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June 29, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 29, 2016

Headline News is brought to you by Glenbrook Partners. Glenbrook provides payments strategy consulting and education services to payments professionals worldwide!

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • MasterCard to Simplify E-Commerce for Microsoft Dynamics Customers around the Globe - “Businesses need to be able to sell to their customers wherever they are without headache or hassle,” says Deborah Barta, Simplify Commerce global lead, MasterCard. “We want to make life easier for businesses as they grow, and we look forward to working with Microsoft to bring safe, simple and secure electronic payments to more businesses around the world.”
  • First Data and Silicon Valley Bank Expand Strategic Partnership - “With the power of First Data’s technology combined with our broad relationships across the innovation ecosystem, we help increase our clients’ probability of success while making payment issuance and acceptance easier and more effective,” said Eduardo Vergara, Head of Payment Services, Silicon Valley Bank. “Technology companies tend to expand into many markets earlier than companies in other industries, and require services that can scale easily and globally. Together with First Data, we are able to deliver payment solutions that will truly help our clients grow.”
  • Synchrony Financial Invests in flexReceipts, Inc. - Neeraj Mehta, Executive Vice President, Business Strategy and Development, at Synchrony Financial said: “We are pleased to be a strategic investor in flexReceipts. Synchrony and flexReceipts share a common principle of helping retailers enhance customer loyalty and deliver a frictionless digital customer experience. flexReceipts uses cutting-edge technology in a way that is aligned with our vision for retail innovation..."
  • Consumers Now Can View Credit Card Data alongside Checking and Savings from Their Online and Mobile Banking Solutions - "Digital Insight and PSCU’s platforms integrate APIs, which allow credit card account and transaction data to flow seamlessly between the two platforms in real time. Digital Insight uses PSCU's Data eXchange middleware for real-time integration. Over 120 PSCU Owner credit unions have leveraged Data eXchange’s open architecture to provide the functionality and the enhanced service experience that members are demanding."
  • Definitive Internet of Things and NFC White Paper Published by NFC Forum - "The NFC Forum announced today the publication of a definitive white paper focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Near Field Communication (NFC) in the smart home. Titled ″Simplifying IoT: Connecting, Commissioning, and Controlling with Near Field Communication – NFC Makes the Smart Home a Reality,″ the white paper outlines the future of IoT devices in the smart home and how NFC will help developers and manufacturers bring the benefits of IoT to where we live, work, and play. It is available for download at no charge."
  • One in Three American Households Are Stuck in a Relationship with a Financial Services Provider They Don’t Trust - “The fact that so many consumers are working with a financial services institution they don’t trust has significant financial implications,” said Jeremy Bowler, senior vice president of Financial Services at Market Strategies. “It creates greater opportunity for disruptive change, and with financial technology solutions rapidly emerging, this is a pool of consumers who are ripe for the picking.”

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

COMING UP IN ATLANTA ON FRIDAY, JULY 15

TAG FinTech presents: Lunch & Learn on Real Time Payments - After years of discussion, the notion of faster payments in the U.S. is rapidly becoming reality thanks to the efforts of the Federal Reserve's Payments Improvement Task Force and its participating firms. These new systems could fundamentally change how we think about person to person transfers as well as business payments. Of these efforts, The Clearing House's real-time payments initiative is among the furthest along and most ambitious. Get the details on its functionality, rollout and potential uses. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry is moderating the session.

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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!

June 08, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 8, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Stripe en France - "Today, we’re happy to remove the beta label and to make Stripe available to tout le monde in France."
  • Amazon Plans $3 Billion Investment in India - Wall St. Journal - "The announcement brings Amazon’s total planned investment in India to $5 billion, since it announced a $2 billion infusion in 2014."
  • CurrentC beta test ending on June 28; further efforts postponed - iMore.com - "CurrentC, the Apple Pay competitor put forth by the MCX consortium, will soon end its beta test. Accounts will be closed on June 28, and all upcoming releases of CurrentC will be postponed indefinitely."
  • Here is the future of Apple Pay - ComputerWorld - "Apple’s Apple Pay plans reach far beyond what we know today. Apple will expand in multiple directions as it attempts to boost adoption of its service."
  • The Indian start-up that may sideswipe Apple Pay - CNBC - "While most competitors (including Apple) operate on the consumer side, he said Ezetap is single-minded. "Our job is to help bring merchants into the mobile internet world." "

ON THE WIRES

  • Singapore Payments Companies Selected for Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator - "“Regularly collaborating with startups on a wide range of technologies through the Startup Accelerator helps Wells Fargo explore big ideas outside our walls and industry for our customers’ benefit,” says Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo’s Innovation Group, which serves as the catalyst for transformational change across Wells Fargo. “We’re excited to invest in Alpha Payments Cloud and Jewel Paymentech through our Startup Accelerator."
  • NRF Says Overturning Dodd-Frank Would Reinstitute Price Fixing by Card Companies - “Protecting bank profit margins at the expense of competition is not sound public policy and it will harm merchants and consumers. The financial services industry attempted to get Congress to reject transparency and competition in 2010 and again in 2011. Both efforts failed. On behalf of retailers and their customers, NRF will fight for free and open markets.”
  • More Americans Turning to Payroll Cards – Here’s Why - “Not only do employers save money by cutting the administrative costs associated with distributing paper checks, but employees also save time and money by promptly receiving their wages on pay day and avoiding check cashing fees."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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!

May 26, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 26, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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!

May 24, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 24, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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!

May 04, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 4, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Five Answers – Sort of – to the Big Questions on Blockchain and Bitcoin - PaymentsViews.com (Carol Coye Benson) - "I’m back from two days at Consensus 2016 in NYC, and reporting as promised into my investigation of the Five Big Questions."
  • 21 Inc Unveils Plan to Make Every Computer a Bitcoin Computer - CoinDesk - "Freely available, the software allows any connected device to join the 21 network, enabling connectivity with the 21 Marketplace and providing capabilities that were previously only available to owners of the 21 Bitcoin Computer."
  • Financial fraud targeting older adults often involves appeals to emotions like anger, excitement - Stanford News - “When emotionally aroused, either excited or frustrated, older adults may be more susceptible to being victimized by scammers than are younger individuals,” said Ian H. Gotlib, the David Starr Jordan Professor of Psychology and chair of the Stanford Psychology Department. “In the present study, they were more likely to want to pay for an item advertised misleadingly, regardless of how credible they believed the advertisement was.”
  • Faster Payments: Is Same-Day Fast Enough? - FIS Payments Leader - "Markets around the world have been rolling out real-time payment systems over the last decade. But is the instant gratification from true real-time payments the only solution for unmet consumer and corporate needs? Would same-day payments meet most, if not all, of the same needs?"

