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Alibaba takes a 25% stake in Indian online payments provider Paytm; FirstPost

Ant Financial Services Group has just announced its first investment in an Indian company by picking up 25% stake in One97. Ant Financial includes Alipay, the payment platform of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which was spun off in 2004.  (Read More)


Bitnet Partnership Opens Up 260 Airlines to Bitcoin Payments; CoinDesk

Universal Air Travel Plan (UATP), a payment network owned by major international airlines such as American Airways, British Airways and Lufthansa, has partnered with bitcoin payment processor Bitnet.  (Read More)


Cashless ecosystem: National Payment Corporation building platform for payment mechanisms; The Economic Times

BENGALURU: Apple Pay may not be launching in India any time soon, but India is planning a major push to unify different payment mechanisms to create a cashless ecosystem in the country. The National Payment Corporation of India, an organisation for all retail payments supported by India's largest banks, is building a single interface platform for all transactions.   (Read More)


BitBeat: Kenya’s BitPesa Raises $1.1 Million, Expands Operations; MoneyBeat

BitPesa, the Nairobi-based startup that’s taken aim at the global remittance business, announced that it’s raised $1.1 million in a second round of funding led by San Francisco-based Pantera Capital. Dan Morehead, Pantera’s CEO and founder, joined the startup’s board of directors.   (Read More)

Block Chain 2.0: The Renaissance of Money; WIRED

From 2008 to date, no other technology has been the subject of such fervent debate. Irrespective of your opinion, the rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies cannot be ignored. Today, there are a number of billion dollar businesses that accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. These include Dell, Reddit, Expedia, PayPal, and most recently, Microsoft. So for the uninitiated who have not yet grasped what Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are, you ought to catch up. This is not something that should be ignored and there is a vast array of resources that explain the concept. In this post I’ll try to make sense of the Block Chain Protocol and the emerging ecosystem that is growing on it.    (Read More)

Much more than digital cash; The Economist

BITCOIN may well be the world’s worst-performing currency. In 2014 it lost more than half of its value against the dollar, beating even Ukraine’s hryvnia and the Russian rouble. But measured by the number of new books it has inspired, bitcoin is top of the pile. Nearly 200 titles about the crypto-currency came out last year, according to Amazon. Another dozen will hit the shelves in the coming months.  (Read More)

Academic Research on Bitcoin Tripled in 2014; CoinDesk

Academia is increasingly focusing on bitcoin, and hundreds of papers on the subject have now been published, according to research by author and alternative finance commentator Brett Scott.  (Read More) 

Australian Regulator: Bitcoin is Not a Financial Product; CoinDesk

Digital currencies are not a financial product and operators do not need licenses to trade or hold them, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has said.     (Read More)

Money20/20 insights and reflections; The Green Sheet

Money20/20 2014 turned out to be a great place to hear what's new in payments around the globe, as well as to gather views and perspectives from industry executives and innovators.   (Read More)

PayPal is the biggest threat to British banks; paymenteye

The threat to UK lenders by challenger banks like Metro Bank and Virgin Money pales in comparison to that posed by PayPal, according to new research.  (Read More)

Though Under a Cloud of Doubts, Bitcoin Marches Past 100,000 Mark in Daily Transactions; Digital Transactions

While governments and established payments networks around the world reckon with Bitcoin, the upstart digital currency has itself had to reckon this year with volatility that has seen its price plunge about 50% since its $700-plus January high.  (Read More     

Orange County, CA’s FIRST 2-way Bitcoin ATM machine; Press Release

ezCoinAccess is launching Orange County’s first Bitcoin ATM, by ZenBox, on December 13th at the newly constructed Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). The ATM will be located at the Mission Market Express, which is in the Grand Foyer of the new train station.  (Read More)

Earthport, the largest open network for global bank payments to offer real-time international payments capability using Ripple: Press Release

Earthport and Ripple Labs today announced a global partnership which will see the two companies use their combined expertise and technology to offer real-time cross-border bank payments. Earthport’s new offering will integrate the Ripple protocol alongside its payments network and platform, bringing a wider choice to financial institutions, in particular to optimize their liquidity management and minimize the need to pre-fund a payment account while executing cross-border transactions.  (Read More)

Virgin Money agrees strategic partnership with Monitise; Press Release

Virgin Money has announced a seven-year agreement with Monitise to help develop elements of the bank’s future digital banking services and to provide its customers with innovative mobile solutions.  (Read More)

How HelloBit Plans to Become the Uber for Global Remittance; CoinDesk

Remittance, the ability to send cross-border payments from one party to another, has emerged as a major use case for bitcoin, and a number of companies are already seeking to build global remittance platforms using the digital currency.  (Read More)   

Wearable Banking: Are you ready? The Juniper Research Blog

Over the past 12 months, banking vendors have been working towards integrating a new channel to their offerings: smart wearable devices. As we approach 2015, wearable banking and payments via smart watches and smart glasses, are going to be a key trend over the next 12-24 months.      (Read More)

Braintree, DocuSign and Etoro Talk Bitcoin at Web Summit 2014; CoinDesk

Bitcoin may not have been high on the agenda of Web Summit 2014, but a number of companies expressed an interest in the subject and even announced imminent involvement with digital currency.    (Read More)

Stripe CEO: Global Payments Are Just Getting Started; Forbes

Stripe co-founder and CEO Patrick Collison has had a lot of high-profile wins in the past few months. His three-year-old payments company is powering the “buy” button on Twitter, it’s behind a similar “buy” button on Facebook, and it’s the backbone of a majority of apps using Apple Pay.     (Read More)     

IMF and World Bank Panel: Bitcoin Block Chain Could Boost Financial Inclusion; Coin Desk

This weekend private and public sector delegates convened for a panel discussion about technology’s role in achieving greater global financial inclusion as part of a four-part seminar series at the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group in Washington, DC.   (Read More)

Alipay to U.S. Retailers: Let Us Be Your One-Stop Shop for Selling Into China; re/code

Alipay, China’s popular online payments service, wants a piece of the U.S. e-commerce market and is using its close ties with Alibaba to pitch itself as the ideal conduit between American retailers and Chinese shoppers. With the unveiling of a service called Alipay ePass, the company says it wants to help these retailers market goods to Chinese shoppers, accept payments from them, and get orders into their hands quicker.   (Read More)

Visa announces secure “token” service for mobile payments alongside Apple launch; paymenteye

Visa’s launch of Visa Token Service neatly coincided with the launch of the iPhone 6, and the new system will also work with Apple’s newly announced Apple Pay system.  (Read More)    

MasterCard launches MDES token platform for mobile payments NFC World

MasterCard has announced US availability of a token platform that enables card issuers to store tokenized versions of their customers’ card details on Apple’s new NFC devices as well as NFC phones and tablets from a range of other manufacturers. Visa has also launched a token platform today.  (Read More)

The secrets behind the success of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant heading for a $24bn IPO; TheDrum

Welcome to a regular new monthly look at marketing insights and breaking stories in Asia – everything from A to Z – from Alibaba to Xian, Yangon and Zhengzhou. In a series of posts, we’ll introduce you to this fascinating market where traditional marketing othodoxy meets the speed and scale of Asian opportunity.  (Read More) 

Paypal Announces One Million Accounts In South Africa; payments afrika

PayPal, a leading global payments company,  announced that four years after a landmark deal with First National Bank made it possible for people and businesses in South Africa to make and accept PayPal payments, more than one million accounts have now been opened.  (Read More)

Amadeus gets China boost with UnionPay deal; TravelDaily Asia

Amadeus has signed an agreement with Chinese cross-border payment service provider, UnionPay International, to integrate UnionPay debit and credit cards into the Amadeus Payment Platform (APP).  (Read More

PayPal reconsiders online gambling, enters talks to process payments for NJ virtual casinos; pandodaily 

PayPal has been in the news of late for its possible spinout from Ebay and its ongoing search for a new CEO, but there’s another largely overlooked storyline that could have an equally big impact on its future. According to reports from across the casino world, PayPal is considering (re)entering the online gambling market and could be in line for a contract to process payments on behalf of the state of New Jersey.  (Read More)     

The Real Reason Banks Don’t Like Bitcoin; CoinDesk

Banks are reluctant to work with bitcoin, that fact has been well known in the community for some time. Until now, though, few concrete reasons have been given as to why.  (Read More)


Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, today announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued for public comment a proposed “BitLicense” regulatory framework for New York virtual currency businesses. The proposed regulatory framework – which is the product of a nearly year-long DFS inquiry, including public hearings that the Department held in January 2014 – contains consumer protection, anti-money laundering compliance, and cyber security rules tailored for virtual currency firms.  (Read More)

PayPal president Marcus quits for Facebook; Finextra

Marcus will leave PayPal at the end of June, a little over two years after stepping up to the position of president. EBay president John Donahoe will take charge of PayPal until a new president is found.   (Read More) 


Host Card Emulation (HCE) has been hailed as the cloud-based fix for what ails secure mobile payments. But while HCE solves one problem, it still lives in the cloud. Suppose cloud connectivity were unavailable or lost? In a recent podcast interview, PYMNTS spoke with Shaunt Sarkissian, CEO of Cortex MCP, to discuss what he thinks HCE may need to fully deliver on its potential as a mobile payments catalyst and what Cortex MCP may be doing to help that along.   (Read More) 

Why the ATM Industry Could Launch Bitcoin into the Mainstream; CoinDesk

Roughly six months after the launch of the world’s first bitcoin ATM, this sector of the bitcoin industry has expanded dramatically, with more than 15 manufacturers competing for prime installation space in major cities and commerce centres around the globe.  (Read More)

Is innovation a threat to incumbent structures? Finextra

Ali Farid Khwaja, vice president, Berenberg discusses the benefits and drawbacks of cryptocurrencies and the implications for traditional banking structures.  (Read More) 

Visa and MasterCard face heavy price for Russian business. Finextra

Visa and MasterCard will have to cough up nearly $4 billion in security deposits to Russia's central bank if they want to continue operating in the country, under a new law signed by president Vladimir Putin.  (Read More)

Softgate Partners with InComm to Expand Payment Network; Press Release

InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, today announced that Softgate Systems, a leading provider of retail bill payment solutions, is integrating its biller content into InComm’s Cashtie API. As a result, InComm-integrated retailers can now enable consumers to make cash bill payments in-store for 12,000 billers.   (Read More)

Why Starbucks could become your new favorite bank; Time

Amid the emerging flood of research on the financial practices and whims of Millennials, one consistent finding stands out: this group craves information and advice that it can trust. It’s not clear that banks, with the most at stake, will ever get it right.  (Read More)

Apple's Astronomical 800 Million iTunes Accounts Could Give It A Huge Advantage In Payments; Business Insider

APPLE CEO TOUTS 800M CARDS ON FILE: Apple now has 800 million registered iTunes accounts worldwide, most of them with linked credit card accounts. "This is a staggering number," CEO Tim Cook said during yesterday's quarterly earnings call. Eight-hundred million accounts represents a 40% increase from the 575 million accounts Cook announced in June 2013, and we believe it to be several times the number of customer accounts on file at Amazon and Paypal. Apple's huge number of credit cards on file has fueled speculation that Apple will push further into payments. The company is said to be interviewing senior payments industry executives ahead of a major new initiative, but Cook didn't reveal anything further about Apple's plans on the call.   (Read More)

Alipay Moves Further Beyond Alibaba With Rakuten Tie-Up Wall Street Journal

Alipay, the electronic payment service affiliated with Alibaba Group, is broadening its business further through a tie-up with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten.  (Read More)

Amazon Sales Take a Hit in States With Online Tax; Bloomberg

In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact of states accruing more tax revenue from Web purchases, researchers at Ohio State University published a paper this month that found sales dropped for Amazon when the online charge was introduced. In states that have the tax, households reduced their spending on Amazon by about 10 percent compared to those in states that don’t have the levy. For online purchases of more than $300, sales fell by 24 percent, according to the report titled “The Amazon Tax.”  (Read More)   

Bitcoin Believers Say It’s Poised for Rebound Once Dust Settles; The Wall Street Journal

Growing Wall Street interest in bitcoin is likely to fuel a rebound in the price of the digital currency, according to panelists at the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York Tuesday.   (Read More)


PayPal has partnered up with mobile location firm Placed so that they can trace real-world consumer visits to every place customers are spending money.  (Read More)   

Can the bitcoin market absorb hundreds of millions in institutional capital? We’re about to find outpandodaily

On an average day, the bitcoin market sees a few hundred million dollars in worldwide trading activity. Over the last 24 hours, that activity took the form of 67,054 transactions recorded in the Bitcoin blockchain, in which 630,633.08 BTC changed hands. Next to Wall Street, where the NYSE alone trades 1.4 billion shares and $58 billion in value daily, these numbers pale in comparison.   (Read More)

Hopes for a Battered Bitcoin Buoyed by Major Merchant Announcements; Digital Transactions

Despite Bitcoin’s recent travails, the fledgling digital currency has begun to win support from some of the nation’s best-known merchants.  (Read More) 

First Data Board Names CEO Bisignano Chairman; Press Release

First Data Corporation, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, today announced that its Board of Directors has named Frank Bisignano chairman in addition to his role as chief executive officer, effective March 5, 2014.  Bisignano assumes the role from Joe Forehand, who has served as chairman since March, 2010, and will remain on the First Data Board of Directors.  (Read More)

Study: 38% of Americans have chucked checks; CU Insight

Asked how often they write personal checks, the most common response among Americans is “never” (37.8 percent), followed by “several times a month” (25.6 percent), “a few times a year” (20.5 percent), and “once a month” (16.1 percent). This according to the latest poll from GoBankingRates.  (Read More)

Visa Is Experimenting With Biometric Payment Systems

Apple's iPhone 5S has a fingerprint scanner, and now Samsung's revealed a print-reading Galaxy S5. Each allows for payments to be verified using a swipe of your digits. Is this the possible future of all transactions? Perhaps, and Visa is now exploring the area too to ensure it will be ready for the possible sea-change.  (Read More)    

The Feds' Scary Reassurances To Banks That Deal With State-Licensed Marijuana Businesses; Forbes

On Friday the Treasury Department and the Justice Department issued guidelines for banks that do business with state-licensed marijuana suppliers. According to Attorney General Eric Holder, the aim of the memos is to reassure financial institutions that are leery of accepting cannabusinesses as customers because they worry it will attract unwanted attention from federal regulators and prosecutors.  (Read More)

Facebook's big deal shows we're back in the dot-com funny money era; Los Angeles Times

If you didn't think Facebook was overvalued before--and there were plenty of investors who had convinced themselves it wasn't--it's hard to avoid that conclusion now.The "tell" is Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp, a mobile messaging company with a reported 450 million worldwide users, for up to $19 billion in cash and Facebook stock.  (Read More)

Want to Buy Everyday Stuff With Bitcoin: A User's Guide; The Wall Street Journal

Deep in the unregulated underbelly of the Internet, bitcoin is the crypto-currency of the realm, making as many headlines for its volatile price as it has for its popularity with criminals seeking anonymity.  (Read More) 

PayPal Accounts for 42% of eBay’s Revenue; EPOCH TIMES

eBay was able to increase its sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 by 13 percent to 4.5 billion U.S. dollars. Again, Paypal was the primary factor driving eBay’s increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2013. EBay increased its sales by 13 percent to $4.5 billion. Its payments segment grows much faster than its marketplace segment. (Read More)

Bitcoin Triggers Buzz, Controversy and Now, Startups; Wall Street Journal

Bitcoin has triggered a wave of warnings from central bankers since the online currency started gaining, well, currency late last year. Now, it’s also behind a wave of tech startups aimed at building up a bitcoin infrastructure.  (Read More)   

Bitcoin Targets Payments Business of Giants Visa to JPMorgan; Bloomberg

Entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Wall Street say they don’t care much for Bitcoin as a currency to supplant the U.S. dollar. As a payment technology they could use to undercut Visa Inc. (V), Western Union Co. (WU) or Citigroup Inc. (C), they say they like it a lot more.  (Read More) 

Why Bitcoin Matters; Deal Book

A mysterious new technology emerges, seemingly out of nowhere, but actually the result of two decades of intense research and development by nearly anonymous researchers.  (Read More)

eBay turns in strong 4Q, rebuffs Icahn's PayPal spinoff plan; c|net

E-commerce company not enamored of the activist investor's suggestion of spinning off the online payments provider.  (Read More)

The year ahead: Kiosk predictions for 2014; KioskMarketplace.com

Much like the rest of the modern world, the self-service kiosk industry spent 2013 getting cozy with mobile technology, social media and tailored interactive experiences.  (Read More)

