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April 19, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 19, 2016

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  • Visa Speeds Up Checkout Times with new Quick Chip for EMV - “Visa is advancing a streamlined approach to chip transactions to make them faster and more efficient, while still providing a safe and secure experience,” said Mark Nelsen, senior vice president of Risk Products and Business Intelligence, Visa Inc. “Quick Chip for EMV helps make the checkout experience comparable to the ease and speed of magnetic stripe transactions.”
  • Moneris Partners with Womply to Offer Business Analytics Solution to Merchants - “We believe in equipping our partners, like Moneris, with the most powerful solution available to enable its merchants to grow, protect, and simplify their businesses,” said Cory Capoccia, President at Womply. “Through our partnership with Moneris we can offer their merchants the best technology with this game changing platform.”
  • Total Merchant Services Opens Its EMV Chip Card Payment Technology to All Developers - "Groovv SDK is easy to implement and frees developers to spend their time and energy building business-growing software features instead of worrying about the nuts and bolts of processing payments," said Joe Kaplan, CEO of Total Merchant Services. "We remove the need for software to go through the costly and time-consuming EMV certification process, and for developers to comply with PCI data breach and other enhanced security standards."

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.

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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!

April 15, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 15, 2016

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ON THE WIRES

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

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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 22, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 22, 2016

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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 17, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 17, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Expanding the Smart Card’s Role - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "In this Payments on Fire podcast, Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director of the SCA and the EMV Migration Forum, talks about the organization’s training programs, their evolution and the establishment of the new National Center for Advanced Payments and Identity Security ..."
  • USAA: Members Gave ‘Clear Yes’ to Coinbase Bitcoin Trial - "Speaking to CoinDesk, USAA project lead Darrius Jones indicated that users gave a ‘clear yes’ to the trial, a sign that prompted the company to move quickly in making the service available more widely to its members – many of whom, USAA has said, are bitcoin users."

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.

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 03, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 3, 2016

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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.

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 26, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 26, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Venmo Kills Off Developer API With Zero Warning - TechCrunch - "After six years of providing an API for developers to build experiences atop its money transfer system, this month Venmo suddenly shut down the API. "
  • Travel in London for Free With Apple Pay - PC Magazine - "As part of a promotion from MasterCard and Apple, each Monday beginning on Feb. 29, from 4:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. the next morning, MasterCard-linked Apple Pay users will have their purchases on buses, trams, the Underground, and most other rail services refunded up to 28.10 pounds ($39)."
  • How Mobile Payments Reshape Lifestyles - Wall St. Journal - "Piao Jianfeng says he seldom carries his wallet and hasn’t used an ATM to withdraw cash for two years. Instead, his phone is his wallet, and he uses it to pay for almost all of his everyday needs in Beijing, from taxis to utilities and grocery bills."
  • Intel is Testing a Blockchain it Built With a Fantasy Sports Game - CoinDesk - "The proof of concept works by enabling the exchange of digitized assets that represent shares of different sports teams."

ON THE WIRES

  • UK Payment Systems Regulator: "Banks should sell their stake in UK payments infrastructure to help increase innovation and competition - "The evidence published today indicates that the common ownership of this infrastructure provider by this small number of banks is having a negative impact on innovation and competition in the industry. As a result, the PSR is proposing that these banks sell part of their stakes in VocaLink in order to open the market and allow for more effective competition and innovation."
  • Wirex: A Hybrid Financial Platform That Uses Blockchain Technology - "Wirex is the first service of its kind to provide bankless financial services, and it is designed to close the gap between digital and traditional currencies for everyday financial transactions. Evolving to fill the needs of the global citizen, Wirex will offer 3 main services: convenient mobile banking via the Wirex app, instant remittance services, and upgraded 2-way debit cards that allow on-demand conversion between bitcoin and traditional currencies."

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 23, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 23, 2016

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  • How This $2.3 Billion Swedish Company Plans to Dominate the U.S. Payments Sector - Inc. - "Klarna, for that matter, is not your average payments processor. By partnering with merchants, the system allows customers to purchase an item simply by entering their name, email address, and zip code."
  • Amazon Web Services Takes Aim at Big Banks - "The company’s Amazon Web Services unit has been approaching banks such as Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., people familiar with the matter said."
  • JPMorgan Quietly Tests ‘Blockchain’ With 2,200 Clients - Wall St. Journal - "The nation’s largest bank has been testing the program in recent months to move U.S. dollars for about 2,200 clients between the two financial centers using a version of the “blockchain” technology that underpins bitcoin..."
  • Mastercard Is Expanding Its 'Selfie Pay' Capabilities - Fortune - "When making a purchase online from a merchant that requires identity verification, cardholders can authorize the transaction by holding up their phones as if taking a selfie and blinking..."
  • Getting Rid of Big Currency Notes Could Help Fight Crime - New York Times - "Getting rid of big bills will make it harder for criminals to do business and make it easier for law enforcement to detect illicit activity."
  • Reserve Bank says Australian dollars could come in digital form in future - Sydney Morning Herald - "In a speech where he also flagged the end of the cheque, Mr Richards said the RBA had been watching the growth in demand for privately-established virtual currencies like Bitcoin, and believed there was a place for a central-bank-issued digital currency in Australia."
  • The Ongoing Evolution of the Australian Payments System - Reserve Bank of Australia (Tony Richards) - "Today's conference is on payments innovation and I would like to speak about some ways that our payments system is evolving, both in terms of some innovative new payment instruments that are on their way and the declining use of some of our older or legacy payment instruments."
  • UK FinTech: Regulating for innovation - FCA (Christopher Woolard) - "How can regulation foster innovation in financial services? And as part of that how can we ensure that we have a regulatory environment fit for future innovation?"