ON THE WIRES

  • Kohl’s Charge and Yes2You Rewards Now Easy as One Tap in Apple Pay - “Kohl’s is blending the physical and digital shopping experiences in more ways than ever before. Offering conveniences to Kohl’s customers that make it easy for them – like a seamless one-tap checkout in Apple Pay that integrates our value-driven Yes2You Rewards loyalty program – is one of the ways that we are leading as an omnichannel retailer,” said Ratnakar Lavu, Kohl’s chief technology officer.
  • Android Pay and Samsung Pay now available for BBVA Compass cardholders - "In today's fast paced world, it's imperative that we ensure our customers' need for convenience is kept at the forefront," said BBVA Compass Director of Payments Ryan Kraynick. "Android Pay and Samsung Pay are payment options that may make customers' lives a little easier."
  • i2c Expands Platform-Level Payment Control Features - "With card controls features integrated in our platform, issuers can more easily provide consumers with customizable features like real-time alerts that give them immediate updates on critical account information like suspicious transactions," said Lisa Fugate, vice president, credit processing, at i2c. "i2c was the first payment processor to offer card controls, and industry adoption has confirmed their value to issuers and cardholders."
  • Affirm Appoints eBay Executive Carl Gish as Company’s First Chief Marketing Officer - “eBay notwithstanding, the kind of skills and know-how Carl built while developing the Dove Real Beauty campaign for Unilever, and as Dyson’s North American CMO, is exactly the deep consumer brand marketing expertise and talent Affirm needs in its next wave of growth,” said Affirm Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Max Levchin.
  • Entrust Datacard Achieves Instant Issuance Milestone – Over 10 Million EMV Chip Cards Instantly Issued within the U.S. in One Year - "Giving consumers the ability to walk into a branch location to immediately receive an EMV card has helped turn a consumer experience from negative to positive."
  • Nuspay Selects Microsoft Azure for Next-Gen Digital Currency Platform - "The Nuspay Digital Currency (NDC) cryptocurrency ecosystem was engineered to meet and exceed the current and future challenges facing governments, central banks, monetary authorities and enterprises seeking to deploy digital currency. Additionally Nuspay is in the process of developing an international digital currency exchange with planned sites in Singapore and the Caribbean."
  • 3dcart Now Offers Comprehensive Vantiv Payment Processing Integration to Online Stores - “3dcart is committed to creating tight integrations with the best eCommerce partners on the market, and the results of those initiatives help provide online merchants with access to diverse payment processing options,” said 3dcart CEO Gonzalo Gil.

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

March 24, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 24, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • First Data and First Tennessee Bank Form Strategic Relationship to Support Small Businesses - "Under the new enterprise agreement, First Tennessee will provide its small business clients with First Data’s innovative products, including the Clover® family of business management solutions. First Tennessee will also join First Data’s STAR® Network and have access to an array of cutting-edge fraud protection tools."
  • Federal Reserve Board begins 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances - "This survey is one of the nation's primary sources of information on the financial condition of different types of households," Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen said in a letter to prospective survey participants. "Our previous surveys…have helped the Federal Reserve and other parts of the government make policy decisions and have also supported a wide variety of basic research, public discussion, and education."
  • U.S. Bank Introduces Mobile Check Deposit App for Small Businesses - “Using Deposit Express, customers can streamline their check deposit process, eliminating delays associated with trips to the branch or their office,” said Sam Robb, head of receivables solutions for treasury management at U.S. Bank. “Deposit Express is specifically tailored to meet the needs of small businesses. It offers robust reporting and research capabilities, as well as integration of mobile and web deposit channels.”
  • MBNA Gets Ready For Android Pay - "UK contactless spend increased steeply in 2015, more than trebling to reach £7.75 billion. With nearly one in eight card transactions now using contactless technology*, Android Pay will be the latest option for tech-savvy consumers who are forgoing not only cash but cards in favour of mobile wallet payment methods."
  • National Gift Card Draws on Tech Advances to Offer Rewards in Real Time - "With 9 out of 10 U.S. adults owning a cell phone and global cell phone use projected to top 5 billion by 2019, National Gift Card Corp. is leveraging this trend with its smart mobile gift card solution that works for virtually any small or large businesses through its proprietary Application Programming Interface (API)."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

March 23, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 23, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Starbucks to Expand Customer Rewards Program Beyond Its Coffee Shops - Wall St. Journal - "The Starbucks prepaid Visa card, which is expected to be available by the end of the year, would allow card holders to earn “stars” for all purchases made on the card, which can then be redeemed at Starbucks cafes."
  • Square Teams Up With Facebook to Offer Ads That Can Be Gauged - New York Times - "Under the agreement, small businesses that use Square to process payments can buy and target Facebook advertising using Square’s software. Square will make subscription fees off the new product."
  • Is Bitcoin Really Frictionless? - Liberty Street Economics - New York Fed - "In this blog post, we show that while bitcoin transfers themselves are relatively frictionless for the user, there are significant frictions when bitcoins trade in exchange markets resulting in meaningful and persistent price differences across bitcoin exchanges. These exchange-related frictions reduce the incentive of market participants to use bitcoin as a payments alternative."
  • Tap. Pay. UK. - Android Blog - "Android Pay will support MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from many of the UK’s major financial institutions — including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society — with new banks being added all the time."
  • Chip-Card Payment System Delays Frustrate Retailers - New York Times - "Many of the complications were widely predicted, but the certification system has added an unexpected wrinkle — and lots of finger-pointing."
  • Court Case Over States’ Interest Rates Might Have Big Impact - Wall St. Journal - "The industry fears a change could impair their ability to sell or securitize certain debt, going so far as to pull back lending in states with stricter caps."