The top 10 trends in the digital banking industry; CB Insight

2014 is rapidly approaching and as the year wraps, the Digital Insight team has pulled together the top 10 trends in the digital banking industry based on data and trends from studying financial institutions. What do you think about the trends below? Which one do you think rings most true for 2013 and 2014?   (Read More)

Basware Predicts 2014 will be the ‘Year of E-Engagement’ for B2B Commerce, Driven by Explosive Growth of Social, Mobile and Cloud; Press Release

While the global economy is beginning to bounce back, organizations are still faced with a heightened pressure to improve their cash flow and will turn to innovative payment strategies in the next year.   (Read More)


Top 8 Ways Banks Will Spend Their 2014 IT Budgets; American Banker

With the financial crisis firmly behind us (at least, we hope) and the U.S. economic picture brightening, the outlook is positive for IT spending in the banking industry. Banks will spend 4.2% more on technology in 2014 than they did in 2013, according to IDC analysts. Overall IT spend in financial services globally will exceed $430 billion in 2014 and surpass $500 billion by 2020, the analysts say.  (Read More)

Bank execs express many concerns about emerging payments; CB Insight

What worries financial institution executives most about providing mobile payments to their customers? That’s a question Vantiv asked a score of bank leaders in a series of interviews.   (Read  More) 

Global Wireless POS Terminal Market to 2016: Equinox Payments, Ingenico & VeriFone Systems Dominate the Industry; Digital Journal/Press Release

The Global Wireless POS Terminal market to grow at a CAGR of 7.7 percent over the period 2012-2016.  (Read More)

Coinbase Raises $25 Million From Andreessen Horowitz; Press Release

On August 1st, Coinbase reached a milestone of 200,000 users. That was quickly followed in mid-October by the news that we had reached 300,000 users. Today, there are more than 600,000 consumer Bitcoin wallets on Coinbase, signaling that we are nearing a tipping point for broad adoption of Bitcoin – what we at Coinbase believe to be one of the most important shifts in the global economy in our lifetime.  (Read More)

Fidelity now allows clients to put bitcoins in IRAs; The Wall Street Journal

Fidelity has partnered with SecondMarket’s  Bitcoin Investment Trust to allow its clients to save for their retirement by putting the virtual currency in self-directed IRAs.  (Read More)

The Future of SWIFT: a meeting with Gottfried Leibbrandt: Financial Services Club Blog

Still busy in the Financial Services Club world with meetings in Stockholm, Vienna, Warsaw and London all in the past two weeks. The interesting theme of all these meetings, and those in our future plans, is the digitisation of banking.  (Read More)

Bitcoin Foundation Officially Launches International Chapters; CoinDesk

The Bitcoin Foundation has officially rolled out its internationalization programme, signing national affiliates in Canada and Australia, just as another organization makes plans to promote bitcoin on a global basis.  (Read More)

Arm yourself: The API wars are coming; GIGAOM

The arms merchants of the cloud and a new wave of developers armed with APIs are going to cause massive technology disruption.  (Read More   

U.S. Leans Toward Regulating Bitcoin as Investment, Not Currency; Payments Journal

Both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission agree in a Senate hearing that bitcoin is a legitimate financial instrument, as identified in this Bloomberg article: - See more at:   (Read More)

The Human Toll of Digital Banking; American Banker

Last week, Barclays announced the layoffs of 1,700 branch employees and blamed the rise of mobile banking. Cashiers, personal bankers, operations specialists, branch managers and assistant managers will all lose their jobs throughout 2014, the U.K. bank said.  (Read More)

Billtrust Releases Invoice Gateway 7.0 Designed to Drive Higher B2B Payments; Press Release

HAMILTON, N.J. (December, 5th 2013)undefined Billtrust, the leading outsourced billing services provider, today announced the launch of Invoice Gateway 7.0, the newest version of its industry-leading Electronic Invoice Presentment and Payment (EIPP) service. The latest version includes a streamlined user interface and numerous new features designed to simplify the payment process.  (Read More)

Why The Future Of Digital Commerce Is The Omnichannel; Forbes

When Bill Gates released his famous Internet Tidal Wave memo, the old media adage “content is king” became a mantra for the video age.  Gates rightly pointed out that “the more users it gets, the more content it gets, and the more content it gets, the more users it gets.”  (Read More)

Banks can Thrive in the New Payments World; CB Insights

A new NACHA white paper explores the payments crossroads banks currently face, and how to stay relevant amidst increasing competition.  (Read More)

Embracing The Unknown – Can Banks Thrive in a Digital Future? Ericsson

So it is very possible that trying to predict the next 10 years in banking will be just as futile. All we can do is lay out scenarios and try to assign probabilities to them, hoping they are realistic.  (Read More)

Billtrust B2B Sales Index Shows Modest October Growth
Strong Continued Correlation between Billtrust Index and U.S. Nominal GDP Points to Billtrust Index as Accurate Economic Indicator
HAMILTON, N.J. – (November 12, 2013) – Billtrust, the leading outsourced billing services provider, today announced October results of the Billtrust B2B Sales Index™ as well as two sister indexes. The Billtrust B2B Sales Index, a leading economic indicator based on a sampling of business-to-business invoice activity, increased a modest 0.4 percent for October, while the Invoice Counts Index gained 0.5 percent and the Customer Counts Index declined by 0.1 percent. (Read More


New Web Portal Helps Engage Channel Partners to Deliver Innovative Authentication and Identity Solutions. (Read More

MasterCard Joins Fast Identity Online Alliance; TechZone360

Back in February of this year the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium revolutionizing online authentication with the first standards-based specifications, was formed. At the time I noted the importance of this effort and its potential as a real game changer, given the ambitious objective of making multi-factor authentication stronger and transparent to the user while eliminating the need for passwords.  (Read More)

Sink or Swim: Navigating the Four Data Waves; edo Blog

Digital innovation is changing the way we shop, compare prices, receive discounts, use coupons, and how we pay for merchandise and services. Every day all this new digital activity is creating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. In fact, 90 percent of the world’s data today has been created in the just last two years alone. For the CMO, does this growing wave of Big Data represent progress or a problem? A help or hindrance?  (Read More)

Cross-Border eCommerce Community Initiated; Press Release

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, October 10th, 2013 - Today, Payvision, PAY.ON, ReD and World IT Lawyers announce the launch of the Cross-Border eCommerce Community (CBEC), a strategic initiative that aims to support Merchants, Payment Service Providers, ISOs and Acquiring Banks within the CNP Payment Industry, expanding their business globally, by offering key insights and information on every aspect of international eCommerce.  (Read More)

How do you build a Digital Bank? Financial Services Club Blog

One of the great US Bloggers, Jim Marous, picked up on the release of my new book Digital Bank, and asked for an interview with me.  As the discussion outlines the book's profile and content rather nicley, I'm republishing the interview here.  (Read More)

Bitcoin’s Radical Days Are Over. Here’s How to Take It Mainstream; WIRED

There are few disappointments in the Digital Age more conspicuous than our failure, as security guru Dan Kaminsky puts it, to “apply the Internet to money.” Social networks and smartphones grant us superpowers beyond anything we might have dreamed 10 years ago: We almost never get lost, we can keep in touch with everyone we’ve ever met, and we can access the entirety of human knowledge. Not bad!  (Read More)    

Money 3.0: How Bitcoins May Change the Global Economy; National Geographic

After the feds seized and shuttered Silk Road, an online marketplace for illegal drugs, earlier this month, some technology experts started sounding the death knell for Bitcoin, Silk Road's international currency of choice. Instead, we may soon see Bitcoin's real value. (Read More)

Chinese internet giant Baidu starts accepting bitcoin; CoinDesk

Search engine giant Baidu has announced it is now accepting payment in bitcoin for its Jiasule service, which improves websites’ performance, speed and security. (Read More)

First Data Releases September 2013 SpendTrend® Analysis; Fort Mill Times

First Data Corporation, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, released its First Data SpendTrend® analysis for Aug. 31, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2013 compared to Sept. 1, 2012 through Oct. 1, 2012. (Read More)

Internet rivalry brews between Japanese billionaires; BusinessDay

Bilionaire Masayoshi Son, Japan’s second-richest person, has mounted an attack on the next wealthiest, Hiroshi Mikitani, wiping out a combined $4.3bn in their companies’ market values.  (Read More)

First Data unveils Clover app-based PoS platform; Mobile World Live

Payments processor First Data has launched Clover, its brand new point-of-sale (PoS) platform targeted at small- to medium-sized businesses. The product unveiling comes nearly a year after First Data acquired start-up Clover.  (Read More)

Bitcoin Values Plummet $500M, Then Recover, After Silk Road Bust; WIRED

Bitcoin, world’s most popular digital currency, had a roller coaster ride today after the federal government shut down the Silk Road, an online marketplace where millions of bitcoins were swapped for drugs and black market products over the past two years. (Read More)

The Top 3 Forces Accelerating Omnichannel; PYMNTS.com

With rapid development currently engulfing the payments space, one week can feel like one year. As a result, it can be difficult for merchants and retailers to understand when to best capitalize on a new idea that could propel their business forward.  (Read More)   

Federal Reserve Banks Solicit Input on Improving the Future U.S. Payment System; Press Release

The Federal Reserve Banks today announced the publication of their “Payment System Improvement – Public Consultation Paper” and an opportunity to provide input on the information, ideas and concepts in the document. Sandra Pianalto, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and chair of the Federal Reserve Banks’ Financial Services Policy Committee (FSPC), stated the purpose for the paper is “to share Federal Reserve perspectives on the key gaps and opportunities in the U.S. payment system and identify the desired outcomes that close these gaps and capture these opportunities.”  (Read More)

What do influential people think about bitcoin? CoinDesk

Just like any other movement, bitcoin needs people who can be symbolic leaders. Specific examples are people like Gavin Andresen, bitcoin’s chief scientist, who works as the lead developer on the Bitcoin protocol. Another one is Patrick Murck, the Bitcoin Foundation’s general counsel, who has been busy helping to forge a path forward for regulatory compliance.  (Read More)

Secret Ingredients to Building Airbnb’s International Payments Platform; airbnb

Airbnb has become a trusted global marketplace for finding the most interesting places to stay in the world. Part of what has helped build trust in the community has been our safe and secure payments platform. Payments through Airbnb takes the awkwardness out of the guest and host interaction, while still adding security for guests, as hosts are not paid until 24 hours after guests arrive. Security, reliability, and convenience are expectations from our community across all payment and payout methods. Each month Airbnb collects payment in 32 currencies and remits payment in 65 currencies in 192 countries. Building and improving the global pipes that collect and distribute money are daily challenges for payments engineering at Airbnb.  (Read More)

First Data Releases August 2013 SpendTrend®Analysis; Press Release

First Data Corporation, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, today released its First Data SpendTrend® analysis for August 1-30, 2013 compared to August 1-30, 2012. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations. (Read More)

How Wi-Fi Direct Works As A Gateway To The Internet Of Things; readwrite

Wi-Fi Direct is an emerging wireless standard that allows you to create a create a connection between any two devices without going through a wireless router. Want to create a Wi-Fi hotspot, connect your computer or smartphone to your printer or stream movies from your tablet to your television? There is a good chance that Wi-Fi Direct is doing the heavy lifting.  (Read More)   

The Banks of Tomorrow: Think Google and Facebook; WIRED

When you swipe your debit card at the grocery store, no one walks into a bank vault looking for a box with your name on it. (Read More)

Aggregation and Aggravation – Micropayments 2013; PaymentsViews

Micropayments is a problem that has never been solved in the payments industry. While there are various merchant-specific solutions for selling low-cost goods, the broader opportunity –– to pervasively enable micropayments –– continues to intrigue the payments industry. (Read More)

Tradehill Bitcoin Accounts Moving to Credit Union; Bloomberg

Tradehill Inc., an exchange for virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, is moving customer accounts to a U.S. credit union, a shift designed to make it easier for clients to complete transactions. (Read More)

IND Group and PayPal Team Up to Offer Person-to-Person Payment Services to Banks in Europe; Press Release

Do you know your own bank account number or bank account numbers of your friends by heart? On the other hand, how many email addresses do you know or have in your contact list? Most people cannot remember their own personal account number, but easily remember email addresses of their friends. An innovative service powered by PayPal and IND Group technology enables you to transfer money to any email address directly from your online or mobile banking platform – without the need for knowing the recipient’s bank account number. (Read More)

ETA, Goldman Sachs Research Release Annual Merchant Acquirer and ISO Survey; Press Release

The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the trade association of the global electronic payments industry, and Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research, a leading provider of global industry research, today released the findings of the second annual ETA-GS Merchant Acquirer and ISO Survey. Among key findings, the survey revealed merchant acquirers prefer to partner with new entrants to the electronics landscape; loyalty-based solutions lower attrition and open new revenue streams; and merchant acquirers have a positive outlook on the future of electronic payments, with 60 percent expecting volume growth to accelerate. (Read More)

The European Commission's long awaited revision of the Payment Services Directive (PSD2) will bring a range of new players inside the regulatory regime; mondaq

The Commission's assessment of the 2007 Payment Services Directive (PSD) was that it was generally fit for purpose but needed to be updated to reflect the dynamic nature of the payments services market. At the same time, the Commission highlighted inconsistencies in the way in which Member States had implemented PSD and the consequential fragmentation of the payments services market along national borders, especially in internet and mobile payments. In order to address these challenges, it has changed the scope of the PSD and expanded the type of services for which organisations will require to be authorised or registered as payment services institutions. (Read More)

3 Disruptive Payment Trends Wracking Nerves Across the Movement; Credit Union Insight

Three disruptive payments trends are keeping credit union leaders up at night, and for good reason. Each of these shifts in the payments landscape threatens to change everything they know about maintaining a sustainable payments program for their cooperatives. (Read More)

Powering the Payment Stream; STREETFIGHT

For years, local search has fed consumers to a technological black hole. The systems on which local businesses rely to manage day-to-day operations undefined services like payment processing, inventory management, scheduling, and the point of sale systems that tie it all together undefined have remained offline, relegated to legacy tools or silo-ed in digital products not built for the web. (Read More)

The Payment Industry's Take on Bitcoin, Payments News

Bitcoin and other virtual currencies have gained plenty of attention from the financial press, the blogosphere, the tech press, and even the media at large. We've read the pros and cons, with predictions of both revolution and disaster. And we've seen how this ferment has attracted multiple angel and VC investors to the scores of startups already working with math-based currencies and especially Bitcoin. (Read More)

Visa Europe denies blocking payments to VPN providers; Finextra

MasterCard and Visa have moved to prevent virtual private network (VPN) providers from accepting card payments, according to Swedish firm Payson. However, Visa Europe insists it has not been involved "in this matter in any way". (Read More)

Coming soon - Zopa busienss Loans; Press Release

When surveyed over 80% of Zopa savers wanted to lend money to help small businesses as well as individuals looking for a personal loan. Soon we will introduce business loans to Zopa, offering good value loans to sole traders. (Read More)

Stanford University startups course: Build a bitcoin crowdfunding site; CoinDesk

Stanford University is offering a course to young entrepreneurs which requires them to build a bitcoin crowdfunding system. Stanford is one of the most illustrious universities in the US, and so the inclusion of bitcoin is a sign of mainstream acceptance by exposing the business people of tomorrow to the digital currency. (Read More)     

2013 Innovators to Watch: 44 Executives Shaping The Future of Banking; Bank Innovation

Often, banking innovation boils down to the what: What is the future of retail banking? What will happen as payments evolve? What are the keys to a bank innovation strategy? (Read More

David Marcus, PayPay President's blog post: So Long Cash Register, Hello Innovation; The Huffington Post

Today marks the beginning of "National Small Business Week," the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 50th annual celebration of the essential contribution of entrepreneurs and small business owners to American innovation and economic growth. The courage to create something new; the passion for entrepreneurship; the belief in the power of a good idea -- these qualities have always fueled progress and prosperity in this country. Small wonder, then, that a recent poll found that 68 percent of Americans would rather patronize a small business.  (Read More)

First Data tries white label approach with its mPOS product; Mobile Payments Today

Payment processing giant First Data Corp. is becoming more aggressive in its mobile point-of-sale strategy, announcing that it is collaborating with financial institutions to design small business solutions using Pogo, First Data's mobile POS product. (Read More)

The New, More Mobile POS Industry: Opportunity or Obstacle? The Point of Sale News

Over the last few years, we have seen some major shifts in the point of sale industry. Among the most notable developments are the transition from cash to mobile payments and the increasing availability of various technologies to expedite inventory, scheduling, payroll, and business management. Perhaps most notable among the recent developments in the industry is the shift toward a more mobile point of sale environment. With the advent of Square, Flint, Intuit GoPayment, and many more, the capacity for major POS power is now within small mobile devices. (Read More)

What's next for payment aggregators? Mobile Payments Today

The ranks of POS payment aggregators – payment service providers (PSPs) that act as the merchant or record – are growing. Square, Intuit, and PayPal are the most visible players, and there are new market entrants on a regular basis.  They are lured by the promise of a large untapped market and low cost of customer acquisition. (Read More) 

The Time For A Stateless Global Reserve Currency Is Fast Approaching; The Genesis Block

In recent years the position of the US dollar as the global reserve currency has been increasingly challenged in both the words and actions of international leaders. Disapproval of the unique benefits reserve status offers to the US have led to demand for change, yet viable challengers to that role have yet to arise. (Read More)

PayPal challenging BPAY; iWire

Australians are one of the world’s biggest users of online banking, just as we were the first country to embrace ATMs. EFT (electronic funds transfer) is also very big in Australia, and the BPAY consortium, owned by the Big Four banks, is widely used to pay bills. (Read More)

Facebook banking and virility, Financial Services Club Blog

Before moving off Facebook banking, there were many other mentions of Facebook Banking during the conference.

