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July 29, 2014

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July 28, 2014

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July 24, 2014

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

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July 23, 2014

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

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July 22, 2014

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July 21, 2014

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July 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 17, 2014

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

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

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July 16, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 15, 2014

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July 10, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 10, 2014

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

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July 08, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 8, 2014

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

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July 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 3, 2014

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

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

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July 02, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 2, 2014

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

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July 01, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 1, 2014

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

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June 27, 2014

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June 26, 2014

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

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June 25, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 25, 2014

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  • Deluxe Corp. Launches New App for Electronic Checks - “The Deluxe Mobile Checkbook is a quick and easy way for small business owners to write, approve, sign, receive and deposit payments anywhere through their mobile device,” said Malcolm McRoberts, senior vice president of small business services at Deluxe. “Whether it is from the truck at a job site or at a lunch meeting with a vendor, Deluxe eChecks are a convenient, real-time solution that leverages today’s evolving technological trends.”
  • FreedomPay Adopts Credit Union Financial Exchange Standards - BCU Director of Enterprise Architecture Tim Tibbals said, “The CUFX standards were written to be flexible and were applied to the FreedomPay project to 1) allow for Single-Sign-On using the highest industry standards for credential management and authorization, 2) set up accounts on the FreedomPay platform, 3) allow the FreedomPay platform to pull accounts lists and member info in real time from BCU systems in a secure manner, including double encryption of transmitted data, and 4) communicate information back to BCU’s systems to keep information in sync between BCU and FreedomPay.”
  • OT Launches Site to Educate U.S. Financial Institutions and Consumers about EMV Chip Cards - “This is a crucial time in the U.S. payment industry, and OT is here to help ease the transition for financial institutions and consumers. OT’s new website leverages our understanding of EMV, global experience and expertise as a trusted partner with an excellent track record of successful migrations,” said Martin Ferenczi, president for North America at OT.
  • Fiserv Drives Results with Account Processing Conversions at Four Leading Credit Unions - "In the last few months, Fiserv has partnered with multiple credit unions to develop solution options that fit their unique needs covering In-House and ASP delivery modes with solution bundles that create the most value for credit unions and, in turn, their members."

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June 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 24, 2014

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  • Wal-Mart de Mexico y Centroamerica, Bancomer Transfer Services team up to make collecting remittances easier - "Remittances are an important part of the economy of many families we serve in Mexico," said Antonio Ocaranza, Corporate Communications director of Wal-Mart de Mexico y Centroamerica. "This partnership with Bancomer Transfer Services will give our customers an extraordinary way to receive family remittances from their relatives in the United States in an easy, fast, safe manner — and at convenient hours."
  • Debit Cards Continue to Show Resilience after Turbulent Year - "The 2014 Debit Issuer Study, commissioned by PULSE, found sustained growth in both consumer and business debit in 2013. Financial institutions weathered the Target data breach and are looking for solutions to enhance security, with many issuers now planning to implement EMV debit, the study shows."
  • America First Credit Union adds Location-Based Offers, Loans to Mobile Banking App Built on Mobiliti from Fiserv - “Our strategy for our mobile app is to add as much functionality to it as we can, so that the mobile channel becomes both a competitive differentiator and a member delighter,” said Brice Mindrum, mobile services manager, America First Credit Union. “These updates were driven by a desire to better serve members and deliver convenience along with a bit of a ‘wow’ factor.”
  • PowaPOS Partners with iConnect to Meet Growing Demand for Next-Generation Tablet-Based POS Solutions - “Outdated, cumbersome legacy and proprietary POS systems simply aren’t meeting the needs of today’s merchants, especially those looking to prepare for the coming EMV transition,” said Jeffrey Dumbrell, CEO, PowaPOS. “With this partnership, PowaPOS and iConnect make it easy to replace those systems and have all the power, sophistication and security of the most advanced integrated POS system on the market.”

