investment, marketing and frontline staff engagement."

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November 07, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 7, 2014

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  • Hey, it's Friday! Hope you have a great weekend!

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November 06, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 6, 2014

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  • Mastercard to Acquire TNS’ Payment Gateway Business - "MasterCard will acquire TNS’ eCommerce and card-present payment gateways, which will become part of the DataCash payment gateway suite. With the addition of TNS’ Payment Gateway Services, DataCash will be able to drive additional growth of the eCommerce category – and use of MasterCard-branded products – in North America and Latin America."
  • TSYS Releases White Paper on the Multilateral Interchange Fee (MIF) Regulations Impacting German Banks - "TSYS today announced the release of a white paper titled “How Issuers in Germany Can Replace Threatened Interchange Fees.” The paper explores the financial threat to German issuers of proposed changes to the Multilateral Interchange Fee (MIF) regulations in the European Union, and outlines initiatives to support additional revenue growth."
  • BluePay Announces Acquisition of Caledon, a Canadian Payment Technology and Processing Company - “We are very excited about the acquisition of Caledon,” said John Rante, BluePay CEO. “Caledon’s great reputation, direct connections to the card brands, and B2B focus will allow BluePay the opportunity to increase our payment acceptance capabilities for Canadian and U.S. merchants, as well as enhance our technology.”
  • GSMA Introduces Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers - "The GSMA today launched a Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers, outlining a series of common business principles to enable the development of safe and responsible digital financial services. The first mobile network operators (MNOs) to endorse the Code are Airtel, Avea, Axiata, Etisalat, Millicom, MTN, Ooredoo, Orange, Telenor, Vodafone and Zain."

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November 05, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 5, 2014

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November 04, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 4, 2014

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November 03, 2014

American Express Introduces New Online and Mobile Payment Security Services

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express has announced the launch of American Express Token Service, a suite of solutions designed to enable its card-issuing partners, processors, acquirers and merchants to create a safer online and mobile payments environment for consumers.

With American Express Token Service, traditional card account numbers are replaced with unique “tokens,” which can then be used to complete payment transactions online, in a mobile app or in-store with a mobile Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled device. By using tokens, merchants and digital wallet operators will no longer need to store consumers’ sensitive payment account information in their systems. In addition, tokens can be assigned for use with a specific merchant, transaction type or payment device to provide further protection against fraud.

American Express Token Service is available in the U.S., and international rollout is expected to begin in 2015.

American Express also announced that it has developed network specifications for Host Card Emulation (HCE). American Express’ HCE specifications provide its card-issuing partners with additional security options and solutions for payments made with mobile NFC-enabled devices that support Android OS KitKat. With HCE, card issuers use a secure cloud server to store their customers’ card account details, which can be transmitted from the cloud server to an NFC-enabled mobile device and then to a Point-of-Sale terminal in a fast, secure manner. American Express’ HCE specifications are available today globally.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 3, 2014