For example DenizBank, the Turkish subsidiary of Moscow-based Sberbank, believe that they were the first to offer full service Facebook banking in January 2012, and here’s the video to prove it: (View Video)

Intel-Backed IP Commerce Shuts Payment Service Used by Groupon; PaymentsSource

IP Commerce Inc., a startup backed by Venrock Inc. and Intel Corp.'s venture-capital arm, is shutting its key business, which handles credit-card processing for companies including Groupon Inc., citing competition. (Read More)

J.P. Morgan Names Passilla Head of Payments, Merchant Services; The Wall Street Journal

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Tuesday said it named Mike Passilla chief executive of its payments and merchant-services business. The new role will oversee Chase's payments and merchant-services business, including Chase Paymentech, the bank's merchant-offers business, as well as its recent merchant-payments initiative. (Read More)   

Bitcoin 2013 in review; CoinDesk

Walking into the San Jose Convention Center this weekend, at first you might mistake the crowd for just another programming conference. Almost all-male attendance, mostly wearing open-collared shirts with jeans or khakis, with the occasional Tshirt. But then, you’d catch the wild glimmer in an eye, or a vintage hat, or a head of wild long hair, and you would realize that while this was a technically sophisticated crowd, this was no mere programming conference. The more than 1,000 Bitcoin enthusiasts who converged on San Jose were an impassioned bunch undefined some fired with the excitement of getting in on something big the ground floor, others lit up by a more ideological passion for freedom from government or from the existing financial system. (Read More)

Google Admits Defeat In Its 7-Year Battle With Amazon And PayPal; readwrite.com

Google just announced that is it is shutting down Google Checkout, a Web-based payments system it launched to great expectations seven years ago. (Read More)

Square will challenge PayPal with its own peer-to-peer cash service; GIGAOM

Square has launched an under-the-radar payments service that lets customers transfer cash through email. It’s certainly not a new concept, but it’s another tool in Square’s arsenal as it delves deeper into the consumer market. (Read More)

International Payment Networks Facing Emerging Threat from Domestic Competition and m-POS; Press Release

The dominant payment brands, such as MasterCard and Visa are facing increasing competition from both newly established domestic networks (most notably RuPay in India and PBOC 3.0 in China) and alternative mobile payment developments including digital wallets and m-POS solutions. ABI Research has forecast that RuPay and PBOC 2.0/3.0 cards will have the largest market impact, accounting for 2% of all cards in circulation in 2013, increasing to 21% in 2018. This will directly eat into the potential growth that the likes of Visa and MasterCard would have targeted. (Read Card)

The promise of Ripple; REUTERS

This is a chart of the value of bitcoin yesterday, Wednesday. It’s hardly a secret that bitcoins are a highly volatile asset class, so relatively few eyebrows were raised when the price soared from an opening level of $230 all the way to a high of $266. An intraday swing of more than 15% is pretty much par for the bitcoin course, these days. But then came the crash: within a few hours, bitcoins the world over had lost well over half their value, and were trading as low as $107 apiece. That’s not normal undefined and it just goes to underline how bad bitcoin is at doing everything it’s meant to do. (Read More)

The real cause of the Bitcoin bubble and burst; Financial Services Club

All the media has finally woken up to the Bitcoin phenomena when the value of Bitcoins rose from a steady $20 per coin to $266 last week … only to crash to $100 by the end of the week. (Read More)

The Antisocial Network; The New York Times

Bitcoin’s wild ride may not have been the biggest business story of the past few weeks, but it was surely the most entertaining. Over the course of less than two weeks the price of the “digital currency” more than tripled. Then it fell more than 50 percent in a few hours. Suddenly, it felt as if we were back in the dot-com era. (Read More)

Credit Cards, Prepaid Cards and Smart Phones Emerge as the Stars of POS Payments Growth; Digital Transactions

Aided by an improving economy, credit cards staged a comeback in 2012, edging out debit cards as the key payment option at the retail point of sale, according to a new report from Javelin Strategy & Research. (Read More)

Javelin Strategy & Research Releases Point of Sale (POS) Payment Forecast Report; Press Release

At 93% of total U.S. retail dollar volume, the point of sale (POS) retail market towers above the online market and will continue to do so for years to come. But the growing popularity of the digital realm has fundamentally altered the nature of the POS, as brick-and-mortar retailers have had to embrace elements of mobile and online channels in order to remain competitive. Today, Javelin Strategy & Research releases the firm’s annual POS 2013-2018 Forecast, which evaluates the actual and forecast changes in the retail POS market, tracking payments mix data and identifying key drivers of market change. (Read More)

Local Currency Payments Preview for Game Developers; facebook blog

As we announced in June 2012, we are moving from Facebook Credits to local currency pricing. Local currency payments simplifies the purchase experience for users, improves the performance of the payments flow, and makes it easier for developers to price virtual goods for a global audience. (Read More)

What U.S. Regulations Will Mean for the Bitcoin Economy; PaymentsSource

Many Bitcoin enthusiasts expect the U.S. government will take steps towards regulating the digital currency. Whether this regulation will threaten or legitimize the currency is still an open question. (Read More)

Booming Swedish IT startup eyes PayPal's home turf; REUTERS

Swedish online payments firm Klarna, one of Europe's hottest tech start-ups, will focus its firepower on Germany this year while keeping its eye on the United States, home to EBay's big money-maker PayPal. (Read More)

Federal reserve announces expansion of FedACH SameDay service; Press Release

The Federal Reserve has announced that, effective April 1, 2013, it will offer an expanded FedACH SameDay service for same day clearing of ACH transactions. (Read More) 

PayOne files lawsuit against Home Depot; Bloomberg

PayOne Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Home Depot that claims the biggest U.S. home improvement company use of PayPal's in-store checkout infringes on some of its patents. (Read More)

PayPal Shoots Back over The Home Depot Lawsuit: eCommerce Bytes

PayPal said Wednesday it would defend the Home Depot, which is being sued over its use of PayPal in its brick-and-mortar stores. PayOne filed a patent lawsuit against The Home Depot on Tuesday for its deployment of PayPal's point of sale system. (Read More) 

Fiserv Multiplies Consumer Mobile Payment Options by Combining Person-to-Person Payments and Mobile Banking; Press Release

Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, today announced that it has integrated its Popmoney®person-to-person payments service with its widely used Mobiliti™ mobile banking and payments platform. Person-to-person (P2P) payments can now be initiated directly from a user's mobile banking account, enhancing the functionality of mobile banking by enabling consumers to pay people they know or owe using their email address or mobile phone number. Consumers can also manage incoming payments and review their transaction history. (Read More)   

Intuit’s New Payments Directions In NFC, Passbook And Facebook Revealed In 20+ New Products; TechCrunch

Intuit took a step into social commerce with the acquisition of the team, technology and patents of social payments startup Payvment. (Read More)

It's 'Crazy Out There' for ISOs as Tech Impairs Their Relevance; PaymentsSource

Technology is moving so quickly that independent sales organizations are finding it difficult to remain relevant, a speaker warned Jan. 30 at the Northeast Acquirers Association's annual conference. (Read More) 

Intuit Acquires Facebook Ecommerce Platform Payvment’s Team, Tech, And Patents While Ecwid Takes Its 200K Merchants; TechCrunch

Facebook ecommerce platform Payvment announced it was shutting down and transitioning its 200,000 merchants to competitor Ecwid, but we’ve just discovered that’s because Intuit is acquiring Payvment’s team, technology, and patents. Update: Intuit has confirmed its purchase of Payvment to TechCrunch, saying “Intuit has acquired a team of highly skilled developers who will be of great value to the social teams at Intuit.” (Read More)


Square: COO's Resignation Tied to Sexual Harassment Claim; PaymentsSource

The Thursday resignation of Square chief operating officer Keith Rabois stems from a sexual harassment allegation, according to the company. (Read More)

Ingenico to Buy Ogone for $484 Million in Payment Push; PaymentsSourse

Ingenico SA, a French provider of payment terminals and services, agreed to buy online-payment company Ogone for 360 million euros ($484 million) as part of a push to expand outside Europe. (Read More)

PayPal-Backed BillFloat Lands $21M From IGC, Venrock, First Round & Others To Help You Pay Bills On Time; TechCrunch

BillFloat, a San Francisco-based startup that helps consumers pay their monthly service bills and avoid those pesky late fees and overdraft charges, announced today that it raised $21 million in new funding from Investor Growth Capital (IGC), with participation from Bronze Investments and previous investors Venrock, FirstRound Capital and Baseline Ventures. (Read More)

Acquirers Are Embracing Potential Competitors, Study Shows; ISO & AGENT

The acquiring industry’s established players are concerned about tech companies entering the business, but they’re doing something about it – often by joining forces with the new kids. (Read More)

Zavers by Google Digital offers coupon solutions; PAYMENTEYE

Zavers by Google is launching after the web giant acquired Zave Networks - a company that specialized in digitizing coupons and loyalty rewards programs. Zavers, Google writes, is “a digital coupon solution that enables retailers and manufacturers to reward loyal customers with coupons that are relevant to them undefined increasing basket size and redemption rates.” (Read More)

PayLane Brings Its Startup-Friendly Online Payments To Germany, Following UK, Ireland And Poland; TechCrunch

PayLane, the European online payments company, is expanding to Germany undefined it already operates in Poland, UK, and Ireland undefined accepting payments in 160 currencies from over 50 countries. But where the Polish company tries to stand out from the crowd is with its focus on the idiosyncratic nature of each local European market by supporting a number of alternative payment methods. (Read More)

Apple Lets Buyers on China Web Pay in 2-Year Installments; Bloomberg

Apple Inc. (AAPL) introduced installment payment plans for buyers of iPhones and MacBook laptops in China as it struggles to compete with low-cost devices in the world’s largest computer and mobile-phone market. (Read More)

Federal Reserve Banks Announce New Study to Examine Nation’s Payments Usage; Press Release

The Federal Reserve's Retail Payments Office (RPO), located at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, today announced plans to conduct a new study to determine the current volume and composition of electronic and check payments in the United States. This triennial study continues the research conducted by the Federal Reserve in 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010. (Read More)     

First Data Releases November 2012 SpendTrend Analysis; PAYMENTEYE

First Data Corporation today released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for the full month of November 2012 compared to November 2011. It highlights November Card Spending Growth as solid despite tough year-over-year comparables. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations. (Read More)

Wonga launches PayPal rival; The Telegraph

Wonga, the payday loan company, has entered the online payment industry by offering shoppers the option of borrowing cash to fund their web purchases. (Read More)

Why is Yahoo Obsessed with PayPal Executives? Forbes

Yahoo will reportedly add Max Levchin, the co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer of PayPal, to its board. This begs one simple question: why? (Read More)

Square COO predicts monster 2013, says Starbucks is just the beginning; CNET

The mobile payments startup has tripled in size in just a year, and expects new retail partners next year, as well as a slate of new features for its signature product, Square Wallet. (Read More)

Payment Alliance International and Planet Payment Announce Strategic Partnership; Press Release

Payment Alliance International (PAI), a leader in electronic payment processing solutions and the nation’s largest Independent ATM Deployer (IAD), and Planet Payment, Inc. (UK: LSE: AIM: PPT and PPTR; USA: OTCQX: PLPM), a leading multi-currency payment and data processor, today jointly announce an agreement to roll out Bank in Your Currency™, Planet Payment’s real-time dynamic currency conversion (DCC) solution for ATMs. This innovative program will be integrated into PAI’s nationwide ATM network, improving the experience for international cardholders and facilitating the progression toward EMV or smart card transaction processing at the ATM, in line with the industry’s move in this direction. (Read More)

Federal Reserve Reports Consumer Credit for September 2012; FED

The US Federal Reserve has reported its latest G.19 Consumer Credit statistics - finding that consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.0% in the third quarter. Revolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 1.5%, while nonrevolving credit increased 6.5%. In September, consumer credit increased at an annual rate of 5.0%. (Read More)

First international ATM transaction made in Myanmar; PAYMENTEYE

The first international payments card transaction was made at the first ATM installed in Myanmar using a MasterCard, as announced by Co-operative Bank LTD (CB Bank) and MasterCard Worldwide. (Read More)

Square Wallet, the Apple Store, and Uber: Software Above the Level of a Single Device; O'Rielly Radar

Back in 2003, Dave Stutz, in his parting letter to Microsoft, wrote a prescient line about the future of technology: “Useful software written above the level of the single device will command high margins for a long time to come. Stop looking over your shoulder and invent something!” Software above the level of a single device! That line stuck with me, and has been a foundation of my thinking and writing ever since, helping to shape both The Open Source Paradigm Shift and What is Web 2.0? (Read More)

First Data Releases October 2012 SpendTrend® Analysis; Press Release

First Data Corporation, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, released its First Data SpendTrend® analysis for the full month of October 2012 compared to October 2011. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations. (Read More)

Western Union Partnership with ChinaPay Will Enable Direct RMB Payments for Universities around the World; Press Release

Western Union Business Solutions, a unit of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), announced its plans for expanding Western Union’s partnership with ChinaPay, the online and mobile payments subsidiary of UnionPay, the bankcard association in China. (Read More)

Apple Inc. (AAPL) to Use Passbook at POS in Apple Stores; Insider Monkey

Apple Inc. has been on the cutting edge of point-of-sale technology for a little while, using its own EasyPay software to allow Apple Store customers to easily scan their cards for purchases. Now with Apple Inc. developing its Passbook mobile app, the company is now looking to  integrate Pass book with its current EasyPay system to basically allow Apple Store patrons to use their iDevices to make purchases – perhaps even the new one the customer just bought? (Read More)

Visa Estimates $109.1 Trillion in Global Commercial Spend in 2011; Press Release

Visa Inc. released the annual global Commercial Consumption Expenditure (CCE) index, which estimates that global commercial spending reached $109.1 trillion in 2011. This represents 12 percent growth from the $97.4 trillion spent in 2010 and marks the first time since Visa created the CCE in 2004 that this spending surpassed $100 trillion. (Read More)

PayPal Opens Up 'Bill Me Later' To Small-to-Medium Online Businesses; GiGaom

PayPal is enabling small and medium-sized merchants to offer Bill Me Later as a financing option for online transactions. Consumers can get no-interest financing for six months on purchases of $99 or more. The move should help small businesses by increasing order sizes and conversions. (Read More) 

Payments Platform Braintree Raises $35M From NEA, Accel To Take On PayPal And Square; TechCrunch

Braintree, an online payments gateway provider for online and mobile platforms, has raised $35 million in Series funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from existing investors including Accel Partners, RRE Ventures and Greycroft. This brings Braintree’s total funding up to $70 million. (Read More)    

WAY4 Platform Powers the National Payment Switch of Bangladesh

WAY4 software from OpenWay Group is chosen as a solid technical foundation for the National Payment Switch of Bangladesh. Early in 2012 Infotech Global Pte ltd., OpenWay’s partner in Asia, signed the contract with Bangladesh Bank to carry out the implementation of the new infrastructure. The project has received funding and support from the World Bank. (Read More)

How Rakuten’s Global Expansion Began With Baby Steps in Taiwan; TECHINASIA

We’ve written a lot about Rakuten’s overseas adventures over the past year or so. The Japanese e-commerce giant now has partnerships, investments, and acquisitions peppered across the map. But of course it wasn’t always this way. (Read More)