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June 23, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 23, 2014

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  • The Fed Gets Some Mojo? - PaymentsViews.com (Carol Coye Benson) - "I was delighted to hear that they believe that a new, faster-payments infrastructure may be the best option for our industry."
  • Bitcoin and Charities Were Made For Each Other, They Just Don’t Know It Yet - A VC (Fred Wilson) - "This talk brings together three of the things I have been spending most of my time on over the past year (crowdfunding, bitcoin, and philanthropy). If you want to hear me talk about the things that get me up and out of bed in the morning, come to this."
  • Exclusive: McDonald's Is Secretly Testing Its Own Order-Ahead And Payments App - Business Insider - "McDonald’s is quietly testing an order-ahead and mobile payment app at a tiny handful of its more than 14,000 U.S. locations."
  • BancSouth Wins Big - Bank Lawyer's Blog - "A recent Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in favor of BankSouth bodes well for financial institutions who understand their obligations under UCC Article 4A and take those obligations seriously."
  • Card Wash: Card Breaches at Car Washes - Krebs on Security - "An investigation into a string of credit card breaches at dozens of car wash locations across the United States illustrates the challenges facing local law enforcement..."

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  • Bank of America Changes the Game With Preferred Rewards - “Preferred Rewards is the first program of its kind to offer clients benefits and rewards for everyday banking,” said Dean Athanasia, president of Preferred Banking at Bank of America. “It is the result of deep client research to develop and deliver a simple program that provides clients benefits and rewards they will actually use, and shows them how much we appreciate it when they choose to do more business with us.”
  • SimplyTapp Announces Self-Serve HCE Platform - "We are excited to make this exceptional offering to issuers and application developers; it is consistent the technology built into our agile and scalable platform. HCE is a new and tremendously empowering feature for card issuers, so it is important that the process of 'getting familiar with' and using the new technology be as friction free and open as possible," Doug Yeager, co-founder and CEO of SimplyTapp.
  • Housetab Mobile Application Launches in New York - "HouseTab is the only mobile payment app that provides convenient, multi-functional solutions for both payments and social networking, revolutionizing the social experience for its users."
  • American Express Names Laureen E. Seeger General Counsel - "Ms. Seeger, 52, has served as executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of McKesson since 2006."

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June 19, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 19, 2014

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  • First Data Announces $3.5 Billion Private Placement Led By KKR - "The private placement follows the first year of leadership under Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano, during which the management team of First Data has implemented a comprehensive shift in the company’s vision for the future, corporate culture and client focus, transforming it from a payments processor to a collaborative solutions provider that partners with clients of all sizes."
  • TransUnion Analysis Finds Reporting of Rental Payments Could Benefit Renters in Just One Month - "A new TransUnion analysis found that the reporting of rental payment information to the credit bureaus in a manner similar to other financial obligations could have a positive effect for the majority of subprime consumers' credit."
  • VeriFone Welcomes Karen Austin to Board of Directors - "After joining PG&E as CIO in 2011, where she oversees and directs IT systems and cyber security initiatives that support all of PG&E’s customer touch points, Austin transformed the enterprise into a more nimble and innovative company that leveraged and digitized big data to enhance energy management for both the utility and its customers."
  • FleetCor Awarded Private Label Commercial Card Program Contract with Kwik Trip - "Under the terms of this agreement, FleetCor will partner with Kwik Trip to launch and manage both a Kwik Trip Extended Network Fleet Card and a Kwik Trip Universal Fleet Card."

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June 18, 2014

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June 17, 2014

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  • Leveraging Fingerprint Authentication on Mobile Devices: Apple’s Touch Id Api & More - Nok Nok Labs Blog - "At Nok Nok Labs, our developers wasted no time in testing and integrating our Multifactor Authentication Client (MFAC) with the Touch ID API. It took us 2 days to plug in Touch ID to our client, meaning any existing application integrated with our iOS client will be able to start using this feature immediately when it’s released."
  • Kosta Peric's Mission to Reach the Unreachable - Ripple Blog - "Today, Peric forges forward with that very mission, now a deputy director for the Financial Services for the Poor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a role that takes him to underserved regions around the world like Africa and Southeast Asia where his expertise and experience is most urgently needed."
  • Suze Orman’s Approved Prepaid Debit Cards Are Quietly Discontinued - New York Times - "Suze Orman is quietly getting out of the payments business. Starting July 1, Ms. Orman’s Approved card, a prepaid debit card aimed at budget-challenged consumers, will no longer work..."
  • The Gilded Age of Free Online Shipping: Enjoy It While It Lasts - Wall St. Journal - "The big shipping companies are now pushing back against the worst excesses of this, with FedEx announcing in May that it will begin charging its shipments based on both size and weight."