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  • Consumers Can Now Use Their Barclays, Navy Federal & USAA MasterCard in Apple Pay - "Owners of the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 can now use their U.S. MasterCard consumer credit or debit cards from Bank of America, Capital One, Citi, Wells Fargo, Barclaycard, USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union through Apple Pay."
  • Apple Pay Now Available for U.S. Bank Customers - “We couldn’t be more pleased to see this day arrive for our customers,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer at U.S. Bank. “Providing our customers the ability to securely pay where, when and how they want is a central theme for our payments business. Enabling our customers to use Apple Pay is the perfect example of how we bring that philosophy to life.”
  • U.S. Bank FlexPerks Adds American Express-Branded Cards to Award Winning Credit Card Lineup - “Adding American Express to the family of FlexPerks Rewards credit cards is part of our FlexPerks legacy of finding new and better ways to help customers earn rewards faster with value they can recognize,” said Cliff Cook, senior vice president for U.S. Bank’s retail credit card division.
  • Elavon Delivers Apple Pay, EMV & Security Solutions - "Our investments in mobile and other innovative technologies are now paying off for our customers: when a business is trying to accommodate the consumer who wants to pay with their smart phone, and the next person in line who presents a chip-embedded EMV card, they know they can rely on us to help them make the sale with enhanced security and a great customer experience.”
  • Verifone and MasterCard Bring Card-Linked Offers to Las Vegas for Money 2020 - "Targeted offers from merchants, in this case The Hard Rock Café on the Vegas strip, the Bali Hai and Royal Links golf courses and Dream Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, are displayed to taxi passengers on VNET–Taxi TV screens integrated with Verifone payment terminals."
  • Visa Selects Bangalore as Site for New Technology Center - India is fast becoming a global technology epicenter with an incredible pool of technology talent,” said Nitin Chandel, Senior Vice President of Visa’s Developer Platform based in India.
  • TSYS Creating a More Open Technology Environment to Power Innovation - "TSYS’ strategy leverages the scale of TSYS’ mainframe and distributed systems to connect with 3rd platform technologies including mobile, cloud, big data and social technologies."
  • Ingo Money to Acquire Fuze Network, Inc. - "Fuze enables its partners to add cash to more than one billion bankcards including credit, debit and prepaid cards. For example, a consumer cashing a check at a physical location can then disburse funds directly to the cards in their wallet."
  • LoopPay Launches New Mobile Payment Product Line, Accepted At 40X More Places Than Apple Pay - "The LoopPay CardCase can be purchased today for $49.95 for the iPhone 5/5s, 6 and 6 Plus, while Android users can purchase a standalone LoopPay Card accessory that is available separately for $39.95."
  • Verifone Reinforces Mission with New Brand Voice and Identity - "The Verifone brand reflects our vision and commitment to clients, while also speaking to our continued growth and leadership as a company as we pave new paths towards the future of commerce.”
  • Ingenico Mobile Solutions Launches the First Native mPOS Tablet App with Support for All Transactions Types: Magstripe, EMV and NFC - "This new version features a completely redesigned User Interface (UI) and is the first and only native tablet application for both iOS and Android that supports all mobile payment transaction types and all acceptance methods: magstripe, NFC, EMV chip & PIN, and EMV chip & sign."
  • BofA Merrill Announces Enhancements to Global Card Capabilities for Companies and Public Sector Clients - “Improved transparency and tighter control over expenses continue to be hot topics for organizations of all sizes in every region around the world,” said Percy Batliwalla, head of Sales for GTS. “As card programs grow in efficacy and sophistication, they are becoming an increasingly powerful tool for treasury departments – providing them the granular information they need to better manage and forecast their finances.”
  • CPI Card Group Launches CPIMobile™ with Sequent - "Sequent will enable CPI to deliver to global banks and other issuers a digital issuance solution that allows them to participate in almost any mobile wallet deployment, leveraging both Secure Element (SE) and Host Card Emulation (HCE) capabilities, and to enable their own banking apps for payments."
  • CPI Launches First EMV Prepaid Cards to Canadian Market with Berkeley Payment Solutions - “The Canadian market has already successfully migrated to EMV for financial debit and credit cards, benefiting from a significant reduction in fraud,” said Steve Montross, president and CEO of CPI Card Group. “Berkeley Payment Solutions has remained at the forefront of driving continuous innovation for its customers, and now, by extending EMV for Prepaid, truly demonstrates the company’s ability to anticipate and deliver solutions to meet the needs of its customers.”

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October 31, 2014

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October 30, 2014

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October 29, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 29, 2014