ON THE WIRES

  • MasterCard to Bring Android Pay to Cardholders in the UK - “We're excited to bring the simplicity and security of mobile payments to MasterCard customers with Android Pay. Soon, people will be able to use their Android device to pay at the hundreds of thousands of contactless payment terminals in the UK,” said Pali Bhat, Senior Director, Product Management, Google.
  • Debit Cards Gaining on Cash for Small Purchases - "There's a clear generational divide: 41% of people under age 50 prefer cash for small transactions and 40% like debit. Among those 50 and older, cash is the runaway winner (74%). Millennials are the most likely to use debit (46%) and credit cards (18%)."
  • UATP Partners With Payment Technology Specialist Limonetik - "As an Alternative Payment Method Aggregator, Limonetik offers over 150 different payment options across the globe which will be available to UATP Merchants through the partnership. Airlines will easily be able to fulfill their AFP needs with UATP and Limonetik."
  • EPC To Fed Chair: Durbin Amendment Rewards Retailers $36 Billion in Additional Profits, But Provides No Relief to Consumers - “Regulators and policy makers should consider the economic consequences for the most vulnerable when promulgating new regulations and recognize that the Durbin Amendment, rather than helping with this worthwhile goal, merely aided retailers to pocket $36 billion dollars to date.”
  • Global Payments Announces FinAppsParty Winners - “The FinAppsParty showcased the talent and innovation in Atlanta and London, positioning each as vibrant fintech hubs with the ability to compete with any of the technology capitals in the world,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation. “Global Payments is thrilled to host initiatives like the FinAppsParty in support of the industry’s growth and in demonstration of our commitment to leading transformative payment innovation.”

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

March 21, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 21, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • PayPal Brings Money Transfers to Cuba - Fortune - "PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, who is visiting Cuba this week along with President Obama, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and many other CEOs, said that PayPal would start allowing money transfers to and from Cuba later this year."
  • Powa: The start-up that fell to earth - BBC - "Its demise has raised questions about the health of London's much vaunted fintech (financial technology) sector, and about the wisdom of sky-high valuations for unproven businesses."

ON THE WIRES

  • Wells Fargo Introduces Go FarTM Rewards - "Through the program, customers can redeem their rewards at any Wells Fargo ATM, use rewards toward their qualifying Wells Fargo checking or savings account or apply toward the principal balance of a qualifying Wells Fargo line or loan. Customers can also take advantage of options to pool rewards with other customers, gift rewards to other customers or to charity, create wish lists and more – all while on-the-go."
  • Federal Agencies Release Guidance to Issuing Banks on Applying Customer Identification Program Requirements to Holders of Prepaid Cards - "The guidance clarifies that a bank's CIP should apply to the holders of certain prepaid cards issued by the institution as well as holders of such prepaid cards purchased under arrangements with third-party program managers that sell, distribute, promote, or market the prepaid cards on the bank's behalf."
  • Stripe to allow Cuban nationals to set up a U.S. business entity, bank account, and more - “Today's announcement and our work with President Obama here in Havana are about facilitating a smooth path for Cuban entrepreneurs into the modern global economy," said Patrick Collison, CEO of Stripe. "The promise of the internet is that geography should be largely irrelevant. But that is not yet true. Especially here in Cuba, people simply do not have access to the high-quality banking or payments infrastructure they need to join the internet economy."
  • Ripple Continues Global Growth With New London Office to Serve European Bank Demand - "With the opening of the London office, Managing Director Daniel Aranda is relocating from Ripple’s San Francisco headquarters to lead the company’s European presence. Aranda was among Ripple’s first employees and has served as a key member of the company’s business development team since 2013, helping shape the overall company strategy and build the customer pipeline."
  • Western Union Expands in Cuba: Connects the World - “As the first U.S. Company with scale to move money from across the world to Cuba, we welcome the regulatory and policy changes put in place by the U.S. government that allow us to offer these services,” said Odilon Almeida, President of the Americas and European Union.

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

March 02, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 2, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Sallie Krawcheck Joins Digital Asset Board of Directors - “We are honored to have Sallie join our Board,” said Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset. “She has achieved extraordinary success in her career as both an industry executive and entrepreneur, and her unique mix of experience will be a tremendous asset as we build and expand our business.”
  • Samsung Pay Now Available for Wells Fargo Customers - “We are thrilled today to participate in Samsung Pay, and to continue to provide Wells Fargo customers with convenient mobile payment options,” said Jim Smith, head of Virtual Channels for Wells Fargo. “We want to satisfy our customers’ financial needs when, where and how they want, and allowing them to pay from a mobile wallet with features like Samsung Pay helps us fulfill that promise.”
  • Global Payments and Realex Payments to Host a FinAppsParty Simultaneously in Atlanta and London - "As part of our ongoing commitment to support the innovators in the fintech community, Global Payments and Realex Payments are thrilled to host the FinAppsParty in Atlanta and London,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation. “We look forwarding to seeing the creative ideas that stem from the energy of this exciting event.”
  • Wirecard Launches New Prepaid Visa Card mycard2go - "it is the first Visa Simply One combined card, bringing together the functionality of a traditional credit card with that of a V PAY debit card. The solution combines high-level security in the form of PIN entry with global acceptance. In this way, users of the mycard2go prepaid card can make cashless payments at over 24 million Visa acceptance points."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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!

February 24, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 24, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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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!

February 03, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 3, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

EVENTS

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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!

December 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 1, 2015

On the Web

  • The Future of Personal Payments - Medium (Jeremy Allaire) - "Long considered a product and market backwater, given countless product efforts in the West that have largely failed to live up to the hype or potential, p2p payments is now emerging as potentially one of the most valuable pieces of consumer Internet real estate."
  • Why Apple Wants to Get Into the Unprofitable World of Payments Between Friends - Bloomberg - "Apple isn’t likely to find a way to profit directly from the feature. Instead, the company will probably use it to increase adoption of Apple Pay in stores."
  • Touch ID Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving - ReadWrite - "While some think Apple Pay requires you to open the Apple Wallet (formerly Passbook), find the card, hold it in front of the register, and then authenticate using Touch ID, you don't. All you actually have to do is hold the phone near the register with your finger on the Touch ID "home" button. That's it."
  • JCPenney testing store card support for Apple Pay, full rollout due in spring 2016 - MacRumors - "Thus far, Kohl's is the only major retailer that currently allows its store cards to be added to Apple Pay, but both Kohl's and JCPenney have been touted as the two major partners for the feature."

