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July 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 31, 2015

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  • Visa Inc. Appoints Eduardo Coello to Leadership Role for the Latin America and Caribbean Region - “I couldn’t be more pleased to see Eduardo Coello continue to lead Visa’s growth for LAC,” said Eduardo Eraña, current Group Executive for Visa Inc. LAC. “With his deep knowledge of the region, strong client relationships, proven industry expertise, and passion for innovation, he is the right leader to grow the business and further extend Visa’s leadership position.”
  • Heartland Introduces Heartland Out-of-Scope Solution for pcAmerica’s POS Merchants - "The Heartland Secure out-of-scope solution streamlines the POS provider’s path to Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) acceptance by taking the POS system completely out of the payment authorization process, which means no cardholder data is ever sent to the POS system."
  • Springboard Retail and Heartland Partner to Deliver Integrated Retail Solutions for Small Businesses - “Springboard Retail, designed by retailers, helps retailers drive sales, improve efficiency, and lower operating costs to be competitive in today's omni-channel retail world,” says Springboard Retail co-founder and CEO, Gordon Russell. “Springboard's simple and transparent pricing aligns well with Heartland's approach and Springboard Retail is pleased to endorse the Merchant Bill of Rights. By partnering with Heartland, Springboard Retail furthers our mission of helping our retailers grow and prosper now and into the future.”
  • Discover Card Offers a Good Grades Reward Program - "New student cardmembers who apply after July 23, 2015 will be rewarded with $20 in Cashback Bonus® if their grade point average is 3.0 (or equivalent) or higher each year they are enrolled in school, for the first five years from the account opening."

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July 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 13, 2015

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  • Your Community App Powered by U.S. Bank Launches - “We are continually looking for new and innovative ways to connect with our customers through their mobile devices,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer for U.S. Bank. “Your Community also allows our business clients to make offers available to individuals near the merchants’ locations. We encourage everybody to download the app and check out all the offers and helpful financial tips.”

  • NCR Small Business Launches NCR Silver Concierge Program, Continues Transition to an Added-Value Services Provider - “Small businesses have great technology at their disposal but often don’t have the luxury of spending time maximizing its potential or making sure elements such as menus are up to date,” said Chris Poelma, president, general manager of NCR Small Business. “We have launched NCR Silver Concierge with the goal of helping merchants maximize their time and technology spend in a way that delivers a quick return on investment, simplifies their businesses, and helps them make better business decisions.”

  • Synchrony Financial and Newegg Introduce Two New Consumer and Business Financing Programs - “We’re excited to work with a company that shares our passion for delivering excellent customer service and a comprehensive shopping experience,” said Glenn Marino, executive vice president and CEO, Payment Solutions, Synchrony Financial. “Offering financing options to individual and business consumers will enhance that experience, providing more purchasing power and flexibility to help them get the products they want and need.”

  • legeus Technologies Introduces Innovative Card-Based Reimbursement Method for Consumer Directed Healthcare Claims - "With card-based reimbursement, consumers receive their reimbursed dollars directly onto their benefit debit cards. The reimbursed funds are credited to a special ‘purse,’ linked to consumers’ existing cards. This reimbursement purse is designed to be completely unrestricted, allowing consumers to use their card to spend their reimbursed dollars anywhere, for anything."

  • Payment Alliance International Offers CardFlight EMV Mobile POS - "The multi-faceted co-branded solution provides encrypted EMV-ready mobile card readers that attach to iOS and Android devices via audio jack, payment acceptance applications, a real-time reporting and administrative dashboard, and a reseller portal for easy on-boarding and portfolio management. Transactions will be processed by PAI through CardFlight’s Payment Card Industry (PCI) Level 1 compliant payment gateway."

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July 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 7, 2015

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  • Elavon Partners with Emdeon to Launch Transend Pay That Speeds Up Healthcare Insurance Payments - "With Transend Pay, claim payments from participating insurance payers are deposited automatically into a hospital or healthcare provider’s bank account on file with Elavon and are reported on bank statements and MerchantConnect.com, Elavon’s online customer reporting tool. Because Emdeon serves as the clearinghouse for the paying insurance companies, protected health information remains secure via this new processing platform."
  • TSYS Extends Relationship with U.S. Bank - "TSYS announced today that it has signed a long-term renewal with U.S. Bank. As part of the agreement, TSYS will continue to support the bank’s commercial card payment services in the United States, Europe and Canada, and will also support their acquiring business."
  • Payment Alliance International Adds Digital Fundraising Capabilities to ATMs - “Adding the Digital Donations technology to ATMs is a game changer for everyone involved,” stated John J. Leehy III, president and chief executive officer for PAI. “There are so many worthy causes that deserve our support. Now retailers and ATM operators have an efficient way to get involved and really do some good,” added Leehy.