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  • Visa Inc. Reports Strong Fiscal Fourth Quarter Adjusted Earnings Per Share Growth of 17% and Full-Year 2014 Adjusted Earnings Per Share Growth of 19% and Announces a New $5.0 Billion Share Repurchase Program - "Our enviable competitive position, strong business model, and great talent helped us deliver adjusted EPS growth of 17% for the fourth quarter and 19% for the full year in the face of continued tepid economic growth and a strengthening dollar. More importantly, the underlying metrics which will drive our revenue growth over the longer term are strong and getting stronger," said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.
  • Poynt Introduces World's First Smart Payment Terminal - "Consumers carry connected supercomputers in their pockets while in-store technology still centers around a glorified calculator," said Poynt founder and CEO, Osama Bedier, former head of Google Wallet and long-time PayPal senior executive. "Solving for that disparity, we borrowed from the best in mobile technology to make the payment terminal smart and help small businesses rise to meet growing consumer expectations."
  • Cardlytics Raises $70 Million in Funding - "Led by Discovery Capital, this funding brings Cardlytics’ total venture funding to just over $170 million. Cardlytics intends to use the funds to continue to extend and expand the breadth of the company’s capabilities to make all marketing more relevant and measurable. Morgan Stanley acted as adviser on the deal."
  • U.S. Bank Simplifies B2B Electronic Payments - "The Payment Plus basic payment instruction file transmits payment instructions from the customer to U.S. Bank though a simple CSV (common separated value) file that is easy to use and fast to set up. Because it requires the completion of substantially fewer information fields than the standard payment instruction file, typical users won’t need dedicated IT resources to program it."
  • 2013 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households - "The survey addresses a gap in the availability of comprehensive data on the number of unbanked and underbanked households in the United States."
  • CARDFREE Partners with Taco Bell® For New Mobile Commerce Application - “Taco Bell is not only one of the largest QSRs in the country, they are one of the savviest marketers out there,” commented Jon Squire, founder and chief executive officer of CARDFREE. “We are extremely proud to be working with them on what is bound to be a game changer for the industry."
  • First Data Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results - “Our results this quarter demonstrate how we are developing innovative products and solutions, collaborating with global brands and strengthening our balance sheet, all while continuing to grow our business,” said Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano.
  • NRF Statement on Mobile Payment Services - "Merchants large and small make business decisions every single day based upon what makes the best sense for the business, their associates and most importantly, their customers. The payment systems they decide to implement are no different. Data security is paramount, but so is flexibility, cost and ease of use."
  • ShopKeep Introduces the ShopKeep Gift Card - "ShopKeep, the cloud-based small business technology provider trusted by more than 10,000 small business owners to manage retail shops and restaurants with iPads, today announced that it is expanding its product offering to include the ShopKeep gift card."

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October 28, 2014

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October 27, 2014

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October 24, 2014

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October 23, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 23, 2014

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  • Considering Bitcoin as a Payment Network - PaymentsViews.com (Russ Jones) - "What sort of payment system is Bitcoin? I’d say it is most similar to an open loop payment system that uses the push model. It offers close to real-time processing between end-parties and uses real-time gross settlement to complete each transaction. ..."
  • Costs and Benefits of Building Faster Payment Systems: The U.K. Experience and Implications for the United States - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "This paper examines the economic cost-benefit analysis underlying the U.K. FPS investment decision and describes the subsequent diffusion and use of FPS through 2013. The paper also assesses the effects that FPS likely had on the rest of the U.K. payment system and highlights key unanswered questions for future research."
  • The Dawn of Diners Club, and the Credit Card - New York Times - "Diners Club initially charged a $5 annual fee to users (equivalent to $49 today) and a fee of 7 percent to 10 percent of the charge to the business accepting the card."
  • Better Your Business With Square App Marketplace - Square Blog - "Whether you’re looking for easy sales tax reporting and filing with TaxJar, a wireless kitchen display system with Fresh KDS, or a comprehensive view of your social and online marketing efforts alongside sales with SumAll, you can find business apps that sync seamlessly with your Square account."
  • Why America has been slow to adopt modern credit-card technology - Economist - "As the (probably apocryphal) Winston Churchill aphorism goes, you can always count on the Americans to do the right thing—after they have tried everything else."
  • Etsy Introduces Credit Card Reader to Go Beyond the Web - "With the launch, Etsy will for the first time start earning a cut of transactions that happen away from its digital platform."
  • The 12 Best Answers from Gavin Andresen's Reddit AMA - CoinDesk - "They should use the block chain as the world's most secure distributed ledger."
  • Apple Pay’s First TV Ad Is A World Series Spot From MasterCard And MLB - TechCrunch - "Remember, this is a MasterCard ad, not an Apple ad, meaning this is yet another sign that payments providers think Apple could be the company to make mobile payments really take off, and are investing resources and backing accordingly."
  • In Palo Alto, Even the Hummus Guy Has an E-Commerce Startup - Re/code.net - "His new app — Wondermall — is an iPad shopping play in which a user can scroll through a virtual mall populated with anchor stores like Macy’s and Banana Republic."
  • Tipalti lands $13M to become a bigger international payment platform - VentureBeat - “When you’re paying your supplier, there isn’t a simple, common denominator,” CEO and co-founder Chen Amit told VentureBeat.
  • Mobile Payments: Ready for Primetime - The Clearing House Banking Perspectives (Dave Fortney) - "The great consumer adoption fallacy is that consumers will use mobile payments simply because they’re new and cool. The opposite is more likely true; tech enthusiasts aside, most consumers are resistant to change and will only accept it if given a compelling reason. Consider it the human equivalent to Newton’s first law of motion: an object at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force."

