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April 21, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - 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 09, 2014

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April 07, 2014

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April 04, 2014

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March 31, 2014

Square Market Accepts Bitcoin

Square logo 140pxSquare has announced that "starting today, buyers can purchase goods and services on Square Market with Bitcoin."

Keeping it simple for the seller, the seller receives the amount of the purchased goods or services in USD and in the amount of USD advertised to the sellers' customer at the time of transaction, so the seller takes no risk on Bitcoin value fluctuations.

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March 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - 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 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 3, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8).

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February 26, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 26, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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February 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 24, 2014

The Kindle edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S. - Second Edition" - is now available in the Kindle Store as well as in an iBooks version for your iPad or Mac in the iBooks Store. The ebook versions are priced at US$9.99.

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February 21, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 21, 2014

The Kindle edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S. - Second Edition" - is now available in the Kindle Store as well as in an iBooks version for your iPad or Mac in the iBooks Store. The ebook versions are priced at US$9.99.

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  • BitPay Sponsors the LAUNCH Hackathon - "To encourage more development of open-source tools that benefit everybody in the bitcoin space, BitPay is offering developers of LAUNCH an additional financial incentive for projects that utilize BitPay’s Bitcoin Payment Gateway API or the open source library Bitcore."

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February 19, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 19, 2014

The Kindle edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S. - Second Edition" - is now available in the Kindle Store as well as in an iBooks version for your iPad or Mac in the iBooks Store. The ebook versions are priced at US$9.99.

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February 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 17, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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February 11, 2014

Square to Deploy in Whole Foods Markets

Square logo 140pxSquare has announced that it is partnering with Whole Foods Market to support purchases at food venues within select Whole Foods Market stores. This is Square’s first partnership with a national grocer.

The in-store venues -- including sandwich counters, juice and coffee bars, pizzerias, and beer and wine bars -- will use Square Register and Square Stand. Square will not be deployed in the grocer's main checkout lines - but Square notes "by bridging the digital and in-store retail spaces at these venues, Whole Foods Market shoppers can skip the main checkout lines, reducing wait times for all customers."

Together with Square, we’ll deliver options to expedite checkouts, and we look forward to developing new concepts to further simplify and improve grocery shopping,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.

“Square’s forward-thinking vision and technology makes them an ideal partner to create a convenient, responsive experience for our customers.”

At select venues, Whole Foods Market will offer customers the option to use their mobile device to pay using Square Wallet, Square’s payer application, thereby avoiding the traditional front-end checkout lines. Square Wallet also enables customers to browse venue items and prices, discover discounts and track purchases.

Today, seven Whole Foods Market venues already use Square Stand, including stores in Austin, New York City, Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Several Whole Foods Market locations will serve as "lab stores," testing additional innovations designed to enhance customer service and cater to the changing needs of shoppers. Whole Foods Market, a leader in connecting with customers through social media and responding to shopper needs in real time, sees Square as a great fit for the retailer’s digital-savvy customer base. Across Whole Foods Market’s more than 700 social media channels, the brand posts roughly 1,000 messages per day, reaching more than 7 million followers on Facebook and Twitter combined.

January 16, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 16, 2014

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January 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 13, 2014

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December 23, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 23, 2013

Webinar: Managing Cardholder Data Security Risks in an Evolving Payments Landscape - Be sure to join Glenbrook's Bryan Derman, BakerHoestetler's Craig Hoffman and Mandiant's Marshall Heilman for this webinar on January 15 from 2-3:30 PM Eastern time. Registration is now open.

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  • MoneyGram Reaches 200 Country Network Milestone - “This is an important achievement in our continuous efforts to strengthen our network and to reach more customers across the globe,” says Pamela H. Patsley, chairman and chief executive officer at MoneyGram.

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December 20, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 20, 2013

Webinar: Managing Cardholder Data Security Risks in an Evolving Payments Landscape - Be sure to join Glenbrook's Bryan Derman, BakerHoestetler's Craig Hoffman and Mandiant's Marshall Heilman for this webinar on January 15 from 2-3:30 PM Eastern time. Registration is now open.

