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April 24, 2014

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  • Announcing the Xapo Debit Card - "In the spirit of bringing bitcoin to the masses, we are proud to announce the Xapo Debit Card – the first bitcoin debit card that allows users to spend bitcoins just like cash all over the world, right from their Xapo Wallet."
  • 2Checkout Attracts $60 Million in Growth Capital - “2Checkout already has a global customer footprint and a solid brand reputation among merchant banks, payment networks, online retailers and partners like Brink’s, which is a multi-billion dollar company,” added Don Dixon, managing director at Trident Capital. “No other payments processor can make those claims.”
  • U.S. Bank 2014 Small Business Survey Shows for the First Time in Five Years a Majority of Owners Are Optimistic about the Economy - "For the first time in five years, a majority of small business owners are optimistic about the economy, and business owners in regions of the country that last year were most concerned about the economy are now looking up according to results of the 2014 U.S. Bank Annual Small Business Survey."

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April 23, 2014

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  • SATOSHI'S REVOLUTION: How The Creator Of Bitcoin May Have Stumbled Onto Something Much, Much Bigger - Business Insider - ""For the first time, two people can exchange a piece of digital property, without any prior relationship, and in a secure way, over the Internet," Jeff Garzik, one of Bitcoin's core developers..."
  • Africa’s Tech Edge - The Atlantic - "How the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age..."
  • It's Time for the Industry to Embrace Phased-In, Same-Day ACH - American Banker BankThink (Pat Thelen) - "As an industry, we're at a crossroads on whether to evolve or be left behind. If we choose not to evolve, we risk becoming irrelevant."
  • Beyond their breach - BillGuard Blog - "At this point, we might as well walk around with our credit card numbers plastered on our foreheads."
  • The Mobile Security Journey at Wells Fargo - Bank Systems & Technology - "With mobile adoption growing so fast and providing a constant touchpoint with customers (Wells’ mobile customers log in an average of 13 times each day), embedding security, without hurting the customer experience, is a top priority for the bank, Ajami shares."

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  • IDC Financial Insights Unveils Results from 2014 Consumer Payments Survey - "After several years of growth, the market for 'alternative' payment methods is now entering a period where adoption gains may come more slowly and where simply providing an alternative isn't enough. Instead, providers need to offer products that add value beyond the payment," said James Wester, practice director for Worldwide Payment Strategies and the author of the report.
  • Domino's Pizza® Now Accepting Payment via Google Wallet - "Google Wallet is a great technology that allows customers even more flexibility and convenience when it comes to paying for their Domino's orders."
  • Digital River Extends Its SMB Payments Solution to U.K. Merchants - "The solution offers small and medium enterprises, commerce providers, systems integrators and developers turn-key access to credit card processing capabilities for Visa, MasterCard and Maestro cards in Euros and Pound Sterling."
  • 2Checkout Appoints Shawn Budde as CEO - "Mr. Budde has more than 25 years of experience in the finance industry including executive roles at Citibank and Capital One; data analytics experience at Sears Holdings; and as co-founder and President at ZestFinance, a VC-backed technology company."

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April 22, 2014

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  • 10 Questions: Jeremy Allaire, founder and CEO, Circle - Fortune - "The company aims to make Bitcoin simpler, safer, and easier to use. In light of recent controversy around the virtual currency -- particularly around companies that have failed and lost clients' money -- Allaire is taking his time to make sure Circle will be legitimate and regulated."
  • Tokens and Traditionalists - Drop Labs (Cherian Abraham) - "However with HCE I would go beyond NFC – as finally there is a way to decouple the credential from the radio – and look beyond where the credential is stored, and even how it is presented – including other legitimate use-cases such as QR and BLE alongside of NFC."
  • Verizon Data Breach Report: Payment-Card Theft Can Be Avoided at Little Cost - Wall St. Journal - “It’s not necessarily about spending more money. It’s about doing the right things,” said Chris Porter, one of the report’s authors and a managing principal at Verizon’s Cyber Intelligence Center.
  • Facebook Now Powers More Than Half Of All Social Logins - "According to the latest data from social login service Gigya, Facebook remains the absolute market leader here and now powers more than 51 percent of all social logins in North America."
  • Review: Loop mobile wallet - Fortune - "Loop is a brilliant idea, and most importantly, it works. But the fob is better as a proof of concept than a daily companion, and for that reason, only enthusiasts will find today's system worth the expense."
  • Former Citi Executive Sanjiv Das to Join First Data - Wall St. Journal - "Sanjiv Das, who served as chief executive of CitiMortgage from 2008 to 2013, has taken the role as First Data's chief of staff and is joining the company's management committee,"