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.

EVENTS

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 22, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 22, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • 2016 Payment Predictions - FRB Atlanta - Take on Payments Blog - "In our 2015 year-end review, we promised we would provide some predictions and expectations for payments in the United States during 2016. Predictions are usually pretty…unpredictable, so by waiting a couple of months to release ours, we're hoping they will end up being more accurate than usual."
  • How Walmart Pay could help the mass merchant compete against Amazon - Mobile Commerce Daily - "By rolling out Walmart Pay, Walmart now has to walk a fine line of engaging mobile customers who’ve come to rely on this convenience while still catering to those less inclined to try out the new payment experience."

ON THE WIRES

  • GSMA and Mobile Operators Launch Initiative to Extend Mobile Money and Mobile Internet to Women Globally - "The GSMA today announced the launch of the Connected Women Commitment Initiative, aimed at reducing the mobile gender gap. Initial commitments by GSMA operator members, with over 75 million mobile internet and mobile money customers, will aim to connect millions more women in low- and middle-income countries by 2020."
  • PayPal Extends Mobile Leadership and Consumer Choice With New Partnerships and Product Innovations - "PayPal announced a collaboration with one of Europe’s largest mobile carriers, Vodafone, where millions of PayPal’s European customers will be able to fund payments on Android smartphones at Visa contactless terminals using the Vodafone Wallet. The service will start in Spain and expand to additional European markets later this year."
  • Visa Extends Secure Payments to the Automotive Industry - “The notion of transforming a car into a platform for payments is not as far off as some may think, and we have made a great deal of progress since first introducing the idea one year ago,” said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships, Visa Inc. “Working with Honda to test these prototypes gets us another step closer toward commercial reality, which we think provides exciting opportunities to everyone who plays a role in the payments and automotive ecosystems.”
  • Visa Checkout Launching Across Europe and India - "Since its introduction in 2014, Visa Checkout has launched in 16 countries, with usage growing to more than 11 million consumer accounts and acceptance by more than 250,000 merchants. In 2016, the service will reach a total of 22 markets around the world, including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States."
  • Visa Brings Secure Payments to the Internet of Things - "The first IoT companies to join the Visa Ready Program will focus on payments for wearables and automobiles. Initial Visa Ready partners include Accenture, Coin, Giesecke & Devrient, Fit Pay, and Samsung, who will work with device manufacturers including Chronos and Pebble, to help embed secure payments in consumer devices and have those devices certified as Visa Ready."
  • Coin Launches Developer Program to Enable Access to MasterCard’s Tokenization Platform and Accelerate Payments in Wearables - “Signing up for the Coin developer program gives wearables manufacturers transparent access to a turnkey solution,” said Kanishk Parashar, CEO and Co-Founder of Coin. “The program makes commerce accessible to device makers as payments on wearables become table stakes. We are confident that our miniaturized and secure payment technology, combined with MasterCard’s tokenization, will benefit our wearables partners with increased engagement of their products.”
  • American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa Purchase Volume Up 7.8% in 2015 - David Robertson, publisher of The Nilson Report, said, “For the third year in a row, the percentage increase for purchase volume on Visa credit cards was better than any other credit or debit card type.”
  • Samsung Pay Continues Global Momentum in 2016 - "In 2016, Samsung Pay will start global expansion beginning with China in March, followed by Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Spain and the U.K. later in the year. Additionally, Canada will be added to the new launch roadmap."
  • Samsung Pay coming to MBNA customers in the UK - Ian O’Doherty, CEO of MBNA, said: “Our customers are looking to MBNA as the credit card experts to deliver handy new ways to pay – ways that offer them convenience, speed and safety. We’re investing in delivering our customers Samsung Pay at the earliest opportunity, showing how we’re helping make life easier for them.”
  • Wincor Nixdorf and Mahindra Comviva Partner to Enable NFC and QR Code Based Transactions at the ATM With Mobiquity® Wallet - "With advent of this new solution, consumers using mobile wallets powered by Mahindra Comviva's mobiquity® Wallet will be able to withdraw cash and top up their mobile wallets at the ATM by simply scanning or presenting a QR code or use their NFC enabled mobile device."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Here's a quick reminder that we have two of our Glenbrook payments education events coming up later this month - both in Palo Alto, California - 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.

EVENTS

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!