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December 13, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 13, 2013

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December 11, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 11, 2013

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  • Evenly Joins Square - Square Engineering Blog - "Evenly’s app made it easy for anyone to send or collect payments from friends, anywhere, anytime."
  • PayPal Looks Ahead: Six Predictions for 2014 - PayPal Forward Blog (David Marcus) - "My job at PayPal gives me a unique opportunity to work with peers and strategize with partners across many industries about solving real problems and delivering exciting new experiences for consumers and retailers. That leads to a pretty privileged view into what’s coming next." PayPal Increases Mobile Investment as Smartphones Replace Cash - BusinessWeek - “It’s going to take years,” for mobile technology to become the main way to pay, Marcus said. “But we’re in it for the long run.”
  • Everything you need to know about the Volcker Rule - Guardian - "A rule to keep banks from gambling with their customers' money may finally be realised after years of resistance from Wall Street..."
  • First Mover Australians: Turning Mobile into Contactless Payments - MasterCard Blog - "To borrow a phrase from the CommBank blog, Australians can’t get enough of contactless payments. The country is the number one MasterCard PayPass market in the world..."
  • iBeacon Pioneers Estimote Raise $3.1M Seed Round - TechCrunch - “We are shipping thousands of beacons per week and more than 10,000 developers around the world are already experimenting with Estimote beacons in contextual computing applications.”
  • JPMorgan files patent for Bitcoin-style payment system - FT.com - "Like Bitcoin, JPMorgan’s proposed system would allow people to make anonymous, electronic payments over the internet..."
  • For Bitcoin, Square Peg Meets Round Hole Under the Law - New York Times - "The development of Bitcoin, the virtual currency that is not issued by any government, presents challenges for the authorities to use laws that were not designed for the digital world to combat illegal conduct."
  • Be Careful With Coin - New York Times - "Consider this as well: When you buy it, you are agreeing to terms of service that give you no protection."
  • A Medical Credit Card Has Surprising Costs - New York Times - "On Tuesday, the agency announced that it was ordering GE Capital Retail Bank and its CareCredit medical credit card unit to refund up to $34.1 million..."

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December 09, 2013

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December 05, 2013

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December 03, 2013

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November 13, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 13, 2013

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  • Stress Test Prepares VisaNet for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Visa Viewpoints - "This year’s “mug number” – as we like to call it – is 47,000 transaction messages per second, which is a huge step forward from 2012’s peak capacity of 30,000 transaction messages per second!"
  • No plastic, no problem: Square does away with deposit limits for U.S. businesses - GigaOm - "Square is eliminating holds on funds taken from payments where no physical card is present."
  • How Big Banks Killed a Plan to Speed Up Money Transfers - American Banker - "The plan, known as Expedited Processing and Settlement, may not have been a step into 21st Century..."
  • EMV: America, What Took You So Long? - Emerging Payments Strategies (FIS) - "So why has the U.S. not embraced EMV sooner? Part of the reason is because our fraud problem, while significant, has typically been among the lowest rates in the world among highly developed economically mature countries."
  • What Android's KitKat means for NFC - Mobile Payments Today (Cherian Abraham) - "HCE means a lot more for private label issuers — who have a very inspired base of merchants looking to bridge the gap between private label cards and mobile — and now there is an alternative to clumsy, costly and complex orchestrations for provisioning cards."
  • The power of love - TMG Blog - "When I switched credit cards recently, I started feeling love the first time I logged into my personal account page. I noticed that things I had purchased only minutes before were already listed, which was something I’d never seen with my previous provider."
  • The challenge of being a Bitcoin trader - Financial Services Club Blog - "There is not attainable indication that the government understands Bitcoin correctly."