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April 21, 2014

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  • Mobile-Payments Startup Square Discusses Possible Sale - Wall St. Journal - "With losses widening and cash shrinking, representatives of mobile-payments startup Square Inc. have discussed a possible sale to several deeper-pocketed rivals, according to people familiar with the matter."
  • Facebook: Taking on PayPal with socially useful banking - The Independent (UK) - "As a new entrant to the financial-services marketplace, Facebook therefore has a huge advantage. It remains the go-to social network which gives it instant access to potentially millions of fed up UK bank customers."
  • The plot to kill the password - The Verge - "Since 2012, a group called the FIDO Alliance has been working on that standard, building a bridge between hardware projects like Samsung’s fingerprint reader and the online services they’re connecting to."
  • 8 Tools to Send Messages to Shoppers Based on In-Store Movements - StreetFight - "Here are eight tools that merchants can use to send offers or promotions based on their customers’ real-time indoor movements."
  • Using Bitcoin to Build a Better Common Law - The Umlaut - "The basic idea is to use multiple addresses per private key in order to make it harder to hijack your bitcoins."

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  • NetSpend, Western Union to Introduce Co-Branded Prepaid Card in the U.S. - “Combining the strengths of Western Union’s global brand and expertise in moving money with NetSpend’s deep prepaid knowledge and unique product capabilities, creates an incredible opportunity for us to better serve an underserved market,” said Dan Henry, chief executive officer of NetSpend.

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April 18, 2014

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April 17, 2014

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  • MasterCard Board of Directors Recommends Two New Candidates for Election - “The world continues to get smaller and technology opens new doors every day,” said Richard Haythornthwaite, Chairman of the Board, MasterCard. “MasterCard is advancing to meet consumer, business and societal needs in an increasingly digital world, while maintaining a focus on convenience and security. Merit and Julius’ experience and insights will add to and complement our existing Board as we pursue this vision.”
  • Warburg Pincus To Acquire Electronic Funds Source - "Warburg Pincus ... today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement whereby one of its affiliates will acquire 100% of Electronic Funds Source LLC, a leader in innovative corporate payments solutions, from an investor group including First Data Transportation Services, Inc., CTP Holdings LLC and FJ Management Inc."
  • Lending Club Acquires Springstone - "As part of the financing of this transaction, Lending Club also announced the closing of an equity capital raise. Investors in the $65 million round included funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Wellington Management Company, LLP, BlackRock and Sands Capital."
  • Worldpay Launches China Sales Office - "The Shanghai office is headed up by Tang Kok San, VP – Business Development China, and will offer all of Worldpay’s e-commerce customer-facing functions, including relationship management and corporate support."

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April 16, 2014

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April 15, 2014

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April 13, 2014

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April 11, 2014

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April 10, 2014

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April 09, 2014

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April 08, 2014

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April 07, 2014

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April 04, 2014

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April 03, 2014

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April 02, 2014

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April 01, 2014

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March 31, 2014

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March 27, 2014

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  • Putin warns West against curbing use of payment systems in Russia - Reuters - "President Vladimir Putin warned the West on Thursday that curbing Russians' use of payment systems based in the United States and Europe would backfire..."
  • Google’s brilliant plan to get millions to adopt its e-money system: Gmail - "While the service has been available since last summer to anyone who had a Google Wallet account or had already been sent money via Gmail, Google now seems to be starting to push it out to the broader public."
  • The Fierce Battle for the Soul of Bitcoin - Wired - "Meanwhile, some of the new entrants to the bitcoin universe—venture capitalists and entrepreneurs—have a much different vision. They see bitcoin as something more practical: a hyperefficient online transaction system like Visa, but cheaper, faster, and more flexible."
  • Wal-Mart sues Visa over interchange fees - City Wire - "The suit claims that Visa raised interchange fees by 234% between 1998 to 2006. The complaint also alleges Visa’s anticompetitive conduct generated more than $350 billion in interchange fees for the colluding issuers during the damages period ..."
  • Target, Visa Say Fraud Limited in Wake of Data Breach - Wall St. Journal - "Target Corp. said it has seen relatively little fraudulent activity on its cards following a massive data breach over the holidays..."
  • Despite Challenges, Bitcoin Technology is Here to Stay - CoinDesk - "Governments must beware of being too heavy-handed with bitcoin, he said. If not, they run the risk not only of pushing bitcoin activity into other countries, but also giving rise to more secretive technologies."

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  • TSYS Signs Payments Agreement with Virgin Money - Kelley Knutson, executive vice president of TSYS’ International Services segment, said, "We will help to ensure Virgin Money’s efforts to grow their cards business are successful by combining our experience in international markets with the strength of the Virgin brand."
  • Businesses Deposit $1 Billion Through Wells Fargo Mobile App - "Wells Fargo & Company – the first major U.S. bank to offer mobile services for corporate and commercial customers – today said that businesses have made more than $1 billion in mobile deposits through its CEO Mobile® Deposit service."
  • VeriFone Welcomes New Member to Board of Directors - "VeriFone Systems, Inc. today announced that Richard A. McGinn will leave the board and be replaced by long-time retail and consumer financial services veteran Jane J. Thompson, effective immediately."