January 28, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 28, 2016

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ON THE WIRES

  • Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2016 Results - “We continue to be pleased with our financial performance given the uneven global economy and the ongoing negative effects of the strong U.S. dollar. While we continue to see relatively strong payments volume growth, these factors have meaningfully reduced our cross-border volume and revenue growth. While these headwinds do not appear to be abating in the short-term as we had hoped, the fundamentals of our business remain strong and our long-term growth trajectory remains intact as we navigate through this uncertain environment,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.
  • Credit Karma Now Serves 50 Million Members - "Credit Karma’s 50 million-strong member base accounts for 22 percent of all Americans with a credit profile in the United States, who use the platform to help them manage over $3 trillion in household debt. The company has given away more than one billion free credit scores since launching its product in March 2008, without charging members a penny to use its service."
  • Alliance Data Reports Full-Year 2015 Results - Ed Heffernan, president and chief executive officer of Alliance Data, commented, "It was an exceptional year for Alliance Data as we drove 20 percent growth in both revenue and core EPS despite substantial FX headwinds. Overall, the scorecard for all three segments is largely positive."
  • ID Experts Raises $5 Million in Financing from BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Advantage Fund - "We look at this investment as a strategic partnership with ID Experts," said Tom Hawes, M.D., Managing Director at Sandbox Industries who will join the Board of Directors at ID Experts. "ID Experts is poised for rapid growth with its data breach and identity protection solutions, especially in the healthcare space with its innovative MIDAS™ medical identity monitoring service."

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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!

January 08, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 8, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Bitcoin: How the Isle of Man is leading a cryptocurrency revolution - Independent (UK) - "While some jurisdictions, including the UK, continue to be cautious on cryptocurrencies, this crown dependency in the Irish Sea has set out its stall to become a global leader in the sector. Many are now referring to the Isle of Man as “Bitcoin Island”."
  • PayPal, others buy stolen data from criminals to protect users - San Francisco Chronicle - "A dozen people — including several current and former senior executives at major Silicon Valley mainstays and cybersecurity vendors — detailed to The Chronicle the process and its importance to counterintelligence investigations."

ON THE WIRES

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

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!

December 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 21, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

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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 15, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 15, 2015

On the Web

  • Hip to be Square - Om Malik - "About two years ago I wrote a piece about design is not just pretty websites but instead it is about the entire experience. Square was among the examples I cited. I looked over the S-1, read through the whole thing and it was good to see that even as it [has] become a billion dollar revenue company, the soon to be public SQ hasn’t forgotten that vital lesson."
  • Payments Startup Square Discloses IPO Plans - Wall St. Journal - "Square said sales rose 54% last year to $850.2 million and are on a pace to exceed $1 billion this year."
  • The Crucial New Business Unit Hiding in Square’s IPO Filing - Re/code.net (Jason Del Rey) - "The division, dubbed “software and data products,” consists of a variety of new products that aren’t tied directly to Square’s credit card processing business."
  • Bain Capital, Advent International Reap $4.9 Billion Profit From Worldpay - Wall St. Journal - "Two Boston-based private-equity firms have earned a combined profit of about £3.2 billion ($4.9 billion) in cash and stock from their five-year-old investment in Worldpay Group PLC..."
  • UK Government Highlights Benefits of Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "During her speech in London yesterday about the government's technology drive, Harriet Baldwin MP said the government is working to create the right regime for digital currency businesses..."
  • RBS to pilot product based on blockchain technology in 2016 - ComputerWeekly.com - "RBS would not provide details of the likely service due to the commercial sensitivity of the project, but John Lyons, head of strategy and commercial services for RBS’s payments business suggested it is “on the fringes of payments”"

On the Wires

  • First Data Announces Pricing of its Initial Public Offering - First Data (“First Data”) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 160,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at $16.00 per share. Shares of First Data’s Class A common stock are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 15, 2015 under the symbol “FDC"...
  • FreedomPay Certifies For EMV On First Data For All Card Brands - Ensuring the security of consumer payment data is a top priority for merchants across all industries,” said Chris Kronenthal, Chief Technology Officer of FreedomPay. “Working with leading organizations in lodging, gaming, retail, foodservice, healthcare and higher education to implement PCI best practices including EMV, tokenization and Validated P2PE, FreedomPay is helping merchants secure their payment environment, prevent EMV liability exposure and reduce scope for PCI compliance.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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!

September 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 28, 2015

It's Time to Register! Upcoming Payments Boot Camps

  • Glenbrook's fall season of payments education kicks off in October with two sessions of our Payments Boot Camp - one in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 13-14 and the other in New York City on October 20-21. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is now leading this important payments education curriculum - he'd love to meet you at one of these sessions. Contact Russ directly if you have any questions.

On the Web

  • The eGovernment – ePayment Conundrum - PaymentsViews.com (Erin McCune) - "As we work with governments to build their electronic payment strategies we sometimes need to temper their expectations given this all-too-familiar challenge. There have to be enough digitally delivered government services to warrant digital payment infrastructure, but you also need scalable, robust digital payments to support digital delivery of government services. At Glenbrook we’ve started calling this the “eGovernment-ePayment Conundrum” – and only partly in jest."
  • Banks: Card Breach at Hilton Hotel Properties - Krebs on Security - "Multiple sources in the banking industry say they have traced a pattern of credit card fraud that suggests hackers have compromised point-of-sale registers in gift shops and restaurants at a large number of Hilton Hotel and franchise properties across the United States. Hilton says it is investigating the claims."
  • Interchange Evidence? - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "The very weird survey response on surcharging and discounting makes me wonder about the overall representativeness and reliability of the survey."
  • With Bitcoin's Price Down, VCs Turning to Blockchain Technology - CoinDesk - "The rising interest in use cases for bitcoin's underlying distributed ledger, the blockchain, is influencing the investment strategies of venture capitalists..."