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
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November 07, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 7, 2013

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  • Bitcoin: A Primer - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - "Bitcoin is a digital currency that was launched in 2009, and it has attracted much attention recently. This article reviews the mechanics of the currency and offers some thoughts on its characteristics."
  • Bitcoin isn’t so broken after all - Freedom to Tinker (Ed Felten) - "In short, a coalition of ES-miners cannot form and will not survive."
  • Square Exploring 2014 IPO With Banks - WSJ Digits - "Technology entrepreneur Jack Dorsey is trying to pull off two high-profile initial public offerings in the span of one year."
  • Minting Cash: how Square designed a product with no design at all - The Verge - "One of Dorsey’s most critical directives during the process was that users shouldn’t have to come up with new usernames and passwords, because in real life, you don’t need a password to hand some money to a friend."
  • Does anyone care about Square? - Financial Services Club Blog - "We will soon live in a world without payments. As retailers integrate more of the financial transaction into their trade processes, the more we live in a world where payments become increasingly irrelevant."
  • Is Bitcoin Broken? - Bitcoin Foundation - "...I believe the paper’s assertion of a fundamental flaw is based on some over-simplified assumptions about how the bitcoin mining market works."
  • The Bitcoin Bubble - TechCrunch - "Bitcoin can have ‘value’ based not on any sort of government backing or the like, but it can provide short-term utility to all holders if it has use."
  • Bitcoin Climbs to Record on Wider Acceptance, China Trade - "If James Bond, Sergey Brin and Paul Volcker all got together and designed their ideal currency, it might look a lot like Bitcoin..."
  • Jumio unveils faster and smarter Netswipe 2.0, cements its standing as the most secure mobile payment verification option - PandoDaily - "Today Jumio announced version 2.0 of its Netswipe platform, making payment card scanning significantly faster and adding the ability to read not only credit card numbers and expiration date, but also, for the first time, the cardholder’s name."
  • BTCJam: P2P Lending via Bitcoin - NetBanker - "Case in point: BTCJam , a global P2P lending outfit with founders in Brazil and San Francisco, that lends in Bitcoins."

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

November 05, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 5, 2013

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

October 30, 2013

Square Names Former Goldman Sachs CFO David Viniar to Board as Howard Schultz Steps Down

Square logo 140pxSquare has announced that it has appointed David Viniar to its Board of Directors replacing Howard Schulz who has stepped down. Viniar was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Goldman Sachs, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.

David’s extraordinary financial insight and expertise will add another valuable perspective to our world-class board,” said Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square.

“The growing scope of Square’s business and long-term vision is inspiring,” said Viniar. “I’m honored to join Square’s Board at such an important time in the company’s growth.”

“Howard’s guidance has helped Square grow as a company and as a business,” said Dorsey. “I have come to know Howard well, and I always appreciate his thoughtfulness and good counsel.”

“Jack has assembled a strong and forward-thinking leadership team at Square,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo. “I am proud of what our companies have accomplished together this past year and I’m excited about the opportunities for Starbucks and Square to continue to innovate together.”

Square’s Board of Directors also includes Jack Dorsey, Roelof Botha, Vinod Khosla, Jim McKelvey, Mary Meeker, and Larry Summers.

October 21, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 21, 2013

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

October 18, 2013

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on October 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer". Elizabeth will also be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

October 16, 2013

Square Introduces Square Cash for P2P Payments from Debit Cards

Square logo 140pxSquare has introduced a new service, Square Cash, which "makes sending money as simple as sending an email."

Square has always believed in creating solutions for individuals and businesses that work with the tools they already have in their pocket,” said Square Cash lead Brian Grassadonia. “Square Cash makes it convenient to send money to anyone—without making them jump through hoops to retrieve it. Now it’s easier than ever to split a bill, send a birthday gift, or settle up with a friend, no matter where you are.”
Square Cash is free to send and receive, and there is no signup process. Funds are directly deposited into the recipient's bank account, rather than held in a stored balance account.

A number of reviewers last night cited the simplicity of send money using Square Cash - including Walt Mossberg who wrote in AllThingsD: "The people helping me test were generally wowed. One called it “slick.” Another replied: “Done. Two secs.”

Have you tried Square Cash? Share your comments below.

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