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April 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 20, 2015

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  • The Year Of Mobile Payments - TechCrunch - "Expectations have changed. The proliferation of mobile money services shows that people – even the unbanked – demand better than the lengthy queues, cumbersome processes, and high fees offered by the incumbent international money transfer “super racket.”"
  • ICICI Bank launches ‘Tap n Pay’, a contactless payment service in arrangement with Tech Mahindra - Telecom Tiger - "‘Tap n Pay’ is a prepaid account, which can be availed by customers of any bank by simply registering for it and transferring money online from any bank account. ICICI Bank customers can also transfer money to the Tap-n-Pay account through an SMS. To start with, this solution is being offered at large campuses of corporate offices."
  • Samsung SDS enters biometric security business - Korea Times - "This system will be applied to all devices that need to receive user authorization such as smartphones, vehicles, IoT-based devices, door locks, smart homes, shopping, transaction and financial products," Kim said. "All corporate clients in those areas are our potential customers."
  • Westpac boss sees NZ as innovation lab - New Zealand Herald - "Westpac Group chief executive Brian Hartzer has embarked on a mission to transform the bank into a world-leading service company, with the Kiwi operations playing a Trojan horse role when it comes to innovations."
  • New Law to Strip Social Security Numbers From Medicare Cards - New York Times - “The Social Security number is the key to identity theft, and thieves are having a field day with seniors’ Medicare cards,” said Representative Sam Johnson, Republican of Texas...

On the Wires:

  • Verifone selects Thales to protect card holder data - "Thales, leader in critical information systems and cybersecurity, announces that Verifone now uses Thales nShield hardware security modules (HSMs) for its end-to-end payment encryption solution – VeriShield Total Protect – to provide robust, high speed, scalable crypto to protect card holder data, whether transmitted from a card or mobile device, right from the moment of capture."
  • GlobeOne Announces LOI with MetaBank to Bring New Mobile Banking Network to United States - "GlobeOne expects to launch in the United States and Mexico in the fourth quarter of 2015, and it will expand its integrated global network as new banking partners are secured around the world. GlobeOne’s innovative app will offer a no-minimum demand deposit account with debit card, a security savings account, a line of credit, domestic and international transfers between GlobeOne members, and access to the global income-building SocialBoost program, which gives members the opportunity to earn a new income stream while helping those who need it most."
  • WEX Virtual Payments Expands Currency Offering in Europe - Myles Stephenson, managing director of WEX Europe said, “We’ve listened to our customers’ needs and business challenges, and implemented a solution that provides even more cost-effective ways to make international payments. This update enables WEX Europe customers to pay their global suppliers in local currencies more efficiently.”
  • Entrust Datacard Enters Strategic Partnership with Financial Software and Systems (FSS) - Commenting on the partnership, Nagaraj Mylandla, managing director of FSS, said, “FSS has always been on the forefront of bringing new technologies to the payments domain in India. Today, banks in India are focusing on new technologies to build a deeper engagement with their customers. The hosted instant card issuance solution that we are introducing through our partnership with Entrust Datacard is one such technology that will assist banks in India to achieve service excellence.”
  • EastPay Launches Subsidiary, EastPay Advisory Services - "EastPay, a Regional Payments Association, has announced the formation of EastPay Advisory Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary that will provide payments risk management, compliance, and consulting services to financial institutions and businesses."

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April 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 6, 2015

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  • 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."