On the Wires

  • Samsung’s Groundbreaking Mobile Payment Service – Samsung Pay – Available Starting Today in the United States - “Samsung Pay works with almost any card terminal from day one and Galaxy owners can shop with a wallet they never knew was always in their hands,” said Injong Rhee, EVP of Samsung Electronics, Global Head of Samsung Pay. “As the leader in innovation, Samsung is proud to introduce the first mobile payment solution that allows you to pay almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card today.” - To participate initially, consumers need to have a participating MasterCard, Visa or American Express card issued by Bank of America, Citi, American Express or U.S. Bank. Samsung Pay also offers merchant credit cards through its relationship with Synchrony Financial...
  • U.S. Bank and Elavon Bring More Mobile Payment Choices to Customers with Samsung Pay - “Being one of the first to offer our cardmembers and merchant customers Samsung Pay is a great example of our focus on our customers,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer at U.S. Bank. “This is an important step in the continuing evolution of payments and consistent with providing our customers the convenience of doing business with us how, when and where they want."
  • Synchrony Financial Takes the Lead in Enabling Private Label Credit Card Benefits for Samsung Pay - “Today’s announcement further highlights Synchrony Financial’s leadership in mobile payments technology,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Through our innovation and strategic partnerships, we are helping shape the future of how private label credit cards work in mobile wallets. We are proud to offer our merchant partners and their customers the value and benefits of our private label credit cards in Samsung Pay’s secure, simple and widely accepted mobile wallet.”
  • First Data Strengthens Digital Wallet Leadership with Support of Samsung Pay - “First Data continues to lead the way in enabling mobile commerce globally,” said Barry McCarthy, Executive Vice President and Head of Network and Security Solutions at First Data. “With the launch of Samsung Pay, we are extending our innovative technology to ensure that, as consumers increasingly move to digital payments, First Data can enable any card in any digital wallet.”
  • ACI Worldwide Helps Define and Drive Industry Standards for Real-Time Payments - "The Scheme Management Board (SMB) of the European Payments Council (EPC) has recently invited ACI’s Barry Kislingbury, lead solution consultant, to participate in the EPC Scheme Technical Forum (ESTF). With the introduction of numerous international real-time, immediate payments initiatives, the focus on the formats used to process such messages has become critical—particularly within Europe."
  • UK Alternative Finance Market for Businesses Projected to Reach £10 Billion by 2020 Says Fiserv Research - Travers Clarke-Walker, Chief Marketing Officer, International Group, Fiserv said, “Our research suggests that improved and user-friendly technology is impelling the growth of alternative finance in the U.K. We have seen the P2B and crowd-funding sectors engaging in a concerted marketing push, which is likely to raise awareness significantly. The buzz around alternative finance for SMEs is giving alternative financers legitimacy and encouraging SMEs to try these alternative funding options.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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September 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 3, 2015

On the Web:

  • Credit-Card Fraudsters Pump Gas Stations for Profit - Wall St. Journal - "The crime wave has been driven by the flood of stolen credit-card data easily accessible online, much of which was swiped in high-profile breaches."
  • Cashback cull: Tesco halves Clubcard points for 2.8m credit card holders - The Telegraph - "Millions of Tesco credit card holders will see their cash earnings halved overnight as a result of new European laws that have forced several high street lenders to withdraw cashback deals."
  • Small Businesses Are Slow to Embrace New Chip-Card System - Wall St. Journal - "Many small businesses aren’t switching, mainly because they don’t know about the shift or don’t see any payoff from the new systems, which are slightly slower."
  • 4 trends in fintech startups - O'Reilly Radar - "It’s hard for incumbents to innovate existing businesses in house, and this is where startups thrive: testing new business models and pushing the limits of technology unencumbered by regulations or corporate baggage. Hackathons and startup competitions are where innovative ideas are tested."

On the Wires:

  • MasterCard Start Path to Build the Future of Commerce with Startups - “Start Path thoughtfully connects the right partners with the right startups to build the future of commerce together,” said Stephane Wyper, Global Lead of MasterCard Start Path. “And now with our global expansion, we will be able to target a broader range of startups and help them achieve success."
  • FLEETCOR Announces New Executive Appointments to its Comdata Business Units - “We’re delighted to welcome Greg and Kurt to the Comdata and FLEETCOR management team,” said Ron Clarke, Chairman and CEO of FLEETCOR. “Each brings successful general management experience to their new roles. We expect these executive additions will help accelerate the implementation of our Comdata growth plans.”

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September 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 1, 2015

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  • Verifone and Aava Mobile Partner to Offer First Intel-Powered, “Pocketable” mPOS Solution - “Aava Mobile’s Inari5 tablet provides a level of durability, memory and processing speed greater than consumer-first mobile devices,” said Michelle Tinsley, Director of Mobility and Secure Payment for Intel’s Retail Solutions Division. “As the first Intel-based mobile handheld payment solution, integrating Aava’s tablet with Verifone’s remarkably flexible terminal yields a powerful enterprise-grade solution in terms of payment acceptance, advanced architecture support, and legacy system compatibility to enable retailers to get the most out of their mPOS investment.”
  • PayPal Study Reveals Adults Globally Owed More Than $51 Billion by Friends and Family - “As we see money going digital and mobile, people need more flexible ways to manage their money. It’s simple – we all want no-fuss ways to pay and get paid back, and avoid awkward IOU conversations,” said Matt Gromada, Director of Consumer Product Marketing at PayPal. “PayPal pioneered sending money digitally 16 years ago, and we are continuing to lead the way with our P2P offerings.”
  • TSYS Signs Payments Agreement with Metro Bank - “Metro Bank has a unique, customer-focused business that looks to reinvent the rules of banking,” said Gaylon Jowers, president of TSYS’ International Services segment. “At TSYS, we are constantly looking to change payments for the future, and working with forward-thinking banks like Metro Bank allows us to remain at the forefront of the U.K. payments market.”