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March 26, 2014

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March 25, 2014

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March 24, 2014

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  • Milestone moment for V.me by Visa as fifteen leading European payment service providers join forces to promote the service to retailers - "Visa Europe has today announced new partnerships with fifteen European Internet Payment Service Providers (IPSPs), giving the V.me by Visa digital wallet service access to their extensive e-commerce merchant portfolios, and supporting the continued growth and availability of the multi-market wallet service."
  • Nordea to divest all its shares in Nets Holding A/S - "As the payments industry is becoming increasingly complex and international, Nets needs a strong experienced owner with a clear strategic vision to take the Company to the next level of its development. Nordea believes its divestment and the new owner will be beneficial for the Company and the customers of Nets."
  • Statement on Credit Card Processing Issue - California Department of Motor Vehicles - "There is no evidence at this time of a direct breach of the DMV’s computer system. However, out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting the sensitive information of California drivers, the DMV has opened an investigation into any potential security breach in conjunction with state and federal law enforcement."

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March 21, 2014

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  • Visa and PULSE Agree on EMV Common Debit Solution - "Visa Inc. and PULSE, a Discover Financial Services company, announced an agreement to enable financial institutions that issue EMV debit cards on both the Visa and PULSE networks to use Visa’s common debit solution."

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March 19, 2014

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March 18, 2014

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March 17, 2014

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March 14, 2014

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  • Accidental disruption: Max Levchin discusses how close PayPal was to never existing at all! - PandoDaily - "It’s often said that it’s better to be lucky than good. Fortunately for PayPal, Levchin, Thiel, and the company’s other early execs were both lucky and good."
  • Consumers Not Powerless in the Face of Card Fraud - New York Times - "The United States is such a fraud-friendly country in part because we still use old-fashioned magnetic stripes on the back of our cards. This makes it relatively easy for thieves to make counterfeit ones."
  • Xapo Raises $20 Million To Bury Your Bitcoin Underground - TechCrunch - "The wallet, said Wences, works like a checking account while the vault works like a savings account. They have no intention of ever becoming an exchange."
  • Wearing Apple - furbo.org (Craig Hockenberry) - "But the biggest feature of all would be that this wearable device could support iBeacon."
  • China Suspends Two Forms of Smartphone Payments - Wall St. Journal - "A People's Bank of China official who declined to be named said the bank issued a directive Thursday ordering the suspension of online payments using QR codes and virtual credit cards in smartphone payment systems."
  • Introducing Myself - Bitcoin Foundation (Jim Harper, Global Policy Counsel) - "To that end—prioritizing—I have already begun a study of the risks that Bitcoin faces and their severity, how to address them and, when possible, how to measure success or failure."
  • Buffett: ‘Stay Away’ From Bitcoin - Wall St. Journal MoneyBeat - He called it “a very effective way” of transmitting money, but said that “a check is a way of transmitting money, too.”

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March 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 13, 2014

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  • Introducing Xapo - Xapo Blog - "At Xapo, we understand that Bitcoin’s ultimate success will be based on trust – both in the currency itself and in the industry’s security and service providers."
  • Building the Fort Knox for Bitcoin - wall St. Journal - "A Silicon Valley startup called Xapo is among a handful of young companies trying to become the Fort Knox of bitcoin, building secret bank vaults deep in the earth that would safely store millions of dollars worth of bitcoin code on computer drives."
  • New York BitLicense Order - Virtual Currency Report - "While the latest NYDFS statements leave a lot of unanswered questions and do not provide a clear path forward for virtual currency firms, it appears on balance to be a step forward for those virtual currency exchanges seeking licensure in New York."
  • Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It - Bloomberg BusinessWeek - "The biggest retail hack in U.S. history wasn’t particularly inventive, nor did it appear destined for success."
  • What is Apple’s commerce and payments strategy? - Mobile Commerce Daily (Tim Dunn) - "The stars are aligning for Apple to make a dynamic move into the commerce and payments space."
  • Bank of England: Digital Currencies are Similar to Commodities - CoinDesk - "“Digital currencies are not at present widely used as a medium of exchange. Instead, their popularity largely derives from their ability to serve as an asset class..."
  • Flypay Raises £1M To Make Settling Your Restaurant Bill “Waiter-Free” - TechCrunch - "Aiming to get the time it takes to ask for and settle a restaurant bill down from an average of ten minutes to closer to a minute, you simply scan an on-table QR code/NFC tag to first recall the bill."
  • How Real Is Loyalty and Rewards Fraud? - "The threat of fraud to rewards programs is real, and financial institutions and retailers must be cautioned about relaxing their guards just because a surge in fraud has yet to occur."

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March 12, 2014

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