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  • 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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February 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 27, 2015

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  • Visa to Acquire TrialPay - "As a payments technology partner to merchants globally, Visa will integrate TrialPay into its product portfolio as a simple, cost-effective way to help merchants acquire customers, drive traffic, and increase sales by reaching Visa cardholders with targeted offers."
  • CaixaBank develops new biometrics-based financial services - "CaixaBank launches the first application in Europe to support online banking transactions using voice commands. This represents the bank’s first service to explore the possibilities offered by biometrics to enhance customer interaction with banking channels."
  • American Express Adds New Benefits to Premier Rewards Gold Card - “We’re making one of our most popular cards even better. This latest investment for our Premier Rewards Gold Card Members is designed to deepen our relationship by providing more value in the areas they spend most -- from everyday spending on things like gas and groceries, to dining and larger travel purchases,” said Lisa Durocher, SVP, Consumer Charge Cards & Benefits at American Express.

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February 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 23, 2015

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  • 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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January 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 19, 2015

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  • Wirecard’s Smart Band: A mobile wallet you wear around your wrist - GigaOm - "As with other the universal credit card concepts like LoopPay, Coin and Plastc; Wirecard lets you load a credit or debit card’s credentials into its device and use it to pay for goods in place of a plastic card. But instead of just emulating the digits on your card for a magnetic stripe reader, the Smart Band uses a new secure payments technology backed by Google, MasterCard and Visa called Host Card Emulation (HCE)."
  • Are you a Tier 1 or a Tier 2 token requestor? (It matters) - SimplyTapp Blog - "With all the talk about Token Service Providers and token requesting, I felt it was worth describing a bit more about the role of a "Token Requestor"."
  • BBA, Payments Council Respond to UK 'Call for Information' on Digital Currencies - CoinDesk - "The BBA, the leading group representing the UK's biggest banks, has issued a response to the government's 'Call for Information' on digital currencies."
  • How Was Your Credit Card Stolen? - Krebs on Security - "But it occurred to me recently that I’ve never published a primer on the types of card fraud and the likelihood with each of the cardholder ever learning how their account was compromised. This post is an effort to remedy that."

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January 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 8, 2015

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  • EMVCo to Manage Next Generation of 3D-Secure Specification - "The enhanced specification will support additional data available during the transaction that will enable more intelligent risk-based decisioning. It will also offer a more seamless consumer experience and reduces reliance on the cardholder to authenticate themselves via a password prompt, better integrating with a merchant’s offering and brand. The specification will also be enriched to support non-payment user identification and verification, as well as country-specific and regulatory requirements regarding cardholder authentication in the card-not-present environment."
  • China Jo-Jo Drugstores Signed Strategic Service Agreement with Alipay to Provide Online Payment Service to its Customers - Mr. Lei Liu, Chairman and CEO of China Jo-Jo, stated, "Our cooperation with Alipay gives us a great opportunity to get access to Alipay's 300 million registered users who, like most Chinese consumers, are seeking more convenient pharmacy shopping experiences. In addition to maintaining our traditional customer base, we hope to attract more young, affluent, and tech-savvy consumers by answering to their needs for pharmaceutical and healthcare products."
  • Shift4 Delivers EMV Functionality Layered with Tokenization and Encryption to Prevent Breaches - Shift4 CEO Dave Oder said, "It is vital for merchants to adopt real card data security measures in addition to the highly publicized stopgap that is EMV. Security Beyond Compliance® is our mantra, and that's exactly what Shift4 delivers to our customers."
  • Fujitsu to Exhibit Integrated Retail Currency Handling and PalmSecure Biometric Solutions at the National Retail Federation Annual Event in New York - “With the increasing number of physical and cyber-attacks as well as the exposure of cash to external theft and internal shrinkage, we believe the concepts demonstrated in our booth will resonate with most retailers,” says Randy Fox, vice president, currency handling and identity product solutions, Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. “The unique application of biometrics as a method for positive logical and physical access control will be more commonplace at POS and in back-office cash handling locations.”

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November 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 17, 2014

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  • Apple Adds UnionPay Payment Option for App Store Customers in China - “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.”
  • Blockstream closes $21M seed round - "I’m excited to announce today Blockstream closed a $21 million seed round. Our nearly 40 investors include many well-known pioneers of the Internet and financial services sectors."
  • Scripps Networks Interactive and Hearst Magazines Create Original Cross-Platform Content Partnership to Support the Launch of the Citi® Double Cash Card - "Citi, Scripps Networks Interactive and Hearst Magazines today announced a cross-platform marketing relationship that presents seasonal cooking, entertaining and gifting ideas across Food Network and HGTV digital and magazine properties to support the launch of the Citi Double Cash Card."
  • MoneyPass Network Partners with MasterCard on U.S. Common Debit AID Solution - “Our collaboration with MasterCard will enable the MoneyPass Network to process chip-based ATM transactions on MasterCard Debit cards,” said Troy Cullen, President of Elan Financial Services. “We are confident the agreement we have reached with MasterCard will further expand EMV adoption goals within the United States."
  • Dollar General Now Accepting American Express - “We strive to provide our customers with a simple and hassle-free shopping experience,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief operating officer. “The acceptance of the American Express card makes shopping even easier by offering additional flexibility in customers’ payment choices and is consistent with many of our new initiatives, including DG Digital Coupons, which are all aimed at making it easy to save time and save money at Dollar General.”