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August 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 28, 2015

On the Web:

  • Bitcoin Technology Piques Interest on Wall St. - New York Times - "Many in the financial industry hope they can find a way to use the blockchain concept — what is often referred to as a distributed ledger — without using the blockchain associated with Bitcoin."
  • Ingenico Said to Join Bidding for U.K. Payments Firm Worldpay - Bloomberg - "Ingenico Group, a French payments-processing company, has joined the race to buy Worldpay Ltd. ahead of a planned initial public offering by the U.K. rival, according to a person familiar with the matter."
  • Payments firm iZettle raises 60 million euro, starts financing service - Reuters - "The firm, a maker of payment card readers for smartphones and tablets, said on Friday that the capital injection was led by previous investors Intel Capital and Zouk Capital. The funds will be used to support the expansion of the new service, called iZettle Advance, and boost growth in iZettle's existing business."

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August 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 12, 2015

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July 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 29, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • 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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Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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July 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 22, 2015

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  • Starbucks Creates First-of-its-Kind Digital News Experience with The New York Times - “This expanded relationship with The New York Times allows us to directly engage our most loyal customers with the latest and most relevant news of the day,” added Kevin Johnson, president and coo of Starbucks. “Through these types of relationships, we are well on our journey to provide our most loyal customers with the opportunity to earn Stars everywhere and redeem them for food and beverages in Starbucks stores.”

  • USAA and Nuance Create Financial Literacy Virtual Assistant to Help Millennials Break Negative Savings Rate - "Savings Coach is one of the first proactive virtual assistants for banking, designed especially to help millennials save money. The app – available to all USAA members – enables users to track when they skip a purchase, like buying a coffee, and moves the money they would have spent on the purchase from their checking account to a savings account. Members are rewarded through points, badges and new levels within the app."

  • Oberthur Technologies and Etisalat Group Sign a New Strategic Partnership on M2M and IoT Services - "Following an intensive evaluation process, Etisalat has selected OT’s M-Sense solution which consists of a rich set of horizontal capabilities for both application enablement and device management. M-Sense allows the secure collection and management of various data from any M2M device over any network and their control in real time."

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July 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 14, 2015

On the Web:

  • Apple Pay Brings Contactless iPhone Payments to U.K. - Bloomberg Business - "The Apple Pay service will be available at 250,000 retail locations in Britain starting Tuesday, the company said in an e-mailed statement."
  • A new east Africa campaign - Economist - "Equitel’s biggest selling-point is a promise to charge a fraction of Safaricom’s fees for money transfers. It is in a strong position, since Equity already banks 10m Kenyans and has branch networks in several countries."
  • HSBC bows out of Apple Pay launch as Barclays vows future support - Apple Insider - "It seems Apple Pay's UK debut didn't go off without a hitch on Tuesday, as HSBC customers are not able to use service despite the bank's status as an official launch partner. In a related development, Barclays did an about face and announced upcoming support for Apple's contactless payment solution."

On the Wires:

  • Green Dot Announces Opening of Wholly-Owned Subsidiary in Shanghai, China - “We believe that the future of financial services belongs to those institutions that are tech-centric in their vision and tech-savvy in how they execute that vision. Green Dot is a financial technology innovator and the opening of our new software development center in China is intended to further power our ability to efficiently create cool products that solve important problems,” said Kuan Archer, Chief Operating Officer of Green Dot Corporation and Executive Director of Green Dot Shanghai.
  • Apriva and Globalcom Bring EMV Solutions to U.S. Unattended Markets - "By integrating Apriva’s Gateway with Globalcom hardware, this partnership brings proven EMV hardware into a wide variety of unattended markets in the U.S., including parking, kiosk, car wash, banking, gaming, airline kiosk, vending, and retail."
  • First Bankcard Introduces New Mobile App, Offering a Convenient Way to Access Credit Card Rewards - “Instantly redeeming rewards while you’re shopping, dining out or enjoying a ball game is just one of many ways our mobile app serves our customers’ needs,” said Mihaela Kobjerowski, vice president, Customer Management and Digital Solutions. “It’s all a part of our commitment to provide our customers the best digital experience while they’re on the go.”
  • 75 Percent of Financial Institutions (FIs) Concerned About Customer Attrition Due to Limited Payment Choices - "The shift in consumer expectations and increased competition from new market entrants are underpinned by the growing importance of the customer and the centrality of enabling an enhanced experience. As such, FIs must invest in their payments capabilities."

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July 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 6, 2015

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  • Visa Europe: 1 billion Visa contactless purchases made in last year - Sandra Alzetta, Executive Director of Core Products at Visa Europe said: “Contactless momentum continues to build as more and more people discover it’s often the quickest and most convenient way to pay for everyday things. Across Europe, usage levels have soared, with more than one billion contactless transactions made by Visa cardholders in the last 12 months alone."
  • Western Union Enhances Mobile Money Transfer Capabilities in Africa - “Western Union continues to grow its reach across Africa, while delivering an exceptional experience across retail and mobile platforms, allowing our customers to conveniently and reliably move money,” said Khalid Fellahi, senior vice president and general manager, Western Union Digital. “Furthermore, Western Union seeks to promote global economic opportunity by bridging gaps in the traditional financial services system, and strives to provide consumers with 24x7 access to Western Union services.”