On the Wires

  • CO-OP Financial Services to Offer Visa Checkout for Easy, Secure Online Shopping - "“Visa Checkout is a simpler, more secure way for credit union members to pay online almost anywhere in the world,” said Stan Hollen, President/CEO of CO-OP. “Visa Checkout is another advanced digital product that underscores CO-OP’s commitment to helping our credit union clients keep their branded credit cards top of wallet, regardless of what payment services the member may choose.”
  • CO-OP Financial Services Offers MasterPass by MasterCard - “CO-OP is committed to partnering with credit unions to help them deploy a digital e-commerce solution that fits the needs of their members,” said Stan Hollen, President/CEO of CO-OP. “MasterPass is an important piece of a comprehensive digital e-commerce strategy, and complements digital wallets such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay and others.”
  • BBC Worldwide Selects Vindicia to Manage Payments for BBC Store - Gene Hoffman, chief executive officer and chairman at Vindicia, said: “Vindicia’s CashBox solution enables audiences to buy BBC content quickly and easily using cash available in their e-wallet, or via other means, such as PayPal or store-bought gift cards.”
  • American Express Serve® Expands Largest Free Cash Reload Network1 in U.S. - “We are thrilled to add Dollar General and Rite Aid to our Free Cash Reload network, giving Account holders even more places to add cash at convenient locations in their communities,” said Stefan Happ, Chief Commercial Officer, Enterprise Growth, American Express.

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

October 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 23, 2015

What I'm Reading...

  • This weekend your editor will be reading Other People's Money: The Real Business of Finance by John Kay, a visiting professor of economics at the London School of Economics. From the book's description: "In a dazzling and revelatory tour of the financial world as it has emerged from the wreckage of the 2008 crisis, Kay does not flinch in his criticism: we do need some of the things that Citigroup and Goldman Sachs do, but we do not need Citigroup and Goldman to do them."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • Take Your Brick-and-Mortar Store Online: Square Now Integrates with Ecwid - Square Blog - "But here’s what’s extra cool about Ecwid: You can use it to sell your goods not only on your website but also on any other platform (think: Facebook, Tumblr, other online marketplaces)."
  • Global Payments (GPN) held its annual Investor Day earlier this week.
  • Payment Cards Center Updates Consumer Credit & Payments Statistics - "The Payment Cards Center (PCC) Consumer Statistics page provides updated statistics related to consumer credit and consumer payments. The PCC compiles statistics on a quarterly basis that are relevant to researchers, reporters, and others interested in consumer credit and payments."
  • What VCs Really Think of Banks - LendAcademy - "Investments into FinTech startups recently quadrupled, growing to over ~$12 billion in 2014 from ~$3 billion in 2013. It appears 2015 is on track to dwarf the previous year..."
  • Have you noticed Amazon Web Services? - New York Times - "Amazon had more operating income from Amazon Web Services, its business renting computing and software applications, than it did from combined sales of goods in the United States and internationally."

On the Wires

  • It's a slow day for press releases - presumably everything interesting is now waiting to be announced next week at Money20/20 in Las Vegas! Have a great weekend and trip to the conference - if you're going! Several partners from Glenbrook will be attending.
  • Statement by CFPB Director Richard Cordray on RushCard Prepaid Card Incident - "Today, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray issued the following statement in response to the RushCard situation, a prepaid card owned by UniRush LLC, in which many consumers have indicated that they have been unable to access funds in their accounts for more than a week..."
  • Visa Checkout Brings Simplified Online Shopping to Brazil - "In the US, shoppers made purchase more often when using Visa Checkout compared to customers using other payment options,” says Percival Jatoba, vice president, products, Visa do Brasil. “With this streamlined approach to payments, merchants and financial institutions see higher conversion rates which ultimately brings new customers and drives higher sales."

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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!

October 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 21, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Visa Launches New Platform to Help Card Issuers Market and Grow Their Business - "Visa Inc. today announced the launch of Visa Integrated Marketing Solutions (VIMS), a card marketing platform designed to help small to medium-sized issuers optimize their marketing efforts. The VIMS platform enables the development and execution of key marketing services across the customer lifecycle – from acquiring new customers to cardholder retention."
  • W3C Starts Web Payments Standards Work to Streamline the Online "Check-Out" Process - "The industry has looked to digital wallets as a way to improve security and usability, as well as to support marketing initiatives. And yet, users have not yet wholeheartedly embraced them," said W3C CEO Dr. Jeff Jaffe. "We believe that one reason for this is that the digital wallet market is fragmented and providers use incompatible programming interfaces."
  • Diebold Software Innovation Slashes Fraud Exposure Through Secure Onboarding To Digital Payments - "SimplyTapp believes extending consumer relationships through mobile devices is critical to the future of banking," said Doug Yeager, SimplyTapp chief executive officer and co-founder. "Together with Diebold's secure self-service technology and our leading Cloud Token Solution, the need for highly secure authentication and card onboarding can now be fully realized at the convenience and familiarity of a bank's ATM."
  • Synchrony Financial Launches CarCareONE Mobile App to Deliver Account Servicing, Store Locator Functionality, and Special Offers to Millions of Cardholders’ Smartphones - “Our CarCareONE app offers a new platform for our automotive merchants to engage with their customers wherever they are,” said Glenn Marino, executive vice president & CEO of Synchrony Financial’s Payment Solutions platform. “We know that financing is an important consideration for drivers dealing with an unexpected repair or routine maintenance, and this innovative app provides CarCareONE cardholders a useful tool to manage their account, locate services for all their auto maintenance needs, and find valuable offers from our network of retailers and service shops across the country.”
  • Buy With Affirm, Pay in Monthly Installments Now Available to 3dcart eCommerce Merchants - “Installments aren't just a slick way for consumers to temporarily defer payment," said Levchin. "It’s how Affirm helps eTailers boost sales and consumers, who may not have credit cards or who choose not to use them, pay for their purchases in a way that best matches their monthly budgets."
  • Intuit and Fundbox Partner to Tackle #1 Pain Point Faced by Small Businesses: Cash Flow - Fundbox CEO Eyal Shinar added, “We are thrilled to become a more deeply embedded solution within Intuit’s QuickBooks ecosystem - we know millions of SMBs will benefit from this partnership.
  • SumUp Expands To U.S. With Launch Of EMV Card Terminal - "It's a perfect time to bring SumUp to the U.S. The shift to EMV chip cards puts more costly fraud liability on stores without chip terminals -- but only half of small businesses are even aware of EMV liability," said Daniel Klein, CEO of SumUp. "EMV is the norm around the world, and SumUp is the platform of choice for EMV transactions in 14 countries today. We are here to help U.S. merchants and partners such as cash register vendors to transition quickly and securely to EMV, by making payments as easy as possible for their customers."
  • Discover Financial Services Joins Banking Industry Architecture Network - "Discover Financial Services recently joined the Banking Industry Architecture Network, a not-for-profit industry standards association, to leverage a banking-industry-specific framework and standard messaging to speed the delivery of new products and services."