Groupon's earnings less than expected, stock plummets; MercuryNews.com

The weak European economy contributed to lower sales growth than expected at Groupon, particularly for discretionary items such as laser hair removal and luxury hotel stays. (Read More)

EBay Not Spinning Off PayPal; CNBC

EBay's stock got a pop in afternoon trading amid rumors that the online marketplace was planning to spin off its payment service PayPal. (Read More)     

Analyst Thinks Apple Wants AuthenTec for Mobile Payments; The Mac Observer

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um believes that Apple’s US$350 million acquisition of AuthenTec could relate to Apple’s strategy for the mobile payments market. Mr. Um told clients on Friday that he believes fingerprint sensor technology owned by authenTec could make its way to Apple’s iOS devices. (Read More)

Whoops – Square rival iZettle forced to stop accepting Visa card payments in some Nordic countries, ‘working to fix it’; TNW

European Square competitor iZettle this morning sent out an email informing users that it was forced to withdraw support for Visa card payments in Denmark, Finland and Norway, where it has a strong presence already. (Read More)

Why I Just Hired Scott Thompson, The Yahoo CEO Caught Lying On His Resume; SFGate

During the course of a proxy war with one of Yahoo's biggest shareholders, it was revealed that Thompson had, at some point in his career, lied about his educational background. He said he had a computer science degree that he did not have. He allowed this fact to remain on his official bio for years – through a tenure at PayPal and into his time with Yahoo. It was the kind of setback that you might think would be a death-blow to a once-promising career. But today, Thompson already has a job. He's the CEO of ShopRunner, an independent competitor to Amazon Prime. (Read More)

This man wants to destroy Amazon; CNN Money

Hiroshi Mikitani is not a typical Japanese CEO. He's at the head of Japan's largest -- and the world's third largest -- e-commerce company. Now he is starting a colossal offensive on Amazon's turf. (Read More)

Pinterest on Wish List of Rakuten, Japan’s Amazon; Deal Book

Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani, the chief executive of Rakuten, would buy the rest of Pinterest undefined if he could. Earlier this year, Rakuten, often dubbed the Amazon of Japan, led a $100 million investment in the social bookmarking site, at a reported $1.5 billion valuation. It was an eye-popping sum for a Web site that had no revenue and one that had also just raised money at a $200 million valuation just months before. (Read More)

Bill Me Later, eBay's credit version of PayPal, helps company's profits but exposes it to risk

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be" is a well-known warning from Shakespeare's "Hamlet." PayPal, eBay's online payment service, heeded that advice for much of its existence, charging fees for processing transactions rather than lending money that may not be repaid. But Bill Me Later, one of eBay's fastest-growing businesses, is changing that. (Read More)

Sexy Payments Startup Stripe Swipes $20M From General Catalyst, Sequoia, Thiel And More; TechCrunch

White-hot payments startup Stripe has closed a $20 million Series B round of financing, led by General Catalyst with existing A-list investors Sequoia, Peter Thiel (personally) and Elad Gil also following on. Redpoint will be coming on as a new investor along with angels Chris Dixon and Aaron Levie. (Read More)

Facebook wants to be your online bank; Fortune

The social media giant is quietly supporting new services for banks that want to engage socially with their customers: The decidedly unsocial business of online banking. (Read More)     

Facebook Rolls Out Currency Conversion API For App Developers; AllFacebook

Facebook continues to aid application developers with its phasing out of Facebook Credits in favor of local currency, following up its introduction of revised payment terms last week with Thursday’s rollout of an application-programming interface that allows developers to convert Facebook Credits into the user’s preferred currency. (Read More)

Virtual Piggy Integrates Subscriptions into Payments System for Kids; The Street

Family-friendly e-commerce solution, Virtual Piggy, Inc. (OTCBB: VPIG), today announced the expansion of their financial payment system to support monthly subscriptions. Teens and tweens can purchase subscriptions within games and other online digital media services by using their Virtual Piggy accounts. (Read More)

Digital Payments: Pursuit of the Holy Grail; techcircle.in

The brief lull in e-commerce interest since the start of 2012 seems to have driven people to focus on ways to expand the market as opposed to merely spending more marketing dollars to gain wallet share of the existing base of users transacting online. (Read More)

VeriFone Systems Inc. Loses Patent Case, Has Price Target Cut By Deutsche Bank; Potential Traders

VeriFone Systems Inc. shares opened lower yesterday and stayed under the breakeven line after the maker of credit card swipe machines said that a U.S. district court gave a verdict against the company in a patent violation court case. (Read More) 

Banks Beating ISOs In Rush To Technology; ISO&Agent

Acquiring banks react more quickly than ISOs when innovation arises in the industry, a new study indicates. In fact, ISOs “are not really grasping the shift” in a marketplace becoming crowded with players ranging from Google Inc. to Square Inc., says one of the analysts who conducted the research. (Read More) 

Equens Hits 11 Million Transactions per Day on WAY4

Equens SE, the pan-European payment processor, is using the WAY4 card and merchant management platform to process 11.8 million POS and ATM clearing transactions per day, a speed milestone as compared with the 2 million transactions per day the company used to achieve in 2010. The next peak expected is 25 million transactions per day. (Read More)

Modular Payment Solutions for Parking Applications

Phoenix Arizona, June 10-13, booth #949:  Shown for the first time at the International Parking Industry Expo will be the new KSD6000 series payment terminal from Key Innovations. This PCI and EMV approved device is the latest addition to Ki’s range of secure, toughened and weather resistant terminals. Press Release

GoCardless opens up for dead simple, low-cost payments; GIGAOM

Disruptive U.K. payments startup GoCardless is rolling out its latest service to let anybody pay out or collect money in seconds undefined without paying hefty transaction fees. (Read More)

London Oyster Card Chief: NFC Not Ready for Fast-Paced Fare Payment;NFC Times

The head of London’s large Oyster card program expressed frustration with the pace of development of NFC, complaining the technology isn’t ready for London transit riders to use to pay fares. (Read More)

Groupon acquires Breadcrumb to connect with local restaurants; VB

Restaurant and hospitality point of sale startup Breadcrumb has joined the Groupon family. The Chicago-based online couponing firm has acquired the New York-based startup, Groupon reported Tuesday in a blog post. (Read More)

i2c, Inc. and KargoCard Announce Partnership to Power Prepaid, Mobile Payments and Loyalty Solutions in China; Press Release

i2c, Inc., a payment processing technology company, and KargoCard, a Shanghai-based prepaid service provider, have partnered to deliver prepaid, mobile payment and loyalty solutions to merchants in China. i2c will provide payment processing services to enable KargoCard to offer a robust suite of products within China. (Read More)

Visa and Obopay Collaborate for Near Real-Time Electronic Disbursements to Visa Prepaid Cards; Press Release

Visa Inc. and Obopay, a leading provider of mobile and instant payment solutions for market-leading brands, today announced a collaboration to enable near real-time payment solutions for disbursing electronic funds to a prepaid card. As a result of the agreement, Obopay will offer its partners the ability to disburse funds from their corporate account directly onto a Visa prepaid card which they can provide to a payee. (Read More)

Former PayPal president Thompson falls on his own CV at Yahoo!; finextra

Yahoo! chief executive Scott Thompson, hired from PayPal to turn around the fortunes of the once-giant dotcom company, has been shown the door after misrepresenting his academic qualifications on his CV. (Read More)

Yahoo May Get Out Of Paying A Huge Severance To Former CEO Scott Thompson; Business Insider

Yahoo will claim that the departure of its now former CEO Scott Thompson is due to cause, superficially citing the inaccurate information on his resume, Kara Swisher at AllThingsD reports. (Read More)

Financing options proliferate in payments sphere; The Green Sheet

The past four years have been challenging for small-business owners, including ISOs and their clients. As banks tightened credit standards, even the strongest companies were forced to seek new funding alternatives or risk going out of business. The result has been an onslaught of new companies and financing tools geared specifically to the merchant acquiring space. (Read More)

HSBC moves to contactless as standard on all UK-issued debit cards; finextra

HSBC is to join Barclays Bank by introducing contactless technology as a standard feature on all new debit cards in circulation. (Read More)

The future of money: Smartphone swiping in the mobile age; PEW Research

Tech experts believe that by 2020 many consumers will have embraced smart-device swiping for purchases, but some suspect financial companies will slow down the trend. The experts also think credit cards and cash will survive for use by some types of consumers and because of security concerns and a desire for anonymity. (Read More)

Yankee Group: NFC is not the next 'Betamax'; Fierce Mobile Content

Despite surging momentum behind rival mobile payment technologies, Near Field Communications-based m-commerce services remain poised for significant growth over the next several years according to research firm Yankee Group, which forecasts NFC-enabled transaction values will exceed $355 billion worldwide by 2016. (Read More)

The trouble with NFC: it needs cooperation to succeed; Venture Beat

Gartner recently reported that more than 200 million near field communication (NFC) enabled handsets will enter the marketplace by the end of 2012. While this is encouraging news for the evolution of contactless payments and the mobile wallet, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. (Read More) 

About Chirpify: Where Tweets become transactions; Press Release

Chirpify turns Tweets into transactions, enabling consumers and businesses to buy, sell, donate and transact on Twitter. (Read More)     

Costco Self-Checkout Trial Setback After Store Losses; Storefront Backtalk

A two-year-old experiment at Costco to try self-checkout in a handful of stores has not gone well, with at least one Costco in Idaho pulling the systems out after findingundefinedand attributing entirely to self-checkoutundefineda $60,000 inventory loss in six months, said a Costco management source. (Read More)

Is VeriFone Hiding Weakness? The Motely Fool

VeriFone Systems carries $2.0 billion of goodwill and other intangibles on its balance sheet. Sometimes goodwill, especially when it's excessive, can foreshadow problems down the road. Could this be the case with VeriFone? (Read More)

Facebook Credits: The Gaming Currency of the Future; EContent

Nearly any Facebook user can expand his game playing experience on the social networking site simply by purchasing Facebook Credits: unlocking special weapons to help in the quest to take back the neighborhood in Digital Chocolate's Zombie Lane, beefing up culinary creations on Zynga's Café World, or unveil clues to aid in your search for hidden objects on Zynga's Hidden Chronicles.  (Read More)

PayPal seeks permit to process payments in China; SFGate

PayPal wants to be the first foreign operator with a license to process electronic payments in China, allowing it to challenge Chinese companies including Alipay. PayPal filed an application to the People's Bank of China late last year. (Read More)

Swiff Targets Banks With Its Mobile POS Solution; BetaKit

Swiff, which like Square and PayPal Here employs a mobile card reader dongle to allow merchants to accept card-based payments on the go, bills its system as a POS replacement system, but unlike PayPal and Square, it’s not targeting merchants directly; instead, Swiff is partnering with banks and financial institutions to start where business owners are already having their money managed. (Read More)

PayPal versus Alipay in China; eCOMERCE BYTES

Two days after PayPal said it was confident the Chinese government would grant it a license to compete domestically, Chinese firm Alipay said it would spend $79 million to upgrade its cash-on-delivery (COD) payment infrastructure. (Read More)    

VeriFone Bringing Lottery to Card Payment Screens; Press Release

Taxis and Gas Pumps are Ideal Venues for Digital Media-Enabled Lottery Ticket Sales and Printing (Read More)

Facebook: Is it Worth $100B? Or More?? Forbes

SharePost currently pegs Facebook valution at $100B, making it one of the top five US IPOs of all times.  The recent performance of Yelp’s IPO illustrates what could be unprecedented interest in the stock.(Read More)

PayPal debuts in bars, restaurants with TabbedOut integration; GIGAOM

PayPal, the online payment giant, has been working its way into physical stores and is now rolling out as a payment option in more than 2,000 Home Depot locations. The eBay division isn’t just targeting retail, however. It’s also making its debut in restaurants and bars with a new partnership with Tabbedout, an Austin, Texas start-up that lets people pay their tabs using an app. (Read More)

Apple Granted iWallet Patent For NFC Payments; GEEKSAILOR

A couple of years ago Apple was seen applying for a patent regarding mobile payments based on Near Field Communication technology, fact which led us to think that the iPhone 4 or its successor will come packed with a NFC chipset. Well, neither of these devices had a NFC chipset and they didn’t support mobile payments, but things may change once iPhone 5 becomes available as Apple has just won a major “iWallet” patent. (Read More)    

Why Banks Will Continue To Lose Online Payment Market Share To Tech; Seeking Alpha

Seeking Alpha    The last few days I have been writing about some of the challenges that big American banks face. See this article on branch banking and this one on capital requirements. A lack of trust may be an even greater hurdle to sustained profitability. (Read More) 

ATMs Of The Near Future Will Offer More Than Cash; ISO & Agent

Imagine a machine that makes your dinner reservations, invites your friends to join you at the restaurant and hands you the cash to cover the check. We’re talking about the ATM of the near future. (Read More) 

PayPal exec woos big retailers with pricing, data; REUTERS

Don Kingsborough wants PayPal displayed alongside Visa, MasterCard and American Express in retail stores. To get there, he will compete aggressively on price. (Read More) 

Accel, SV Angel, Y Combinator Put $1.5M In Online Bank Payments Platform GoCardless; Techcrunch

If you’ve ever set up an automatic ‘Bill Pay’ feature on your bank account to pay off your utility and cable bills, then you’ve taken advantage of a nifty feature called an ‘interbank transfer’, also known as an ‘Automated Clearing House’ payment. (Read More) 

Self-Checkout Footprints Get Smaller For Retail; The Point of Sale News

You may have used self-checkout stations at grocery stores and supermarkets, do-it-yourself retailers like IKEA, Lowe's and Home Depot, CVS Pharmacy, and even to borrow books from your local public library. Designed to expedite service for shoppers with just a few items, to manage checkout queues with limited staff on hand, or simply to add a self-service option for customers who prefer it, these self-checkout solutions have been around for a decade or more. (Read More) 

PayPal Says It’s Full Speed Ahead on Mobile Payments After President Resigns; All Things D

inShare.SharePrint  When Scott Thompson announced he was stepping down as president of PayPal to become CEO of Yahoo, the company was shocked. (Read More) 

WePay: The Online Payment Start-Up Behind Occupy Wall Street; Forbes

In early September, start-up WePay noticed an unusual new account on its online payments site. Called “September 17 Event”, the account’s webpage said it was raising funds to buy food for an upcoming “Wall Street occupation event” and assured contributors “any amount…would be most appreciated.” (Read More) 

Amazon Pulls Plug on PayPhrase Service; Mashable Tech

Amazon is pulling the plug on its PayPhrase program, which was originally set up so you can check out of the online retailer faster. (Read More)

POS Terminals: On the Cusp of Change; Press Release

The POS terminal industry has entered a period of dramatic change and development. Terminals have been steadily moving to a digital format, with electronic signature capture and e-mailed receipts enabling paper free transactions. (Read More

Why “Want” & “Own” might be the most important Actions coming to Facebook; VentureBeat

Facebook is bringing a boatload of apps and actions onto the social network. Now, instead of just “Liking” something, you can say you read it, listened to it, or watched it, all through your favorite web and mobile apps. (Read More

card.io Launches Payments App, Mobile Payments SDK; Press Release

card.io, a mobile commerce company founded by two former AdMob employees, Mike Mettler and Josh Bleecher Snyder, today announced their first consumer app: Card.io payments app allows anyone to accept a credit card payment simply by using the camera on their phone, with no extra hardware needed. (Read More

NACHA Launches ACH Messaging Campaign and Microsite to Provide Resources and Encourage Understanding of ACH Network and Payments; Press Release

The Electronic Payments Association today announced the launch of a new industry resource, its http://direct.nacha.org microsite. The microsite – a supplement to the main NACHA.org site – was created to help all payments industry participants develop a common understanding of ACH payments, the NACHA Operating Rules, and the value of the ACH Network. (Read More

NCR unveils cloud-based point of sale for independent retailers at NRF 2012; Press Release

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) today unveiled the first cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) software platform that enables independent retailers to manage transactions, track sales and inventory, process credit cards and market to customers on both POS touchscreen terminals and Apple mobile devices. (Read More) 

Will Yahoo’s new CEO move the company toward ecommerce? Brafton

The appointment of PayPal's Scott Thompson as the new Yahoo CEO could mean a major change in direction for Yahoo.(Read More

Analysis: U.S. casinos, vendors eye big online-poker stakes; Reuters

Even before the Justice Department effectively gave the green light for states to legalize online gambling, the Shuffle Master Inc chief strategy officer had assembled a design team for a multiplayer gaming platform, kicked off a hiring plan, and made preparations to launch the company's maiden interactive division this year.(Read More