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June 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 25, 2015

On the Web:

  • The sale of Visa Europe: a potential setback for merchants in the fight against fees - Treasury Insider - "The news that Visa Inc. is in discussions to purchase its former subsidiary Visa Europe in a possible US$20 billion deal certainly falls into this category – and should be a major concern for European merchants."
  • Suspect in $55 Million A.T.M. Scheme Is Extradited to U.S. - New York Times - "Prosecutors said that hackers including Mr. Findikoglu wormed their way into the computer systems of financial institutions that process prepaid debit cards. Next, they said, the hackers significantly raised the withdrawal limits normally set for the cards, which are often used to pay employees or aid disaster victims."
  • Go New Places with PayPal and Uber - PayPal Forward Blog - "PayPal is now available as a payment option to Uber riders in Canada, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden."
  • HDFC’s PayZapp, India’s First Apple Pay Feature, Enters Mobile Payments - MF Monitor - "Being introduced by the largest private bank, PayZapp, on the back of ApplePay, may emerge as a game changer, as it eliminates the various intervening steps required to pass a mobile transaction, following RBI norms of two-factor authentication."
  • Before paying with bitcoins… - Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information Blog - "In fact, the FTC has received hundreds of complaints involving bitcoins and other virtual currencies. The two most common problems? Online merchants who don’t deliver the product on time — or at all — and merchants who give refunds in store credit, rather than currency."

On the Wires:

  • Organization Announcement: American Express - "With that in mind, today I am announcing the realignment of several businesses and reporting lines in a way that leverages the strengths of our executive team to help us build momentum and capitalize on the growth opportunities we have across the company."
  • FICO Sees 25 Percent Jump in Cross-Border Fraud on UK Debit Cards in 2014 - "Criminals are now opting for card-not-present and cross-border fraud," said Martin Warwick, FICO's fraud chief in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "The alarming rise in cross-border fraud demands new technology, such as proximity location services that can identify whether the customer's mobile is in the same place where the transaction is occurring. The UK reduced cross-border card fraud from £230 million in 2008 down to £80 million in 2011. But cross-border fraud has nearly doubled since then, and it's time to get it back under control."
  • The Nilson Report: U.S. Household and Credit Card Debt 2014 - "Total household debt in the U.S. was $13.512 trillion at the end of 2014 and credit cards accounted for 6.52% or $881.57 billion, according to the annual report on credit card debt in the U.S. published by The Nilson Report, the top trade newsletter covering the card and mobile payment industries."
  • Auth0 Raises Series A Led By Bessemer to Take the Pain Out of Identity Security - “It’s now painfully obvious that insecure or incomplete authentication implementations are creating vulnerabilities, jeopardizing customer trust, and hindering enterprise adoption of cloud and mobile services,” observed VeriSign co-founder David Cowan, a partner at BVP. “So Bessemer is thrilled to partner with the best identity team in the world to deliver secure login as a service — as easy to use as Twilio, SendGrid and Stripe.”
  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR now live in the UK - “Launching SEQR in the US and the UK has been a top priority for us at Seamless. By offering a smart, adaptable mobile payment service, we’ve been able to attract some of the biggest operators in the market. Now that we’re starting to work with merchants and consumers, we’re creating the right conditions to be able to establish ourselves as the biggest mobile payments provider in the UK as well, a market with around 60 million potential customers,” says Peter Fredell, CEO of Seamless.

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June 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 23, 2015

On the Web:

  • API-Based Money Mover Currency Cloud Taps Sapphire Ventures And Rakuten For $18M - TechCrunch - "The company’s main technology and product is called Payment Engine, and by way of an API, this sits as the essential engine behind a number of other services such as Azimo, TransferWise and xe.com and many others, over 125 in total, who have built businesses around the idea of moving money internationally."
  • Traxpay Nabs Paypal and Mastercard Exec As Chief Operating Officer - Traxpay Blog - “There are very few experts in the financial technology sector that have the breadth and depth of experience that Jochen Siegert brings,” commented Traxpay’s CEO John Bruggeman. “We share a common vision for where the industry is going, and what the market is expecting in terms of innovation for companies transacting on a global scale."

On the Wires:

  • More U.S. Consumers Bank On The Go, Even on Dates - “This survey tells us what our customers have shown us over the last two years,” said Barry Sommers, CEO of Chase Consumer Banking. “They love the ease of handling their routine banking online, on their phone and at an ATM.” More consumers are using their mobile app (33%) or banking online (35%) than last year while only 16% are stopping by branches more often.
  • TNS Provides Pan-Asian Telecommunications Network for Global Payments - Guido Sacchi, Chief Information Officer at Global Payments, added: “We have had a long-standing relationship with TNS because of their extensive global reach and ability to handle the many different protocols and methods used across the Asia Pacific region. By using TNS, we have achieved a standardised, PCI DSS solution that complies with local regulations in each market, meeting Global Payments’ business requirements and allowing us to maintain a high standard of service to our customers.”