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August 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 19, 2015

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  • New American Express Serve® Prepaid Debit Account Earns Rewards - "American Express announced Serve Cash Back, a new prepaid debit Account option that will earn Accountholders 1% cash back on purchases. Consumers who spend in line with the 2012 – 2013 U.S. Department of Labor national averages for gas, groceries, dining out, clothing, transportation and entertainment using the Serve Cash Back Card could potentially earn more than $400 annually when earning 1% cash back."
  • In-store Shopping Experience a Major Factor in Major Purchase Decisions, Synchrony Financial Study Finds - "Results show that shoppers enjoy the immediacy and interaction of in-store purchases. Shopping in-store allows them to take the product home on the same day, see and feel the product, and interact with a store associate. Some respondents noted they simply like to shop at the retailer."

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August 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 18, 2015

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  • Richmond Fed's Economic Quarterly Looks at Durbin Amendment Impact on Merchants - "Based on a survey conducted two years after the regulation went into effect in 2011, Richmond Fed economist Zhu Wang and his co-authors Scarlett Schwartz and Neil Mitchell investigate the impact of the regulation on the costs to merchants of accepting debit cards. They also examine merchant reactions to the regulation in terms of changing prices and debit card restrictions. The survey results suggest that the regulation has had limited and unequal impact on merchants' debit-acceptance costs."
  • Pay Anyone From Your Wrist - "The latest Square Cash release affords anyone the ability to quickly send a payment to friends, family, or anyone nearby conveniently from their Apple Watch. Beginning today, anyone can access the app on their Apple Watch by downloading the latest Square Cash app for iOS."
  • Visa and QIWI Announce the Mass Launch of Contactless Smartphone Payments - "QIWI and Visa Inc. have announced implementation of a new stage of their strategic partnership, which has resulted in integration of Visa payWave's contactless technology into Visa QIWI Wallet."
  • Star Wars Comes to Chase Disney Visa Credit Cards - "Marking the first Star Wars brand collaboration for a credit card for The Walt Disney Company, Chase Card Services and Disney, are putting The Force in Cardmembers’ wallets with the introduction of three exclusive Star Wars designs to the Disney Visa Credit Card family, accompanied by exciting, new and exclusive Star Wars perks for all Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers."
  • First Tech Federal Credit Union and MasterCard Announce First U.S. Biometric Payments Pilot - "The pilot will test the potential of delivering greater security and convenience to First Tech’s U.S. cardholders by verifying identity via facial photographs or fingerprint scans conducted on smartphones."
  • Capital Prepaid Offers Mobile Check Cashing to BlazePaysSM Visa® Prepaid Cardholders - "Our goal is to make the BlazePays Card the most convenient and economical payment tool for consumers," said Jay Kurian, President of Capital Prepaid. "With mobile check cashing, consumers can now load funds to a BlazePays Card regardless of where they reside in the U.S."

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July 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 29, 2015

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  • TD Bank and MasterCard Partner to Drive Innovative Payment Solutions - "TD Bank ... announced an agreement with global payments technology company MasterCard to route debit and prepaid card transactions over MasterCard’s Maestro network. Through the agreement, MasterCard will process TD Bank’s debit card and prepaid card PIN transactions."
  • How America Pays in 2015 - “Consumers still have a strong preference for traditional payment methods like debit cards and prepaid cards. Those payments tools are not going away anytime soon, even as interest in and usage of new payment methods grows,” said Teri Llach, chief marketing officer at Blackhawk Network, a pioneer of prepaid gift cards, payments tools and rewards delivered via a robust and convenient network. “Our findings prove that payments is not either/or when it comes to legacy payments versus emerging products; it’s really about convenience and providing a mix of options.”
  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports Second-Quarter 2015 Financial Results - “Our business continues to perform well with good transaction and volume growth, particularly in cross-border, despite the mixed global economic environment and foreign exchange headwinds,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We are executing on our strategy to grow our business by focusing on winning new deals in our core payments business, while building out our data analytics, processing and safety applications. A blend of acquisitions and organic investments in these spaces remain at the foundation of our strategy.”
  • TSYS Reports Second Quarter Adjusted EPS Grew 29.0% - “For the second quarter in a row, we exceeded our expectations that resulted in another outstanding quarter and year-to-date performance. Organic revenue grew 13.7% year-to-date as we continue to deliver exceptional performance across our key metrics,” said M. Troy Woods, chairman, president and chief executive officer of TSYS.
  • Planes, Trains, and Cruises All Now Easier to Purchase Online as MasterPass Expands Travel Industry Acceptance - “Travel merchants are increasingly looking to drive efficiencies in the online booking process,” said Vib Prasad, Group Head of MasterPass at MasterCard. “MasterPass can provide a seamless checkout experience while delivering the security our cardholders have come to expect when using a MasterCard, so they can focus on enjoying their time away.”
  • AcceptEmail and PayWithMyBank® Partner to Bring Consumers Heightened Convenience in Bill Payments while Cutting Down on Billing Costs - “This is the best of both worlds,” said AcceptEmail CEO Peter Kwakernaak. “Billers who take advantage of the combination of AcceptEmail and PayWithMyBank need not make adjustments to their systems, website or Apps in order to get VerifiedACH with real-time confirmations. They will reap substantial savings too. ACH is far less expensive to transact than credit card payments, which often take a percentage of the invoice amount.”