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November 04, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 4, 2014

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September 23, 2014

PayPal Adds Bitcoin Support via BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin

PayPal new 140pxIn a blog post this morning, PayPal's Scott Ellison, Senior Director Corporate Strategy, announced that PayPal "has entered into agreements with leading Bitcoin payment processors BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin. Starting today, these agreements let PayPal digital goods merchants accept Bitcoin with a simple integration through the PayPal Payments Hub. This will be available to merchants in North America first."

To be clear, today’s news does not mean that PayPal has added Bitcoin as a currency in our digital wallet or that Bitcoin payments will be processed on our secure payments platform. PayPal has always embraced innovation, but always in ways that make payments safer and more reliable for our customers. Our approach to Bitcoin is no different. That’s why we’re proceeding gradually, supporting Bitcoin in some ways today and holding off on other ways until we see how things develop."

Ellison went on to note: "PayPal also needs to follow the laws and regulations in every market we operate. For this reason, virtual currency exchangers and administrators interested in working with PayPal in the future must secure the appropriate licenses and put anti-money laundering procedures in place."

August 12, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 12, 2014

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  • Back to Square One - Fast Company (Austin Carr) - "There's need for the urgency. Square's Reader and Register products are no longer unique; a slew of upstarts and big rivals such as PayPal, NCR, and VeriFone now offer their own equivalent iPad systems, which threaten to eat away at Square's merchant share and payments business."
  • Reviewed: Xapo’s Bitcoin Debit Card - CoinDesk - "Upon debut, CoinDesk finds that the Xapo Debit Card has potential to be a useful bitcoin spending tool, but there are a few hiccups it must overcome first."
  • Shift Is Developing A Debit Card That Lets You Spend Digital Currency, Loyalty Points And Regular Money - TechCrunch - "In the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in the world, 100 people are testing out a debit card that lets them pay with bitcoin and Ripple, and, in the future, regular money and loyalty points."
  • Partnering with Clover & First Data - GoodLabs Blog - "With such massive scale, we were obviously thrilled to launch our first in-store integration on their Clover platform, and we can’t say enough awesome things about partnering with them."
  • First Data: Gyft Deal Will Help Us Evaluate Bitcoin - CoinDesk - "...though the focus of the acquisition was Gyft’s mobile gift card platform, the company intends to take advantage of Gyft’s position in the bitcoin space to further its knowledge of emerging payment methods."
  • Black Hat 2014: A New Smartcard Hack - IEEE Spectrum - "The U.S. scheme is a mixture, with some banks issuing chip-and-PIN cards and others going down the signature route. We may therefore be about to see a large natural experiment as to whether it is better to authenticate transactions with a signature or a PIN."
  • Improving Mobile Security with Biometrics - Portals and Rails Blog - "No matter what biometric authentication methodology a system uses, the most important step is validating each customer's biometrics upon enrollment in the program."
  • New York Prosecutors Charge Payday Loan Firms With Usury - New York Times - "Beneath the dizzying corporate structure, prosecutors said, was a simple goal: make expensive loans even in states that outlawed them."