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June 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 10, 2015

On the Web:

  • Fintech Party May Attract Crashers - Wall St. Journal - "When the Financial Stability Oversight Council released its 2015 annual report last month, among the emerging threats to financial stability it called out was the migration of activities out of banking and into innovative new firms."
  • Breach at Winery Card Processor Missing Link - Krebs on Security - "Today, the company responded that it had begun notifying its customers about the incident, and that it was working with law enforcement and the card associations on an investigation."
  • Stripe Now Has An iPhone App For Monitoring Payment Activity - TechCrunch - "The new iPhone app does basically everything its existing online dashboard does, but brings it to an interface more suited for a mobile device. Businesses can also set up notifications for whenever a payment or purchase is made or set up a daily summary."
  • Retailers can bypass £20 limit for Apple Pay transactions in the UK - iMore.com - "With Apple Pay coming to the U.K. in July, payment processing services are considering removing the £20 limit on contactless payments in the country."
  • Millions of Barclays customers will NOT be able to use Apple Pay - Express - "Barclays has its own mobile payment service - Pingit - and has therefore declined to partner with Apple. It means that the bank's 12 million current account customers will not be able to sync their account with Apple Pay to use the service."

On the Wires:

  • Verifone Supports Launch of New Store Rewards Offering within Apple Pay - “Adding loyalty to Apple Pay will open a world of opportunity for a wide range of merchants to engage consumers and grow their businesses,” said Vin D’Agostino, executive vice president of Commerce Enablement, Verifone. “We are proud to support Apple Pay in expanding contactless payments to include loyalty."
  • Global Payments Names Frank T. Young Senior Vice President of Global Product and Innovation - "Young comes to Global Payments having spent his professional career focused on the intersection of innovation, technology and commerce, most recently with Google where he led strategy and partnerships supporting in-store, online and person-to-person payments. Prior to joining Google, he held senior roles at Firethorn, now a division of Qualcomm, MasterCard Advisors and Accenture."

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June 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 9, 2015

On the Web:

  • PayPal’s Dan Schulman aims at millennials' wallets - Fortune - "When PayPal spins off from eBay this summer, its new CEO will be in the thick of the battle to dominate online payments."
  • Apple Pay transactions will be capped at £20, banks admit - BBC - "But banks have told the BBC payments will be capped at £20, similar to existing contactless payments. The limit on contactless debit and credit cards is due to rise to £30 in September."
  • Square Unveils Mobile Wallet-Friendly Credit Card Reader - New York Times - "The new reader, which Square said will be widely available this fall, operates wirelessly for merchants who want to accept contact-less mobile payments. It also accepts so-called EMV enabled credit cards, a technology that includes a chip built into credit cards for added security."
  • Facebook Is Handing Out Free Beacons to Retailers - Re/code.net - "The idea is that beacons — small devices that can send a signal to a person’s smartphone when they get within a certain proximity — can be used to push information and deals to people while they’re in a prime position to make a purchase."
  • Money Isn’t Free, but Moving It Is Now Cheaper - Wall St. Journal - "We are at that transition point in which most of us own checkbooks and wallets as well as smartphones. Now imagine a time when all we have is our mobile device, or a pin-and-chip card and our thumbprint, and every time we want to support our friends, a local business or even foreign revolutionaries, all it costs us is a moment’s consideration."
  • Your bank account: The next thing to go obsolete - CNN Money - "Not only is banking not for everyone, accounts are inaccessible to about half of the world. People are too poor, live too far from a bank or don't have the required documentation. Abra, a new startup, makes banking more accessible while completely cutting out the actual bank."
  • Banking 2025: The Bank of the Future - "Once the number of new users reaches a critical mass, the process of reorganisation is no longer linear and continuous, but advances in bursts and exponentially. This means that, at a certain point in time, the process of system change gains so much momentum that it can hardly be controlled. In view of the inefficiency of the existing banking system as well as the economic superiority of web-based alternatives, it seems that it is only a matter of time before a system change takes place in the banking business."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Amends Rules to Help Airline Industry Reduce Card-Not-Present Fraud - "Visa Inc. announced at a recent meeting of the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC)-sponsored Credit Card Working Group (CCWG) that effective October 2015 it will accept airline-supplied flight manifests as a remedy for fraud payment card chargebacks."
  • Apple Pay Coming to the UK - “Apple Pay has quickly become a big part of millions of users’ everyday shopping routines, providing a simpler, faster and more secure way to pay,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants and many of our users’ favorite apps.”
  • Apple Pay Coming To MasterCard Customers in the U.K. from July - "MasterCard is working with several banks, including: HSBC; MBNA; RBS/Natwest and Santander, to enable users of an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch to use their MasterCard credit, debit or prepaid cards directly through Apple Pay."
  • Apple Pay Coming to Millions of UK Visa Cardholders Beginning in July - Jeremy Nicholds, Executive Director of Mobile at Visa Europe, commented: “Contactless payments are already widely embraced by millions of Visa cardholders across the country every day, so adding the simplicity and convenience of Apple Pay will catapult mobile payments into the mainstream. If people leave the house with one item, it’s their mobile phone – we’ve worked alongside Apple and the various banks involved to give customers a really seamless and exciting new payment experience through Apple Pay, so they have new ways to use their favourite Visa cards on the go and when shopping in the apps they love.”
  • Synchrony Financial Integrates Private Label Credit Cards and Patented Dual Cards with Apple Pay - “Through our ongoing innovation and strategic partnerships, we have developed a mobile platform that we can rapidly integrate across retailers and wallets, continuing to offer our value proposition for Apple Pay users,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Through this approach, Synchrony Financial is helping shape the future of how private label credit cards work when customers choose to make contactless payments.”
  • TSYS Supports Apple Pay in the U.K. - “TSYS’ support of Apple Pay is a landmark opportunity for us and demonstrates our people-centered approach to payments for all parties in the payments ecosystem,” said M. Troy Woods, chairman, president and chief executive officer, TSYS. “Our number one priority is security for the banks and retailers we serve, so their customers can conduct their lives with confidence and convenience. Apple Pay will change the face of the mobile payments industry and our role in the digital marketplace.”
  • First Data to Support Launch of Apple Pay in the UK - “Following the successful launch of Apple Pay in the U.S. last year, First Data is thrilled to support the launch of Apple Pay in the U.K. to help our clients bring their customers added convenience, security and privacy. First Data has established itself as a trusted enabler of mobile payments, and we are proud to help transform the payments landscape for the benefit of our clients,” said Sanjiv Das, Executive Vice President, Head of International Regions, First Data.
  • Walgreens Launches App for Apple Watch to Support Medication Adherence - "Walgreens also announced today the planned integration of Balance Rewards with Apple Pay, coming this fall to stores with the launch of rewards support for Apple Pay. Beginning this fall, Apple Pay will provide immediate access to Balance Rewards without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card. Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem Balance Rewards points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay."
  • Visa Europe: Smart devices on track to replace cash and cards - "According to new research from Visa Europe, consumer adoption of mobile payments will grow faster than ever in the next five years, with six in ten Britons (60%) expecting to use their mobile devices for payments at least once a week by 2020."
  • Apriva, Miura Systems Partner to Deliver Added mPOS Functionality to U.S. Market - “As we’ve seen the U.S. market expand in mobile payments and chip card acceptance begin to take off, we saw a great opportunity to bring the EMV, Contactless and NFC technologies we’ve tested and proven in over 35 global markets to the U.S.,” said Mark Roberts, SVP Sales & Marketing, Miura Systems. “With their vast connections and highly respected products, Apriva provided us with the ideal partner to bring our Chip and PIN ready peripherals to customers in the U.S.”
  • Splunk Cloud Drives Security Monitoring and Threat Detection at Orrstown Bank - "Splunk Cloud gives Orrstown Bank centralized visibility into machine data coming from more than 60 unique data sources across its entire hybrid IT environment that includes on-premises servers, Amazon Web Services servers and Microsoft Azure. With the ability to now analyze this hybrid data together in Splunk Cloud, Orrstown Bank has improved IT operations reliability and can quickly detect anomalous behavior across its performance, application and network data logs."