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July 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 28, 2015

On the Web:

  • Stripe, Digital Payments Start-Up, Raises New Funding and Partners With Visa - New York Times - "On Tuesday Stripe also announced a partnership with Visa, one of the world’s largest credit card companies, in which the two will work on ways to improve digital transactions. The companies said they expected to collaborate on initiatives like payments security, as well as software like website “buy buttons.”"
  • Lawyer Emails Put Visa, MasterCard Settlement at Risk - Wall St. Journal - "Lawyers representing roughly 100 big merchants, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Home Depot Inc., and 7-Eleven Inc., are expected on Tuesday to formally notify the card networks that they will seek to unravel the three-year-old pact..."
  • UK Interchange fee regulation: a consultation - HM Treasury - "This consultation invites views on the government’s proposed steps to meet the UK’s obligation to put in place an adequate and efficient regulatory regime to supervise compliance with the ‘Interchange Fee Regulation’ (IFR)."
  • UK: Rules proposed to tackle ‘unfair’ credit and debit card fees - FT.com - "A government consultation launched on Monday proposes rules to limit so-called interchange fees charged to a business when a customer pays using a card."
  • UK: Cap on card fees could lead to lower prices for consumers - Guardian - "In a consultation document, the Treasury said: “The government is clear that merchants are expected to pass these savings on to consumers in the form of lower prices.”
  • Wells Fargo Joins Other Banks in Testing Mobile Biometrics - "The bank’s mobile development efforts include testing an intelligent assistant, akin to Apple Inc.’s Siri, that enables consumers to conduct their banking by speaking commands into the phone, says Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo’s new Innovation Group."
  • The Truth About the Death of Cash - BBC - "Cash is essentially untraceable, it’s easy to carry, it’s widely accepted and it’s reliable. If the power goes out, or there’s a blip in the electronic systems that make the online commerce world go round, cash is there."
  • 8 Banking Giants Embracing Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "While major institutions found that bitcoin was perhaps problematic as a currency, they seem to increasingly believe that the blockchain, the protocol that manages and facilitates the exchange of bitcoin, offers benefits over their closed database systems."

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June 22, 2015

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May 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 27, 2015

On the Web:

  • 21 Inc. and the Future of Bitcoin - Stratechery (Ben Thompson) - "...I think 21 Inc. is best understood as a massive bridge-building project from today’s speculative curiosity to tomorrow’s essential trust network."
  • Touch ID Now Available on the PayPal App - PayPal Forward Blog - "After a quick setup, simply use your fingerprint to log in to your PayPal app to view your account, send money to friends, or access your digital wallet. You will no longer need to log in with your password."
  • The Bank Of Facebook - TechCrunch - According to Steve Davis, product manager at Facebook: “We’re not trying to make a profit out of payments.”

On the Wires:

  • Credit Cards Continued Their Rebound Against Debit and Prepaid Cards in 2014 - "Purchase volume at merchants for general purpose-type consumer and commercial credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued in the U.S. totaled $4.910 trillion, up 8.4% over 2013. Credit cards increased their market share in purchase volume over debit and prepaid cards to 53.59% in 2014, up from 52.95% in 2013."
  • Square Welcomes Shopventory to Square App Marketplace - "Shopventory helps SMBs manage their inventory better while saving time and money by keeping all inventory SKU counts and associated cost information in one central database that syncs with Square. Shopventory's “Dead Inventory Report” automatically highlights inventory that is not selling. This report alone helps retailers realize what items they should turn into cash or consider no longer carrying."
  • Millennials More Likely to Travel Abroad to Volunteer Than Other Generations, Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase Survey Reveals - “Other generations may not assume Millennials would use their most precious assets, their time and money, to give back to international communities they visit, but today’s young travelers are reframing that mindset,” said Vibhat Nair, general manager, Chase Card Services. “We’ve seen in the past that this generation of travelers value rewards and perks from travel services, and now we’re seeing how they could be using those rewards for a larger purpose.”

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May 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 8, 2015

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  • Global Bitcoin Exchange itBit Today Starts Accepting U.S. Customers Nationwide Through New York State Trust Company Charter - “Our mission at itBit has always been to create a trusted, institutional-grade exchange and regulatory compliance is an important pillar of that mission,” said itBit CEO and co-founder Charles Cascarilla. “Regulatory approval from the NYDFS allows us to serve as a custodian for our clients’ assets and expand our services to U.S. customers – the largest market of bitcoin traders in the world – and allows us to do so with the highest standard of care afforded by any Bitcoin company.”
  • Elavon Promotes Wally Mlynarski to Lead Global Product and Innovation - “Wally has been instrumental in driving Elavon’s efforts to bring some of our most sophisticated products and services to market that allow customers to engage consumers as they shop online, offline and via mobile devices,” said Simon Haslam, president and CEO of Elavon. “Wally’s new role speaks to his many talents as well as Elavon’s commitment to attract and develop the best talent in the industry.”
  • NCR Modernizes Payments Infrastructure with Launch of Latest Version of Authentic - “We are committed to providing our customers with a modern, flexible payments infrastructure that will grow with them and enable them to respond to any demands the business places on them,” said Steve Nogalo, vice president and general manager of Payments Solutions at NCR. “With the latest version of Authentic, we have incorporated the flexibility of the Google Web Toolkit, as well as providing new features and enhancements to further improve usability and flexibility. With Authentic we constantly strive to deliver a solution that our customers can rely on today and in the future – whatever the future may bring.
  • Green Dot Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results - ""These positive results represent our first full quarter of the new, consolidated Green Dot, inclusive of our acquisition of TPG and two smaller prepaid program managers, AccountNow, Inc. and Achieve Financial Services, LLC. Despite being negatively impacted by approximately $12 million resulting from fewer reload transactions attributed to the discontinuation of MoneyPak, we posted significant revenue and adjusted EBITDA growth during the period as a result of both the incremental revenue and EBITDA contribution from our new acquisitions and better-than-expected performance in our organic branded and private label account business."

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April 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 30, 2015

On the Web:

  • New Circle Investors, New US Dollar Account Features, China Horizons - Circle Blog - "Today we announced a major step forward in the execution of our vision and product strategy. We've closed a new $50 million strategic investment round co-led by Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners."

  • This Digital Wallet Could Finally Get You Into Bitcoin - "In other words, the Circle wallet will soon work just like Venmo or any other money-transfer app, except it also works seamlessly with bitcoin, so you can handle your money in the form you value the most."

  • Capital One exec predicts mass shift to Apple Pay this year - Mobile Commerce Daily - “I really believe we’re going to have this mass shift over to contactless payments,” Mr. Moreton said. “What you see is this huge change over a relatively short period of time.”

  • In Code We Trust - New York Times Magazine - "One way to understand this chaos is to see that power is shifting. The authority to create, move and define money — once confined to central banks and treasury departments — is being dispersed to an odd mix of entrepreneurs, libertarian hackers and old-line banking institutions."

  • Financial Giants Set Up Tech Hubs in Manhattan - Wall St. Journal - "MasterCard is one of several big-name financial services firms that are opting to set up tech divisions in prime Manhattan real-estate markets outside of their headquarters because many increasingly see themselves more as technology companies."