EU plans next move as Google, Visa jostle for 'eMoney'; EurActiv

The European Commission is following with interest the battle between Google and Visa, which have both stepped up their offers of "digital wallet" services. EurActiv has seen a draft of a public consultation document that the EU executive will launch in January on internet and mobile payments. (Read More

Fiserv Slaps Rival FIS with a Lawsuit Alleging Infringement of Three Payments Patents; Digital Transactions

Many patent-infringement lawsuits involving payment processing have involved small companies suing processors and banks over rights to technology and business methods over which they claim ownership. But an infringement suit filed on Thursday by bank processor Fiserv Inc. against rival Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) over electronic bill-payment and account-transfer technology shows that the big boys in payments are ready to go after each other in court. (Read More

PayPal Increases Fees for International Mass Payment Feature; eCOMMERCE BYTES

PayPal is increasing fees for Mass Payments sent outside the U.S., making it potentially much more expensive for those who use the feature to make international payments. (Read More

SEPA moving forward incrementally; The Green Sheet

Europe is close to adopting a single security standard for payment devices, according to Peter Puttick, VeriFone Inc. Senior Security Manager. Puttick affirmed this at a Vendorcom meeting in London in November 2011. (Read More

First Data launches new online payment gateway; Banking Business Reveiw

First Data Corporation, a provider of payment processing services, has introduced Global Gateway e4, a new, online payment gateway designed to address eCommerce merchants' business needs. (Read More

In The Messy NFC Battle, Consumers Are The Biggest Losers; FAST COMPANY

Format wars aren't new--hello VHS versus Betamax and Blu-ray versus HD-DVD! But a different kind of format war is casting a shadow on NFC and the amazing benefits it could bring to future payment tech. (Read More

Intel Jumps On The NFC Bandwagon With New Deal; WebProNews

INSIDE Secure, a company that specializes in near-field communication technology, announced today that it had entered into a partnership with Intel to provide the company with NFC techology to include in its chipsets. The agreement grants Intel full access to a range of INSIDE’s NFC products, including hardware, software, and firmware. (Read More) 

Dwolla Waives 25-Cent Fee for Transactions under $10; CUinsights

Dwolla, the online, location-based, social, and mobile payment platform supported by The Members Group (TMG), announced today that it will no longer charge its 25-cent transaction fee for payments of $10 and below. (Read More

Acculynk and Major E-Commerce Merchants Form International Internet PIN Acceptance Consortium; Press Release

Acculynk today announces the formation of the International Internet PIN Acceptance Consortium, for the purpose of enabling secure internet payments across international borders by establishing Acculynk’s PaySecure as the standard for processing internet PIN-debit transactions internationally. (Read More

Xsolla Partners With SafetyPay To Monetize Online Gaming And Social Networks; Press Release

In-Game Monetization Leader Xsolla Announced Partnership With SafetyPay, A Secure Payment Provider Serving Online Shoppers, Merchants And Banks Worldwide (Read More

High Bank Fees Give Wal-Mart a Money Aisle; The New York Times

Americans say they are fed up with banks. They are protesting on Wall Street and raising a ruckus over outsize fees. Now there is a surprising beneficiary: Wal-Mart. (Read More) 

Nokia to bear NFC guns in US, create its own mobile wallet? ENGADGET

Nokia is still champing at the bit when it comes to creating the so-called three horse race, but the Finnish mainstay has another three word secret weapon up its sleeve: NFC. (Read More) 

Amex looking for deals in Silicon Valley; Reuters

American Express Co is looking for acquisitions and other deals in Silicon Valley to help the credit card giant expand more in digital commerce. (Read More)

Evaluating the potential of immediate funds transfer for general-purpose payments in the United States; Chicago Fed Letter

Immediate funds transfer (IFT) is a convenient, certain, secure, and low-cost means of electronically transferring money between bank accounts with no or minimal delay in receivers’ receipt and use of funds. Yet IFT is not widely available in the U.S. This article summarizes discussions on the potential for IFT in the U.S. held at the Symposium on Immediate Funds Transfer for General-Purpose Payments, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, on September 7, 2011. (Read More)

With Numbers up, Visa Execs Touch on Strategies to Keep Network Dominant; Digital Transactions

Confirming other findings that payment card usage is picking up in the U.S., Visa Inc.’s credit and debit card dollar volume rose 9% in the network’s fourth fiscal 2011 quarter ended Sept. 30 to $516 billion from $474 billion a year earlier. Payment transactions increased 7.3% to 10.5 billion. (Read More)

VeriFone Completes Acquisition of Hypercom Corporation; Press Release

VeriFone Systems, Inc. (NYSE: PAY) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Hypercom Corporation. In connection with the closing, VeriFone and Hypercom reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, following which Hypercom divested its U.S. payment systems business to The Gores Group, LLC. (Read More)

Twitter Founder Pushes Square’s Payment Device Into Wal-Mart; Bloomberg Businessweek

Square Inc., the mobile payments company created by Twitter Inc. co-founder Jack Dorsey, said its credit-card reader for smartphones will be available in Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s locations nationwide, boosting the number of retail outlets where it is sold to more than 9,000. (Read More) 

Motorola launches tablet that's strictly business; Los Angeles Times/Technology

Motorola Solutions launched the ET1 Enterprise Tablet, a digital device aimed at retailers. The tablet comes with a bar-code scanner, allows credit card swiping and is password protected so it can be shared by store employees. (Read More)

Citi rounds on Isis, urges other banks to join Google Wallet; Finextra 

Citibank has contrasted Google's open platform approach to mobile payments with the gatekeeper role adopted by the Isis consortium, complaining that the telcos are hampering the development of NFC to the detriment of other market participants. (Read More)

Mobile POS's Single Point Of Failure Is Wi-Fi; StorefrontBacktalk 

Just when you thought you had figured out how to deploy in-store mobile devices, something comes along to remind you that it's not that simple. (Read More)

eBay says that its PayPal division expects to hit $4.7 billion in total payment volume (TPV) of digital goods in 2011. Mashable Business


The projection, announced at eBay’s X.commerce Innovate developers conference, would be a significant increase in transactions for digital goods undefined up 28% from 2010, when digital goods accounted for a TPV of $3.4 billion. (Read More)

Harland Financial Solutions and Harland Clarke Launch P2P Payment Network; Press Release

Recognizing the need for financial institutions to meet increasing demand for person-to-person (P2P) electronic payments, Harland Financial Solutions and Harland Clarke have collaborated to launch their own P2P payment network, Direct Payment Exchange. As part of the launch, they are introducing a complimentary charter membership program for financial institutions. (Read More)

World's first everyday cardless bank to launch 1st Oct. Press Release

As of 1st October, Movenbank, the world's first everyday cardless bank, will begin to "alpha test" its services with a select few members of the public. The launch of Movenbank was announced by its founder and chairman, Brett King, at the SIBOS Innotribe conference in Toronto last week. It is a completely new model of bank that will operate entirely online embracing mobile and social technology. (Read More)

Facing up to the competition; Consult Hyperion Blog

If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest in the world, so it figures that the social networking giant is trying to develop its own currency - Facebook Credits. (Read More)

How New Payment Options Can Drive Revenue; The New York Times

Wal-Mart recently made business news headlines by unveiling a layaway purchase option for customers. This once-common practice involves retailers placing merchandise aside after a customer makes a down payment (typically 10 to 20% of full price). Additional payments are made over time, and once paid in full, the buyer takes possession. (Read More)

American Express Buys Virtual Currency Monetization Platform Sometrics For $30M; TechCrunch

Exclusive: In a push to boost its payments platform for the gaming industry, American Express, has acquired virtual currency platform and in-game payments provider Sometrics. (Read More)

The Ritz London Installs China UnionPay Terminals; ASIATravelTips.com

The Ritz London, one of the world’s most iconic five-star luxury hotels, has installed China UnionPay terminals, China’s largest electronic-payment network. (Read More)

TSYS Extends Processing Services Agreement with Clearent; Press Release

TSYS (NYSE: TSS) announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with Clearent, LLC, to continue their current and well established merchant services processing relationship. (Read More)

Bill.com Launches Printed Invoice Mailing Service, Expands Breadth of Online Receivables Offering; Press Release

Company Breaks New Ground in Electronic Invoicing by Bridging the Gap Between Online and Offline Billing for SMBs and CPAs. (Read More)

RIM waits on carrier plans for NFC with new BlackBerry line: FierceWireless

Research In Motion added Near Field Communications capabilities to its new BlackBerry Bold models, which will go on sale later this month, but is waiting on carriers to flesh out NFC plans for mobile payments. U.S. carriers that are launching the Bold conspicuously avoided mentioning NFC in their press releases trumpeting the device. (Read More)

How a Google-Motorola Combo Could Be ‘Good News’for NFC in the U.S.; DIGITAL TRANSACTIONS

At first glance, the nascent mobile-payments business doesn’t seem to be the major driver of Google Inc.’s $12.5 billion cash acquisition of cell-phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. The deal, however, could spur payments using near-field communications (NFC) technology as software companies, phone manufacturers, and mobile-communications software companies jockey for position, observers say. (Read More)

Jwaala and eWise Partner to Offer New Payment Solution to Members of MACU; Press Release

Online banking solution provider, Jwaala, and payments solution provider, eWise, have partnered to offer a new online payment alternative for credit union members, merchants, and billers. Through this partnership, the Secure Vault Payments solution has been integrated into Jwaala’s Better Online Banking platform (BOB) allowing users to make payments to online merchants and billers through simple, secure and immediate ACH transactions. (Read More)

Bank of Internet Launches a Person-to-Person Payment Service That Eliminates the Hassles of Checks and Cash; Press Release

Bank of Internet USA (NASDAQ: BOFI) announced today it has expanded its product offerings with the launch of a new innovative service: Popmoney, a person-to-person payment service that eliminates the hassles of checks and cash. (Read More)

Element Express Processing Platform Named a 2011 Best Channel Product By Business Solutions Magazine

ISVs Recognize the Element Express Processing Platform as an Industry-Leading Payments Engine for its Feature-Rich Functionality, Ease of Integration and Seamless Upgrades. (Read More)

eBay and PayPal Open Registration to Developer Program Conference; eCOMMERCE BYTES

eBay and PayPal opened registration for their Innovate developers conference on Wednesday. eBay had canceled its own Developers Conference, scheduled to take place June 7 - 9, 2011, and decided to merge it with PayPal's X Innovate Developers Conference in October under a new name, X.commerce Innovate. (Read More)

Art That Begs to Be Touched; The New York Times

Most mornings, the Museum of Modern Art is as crowded as a Midtown subway station. So it didn’t seem all that odd to witness two middle-school students, Ariel Rogiers, 13 and Javonna Cato, 12, from the Robert F. Kennedy School on the Upper East Side, lining up recently on the museum’s third floor to check the balances on their MetroCards. (Read More)

Ceridian Stored Value Solutions (SVS) and Twitpay Offer Innovative Social Commerce Solution; Press Release

Ceridian Stored Value Solutions (SVS) and Twitpay partner to offer pioneering technology and a seamless social commerce solution. With Twitpay, SVS clients will now have the opportunity to define a social media relationship that will benefit both the merchant and the consumer with real-time offers. Twitpay allows for easy, secure financial transactions within social networks like Twitter through a simple retweet/repost of the offer. (Read More)

Prospects Brighten for Same-Day ACH As Software Emerges And NACHA Eyes Rules; Digital Transactions

Faster clearing and settlement of automated clearing house transactions, hampered by a host of issues and limitations, could be picking up some momentum, albeit slowly. Software is emerging to allow both large and small financial institutions to take advantage of a nearly 1-year-old Federal Reserve service that clears transactions on the same day they are entered. (Read More)

PayPal Enables Peer-to-Peer Payments on Android With NFC; The Wall Street Journal

PayPal has doubled its mobile payments projections to $3 billion this year, and is investing heavily in new ways to make it easy to pay with the phone. (Read More)

First Data Releases June 2011 SpendTrend; Press Release

First Data has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for the full month of June 2011 compared to June 2010. (Read More)

FFIEC Releases Supplemental Guidance on Internet Banking Authentication; Press Release


The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) today issued a supplement to the Authentication in an Internet Banking Environment guidance, issued in October 2005. The purpose of the supplement is to reinforce the risk-management framework described in the original guidance and update the FFIEC member agencies' supervisory expectations regarding customer authentication, layered security, and other controls in the increasingly hostile online environment. (Read More)


BillMyParents.com Traffic Spikes to 600,000 Unique Visitors; netbanker

If you want to attract customers between the ages of 12 to 21+, you could not have a better name than BillMyParents. But living up to that promise, not to mention appealing to parents, is a little trickier. (Read More)

Accel Puts $34 Million In Online Payments Platform Braintree; TechCrunch

It’s no secret that Accel is making major investments in the online payments space, funding both Wonga and e-payments company Yapstone. And today the venture firm is announcing a $34 million Series A investment in Chicago-based online payments company Braintree. Accel partner Ryan Sweeney will be joining Braintree’s board. (Read More)

Group files FTC complaint over Facebook Credits; The Wall Street Journal

A consumer-advocacy group said Wednesday it has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over Facebook Inc.’s virtual currency, called Facebook Credits, arguing that the rules for its payments system are anticompetitive. (Read More)

Mexico Banking Leader BBVA Bancomer Orders 10,000+ Hypercom Optimum Payment Systems; Press Release

Hypercom Corporation (NYSE: HYC) today announced that Mexico’s largest bank, BBVA Bancomer, has selected and will deploy more than 10,000 Optimum M4230 mobile payment systems to its merchant customers. Hypercom’s M4230 replaces an incumbent provider’s product and was selected in head-to-head competition with other global payment providers. Financial terms were not disclosed. (Read More) 

New Wal-Mart Kiosks Present Subtle, But Real, Threat to Banks; American Banker

The retailer next week will begin rolling out automated versions of its MoneyCenter offices, which provide a range of financial services to shoppers. (Read More) 

SafetyPay Selected By BorderJump as Preferred Payment Solution for Cross Border Transactions; Press Release

SafetyPay™, a secure payment facilitator benefiting online shoppers, merchants and banks worldwide, announces its partnership with Tenn.-based BorderJump. BorderJump eliminates the complexities of cross border ecommerce through an integrated platform handling duty calculation, shipping & logistics, international payments and marketing. SafetyPay is exhibiting with BorderJump at the 2011 IRCE in San Diego at booth #1739, where representatives from both organizations will be available for demonstrations and/or meetings. (Read More)


CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA - May 31, 2011 – Sheetz Inc. operates 391 convenience stores in a six-state area. At peak times, these locations can maximize the company’s network traffic into their servers at 15 transactions per second. The Information Technology (IT) management team at Sheetz recognized the need for a solution that would allow them to get in front of situations that had the potential to negatively impact business operations. IT wanted to eliminate surprises and become more consultative in the way they provided support. Their desire for better monitoring and alerting tools led them to ESQ for a solution. (Read More)

VeriFone to Acquire South Africa Payments Solutions Provider; Press Release

CSC is Market Leader in Region; Provides Base to Grow VeriFone’s Africa Business (Read More)

Merchant Acquiring, an Update: EMV, Interchange, and Mobile Payments; Press Release

As the merchant acquiring industry rebounds, industry executives seek to competitively position themselves in the years to come. (Read More)

Heartland Payment Systems Introduces Tip Manager to Assist Restaurateurs with Tip Distribution and Management; Press Release

Heartland Payment Systems® (NYSE: HPY), one of the nation's largest payments processors, launches Heartland Tip Manager, a new service that offers restaurateurs a way to streamline tip distribution management. Tip Manager also integrates payroll data, credit card sales and credit card tip data from point-of-sale (POS) system. (Read More)

VeriFone and Hypercom Comment on U.S. Department of Justice Civil Complaint; Press Release

On November 17, 2010, VeriFone and Hypercom announced that they had entered into a merger agreement. In an effort to resolve potential antitrust issues with the merger, Hypercom announced on April 4, 2011, that it had entered into an agreement to sell its U.S. point-of-sale terminal business to Ingenico S.A. (Read More) 

Visa Unveils Next Generation Electronic Payments and Services; Press Release

North American Launch of New Digital Wallet with “Click-to-Buy” Functionality Scheduled for Fall 2011 (Read More) 

Hypercom Introduces Next Generation Network Technology for ISOs; Press Release

IntelliNAC™ to Speed Billions of Transactions, Strengthen Security and Deliver Unprecedented Flexibility (Read More) 

RocketPay LLC to offer Planet Payment’s Multi-Currency Pricing Service; Press Release