On the Wires:

  • First Data Introduces InsighticsSM Solution for Small Business - "Insightics is an innovative, cloud-based software that unlocks the power of big data behind payment transactions to give SMB merchants the ability to monitor key business metrics affecting their business, better understand customers to engage effectively, and derive more value from marketing and loyalty programs to grow revenue."
  • VeriFone Expands Way2ride Mobile App to Philadelphia Taxis - "Way2ride makes the taxi experience faster and easier for passengers in Philadelphia by enabling them to tap and pay for cab fares in 1,400 of the 1,600 taxi cabs currently operating in the city."
  • Umpqua Bank to Convert to FIS Core to Enhance Customer Experience - “Umpqua is focused on offering the sophisticated products and services of a large bank, delivered with the personal service, integrity and engagement of a community bank, and the innovative customer experience of a leading retailer,” said Sonny Sonnenstein, EVP, CIO, Umpqua Bank. “Partnering with FIS allows us to continue to offer our customers a compelling banking experience while positioning ourselves for future growth.”
  • NFC Forum and Bluetooth SIG Expand Developer's Guide to Include Bluetooth® Smart Technology - "NFC and Bluetooth are complementary wireless technologies that can be designed to work in concert in a variety of use cases. For example, manufacturers have the flexibility to use NFC technology in conjunction with SSP by supporting both negotiated and static handover between Bluetooth devices, such as wireless headsets, personal health devices, smartphones, cars, and TVs."
  • SimplyTapp Adds Mohammad Khan to Its Board of Directors - "I have always believed that mobile will be the next major media for payments and enhanced shopping experience. I see host card emulation technology to help achieve this goal easier and faster," says Mohammad Khan

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June 16, 2014

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June 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 13, 2014

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  • The threat to banks is not Google or Amazon but ... - Financial Services Club Blog (Chris Skinner) - "But what if something was on the radar but such a tiny buzz that you flick it away like a fly? What if something was building that would totally reshape the industry but, because it seems so irrelevant, it’s ignored? What if there was no need to use banks at all, and the system could be circumvented?..."
  • P.F. Chang’s Confirms Credit Card Breach - Krebs on Security - "At P.F. Chang’s, the safety and security of our guests’ payment information is a top priority. Therefore, we have moved to a manual credit card imprinting system for all P.F. Chang’s China Bistro branded restaurants located in the continental United States."

On the Wires:

  • Ten Bitcoin Companies Support Charities with the Bitcoin Cup - "Ten Bitcoin companies have joined together to sponsor the 2014 Bitcoin Donation Cup, a global community donation program which provides a seamless way for fans around the world to donate bitcoin to a participating charity of their choice. The sponsoring companies include BitGive and BitPay from the United States, Mercado Bitcoin from Brasil; Altis, MexBT and Bitso from Mexico; Colombia Bitcoin Foundation and the Fundacion Bitcoin de Argentina."

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June 12, 2014

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June 11, 2014

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June 10, 2014

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June 06, 2014

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  • Green Dot Supports Visa’s New Prepaid Card Designation - “Visa has chosen guidelines for their designation that align perfectly with how Green Dot has always structured our fee plans,” said Steve Streit, Green Dot’s Chairman and CEO. “We believe it's important for the prepaid card industry to provide affordable, fair products with clear and easy to understand fee disclosures. We applaud Visa's announcement and hope to see the rest of the industry adopt these guidelines."

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June 05, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 5, 2014

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  • Bank Shot: How Merchants Find Themselves in a Game Without Refs or Rules When It Comes to Credit Cards - "A study commissioned by the Merchants Payments Coalition found that just introducing a modest measure of fairness to the debit-card business saved consumers almost $6 billion during the reform’s first year in effect and created more than 37,000 jobs. If Congress had also introduced the same level of fairness to credit cards, consumers would have saved another $15 billion and retailers would have created almost 100,000 more jobs."
  • Bank of America Merchant Services Expands to Canada - “Our U. S.-based clients continue to expand globally, and we believe this new organization will best serve their needs by providing best-in-class solutions,” said Tim Tynan, chief executive officer of Bank of America Merchant Services. “We are also honored and excited about servicing the needs of new, future clients in the Canadian market.”
  • American Express Serve® and Bluebird® Show You Where Your Money Goes With Free Tools That Track Spending and Budgets - "With these new tools, we’re making it simple for our customers to know where their money is being spent, so they can track and manage their finances easily,” said Dan Schulman, group president, Enterprise Growth at American Express. “We’re focused on providing comprehensive and affordable options for the nearly 70 million unbanked and underbanked households in America."

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June 04, 2014

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