  • Online hackathon seeks to build solutions using Aadhaar app interface - Business Standard - "AngelPrime, a seed-stage venture capital fund based in Bengaluru, and Nasscom, in collaboration with UIDAI, will host the first of its kind online 'Aadhaar Application Hackathon' in June this year. The hackathon aims to encourage and promote the development of applications using the Aadhaar application programme interfaces (APIs)."

  • Bitcoin Could Impact Credit Unions, Report Says - CoinDesk - "...we could see the proliferation of a host of new financial services backed by bitcoin, many of which are directly associated with the core businesses of credit unions today."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2015 Net Income of $1.6 billion or $0.63 per Diluted Share - “Visa reported another solid quarter of financial results against the continued backdrop of a tepid global economy. While the negative impacts from the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and lower gasoline prices continued to exert pressure on revenue growth, our results and volume trends have remained strong,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.

  • Visa Expands Global Technology Research; Hires Senior Scientist to Lead Visa Research Labs - “Digital commerce is rapidly evolving due to the introduction of new technologies. As the world becomes more connected, every device, car, or appliance becomes a place where secure digital commerce can take place,” said Rajat Taneja, Executive Vice President, Technology, Visa Inc. “I am excited to expand our technology research efforts and have Min lead Visa Research Labs. This effort has the potential to shape the way we pay and get paid in the future, and transform the lives of millions of unbanked consumers by finally providing them with access to secure digital commerce.”

  • MasterCard Named Exclusive Card Processor by Green Dot Bank - Green Dot Chief Operating Officer, Kuan Archer said, "Our processing technology team has been working closely with MasterCard for the past 15 months on the integration of our two technology platforms. While certainly this project has required a significant amount of time and effort, we believe the ultimate end-state of having the most state-of-the-art, high-scale processing platform underpinning our current and future suite of modern banking products and mobile solutions will pay off in terms of our ability to create new, innovative products and services."

  • Visa: Payments Industry Moves to Help Simplify Chip Card Acceptance - "The Payments Security Task Force today joined with the PCI Security Standards Council and the EMV Migration Forum to launch a chip education curriculum and “pre-qualification” program to help streamline and simplify the EMV testing and certification process for Value Added Resellers (VARs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). ... To learn more about the educational efforts, visit
    http://www.emv-connection.com/chip-education-for-vars-isvs-and-merchants/

  • Stratos Card Begins Shipping In April - "Stratos Card combines credit, debit, membership, gift and other magnetic stripe cards in one digital Bluetooth card."

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April 08, 2015

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  • Apple Pay Coming Soon to You: New Banks & Credit Unions Implement Mobile Payment Service for MasterCard Cardholders - “People are passionate about their devices and they’re ready for their connected devices to do more – including acting as a commerce device – as is evident by the positive reception and uptake of Apple Pay,” said Matt Barr, group head, U.S. Emerging Payments MasterCard. “Consumers want to be able to shop where they want, when they want and how they want – and they want to do so with the confidence that their money is safe and secure no matter how they choose to pay. Issuers are delivering on this by enabling their cards within emerging payment platforms like Apple Pay that deliver consumer choice.”
  • U.S. Bank Offers Prepaid Card Services for the American Red Cross - “Our prepaid card conversion to U.S. Bank will enable the American Red Cross to leverage technology in new ways,” said Steve Casey, corporate treasurer of the American Red Cross. “Most importantly, this new card technology will help the Red Cross deliver its mission more efficiently in communities across the country.”
  • Western Union Enables Skype Customers to Top up at Locations across the U.S. - Western Union’s Odilon Almeida, President, Americas and European Union, said, “The relationship is a logical one, as both Western Union and Skype have a mission to connect people when they are apart. “Western Union is optimizing its money transfer system to link cash and digital for money movement and payments across the globe. We are driving our innovation on the back of what our customers want. Skype is a classic example; where customers can enjoy full digital access with a walk-in payment option,” he said.

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April 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 6, 2015

On the Web:

  • Wal-Mart Treasury Exec: Chip & Signature is ‘Worthless’ - AFP - "During a presentation at the Electronic Transaction Association’s Transact conference in San Francisco last week, Mike Cook, senior vice president and assistant treasurer for Wal-Mart, called signature “worthless as a form of authentication” and criticized the rollout of chip-and-signature cards in the United States."
  • More Prepaid Debit Cards Come Without Monthly Fees - Wall St. Journal - "A new survey released Monday by Bankrate.com found that prepaid debit cards are carrying fewer fees and offering customers more chances to avoid additional costs that may be tacked onto the account."
  • FacePay? - TechCrunch - "What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple."
  • Big Investor Involvement Could Boost Bitcoin - Wall St. Journal - “They are all very interested, but it comes down to having some kind of regulatory clarity as well as to the technology available—whether you have something they feel is trustworthy, whether you have a big enough capital base, whether you have good enough technology...”
  • Hacking ATMs, Literally - Krebs on Security - "An ATM technician and KrebsOnSecurity reader shared photos of a recent attack in which three would-be robbers went to town on a wall-mounted cash machine with crowbars and hammers."
  • No cash, no cards - digital currencies and mobile wallets are the future of retail banking - Zawya - "At some stage there will be no cash, no cards, just mobile wallets - everything will be online. Finally digital currencies like Bitcoin, will dominate, at present there are 50,000 transactions a month resulting in billions of dollars of digital currency."
  • Is Mickey Mouse showing us the future of credit cards? - CreditCards.com - "About a year ago, Disney World began offering what it calls "MagicBands" to its annual pass holders and to guests staying at Disney resorts."

On the Wires:

  • Elavon Strengthens its Suite of EMV Offerings with Commerce SDK, Now Enhances Consumer Payment Experience with Apple Pay™ Powered by talech and Ingenico - "The Commerce SDK comprehensive kit accelerates a business’ ability to implement a secure, EMV-compliant payment solution by combining Elavon’s global payment processing, EMV certification coding, encryption and tokenization implementation and hardware support for printers, terminals and mobile devices into one package that is easy to integrate."
  • Brink’s and NetSpend Launch Brink’s Prepaid MasterCard - “Prepaid cards empower those without traditional banking relationships by equipping them with the tools, resources and education to take control of their financial lives and spend responsibly,” said Jeff Feuerstein, group head, U.S. Prepaid, MasterCard. “Access to reputable prepaid offerings from trusted brands such as Brink’s provide cardholders the opportunity to take advantage of all the benefits of electronic payments, including having a secure and convenient means of making purchases, tracking spending, setting budgets and more.”