Planet Payment, Inc. [LSE: AIM: PPT and PPTR; OTCQX: PLPM], a leading multi-currency payment and data processor and RocketPay LLC, a provider of international merchant accounts and payment solutions, today announced an agreement to provide Planet Payment’s Multi-Currency Pricing  service to RocketPay’s  merchant customers in the United States. (Read More) 

Sony Says PlayStation Hacker Got Personal Data; The New York Times


Christopher Miller’s PlayStation Portable game console had been broken for most of two years. So when his parents got him a new one for his 25th birthday on April 18, he was elated undefined but only briefly. (Read More)


Venmo: Fighting the good fight against the online payment giants: CNNMoney

In each corner of the startup world there's a Venmo for every Paypal -- a little engine that could, and wants to, badly. (Read More) 

EBillme Takes a Dive into the E-Gift Card Pool; Digital Transactions

ModaSolutions Corp.’s eBillme bills itself as the cash-based way to pay for online purchases, but the company has put a new twist on its services: electronic gift cards. EBillme this week added a dozen new brands to the approximately 50 merchant brands it was already offering online. (Read More)

Apple Stores Now Stocking Square Card Readers; skatter tech

Square first made a debut last year and began revolutionizing mobile payments. For those unfamiliar, this little card reader paired with an Android or iOS app lets anyone with a compatible smart phone accept credit card transactions on the go. (Read More)

New: PayPal Business Payments – $0.50 flat fee online payments; Fresh Books

PayPal Business Payments is a PayPal pilot program for businesses only in the United States. (Read More)

Striata and Payments Gateway Partner to Securely Deliver Property Tax Bills Electronically; Press Release


Payments Gateway’s partnership with Striata combines powerful electronic payment and presentment solutions with email billing and secure document delivery, enabling customers to receive and pay their bills electronically and securely. (Read More)


Hypercom Brings EMV Card Payment to Dubai’s Metro; Press Release

Hypercom Corporation (NYSE: HYC) today announced that it has completed the full EMV certification of all of its Artema Modular self-service  payment systems and Artema Compact countertop terminals across 49 Dubai Metro stations to speed ticketing for four million passengers per month.  The EMV certification means that travelers on Dubai’s urban railway network will benefit from secure and convenient payment using their chip and PIN cards. (Read More)


Secure Vault Payments Will Go Mobile Later This Year with Bar Codes, Exec Says; Digital Transactions


Secure Vault Payments will announce a mobile application next month for the U.S. market, a top executive with the online-payments service tells Digital Transactions News. The mobile application, which will work on Apple, Android, and BlackBerry smart-phone systems, will start with a pilot in the fall and be in commercial production by the end of the year, projects Richard Brierley-Jones, executive vice president at eWise Systems USA Inc., the Denver-based technology company that switches transactions for Secure Vault Payments. (Read More)


J.P. Morgan's Order-To-Pay Network Crosses 100,000 Supplier Threshold as More Businesses Automate Accounts Payable Processes; Press Release


New Functionality Helps Suppliers More Easily Connect to Growing Settlement Network without Implementation Costs (Read More)


Cashless Payments Go Mainstream In Unattended POS Markets; Vending Times


USA Technologies, USAT, Michael Lawlor, cashless vending, cashless payment, credit card usage, debit card usage, video game, AMI Entertainment Network, juke box, snack vending, micropayments, vending business, vending machine (Read More)


On Its First Birthday, WePay Celebrates As Engagement Quintuples In Last 90 Days; TechCrunch


Almost exactly one year ago (their birthday is tomorrow), WePay launched its group payment platform to the public. The goal was simple: give people an easy way to divvy up bills, member dues, and other common transactions with an integrated payment system and easy reminders to nudge those fraternity members who haven’t paid their dues yet. The service is also handy for selling tickets and collecting donations. (Read More)


Jack Henry & Associates Expands Internet Banking Solutions; Press Release


Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (Nasdaq: JKHY), a leading provider of computer systems and electronic payment solutions primarily for financial services organizations, today formally announced the availability of My NetTeller, its solution that enables accountholders to create customized dashboard-style landing pages of their most commonly used online banking functions. The company also provided an update on its ongoing success with OurCashFlow™, the online financial management (OFM) solution that is fully integrated with NetTeller Online Banking™ platform. (Read More)


Survey: Adoption of e-Billing in the U.S.; eeiplatform

NACHA CEBP and PayItGreen quantified the size of the U.S. e-Billing(electric billing) market, indicating that a total of 5.1 billion electric bills were delivered in 2010 alone. However, some consumers are moving to adopt electric bills more slowly than anticipated. NACHA and PayItGreen suggests that e-Billing is gaining momentum across business industries with more billers expected to come online in 2011 and 2012. (Read More)

Banks shouldn’t ignore alternative payments; Mobile Commerce Daily

When one thinks of innovation in the retail payments space, alternative payments are definitely top of mind. (Read More)

Zynga challenges Facebook with virtual currency; StrategyEye

Zynga is rolling out its own virtual currency, zCoins, just months before it becomes mandatory for all social games on Facebook to use Facebook Credits. (Read More)

Why the Fed needs to get its act together on payments; Reuters: Felix salmon

I’ve known Josh Reich, BankSimple’s CEO, for a while now, but it’s only today that I managed to sit down and have a serious conversation with CFO Shamir Karkal. He’s a very interesting guy undefined go check out his latest blog entry on the rise of Credits and you’ll see what I mean. Our discussion today was largely about payments, an area where BankSimple stands out starkly from the mass of banks and credit unions by being in favor of lower debit interchange fees. (Read More)



With several independent ATM deployers recently hiking their ATM fees, leading ATM provider, BANKTECH has confirmed its CashConnect ATM Network will remain at $2.00 per withdrawal. (Read More)


MoneyGram, Iris Wireless and Globe Telecom Partner to Provide Mobile Top-Up to Philippines; Press Release

U.S. consumers can purchase airtime credits for loved ones in the Philippines at any MoneyGram ExpressPayment® agent location. (Read More)


A new Visa person-to-person payments service will transform how Visa cards are used – from being not only the best way to pay, but also the best way to receive payments quickly. (Read More)

Arcos Dorados Selects VeriFone PAYware Merchant for Latin America McDonald’s Restaurant Operations; Press Release


Will Utilize the VeriFone Hosted Payment Services for POS Transactions and Also Provide Restaurants with VeriFone Card Acceptance Systems (Read More)


The TIO Network Surpasses 58,000 Physical Location End-points through Strategic Alliance with MoneyGram International; Digital Journal

Agreement adds over 35,000 location endpoints where a TIO bill payment can be originated. (Read More)

ATMIA establishes a presence in Washington as organization becomes politically active; Press Release

The ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) will establish a permanent presence in the nation's capital, a move that reflects the organization's decision to become politically active to protect its livelihood. (Read More)

Banks Launch Integrated Mobile Banking Solution from First Data; Press Release

With the First Data Mobile Manager – mBanking solution, financial institutions can rapidly implement mobile banking with robust functionality. This solution integrates seamlessly with First Data’s FundsXpress online banking platform, enabling a consistent experience with the same capabilities as online banking on a mobile device, and only one set of logon credentials to manage. (Read More)

Banks Must Retool Their Payments Businesses in Wake of Financial Crisis and Regulatory Changes, Says New Report by The Boston Consulting Group; Press Release

Government Regulation, Tighter Competition, and Shifting Customer Demands Have Taken a Toll on Revenues and Profits; Forging Optimal Business and Operating Models Is Key to Success, BCG Says (Read More)

Mobile Money Transfer & Remittances; Press Release

Markets, Forecasts & Vendor Strategies 2011-2015 (Read More)

The Mercator Map of India: An Overview of the Subcontinent's Payments Market; Report

With 2.97 million square kilometers of land and 1.17 billion people, it is no surprise that the Indian subcontinent is drawing a lot of interest from payment companies worldwide. (Read More)

InComm Gains Momentum in Grocery Channel; Press Release

Top Tier Product Partners and Diversity of Program Offerings, Drivers for Growth (Read More)

Acculynk Bringing PaySecure to the Mobile Channel; Press Release

PaySecure, the first software-only service for PIN debit payments on the Internet, will be available on mobile phones in Q1 (Read More)

SAP Enables New Approach to Billing for Telecommunications Industry; Press Release

Integrated Billing Solution Enables Rapid Innovation and New Services Monetization (Read More)

Leveraging ATMs for the ‘Bank of Mom and Dad’; BAI Banking Strategies

ATMs can be used to facilitate small-dollar remittances and loans and provide additional fee income for banks, according to Privier’s Bill Drevant. (Read More)


First Data Positions for Payments Industry’s Changing Landscape; Press Release

Regulatory changes expected to transform the payments marketplace; Company consolidates operations and management of its business (Read More)

The Future of Payments: 6 Startups Putting Boston on the Map; BostInnovation

2010 was an exciting year for the payments industry. A sector plagued with old piping and pantsuits enjoyed a big breath of fresh air from entrepreneurs like Jack Dorsey and the founders of Blippy. (Read More)

ATMIA (www.atmia.com) has announced the winners of its 2010 Outstanding Service Awards in the United States. Press Release

“2010 was an exceptionally challenging year in the US ATM market, with the Harkin Amendment threatening a wholly unrealistic and potentially fatal cap on ATM fees, coupled with a reduction in crucial interchange revenue,” commented Mike Lee, ATMIA’s CEO. “The industry turbulence which resulted from these measures threw up some outstanding leaders who stood out above the crowd and helped steer us through stormy waters.” (Read More)

A Closer Look at Fed Payments Study Unveils Some Surprises; Digital Transactions

A major Federal Reserve payments study released last week grabbed headlines for documenting a dramatic three-year increase in electronic transactions, but a closer examination this week by officials who worked on the report highlights a number of subsidiary trends in such key areas as remote deposit capture, person-to-person payments, and credit cards. (Read More)

Visa Europe launches new contactless payment solution for London’s black cabs; Press Release

London, 8th December, 2010 - Paying for a black cab will be quicker and easier thanks to a launch of new contactless card payment systems by Visa Europe and the Mayor of London. (Read More)

Ingenico Gets EU1.44 Billion Offer From Undisclosed Buyer; Bloomberg Businessweek

Ingenico SA, the world’s largest maker of payment terminals, got a 1.44 billion-euro ($1.9 billion) offer from an undisclosed buyer. (Read More)

Insights on Payment Innovation from Harvard Business School’s 16th Annual Cyberposium; cataLyst code

This year’s theme was Battle of the Platforms (a subject near and dear to our hearts here at MPD). http://www.cyberposium.com/ The conference usually draws about 600 people and this year was no exception, in spite of what was a gorgeous November Saturday afternoon. (Read More)

China Telecom, Bank of China and UnionPay Launch New Mobile Payment Service

China Telecom, China UnionPay (CUP) and Bank of China (BOC) have launched a new mobile payment service, the E Surfing Great Wall Card in Ningbo, Zhejiang. (Read More)

Visa Develops Electronic Payment Solution Using UIDAI Platform; SMR

Designed especially for the Un-Banked and Under-Banked Aadhaar Holders Mumbai, Visa, a leading global electronic payments technology company has developed a unique payment solution, using the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) platform. (Read More)

VeriFone and RSA to Deliver Comprehensive End-to-End Payment Card Security Service; Press Release

Strategic Partnership to Market VeriFone’s VeriShield Protect and RSA SafeProxy™ Architecture from EMC’s Security Division as All-Encompassing Solution Framework to Protect Data In-flight and At-Rest (Read More)


VeriFone and Gemalto Forge Strategic Partnership; Press Release

Companies will jointly pursue opportunities to accelerate EMV payment adoption; Exclusive discussions for VeriFone to acquire Gemalto POS solutions business; Gemalto to be VeriFone’s preferred M2M wireless module supplier. (Read More)


ATM Wireless Provider Continues Expansion, Promotes New General Manager; ATMIA

Chris Baird Promoted as General Manager of OptConnect (Read More)


ATMs of the Future Boast Sleek Consoles; FAST COMPANY

The boxy frame, the greasy touch screens, the seemingly endless series of bleeps and bloops required to produce your cash -- there's not much to love about the modern ATM. (Read More)


VeriFone and Gemalto Forge Strategic Partnership; PYMNTS.COM


The two companies will jointly pursue new chip card solutions based on the global EMV payment standard, particularly as U.S. retailers and card networks increasingly acknowledge chip card and contactless technologies as a core component of a comprehensive security infrastructure. (Read More)


Redefining the Point of Sale; PYMNTS.COM

Since the inception of payments, point-of-sale (POS) has been part of the vocabulary. The term conjures up images of a consumer at a store checkout counter and swiping a card or handing it to a clerk. (Read More)

Hypercom Provides Update on Rejection of Unsolicited, Non-Binding Proposal from Verifone; The Wall Street Journal

Hypercom Corporation, the high security electronic payment and digital transactions solutions provider, today announced that it has voluntarily withdrawn its lawsuit against VeriFone Systems, Inc. (Read More)

TSYS Signs Agreement with Cynergy Data; Press Release

TSYS Acquiring Solutions today announced that it has signed a contract to expand its services with Cynergy Data to serve as the preferred provider of authorization, settlement and dispute resolution services for the New York-based company. As a market leader in the payments industry since 1995 with more than 120,000 merchants, processing in excess of $13 billion annually, Cynergy will leverage TSYS’ proven solutions to continue to capture additional market share through its recent and future acquisitions. (Read More)

Domino’s Pizza Chooses ACI Worldwide for Centralized Payment Processing; Press Release

Solution Delivers Efficiency and Flexibility to Respond to Market Demands, Improves Customer Service (Read More)

City of Palo Alto and City of Lamar are Bringing in the Bling! Press Release

California and Colorado Municipalities Now Accept Bling Nation as a Form of Payment  (Read More)

VeriFone Acquires End-to-End Encryption Leader Semtek; The Wall Street Journal

Converts Investment into Acquisition to Accelerate Market Delivery. (Read More)

Hypercom Rolls out EFTSec 2.0 Point-to-Point Encryption in the United States; No Per-Transaction Fees; HYPERCOM Press Release


Hypercom Corporation (NYSE: HYC) today announced the immediate availability of its HyperSafe� Secure EFTSec Server� 2.0 point-to-point payment data encryption system for processors and ISOs supporting Tier 4 merchants using Optimum T4200 countertop and M4200 mobile payment terminals in the United States. (Read More)


An End to 'Empty Envelope' Fraud? Bank Info Security

“It's been nearly six years since the passage of Check 21, the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act. Yet, the industry has not fully embraced all of the reform's benefits.” Tracy Kitten (Read More)

STAR® Network unveils STAR CertiFlash™; STAR Press Release

New point-of-sale solution combats debit card fraud with advanced, multi-layered security features. (Read More)

High Tech Export Potential for Australia in Middle East/India and Asian Markets


Transaction processing is rapidly becoming a successful high tech export for Australia in markets where secure and reliable processing is required for point-of-sale terminals (POS) and Automatic Teller Machines (ATM). (Read more)


First Data’s Alliance with BofA Helps Fuel Surge in Transactions: Digital Transactions

Boosted by its big new merchant alliance with Bank of America Corp., First Data Corp.’s transaction count surged 41% in the second quarter, the leading payment processor reported Tuesday. (Read More)

Walk a mile with my shoehorn: Digital Money Blog

There's a wonderful variety of new payment systems out there, one of the reasons why I love this business so much. A good example is FaceCash: the payment is made using a barcode on a mobile screen (yet another case of innovators not waiting for operators to get their NFC act together) and the POS displays the picture of the payer so that the merchant can authenticate them. And it's cheap. (Read More)

Bunker-busting ATM attacks show security holes; Source: Yahoo Finance

A hacker has discovered a way to force ATMs to disgorge their cash by hijacking the computers inside them. (Read More)

ProPay Launches ProtectPay Online Virtual Terminal; Source: PropAY

ProtectPay Online Virtual Terminal Provides Merchants with a Secure Payment Option and Reduction of PCI Obligations (Read More)

TIO Networks Press Release

TIO has been selected as one of 3 companies to provide a network of payment locations to assist Florida Turnpike in the transition to All Electronic Tolling (AET) in the State of Florida. (Read More)

Square’s Founder Says the Main Act Is About To Begin; Source: Digital Transactions

After taking a time out in June to resolve problems ranging from a parts shortage to merchant underwriting, the new payment service Square Inc. is about to commercially distribute its cube-shaped card readers for smart phones. Chief executive officer Jack Dorsey, co-founder of the Twitter social network, told attendees at the MidWest Acquiring Association’s annual conference on Wednesday that the release would be “soon,” as in this summer, though that was as far as he was willing to go. “We don’t have an exact date,” he told Digital Transactions News after his speech in Schaumburg, Ill. (Read More)