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  • The Clearing House to Undertake a Multi-Year Effort to Design and Develop a Secure, Real-Time Payment System - “The digital economy moves in real time and our customers expect us to keep pace,” said Richard Davis, Chairman, President, and CEO of U.S. Bank and Chairman of The Clearing House. “We will work with the industry to build a real-time payment infrastructure, which will enable consumers to pay and get paid securely and conveniently.”
  • U.S. Bank Launches Corporate Payments Mobile App for On-The-Go Account Access - “Mobile devices are blurring the line between corporate and consumer need,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer for U.S. Bank. “Customers want a consistent, familiar experience, whether they’re paying their mortgage at home or managing invoices at work. Tools must be simple, intuitive, and offer high-value, low-cost functionality."
  • Worldpay Supports Apple Pay - “Enabling our merchants to process Apple Pay payments is a natural extension of Worldpay’s secure payment offerings,” said Tony Catalfano, President and CEO of Worldpay US. “We are committed to ongoing improvements that enable our merchants to accept new methods of payment as they evolve and intersect with new technologies."

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October 22, 2014

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October 21, 2014

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October 20, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 20, 2014

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  • Apple Store app updated with Apple Pay support - iMore.com - "You can use Apple Pay both when ordering online, as well as when checking out at an Apple Store with EasyPay."
  • OpenTable adds Apple Pay support for iPhone in three US cities - iMore.com - "OpenTable, the popular restauant reservation service, has updated its iPhone app that adds Apple Pay support..."
  • Bank of England payment system crashes - Guardian - The Bank of England said it had “identified a technical issue related to some routine maintenance of the RTGS payment system and has paused settlement while we resolve it”.
  • Apple Pay Rolls Out, With Holes in System - Wall St. Journal - "Many retailers—including the nation’s largest, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. —aren’t part of Apple’s network. Only a minority have machines capable of reading the near-field communication radio signal that makes Apple Pay work."
  • Apple Pay Faces Lighter Compliance Than Paypal, Google - WSJ Risk and Compliance Journal - “If the device maker does not accept and transmit value, and just transmits encrypted card information that is used by the regular payment system to process the payment among regular participants, it wouldn’t be a money transmitter...”
  • Recurly Raises $12M To Chart the Future of Recurring Billing - Recurly Blog - "We are excited about bringing on a new set of world-class investors - Devonshire Partners and Greycroft Partners - who will add to our existing bench comprised of Polaris Partners, e.ventures, Harrison Metal and Freestyle.vc."

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October 17, 2014

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October 16, 2014

Apple Pay to Launch Next Monday, October 20

Apple logo 140pxIn a keynote this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the roll out of Apple Pay in the US will begin next Monday. He also announced participation from an additional 500 banks in the US who will be supporting Apple Pay over the next few months. Apple is also introducing iOS 8.1, a software update for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus which adds support for Apple Pay. iOS 8.1 will be available as a free update on Monday.

Apple has also introduced a new iPad Air 2 which includes Touch ID to enable more convenient unlocking along with online purchasing within apps using Apple Pay.

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