On the Wires:

  • FleetCor Agrees to Acquire Comdata for $3.45 Billion - "As an issuer and a processor, Comdata provides fleet, virtual card, and gift card solutions to over 20,000 customers. It has approximately 1,300 employees and enables over $54 billion in payments annually."
  • Square Announces New Accounting and Inventory Integrations for Canadian Businesses - "Square's partner platform connects Square sellers with new applications that complement Square's register service. Continuing to build upon Square's powerful, affordable and accessible business solutions, the QuickBooks Online, Xero and Stitch Labs integrations are designed to simplify operations for businesses throughout Canada."
  • Digital River Expands Its Brazil Payments Offerings for Online Merchants - “Brazil is the fourth largest payment card market in the world,” said Souheil Badran, senior vice president and general manager of Digital River World Payments. “A number of our clients view Brazil as a strategic growth opportunity. We can help them navigate this highly complex market for cross border commerce, improve their authorization and conversion rates, and control overhead costs and risks associated with managing their own local entities.”
  • TSYS Enables Secure Commerce with Tokenization - "The proliferation of “card-on-file” models, both remote and proximity, has created an industry need to produce and use tokens including: card-on-file at a merchant’s cart, digital wallets, QR and Bar codes, NFC and chip."
  • CFPB Warns Consumers About Bitcoin - "“Virtual currencies may have potential benefits, but consumers need to be cautious and they need to be asking the right questions,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Virtual currencies are not backed by any government or central bank, and at this point consumers are stepping into the Wild West when they engage in the market.”
  • Fiserv White Paper Outlines the Unique Mobile Banking Needs of Business Customers - “With more businesses using digital banking services, there is a focus on providing specialized mobile banking capabilities which cater to the needs of this attractive market segment,” said Teri Carstensen, division president, Bank Solutions, Fiserv.
  • American Express unveils The Centurion(SM) Lounge in New York LaGuardia Airport - “New York might be the city that never sleeps, but our Card Members can now find an oasis at LaGuardia Airport to relax and refresh when they’re traveling into and out of the city,” said Lisa Durocher, Senior Vice President, Consumer Charge Cards & Benefits at American Express. “As our third Centurion Lounge, opening the LaGuardia Airport location marks a huge milestone for us, and brings us closer to our goal of creating a better airport experience for our Card Members.”
  • Commerce Bank Introduces the USA Triathlon Visa® Rewards Credit Card - “We are excited to enter into a relationship with USA Triathlon and to offer their members a customized credit card as way to show their support for the organization and enthusiasm for one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Olympic movement,” said Chad Doza, Senior Vice President of Consumer Credit Card.

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April 07, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 7, 2014

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March 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 13, 2014

On the Web:

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

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March 12, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 12, 2014

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February 04, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 4, 2014

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

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February 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 3, 2014

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

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January 16, 2014

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January 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 3, 2014

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  • Bitcoin is messy. Let’s fix it. - Startup Management - "A Bitcoin-supported money system is going to happen. There is no question about it. It is unstoppable."
  • Bitcoin Is an Expensive Way to Pay for Stuff - Bloomberg Opinion (Matt Levine) - "The claim that Bitcoin could one day provide a low-transaction-cost alternative (or currently provides an anonymous or accessible alternative) to the U.S. dollar payments system is separate from the claim that Bitcoin is currently a cheaper, or free, payments alternative."
  • India May Relax E-Commerce Rules, Opening The Door Further For Amazon And Other Global Giants - TechCrunch - "As India prepares to reconsider the ban on foreign investments in the country’s e-commerce sector, two of the world’s biggest e-commerce companies — Amazon and eBay — are anxiously hoping to conquer what they refer to as their last frontier."
  • Target card breach and what to do: Our view - USA Today Editorial - "The best thing that could happen is if this latest megabreach forced the industry and Congress to fix some of the system's most troubling vulnerabilities."
  • Bitcoin Is Good - Re/code (Fred Ehrsam) - "Approaching bitcoin as a currency or store of value is focusing on a single and secondary application of the bitcoin network (analogous to analyzing a single feature built on top of the Internet, like email)."
  • Who Needs Bitcoin? Venezuela Has Its 'Sucre' - Wall St. Journal - "Where the pseudonymous Mr. Nakamoto is credited with creating bitcoin, the late Venezuelan president created the sucre, a virtual currency designed to dethrone the dollar as the main trading currency used with his country's regional trading partners: Ecuador, Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua."
  • U.S. Bank updates app with photo balance transfer, keyword search - Mobile Commerce Daily - "Improving and expanding photo banking and other mobile banking options are among strategies U.S. Bank is leveraging to give it a competitive advantage with younger consumer, who are increasingly banking online."