A New Report from Aite Group: A Merchant Acquiring Update

Three overriding concerns weigh on the merchant acquiring industry today: regulation, economics, and technology. (Read More)

Cardtronics Delivers Notice of Redemption of $100.0 Million Senior Subordinated Notes -- Series B Due 2013; Source: Cardtronics

Cardtronics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CATM), the world's largest non-bank owner of ATMs, announced today that it has initiated a full redemption of its $100.0 million 9.25% Senior Subordinated Notes -- Series B due in 2013 (the "Series B Notes"). The Series B Notes will be redeemed on August 20, 2010, at a redemption price of 102.313% of the principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest through August 20, 2010. The Notice of Redemption for the Series B Notes was sent to all registered holders on July 21, 2010. (Read More)

ATM Industry Statement on Black Hat Briefing


Sioux Falls, SD, USA -     The ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) (www.atmia.com), a global non-profit trade association with over 1750 members in 50 countries, today expressed its confidence in the industry’s software and other critical systems, which are subject to robust governance, standards and industry best practices. The association reaffirmed this standpoint after a recent demonstration by ethical hacker and security professional Barnaby Jack, which indicated that certain ATMs can be “jackpotted”. (Read more)

The Acquiring Industry Stays on Its Top-Heavy Course; Source: Digital Transactions

The rich in merchant-acquiring market share got richer last year, but nearly everyone got a little poorer when same-store sales are the measure, according to the latest annual study of the acquiring industry by Mercator Advisory Group Inc. (Read More)

Australian Transaction Processor reaches milestone with Third Party Processor accreditation from MasterCard and Visa


Innovative Australian company, EFTEX, has significantly enhanced its status as one of the most highly regarded transaction processors in the market place by achieving Third Party Processor accreditation with both major international card schemes, MasterCard and Visa. (Read more)


US Merchant Acquiring 2010: Consolidation at the Top; Source: Mercator Advisory Group

Mercator's annual US Merchant Acquiring analysis (Read More)

Heartland Payment Systems® Installs E3™ Terminals at 1,020 Merchants since May 24 Launch of Its End-to-End Encryption Solution; Source: Heartland payment Systems

Business owners take action to protect cardholder data, embrace ease of use of Heartland’s end-to-end-encryption terminals, no-processing-fee approach to security and warranty (Read More)

California welfare cards can be used in many casino ATMs; Source: The Los Angeles Times

Times review finds that in more than half of the state's casinos and gaming rooms, welfare recipients can get cash from state-issued EBT cards. Officials say they're moving to block such transactions. (Read More)

In China, fake ATM to dupe customers; Source: The Times of India

Robbers in China came up with a novel method of looting people. They set up a fake ATM to record banking details of unsuspecting customers and then used these to make fraudulent withdrawals. (Read More)

Assessor Validates VeriFone’s VeriShield Protect End-to-End Encryption Solution; Source: VeriFone

Independent QSA Determines VeriShield Protect Meets All Visa Data Field Encryption Guidelines and May Take Payment Applications out of PCI Scope (Read More)

June 9, 2010 Press Release

Transforming Ingenico towards profitable growth; Source: Ingenico

2013 targeted revenue above 1 billion € with circa 40% of recurring revenue
Revenue from transactions to be multiplied by 3 between 2009 (PF) and 2013
EBITDA >18% of revenue in 2013 (Read More)

May 28, 2010

Visa Eases up on Triple DES Deadline in Face of ‘Migration Challenges’; Source: Digital Transactions

Visa Inc. has “relaxed enforcement” of the July 1, 2010, deadline for petroleum retailers to install software that meets the so-called Triple Data Encryption Standard (also called 3DES or TDES) in response to requests from the major oil companies, including ExxonMobil, the card network said in a statement released this week. (Read More)

May 25, 2010 Press Release

Vietnam Switch Live on BASE24-eps From ACI Worldwide; Source: ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide Inc., a leading international provider of electronic payments software and solutions, today announced that Smartlink Card Services Joint Stock Company (Smartlink) is using BASE24-eps(R), ACI's market-leading software for online payments processing, on IBM Power Systems infrastructure. Smartlink is one of the largest national retail payment switch companies in Vietnam, and is ACI's first customer in the country. (Read More)

May 25, 2010

Heartland Payment Systems rolls out new card-swipe terminals; Source: USA Today Technology Live

Heartland Payment Systems, the processor of credit card transactions for 250,000 smaller merchants and restaurants, is making available new equipment that should help prevent it from losing customer data to cyberthieves. (Read More)

May 24, 2010

ATMGurus Offers Hantle Support

Bartlett, TN undefined ATMGurus and Hantle USA are expanding their level of cooperation to increase customer service to Hantle USA customers. Leveraging ATMGurus’ state of the art training and repair facility in the Memphis area, ATMGurus is the logical choice to handle Hantle USA training and repair for Hantle USA customers east of the Rockies. (Read more)


May 17, 2010

VeriFone Expands into South Korea with Orange Logic Acquisition; Source: Verifone

VeriFone Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PAY) today announced that it is acquiring the assets of Orange Logic Ltd., a South Korean payment systems provider. (Read More)

May 17, 2010

Wipe the swipe fee, Sacramento; Source: San Francisco Chronicle

When California consumers reach into their wallets to pay for a fill-up, groceries or a cup of coffee, they're likely to pull out a debit card. For bankers, it's the rising star of the financial world: convenient as a credit card but without many of the rules that govern an increasingly cashless society. (Read More)

May 14, 2010

Lower ATM fees? Careful what you wish for; By David Ellis, CNNMoney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- As Congress debates the new rules of the road for the U.S. banking industry, some lawmakers have an ambitious proposal: They want to cut ATM fees. (Read More)

May 11, 2010 Press Release

PaymentVision Announces Release and Successful Use of Integrated Electronic Payments for Auto Master System; Source: EON

Self-Service Channels and Payment Processing Integration Reduce Collection Timeframes and Improve Efficiencies for Buy Here–Pay Here Dealers (Read More)

May 6, 2010

ATM Maker Publishes Password; Thief Appreciates The Courtesy, By Evan Schuman, StorefrontBacktalk

The popular IT directive to “RTFM” was taken to heart by one cyberthief, who read the manual from an ATM manufacturer to learn its machines’ default password (555555) and the key sequence to access that machine’s programming. Having gained that access, according to an FBI affidavit, the cyberthief was going to tell the machine it was loaded with one-dollar billsundefinedinstead of the 20s it really heldundefinedwhich would allow him to boost his original investment 20-fold. (Read More)

May 5, 2010

Senators propose capping ATM fees at 50 cents By Jennifer Waters, MarketWatch

Chalk up ATM fees on the list of amendments that may make their way into the bank-reform bill under debate in Washington. (Read More)

May 5, 2010

FBI Foils Attempted ATM Hack; Expert: Fraudster Found ATM Manufacturer's Manual Online; Linda McGlasson, Bank Info Security

A North Carolina man was arrested in Houston, TX in April after he tried to hack into an ATM and change its passcode, according to the FBI. Thor Alexander Morris, 19, was arrested at a flea market after trying to enter a default administrative passcode on a Tranax Mini-Bank ATM. (Read More)

May 5, 2010

HKIA and China Unionpay launch shopping privileges; By Nicole Mezzasalma

Hong Kong International airport (HKIA) has partnered with card operator China Unionpay (CUP) to offer exclusive shopping and dining benefits to CUP cardholders. For the year from May 1 2010 to April 30 2011, shoppers using CUP cards will be able to enjoy 50 special offers across the airport’s retail and food and beverage outlets. (Read More)

May 3, 2010

Cardtronics, Inc. Q1 2010 Earnings Call Transcript; Source: Seeking Alpha (Read More)

May 3, 2010 Press Release

Merchant Warehouse to Bring Lower Interchange Fees to Merchants Using MICROS-Retail Xstore™ Java POS; Source: MerchantWarehouse

Retail payment processors look to save merchants up to 12% on transactions; will also add enhanced data protection through tokenization and SSL connections. (Read More)

April 27, 2010 Press Release

Euronet Worldwide Receives Notice of Change in Polish Interchange Fees; Source: Euronet Worldwide

Euronet Worldwide, Inc. ("Euronet" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: EEFT), a leading electronic payments provider, today announced it has been informed that Visa Europe ("Visa") notified its member banks that it will lower the Polish domestic ATM interchange fee from PLN 3.50 to PLN 1.30 (from approximately USD $1.20 to approximately $0.45, at current exchange rates), effective May 1, 2010. (Read More)

April 27, 2010

ATMIA and Tremont Capital Group Conduct Business Impact Study of Interchange Changes on ISO Community in the United States; Source: ATMIA

The ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) and Tremont Capital Group, one of the nation’s leading consulting firms specializing in the ATM industry, have announced the completion of a proprietary business impact study assessing anticipated revenue losses for ISOs following MasterCard/Cirrus’s reduction in interchange effective in April 2010; the new system includes a three tier interchange structure. (Read More)

April 23, 2010 Press Release

Dresser Wayne Nucleus® Point-of-Sale System Surpasses 11,000th Installation ; Source: BusinessWire

Dresser Wayne (www.DresserWayne.com), a global innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, announces the 11,000th installation of the popular Nucleus® point-of-sale system. Built on the retail-hardened IBM® platform and available for installation with Dresser® Wayne®, Gilbarco and other dispensers, Nucleus POS is the most popular touch screen system in the petroleum industry today. (Read More)

April 22, 2010

ATM users warned about credit card skimmers By Nesa Nourmohammadi, The Gazette; Source: The Washington Post

Cases of a hard-to-detect form of credit card fraud are showing up more frequently in the Washington region, police say, including a recent case in Rockville, where a skimming device that reads encrypted credit card data was found in a Wachovia bank branch ATM. (Read More)

April 16, 2010

Mercury Payment Sells Stake As M&A Reps Prowl the ETA Show; Source: Digital Transactions

The growing interest of private-equity firms in merchant processors showed itself again Wednesday when the big independent sales organization Mercury Payment Systems Inc. disclosed that Silver Lake would take a 60% interest in the company. (Read More)

April 12, 2010 Press Release

South Africa based ATM Solutions invests in ATM Network EMV upgrade; Source: ATM Solutions


As the largest independent ATM deployer in Africa, ATM Solutions, who deploys ATMs with eight southern African banks, invested approximately R60-million to upgrade its ATM network to meet full Chip and PIN (EMV) standards for the period October 2008 to September 2009. (Read More)

April 9, 2010

HSBC Bermuda introduces 'tap-and-go' card technology; By Alex Wright. The Royal Gazette

Customers will be able to buy products and services more easily and quickly and businesses cut down on the length of their queues thanks to new “tap-and-go” technology launched by HSBC Bermuda. (Read More)

April 8, 2010

European ATM fraud losses tumble – East; Source: finextra

European ATM-related fraud losses fell from EUR485 million in 2008 to EUR312 million last year, a 36% drop, despite a rise in attacks, according to figures from industry group East. (Read More)

April 8, 2010 Press Release

Cardtronics to Manage Travelex's U.S. ATM Network; Source: Cardtronics

Travelex, the world's largest retail foreign exchange specialist, has chosen Cardtronics (Nasdaq:CATM) to be the exclusive ATM managed services provider for all Travelex ATMs located within the United States. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Cardtronics will provide comprehensive ATM services including transaction processing, cash management, cash replenishment, monitoring and maintenance. The ATMs are located in high-traffic locations, including over one dozen major international airports and a variety of high-profile retail and business centers. (Read More)

April 8, 2010 Press Release

Erste Bank Hungary and Hungarian Post to Deliver Advanced Payments Through Diebold Opteva(R) ATMs; Source: Diebold

The Hungarian bank and its partner, Hungarian Post, adopt Diebold IDM technology to enhance utility payments. (Read More)

April 7, 2010 Press Release

A New Report From Aite Group: Inside the World of ISO Vendors

Despite the critical role vendors play for ISOs, ISOs are generally unhappy with their vendors, and many plan to change vendors within the next year. (Read More)

April 5, 2010 Press Release

YesPay Launches New Cloud Computing Architecture in a Managed Card Payment Service Context; Source: YesPay

Cloud computing refers to accessing dynamically scalable and often virtualized IT resources as a service over the Internet. YESpay has successfully managed to replicate the cloud computing architecture for its four new global card payments transaction processing data centers located in London (UK), Heathrow (UK), Toronto (Canada) and San Francisco (USA). (Read More)

April 1, 2010 Press Release

TSYS and First National Bank of Omaha Finalize First National Merchant Solutions Joint Venture; Source: TSYS

TSYS (NYSE: TSS) and First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) announced today the consummation of their joint venture transaction pursuant to which TSYS acquired a 51% interest in FNBO’s merchant acquiring business for approximately $150.5 million. FNBO retained a 49% interest in the newly formed company, First National Merchant Solutions, LLC (FNMS). (Read More)

March 31, 2010 Press Release

Open Solutions Canada to Provide ABM Transaction Processing Services to Diners Club®, Discover and PULSE Cardholders; Source: Open Solutions

Open Solutions Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Open Solutions Inc.®, has signed an agreement with Acxsys Corporation, to provide ABM transaction processing services to Diners Club International®, Discover and PULSE cardholders in Canada. (Read More)

March 30, 2010 Press Release

Gemalto Expands Range of Secure Linux Payment Terminals; Source: Gemalto

Gemalto announced it is expanding its MagIC3 range of Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals. The new MagIC3 product is a cost-effective solution for wireless payment, requiring no extra subscription or additional communication fees. (Read More)

March 25, 2010 Press Release

Hypercom Appoints William Rossiter Vice President of Marketing; Source: Hypercom

Hypercom Corporation (NYSE: HYC) today announced the appointment of William Rossiter as Vice President of Marketing. Mr. Rossiter will be principally responsible for the deployment of the Company’s mobile payment technology. He reports to Philippe Tartavull, Chief Executive Officer and President. (Read More)

March 18, 2010 Press Release


New Report Explores Cloud Computing  and Innovation at the Point-of-Sale


Research evaluates transition toward cloud-based POS systems and applications focusing on vendor solutions operating on hosted technology (Read More)

March 17, 2010 Press Release

PayPal and China UnionPay Open the Global Marketplace to Chinese Consumers; Source: PayPal

PayPal and China UnionPay, China's bankcard association, today announced that China UnionPay (CUP) card members will be able to use PayPal to shop online, representing a new opportunity for international retailers to sell to a large base of Chinese customers who, combined, hold 2.1 billion CUP cards." (Read More)

March 16, 2010

Are you getting the best from your payment acquiring partner? Is your payment acquiring partner giving you the business support you need? Source: RetailWeek (Read More)

In order to be a leader in today’s competitive market, it is essential to respond to all market challenges - and opportunities - with speed. The payments environment is ever changing, and you need to find new ways to respond to your customers, reduce your costs and outpace your competition. (Read More)

March 16, 2010 Press Release

Hypercom and MCS to Expand Self-Service Payments in Germany; Source: HYPERCOM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., and Bad Hersfeld, Germany, March 16, 2010 – Hypercom Corporation (NYSE: HYC) today announced that MCS MICRONIC Computer Systeme GmbH, one of Germany’s leading providers of high-tech solutions for vending and dispensing machines, has selected and will resell Hypercom’s high security Artema Modular to integrators and retailers in Germany. The Berlin-based company, appointed Hypercom’s first Distribution Partner in Germany for self-service, plans to initially deploy at least 1,000 of the popular units.  (Read More)

March 10, 2010 Press Release

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges President and Chief Operating Officer of Mount Vernon Money Center with Defrauding Banks, Retailers, Hospitals, and Universities out of $50 Million; Source: FBI

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, JOSEPH M. DEMAREST, JR., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), and NEIL BAROFSKY, the Special Inspector General of the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program ("SIGTARP"), announced the indictment of ROBERT EGAN, the President of Mount Vernon Money Center ("MVMC"), and BERNARD McGARRY, MVMC's Chief Operating Officer, on charges of defrauding banks, other financial institutions, retailers, hospitals, and universities out of $50 million in funds that had been entrusted to MVMC. (Read More)

March 15, 2010 Press Release

MasterCard Introduces ‘ATM Hunter’ for BlackBerry Smartphones; Source: MasterCard Worldwide

New MasterCard Application Helps BlackBerry Smartphone Users Quickly Find the Nearest ATM Anywhere in the World