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May 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 22, 2015

On the Web:

  • Target Settlement With MasterCard Fails to Get Bank Support - AP - "MasterCard Inc. says that not enough issuers approved the deal and that it's still working to resolve the matter."
  • Data Encryption In The Cloud: Square Pegs In Round Holes - Dark Reading - "This is where a line of research I’ve been pursuing, together with a number of fantastic colleagues, comes in. Back in 2009, we flipped the problem around. Forget about square pegs, and change encryption to be a primitive that allows easy specification of the target format — the ciphertexts produced by encryption should come out already formatted in the right “shape.” We called this “format-preserving encryption” (FPE), a name first coined by Terence Spies of HP (formerly Voltage Security)."
  • Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead on the Future of Bitcoin - StrictlyVC - "I think most of Wall Street realizes that the systems that move money are incredibly antiquated and incredibly inefficient. Most of them were designed in the 1950s. The main thing for wiring money – SWIFT – is basically sending messages and it’s very primitive and can be disrupted by Bitcoin very easily, and most banks would like to see that happen."
  • Bitcoin - The Miner's Dilemma - Published by the Swift Institute - "Authored by Ittay Eyal (Cornell University), this paper focuses on Bitcoin mining pools, an essential part of the bitcoin ecosystem. Mining pools enable small miners to operate with a reasonable business risk. However, when these pools grow too big, they pose a great danger to the entire bitcoin system. The research demonstrates, using The Miner’s Dilemma as a variation of The Prisoner’s Dilemma in game theory, that the current unstable state of the Bitcoin ecosystem can be rectified using a technique called pool block withholding, which in time would make the large public pools unprofitable and therefore encourage miner’s to gravitate to smaller private pools which are more stable. This evolution to smaller pools would stabilise the overall Bitcoin ecosystem."

On the Wires:

  • UK Payments Council: Cash overtaken by ‘non-cash’ payments in 2014 - "Figures published today (21 May) show that the total number of cash payments made by consumers, businesses and financial organisations in the UK fell to 48% last year (from 52% in 2013). This is the first time that ‘non-cash’ payments have exceeded those made with cash, reflecting the steady trend to use automated payment methods and debit cards rather than pay by notes and coins. However, cash remains the most popular payment method by volume, followed by the debit card, which accounted for 24% of all payments last year."
  • High Credit Card Fees Put a Dent in Car Tune-ups for Memorial Day Trips - "In the U.S. swipe fees– the fees that merchants pay every time a customer uses a debit or credit card – are higher than in any other country. These fees are merchants’ fastest-growing cost and their second-highest operating expense – only labor is more. Banks and credit card companies are price-fixing swipe fees and marking them up to make huge profits."

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On the Wires:

  • 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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