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March 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 12, 2015

On the Web:

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

On the Wires:

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

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February 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 23, 2015

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On the Web:

  • The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money - Wall St. Journal CIO Report (Irving Wladawsky-Berger) - "On January 27, Citi and Imperial College held their third annual Digital Money Symposium in London. As in previous years, the Symposium convened a group of leaders in their field to explore the state of adoption of digital money and its economic and societal impacts around the world."
  • How Technology Is Tricking You Into Tipping More - TechCrunch - "Digital payment systems use subtle tactics to increase tips, and while it’s certainly good for hard-working service workers, it may not be so good for your wallet."
  • Green Dot is targeting the 'unhappily banked' for its prepaid cards - Los Angeles Times - Streit said Green Dot targets people who are "unhappily banked, meaning you have a checking account somewhere and you just don't like it."
  • Visa research shows Australians set to embrace paying with their phones - News.com.au - "The Visa research shows that nearly two thirds of all face-to-face Visa transactions use payWave, compared with just 14.7 per cent in Canada and 21.5 per cent in Singapore."
  • Apple Pay seems to be growing well - Finer Things in Tech - "First is the list of retailers from the Apple Pay website, unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 announcement in September 2014. Next is the most updated list as of February 21, 2015."

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February 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 9, 2015

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February 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 3, 2015

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  • Digital River Expands Relationship with American Express to Enhance Payment Services in Mexico - “We know from experience managing more than $30 billion in annual online transactions that consumers are more apt to buy when convenient and familiar payment options are available to them,” said Souheil Badran, Digital River’s senior vice president and general manager of Digital River World Payments. “Adding these services in Mexico will help us further expand our existing relationship with American Express and strengthen our international payments offering.”
  • Jumio Unveils New ID Scan Image Capturing Technology in Latest Version of Netverify - "The new release features a brand new ID image capturing technology, which allows users to position their ID any which way within their camera view. This enhanced template matching capability automatically detects the ID edges, rotates, and accurately crops it in the frame, regardless of the angle at which the user is holding the ID."
  • PEX Visa Prepaid Card and Tallie Launch Integrated Expense Management Solution - “The core value proposition of the PEX Visa Prepaid Card service is that it eases the burden companies place on their employees and accounting departments to cover expense outlays,” said Chris Farrell, CEO of Tallie. “PEX Card allows companies to issue prepaid corporate cards to all employees without the same risks of issuing traditional corporate cards or the accounting labor associated with cash advances."

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January 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 27, 2015

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  • USA Technologies Announces Support for Apple Pay - "This immediately adds approximately 200,000 Apple Pay acceptance points to the growing list of locations officially supporting Apple Pay, bringing the advanced mobile payments service to owners and operators of coffee brewers, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment, parking pay stations and other self-serve appliances."
  • Blackhawk Network Announces Launch of Blackhawk Engagement Solutions - "Blackhawk Network is a leader in providing unique and easily accessible prepaid and egift content. It was natural for us to extend our solutions beyond retail with the incentives marketplace where we meet needs of consumers, employees and business partners," said Talbott Roche, Blackhawk Network's president.
  • Digital River Expands in India Through a Partnership with Ecommerce Provider Net Distribution Services - “Ecommerce is evolving at a rapid pace in India,” said Ajay Miglani, chief executive officer of NDS. “We are very excited to be working with Digital River to deliver a high-performance ecommerce solution to the market and accelerate our clients’ online expansion plans.”
  • New Publication Establishes Guidelines for Evolving Payroll Card Industry - “A high-quality card can help hard-working Americans plan for the future and take control of their financial health,” said Jennifer Tescher, President & CEO, CFSI. “We are pleased that MasterCard and Visa are putting our Compass Guide to Payroll Cards into practice, and we look forward to working with them to ensure consumers have access to the high-quality products they need.”
  • Western Union Offers Apple Pay™ as New Pay-In Option for Money Transfer Customers - “Our customers have an expectation of using mobile technology to make money transfer service and product accessibility easier. Western Union is rising to the occasion as we harness our system with modifications to link cash and digital transfers between retail locations, mobile phones, prepaid cards, online and traditional bank accounts and ATMs,” said David Thompson, Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Technology and Chief Information Officer.
  • TCF Bank Now Offering Apple Pay Integration with Debit and Credit Cards - “Consumers want fast, convenient and secure ways to pay for purchases,” said Mark Jeter, Managing Director of Branch Banking at TCF Bank. “With Apple Pay, TCF Bank customers now can make payments at thousands of participating retailers or when they make in-app purchases with the confidence that their personal and financial information is protected.”
  • TSYS and Banco CSF S.A. Extend Payments Agreement - "TSYS supports Carrefour’s 12 million hybrid and private-label cards in circulation in Brazil on its market-leading TS Prime® processing solution. The Carrefour portfolio has grown 64% since the Carrefour and TSYS card program began in 2012."
  • Prosper Marketplace Acquires American HealthCare Lending - “This acquisition is an important part of our strategy to grow awareness and expand our product offerings and capabilities into new vertical markets,” said Aaron Vermut, CEO, Prosper Marketplace.

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January 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 6, 2015

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  • LoopPay" Expands OEM Partnerships at CES 2015 - "The two new OEM partners announced at CES include XPAL Power (subsidiary of TennRich International - who manufactures products for companies like Mophie and Belkin), and Trident Case®, a leading ruggedized phone case manufacturer, with many other partners in the pipeline. LoopPay is also working with chipmakers to embed LoopPay’s technology and security into silicon, making it easier for future OEM partners to incorporate LoopPay into their devices."
  • Green Dot Promotes Chief Technology Officer Kuan Archer to Chief Operating Officer - "In his role as COO, Kuan will continue to lead all of product development and Information Technology and will assume oversight of vendor management and procurement, business continuity, human resources, supply chain and retail execution. He will report directly to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Streit."
  • Bluefin Payment Systems Introduces PCI-Validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) Solution for Mobile Payments“In this age of cyber-attacks and security breaches, a secure mobile payment solution is absolutely mandatory. Protecting cardholder data, guarding against fraud and, concurrently, reducing merchant and issuer liability requires a multi-faceted approach to securing card information and customer data,” said Ruston Miles, Chief Innovation Officer, Bluefin Payment Systems.

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