Purchase, NY, March 15, 2010 - MasterCard Worldwide today announced the availability of the MasterCard® ATM Hunter application for BlackBerry® smartphones. The app lets BlackBerry smartphone users easily locate the nearest ATM no matter where in the world they are. ATM Hunter is available for free download on BlackBerry App World™ (www.blackberry.com/appworld). (Read More)


March 9, 2010 Press Release


ProfitStars(R) Reports Strong Remote Deposit Capture Growth with Record Transaction Volume; Source ProfitStars

Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (Nasdaq: JKHY), a leading provider of integrated technology solutions and data processing services for financial institutions, today announced the continuation of record growth for the Remote Deposit Capture (RDC) solution provided by its ProfitStars division. (Read More)

March 3, 2010


ATMmarketplace.com Top Headlines


Diebold ranked among top global outsourcing service providers; reports losses from discontinued operations

Public Service Credit Union signs with VSoft for Outsourced Teller, ATM, merchant-capture solutions

Transoft says OptimizeCF cloud computing for cash forecasting at ATM, branch is taking off

Gartner recognizes INETCO software in 'Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring' report

ATM service provider FTSI names new CFO

Symstream names de Pedro new managing director, CEO

Former grocery store cashier charged with stealing $28,500

Mount Vernon's $12 million ATM theft could involve other banks

Firethorn's Mobilebanking.com site lets U.S. consumers access bank accounts on mobile devices


March 1, 2010 Press Release

Thales and Ponemon Institute PCI DSS survey reveals that encryption is the most effective means for end-to-end protection; Source: Realwire

Survey of Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) reveals new information on how merchants are coping with compliance and spending on annual compliance assessments (Read More

March 1,2010 Press Release

Hypercom Hosts Central Payment Server for 300+ Monoprix Stores in France; Source: Hypercom

Hypercom Corporation (NYSE: HYC) today announced that the Monoprix Group, one of the largest city center retailers in France, is now using Hypercom’s Wynid® secure payment server to manage and process all card transactions from more than 300 of its retail outlets. The leading retailer has deployed Hypercom contactless-enabled PIN pads and mobile GPRS payment terminals to process IP transactions throughout its network of stores. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Hypercom is providing complete hosting and data management services for the Monoprix supermarket chain as part of a fully managed secure payment service. (Read More)

February 25, 2010 Press Release

Hypercom Strengthens Global Software Engineering and Customer Services Leadership

Appoints Nassrin Tavakoli Senior Director – Global Software Engineering; Tom Upton Vice President – Global Services (Read More)

February 25, 2010

ATMIA Committee Updates

Joint ATM Security Committee

The first ATM Security Committee was held in February , the agenda included the following:

  • ATM Guidelines
  • CIT Guidelines
  • Industry project proposal, including Project Manager. (Read more)

February 24, 2010 Press Release

VeriFone Wins Sberbank Order; Leading Role in Plans by Largest Bank in Russia and Eastern Europe to Deploy Approximately 130,000 Systems among Merchants; Source: VeriFone

VeriFone Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PAY) today announced a multimillion-dollar order for a portfolio of its leading payment solutions by Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank. (Read More)

February 24, 2010 Press Release

First Data extends range of financial services products for the unbanked and under-banked; Source: TIO Networks

First Data Corporation, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, today announced an agreement to integrate bill payment processing services from TIO Networks Corp. (TSX-V: TNC), a leading North American multi-channel bill payment processor, with First Data’s Money Network electronic payroll distribution service. (
Read More)

February 18, 2010


POS Shipments Plunge For Department Stores, Bars, While Inching Up For QSR, Warehouse Chains; by Evan Schuman, Storefront Backtalk

Last year was an interesting one for POS shipments. Department stores purchased 24 percent fewer systems than the prior year and bar restaurants bought 19 percent fewer, according to a new report from IHL. Those were the biggest segment drops, while the only two segments to increase at allundefinedand even then, only at 2 percentundefinedwere quick-service restaurants and warehouse club chains.   But the economic hardships of last year may have shined a tiny ray of light on some bargain-hunting retailers at the expense of Big Blue. IHL President Greg Buzek said second quarter POS shipments last year for IBM plunged more than 40 percent worldwide, and a good chunk of that was a flood of barely used ludicrously discounted POS units from chains that never made it to 2010. (Read More)


February 11, 2010

Cardtronics, Inc. Q4 2009 Earnings Call Transcript;  Source: Seeking Alpha (Read More)

February 8, 2010

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges President of Money Services Company with $12 Million Bank Fraud

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and JOSEPH M. DEMAREST, JR., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), announced the arrest of ROBERT EGAN, the President of Mt. Vernon Money Centers ("MVMC"), on charges of defrauding Webster Bank out of $12 million in funds that had been entrusted to MVMC. (Read More)

February 8, 2010

Cardtronics Names New Independent Director, Increases Board Size; Source Cardtronics

Cardtronics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CATM) today announced the appointment of Mr. G. Patrick Phillips as an independent director to its Board of Directors (the "Board"). Mr. Phillips was elected to the company's Board effective February 5, 2010. In addition to his Board seat, Mr. Phillips will serve as a member of Cardtronics' Audit Committee and its Nominating & Governance Committee.  (Read More)

February 4, 2010 Press Release


TSYS to Provide Payment Services to B+S Card Service and Its Merchant Clients; Source TSYS

TSYS and B+S Card Service, Germany, have signed an agreement for TSYS to provide B+S Card Service with back-office merchant acceptance services across Europe. (Read More)

February 3, 2010 Press Release

Marlin Equity Partners acquires elements of Unisys payment systems: Source Burroughs

PLYMOUTH, Mich. –  Marlin Equity Partners (“Marlin”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the check and cash automation equipment and related U.S. maintenance, printer and direct supply business of Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) and has subsequently formed a new company, Burroughs Payment Systems, Inc. (“Burroughs” or the “Company”).  Burroughs is a leading provider of hardware and related services that address the image capture and payment processing needs of financial institutions, remittance processors, and retailers worldwide.  The Company’s products and services allow customers to process check and cash payments quickly and securely while reducing operating costs and improving efficiencies related to payment processing.  (More Read)

February 1, 2010


Indonesian Banks Tighten Security After Mass ATM Skimming; Source BERNAMA.com


Banks in Indonesia are taking immediate steps to prevent the theft of their clients' money through their automatic teller machines (ATMs) after four banks reported theft of more than Rp5 billion (RM1.8 million) in this way since Jan 16. (Read More)


January 29, 2010

ATM fraud up in recent weeks; By Jaclyn O'Malley, RGJ.com

Their debit or credit cards were safely tucked away in wallets, never out of sight. No one else knew their confidential PIN numbers. But somehow, transactions for hundreds of dollars were made using their bank accounts, some at stores they had never visited in cities as far away as Florida and Ohio. (Read More)

January 26, 2010 Press Release

Cardtronics Sets Sail in ATM Agreement With Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines, which is the world's largest cruise line based on passengers carried and is a unit of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:CCL) (LSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK), and Cardtronics USA, Inc. (Nasdaq:CATM) have reached an agreement for Cardtronics to provide ATM Managed Services on Carnival ships. Under the terms of this multi-year agreement, Cardtronics will provide numerous services including ATM deployment, monitoring, maintenance, customer service and transaction processing. (Read More)


January 20, 2010 Press Release


NCR sells 50,000th NCR SelfServ ATM™, helps banks around the world deliver improved customer service and maintains position as world’s most popular deposit automation ATM brand. Source: NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR)


Duluth, Ga. – The world’s leading ATM manufacturer and service provider, NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), has sold its 50,000th NCR SelfServ ATM, helping hundreds of financial institutions deliver improved service to consumers at the ATM channel through improved availability and increased transaction options.  Launched less than two years ago in the U.S., NCR SelfServ already is the most successful ATM brand launch in the history of the company, which has led the world in ATM shipments for 23 consecutive years(1).  (Read More)


January 20, 2010 Press Release


Bank of the West Launches Choice ATM Checking Account and Expands ATM Network by Rebating Fees at All ATMs Worldwide. Source: Bank of The West


Bank of the West, known for excellent customer service, today announced the launch of Choice ATM Checking, a new account which allows customers to withdraw cash from any financial institution's ATM free of charge for one year. (Read More)


January 20, 2010


Ingenico reports a 3.8% fall in 2009 revenue By William Horobin, Dow Jones Newswires


French secure transactions and payments systems company Ingenico SA (ING.FR) Wednesday reported a 3.8% fall in 2009 revenue and said it has combined the positions of chairman and chief executive. Revenue in 2009 fell to EUR700.6 million, hurt by a tough economic environment and a particularly challenging first quarter, the company said. Ingenico nevertheless said that the business recovery in various regions will put it "on the road to growth" in 2010. Revenue in the fourth quarter totaled EUR200.6 million, down 7.7% from the same period a year earlier, which was marked by strong revenue in China, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, Ingenico said. In a separate statement, Ingenico said its board of directors has appointed Philippe Lazare, the current chief executive, to the additional position of chairman. Jacques Stern has been released from his position as chairman, but will be staying on as a director until the end of his term. (Read More)


January 19, 2010 Press Release


NCR brings BLOCKBUSTER Express™-branded DVD-rental kiosks home to Texas. More than 150 Brookshire Grocery stores adding BLOCKBUSTER Express.  Source: NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR)


DULUTH, Ga. – NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) will install its BLOCKBUSTER Express-branded DVD-rental kiosks in Brookshire Grocery stores, a more than 150-location grocery store chain located in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. NCR anticipates fully deploying to the chain within the first three months of 2010. (Read More)


January 2010


Key Innovations Signs Trimble MRM as a Preferred Distributor and Service Repair Partner


SCOTTSDALLE, AZ - January 2010 - Key Innovations has signed a distribution agreement with Trimble's Mobile Resource Management (MRM) Service and Repair business base in Dallas, TX. Under the Agreement, Trimble MRM becomes a key innovations preferred distributor and service repair partner for its unattended payment terminals such as its new KST9000 multi-media payment terminal. (Read more)


January 15, 2010

ATMIA e-Campus Webinar 

Regulation E:
How the Changes Could Affect Your Card & ATM Business


A one hour webinar designed for the ATM & Card Professional
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 12:30pm ET


Do you Know About Regulation E?

This is a new proposal would amend Regulation E to implement the gift card provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility Disclosure Act of 2009 (Credit CARD Act.).  This proposal will offer new protection for consumers that purchase or use prepaid products.  Attend this webinar to learn how will this affect ATMs and card programs?


Did You Know…

The Proposed changes to Regulation E will be finalized by February 22, 2010 and will become effective on August 22, 2010


Who should attend?

·       Card Issuers

·        Merchants

·        Marketers

·        Card program managers

·        ATMs that honor covered products

·        Payment card networks

·        Merchant acquirers and third-party processors that sell covered products


Why You Should Attend:


  • Find out which products within the ATM and Payments Industry will be subject to the final regulation
  • Discover the restrictions and details of the proposed regulation  
  • Learn how the final regulation and the statute will affect your business
  • Know the circumstances regarding when reloadable debit cards and other stored value cards that are not specifically labeled as gift cards may be subject to this regulation and the statute under which it will be promulgated
  • Note how and when you should begin preparing for these changes

Join us on January 20th and register today!


The Presenter:
 - Daveed Schwartz, Of Counsel, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC (Sacramento and San Francisco offices)


January 14, 2010


Reaching Audiences in New Ways: Social Media and Digital Signage

Meeting Description:

The social media phenomenon has quickly spread and has changed the way people expect to receive information and communicate. Social media has changed the traditional one-to-many broadcast by connecting many-to-many through social media dialogues. Content consumers are transformed into content producers allowing you to strengthen your relationship and connection with your target audience.

Join us for this informative webinar and learn how digital signage can be used as a social media tool and how to capitalize on the growing trend to reach your key audiences more effectively.

Don’t miss this complimentary and informative webinar where you will learn about:

Increasing touch points with key audiences

Innovative digital signage social media applications

Transformative implementation examples


January 14, 2010


KioskCom, The Digital Signage Show blurring distinctions
This year's KioskCom Self Service Expo and The Digital Signage Show will continue blending kiosks and digital signage, showing how the complementary fields work together to lift sales. (


Tranax and Hantle to show off new tech at KioskCom
Tranax and its sister company Hantle are showcasing a new ATM/kiosk that can also be used for a range of solutions, from movie ticketing to bill payment, at April's KioskCom. (


December 11, 2009

"Former Federal Reserve Chairman Says ATMs most successful financial innovation in the past 20 years"


December 15, 2009


Craigslist ATM I bought Causes Industry Stir

By Robert Siciliano: Blogger News Network


Apparently I raised a hackle or two. Seems my little stunt got the attention of industry insiders, and not all of them believe that I bought a used ATM on Craigslist, which turned out to contain thousands of credit card numbers. Well, it did actually happen, and despite what many say, that the ATM couldn’t have contained 16-digit credit and debit card numbers on it, it did.


December 15, 2009


ATMIA gears up for Miami event

By Tracy Kitten: ATMmarketplace


Mike Lee says he’s excited for 2010. The coming year is expected to be a strong one for the ATM industry and especially the ATM Industry Association, Lee says.

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December 15, 2009


Will digital-download kiosks save Blockbuster?

By Caroline Cooper:  KioskMarketplace


NCR Corp. recently added another notch on its entertainment belt when it announced a test rollout of digital movie-download kiosks with Blockbuster. The NCR kiosks run a digital-download application developed by MOD Systems that, according to MOD CEO and chairman Anthony Bay, allows users to download a full-length movie to a secure digital (SD) card within a few minutes.

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December 3, 2009

The Top 10 Most Popular on ATMmarketplace.com for November
Two publications about ATM trends continued their long-running popularity as the top downloaded publications in November. An article about the indictment of hackers involved in an ATM heist dominated readers' attention last month, and a Diebold video that demonstrated mobile banking also proved popular. Read on for ATMmarketplace.com's complete Top 10 lists for November.

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November 26, 2009

ATM supplier Global Cash will settle with Arizona regulators

Las Vegas-based Global Cash Access Holdings Inc., which places ATMs at casinos, has agreed to settle a complaint filed by Arizona regulators so that it can continue to operate in that state. According to the news report, Read more at ATMmarketplace.com »


November 18, 2009

Triton standard will require license for use in 2010 Read more at ATMmarketplace.com »


November 17, 2009 Press Release

ATMIA e-Campus Webinar 

Improving ATM Operational Efficiency
A one hour webinar designed for the ATM Professional
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 at 12:30pm ET

Read more


November 6, 2009 Press Release

NCR and Netkey, two self-service leaders, combine to deliver enterprise solutions that help you transform your business.  Please find the recent news release for further information.

www.ncr.com/netkey to learn more about our solutions and how we can help transform, accelerate and simplify your business.


November 03, 2009

Fiserv releases updates to fraud-risk-mitigation, anti-money-laundering solutions

Fiserv Inc. has announced the availability of Fraud Risk Manager 4.6, the newest version of Fiserv's multichannel fraud detection and management solution. Also available is AML Manager 4.6, the market-leading anti-money laundering s Read more at ATMmarketplace.com »


October 27, 2009


NCR will not be exhibiting at this year’s BAI Retail Delivery Conference and Expo.


“NCR has decided not to take a booth presence at the Retail Delivery Conference and Expo in November 2009,” said Jeff Dudash, an NCR spokesman. “We will have a number of NCR executives in attendance at the conference and will meet with customers.” Source: ATMarketplace; It's official: NCR will not exhibit at BAI's Retail Delivery Expo



October 21, 2009


NACS Urges Retailers to ‘Overwhelm Congress’ With Petition Drives


LAS VEGAS – NACS President and CEO Hank Armour urged convenience and petroleum retailers today to “light a grassroots fire around the country” by encouraging their customers to speak out against outrageous credit card interchange fees undefined hidden fees that cost the typical American household $427 per year.

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October 20, 2009


Seiko Instruments, Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW) Agreement Boosts Reliability, Reduces Costs, Speeds Time-to-Market for OEMs and Integrators


TORRANCE, Calif. - October 20, 2009 - Seiko Instruments USA Inc. (SIU) Thermal Printer Division, http://www.siiprinters.com, a globally recognized leader in thermal printer technology, and Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) a leading global distributor of electronic components and solutions, today announced a new distribution partnership for the Americas.

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October. 20, 2009

FTSI signs with Technology Credit Union

Monrovia, Calif., Oct. 20, 2009 -– ATM product and services provider FTSI signed a multi-year agreement with $1.3 billion Technology Credit Union (TCU). Under the agreement, FTSI will provide first and second line ATM servicing. In addition to the responsive and preventative elements of the agreement, the deal also provides for deposit pulls and cash services.

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