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January 02, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 2, 2014

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December 16, 2013

Perkins Coie Launches The Virtual Currency Report

Perkins Coie has announced the launch of The Virtual Currency Report, a new blog focused on the law and regulation of Bitcoin and other digital currencies. This new blog provides news and analysis on legal developments relating to Bitcoin and other decentralized digital currencies, math-based currencies and decentralized ledgers.

The Virtual Currency Report team, led by Dax Hansen, consists of attorneys with diverse backgrounds who form Perkins Coie’s Decentralized Virtual Currencies industry practice group. Team members include attorneys: Eric Barber, Jean-Jacques (J) Cabou, Joseph Cutler, Jacob Farber, Judy Jennison, Hillary Levun, Keith Miller, and Lowell Ness.

Perkins Coie’s Decentralized Virtual Currencies industry practice provides regulatory investigations and compliance counseling, litigation support, consumer protection counseling, and business transaction assistance, regarding a range of Bitcoin and digital currency systems, services and products. The firm’s clients include virtual currency exchanges, payment processors, investors and industry associations. Firm attorneys counsel virtual currency clients with respect to various regulatory issues, including compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act, state money transmitter laws and securities and commodities laws and regulations.

November 18, 2013

Beyond Silk Road: Potential Risks, Threats, and Promises of Virtual Currencies

The US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is holding a hearing this afternoon in Washington titled "Beyond Silk Road: Potential Risks, Threats, and Promises of Virtual Currencies".

Witnesses testifying include representatives from regulatory agencies, the Secret Service and the Department of Justice, public interest groups, the Bitcoin Foundation and others. Copies of their prepared testimony should be posted on the web site before the hearing - which begins at 3 PM Eastern this afternoon.

Tomorrow, the US Senate House Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committee is holding a hearing on "The Present and Future Impact of Virtual Currency." Witnesses at tomorrow's hearing include: Ms. Jennifer Shasky Calvery, Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; and Mr. David Cotney, Commissioner of Banks, Massachusetts Division of Banks, Mr. Anthony Gallippi, Co-founder and CEO, BitPay, Incorporated; Mr. Chris Larsen, Founder and CEO, Ripple Labs; Ms. Sarah Jane Hughes, University Scholar and Fellow in Commercial Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; and Mr. Paul Smocer, BITS President, Financial Services Roundtable.

November 05, 2013

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  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
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October 11, 2013

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September 27, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 27, 2013

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  • Join us for our new series of Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps coming this October - 8th/9th in the San Francisco Bay Area and 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg and Erin McCune will be at Money2020 in Las Vegas October 6-10 - please reach out to them directly to catch up in person or set up a briefing at the conference. Erin will be moderating an Invoicing, Billing & Collections panel with Bill.com CEO Rene Lacerte, Billtrust CEO Flint Lane and Billhighway Chairman Vince Thomas.
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer".
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
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September 17, 2013

Virtual Currencies: Are They the Future of Payments?

FWSFOn October 17, the Financial Women of San Francisco are holding a session in their Industry Leadership Series on "Virtual Currencies: Are They the Future of Payments?" in downtown San Francisco.

Glenbrook's Erin McCune will be joined on the panel with Brian Armstrong of Coinbase, Chris Larsen of OpenCoin, and Ben Milne of Dwolla. The panel will be moderated by Bill Haraf, Managing director at Promontory Financial. Click here for more details.

August 27, 2013

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July 15, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 15, 2013

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  • Remember Citigroup - Simon Johnson - "On Thursday of last week, four senators unveiled the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act. The pushback from people representing the megabanks was immediate but also completely lame…"
  • New E-Commerce Strategies Threaten UPS, FedEx - Reuters - "Major U.S. retailers are experimenting with new e-commerce strategies that could dent demand for package delivery services…"
  • The Internet Archive Rescues Bitcoiners From Banking Oblivion - Wired.com - "…when Hockenhull needed somewhere to turn, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle gave him the means to keep his company alive. Since then, the IAFCU has taken on a half-dozen Bitcoin businesses, such as BitBox, giving them a critical link to the U.S. financial system."
  • News and Notes from the 2013 CNP Expo - "The first edition is a highlight package featuring some of the most noted executives in the card-not-present space…"
  • The 6 weirdest alternative currency stories ever - CoinDesk - "The world of alternative currencies brings with it a host of scammers, stealers and black market sellers. They bring a bad name to decentralized systems like bitcoin."

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July 03, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 3, 2013

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